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About Mike Manley - RotoBaller

Alumni of UMass Amherst, a native of southeastern Mass. I can get into any sport you put in front of me. Favorite sports to watch are hockey and baseball.

Mike Manley - RotoBaller has written 24 articles so far, you can find them below.


Lucas Giolito Throws Another Gem

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito threw a complete-game shutout versus the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Giolito struck out 12 and only allowed three hits and no walks for his 14th win of the season. The 25-year-old has been dealing in August with a 2.33 ERA and 44 strikeouts this month. Giolito's next start... Read More

6 months ago

Emilio Pagan Blows Save, Steals Win

Tampa Bay Rays closer Emilio Pagan blew his seventh save of the season against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, although he managed to get the win after the Rays walked it off in the ninth. Pagan entered the game in the top of the ninth with the Rays ahead 5-3 before letting up a solo home... Read More

6 months ago

Clay Holmes On IL With Quad Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Clay Holmes has been placed on the 10-day injured list with discomfort in his left quadriceps. Holmes has only appeared in two games since coming off the IL earlier this month with a triceps injury, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up one earned run on two hits and seven walks.... Read More

6 months ago

Colin Moran Not Starting Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals. The 26-year-old went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's game but is getting a day off against lefty Patrick Corbin. Jose Osuna will take over his spot at third after playing Tuesday's game in left field.... Read More

6 months ago

Eddie Rosario Exits With Hamstring Tightness

Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario was taken out of Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox with tightness in his right hamstring. The Twins said the removal of Rosario was a precaution and that he was considered to be day-to-day. The left fielder was replaced by Ehire Adrianza in the lineup, but starting third baseman... Read More

6 months ago


Xander Bogaerts Will Start After Twisting Ankle

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies after twisting his ankle in Tuesday's 3-2 loss. Although he played all nine innings, he was seen with his ankle wrapped after the game concluded, leaving his status in question for Wednesday. Luckily for those who own the... Read More

6 months ago

James McCann Clobbers Game-Winning Grand Slam

Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning during Wednesday's 13-9 win over the Houston Astros. McCann tied his career high in home runs with the blast, giving him 13 on the season. In his first season with the White Sox, McCann has enjoyed a breakout year. Among... Read More

6 months ago

Cole Hamels Doesn't Last Long Against Phillies

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels lasted only two innings against the team he started his career with on Wednesday. Hamels lasted only two innings, giving up nine hits and eight runs before being pulled in an eventual 11-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. That marks two straight starts that didn't go Hamels' way, as... Read More

6 months ago

Jeimer Candelario Begins Rehab Assignment

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario (thumb) is heading off to rehab with Triple-A Toledo after missing a week with a left thumb sprain. Candelario has not been able to get the offense going in the majors, hitting .198/.289/.326 this season. Dawel Lugo replaced Candelario at third after the injury and has proven to be the... Read More

6 months ago

Felix Hernandez To Make One More Rehab Start

Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (shoulder) completed his third rehab start on Wednesday, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out eight. Hernandez is rehabbing a shoulder injury and will start one more game at Triple-A Tacoma before returning to the Mariners roster, likely late next week. The once-dominant pitcher has had a steep decline in the... Read More

6 months ago


Michael Pineda Reinstated from Injured List

Minnesota Twins starter Michael Pineda (triceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list after missing two weeks with a right triceps strain. Pineda had been on a tear before he suffered his injury, having let up only nine runs over his last six starts. In fact, Pineda has been consistently reliable for most of the season,... Read More

6 months ago

Jack Flaherty Adds to Scoreless Streak

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty added another seven innings onto his scoreless streak as he got the win against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Flaherty has gone three straight starts and 21 innings without giving up a run, earned or otherwise. He hasn't given up more than two runs in his last... Read More

7 months ago

Dereck Rodriguez to Start Thursday

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez is expected to get the start on Thursday against the Diamondbacks. After a promising season in 2018, Rodriguez has not looked good this season. His ERA through 19 games is 5.32 and in his last outing he could only last three innings before being pulled after giving up... Read More

7 months ago

Logan Morrison Called Up by Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up veteran first baseman Logan Morrison on Wednesday. Morrison has been impressive at Triple-A this season, hitting .308 with 18 home runs in 61 games. His call-up could be related to the injury outfielder Corey Dickerson suffered on Tuesday, as the Phillies would have to shift players around in addition... Read More

7 months ago

Pablo Sandoval Hits Injured List

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) will land on the 10-day injured list after receiving a cortisone shot for pain in his right elbow. Sandoval said he has felt pain in the elbow since 2013 and a recent MRI showed bone chips, which would have to be removed via surgery. He is hopeful to... Read More

7 months ago


George Springer Loves Leading Off

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer opened Tuesday's first game against the Chicago White Sox with a first-pitch home run in an eventual 6-2 win. Springer has never looked more at home than in the leadoff spot, with nine leadoff homers this season and 33 in his career. He is also in the midst of the... Read More

7 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Continues Quietly Great Rookie Season

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 with two walks and a solo home run during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He continues a fantastic rookie campaign that has seen him hit 13 home runs with a .338 average. If it were another season, Reynolds would be getting a push for National... Read More

7 months ago

Ivan Nova Goes the Distance Against the Astros

Chicago White Sox starter Ivan Nova got a complete-game win versus the Houston Astros in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He let up just four hits and one unearned run as the White Sox won 4-1. In his last five starts, Nova has four wins and only two earned runs. While his hot streak... Read More

7 months ago

Zach Plesac Unable to Secure Win Despite Performance

Cleveland Indians starter Zach Plesac was unable to get the win in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers, despite working a clean six innings. He fanned six and walked two while allowing five hits, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.13. The win would go to reliever Nick Goody, his third of the... Read More

7 months ago

Dustin Pedroia Undergoes Another Surgery

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a successful left knee-joint preservation surgery on Tuesday. The team said he would be beginning rehab again in Arizona. It is unlikely Pedroia will ever play again in the big leagues after appearing in only nine games with the Red Sox in the past two seasons. He... Read More

7 months ago


Zack Godley Claimed Off Waivers by Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed starting pitcher Zack Godley off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. After an awful start to the season that saw Godley allow 25 earned runs over six starts, the Diamondbacks moved him into the bullpen in May. Although he has made spot... Read More

7 months ago

Johnny Cueto's Rehab Assignment Off to Good Start

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (elbow) has pitched well in his first return to the mound since undergoing Tommy John's surgery last summer. He struck out five hitters on 21 pitches through two innings in an Arizona League game in Scottsdale. The Giants are looking towards having Cueto back with the team in early... Read More

7 months ago

Ben Zobrist Continuing Minor League Rehab Assignment

Chicago Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist will resume his minor league rehab assignment with the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He will play three games with the team starting on Thursday, just as he did last week with the Class A South Bend Cubs. Zobrist hasn't played with the Chicago Cubs since May 6, when... Read More

7 months ago

Tim Beckham Suspended 80 Games

Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. This will keep him out of all remaining games for this season and significantly push back his start next season. The 29-year-old was fourth on the team with 47 RBI while hitting .237 with 15 home runs. You... Read More

7 months ago

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