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SpikesnStars May 22, 2016

Do I Really Have to Write This Recap?

May 22, 2016 Rangers 9, Astros 2 W – Hamels (5-0) L – Keuchel (2-6) Box Score GameZone thread Not going to lie, today’s game had a bit of an ominous feeling after the Astros dropped the first two games in the series.  It only took 2.5 innings for that feeling to get validated. If […]
Athletics Nation May 19, 2016

Billy Butler passed his test, grading on a curve

Billy Butler is the platoon first baseman, and he's doing just enough to stay in that role. At least for now. On Sunday, I proposed that the four games the A's were to play against left-handers Matt Moore, Derek Holland, Cole Hamels, and Martin Perez were Billy Butler's big test to show that he had some minimal value to this team. With those four games done, and considering the alternatives, Butler passed. Billy Butler went 3-for-8 with a walk, an RBI, and a double play against the four left-handed opposing starters in the last four games. The performance raises his batting line against...
South Side Sox May 11, 2016

Rangers 6, White Sox 5: Pitching limps out of Texas

Offense effective against Cole Hamels, but Mat Latos and bullpen can't protect multiple leads Bullet-point recap for the half-watched-at-work game... *Good news: The White Sox beat up Cole Hamels pretty soundly, touching him up for five runs (three earned) on nine hits over 5⅔ innings. Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie each homered off him in a three-run fourth inning, and Austin Jackson and Tyler Saladino bookended the scoring with key two-out singles, the latter chasing Hamels from the game in the sixth. *Bad news: Sox pitching couldn't take advantage of it. Mat Latos had his scariest start...
South Side Sox May 11, 2016

Todd Frazier leaves today's game with an injury

It looked scary but it sounds like he'll be OK. Todd Frazier has left today's White Sox game after going into the stands to try to catch a foul ball. It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning with Prince Fielder at bat. Look at the way Todd Frazier attacks the ballcarrier in the hole. Textbook technique. pic.twitter.com/RTs5wCx6aZ — Write Sox (@WriteSox) May 11, 2016 As Frazier entered the stands, it looked like his face hit an arm rest.  He immediately left the field for the dugout with his glove over his face.  In the broadcast booth, Hawk Harrelson immediately left the...
Grand Rapids Press May 6, 2016
Jordan Zimmermann outdueled by Cole Hamels as Tigers drop fourth straight

Jordan Zimmermann outdueled by Cole Hamels as Tigers drop fourth straight

Detroit lost the first game of a weekend series with the Texas Rangers, 5-1. DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann turned in another quality start Friday. Problem is, his opponent was better. Zimmermann, the American League's Pitcher of the Month for April, surrendered more earned runs than he had in his previous five starts combined while the Detroit Tigers mustered only one hit off Cole Hamels in a 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Detroit (14-14) has now lost four straight, dropping to third place in the American League Central and 4 1/2 games behind...
Grand Rapids Press May 6, 2016
Mike Aviles in the Tigers' lineup again, this time playing right field

Mike Aviles in the Tigers' lineup again, this time playing right field

The Tigers open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Friday. DETROIT -- The regulars are back -- save for Mike Aviles. The Detroit Tigers utility man is in the lineup for a second straight game Friday, for the season opener against the Texas Rangers (7:10 p.m., FSD), likely because of his strong plate numbers. Not for the season, he's hitting .167 with four hits in 24 at-bats, but against Rangers starter Cole Hamels. In five career at-bats against the left-handed Hamels, Aviles has two home runs and a double. He'll hit second and play right field for...
Bless You Boys May 6, 2016

Game 28 Preview: Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers

Jordan Zimmerman puts his spotless record on the line against the Texas Rangers and their ace, Cole Hamels. Well, that was no fun. The Detroit Tigers have looked like world beaters at times this year, but the Cleveland Indians have been their early season kryptonite, winning all six matchups between the two teams with a +26 run differential. It doesn't help that Jordan Zimmermann, the Tigers' only starter with an ERA under 5.50, hasn't faced the Tribe yet this season. Here's the thing, though; he could have. Zimmermann will start on Friday against the Rangers on an extra day's rest thanks...
Halos Heaven May 2, 2016

MondoLinks: Halos avoid being swept with their own broom

Fresh off a sweeping of the Royals, the Angels woke up just in time Sunday afternoon to hand Cole Hamels his first loss in Arlington since cavemen rode the dinosaurs. After trying to push the top half of the batting order to get it in gear in the Friday and Saturday contests,  the #'s 5 through 9 slots in the order just took over entirely and carried the Angels to victory yesterday. That was the one game I was figuring as a sure loss. Seriously, hitters five through nine scored 9 of the Angels' 13 runs over the weekend, collected 22 of the 34 hits, and hit 2 of the 3 home runs (Soto had 2...

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