The top headline of the night came from Los Angeles. No, Yasiel Puig didn’t add to his gaudy first-week stats. Rather, the Cuban sensation was at the heart of a bench-clearing donnybrook between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Fantasy owners should note that Kenley Jansen displaced Brandon League in the closer role and finished off the […]

I’ve got a good hook for a new commercial. “I’m Yasiel Puig.” The Cuban sensation launched another home run deep into the Los Angeles night on Thursday, his third since being called up by the Dodgers to start the week. Dylan Hernandez write of the Puig phenomenon. Hernandez also reports that Carl Crawford’s hamstring strain […]

Harmon’s Blog 6.6 returns with baseball action, NFL theories and movie magic. In a city of stars, where Hollywood heroes assembled at Staples Center to watch the Kings and Blackhawks, a young Cuban outfielder shone brightest on Tuesday night. Yasiel Puig made his debut on Monday and produced a ridiculous outfield assist to end the […]

We are in that portion of the season where pitching rotations have been ravaged by injuries. No team has been hit as hard by injuries as the St. Louis Cardinals, who promoted 21-year-old Michael Wacha to pitch Thursday’s game against the Royals. He allowed one earned run on two hits in seven innings while striking […]

Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, untouchable in 2012, blew his third save opportunity in his past five tries on Tuesday night against the Reds. Kimbrel allowed two home runs in this outing (Shin-Soo Choo and pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco) and raised his ERA to 3.38. He’s still striking out batters at a strong pace, but he’s been […]

The Red Sox have been one of the great surprises early this MLB season. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz (you can talk about “cheating” at your leisure) are dealing at the top of the rotation and David Ortiz possesses a 26-game hitting streak dating back to last season. The potential problem that has arisen for […]

Did you bet the Derby favorite? Did you spend your hard-earned dollars on Saturday’s Mayweather PPV? If you enjoy yourself a good Mint Julep, you can dole out a cool $1,000 and procure a beautiful cup. Yu Darvish didn’t extend his modest winning streak against the Red Sox on Sunday. He did, however, rack up […]

The Cubs have a minor league prospect named Rock Shoulders. That’s right. He’s now a member of the All-Name Team without rising to the major league roster. Shoulders enters Friday’s play with a dominant .365 batting average (31-for-85) with 13 extra-base hits (five home runs) and 17 RBI. He’s struck out 23 times in 85 […]

Let’s kick things off with a great accessory for grilling season. That’s right. It’s May, so even those still thawing out from mutant snowstorms will be firing up their grills in no time flat. What else needs to be said? You can

Congratulations to Felix Hernandez, who earned the 100th win of his career against the Astros on Monday night. Hernandez pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts, allowing five hits and a walk. Despite velocity concerns (see below), Hernandez has recorded 37 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings pitched this season. Many sniping 140-character comments have been […]

Brett Lawrie made his season debut for the Blue Jays on Tuesday against the White Sox. Lawrie’s gone hitless in seven at-bats with four strikeouts and one RBI. I only felt compelled to put a line on him here because he’s returned to third base. Those salivating about a potential move to second base will […]

Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports that Hanley Ramirez expects to rejoin the team earlier than the proposed mid-May timetable. The struggling Dodgers lineup could use Ramirez right now. Only the Marlins have scored fewer runs this season. Miami batters have combined to hit three home runs this season. Perhaps that will change […]

Initial X-rays from Los Angeles revealed no break in Jered Weaver’s left arm on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Weaver had, in fact, sustained a “non-displaced radial head fracture in his left elbow. Garrett Richards will take his spot in the rotation, and strikeout machine Dane De La Rosa was recalled from the […]

I shan’t belabor the point. I wrote about this subject on the Dome early Sunday morning as it was announced and as Chicago reliever Carlos Marmol’s Wikipedia page was corrupted . Marmol was officially removed from the closer role in Chicago. He allowed earned runs in each of his first three appearances, including a two-home […]