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Rockies score twice in ninth to stun Giants

  • SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Barnes isn'夜网论坛t a classic power hitter. In fact, neither of the Colorado right fielder's two home runs this season even left the park.They did help the Rockies to victories, however, and for that Barnes isn't making any apologies. MORE: Trade rumors | 'Field of Dreams' anniversary | Cooperstown coversBarnes hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning and Colorado rallied for the second straight day to stun the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday. "I'd really like to hit one out so I can jog around the bases to make it easier," said Barnes, who hit his first inside-the-park home run against Arizona on June 5. "I always seem to make it hard on myself. I hit the ball and I'm going to run hard until something stops me."Charlie Blackmon singled with two outs off Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-3) before Barnes lined a hit to center field. San Francisco's Angel Pagan misplayed the ball and it skipped to the fence as Blackmon and Barnes raced around the bases.Barnes, who had a walkoff triple to beat the Dodgers on June 7, had flown out to center in three consecutive at-bats before helping Colorado extend its winning streak to four games."My father made the trip up from Anaheim for Fathers' day tomorrow and my step-mom and sister were here," Barnes said. "It's special to play in front of them, especially like a day like today."It's the second consecutive blown save and fourth this season for Romo, who gave up five runs in the ninth innin[......]

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    Robinson Cano or Adam Jones for AL MVP? Stop overthinking it, guys

  • It’s possible to think too hard sometimes.Friday night, Erik Hahmann, the editor of Tampa Bay blog DRaysBay, did a public service by watching Network and calling attention to Dan Plesac’s statement that Adam Jones is the current MVP of the American League. Upon receipt of a snarky reply about Mike Trout, with a nod to the song “Forgot About Dre,” Hahmann noted that Greg Amsinger picked Robinson Cano, on the grounds of where the Mariners might be without their second baseman. Robinson Cano (AP Photo) MVP WATCH: Trout or Abreu in AL? | McCutchen or Kershaw in NL?The question of how much worse a team would be without a specific player is germane to MVP conversations. Last year, when I was covering the NHL, I used it to help sort out my Hart Trophy ballot, and the Washington Capitals’ reliance on Alex Ovechkin for so much of their offense led me to give him the nod over Sidney Crosby in a very close call — Ovechkin did win the MVP.The problem comes when you give too much weight to this question as a factor in the MVP debate. Cano is at 4.6 wins above replacement this season (all WAR data from FanGraphs), while Jones is at 3.9. But there’s also the small matter of Trout being at 5.9 and Felix Hernandez being at 6.1, the major league WAR leader.Aside from Cano, the only member of the Mariners lineup contributing any sort of offensive value is Kyle Seager. Seattle is dead last in the American League in team on-base percentage and OPS, next-to-last in slugging and runs s[......]

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