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Giancarlo Faces Down His Challenges

Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated

Tired Topic: How to Keep Players Fresh

Brian Costa, Wall Street Journal

Baseball Will Withstand Test of Time

Bruce Jenkins, S.F. Chronicle

Ethier a Real Puzzle for Dodgers

Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports

For Giancarlo Stanton, receiving a fastball with his face proved a relatively fleeting, if very painful, annoyance. What happened two months later, when he signed over the next 13 ...(full article)

The Miami Marlins made national headlines this off-season with a stunning move: a 13-year, $325 million contract extension for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the most lucrative deal ...(full article)

Before addressing the essential premise — that pitch clocks will never be used in the major leagues — let’s consider the question behind this debate: Exactly who is complaini...(full article)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Really, what it had come down to for Andre Ethier is timing, a problem when camp is only just getting started and he’s stuck in a circle of reporters clarifyi...(full article)

When Adam LaRoche was being courted by the White Sox, general manager Rick Hahn told him that the team was hopeful it could make major upgrades to its roster. But this was back i...(full article)

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