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Phils Order Up a Combo Platter

Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Why Astros Picked GM Over Manager

Omar Majzoub, Fansided

Ramirez Seems a Changed Manny

Ken Rosenthal, Just a Bit Outside

Ready for today's physics lesson? Catchers are getting dinged up and concussed at an alarming rate. The Giants have lost Hector Sanchez for the season, and maybe forever, to concus...(full article)

Seven of the first eight pitches Cole Hamels threw on a sweltering Labor Day start at Turner Field landed out of the strike zone. Five of the first 12 batters he faced reached b...(full article)

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles spent their holiday weekend making two trades. That finished off a week in which the team with the biggest division lead in baseball recalle...(full article)

For the Astros and owner Jim Craine, it came down to a decision between Jeff Luhnow, an analytics-based GM, and Bo Porter, a former player. The two clearly saw the game differently...(full article)

Theo Epstein cannot possibly be talking about Manny Ramirez.   “It opened my eyes about how people can change,” said Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, ab...(full article)

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