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04-29

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 28
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04-27

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 26
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04-26

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 25
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04-26

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Wezen-Ball: Denver's Snowy Troubles
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04-25

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 24
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04-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 23
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04-24

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Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
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04-23

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 22
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04-21

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 20
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04-19

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Wezen-Ball: A Few of Baseball's Best Moments
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04-19

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 18
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04-18

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 17
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04-17

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 16
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04-17

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Wezen-Ball: "Rise of the Robot Umpires"
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04-16

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 15
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04-15

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 14
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04-15

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Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"
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04-14

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 13
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04-13

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 12
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 11
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04-11

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 10
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04-11

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Wezen-Ball: The Froot Loop Summer
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04-10

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 9
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04-09

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Wezen-Ball: Which Justin Upton Home Run was Longest?
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04-08

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 7
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04-08

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Wezen-Ball: The 2013 Interleague Schedule
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04-07

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 6
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 5
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 4
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 3
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04-04

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Wezen-Ball: Yu Darvish Reminds Us: Technology is Great
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 2
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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 1
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04-02

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Wezen-Ball: A Freak Injury for Paul Molitor
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03-31

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Wezen-Ball: House Sigils for Major League Baseball
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03-27

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Wezen-Ball: Connie Mack, the Wise-Cracking Catcher
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03-26

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Wezen-Ball: Li'l Pete's Big Hit
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03-25

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Wezen-Ball: News of the Weird
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03-21

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Wezen-Ball: A Plane Crash in Indianapolis
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03-14

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Wezen-Ball: Happy Pi (Pi) Day, 2013!
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03-13

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Wezen-Ball: Globicide, or Murdering a Baseball
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03-08

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Tater Trot Tracker: Hanley & the World Baseball Classic
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03-05

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Wezen-Ball: When Cuba Stomped the Orioles
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02-28

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Wezen-Ball: Batting Third: Bryce Harper (and Derek Jeter)
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02-26

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Wezen-Ball: The Astrodome's Futuristic Scoreboard
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02-19

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Wezen-Ball: Century City
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02-17

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Tater Trot Tracker: A Birthday Treat: Michael Jordan's Tater Trot
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02-14

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Wezen-Ball: You Can't Help But Love It
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02-12

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Wezen-Ball: The Night Pete Rose Broke the Record
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Tater Trot Tracker: La Serie del Caribe, Championship Game
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The tater trots from April 7: Will Middlebrooks' big game, a pretty walkoff from Dayan Viciedo.

The first weekend is in the books. Raise your hand if you had Will Middlebrooks with the first three-homer game of the season?

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Breaking down the 2013 interleague schedule for all 30 teams. What teams are forced to deviate from their regular roster/lineup construction for the longest stretch of the year?

With the Astros finally moved into the American League, we have a very different interleague schedule this year. Not only does it mean that there is now at least one interleague series happening each day of the season, from April to October, it also means that the "rivalry weekends" that were the highlights of the interleague schedule fifteen years ago have been re-shaped. Additionally, the newly balanced divisions mean that, outside of the rivalry games, all teams in a given division can play the exact same teams as their divisional opponents. No longer do the schedule makers have to worry about a six-team division matching up with a four-team division.

So how did the schedule makers do? Did the schedule turn out as balanced as can be? Were they able to ensure that teams from any one division would have the same opponents as their division-mates? Were all clubs given the same number of interleague matches or did some lucky squad or two end up a series short? One thing to remember here is that, with interleague games happening all year long instead of on two or three specific weekends, clubs are now on unequal footing when it comes to setting their rosters for the change in league rules. If one team, for example, only ever has to worry about forcing their pitchers to hit one weekend a month, they are probably in a better situation than the club forced to suddenly remove their all-star DH for nine straight games. National League clubs playing in American League ballparks will have similar problems in trying to add a DH for extended periods of time.

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The tater trots for April 6: the Upton brothers have a fantastic ninth inning.

It was a day of disappointments for some.

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The tater trots for April 5: Chris Davis keeps going, Prince Fielder socks a couple, Jean Segura races around on his first trot.

Welcome to the first weekend of the new season! If you're a Nationals pitcher currently in Cincinnati, you may want to take it easy. Whiplash isn't the kind of thing to take lightly.

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The tater trots from April 4: Michael Morse and Chris Davis are ridiculously hot while a pair of Yankees speed on home.

The total number of home runs hit across the league went down on Thursday, but you wouldn't know it from the game in Toronto. The Blue Jays and Indians combined for seven home runs, with J.P. Arencibia launching two himself. You also wouldn't know it from Chris Davis or Michael Morse, who continue to place the ball over the fence as if it belonged to an annoying neighbor. All in all, not a bad way for this first week to continue.

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The tater trots for April 3: Manny goes deep across the world, Gio can't keep from smiling, Upton busts out the speed.

Well that didn't take long. On the first day of the season in which all 30 teams played, there are 36 home runs hit around the league. There's nothing extreme about that number, but it is rather early in the season to see so many hit in a single day. At least it was full of interesting homers.

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The technology to consume and enjoy baseball games today makes this one of the best times ever to be a baseball fan.

The recent spate of no-hitters and perfect games has really helped to show us how far the technology for enjoying baseball has come in the last two decades. Comparing how we learn about and consume these historic games today with even ten years ago is a lesson in how rapidly technology can evolve in the Internet Age. For fans of baseball, this is a great thing.

In 1990-91, there were fourteen no-hitters thrown around the major leagues, including two from Nolan Ryan and a perfect game from Dennis Martinez. At that time, in our cable-less house, I would have been lucky to hear about the no-hitter by the next day, when my older brothers or I happened to see it in the newspaper. If it was a name I recognized, like Ryan, and it happened to fall on the right day of the week, I may even have been lucky enough to hear about it that night. If the event happened to fall through those cracks, however—a pretty easy feat to accomplish—I might not have heard about it at all until I ran across a Topps or Upper Deck card commemorating the feat the next summer. How else would a kid from central California have been expected to hear about the Kent Mercker-Mark Wohlers-Alejandro Pena combined no-hitter?

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The tater trots for April 2: Yu Darvish's near-perfect night, Pete Kozma might cause a divorce.

Only the second full day of the season and we've already had a near-perfect game. Against the Astros no less. If this kind of thing keeps up, 2013 could be a very exciting year.

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The tater trot times for Opening Day, including two special days from Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper.

Opening Day is finally in the books and the 2013 season is underway! What a long cold (and then warm and then cold again) winter it has been. But spring is finally in the air and baseball is on our doorstep for the next six-plus months. Can't complain about that.

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Injuries can happen anywhere at any time. For Paul Molitor's finger, it was while running laps.

Spring training is the time of year when everyone's future is wide open and anything can happen. It's the time of year when players get into shape and play around with new skills. It's the time of year when fans come out to sit 20 feet from their favorite players and beg for autographs. It's the time of year when Joe Schlabotnik IV, wearing number 86, might face off against Señor Spielbergo (number 93) in a game-changing situation.

And it's the time of year for injuries. They happen everywhere: in the World Baseball Classic, in spring training games, in the hotel room, in dreams, at the car wash, and just about anywhere else you can imagine.

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Game of Thrones and MLB's Opening Day have more than a few things in common.

Two of the most anticipated events of the spring finally arrive this evening. Down where the stars at night are big and bright, the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros ring in the 2013 Major League Baseball season with the first game of the year. Meanwhile, over in Westeros, where the summers are long and the winters longer, the rangers of the Night's Watch, the Imp in King's Landing, and the Mother of Dragons welcome us to the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones with the season's first episode, "Valar Dohaeris."

In honor of this fantastic night of channel-hopping, I present to you ten house sigils of current major leaguers (plus two bonus sigils). You can create the sigil of your own favorite player at Join The Realm.

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A century old story shines some light on Connie Mack's greatest secret.

Ad Gumbert was a well-traveled right-handed pitcher who played his last game in 1896. In his nine year career, Gumbert pitched for National League squads in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. In 1890, he finished 23-12 for the Boston Reds of the Players League under manager King Kelly. In all this time shuttling around the league, Gumbert met many of the game's characters and walked away with a few stories.

In a 1911 issue of Baseball Magazine, Gumbert shared this tale on the greatest play he ever witnessed.

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