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Madison Bumgarner can pitch the San Francisco Giants to another parade

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner shutout the Colorado Rockies in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at AT&T Park. The 25-year-old Bumgarner (15-9, 3.02 ERA) only yielded one hit and was perfect through eight innings. Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is 64-48 with a 3.07 ERA since debuting with the Giants on September 8, 2009. Although the 6-foot-5, 225-pound native North Carolinian throws a fastball that barely reaches 93 mph, Bumgarner compensates for his relative lack of velocity with great command and a release point that’s difficult for batters to locate. A stellar postseason performer, “Mad Bum” was surely lost not … Continue reading

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are menacing with flamethrower Gerrit Cole

In his first start after being activated from the disabled list, flamethrower Gerrit Cole looked sharp in the Pirates’ 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night at PNC Park. The 23-year-old Cole (7-4, 3.69 ERA), who was also shelved in June due to shoulder fatigue, received a no-decision. However, Cole fanned six batters, threw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes, and only allowed two runs over seven innings to help Pittsburgh snap their seven-game losing skid. Using a fastball, slider and changeup, Cole has incredible stuff and is nearly untouchable when operating properly. Chosen first overall out of … Continue reading

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New York Mets flamethrower Matt Harvey wants to throw ‘one inning’

The New York Post reports that Mets star Matt Harvey will throw off a mound in Port St. Lucie next week. Dismissing general manager Sandy Alderson’s firm stance to the contrary, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Harvey (9-4, 2.25 ERA) remains determined to complete one inning for the 2014 Mets. After complaining of forearm tenderness last August, Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. However, rather than undergoing the knife, Harvey initially chose to avoid the serious procedure and endure extensive rehabilitation. Anne Vyalitsyna’s former banging partner was even readying to perform in the Arizona … Continue reading

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Dimmed New York Yankees star CC Sabathia wants ‘to pitch the next five or six years’

According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand, tamed Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA), who underwent the knife to remove a bone spur in his left elbow in October 2012, won’t return this season. Nevertheless, Sabathia doesn’t immediately require the dreaded microfracture procedure that could have jeopardized his career. “I was very concerned,” said Sabathia, 34, a six-time All-Star who earned the 2007 AL Cy Young Award. “I told my wife last night, ‘My season is over, but it was the first time I was able to get some real sleep,’ … Continue reading

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Gutsy Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman won’t rest

Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman will be ready to compete when the second half commences on Friday. The 26-year-old Chapman (0-2, 2.12 ERA) reaggravated his left hamstring while covering first base in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Considering what the courageous Cuban has already overcome this season, Chapman’s readiness to play isn’t surprising. Chapman suffered a skull fracture above his left eye after getting struck by a line drive during a spring training game in March. “The Cuban Missile” underwent the knife to fix the wound and had a metal plate permanently inserted into his head. Remarkably, Chapman returned to the Reds … Continue reading

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