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    Prospect Central - July 8, 2007

      Manny Parra – Brewers Starter – Throws Left – 6-3, 200 – 10/30/1982   Manny caught everyone’s attention on June 25th when he retired 27 straight hitters against the Round Rock Express to record the 8th perfect game...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 8, 2007

    Billy Butler: With Mike Sweeney out for at least six weeks, Butler will get a chance to show that he is ready to hit in the major leagues. In his first go around with the Royals earlier this season, he...

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    NL Player Profiles

    Chris Duncan - Chris Duncan didn't start again last night, but he did come in as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and singled home two runs to make the game tight at the finish. Duncan is leading the Cardinals...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 7th 2007

    James Shields of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays appears to be turning into a pretty good young starter. The 26 year old right hander improved to 7-4 on the year on Friday in a win against the Kansas City Royals....

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 6, 2007

    Brad Penny developed a blister in the first inning of last night's start against the Braves and limped to his worst outing of the season, allowing 6 runs, all earned in 4 IP on 9 hits, 4 walks and 5...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 6, 2007

    Chad Gaudin: Gaudin turned in another good performance last night, 2 ER in 7.2 innings, to improve his record to 8-3 with a stingy 2.88 ERA. His high GB% of 53% compensates for an average 5.6 K/9. At some point...

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    A Closer Look - July 5, 2007

    Injuries and ineffectiveness have shuffled the deck in a couple of MLB bullpens as we take a post-July 4th Closer Look. Devil Ray's closer Al Reyes was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a "mildly"strained rotator cuff. The...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - July 5, 2007

    American League 22 Daric Barton OAK 1B B+ After hitting .454 in June, A's reportedly considering dealing D. Johnson to make room for Barton. 23 Adam Jones SEA OF B+ Much closer to being ready now than he was last...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 5, 2007

    Scott Kazmir- TB- Caution- So maybe I'm a day late and maybe I'm a voice cryinhg in the wilderness, but once again it looks like mismanagement of Scott Kazmir is leading him closer to the day when he will blow...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 4, 2007

    Happy July 4th everyone! Having faced yesterday's opposing pitcher Ryan Feierabend in the minors, Billy Butler knew what to expect and he entered the game in a comfortable state of mind. The result was a 3- for -5 performance with...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 4, 2007

    Alex Gonzalez: Gonzalez is putting on a nice power display for the Reds this year, 13 home runs and 18 doubles in 288 AB. He is just 30 years old and has showed power before, 18 home runs in 2003...

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    AL Player Profiles

    Vernon Wells - Wells has had a horrible first half, but perhaps last night's 4-5 performance will jumpstart him. Wells' AVG this season is about 20 points below his career worst, and after posting four straight years with ISO's between...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 3, 2007

    Brandon Webb- ARI- Cold- Something is going on with Webb. Maybe he is having some fatigue issues. Earlier in the season he had a few starts where his pitch count reached above 110. He didn't seem to have any carryover...

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    NL Player Spotlight- July 2, 2007

    Carlos Delgado: The power's starting to come for Carlos Delgado as he knocked out his 13th HR of the season on Sunday along with his 19th 2B of the season in a 2-3 performance. Delgado now has 17 extra base...

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    AL Player Spotlight- July 1, 2007

    CC Sabathia: I love me some CC Sabathia! Big CC went 7 strong innings last night yielding only 2 ER's on 6 hits. He struck out 8 more batters without walking a hitter and raises his season K:BB ratio to...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 1, 2007

    Ryan Freel Good news on Ryan Freel lately, as the post-concussion systems continue to subside. Freel is currently on a Triple-A rehab assignment, and if things continue to go as planned, he should be able to be activated sometime next...

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    Prospect Central - June 31, 2007

    This week we will pick up some players from the Futures Game rosters that haven’t yet appeared in Prospect Central, and introduce you to a rising young star in the Red Sox System… Keep in mind that our Prospect...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 30, 2007

    Chris Ray- BAL- Drop Value- Ray may finally have pitched himself out of the closer role in Baltimore, at least as far as being the sole closer goes. "It would be nice if we could get him out of some...

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    NL Player Spotlight - June 30th, 2007

    Brian Mcann of the Atlanta Braves had been coming around of late but he had a real stinker at the plate on Friday night against the Florida Marlins. Mcann went zero for six with four strikeouts and seven runners left...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 29, 2007

    Jason Bartlett: Bartlett has quietly gone a perfect 15 for 15 in the steals department this year. He is not hitting for power, but is making good contact, 87% Ct%, and exercising plate patience, .79 BB/K, to get him on...

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    NL Player Spotlight- June 29, 2007

    Scott Olsen: It seems every time it looks like Scott Olsen is taking a step forward, he takes another step backwards. This seemed to take place within the same game on Thursday as Olsen mowed through the weak Pirates lineup...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - June 28, 2007

    American League 23 Daric Barton OAK 1B B+ Having a pretty good June - .500/.545/.700. Just 5 HR in 275 at-bats but more power will come. 24 Adam Jones SEA OF B+ In 163 fewer at-bats, he's already tied last...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 27, 2007

    Jered Weaver- LAA- Hot- Weaver seemed fully recovered from the various maladies (sore shoulder, strep throat) that have affected him over the past few weeks. He held KC to just 1 run on 5 hits and a walk while striking...

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    A Closer Look - June 28, 2007

    It is dateline Chicago once again as we review the big bullpen news of the week. Ryan Dempster was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a strained left oblique. With Sweet Lou's alleged "closer in waiting"Angel Guzman also...

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    NL Player Spotlight - June 27, 2007

    Chuck James: There could be some trouble looming for James. In two seasons, he has been at the league average with his HR/FB%, 10.3% last year and 10.6% this year. His fly ball pitching ways, 49% in 2007, means that...

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    AL Player Spotlight June 27th, 2007

    The Mark Buehrle show will be front and center in the eyes scouts and general mangers today in Tampa Bay. Buehrle has pitched well enough to win his last three starts and probably four of his last five starts but...

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    First Pitch - June 26, 2007

    My base of minor league operations sits on the banks of the meandering Merrimack River in Manchester New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, playing in the Eastern League. Their new...

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    AL Player Profiles

    J.D. Drew - How is it that Drew is owned in only 1 out of 3 ESPN leagues? After another hit and two walks last night, Drew is hitting 306/353/565 for the month of June. He is still a dangerous...

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    NL Player Spotlight - June 26, 2007

    Justin Germano- SD- Hot- Germano had another strong start, although he ended up with no decision. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4 in 6 IP. Only once in 9 starts has...

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    NL Player Spotlight- June 25, 2007

    John Maine: A couple home starts seemed to be all John Maine needed to get back on track. Maine posted his 2nd consecutive quality start as he limited the A's to 5 base-runners and 2 ER's in his 7 innings...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 24, 2007

    Fernando Rodney: Despite Todd Jones' problems, 5.46 ERA, the Tigers are more likely to stick with him as the closer or look outside the organization rather than turning to Rodney. Rodney has struggled also, 5.40 ERA, but has also been...

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    NL Player Spotlight - June 24, 2007

    James Loney I can't tell you how impressed I am with James Loney. He was 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk on Saturday against the Devil Rays, and even his two out were line drives, one of which could...

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    NL Player Profiles

    Conor Jackson - Jackson has been scuffling a bit lately, but in my mind the 25 year old is a breakout waiting to happen. There might be one or two hitters per team that can exert enough control over the...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 23, 2007

    But for the fact that Mark Buehrle surrendered a lead-off homer to Alfonso Soriano, then another solo blast to Aramis Ramirez a few batters later, the White Sox southpaw was brilliant, going seven strong innings (well, six strong innings and...

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    NL Player Spotlight June 22, 2007

    Rodrigo Lopez improved to 4-0 on the year with a win over the Yankees on Thursday. He went 5.2 IP, allowing 7 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Rodrigo lowers his ERA to 2.93 on the year in...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 22, 2007

    Julio Lugo: The Red Sox have dropped the struggling Lugo, .201 batting average in 264 AB, to the bottom of the order. There doesn't seem to be much wrong with Lugo's skill set, 86% Ct% and .67 BB/K. A low...