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MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Trade John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig

By on July 31, 2014 at 4:16pm
Less than a season after pitching in the World Series clincher against the Cardinals, John Lackey has been traded from the Red Sox to St. Louis at the trade deadline in exchange for Allen Craig. (Boston Globe) Less than a season after pitching in the World Series clincher against the Cardinals, John Lackey has been traded from the Red Sox to St. Louis at the trade deadline in exchange for Allen Craig. (Boston Globe)

The Boston Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig and right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly.

The Cardinals will also receive minor league pitcher Corey Littrell and cash considerations.

Craig has been with the Cardinals since the beginning of his career in 2006, and plays both first base and in the outfield. Between Craig and Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in the Jon Lester trade with the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox now have much better outfield options. Over the 97 games this season, Craig has been hitting .237/.291/.346, though he has the potential to consistently bat .300 based on previous years’ performances. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2010 and had All-Star game appearances in 2012 and 2013. Continue reading MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Trade John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig »

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Derek Jeter Nike

A Nike Jordan Brand commercial, featuring Derek Jeter and a star-studded cast of his fans paying their respects for 20 years in a New York Yankees uniform, will run during today’s All-Star Game.

The commercial, which will air before Jeter’s at bat, is for Nike’s Jordan brand. Mike Jordan, Billy Crystal, Rudy Guliani, Jay-Z, Phil Jackson, Tiger Woods, among other athletes and celebrities all take their turn tipping their cap in “Re2pect” to Number 2.

Continue reading Nike Jordan Brand Commercial Pays Re2pect to Derek Jeter (Video) »

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Athletics vs Dodgers: Week 15's prediction for the World Series

The All-Star Break is here, and it’s still a chaotic time. The whole NL has gotten a whole lot closer. The AL West has the two best and two worst teams in baseball (including a tie between Arizona and Houston). Four divisions are led by no more than 1.5 games. Those teams looking for an edge in the playoff race have more incentive than ever to pull off a trade with a team in a selling mood. It’s an exciting time in the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, July 14: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 15 »

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Andrew Rector

A 26-year-old man is suing Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees, and ESPN New York for character defamation after cameras caught him slumped over, sleeping on April 13th 2014, at Yankee Stadium as the Bronx Bombers faced off against the Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in the suit he filed in Bronx County Supreme Court. He says that ESPN commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk made fun of him, calling him “fatty, unintelligent and stupid.” Continue reading Sleepy Yankees Fan Sues MLB, ESPN for Defamation »

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Athletics vs Brewers: Week 14's prediction for the World Series

The All-Star Game is almost here. Just one week remains for teams to finagle their players into the best situation (and avoid using pitchers Sunday they want to be All Stars). Injuries remain a factor for many teams; Toronto has just lost Edward Encarnacion to a quad strain. With several divisions in flux, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, July 7, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 14 »

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Athletics vs Brewers: Week 13's prediction for the World Series

June is just about done, and the standings are in quite a bit of flux. Previous division leaders are on their way out. Others are on their way up the standings. Seeding is being jumbled. Anything could happen now, and with just two weeks until the All Star Game, teams will be looking to get position before they get their players some rest. At a critical time just past the halfway mark in the season, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, June 30, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 13 »

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Giants vs Athletics: Week 11's prediction for the World Series

It’s the middle of June, and many of the top teams are starting to slip. In fact, only three active winning streaks are longer than two games. But those streaks are making it a much more exciting race. While not all of the divisions are exactly close, the Wildcard races provide plenty of intrigue to make up for it. Even this late in the season, plenty of surprise teams are persisting, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, June 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 11 »

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