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Thirteen pitchers eligible to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic received points in Cy Young voting. That, sports fans, should largely be the pitching staff for the team Joe Torre will manage. Imagine a starting rotation of R.A. Dickey,...
ARLINGTON, Texas — On the other side of the globe, a nation will turn to video screens big and small at about 7:10 Monday night — or, 14 time zones away, 9:10 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo. Yu Darvish, almost certainly the best pitcher ever in Japan,...
Say this for the Phillies. They got a World Series title and five consecutive playoff seasons out of their payroll escalation. But are they about to suffer Cubs-like pain? That's the question that faces general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as he faces a...
Tags: Miami Marlins, Prince Fielder, Jim Hendry , Ron Washington, Voting
SAN FRANCISCO — This is the time of year when baseball executives sift through the discard bin, looking for useful, inexpensive pieces that add needed inventory. They might bear down a little more than usual this week, as Ryan Vogelsong...
Tags: Doug Fister, Pete Kozma, Tim Lincecum, Bruce Bochy, Jaime Garcia
Talking baseball while wondering if Mark Cuban is serious about the Mavericks drafting Brittney Griner. 1. When Yu Darvish went out to work the ninth inning last night in Houston, he was facing three hitters who were looking for their first hits of the...
The Royals expect James Shields to be a difference maker. But were they close enough to being a playoff team before they added him? That's the question about the deal in which the Royals sent future All-Star Wil Myers to the Rays. It's too early to...
Go ahead. Get the tar and feathers. Or I'll stack the wood and bring the matches. Not being a Chicagoan by birth, I know I should just stay away from your sentimentality. If you think ketchup on a hot dog is an act of subversion, so be it. I'm not...
Tags: Hot Dogs, Animals, Ketchup, Boston Red Sox, Thomas Ricketts
SAN FRANCISCO — All things being equal … Sorry, but, all things being equal, that is one of the most misleading phrases in the English language. All things are never equal. There always are advantages and disadvantages in life, and the best...
MIAMI – Talking baseball while wondering how badly Tiger Woods blows away the field at Augusta: 1. Nothing against tulips, wooden shoes and Bert Blyleven, but I wish Monday’s 7-6 game in Tokyo had gone the other way. While it’s cool...
Talking baseball while the Blackhawks keep rolling: 1. Rumors will continue but here’s the reality about both Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano: As with Matt Garza, the best time to trade them will be in the middle of the season, not now. Marmol...
You almost never can boil a baseball season down to one game, let alone one pitch. But when I break down what happened to the White Sox down the stretch in 2012, when a potentially great season for rookie manager Robin Ventura turned into a learning...
Talking baseball while wishing we could fast forward to first-round games in the NCAA basketball tournament: 1. No matter what Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney were suggesting before Michael Bourn’s deal with Cleveland was finalized Monday, the Cubs...
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