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Cruz passes Ortiz in All-Star voting among American League DH’s

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Cano overtakes Kinsler, Cruz passes Ortiz in second American League balloting update for 85th All-Star Game

Bautista Gains on Trout for Overall League Lead; Melky Cabrera Surpasses Ellsbury, Beltran to Join Outfield Leaders

Seattle Mariners five-time All-Star Robinson Cano, who has been voted the American League starting second baseman in the Midsummer Classic in each of the last four seasons, and Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, a two-time All-Star, have joined the A.L. leaders in the second balloting figures for the 85th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 15th at Target Field in Minnesota, it was announced today. The second National League balloting results will be announced tomorrow.

In the closest battle for a starting assignment, Cano, who has drawn 726,158 votes has pulled in front of Detroit Tigers second baseman and three-time All-Star Ian Kinsler, who has accumulated 649,926 votes. Cano, in his first season with the Mariners, is aiming to become the third second baseman in A.L. history to earn five consecutive fan-elected starts, joining Hall of Famers Rod Carew (six straight, 1970-75) and Roberto Alomar (five straight, 1996-2000). In addition, Cano would join Bret Boone (2001) as the only fan-elected starting second basemen in Mariners history, and could become just the fourth Seattle infielder to receive an election from the fans, joining Boone, John Olerud (1B, 2001) and Alex Rodriguez (SS, 1997-98; 2000). Cano currently ranks third in the A.L. with a .327 batting average, is tied for third with 22 multi-hit games and is tied for seventh with 67 hits.

Cruz, who leads the Majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBI, has received a total of 888,855 votes to surpass nine-time All-Star David Ortiz (766,631) of the Boston Red Sox at designated hitter. Cruz, who is attempting to end Ortiz’s run of three consecutive fan-elected starts at designated hitter, would become only the fifth different fan-elected starter at the position, joining Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003), Jose Canseco (1999), Ortiz (2005, 2008, 2011-13) and Vladimir Guerrero (2010). Cruz, who set an Orioles record for RBI before the end of May (52), has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games since May 13th, batting .403 (27-for-67) during the stretch with 10 walks, seven doubles, 10 homers, 22 RBI and 16 runs scored.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim two-time All-Star Mike Trout remains the overall leader in the A.L. with 1,361,649 total votes, but Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays has closed the gap and narrowly trails for the top spot with 1,351,896. Trout, who last year at 21 years old became the youngest A.L. position player to start the All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993, is currently riding a season-best 11-game hitting streak in which he is batting .417 (15-for-36). The 2012 A.L. Rookie of the Year, who is bidding to join Carew (1979-84), Fred Lynn (1982-83), Reggie Jackson (1982-84) and Guerrero (2004-07) as the only Angels in history to earn consecutive fan-elected All-Star starts, has reached base safely in each of his last 23 games. Bautista, a four-time All-Star and a three-time fan-elected starter (2011-13), is seeking to become the second player in Blue Jays history to receive four fan-elected starting nods, joining Alomar (2B, 1991-94). The 2011 MLB leading vote-getter, who is tied for fifth in the A.L. with 14 home runs, has hit the most homers in the Majors since 2010 (166) and his 116 home runs prior to the break in that span are 19 better than the next closest player. Bautista has reached base safely in 56 of his 58 games played this season and he leads the A.L. with a .442 on-base percentage. Bautista’s Blue Jays teammate Melky Cabrera (743,208), a 2012 N.L. All-Star, has joined the outfield leaders after surpassing New York Yankees teammates Jacoby Ellsbury (625,206), a 2011 All-Star, and Carlos Beltran (565,554), an eight-time All-Star. Cabrera, who ranks second in the Majors with 74 hits, would become the fourth different Blue Jays outfielder in history to receive a fan election, joining Bautista, Joe Carter (1993-94) and George Bell (1987). Bautista and Cabrera are trying to become the first pair of teammates to start in the A.L. outfield since Boston’s Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez in 2005, and it would mark the 17th Midsummer Classic in history to feature starting teammates in the A.L. outfield.

Thirteen-time All-Star and eight-time fan-elected starter Derek Jeter of the Yankees leads all A.L. shortstops in balloting and ranks third in the league overall with 1,007,968 total votes as he looks to join his former teammate Cano up the middle at the Midsummer Classic in his final season. Jeter, who ranks eighth on the all-time hit list with 3,367 hits, would become the seventh A.L. player in history to earn at least nine fan-elected starts with one team. The others include Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr. (17 with Baltimore), George Brett (11 with Kansas City) and Carew (nine with Minnesota); Ken Griffey, Jr. (10 with Seattle); Ichiro Suzuki (nine with Seattle); and Ivan Rodriguez (nine with Texas). Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, bidding for his first career All-Star selection, trails Jeter with 867,156 votes.

Rounding out the A.L. infield at the corners is Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson. Cabrera, an eight-time All-Star, has garnered 962,138 votes as he vies for his second consecutive fan-elected start following his start across the diamond at third base last year. The reigning two-time A.L. MVP (also 2012), who is currently third in the A.L. with 49 RBI and ranks fourth with a .325 batting average, would become just the fifth player in Tigers history to earn multiple fan-elected starting assignments at the Midsummer Classic, joining catchers Bill Freehan (1970, 1972), Lance Parrish (1984-86), Ivan Rodriguez (2004, 2006-07) and second baseman Lou Whitaker (1984-86). In addition, the 2012 Triple Crown winner would join former teammate Prince Fielder as the only fan-elected starting first basemen in Tigers history. Cabrera, who leads the A.L. with a .418 batting average with runners in scoring position, is followed at first base by Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu (602,628) and nine-time All-Star Albert Pujols (569,211) of the Angels. Donaldson (956,811), who is bidding for his first All-Star nod, continues to lead three-time All-Star and two-time fan-elected starter Evan Longoria (589,621) of the Tampa Bay Rays. Donaldson, who is batting .325 with 23 runs scored, eight home runs and 24 RBI over his last 21 games, would become the first A’s third baseman to earn a fan-elected start, and the first Oakland player overall to receive a fan-election since first baseman Jason Giambi in 2000. Donaldson leads the Majors with 48 runs scored, is tied for third in the A.L. with 15 home runs and ranks fourth in the league with 48 RBI. With four different teams currently represented in the A.L. infield, the 85th All-Star Game could mark the first time since 2003, and the 19th time overall since fan balloting began in 1970, that the four A.L. fan-elected starting infielders come from four different teams.

Behind the plate, Orioles backstop Matt Wieters (842,775), maintained his lead over Yankees catcher Brian McCann (605,941). Wieters, who is bidding for his third All-Star selection and first starting assignment, would join Terry Kennedy (1987) as the only catchers in Orioles history to earn a fan election. Wieters, who is currently on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, is batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI on the season. Along with Cruz, the duo is aiming to give the Orioles multiple starters in consecutive years (Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones in 2013) for the first time since 1997 (Alomar, Cal Ripken, Jr., Brady Anderson) and 1998 (Alomar, Ripken).

MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. The last two years represent the two highest totals in balloting history, including a record 40.2 million ballots cast in 2012. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at MLB’s 30 ballparks, each of which will have 23 dates for balloting.

In addition, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian. The All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian is available in English and Spanish, and offers audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. Banco BHD sponsors online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

Every Major League Club began its in-stadium balloting no later than May 12th. When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes no later than June 26th, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com, the 30 Club Web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program. The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will be rewarded with a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events, and VIP on-field access to watch batting practice before the All-Star Game with an MLB legend.

For the sixth consecutive year, the ballot features the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans have the opportunity to select three players in each League who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The Fan Poll is also available online at MLB.com. The 2014 Home Run Derby, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, July 14th. The 10 American League candidates are Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays; Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees; Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers; Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners; 2013 Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics; Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles; Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers; All-Star Ambassador Joe Mauer of the Twins; David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox; and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 10 National League candidates are Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds; Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals; Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves; Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants; Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins; Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies; and David Wright of the New York Mets.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5th-6th, with further details to follow. The A.L. All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the N.L. All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – N.L. skipper Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals and A.L. manager John Farrell of the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 13th season with more than 430 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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B&B Big Story Banter: Orioles Making Moves

Posted on 30 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BD: Well the Baltimore Orioles had an eventful week, as they made the first splash of the season.  After the uncertainty on catcher Matt Wieters health status for the rest of the season, the front office made a trade with the San Diego Padres for catcher Nick Hundley.  In return the Padres received relief pitcher Troy Patton.  But this move has simply raised more questions about the Orioles All-Star backstop.  What do you make of Baltimore acquiring a catcher and what is Hundley’s long term value with the team?

BK: The decision to acquire a veteran catcher who can handle the lion’s share of catching duties was a wise one. The Troy Patton for Nick Hundley trade was a classic example of shortage and surplus. Following his 25 game suspension, Patton was unable to carve out a role in the Orioles’ bullpen, which features two dependable left-handed relievers in Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. In San Diego, Hundley was relegated to third catcher status behind starter Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera. Because Baltimore was able to turn a relief pitcher for a fill-in starting catcher, the Orioles get the edge in this trade.

Acquiring a player like Hundley did not surprise me; the roster decision to send C Steve Clevenger down to Triple-A Norfolk instead of Caleb Joseph was downright shocking. Clevenger was doing an admirable job handling the pitching staff, and his bat showed some life that the team hasn’t received from a backup catcher in quite some time. Meanwhile, Joseph kept his spot on the roster despite his sub .100 batting average. By demoting Clevenger, Hundley became the starting catcher by default. For a team that still has David Lough and Ryan Flaherty on the roster, it should not come as a huge surprise that a player like Joseph gets to stick with the club.

Hundley is a veteran of a perennial losing franchise in San Diego, a career .238 hitter, and has little to no familiarity with the Orioles’ pitching staff. From the time that the Orioles placed Matt Wieters on the disabled list until the team acquired Hundley, the combination of Clevenger and Joseph went 4-9. The team is 2-4 with Hundley as their everyday catcher. If Wieters winds up missing a substantial amount of the season, the Orioles must equally split up the starts at catcher between Hundley and Clevenger. In a division that is currently being dominated by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles’ front office should feel more of a sense of urgency to win now and capture a division that is up for grabs. Quit worrying about the major league time of Clevenger, and do what is best for the pitching staff and the entire organization.

Speaking of pitching staff, a report from Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago) earlier in the week stated the Orioles are the lead team to be interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. In the midst of a career year, there is no question that the price for a pitcher of his caliber will be steep. Brett, are you surprised to hear that the Orioles could make a move for Samardzija, and should the team part ways with one or multiple top prospects for his services?

Jeff SamardzijaBD: It is definitely uplifting hearing the Orioles are looking to still improve their pitching staff.  And Samardzija has agruably been the best pitcher in baseball for the first couple of months. He currently sports a 1.68 ERA and 1.067 WHIP, but has received little run support in Chicago, holding only one win.  Samardzija has another year left of team control as well, making him a very valuable commodity, especially notoriously cheap teams like the Orioles.

If they acquire him, it would fill out their rotation, while improving the bullpen as well. If he handles the top spot, everyone else is moved down to their appropriate pitching role. Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez now have less pressure, as the respective two and three starters.  While it also bumps wither Wei-Yin Chen or Miguel Gonzalez into the bullpen.  The depth that creates would allow Buck Showalter to seriously consider Zach Britton as the long term closer as well.  But with this organization, it always comes down to what is the cost?

Now if the Orioles were to make a deal it would have to involve one of their top players they covet.  A deal with Kevin Gausman seems least likely, since he is the top prospect in the organization and could help the big league club in the coming weeks.  But if the team decided that winning now is most important, with the small window for the current core, then pitcher Dylan Bundy could be the centerpiece to a trade. He injury issues may make him expendable, as he has not proven anything in the major leagues in his short career. Either way other pieces would have to be involved as well.

The other options would involve moving some of their proven players like Wieters or Adam Jones or exclude Bundy, but give up the next four to five prospects in the system.  Both are completely unrealistic because it does not improve the major league roster or depletes an already thin farm system.  So do I think the team will eventually bite the bullet and send Bundy backing for a proven front line starter? No.  But if the team is serious about making a run within the next two seasons towards a World Series, Samardzija could be the missing piece. This is the ultimate decision to win now or build for the future.

Besides, I bet the Ravens are hoping he makes his way to Baltimore considering their questions at wide receiver. Maybe he could run a couple deep routes on Sundays like he did a two-sport star while attending Notre Dame.

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Orioles add veteran reliever Bell to minor league deal

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles perhaps added another turn to their already tumultuous closer situation Friday.

The Birds added veteran reliever Heath Bell via a minor league contract according to a report from FoxSports.com. The 36 year old is expected to report to AAA Norfolk Saturday after passing a physical.

The three time All-Star has 136 career saves now in his 11th major league season. Bell made 13 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays this year, allowing 14 earned runs over 17.1 innings pitched.

The decision to sign the hard-throwing righty was likely aided by the recent struggles of O’s closer Tommy Hunter. Since last Saturday, Hunter blew saves in each of his two appearances-including the Orioles’ 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night.

Hunter appeared to have been replaced in the role by lefty Zach Britton Thursday night. Britton retired the side (something Hunter has not done all season) in protecting the team’s 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Manager Buck Showalter has been non-committal about the situation in recent days.

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Orioles, Astros to don Negro League unis for Civil Rights Game

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Orioles, Astros to don Negro League unis for Civil Rights Game

Posted on 07 May 2014 by WNST Staff

MLB and the Houston Astros announce details of the 2014 Civil Rights Game and ancillary activities

The Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles to Wear Negro Leagues Uniforms of the Houston Eagles and Baltimore Elite Giants, Respectively. Additional Details Include Ballpark Giveaway, Musical Performances, Roundtable Participants, Event Sponsor and More. 

Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros today announced details for the 2014 Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park and ancillary activities, which include the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon and the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Tickets and information for each event and the Civil Rights Game are available at MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame.

The 2014 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, May 30th, airing nationally on MLB Network and called by MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan.

Houston & Baltimore Negro Leagues Uniforms to be Worn During the Civil Rights Game

  1. Houston Eagles – The Astros will wear the uniforms of the “Houston Eagles,” which played for only two years (1949-1950) and was the only team from Texas in Negro Leagues history.
  2. Baltimore Elite Giants – The Orioles will wear the uniforms of the “Baltimore Elite Giants,” which played from 1938 through 1950.
    1. NOTES: The uniforms and caps were produced by Majestic and New Era, respectively. Both designs were approved by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Civil Rights Game Cap Giveaway, Ballpark Fireworks

  1. Cap Giveaway – 15,000 fans to enter Minute Maid Park for the Civil Rights Game will receive a special commemorative “Civil Rights Game” cap.
  2. “Motown Fireworks” – Following the Civil Rights Game, the Astros will host a special fireworks show, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation, that will have a “Motown” theme.

Musical Performances

  1. Aloe Blacc – The chart-topping singer/songwriter will perform his hit songs “Wake Me Up” and “The Man” on-field at Minute Maid Park prior to the Civil Rights Game, with the “The Man” airing LIVE on MLB Network. Additionally, he will perform “Eyes of a Child” earlier in the day at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon at Hilton Americas Houston.
  2. Miri Ben-Ari – The Grammy Award-winning violinist and UN Goodwill Ambassador will perform her song, “Symphony of Brotherhood,” featuring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.
  3. “National Anthem” – Actress, dancer and singer, Jadagrace, will perform the National Anthem prior to the Civil Rights Game.
  4. “America The Beautiful” – Grammy nominee and platinum recording artist Jeffrey Osborne will perform “America the Beautiful” during the 7th inning stretch.

Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion – Thursday, May 29th at 12:30 p.m. (CT), Union Station at Minute Maid Park

A panel of prominent individuals will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution, as well as present-day social issues affecting the country and the world. The Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion, which will be moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree, will be streamed on MLB.com and Astros.com prior to the Civil Rights Game. The following are the participants scheduled for this year’s Roundtable Discussion:

  1. Ernest Green – Member of the “Little Rock Nine”
  2. Linda Alvarado – Member of the Colorado Rockies Ownership Group; Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction
  3. Bob Kendrick – President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  4. J.R. Richard – Houston Astros Legend
  5. Harold Reynolds – MLB Network Analyst; two-time MLB All-Star

MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon – Friday, May 30th at Noon (CT), Hilton Americas Houston

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will speak at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, which will be held at Noon on Friday, May 30th at the Hilton Americas Houston. At the event, MLB will honor best-selling author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, founder of Motown and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Berry Gordy and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown. The triumvirate will each receive an MLB Beacon Award, which recognizes individuals whose lives and actions have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement, and will be recognized on the field prior to the Civil Rights Game. Additionally, Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will be the keynote speaker. Two Houston-based charities, the Houston Area Urban League and Change Happens!, will be the charitable beneficiaries of the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.

  1. NOTE: MLB and the Astros will pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.

Principal Sponsor of the Civil Rights Game and Ancillary Activities

Houston-based law firm Andrews Kurth LLP will serve as the principal sponsor of the 2014 Civil Rights Game and ancillary activities. Recently, the firm was named a local recipient of the 8th Annual Jackie Robinson Day “Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner” Award from MLB, acknowledging the firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence and diversity.

Since 1902, Andrews Kurth has built its practice on the belief that “straight talk is good business.” Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With more than 400 lawyers across 10 offices worldwide, Andrews Kurth represents a wide array of clients in multiple industries. For more information about Andrews Kurth, please visit andrewskurth.com.



The Civil Rights Game and its ancillary activities are a series of events developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Ameri­cans. This year’s event is another example of the Houston Astros supporting MLB initiatives geared toward high­lighting diversity throughout baseball.

The 2014 Civil Rights Game is the eighth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), then Atlanta (2011-2012) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Chicago by the White Sox. While much of the south was deeply affected during the civil rights movement with violence threatening the well-being of many, Houston played a vital role in achieving peaceful desegregation, making it a crucial part of the overall civil rights effort.

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Machado has huge offensive night in first rehab start at Frederick

Posted on 26 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado went 3-4 with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored for the Frederick Keys in his first rehab appearance Friday.

Machado received his first organized at-bats since his 2013 season ended abruptly due to a knee injury.

The All-Star worked as the Single A (Carolina League)’s Designated Hitter in a 5-3 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Birds had hoped to have him play in the field Friday night but rainy conditions at Harry Grove Stadium scrapped those plans.

The team’s former first round pick was pleased with the work he got in his first outing but realized it did not put him on the fast track to a return to the major leagues. Here is what Machado told MLB.com after the game Friday night…

“I feel good at the plate. I feel good overall, running the bases, which is the most important thing.”

“First game under the lights, first game in front of a big crowd like this, so it’s definitely a big obstacle we’ve crossed and hopped over. So hopefully we can continue it, and as soon as possible get back out there.”

“If I would have hit four home runs, I’m not going to go tomorrow and play in the big leagues. It’s not how it works. I wish it was that easy. But this is just a process. It’s not how many hits I get or how many plays I make. It’s more getting a feel for it, playing nine innings, being on your feet for the whole game. There’s a lot of things that come into play before just having a good game.”

MLB.com also reported Machado is expected to play nine innings at third base for the Keys Saturday and will stay with the team through Sunday before being re-evaluated. The next step would likely see Machado joining the Orioles’ AA (Bowie) or AAA (Norfolk) affiliate to make final preparations for his 2014 big league debut.

Machado had been playing in extended Spring Training games in Sarasota for roughly the past week.

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Brooks Robinson expected to file lawsuit against Seminole tribe

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) is expected to file a lawsuit against the Seminole Tribe after he suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling off a stage at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2012. He was on the property to attend a fundraiser for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  However, Mr. Robinson’s attorney Jack Hickey said Florida’s Tribal Sovereignty compact might prevent Robinson from receiving fair compensation to cover his medical expenses for his multiple and debilitating injuries.

At the heart of this story is a national consumer issue. With the proliferation of gaming facilities with added attractions such as ballrooms, hotels and concert venues, visitors are not protected if they are injured while they are not gambling. In other words, if you are on property “for gaming purposes” there is a waiver of the immunity allowing you to bring a claim and get full compensation. If you are not on property for gaming purposes (for example a fundraiser or concert) and you are hurt through the Tribe’s negligence, they have tribal immunity in which their liability is limited to the $200,000 statutory cap imposed on governmental entities by the Florida Legislature.

Mr. Robinson’s attorney said this is a horrible injustice to the public and should be addressed during this legislative session.

Here is a PDF of the demands letter.


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Orioles announce 2014 extended Spring Training schedule

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff


The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex beginning today. Gates open 30 minutes before game time. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.




Day                  Date                Time                Opponent

Monday                 April 7                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          April 9                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 11                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 April 14                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               April 17                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                April 19                 10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 April 22                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               April 24                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 25                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 April 29                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          April 30                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 3                     10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 May 6                     1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          May 7                     1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 9                     1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 May 12                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               May 15                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 17                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 May 20                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               May 22                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 23                  1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 May 27                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          May 28                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 31                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 June 2                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          June 4                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     June 6                    1:00 p.m.              Rays

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Bovada sets Orioles’ 2014 season win total at 80.5

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


“As always a few teams seem to be popular with our bettors heading into the season, one of them being the Cardinals who now sit at 15-2 yet were as high at 14-1 at one point in the offseason. There is only one other team has seen more activity and that is the World Series favorites, the Los Angeles Dodgers currently at 13-2.  It is quite interesting that this is the first time I can remember that the two heaviest bet teams to win the World Series at this stage are from the National League. We rarely talk about the least bet teams, but it’s no surprise those would be in order with Miami at 100-1, Houston 250-1 and even the Colorado Rockies at 75-1, we cannot seem to write a bet on.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2014 World Series (Teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds, teams in black stayed the same)

                  3/5/14               Current

Los Angeles Dodgers                13/2                  13/2

St. Louis Cardinals                    8/1                    15/2

Detroit Tigers                            9/1                    9/1

Washington Nationals                12/1                  10/1

Boston Red Sox                       12/1                  12/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       12/1                  12/1

New York Yankees                    14/1                  14/1

Atlanta Braves                           20/1                  16/1

San Francisco Giants                16/1                  16/1

Texas Rangers                          16/1                  16/1

Los Angeles Angels                  20/1                  20/1

Oakland Athletics                      18/1                  20/1

Cincinnati Reds                         22/1                  25/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     33/1                  25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      28/1                  28/1

Baltimore Orioles                       33/1                  33/1

Kansas City Royals                   33/1                  33/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   33/1                  33/1

Seattle Mariners                        28/1                  33/1

Cleveland Indians                      40/1                  40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              50/1                  50/1

San Diego Padres                     50/1                  50/1

Chicago White Sox                    50/1                  66/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    66/1                  66/1

Chicago Cubs                           66/1                  75/1

Colorado Rockies                     75/1                  75/1

New York Mets                          75/1                  75/1

Miami Marlins                            100/1                100/1

Minnesota Twins                        100/1                100/1

Houston Astros                         200/1                250/1


Odds to win the 2014 AL Pennant        

Detroit Tigers                            4/1

Boston Red Sox                       6/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       6/1

New York Yankees                    13/2

Texas Rangers                          8/1

Oakland Athletics                      9/1

Los Angeles Angels                  11/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     14/1

Baltimore Orioles                       16/1

Kansas City Royals                   16/1

Seattle Mariners                        16/1

Cleveland Indians                      20/1

Chicago White Sox                    33/1

Minnesota Twins                        50/1

Houston Astros                         125/1


Odds to win the 2014 NL Pennant

Los Angeles Dodgers                3/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    9/2

Washington Nationals                5/1

San Francisco Giants                15/2

Atlanta Braves                           8/1

Cincinnati Reds                         10/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      16/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   18/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              22/1

San Diego Padres                     25/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    33/1

New York Mets                          33/1

Chicago Cubs                           40/1

Colorado Rockies                     40/1

Miami Marlins                            50/1


Odds to win the 2014 AL EAST

Boston Red Sox                       11/5

Tampa Bay Rays                       11/5

New York Yankees                    12/5

Toronto Blue Jays                     7/1

Baltimore Orioles                       7/1


Odds to win the 2014 AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers                            4/9

Kansas City Royals                   9/2

Cleveland Indians                      11/1

Chicago White Sox                    12/1

Minnesota Twins                        25/1


Odds to win the 2014 AL WEST           

Texas Rangers                          7/4

Oakland Athletics                      2/1

Los Angeles Angels                  9/4

Seattle Mariners                        7/1

Houston Astros                         50/1


Odds to win the 2014 NL EAST

Washington Nationals                5/7

Atlanta Braves                           3/2

Philadelphia Phillies                   10/1

New York Mets                          16/1

Miami Marlins                            33/1


Odds to win the 2014 NL CENTRAL     

St. Louis Cardinals                    2/3

Cincinnati Reds                         7/2

Pittsburgh Pirates                      15/4

Milwaukee Brewers                    10/1

Chicago Cubs                           33/1


Odds to win the 2014 NL WEST

Los Angeles Dodgers                1/2

San Francisco Giants                7/2

Arizona Diamondbacks              7/1

San Diego Padres                     10/1

Colorado Rockies                     16/1


MLB Regular Season Win Totals (in Alphabetical Order) (Numbers to the right are changed)

                  2/26/14             Current

Arizona Diamondbacks              80.5                  80

Atlanta Braves                           87.5

Baltimore Orioles                       80.5

Boston Red Sox                       87.5

Chicago Cubs                           69.5

Chicago White Sox                    75.5

Cincinnati Reds                         84.5                  83.5

Cleveland Indians                      80.5

Colorado Rockies                     76.5

Detroit Tigers                            89.5

Houston Astros                         62.5

Kansas City Royals                   81.5                  82.5

Los Angeles Angels                  86.5

Los Angeles Dodgers                92.5                  93

Miami Marlins                            69.5

Milwaukee Brewers                    79.5

Minnesota Twins                        70.5

New York Mets                          73.5

New York Yankees                    86.5

Oakland Athletics                      88.5                  87.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   76.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      83.5

San Diego Padres                     78.5

San Francisco Giants                86.5
Seattle Mariners                        81.5

St. Louis Cardinals                    90.5                             

Tampa Bay Rays                       88.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5

Toronto Blue Jays                     79.5                  80.5

Washington Nationals                88.5                  89.5


MLB Regular Season Win Totals (in Numerical Order) (Numbers to the right are changed)

                  2/26/14             Current

Los Angeles Dodgers                92.5                  93

St. Louis Cardinals                    90.5

Detroit Tigers                            89.5

Washington Nationals                88.5                  89.5

Tampa Bay Rays                       88.5

Atlanta Braves                           87.5

Boston Red Sox                       87.5

Oakland Athletics                      88.5                  87.5

Los Angeles Angels                  86.5

New York Yankees                    86.5

San Francisco Giants                86.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5

Cincinnati Reds                         84.5                  83.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      83.5

Kansas City Royals                   81.5                  82.5

Seattle Mariners                        81.5

Baltimore Orioles                       80.5

Cleveland Indians                      80.5

Toronto Blue Jays                     79.5                  80.5

Arizona Diamondbacks              80.5                  80

Milwaukee Brewers                    79.5

San Diego Padres                     78.5

Colorado Rockies                     76.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   76.5

Chicago White Sox                    75.5

New York Mets                          73.5

Minnesota Twins                        70.5

Chicago Cubs                           69.5

Miami Marlins                            69.5

Houston Astros                         62.5

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Bovada sets Chris Davis 2014 home run total at 39.5

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Here are some of the more interesting player stats.

Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season   

Over/Under                   39½


Chris Davis – Total RBI’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   113½


Adam Jones – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   30½


Adam Jones – Total RBI’s in the 2014 Regular Season 

Over/Under                   95½


Nelson Cruz – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   25½


Matt Wieters – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   23½


J.J. Hardy – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season      

Over/Under                   24½


Nick Markakis – BA in the 2014 Regular Season           

Over/Under                   .285


Ubaldo Jimenez – Total Wins in the 2014 Regular Season       

Over/Under                   12½


Chris Tillman – Total Wins in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                   11½

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Orioles claim INF Adams off waivers from Indians

Posted on 23 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Orioles claim INF David Adams off waivers from Cleveland 

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed INF DAVID ADAMS off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. To make room for Adams on the 40-man roster, LHP KELVIN DE LA CRUZhas been designated for assignment.

Adams, 27, appeared in 43 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .193/.252/.286 with two homers and 13 RBI. Adams made 38 starts for the Yankees in 2013, including 29 at third base, where he posted a .985 fielding percentage. In 412 minor league games over six seasons, Adams is a career .291/.376/.441 hitter with 28 homers and 222 RBI.

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