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Nats a Perfect 10 - and a Joy to Watch

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

With Stanton, Marlins Win Either Way

Ken Rosenthal, Just a Bit Outside

Trade-Deadline Inactivity May Burn Dodgers

Steve Dilbeck, Los Angeles Times

Pay attention! This doesn’t happen every decade, even every generation. Wherever you sit during Washington Nationals games, on your favorite couch in front of the TV or in th...(full article)

On July 24, I wrote that the Marlins should trade Giancarlo Stanton, imploring them to “get with it already” and saying, “let’s see Stanton play for an actual contender...(full article)

The Dodgers were built to win now. Weren’t they? The Dodgers have a talent-laden lineup, stars in the rotation, closers galore and the biggest payroll in baseball. “It&...(full article)

Twenty-five years ago this week, Pete Rose was banished for life from baseball, and thus from the red carpet ride he would have taken into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. S...(full article)

New York Mets’ ace Matt Harvey wants to pitch. He’ll tell anyone who listens and well, he pretty much has. As someone whose written more than one story on Harvey and hi...(full article)

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