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Hamilton Stepping Up Baseball Activity

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is stepping up his baseball activity in an effort to get back in the lineup before the playoffs, according to an Associated Press report.

Hamilton took 25 swings off a tee, ran hard in the outfield, and shagged fly balls prior to Monday night?s game against the Mariners.

Via AP

Jays' Bautista Hits 50th Home Run

Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 50th home run Thursday, a first-inning solo blast off Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, as reported by the Associated Press.

Bautista is the 26th player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run mark in a season, and the first since Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) did it in 2007.

Via AP

Execs Open To Voting For Hernandez Despite Lack Of Wins

Felix Hernandez is in contention to win the Cy Young despite a possibly record low amount of wins.

Six out of nine top baseball execs sided with Hernandez over anyone else, including CC Sabathia and David Price, who have far more wins than Hernandez while pitching for better teams.

Last year's Cy Young winners had record-low win totals of 15 (Tim Lincecum) and 16 (Zack Greinke) for starting pitchers. But Hernandez, who was only 11-11 at the time of the nine interviews/contacts (some execs responded by text) on Friday but notched his 12th win later that night against the first-place Rangers, provides the most extreme example to date of a low victory total with excellent other numbers.

"I would hope voters have gotten to the point where wins -- while a factor -- are only a very small part of the calculus given how dependent an individual's total is upon his team's run scoring, defense and bullpen performances,'' said one American League executive. "Based upon what the individuals have done, my ballot would be Felix, CC (and Jered) Weaver.''

Via SI.com

Ichiro Records 3,500th Hit In Pro Career

Ichiro Suzuki had an infield single in the first inning on Saturday to give him 3,500 in his pro career, including 2,222 in the majors and 1,278 in Japan.

He added another infield single in the eighth.


Felix Loses No-Hit Bid In 8th Inning

Felix Hernandez took a no hitter into the eighth inning in his start on Friday before it was broken up by Nelson Cruz when he hit a solo homer.

Hernandez is a Cy Young candidate, coming into the game with a 2.39 ERA.

Via Yahoo! Sports

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