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GET IT, Gattis!

On a day where Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran came out on top in a pitcher’s duel (pitching a three-hit shutout against the Phillies), Evan Gattis should get some recognition: a four-hit performance (a new career high), one of them being a solo home run to lead off the top of the 4th inning for the only run of the ballgame.

TRIVIA: According to Elias Sports, this home run marks only the second time since since 1900 where a player goes 4-for-4 with a home run in a 1-0 victory; the other time this happened was when Rogers Hornsby accomplished it back in on September 29, 1929 in a Cubs victory over the Reds.

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King Kendrick

Well, at least he felt like a “King Kendrick” out there tonight. Kyle Kendrick had quite the night against the Tigers early in the ballgame, collecting his sixth multi-homer game along with 4 RBI.

SIDE NOTE: The Angels have been putting on quite a power show over the last few weeks. It’s something that Angels fans haven’t seen since 1986.
https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/457318328353435648

Kendrick would eventually hit another home run to break the tie.

Their record is 236 (set in 2000… back in the Glaus/Anderson/Salmon/Vaughn days). At their current home run rate, they’re on the verge of hitting 273. Back in 1986, they only hit 167.

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Walkoff Grand Slam

Only three weeks into the season, and we already have our second walk-off grand slam. The first one hit by Ike Davis on April 5, 2014 (who coincidentally enough was traded from the Mets to the Pirates on this day), and the second was hit by red-hot Giancarlo Stanton.

As of April 18, 2014, he leads the Major Leagues in RBI and shares the lead in the home run category with four other players after hitting this home run to remember…

TRIVIA: Five walk-off grand slams have been hit in the Marlins' 21 years of existence… and Stanton has hit two of them.
Who were the other three? Jeff Mathis (June 30, 2013), Dan Uggla (June 11, 2008) and Bobby Bonilla (September 16, 1997).

MORE TRIVIA: With this grand slam, the Marlins have become the first franchise since the Red Sox (1949-1952) to hit a walk-off grand slam in three consecutive season: Stanton (2014), Mathis (2013), and Stanton again (2012)…

AND EVEN MORE TRIVIA: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stanton is the youngest player to hit two walkoff grand slams, and one of only two players to hit them before his 25th birthday; the other player was Jim Presley, who hit both of his two game-ending slams in 1986.

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Bo-Gahts!

In a Sox pitching duel between aces Jon Lester (Boston) and Chris Sale (Chicago), both starters had no-hitters going into the 6th inning. By the end of that inning, both of them were eventually broken up. Tyler Flowers ended Jon Lester’s pursuit after 5 1/3 perfect innings with a single between third base and shortstop (a hit that came off of Xander Bogaerts' glove deep in the hole)… and Xander Bogaerts did this:

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Sports Genius has also annotated the 2013 All-Star Game.

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Walkoff!

Although this wasn’t the first time the Angels went into extra innings with the Athletics during this series, the Angels enjoyed a Walkoff Wednesday today, ending the Athletics' four-game winning streak. Chris Iannetta took the first pitch of his at-bat deep into center field for the game-winner; Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry’s glove got a piece of the ball, but not enough for him to pull it back.

SIDE NOTE: This was Iannetta’s fourth Major League walk-off home run, but his first with the Angels; the other three came in 2009 and 2010 with the Rockies.

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The lyrics highlighted in this annotation are the same lyrics used in the original version of “Tony Montana”.

Peep the lyrics and annotations here.

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This is the same intro and hook used in the original version of “Tony Montana”.

Peep the lyrics and annotations here.

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Sweet 15 (+1)

Ramirez has been on a roll since Opening Day. Before this game, he scored the game-winning runs in the last two White Sox games; one of them was a walk-off home run.

With this home run, he’s officially collected at least one hit in each of Chicago’s first 15 games, tying Frank Thomas’s franchise record (set in 1996) for the longest hit streak to start a season.

UPDATE: The next day, he hit a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against Boston’s Koji Uehara to extend his streak to 16, putting him in sole possession of the franchise record.

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No, really.

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"Troll Accounts:" (MARKED FOR DELETION – MARKED FOR DELETION) | pending

This will probably be something that staff/moderators will eventually state concretely on the site.

If anyone wants to take a stab at what a troll is on this site, by all means edit the annotation.

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"A prisoner of" (St. Paul – Philemon 1 (NRSV)) | accepted

“Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus.” I found this very quizzical yet intriguing, as people could interpret this in many ways. Surely, the letter wasn’t written in English… but based on what is written, I interpreted this evolving phrase as “Paul, Jesus Christ’s prisoner.” Does that mean that he feels like he is stuck in a situation he cannot get out of… expressing his feelings of being imprisoned in this life? Or is this more of a way of saying that he is a prisoner or slave to Jesus Christ first and FOREMOST?

"Like 2 Chainz, I'm ridin' round and I'm gettin' it" (Nelly – Country Ass Nigga) | accepted

“Riding ‘round” is also a line that is frequently said in 2 Chainz’ song, “Spend It”.

"Who say the jam is "money, cash, hoes"" (Common – Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)) | accepted

Something else to keep in mind:
There is a jam called, “Money, Cash, HoesJay-Z. May be a reference to that…

"You're on 22nd, hit you from two-one / That's on Lenox, 7..." (Cam'ron – Welcome to New York City) | rejected

Needs better explanation…
(I broke up Cam’s part in two.)

"And my mind in Angola" (Lil B – Unchain Me) | accepted

I deleted a suggestion that I shouldn’t have; my bad.
It stated that this line might have referred to Angola prison (in Louisiana).

"Give 'em coca-cola for their property" (Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist) | accepted

"1-5" (Lupe Fiasco – Twilight Zone) | accepted

It might also refer to the 15 in his “Fahrenheit 1/15” album title

"Face down - {ASS UP!}" (Ludacris – How Low) | rejected
"But it don't stop, watch the Pun get wicked / When I stic..." (Big Punisher – Still Not A Player) | rejected