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Of all the oddities in the Cubs’ marathon win over the Rockies on Tuesday/Wednesday the strangest might have been the 13th-inning decision that led to catcher John Baker’s 16th...(full article)

The Tampa Bay Rays want to do it, but come on, man, how can they? The Boston Red Sox don't really want to do it from an emotional standpoint, but from the business side, they've go...(full article)

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking like a real mess.  They’re heading to this Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline lugging a 46-60 record. Attendance is declini...(full article)

Last night, in a rather moving announcement on the Dodger Stadium video board, the Dodgers made it official: Vin Scully, who's 86, will be returning for his 66th season broadcastin...(full article)

Cooperstown gleamed especially bright on its annual baseball solstice. Buried, though, beneath a spectacular reaffirming weekend for baseball — generations connected, tears shed,...(full article)

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Alarm Rings Late on Lane's Pitching Career

More than six decades ago, a right-hander from Mobile, Ala., climbed the mound at Cleveland Stadium. He would throw seven innings that August day in 1948, relying on guile over ...

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Baseball Facing Up to Endangered Species

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Voting Changes Make for Better Hall of Fame

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An Unpleasant Birthday Gift for A-Rod

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Take David Price Off Your Shopping List

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Cooperstown Becomes Home of Braves

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The big day finally arrived on Sunday for a memorable Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and mana...

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Torre Already 2nd-Guessing His Speech

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Big Hurt Should Resist Sunday Steroid Sermon

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Baseball Fan Wrote His Way Into the Hall

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La Russa: Admit Juicers

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Incorrect Reading of Unwritten Rules

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Before we ask who, if anyone, can replace Derek Jeter as the face of baseball, there’s another question to ask: Why has Derek Jeter been the face of baseball? Why did he, more ...

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...

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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 ...

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

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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

NEW YORK — Marcus Stroman, regarded as one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top pitching prospects who spent part of this season with the Vancouver Canadians, has been sus...

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Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

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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...

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...

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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Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

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The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in...

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Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

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Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

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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...

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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

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

A visitor to Fenway Park last summer asked, "What are the numbers up there on the right-field roof?" He was told that they were the retired numbers of Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted W...

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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...

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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

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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

It looks like Dan Haren's problems are behind him – but in a good way now. Haren returned from his first trip to the DL of his career and pitched six strong innings as the A...

Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

Unlike any other player in the Pirates’ clubhouse, Jeff Karstens can remember those ugly, brutal days. He was around for the 95-loss season in 2008, the 99-loss team in &rsqu...

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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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

Just like his teammates, Yovani Gallardo is well aware of how important it is for the Milwaukee Brewers to play well to start the second half of the season. On Sunday afternoon h...

Lincecum Shines as Giants Regain 1st

The crowd of 42,171 knew the stakes maybe more than the pitcher did. From the moment Tim Lincecum led the Giants onto the field Saturday night, the fans seemed intent on coaxing a ...

Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and...

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