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Jen Rainwater

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An Oakland A's fanatic and an avid MLB fan, Jen received her degree in Communications & Journalism from Saint Mary's College of California in 2005 and has since worked in sports television production and print media in Oakland, CA. Known locally for her trendsetting ways as the "Oakland A's Socks Girl" she is often heard saying "It's all about the 3 B's: Baseball, Beer and BBQ! It just doesn't get better than that!

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Mariano Rivera may be done pitching but he is still making headlines. The former Yankee and MLB's all-time saves leader received an award, stepped foot on Rivera Ave. for the first time and was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  The 44-year old, who retired from baseball after the 2013 season, was presented with his Lifetime Achievement GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Award by MLB.com's Tim McMaster at Yankee Stadium. He was later outside the stadium, near Babe Ruth Plaza in the Bronx, at the corner of 161st Street and River Ave for the renaming of River Ave to "Rivera Avenue." Later that evening Rivera appeared on...

Rumors had been swirling around free agent pitcher Joel Hanrahan since winter. Hanrahan is a proven closer who ran into a some issues last season with the Boston Red Sox posting a 9.82 ERA in just 7 1/3 innings. But in early May the reason for his struggles was revealed. The, now 32-year old right-hander, needed Tommy John Surgery which ended his 2013 season. Hanrahan has a career ERA of 3.85 and a total 100 career saves. Originally a starting pitcher with the Nationals, he became the Pirates closer in 2011. Hanrahan made the All-Star Team both seasons he played in Pittsburgh collecting 40 saves in 2011 and 36 in 2012. As teams...

  Manny Machado was supposed to make his first appearance of the season on Tuesday but the weather was not so kind and made him wait two whole days. The Orioles star third baseman couldn't have been happier for the day to finally arrive. Machado suffered a season ending knee injury last September and under went surgery in October. He has been rehabbing the knee ever since. Both Machado and the team had hoped for an Opening Day debut by the third baseman but one month into the season was really not that much longer to wait. It certainly made Machado's appearance that much more exciting for the fans. Machado received a a roar of...

Could the fans of the New York Yankees really justify calling former Yankees' second baseman Robinson Cano a "sell out" on his first game back at the new Yankee Stadium Tuesday night? Boos are one thing, they will always happen in situations like this. Although it was pretty classy for the Boston Red Sox to put together a video tribute for Jacoby Ellsbury who left the team for not only more money but to compete with their bitter rivals. Shouldn't he too be considered a "sell out" by the Boston fans? Plus, can't Yankee fans spot that he sold out to go to their team? Apparently not. For Yankee's fans to chant "You Sold Out" at anyone is...

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has officially been in the league a month and he has broken a number of records both White Sox franchise records as well as overall MLB records. These include most home runs and RBI in a single month as well as just in the month of April alone and more. Some may seem a little obscure but he's broken them none the less. Starting with the most significant ones, Abreu entered Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays tied with the 500 home run club's newest member, Albert Pujols, for the most RBI by a rookie in the month of April with 27. Pujols had held the record since his rookie year in 2001. Abreu...

It's already been reported that the Washington Nationals' young star Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list do to a strained thumb. He injured it sliding into third during the Nationals' victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday. Monday it was reported by ESPN's Keith Law that Harper will need surgery due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Fox Sport's Ken Rosenthal tweeted about the situation, Source confirms report by @keithlaw: #Nationals’ Harper needs thumb surgery and likely is out until July. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 28, 2014 Harper visited Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland for a second opinion and...

A blister. You would not think that a blister could put a Major League ball player on the disabled list but it is more common than you think. Probably not talked about as much as, say, a sore elbow these days but it does happen. Josh Beckett, for instance, suffered through multiple stints on the DL early on in his career due to a similar type of injury. Well, that's what happened to Anibal Sanchez, the third man in the Detroit Tigers starting rotation. He got a blister. He pitched through the first 2 2/3 innings of Saturday's game throwing 53 pitches before having to exit the game. Tigers' manager and former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus,...

Another pitcher is seemingly destined for Tommy John surgery.  Mere hours after reporting that Oakland A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin had had a setback in his recovery from flexor tendinitis in his right elbow, the fact that Griffin is set to have the surgery on Tuesday was reported by Joe Stiglich, A's inisder for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Still how correct this information is, is in question. A's beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and former President of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), Susan Slusser tweeted, #Athletics asst. GM David Forst refutes report that A.J. Griffin already slated for TJ...

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has been working out preparing for baseball season since the winter. He started training with former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic Independent League in 2013. McGrady, whose fastball is rumored to be as fast as 90 mph, decided to try out for the team and has been working with them throughout spring training. McGrady found out Wednesday that he had in fact made the team. There were no guarantees for the seven-time NBA All-Star. He had to prove himself and he was successful. On Wednesday the Skeeters' manager Gary Gaetti told KRIV-TV in Houston...

Less than two weeks after last being suspected of having a foreign substance on his hand, Yankees' starter Michael Pineda was caught with a foreign substance on his neck in the second inning of Wednesday's game. Both games were in series against the Yankees' rivals the Boston Red Sox. According to MLB.com the Red Sox NESN television broadcast caught a shot of the substance smeared on Pineda's next. Red Sox manager John Farrell immediately took the information to the the umpires who went out and examined Pineda. They started with his glove and hand but found the substance smudged on his neck. Major League Baseball Official Rule 8.02...
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