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Rays Mull Face-Lift of the Franchise

Anthony Castrovince, Sports on Earth

Dykstra's Dictum: "Money Changes Things"

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

Playing Hard Takes Back Seat to Being Cool

Phil Mushnick, New York Post

What Are Red Sox Waiting For?

Evan Drellich, Boston Herald

The biggest waste of a 25-man roster spot in baseball is when a club (normally a non-contender) stashes an out-of-option or Rule 5 player (often a pitcher). The team doesn’t ...(full article)

van Longoria signed his first long-term extension with the Rays just six days into his big league career in 2008, before he won the American League Rookie of the Year honor and bef...(full article)

"This is going to be awesome, bro," the man with no front teeth—upper or lower—tells me. Steak, medium-rare, sizzles on the platter. Sauteed mushrooms beckon from their bowl. L...(full article)

Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress. The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going t...(full article)

Dave Dombrowski seems to be asking for time to make a trade that everyone knows is coming. The market’s apparently not cooperating. Except his roster is telling everyone else the...(full article)

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