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PEDs Devalue 500-Home Run Milestone

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times

Cubs Embark on 2nd Century of Futility

Brian Costa, Wall Street Journal

500-HR Club Ain't What It Used to Be

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

The number that matters most is not 500. The number that matters most is 0. That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols. ...(full article)

If everybody breaks Rule 8.02, then how did Michael Pineda become of one of the rare few actually punished for doing so Wednesday night at Fenway Park? We can't pin it solely on P...(full article)

If it were only about baseball, the notion of taking off work to spend Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field would have seemed bizarre. The Chicago Cubs, the building's primary te...(full article)

Five hundred home runs is a tremendous accomplishment, one that even the most jaded fans can appreciate. But to be sure, the number has lost some of its magic in recent years. &nbs...(full article)

In the Eye On Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always b...(full article)

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