It’s probably the fault of the other teams with affiliates in the FSL for not thinking of this first

Judge has done his part for the Yankees in the same regard, as his on-base and slugging percentages both lead the AL, and New York finds itself a half game up on the Red Sox. Judge might even be having the top season in the AL, given Mike Trout’s inherent head start on everyone else in the game has been interrupted by his extended stint on the disabled list.

It would be fascinating and worthy of our attention if these two were on the dirt worst teams in MLB and putting up these kinds of numbers. But having them on teams that look like they should be competitive throughout the year, on classic franchises that seem to just be adding to their history of successful, homegrown stars? That adds another few layers, even if fans of Yankees and Dodgers rivals aren’t necessarily going to appreciate them the same way.

Fair enough. It’s probably the fault of the other teams with affiliates in the FSL for not thinking of this first, really.

With the promotion, you’ll get more articles like the one from the AP. There will be some positives. Glimmers will be shown. Seeds of hope will be planted. Mistakes will be made, but mistakes will not make the headlines.

And there might be some 2-for-13 stretches with strikeouts mixed in, but that’s just a technical quibble.

How brilliant: Wouldn’t you love to be sponsored by something you love? Syndergaard, who adores Cholula, gets as much free Cholula as he wants! The guy has it made in the hot sauce department, and the hot sauce department is clearly a place he enjoys spending time.

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Oregon State hit 1st grand slam in TD Ameritrade Park’s 6-year history

LSU and Oregon State went in for one of the more intriguing Omaha matchups of the College World Series’ opening weekend, and the Beavers have blasted out of the gates to stonewall the notoriously big bad Tigers. Things began slowly enough, with Oregon State crossing a single run in the top of the first to pull out a tenuous 1-0 lead, but the Beavs have pounced on LSU in the middle innings.

In the top of the fifth, LSU completely forgot how to play baseball, committing two heinous errors in the frame to plate three Oregon State runners, and in the process granting every ounce of momentum to the Beavs. Things are not going well for the Tigers, to say the least.

The Rockies slipped in the standings, sure, but they still possess a postseason spot, and the Cubs only managed to gain one game in the process, one that will likely end up as their best chance to gain ground.

The gap has closed a little bit for the non-Cubs teams the Pirates were previously the next-closest after Chicago at 11 games back, but now it’s the Braves at eight games back. Do you think the Braves are going to end up winning a wild card spot in a rebuilding year when they’re already eight back? Probably not! Cheer up, Rockies fans: your team is still in a great place.

It also helps that Colorado won six games in a row before dropping eight, so over their last 14, they’ve been pretty close to .500, and are 14-11 overall in the month of June. It’s disappointing that the Rockies weren’t able to build on their 14-3 start to June, sure, but they’re still in a great place as the month nears its close, and taking their next series will turn that narrative right around again.

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Hero umpire helps prevent woman from jumping off bridge before working Pirates-Rays game

Major League Baseball umpires have one of the toughest jobs in the sport. They never have a home game, and no fans come to the stadium to cheer them on. Maybe that should change, thanks an umpire like John Tumpane.

Tumpane was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, in town to work the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. He spotted a woman climbing over the railing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge near PNC Park.

Zack Hess spelled Lange in the eighth, and he needed just 23 pitches to work his way out of the last five outs. The big boy pitcher currently sports the Wild Thing haircut shave from the Major League franchise on the back of his head, and he dealt absolute heat to strike out the day’s final batter.

That’s a big time celebration for the hurler, and synecdoche for LSU on a grander scale, insofar as they were crushed by 12 runs just days previous. Skipper Paul Mainieri was asked about Hess’ personality after the big win, and, well:

The Tigers and Beavers will meet to decide one of the College World Series’ final two teams on Saturday, time to be announced.

Zack Hess has kindly agreed via tweet not to strangle his day’s starter after such a masterful performance despite Lange calling him gross on Twitter what with Lange holding the Beavs down to just one run in the victory. Thank you, Zack Wild Thing Hess, you’re the best.

Dear Lange, Great job today on the 30th Win. And thank you for the compliment. Now I won’t strangle you in your sleep. With love, Hess ??

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2017 scores and bracket: Louisville first team to Omaha

The second day of super regional play in the 2017 NCAA baseball tournament featured eight games at all eight tournament sites, and Louisville and Texas A&M were the first two teams this year to punch their tickets to the College World Series proper in Omaha, Neb.

The Cardinals downed the Wildcats, 5-2, on Friday then again, 6-2, on Saturday, and Drew Ellis and company are in business in the round of eight. Ellis, in fact, scorched off three home runs in the Louisville super, and his is the hot bat of the tournament currently.

The guy they want to draft (whoever that might be) should still be there at No. 3, where they traded down to. Moving off the top spot helped their payroll out, helped shed light on directions they hope to take with players they already have, and made it clear that there are likely more trades coming. They got in this situation to begin with due to trading established stars (Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) to the Nets in exchange for draft picks well down the road, one of which netted them the top spot in this season’s draft.

Now, fans around the NBA are invested in what Boston does next, if trading the pick that could net a potential superstar to a rival will backfire, or if it’ll turn out that Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge has made a prescient move. Imagine if MLB could add these levels of intrigue to its own draft and transactions each season? The Twins passed on consensus No. 1 Hunter Greene just last week: How could they have helped their own rebuild and current path to contention out if they had been able to deal out of that spot instead of just passing on him?

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