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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
03:08 PM - July 8, 2014. Written by DARKxKNIGHTx2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - After an entire year worth of talk about the BCS being dead the devised plan for a 4 team playoff has been replaced with another plan. For the next season, the NCAA will try a relegation system for to try to make the NCAA very competitive and give reward to smaller teams that can thrive in the league. The NCAA is now separated into 4 regions: Northeast, Southeast, Central, and West. From there, there are 4 different tiers that the teams are divided into: Elite, High, Mid, and Low. Here are the divisions for the Southeast:

Florida State
Georgia Tech

North Carolina
South Carolina
Virginia Tech

NC State
Wake Forest

Sun Belt
Florida Atlantic
Mid Tenn State
Western Kentucky

Southeast Independents
Goergia State
Old Dominion
South Alabama

Here are the conference tiers for the Northeast:
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Ohio State

Boston College
Penn State
West Virginia

Ball State
Bowling Green

Sun Belt
Central Michigan
Kent State
Miami University

Northeast Independents
Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan

Here are the different tiers for the Central Region:
Big 12
Mississippi State
Ole Miss

Oklahoma State
Texas A&M

Big 10
Arkansas State
Iowa State
Northern Illinois
Texas Tech
UL Lafayette

Louisiana Tech
Southern Miss
UL Monroe

Central Independents
Texas State
North Texas

And last but not least, the West Region:

Arizona State
Boise State
Kansas State

Mountain West
Fresno State
New Mexico
Oregon State
San Diego State
San Jose State
Washington State

Air Force
Colorado State
Utah State

West Independents
New Mexico State

There are a few things to note. BYU elected to remain an Independent for this season thinking that it would benefit them. However, they would have been selected for the MWC. Since they were not moved up New Mexico remained in the MWC.

Here's how this new system works. The Elite tiers are made up of the best teams in college football. To make it there you need to win. Therefore, if a High tier team wants to make it to the Elite tier they need to win their conference. And vice versa for Mid tier. The only exception is Low tier. Only the best team for the season makes it out of the Independents. That is why BYU will be hurting by staying there. If you finish last in your conference AND there is a team that can be promoted then there the team is to be demoted. There is a small catch. Once you are promoted or demoted you are then frozen in that conference for 2 years. The only exception to the rule is if a team starts the season in the Top 25. Then, that team will be moved up a tier and the team that finished worst in the conference above will be demoted.

The NCAA hopes that this will be a beneficial move to help and increase popularity in college football. They look forward to a successful year and more. There is much more to come, but as the current Preseason Polls stand, there is only one team that is in the Top 25 not from the Elite tier: Texas Tech.
Dynasty: DARKxKNIGHTx2013
Monday, July 7, 2014
08:39 PM - July 7, 2014. Written by bayers3

Player (Prospect Grade - John Sickels, Current Level)

3B, Garin Cecchini (Grade : B+, AAA Pawtucket)

Doesn't have much to prove in AAA, but hitting .242 so far isn't going to get him a call-up any time soon. Continues to play defense well, the rest of his numbers are as expected including 20SB already. Just waiting out the 3B situation in Boston for now.

SS, Chris Owings (Grade : B+, AAA Pawtucket)

Owings looks like he's trying to hit his way into the majors with a .275 mark and 5HR already after 6 all last year. 9SB is also tempting, but much like Cecchini he is stuck behind some bigger names for the time being. Should see playing time during roster expansion, will have to wait until 2016 for anything serious.

RHP, Leonys Bravo (Grade : B+, AA Portland)

As expected he is crushing AA hitters. Has worked hard to improve his secondary offerings, 10-2 mark with 2.04ERA and a 164K:40BB ratio in 127.2IP shows he is improving rapidly. Will probably continue to overpower AA players, likely slated for a promotion to AAA Pawtucket. Management continues to be very aggressive with him.

RHP, Braden Shipley (Grade : B+, MLB)

LHP, Henry Owens (Grade : B+, AAA Pawtucket)

Pitching well during his first full season in AAA. 4-6 record doesn't look great, but 3.07ERA and 1.26WHIP is much more encouraging.

LHP, Trey Ball (Grade : B, AAA Pawtucket)

Looks like a young pitcher in his first full season in AAA. K:BB ration is decent, 4.10ERA isn't bad, but 1.48WHIP will need some improvement. Should be in Pawtucket for at least another season.

RHP, Braxton Davis (Grade : B-, AAA Pawtucket)

Davis has been excellent, his only blemish being a 1.21WHIP, which isn't bad. Looks to be on par with the other elite minor leaguers along side him, could push Owens for an MLB rotation spot in 2016.

1B, Issac Koufax (Grade : B-, AA Portland)

Really impressing coaches, including other organizations. 15HR already is a surprise considering he wasn't projected for much power, hitting .278 and continuing to show Gold Glove caliber defense at 1B. Definitely Boston's best 1B prospect, might be pushed to AAA just to see if his hitting holds up.

RHP, Allen Webster (Grade : C+, AAA Pawtucket)

Talk of his demise may have pushed him to improve, no longer looks elite but his ERA and K:BB look better. Regression may have him sent down to AA with a prospective replacement waiting to get promoted (see players making noise).

3B/OF, Rico Berroa (Grade : C+, AA Portland)

Surprising coaches with his hitting, .283 so far, but the rest has been as expected. 16SB with little power and Gold Glove caliber defense in the outfield. Could join fellow Sea Dog, Isaac Koufax, in Pawtucket just to see how he does with more advanced pitching.

SS, Pedro Santana (Grade : C+, AA Portland)

Basically a copy of Berroa, hitting .284 with little power. Too good with the glove to stay in AA much longer, but coaches still have serious doubts about his bat at the next level. Plate discipline is become a concern, may switch to OF if promoted to AAA this year.

Players Making Noise

RHP, Roddy Gibson (Grade : C+, AA Portland)

2014 Comp A selection has looked very good at A-Advanced Salem this year after finishing last season in Class A Greenville. Could earn a promotion to AA Portland with a number of prospects slated to be promoted to AAA Pawtucket after the All-Star Break.
Dynasty: bayers3
08:36 PM - July 7, 2014. Written by bayers3

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox, now within reach of 1st in the AL East, would find itself in the middle of dogfight for the division lead. With Baltimore in town, and also in reach of 1st, every game would count toward defending their title. Chris Archer would start against a familiar foe in Miguel Gonzalez, but as luck would have it Gonzalez rarely does well against Boston.

Today's game was less a pitchers duel and more of a great pitching performance propping up an impotent offense. It took five inning for Boston to score, an Ortiz solo-HR, and it started to look like another Archer gem wouldn't go to waste. Boston tried to make it 2-0 when Mookie Betts decided to make an easy triple into an inside-the-park HR but ended up with a 8-6-2 out instead.

Baltimore pulled one back in the 7th with a Nelson Cruz solo-HR and Gonzalez concluded his day with a scoreless seventh. After 7IP Gonzalez only had 2K compared to Archer's 14, but the score was still 1-1. Archer finished up the 8th with two more K to bring his total to 16, a stunning total of 36K in 16IP over has last two starts.

Swihart is starting a pretty good AL ROY campaign.

Luckily for Archer Blake Swihart and Jackie Bradley Jr. would combine to set him up for a win after a Bradley single brought in Swihart from second. Uehara would come in and finish off Baltimore to give Archer his 7th win and get the Red Sox one step closer to defending their division crown.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Jun 23, 2015123456789RHE
Baltimore (42-40)000000100140
Boston (43-38)00001001X270
W: Archer (7-3) L: O'Day (5-7) S: Uehara (12)
Dynasty: bayers3
08:30 PM - July 7, 2014. Written by bayers3

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Another game, another start for Chris Archer against the Rays. After the double-ejection game the Red Sox would be extremely motivated to beat Tampa Bay at The Trop and show them the AL East belongs to them. Today's game, the opening game of a three game series, could have major ramifications on the AL East title race.

Hellickson, taking the mound again for the Rays, wouldn't make it easy for Boston to get revenge. Luckily Archer was more than up to the task, and the refs were definitely fair an balanced enough for John Farrell. Through six innings this was a pitching duel of the finest caliber, with Hellickson only allowing a single hit.

It wasn't until the 7th inning that someone broke through and knocked a starter out of the game. With the Red Sox showing little power, they opted for some small-ball tactics to get on the board. Xander Bogaerts got himself to 2nd with a stolen base after a single, and then Dustin Pedroia drove him in with a single of his own to make it 1-0. Pedroia then stole second and scored easily on a Victorino single to make it 2-0. Victorino then stole 2nd, but Middlebrooks struck out to end the scoring.

Apparently revenge is best served with 20K.

With a 2-0 lead finally in had the story shifted to Chris Archer. After 8IP Archer would write his name in the history books next to Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, and Randy Johnson with an astounding 20K in a single game. This time out Archer only allowed 3H and a single walk, converting those walks from the last start into outs. Uehara came in for the 9th and allowed two hits, but he closed the game with little excitement.

Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Jun 23, 2015123456789RHE
Boston (40-36)000000200250
Tampa Bay (43-35)000000000031
W: Archer (6-3) L: Hellickson (8-5) S: Uehara (11)
Dynasty: bayers3
05:41 PM - July 7, 2014. Written by jilly55

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Giants seemed to get back on track Thursday with a 5-2 win at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals, after having dropped four of their last five. Tim Hudson got his first start since coming off the DL, replacing the recently concussed Tim Lincecum, who was eerily injured the same day Hudson came off the DL. Hudson performed very well in his first outing back, though he saw limited action, due to his lack of any rehab assignment, as he was needed to replace Lincecum in the rotation. Hudson allowed one run (0 ER, though the error was his own) through six innings. His first two innings were rocky, and he had runners in scoring position both times, but was able to work out. The Giants hit better than usual yesterday, with three players managing multiple hits: Posey, Morse and Hicks. Posey played phenomenally, going 3-4, two of which were doubles, as well as an RBI and two runs scored. Morse's two run shot in the fifth was his eighth of the year, putting him in second behind only Brandon Belt in home runs on the team. This series will wrap up Sunday, and afterwards, the Giants will travel to Cincinnati to take on the lukewarm Reds.

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
May 29, 2014123456789RHE
San Francisco (32-23)0110300005121
St. Louis (21-34)000001001280
W: Tim Hudson (4-2) L: Jaime Garcia (0-1)
Dynasty: jilly55
07:02 AM - July 7, 2014. Written by bigdgp2
  • * SS Addison Russell [1st OAK, 5th MLB]

    Twenty year old Addison Russell possesses the tools to excel at the big league level, along with the work ethic that is required to realize these tools. Defensively, he has a plus-plus glove at shortstop, and he'll consistently rank as one of the best defensive shortstops in the game. Offensively, he has plenty of pop in his bat. He is also very disciplined at the plate, taking 61 BBs last season in Stockton.

    This year, he'll be playing at AA Midland, where Oakland expects him to excel. If he continues along his developmental path, then he'll be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

    * 3B Daniel Robertson [2nd OAK; 58th MLB]

    Daniel Robertson's primary asset is his outstanding defense. Offensively, he has the potential to be a solid, if unspectacular, everyday player. His primary skillset is his ability to hit into the gaps. He hit 21 2Bs in 451 plate appearances last season in A-ball Beloit. Oakland expects him to be a contender for a roster spot by the end of next season.

    * 1B Matt Olson [3rd OAK; 81st MLB]

    Matt has plus power, hitting 23 HRs last season for Beloit. That being said, his limitation is avoiding outs at the plate. While he did take 72 walks last season, he struck out 148 times. His success at the big league level depends on his ability to make contact with the ball. At this time, he is a 19 year old project playing for Stockton.

    * CF BJ Boyd [4th OAK; -- MLB]

    Tremendous glove at CF. Offensively, he makes solid contact to the gaps. For Short-A Vermont, he had a .285/.375/.442 line, hitting 13 2Bs in 300 PAs. He has the potential to be a future replacement for Coco Crisp.

    * OF Billy McKinney [5th OAK; -- MLB]

    Drafted last season, McKinney will likely be #2 on this very soon. He has the ability to make solid contact to the gaps, which will lead to many extra base hits. He begins the season playing for Beloit as a 19 year old.
Dynasty: bigdgp2
Sunday, July 6, 2014
08:05 PM - July 6, 2014. Written by bigdgp2
Oakland Athletics Depth Chart - 2014
  • Catcher
  • Derek Norris
  • Stephen Vogt
  • First Base
  • Brandon Moss
  • Stephen Vogt
  • Second Base
  • Alberto Callaspo
  • Nick Punto
  • Third Base
  • Josh Donaldson
  • Eric Sogard
  • Shortstop
  • Jed Lowrie
  • Eric Sogard
  • Left Field
  • Yoenis Cespedes
  • Sam Fuld
  • Center Field
  • Coco Crisp
  • Sam Fuld
  • Right Field
  • Josh Reddick
  • Sam Fuld
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Sonny Gray
  • Scott Kazmir
  • Jesse Chavez
  • Dan Straily
  • Tom Millone
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Fernando Abad
  • Luke Gregerson
  • Jim Johnson
  • Dan Ortero
  • Drew Pomeranz
  • Evan Scribner
  • Closer
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Designated Hitter
  • John Jaso
  • Disabled List
  • Craig Gentry
  • AJ Griffin
  • Jake Elmore
  • Jarrod Parker
  • Ryan Cook
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • Eric O\'Flaherty
Dynasty: bigdgp2
05:52 PM - July 6, 2014. Written by bayers3

BOSTON, MA - It has been a few weeks since Chris Archer has been able to start a game at home, and today's game against the Rays was a real doozy. The AL East leading Rays would start Jeremy Hellickson, who is having a great season, but his pitching would not be the big headline after this game.

The Rays were ready for Archer, but more importantly it seemed like the umps were ready for him too. Archer has gotten by this season picking at the corners and forcing players to swing at borderline pitches, and it seemed that the umps weren't going to let that happen from the start. Tampa Bay started the scoring with an RBI single by Jayson Werth after an 11 pitch at-bat.

The excitement happened in the 4th inning, with Archer's pitch count already approaching 100, John Farrell left the dugout to have a frank discussion about the way the game was being called. Archer had already allowed 6BB, some of them coming on pitches that were clearly strikes. Farrell was relentless, and he was soon thrown out of the game. Archer came out again for the 5th, but the umps kept on calling clear strikes as balls. Pitching coach Devin Lipscomb, now acting as manager, came out to argue a little more and joined Farrell in the club house after being ejected as well. 113 pitches in just 5IP and 8BB later Archer took a seat.

Wil Myers made it 2-0 in the 6th with an RBI single off De La Rosa, and then David Ortiz made it 2-1 with a solo-HR in the 8th that ended Hellickson's day. Boston had nothing left in the tank and Grant Balfour closed it out for his 21st save of the season. The loss knocks Boston down to 4th in the AL East, 5 games back of division leading TB.

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Jun 18, 2015123456789RHE
Tampa Bay (42-31)010001000230
Boston (37-34)000000010140
W: Hellickson (8-4) L: Archer (5-3) S: Balfour (21)
Dynasty: bayers3
05:48 PM - July 6, 2014. Written by bayers3

OAKLAND, CA - The Red Sox made the long flight across this country this week to face off against an AL West favorite in the Oakland A's. The A's are struggling behind the Mariners atop the division, but that doesn't mean Boston would have an easy time on the road. Oakland's pitching has been excellent, and a date with Sonny Gray wouldn't give them much of an opening. Archer and Gray have faced off a number of times before, but Boston has always come up on top.

The game opened with a bad omen for Oakland, with Jackie Bradley Jr. scoring on an inside-the-park HR thanks to a misplayed ball in RF. Boston made it 2-0 in the 2nd with an Ortiz RBI single, but Oakland wasn't ready to get run over by Archer. Rookie SS Addison Russell made it 2-1 with a solo-HR that bounded off the top of the OF wall and landed under Mount Davis.

Gray settled down and held Boston scoreless until Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia combined to make it 3-1. Bogaerts stole 2nd with two outs which allowed him to score easily when Pedroia hit a stand up double. Gray didn't come back out for the 6th, but the game went quiet for the next two innings.

The 8th inning was rather exciting, but Oakland still found themselves behind. Pedroia stepped up again with a solo-HR to make it 4-1, but Oakland finally put some pressure on Archer in the bottom of the inning. Archer loaded the bases with two straight walks and Blake Swihart showed he was still a rookie with a real rookie mistake. Eric Sogard hit a ball down into the ground that Swihart was able to collect only a few feet in front of him, but instead of tagging home (which he could have done very easily) he went to 1B to throw out Sogard and allow a run.

Pedroia finished with 2RBI and a HR.

The final frame of the game became a microcosm of Boston's late game problems, as expected it involved Koji Uehara. Uehara struggled to find the plate, his sinker hardly devastating, and he loaded the bases with no outs. Farrell was fed up with Uehara and put in De La Rosa, and he promptly struck out the next three Oakland batters to close the game 4-2.

Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics
Jun 12, 2015123456789RHE
Boston (35-31)110010010490
Oakland (36-30)001000010261
W: Archer (5-2) L: Gray (4-3) S: De La Rosa (1)
Dynasty: bayers3
04:28 PM - July 6, 2014. Written by jilly55

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Giants have now responded to their 4 game winning streak last week with a 3 game losing streak this week, due to Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Cubs. The box score tells the story by itself, both Matt Cain and Jeff Samardzija were excellent, shutting out both teams for eight innings. Cain was especially dominant allowing only two hits and striking out eight. However, Cain had to be pulled after the eighth because of pitch count. Reliever Jeremy Affeldt struggled in his one inning pitched, allowing two hits and walking a batter, leading to the lone run in the game. The Giants were able to muster seven hits, but could not push across a run. The shining star in the Giants order was Pablo Sandoval who went 3-4 including a double. Sandoval's average has climbed recently to a team-high .311. It was a game the Giants and Matt Cain would've like to have won, as they are now in second place in the NL West, a half game back from the San Diego Padres. After this series wraps on Wednesday, the Giants will head out to St. Louis to take on an underachieving Cardinals club.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
May 26, 2014123456789RHE
Chicago (30-21)000000001140
San Francisco (30-22)000000000070
W: Jeff Samardzija (5-3) L: Jeremy Affeldt (3-2) S: Jose Veras (22)
Dynasty: jilly55
Saturday, July 5, 2014
09:25 PM - July 5, 2014. Written by jilly55

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Giants win streak continued Friday after a 4-0 win versus the Minnesota Twins at AT&T Park, led by Mike Kickham's surprising two-hit shutout. Kickham has continued to surprise at the major league level, as many criticized the decision of GM Brian Sabean to promote Kickham over top 50 prospect Kyle Crick to replace an injured Tim Hudson. The struggling Angel Pagan had a breakout performance going 2-4 with a double and a triple, the only player managing multiple hits for San Francisco. Hunter Pence also performed well at the plate, driving in two runs off of a sacrifice fly and a the games only home run: a solo shot to right. Nick Noonan was called up Wednesday to replace Joaquin Arias who is on the DL with a shoulder tear, and surprisingly was given the start by Bruce Bochy, over usual shortstop Brandon Crawford. Crawford's role in the lineup has been significantly decreased over the past couple of weeks, and rumors of potential deals for him are beginning to circulate. The Giants sweep of the Rockies earlier in the week, as well as this most recent win, put them in sole possession of the lead in the NL West, one game ahead of the Dodgers. This three game series finishes up Sunday, after which the Giants will stay at home to take on the shockingly strong NL Central leaders: the Chicago Cubs.

Minnesota Twins at San Francisco Giants
May 23, 2014123456789RHE
Minnesota (22-24)000000000020
San Francisco (30-19)01100020X470
W: Mike Kickham (2-0) L: Ricky Nolasco (3-4)
Dynasty: jilly55
03:04 PM - July 5, 2014. Written by Roscosuper


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Dynasty: Roscosuper
02:58 PM - July 5, 2014. Written by harleyhorse8

Samardzija Pitches Perfect Game as Cubs Down Diamondbacks 4-0

By Evan Ritter, MLB.com Cubs Correspondent, April 24, 2014

CHICAGO- Coming into the series down 2-1, the Chicago Cubs (8-12) came into today needing a big win, and they delivered in spectacular fashion. Jeff Samardzija (1-2) pitched his way into a shutout and possibly back into the good graces of the Chicago management. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson would continue his curious pitcher selection as Trevor Cahill (0-1) took the mound despite having appeared in the last two games.

The Cubs were kept scoreless through five, but showed some life in the sixth, when CF Emilio Bonifacio bunted and legged out a single against Josh Collmenter. The next batter flew out, so Bonifacio decided to break for second and got there in time, increasing his hold on the NL Stolen Base category. Then, Starlin Castro lined to right, scoring Bonifacio from second. Anthony Rizzo would line to the gap, scoring Castro and getting him to second with his 4th double of the season. Nate Schierholtz would finish it off with a moon shot to right center field, netting him a well-earned 1st home run of the season.

Although the Diamondbacks threatened at least one run, they could not bring it across, and Samardzija finished nine innings.

The Cubs were buoyed by Nate Schierholtz, who went 2-for-4 including the HR. In other news, Javier Baez's first major league hit will have to wait, as he did not hit in 3 attempts and struck out once.

Following this, the Cubs are on the road for consecutive away series at Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The D-Backs will play home-and-home series against Philadelphia and Colorado.

Evan Ritter is a sports columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @evan_ritter0286.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
Jan 1, 123456789RHE
Arizona (14-10)000000000040
Chicago (8-12)000004000491
W: Samardzija (2-2) L: Collmenter (0-1) S: N/A
Scoring Summary
Arizona Diamondbacks
Bonifacio, CF4110000.265
Sweeney, LF4010000.292
Castro, SS4121000.265
Rizzo, 1B4121000.250
Schierholtz, RF4122001.264
Valbuena, 3B3000110.286
Baez, 2B3000010.000
Baker, C3000000.176
Samardzija, P3010010.333
2B: Rizzo (4)
HR: Schierholtz (1)
RBI: Castro (15), Rizzo (13), Schierholtz 2 (3)
GIDP: Schierholtz
SB: Bonifacio (9), Valbuena (1)
E: Bonifacio (2)
Chicago Cubs
Campana, CF4020000.300
Parra, RF4020000.269
Goldschmidt, 1B3000100.352
Trumbo, LF4000000.290
Hill, 2B1000310.330
Chavez, 3B2000200.317
Gregorius, SS3000000.222
Gosewisch, C3000010.227
Cahill, P1000000.000
Montero, C1000000.243
Prado, 2B1000000.278
GIDP: Parra, Trumbo, Chavez
CS: Hill
Arizona Diamondbacks
Samardzija (W, 2-2)9.04006203.60
TEAM TOTALS9.0400620
Chicago Cubs
Cahill 4.03000005.54
Collmenter (L, 0-1)1.144400127.00
TEAM TOTALS8.0944131

Yesterday's Transactions

Placed 1B Seth Loman on 15-day DL.
Placed OF Jason Heyward on 15-day DL.
Promoted 1B Barrett Kleinknect from Class-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Mississippi.
Promoted OF Josh Elander from Class-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Mississippi.
Promoted OF Derrick Mitchell from Double-A Missisippi to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Recalled OF Jose Costanza from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Placed Darwin Barney on 60-day DL.
Promoted 3B Jeimer Candelario from Class-A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee.
Promoted SS Jeudy Valdez from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.
Recalled SS Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.
Purchased the contract of SS Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

Placed SP Wade Miley on 15-day DL.
Activated RP Evan Marshall from DL.
Recalled RP Josh Collmenter from Triple-A Reno.

Placed SP Rainy Lara on 15-day DL.
Promoted SP Michael Fulmer from Class-A Saint Lucie to Double-A Binghamton.

Placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on 15-day DL.
Promoted OF Adam Loewen from Class-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading.
Promoted 2B Matt Tolbert from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Placed 3B Jarek Cunningham on 15-day DL.
Promoted CF Barrett Barnes from Class-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona.

Placed SS Eduardo Escobar on 15-day DL.
Promoted 2B Eddie Rosario from Class-A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain.
Promoted CF Byron Buxton from Double-A New Britain to Triple-A Rochester.

Activated SP David Phelps from DL.
Optioned RP Adam Warren to Triple-A Scranton/WB.
Sent RP Daniel Burawa from Triple-A Scranton/WB to Double-A Trenton.
Sent RP Charley Short from Double-A Trenton to Class-A Tampa.
Dynasty: harleyhorse8
12:27 PM - July 5, 2014. Written by bayers3

DETROIT, MI - With the MLB Draft out of the way the Red Sox head to Detroit. The draft brought out a number of interesting trade offers which validated the success of Boston's previous draft. 1B Isaac Koufax has become a hot commodity with Boston receiving serious offers from San Francisco and Pittsburgh. The Giants dangled CC Sabathia and Hector Sanchez, and the Pirates surprised by offering uber prospect James Tallion straight up for Koufax. Boston politely declined both offers.

Today's game would feature two teams with eyes on division titles, and the new look Tigers would certainly have the firepower to keep that dream alive. The Tigers still have Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez, today's starter, but the additions of Anthony Rendon and David Wright have really helped their offense.

Sanchez, already having a rough start to the season, was hit hard and often almost immediately. Shane Victorino opened the scoring with a solo-HR in the 2rd. Detroit's defense was horrible today, which didn't help Sanchez. Boston made it 2-0 in the 4th on a Sanchez throwing error that prevented a double-play and turned into an RBI single from Ortiz that brought in Napoli from third.

The 6th inning would finally put Sanchez out of his misery and end a 10H outing. Another RBI single from Ortiz would bring in Middlebrooks from second, and then a 2RBI single from Bradley with the bases loaded (thanks to more defensive miscues) would bring the score to 5-0. The Tigers would pull a few runs back thanks to Will Middlebrooks poor decision making in the bottom of the 6th. With the bases loaded David Moya grounded into a 5-4 fielder's choice that drove in a runner from third, why Middlebrooks didn't step on third or go home with the ball is a mystery. Rendon followed that up with an RBI single to make it 5-2.

Things settled down until the top of the 9th when Boston finished off the Tigers with two more runs. A Napoli single brought in Bogaerts after a double, and Ortiz drove in Napoli to make it 7-2 and end the Tigers day. The Red Sox ended with a 17 hit explosion that may signal a change to their offensive struggles.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Jun 7, 2015123456789RHE
Boston (33-28)0101030027170
Detroit (31-32)000002000260
W: Archer (4-2) L: Sanchez (3-7)
Dynasty: bayers3
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