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He's Riding the Ups, Skirting the Downs

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

Baseball's Got a Steroid Conundrum

Bob Nightengale, USA Today

At the risk of sounding like someone who believes in chemtrails and listens to Infowars religiously, I have a confession to make: More and more I’m convinced that juiced balls ar...(full article)

The expectations were ungodly, almost reckless. One was called the greatest pitching prospect in baseball history. The other was baseball’s chosen one, and at the age of 16, was ...(full article)

Ears. You know something? Over seven or eight seasons of bouncing around the country’s bumpy roads on rattletrap minor league buses, a guy’s ears become pretty finely tuned. An...(full article)

David Ortiz is having such a good start to what he has designed as his final season that all kinds of stories have been floating around about Big Papi possibly returning next ye...(full article)

Dee Gordon’s friend woke up to the stunning news Friday morning in Miami, took time to grasp what happened, and had the sudden urge to call. Gordon, his good friend, was suspende...(full article)

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