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TFD: In case you missed this awful Manning brothers rap video, here it is

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 12th at 4:38pm 270976591

MLB teams are striking out 230 times more per season in 2014 vs. 2005

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 12th at 3:03pm 270959091

Reading this Deadspin post about the rise of big-homer, big-strikeout, low batting average players in recent years made us simply curious about just how many more strikeouts there are these days vs. the recent past.

As it turns out: a lot more.

The average MLB team is on pace to strike out 1,251 times this season. In 2005, the average for a season was 1,021. Only one team in 2005 (the Reds at 1,303) struck out as much as the average team strikes out this year. Here’s the full list by year, with the number creeping up every season since 2005:

2014: 1,251

2013: 1,224

2012: 1,214

2011: 1,150

2010: 1,144

2009: 1,120

2008: 1,096

2007: 1,073

2006: 1,055

2005: 1,021

Tuesday (Correia and Willingham jump into pennant races) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 12th at 4:43pm 270914121

willinghamJosh Willingham and Kevin Correia have been big league regulars for nearly a decade apiece. Neither has ever participated in the postseason, and until a few days ago it looked like neither would sniff the playoffs this year with the Twins.

But suddenly via trades — Willingham to the suddenly hot Royals and Correia to the Dodgers — both have the postseason in their sights.

The Royals have won eight in a row and moved past the slumping Tigers into first place in the AL Central on Monday. Correia made his Dodgers debut on the same night, pitching six innings of one-run ball to get the win.

It must be a completely difference scene from what either player has experienced in his career-to-date. Correia pitched for some bad Giants, Padres, Pirates and, yes, Twins teams. Willingham was with the Marlins, Washington, Oakland (they were 74-88 in his one season) and since 2012 with the Twins.

Usually this is the time of year both can settle in and play out the string. Instead, they both will find themselves in the heat of pennant races.

TFD: Trevor May and Logan Darnell combined on a no-hitter for Rochester today (say what?)

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 19th at 3:26pm 270815031

Two pitchers who have started games for the Twins in August — including one who pitched just two days ago — combined on a no-hitter for Class AAA Rochester on Monday.

What’s that, now?

Yes, Logan Darnell and Trevor May had a combined no-hitter for the Red Wings.

Sure, but what are you talking about?

Ah, here’s the fun part: It was the completion of a game suspended by rain July 24. May started the game and pitched three hitless innings. Darnell actually pitched two days later for the Twins, and again on Aug. 1, but he was since sent down.

The game resumed today, and Darnell threw the next six innings of hitless relief.

Tommy Milone will be the 27th pitcher to start a game for the Twins since the beginning of 2011

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 11th at 2:13pm 270784781

miloneThe Twins’ pitching rotation has been, ah, unsettled for a while. We were curious: how many different starters have they used since everything went to [redacted] at the beginning of 2011?

Turns out Tommy Milone, who is slated to start tonight in Houston, will be the 27th different starting pitcher used by the Twins from 2011-14.

Twenty-seven.

Sounds like a random big number you would throw out if you were trying to be mean. But it’s the real number.

Here are the other 26 aside from Milone, in order of the number of starts they have made. Honestly, we had forgotten at least a few of these guys:

Scott Diamond 58

Kevin Correia 54

Nick Blackburn 45

Carl Pavano 44

Francisco Liriano 41

Samuel Deduno 41

Brian Duensing 39

Mike Pelfrey 34

Kyle Gibson 32

Liam Hendriks 28

Phil Hughes 24

Scott Baker 21

P.J. Walters 20

Cole De Vries 18

Ricky Nolasco 18

Anthony Swarzak 17

Pedro Hernandez 12

Andrew Albers 10

Vance Worley 10

Yohan Pino 9

Kevin Slowey 8

Jason Marquis 7

Esmerling Vasquez 6

Kris Johnson 3

Logan Darnell 2

Trevor May 1

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Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 5
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 11 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 5
Texas - LP: R. Mendez 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 4
Oakland - LP: R. Cook 3 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: F. Salas 4
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg

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