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Brian Reese

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I am a sports fanatic in every sense of the expression. I was born and raised in Chicago, but now reside in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a huge baseball fan and I try to follow the entire league as much as possible. I am also an avid basketball and football viewer, but I can watch any game for any sport. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and earned my degree in English with a focus in media studies and a minor in Moving Image Arts

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Jeff Samardzija is undoubtedly the Chicago Cubs ace. He has been their opening day starter for the past two seasons and in 2014 he is currently posting a league best 1.68 ERA. With a very impressive ERA and 64 strikeouts in 11 starts, one would think that Samardzija would be among the league leader in wins, but the young right-hander has only managed to win one start this season. It’s not as if Samardzija is giving up critical runs at turning points in the game, but rather he is not getting the run support he needs to get the W. In his first ten starts before getting a win on Memorial Day, the Cubs were only giving Samardzija 2.4...

  Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu was sent to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with ankle tendonitis in his left ankle. Abreu, 27, currently leads the league in home runs with 15 and has had a rather impressive rookie campaign. Before the injury, Abreu was hitting .260 with 45 hits, 42 RBI, and has an OPS of .908 through 44 games this season. The Cuban slugger has already made league history in April by being named Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in his first month of major league service. The White Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the disabled list in a corresponding move, but the...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto threw his second shutout and third complete game of the season yesterday as he and the Reds blanked the Padres 5-0. This victory is just a small sample of Cueto’s greatness so far in 2014.   "He was terrific," manager Bryan Price said. "He's had games where he's been sharper, but he kept making pitches. I don't know what else I can say about him."   In his fourth victory of the season, Cueto pitched nine scoreless innings while allowing only three hits, two walks, and struck out eight Padres batters. With the win in Cincinnati, Cueto has lowered his ERA to a league best...

  It has become an all too familiar trend this season, pitchers who undergo season ending Tommy John surgery. It looks as if Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will join an alarming list of pitchers. The 21-year old hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a strained elbow injury, according to manager Mike Redmond. Fernandez underwent an MRI in Los Angeles and Tuesday it was reported that the young pitcher has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.   "We're going to take every precaution necessary. He said he felt discomfort. So immediately, we're getting him the treatment and the rest...

  The New York Mets starting pitching took a big hit at the end of last season when they learned that they would be without ace Matt Harvey for the entire 2014 campaign. Though they currently rank 14th in strike outs and 19th in ERA, it is their inability to get a hit that has Mets fans shaking their heads. Through the first month of the season, the Mets starting pitching staff remains hitless. Not only has the streak climbed to an embarrassing 0-for-58 with 31 strikeouts, but the Mets pitchers have set a new major league record for consecutive at-bats without getting a hit, breaking a 100 year old record set by the St. Louis...

  The Pittsburgh Pirates made four roster moves on Saturday, the biggest one being sending relief pitcher Stolmy Pimentel to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. In unison with the Pimentel move, Pittsburgh recalled relief pitcher Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis and picked up the contract of relief pitcher Vin Mazzaro from the same affiliate. The Pirates also optioned starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. Pimentel, 24, is 2-1 this season with a 3.18 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen. His last appearance for the Pirates was Thursday against Baltimore, where he allowed a game-winning home...

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has missed the past six games with an oblique injury on his right side and the team officially sent their former MVP to the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. Since Braun has been held out the last six games, the move to the disabled list will take effect from April 27th and he will be eligible to return May 12th. This is only the second time in Braun’s career that he has headed to the disabled list. Braun is off to a great 2014 season after missing 65 games last year because of suspension. In 22 games this year, Braun is batting .318 with 28 hits, six home runs, and 18 RBI. In place of...

  The Arizona Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley has been placed on the disabled list because of a strained flexor in his pitching elbow. The team plans to rest his arm for at least two weeks before he resumes regular throwing. The 21-year old right-hander is considered by many to be the top pitching prospect in all of baseball coming into the season and the Diamondbacks fully expected to call him up this year, especially with early season the injury to Patrick Corbin. Bradley had been pitching in Triple-A Reno this season, but the team sidelined their ace on Tuesday with what they are calling a mild flexor...

  With less than a month of the baseball season already in the books, the struggling St. Louis Cardinals are attempting to shake up their lineup by demoting second baseman Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis. The move comes with the Cardinals currently sitting second in the National League Central at 14-12 and four and a half games behind the surging Brewers. Wong, 23, is batting .225 this season with 16 hits and five RBI in 71 at-bats. The Cardinals are looking to wake up their offense since they are managing only 3.28 runs per game, the second lowest rate in the National League. The offensive slump should not all fall upon...

  Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is known for his hard-nose play on the field, but a thumb injury suffered during Friday nights game against the Padres will land the 21-year old on the disabled list. The hand injury occurred when Harper slid head-first into third base on a base-loaded triple. He stayed in the game for an additional inning before being replaced as his team went on to win 11-1. The Nationals officially put Harper on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against San Diego.   "It's part of baseball. You slide into the bag and sometimes you get your fingers," Harper said....
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