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6-Man Rotation an Import Worth Buying?

David Waldstein, New York Times

Commissioner's Job Is Manfred's to Lose

Brian Costa, Wall Street Journal

Tulo's Bad Health May Outweigh Good Stats

Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated

Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, old friends and rivals from both the Pacific League in Japan and the American League, met in the tunnel underneath Yankee Stadium on Monday after...(full article)

As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a grow...(full article)

The Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in what was a sadly inevitable part of what had been an MVP-quality season for the All-Star shortstop. Tulowi...(full article)

There are two reasons to make moves at or before the July 31 trade deadline: One is that everyone else is doing it. The other is that it often works. By “works,” we mea...(full article)

In the Eye On Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always b...(full article)

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Maybe Red Sox Aren't So Crazy, After All

A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the...

Cubs Should Pounce, Grab Price From Rays

The moment the Cubs hired Derek Johnson as their minor-league pitching coordinator in Oct. 2012, many in the industry speculated that it was their first move toward eventually la...

MLB Season Through a Photog's Lens

With a bulky book bag strapped to his back and a camera hanging from his neck, Ray Whitehouse sauntered up to the ticket booth outside of Tropicana Field on a steamy Sunday. "Wha...

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Home plate is 17 inches wide. The height of a strike zone varies from batter to batter and umpire to umpire, a couple of feet from a batter’s knees to a point somewhere between...

Boston Should Suck It Up and Dump Drew

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Cool Nats Look Like They're Ready to Roll

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Gray Becoming Go-To Guy for A's

OAKLAND – Much gets made about Sonny Gray’s feel for pitching, but he also has an instinct for when his team needs him the most. A day after the A’s pitching staff took a bea...

Plenty of Talent in This Baseball Family

Kannapolis, N.C., the hometown of the Earnhardts -- patriarch Ralph, son Dale Sr. and grandson Dale Jr. -- will always be synonymous with the sport of stock car racing. However, th...

Great Yankees Culture Ends When Jeter Exits

The Yankees had Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, and for a time it was as storied a five as the Knicks once had in the old day...

Astros Whiffed in Dealings With No 1 Pick

Did the Astros really lose 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, over $1.5 million? Here's hoping they understand how bad that...

Street Puts Angels on Road to Catch A's

During the All-Star break, Huston Street told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times he'd "love to" play for the Los Angeles Angels. Wish granted. On Friday, the Angels and San Dieg...

Jeter's Greatest Trait: Toughness

On Friday night, Derek Jeter started his 2,610th game at shortstop. That moved him past Omar Vizquel for the most in major league history. It might not be Lou Gehrig or Cal Ripken ...

Jose Canseco Sorry He Told the Truth

In Jose Canseco's 2005 book "Juiced," he disclosed names of players he believed used performance-enhancing drugs, including McGwire, who has admitted to using PEDs and has been an ...

Bouton Still Has Baseball on His Mind

Jim Bouton is forever in motion. “I call him ‘Twitchy,’ ” says his wife, Paula Kurman, who wears Bouton’s 1962 World Series ring. “He’s al...

Landing Stanton Would Be an MLB Power Play

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Ailing Tanaka Still Wants to Avoid Knife

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MLB Season Awash in Oddball Statistics

There are some records that baseball fans can recite by heart. Things like Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak, or Ted Williams' .406 average, or Jose Altuve's height. But then the...

Silent Night: All Major Sports Go Dark

The NFL loves staging games on Thanksgiving, the NBA on Christmas, and the NHL on New Year’s Day. What’s so special about July 16 that Major League Baseball awards their play...

Baseball's Most Valuable Surgeons

This is the All-Star team of sports medicine. After consultation with people around the world of baseball and sports medicine, I've compiled a list of 10 "Super Surgeons." This is ...

Make MLB All-Stars a 3-Game Series

Bud Selig said it himself in an interview during MLB’s 85th All Star Game: “Baseball doesn’t like change.” Each year, baseball and its fans enter into the same limbo — ...

Mark Buehrle Just Keeps Fooling Them

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Wainwright Punished for His Good Deed

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Close Playoff Races Inhibit Major Trades

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There was that moment during Tuesday's All-Star Game when the reporter had to trudge up to where the commissioner was sitting and conduct the obligatory interview to mark the f...

Mel Hall: Flamboyant Player, Sexual Predator

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When was the last time MLB All-Star nomad Jeff Samardzija thought about quitting baseball and coming back to football?   That’s easy. It was April 19, 2010. The former N...

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An opposing general manager was recently talking up the Mets. He loved their pitching possibilities already in the majors, still in the minors and currently on the DL (Matt Harvey)...

The Rangers Are Broken

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Fans Are All Adoring, Jeter Is All Baseball

The only person who wanted no part of this celebration, of course, was the man of honor. Adam Wainwright, the starting pitcher for the National League, stood 10 paces off the moun...

Who'll Inherit Jeter's Role as Face of Baseball?

The new face of baseball sat in front of five people at a time, maybe 10 when it got really crowded, answering questions in the same manner as the old face. Baseball doesn't man...

Samardzija Went With His Gut Picking Baseball

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Tulo Hinting He's Had Enough?

The Colorado Rockies shouldn't trade Troy Tulowitzki, but after the week they've had it wouldn't be surprising if he wanted out.   The Rockies are teetering at the bottom of t...

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...

Perfect Into 6th, Darvish Cruises

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 ...

Medlen's 12 Strikeouts Guide Braves

Less than 24 hours after being rejuvenated by Chipper Jones' thrilling walk-off home run, the Braves returned to Turner Field and provided some indication that they might have es...

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

When the story of the Washington Nationals’ 2012 season is written, it’s expected to hold plenty more celebratory moments with which they cannot just mark their organ...

Reds 1st Team to Reach 80 Victories

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Surging Pirates Blank Cards Again

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Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

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2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

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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...

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...

Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

Things were set up so perfectly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Sure they were trying to stop a losing streak, trying to return to the winning side of things they&...

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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Orioles Get Saunders for Lindstrom

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Orioles' Davis Pounds 3 Home Runs

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Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

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Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

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Nationals Edge Braves in 13th

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Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

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...

How Cabrera Tried to Scam MLB

In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadve...

Varitek Would Fit for Red Sox

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Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

With Pablo Sandoval back, the Giants finally have the 3-4-5-6 portion of their lineup set up the way management envisioned when it dealt for Hunter Pence. When Melky Cabrera, Bust...

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

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Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

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Questions as Postseason Draws Near

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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

  When this season started, Ben Sheets was a youth-league coach in Louisiana and Kris Medlen had pitched 2 1/3 innings in 20 months, the byproduct of Tommy John surgery. The...

Mets Waste Davis' 3 Home Runs

This season is a hunt for individual meaning now, with no wild-card race to create a common purpose. And few Mets will live as meaningful a day this summer as Ike Davis did Satur...

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...

Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

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...

Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

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...

Plenty of Contenders Seek Greinke

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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

The heroes change each night for the A's. The results remain the same. On Saturday, it was Jarrod Parker becoming the latest rookie starter to shut down the New York Yankees. It...

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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Lannan, Harper Help Nationals Split

John Lannan had experienced most every slice of the Washington Nationals’ history, but Saturday night, tinged with desperation for his teammates, felt fresh and new for him...

Day of Big Returns in Boston

If they didn't already have baseball's highest prices, the Red Sox might have been able to get away with charging extra when they come home Monday night to play the Chicago White...

Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

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Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

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Lincecum Shines as Giants Regain 1st

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Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

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