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L.A. Phenom Doesn't Fire All His Weapons

Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated

Yankees Are One Big Mismatched Mess

Joel Sherman, New York Post

Pete Rose Still Hasn't Figured It Out

Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports

It will be remembered as a disappointing debut for Urias. Everyone wanted more than 2 2/3 innings of five-hit, four-walk, three-run baseball from him. But it was not the first time...(full article)

Baseball players are creatures of habit. When things are going well, you change nothing about your routine. When things are going poorly, you have to find the one thing holding you...(full article)

On the surface, the situation with Clay Buchholz appears manageable for two reasons: 1) The Red Sox have won, and won a lot, when everyone else has taken the hill, and so they stil...(full article)

Independently, ice cream and halibut are both delicious. Put them together, though, and you have a distasteful disaster. This is the Yankees roster. Independently, maybe the parts ...(full article)

Pete Rose will soon be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and have his number retired and all of that jazz. To mark the occasion, Cincinnati Magazine interviewed the Hit King. And...(full article)

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Cutting through all the tributes to Vin Scully is Scully himself. For no writer can duplicate with words what the man, in his final season behind a Dodgers microphone, sounds like....

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There are many problems Matt Harvey must overcome, but here is a key observation from a scout who has known the pitcher since his amateur days and watched him get blown away Thursd...

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How Cano Got His Groove Back

The operative phrase for 2016 Robinson Cano is “a hop in his step,” which is a lot peppier than “acid reflux,” “double sports hernia,” or “the most awful player I’v...

Harvey's New Role: Being Humbled

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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

Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday. The ...

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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