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An MVP Can Come From a Crummy Team

Matt Snyder, CBS Sports

Playoff Success or Bust for Dodgers

AJ Cassavell, Sports on Earth

Astros in AL West a Blessing

Zachary D. Rhymer, Bleacher Report

Cardinals Fail to Inspire Confidence

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News

Top 10 Sports Blowout Days Left in 2015

Brian Colella, RealClearSports

Though he was on the DL for the first time in his career earlier this season, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is still having yet another ridiculous season worth our attention and pr...(full article)

Now comes the hard part. Fresh off a sweep of the Giants, the Dodgers have positioned themselves nicely for another postseason -- their third in as many years. They own a 6 1/2-gam...(full article)

There will be a great many stories to tell about the 2015 MLB season, including the one of how the Houston Astros at last settled into their new home. It was in 2013 when the Astro...(full article)

The Cardinals will cruise past the 100-win mark this season.  They're the only team on pace to reach triple digits, and if they maintain their current season winning pe...(full article)

It's officially September, which means 2015 is nearly finished. It also means college and NFL football, the NBA and NHL, and MLB postseason are all just getting started. On top o...(full article)

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There is blood in the water now, so much blood, and there is going to be more. Suddenly, every week is Shark Week for the game's general managers and managers. Three GMs were fir...

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Cal Ripken Jr. kept us all in suspense for the 13 years leading up to the night he broke Lou Gehrig's supposedly unbreakable consecutive-games record, so why should Tuesday night h...

When Ripken Streaked Into History

If you take Cal Ripken Jr. at his word, his quest to become baseball's all-time iron man was not a quest at all. He would tell you — and he did many times after the Streak took o...

Curt Schilling Isn't All that Sorry

Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling was removed from ESPN programming last week after tweeting an insensitive image that compared Muslims to Nazis. Schilling...

Addiction Behind Him, Burroughs Eyes MLB

Sean Burroughs moved across the country early last year to continue his baseball career. He did this even though it meant living with a family he didn't know in a town he had never...

Easy Slate Means Mets Can't Blow It ... Right?

Technically speaking, every team in the American League not named the Oakland A’s remains in the playoff hunt. Yes, even the Boston Red Sox, who at 60-70 are a mere 8½ back of ...

If It's Happened, He's Likely Seen It

For everything he’s seen, for everywhere he’s been and for everyone he’s met, Vin Scully is, without question, baseball’s version of Forrest Gump. A self-described ordinary...

No-Hitter Just Latest Cubs Magic

The question isn’t how Jake Arrieta managed to throw a no-hitter Sunday night. The question is how the Dodgers managed to get a bat on a baseball. It wasn’t just over...

Vin Says 67 Seasons Will Be Enough

A sweet moment with Vin Scully at his news conference Saturday to discuss returning to broadcast the Dodgers next year, suddenly took a dramatic turn to unwanted melancholy. It was...

Cubs Have Surprise Ace in Arrieta

In a game that asks for patience and understanding and then has a habit of delivering nothing, the Cubs have shown up on time, maybe even a year or two early. They’d won 73 games...

Examining Power of Deadline Trades

If the Mets and Blue Jays meet in the World Series, a notion that was inconceivable a month ago, would such a matchup influence the way GMs do business at the trading deadline in t...

Giants Hold Key to Catching Dodgers

Thursday afternoon, the Giants finished off taking two of three games in a series against the Chicago Cubs.   It felt more like a sweep.     "We're going through a lot right...

Female Fans Bring Heat for Hot Players

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Umpire Perfection: Fabulous or Spooky?

As instant replay has become the game’s new rock star, the real question is how much technology do we want? Will umpires still be necessary by 2025?     One possibl...

Too Much Dead Time Still a Major Problem

More than 540,000 pitches have been thrown in Major League Baseball games this year, and after each one comes the delay. In the best scenarios it is barely a hindrance and in the w...

These Guys Are Holding Off MLB.com

Aesthetically speaking, Twins.com is one of the world’s least-interesting websites. It doesn’t take long to load, but that’s only because there’s nothing to see. In an inst...

Face It, Wild Card Will Crush Your Dreams

Bud Selig's legacy will be debated for decades, but there's no denying that he made substantial changes to Major League Baseball. The wild card. The second wild card. The wild c...

Do Managers Matter? These 10 Do

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Managing Jobs in Store for Larkin, Ripken?

The next trend in hiring managers could be a doozy. Hall of Fame shortstops, anyone? Barry Larkin appears to stand a better chance of becoming the next manager of the Cincinnati R...

Top 10 Longest Suspensions in Sports

Ah, the suspension: the classic grade school punishment for serious disobedience. Fitting, then, that when pro athletes — sometimes astonishingly childish and immature — break ...

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Lousy Politician Schilling Whiffs

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1-1 the Most Important Pitch in Game

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No Wrong Choice Between Donaldson, Trout

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Yanks' Pettitte an Inadvertent Trailblazer

Andy Pettitte’s biggest regret over the course of his career makes his honor on Sunday all the more remarkable, and in some ways more significant. With his plaque in Monument Par...

Even in Sports, Humanity Sometimes Rules

s newspaper people, sometimes we chase the story and sometimes the story chases us and won't let go. For reasons of baseball chance or maybe it was his destiny, Indians manager Ter...

Yankees Need to Start Acting Their Age

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Scully Earned Right to Keep Us Guessing

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Fiers Adds Gem to Astros' Surprises

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MLB's Best Race: AL Wild Card

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A-Rod Takes a Pause That Refreshes

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Suspend Disbelief: Umps Improving

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Expanded Rosters Expand Unfairness

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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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Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

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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...

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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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Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

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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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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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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

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Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

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Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

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Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

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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

Scott Rolen's bat still has a little life in it. Rolen's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a sellout cr...

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

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