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Though the throwing error went to Quiroz, rendering the decisive run unearned, the loss went to Dan...

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Though the throwing error went to Quiroz, rendering the decisive run unearned, the loss went to Dan Cortes, and it's hard to say he didn't deserve it. Cortes inherited a three-run lead in the eighth and promptly threw nine consecutive balls, walking two, allowing a single, and giving the lead away before escaping the inning. He then returned for the ninth and, while he got the first two guys out, he walked Mitch Moreland and struck out Cruz on a pitch that was essentially uncatchable. The curve dropped at least a good foot in front of home plate before bouncing off, away from everybody. Cortes' final line reads 42 pitches - 18 strikes - 24 balls - and he was exactly as wild as that seems, if not moreso.

via Lookout Landing - Cortes earns first loss in amazing walkoff strikeout (emphasis mine).

I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above...

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I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above replacement, since 2001, 53% of the Twins' total WAR has come from homegrown players. 47% of their total WAR has come from players acquired outside of the organization. During that timespan, Minnesota have averaged a 162-game record of 87-75 in which homegrown players comprise a greater amount of their total team WAR. Their average, 162-game record over a season in which players acquired outside the organization comprise the greater total team WAR is 92-70. A couple notes: - BBRef WAR isn't perfect, I'll admit...in fact, it's far from it. However, it is at least consistent. - Only in 3 seasons was the team WAR particularly close between homegrown & outside acquisitions. Interpret the second note above as a grain of salt. So... Total MIN WAR from homegrown players since 2001: 53% Total MIN WAR from outside acquisitions since 2001: 47% What conclusions can and should we draw from this matter?

Moore is also open to dealing prospects for the right long-term fit. "Always," he said, "if...

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Moore is also open to dealing prospects for the right long-term fit. "Always," he said, "if something makes good sense. We’ve got five pretty good left-handed pitchers right now. I’d just as soon hold onto them for a few years and, if we have to deal one or two of them, do so when their value is really high. "To make a deal, we’d have to get someone in return who is going to be here for a while."

Finding impact right-handed bat heads KC's off-season priorities Says they're thinking of picking up an RHB OF for long-term to balance out all the lefties. Wouldn't be surprised if one of the minor league pitchers gets traded (IT IS the currency of baseball).

Ground out, strike out, ground out- welcome to the Show, Dan Cortes. He topped out at 98 MPH in his...

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Ground out, strike out, ground out- welcome to the Show, Dan Cortes. He topped out at 98 MPH in his 7th inning MLB debut.

The Mariners' Twitter feed seems to still be working, so they got that goin' for them, which is nice. Any report on Cortes' bladder control?

Rany Jazayerli: The Royals are moving their low-A ball team to Kane County. My office is located...

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Rany Jazayerli: The Royals are moving their low-A ball team to Kane County. My office is located in Kane County. I drive by the ballpark every day. Woot!

Girls Night Out Lineup: Dyson 8, Aviles 4, Butler 3, Betemit DH, Fields 5, Gordon 7, May 2,...

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Girls Night Out Lineup: Dyson 8, Aviles 4, Butler 3, Betemit DH, Fields 5, Gordon 7, May 2, Betancourt 6, Miller 9, O'Sullivan on the mound

Dina Wathan Royals v. RHP Masterson: Aviles 2 for 4, Butler 1 for 12, Betemit 1 for 4, Fields 0 for 3, Gordon 3 for 5, Betancourt 3 for 11 Blanco 0 for 1, Getz 1 for 2, Maier 3 for 6 By the looks of the bench, Ned thinks that Masterson is a LHP and is unaware that Masterson is significantly worse v. LHB than RHB.

Runs scored and allowed when Kendall was or wasn't the catcher

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Runs scored and allowed when Kendall was or wasn't the catcher

Games that Kendall was the starting catcher: RS 4.12 RA 5.34 Games he was not the starting catcher: RS 4.19 RA 5.04

Kansas City Royals: Ralph Wiggum Ralph is a nice enough kid, but he sure isn't the sharpest knife...

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Kansas City Royals: Ralph Wiggum Ralph is a nice enough kid, but he sure isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. He's always at or near the bottom of the class and you don't really expect any more from him than that. Sounds like the Royals, who haven't competed in a pennant race since before The Simpsons got their TV show. (But they have lost 100 games four times since then!) The Royals flunk English? That's unpossible! THT: Baseball Teams as Simpsons Characters

Pat White will sign with the Kansas City . . . Royals. Story coming at PFT

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Pat White will sign with the Kansas City . . . Royals. Story coming at PFT

Pro Football Talk Twitter Take that Chiefs, we've got a QB for the 2011 season at Kauffman Stadium!

#Royals lineup is Blanco 8 Aviles 4 Butler 3 Fields 5 Betemit DH Pena 2 Miller 9 Bloomy 7 Yuni 6...

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#Royals lineup is Blanco 8 Aviles 4 Butler 3 Fields 5 Betemit DH Pena 2 Miller 9 Bloomy 7 Yuni 6 Chen 1

Joel Goldberg's Twitter Royals v. Buehrle: Blanco 0 for 0, Aviles 7 for 24, Butler 14 for 41, Fields 0 for 0, Betemit 1 for 3, Pena 1 for 3, Miller 0 for 0, Bloomquist 16 for 36, Betancourt 6 for 21 and the bench: Gordon 6 for 23, Maier 8 for 22, the rest haven't faced Buehrle Obviously Mitch can't handle Buehrle like Blanco can
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