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While planning a visit to his birthplace in preparation for the upcoming Hall of Fame induction, I ask Ken Griffey Jr. what I should go see in Donora, Pennsylania. He smiles. "You'...(full article)

It is a strain to recall Mike Piazza as a Dodger, though he was at his best as a Dodger. The uniform he wears says New York, where he stayed longer. The World Series home runs were...(full article)

With the trade deadline just a leg kick and a lunge away, it's time to make a bold proclamation: the Milwaukee Brewers are the most interesting team in baseball. That title can mea...(full article)

On Friday, when Ken Griffey and Mike Piazza dine with the members of sports’ most select and earned society, they will fully grasp what this means. They w...(full article)

Far stranger things have happened in the course of Major League Baseball history, but the New York Yankees, as currently constructed, do not look fit to contend in 2016. The club o...(full article)

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Never has a player meant more to the morale and image of a city. When Nike launched a national campaign around Ken Griffey Jr., and Nintendo put him on a video game, and Upper Deck...

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Despite turning in a historic performance at Royal Troon, Phil Mickelson once again found himself looking on as someone else carried home the trophy. Mickelson's career has been so...

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This season has not been kind to the Los Angeles Angels. At 43 wins against 52 losses, the Halos are just a single game ahead of the last-place Oakland Athletics. Despite their rec...

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For a club to consider undergoing the extraordinary surgery of trading away away the best player of this generation, it must be afflicted by a specific constellation of symptoms. I...

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Lucas Stallbaumer can pinpoint the moment his relationship with Ken Griffey Jr. began. As a third grader in Centralia, Kansas, in the early 1990s, Stallbaumer collected baseball ca...

Are the 2016 Baseballs Juiced?

The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next...

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Cards' Hacking Deserve Whacking

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Cubs Won't Trade Schwarber ... Will They?

It’s late at night, and Kyle Schwarberlimps across the Chicago Cubs clubhouse, one of the last players to leave Wrigley Field. He made a spectacular play earlier in the game,...

Ichiro's Everlasting Power of Preparation

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Red Sox's Potent Offense Failing Price

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Eventually, MLB Will Cut Back to 154 Games

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Time to Rebuild in the Bronx

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Dusty Baker helped blow a game for his Washington Nationals on Sunday in the 18th inning. Not only did he admit it, he volunteered the information. With two outs and nobody on base...

Mattingly's Marlins No Longer a Joke

ST. LOUIS — Major League Baseball’s carnival act, which has amused us for years with its own version of clowns, fortune tellers and Tilt-a-Whirls, has left town. The Miami Marl...

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Really, the only remaining question now is how many players the Yankees will trade.     As I reported Saturday, the Yankees will be willing to move potential free agents such a...

For MLB, Less on Schedule, Less in Paycheck?

After taking steps recently to shorten the games, will Major League Baseball’s next significant move be to trim the length of the season? Sounds radical. But with negotiations al...

Red Sox a Blueprint for Yanks

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The Worst Teammates in Baseball

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At $4 Billion, Cowboys World's Most Valuable

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $145 million over the past four years, or $65 million more than the highest-paid player in the league during that time, Drew Brees. Critics h...

HOF-Bound at 23, Out of Baseball at 29

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Baseball's 1st-Half Surprises, Disappointments

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Alot is going to be written about David Ortiz this year, as the Boston Red Sox hero completes his retirement tour. There will be articles and videos devoted to his impact on the R...

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Twenty-five years before Major League Baseball incorporated it into its All-Star proceedings, a home run derby competition featured some of the best players in history. It was the ...

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Dodgers Post 2nd Straight Walk-Off

The only thing that is not fun for the Dodgers right now is watching the scoreboard. They keep winning - lately, in their final at-bat. A.J. Ellis' single in the bottom of the 11...

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Six pitchers combined to throw 273 pitches Monday afternoon, but two pitches in particular created the most excitement at Kauffman Stadium. One was a borderline pitch that could ...

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1st Winning Season in D.C. Since '69

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Reds 1st Team to Reach 80 Victories

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Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

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2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

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Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

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Alvarez's 2 Homers Boost Pirates

With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch. The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back...

Cubs Sign SS Castro to 7-Year Deal

The Cubs’ new deal with shortstop Starlin Castro, for seven years and $60 million, officially has been completed after weeks of peaceful negotiations. Castro, who will...

Season-Ending Surgery for Bautista

Jose Bautista felt no pain, but he could feel a tendon slipping and sliding in his left wrist. A specialist in Cleveland confirmed his suspicion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wi...

Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

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Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

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The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in...

Orioles' Davis Pounds 3 Home Runs

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White Sox Post Wild Walk-Off Win

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Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

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Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

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Xavier Paul and Ryan Hanigan may not carry much juice in fantasy baseball, but the two Reds loomed large in the real world Sunday afternoon. Pinch hitter Paul started the ninth i...

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Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

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Hamels Fires 2nd Straight Shutout

Down another outfielder, Charlie Manuel briefly contemplated life Monday with no certainties. Solutions are in short supply for the season's final seven weeks, a time when the st...

Lowe Gets Save in Yankees Debut

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

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Will Cabrera Ever Win MVP Award?

The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP. The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabr...

Rangers' Offense Bails Out Dempster

Better days are ahead for Ryan Dempster over his next two months as the Texas Rangers' rotation rental. But that's based solely on the assumption that things can't go much worse th...

10 Biggest Impact Moves

Zack Greinke traded to Angels: Starting pitching is the name of the game when it comes to postseason play and the Halos went out and got the best starting pitcher on the market....

Plan B Working Well for Braves

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Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

In the past 24 hours, the Dodgers parlayed the five tools of Hanley Ramirez and the five tools of Matt Kemp. Don Mattingly can do the math and it comes out like this: five plus fiv...

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Cole Hamels wandered aimlessly around the infield grass Friday night after his $144 million arm failed once again. He peeked toward center field, and not yet knowing the ball's f...

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Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special. There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the P...

Haren Strong in Beating Rangers

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Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

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A's Take 3rd Straight From Yanks

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White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that Brett Myers was acquired for bullpen depth, not to replace Addison Reed as the closer, despite his valuable experience in that r...

Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

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Day of Big Returns in Boston

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Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

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Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

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Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and...

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