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|After a ruling in their favor following Tuesday night's tarp incident, the Giants have a chance to turn back the clock and turn a loss into a win.
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|With Miguel Cabrera taking a step backward, Mike Trout has established himself as the guy to beat in the American League MVP Award race, but sorting out the NL MVP Award field is quite the task. If voting was held today, it seems very unlikely that any candidate would receive half of the 30 votes.
More»Who will win the NL MVP?|
|Ryan Perez, who is about to begin his junior year at tiny Judson University in Chicago's northwest suburbs, turned a last-minute invitation to pitch in the Cape Cod League into a turn as MVP of the All-Star Game. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief. Perez threw left-handed for the first strikeout, right-handed for the second one and then left again for the third. Imagine that playing out on a big league diamond some time.
|Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred has to find ways to build off the success MLB has experienced during Bud Selig's tenure, and he knows it won't be easy. That said, he is as well prepared as he can be, having been groomed for the job by Selig.
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|Rob Manfred's selection as baseball's 10th Commissioner was a great day. It gives the sport its best chance to continue building on the success it has experienced under Bud Selig.
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|Despite facing only winning teams for more than a month, the Orioles have fortified their lead in the AL East race.
More» Cruz hammers a two-run homer to left-center|
|The Tigers have had better nights than Monday, when Justin Verlander walked off the field with the first major injury scare of his career. But don't sell this team short, even without Verlander.
More» Verlander exits with right-shoulder soreness|
|The question then is this: When is it going to end? When will the Cubs compete again? Jed Hoyer, the general manager who serves alongside Epstein, may have let an internal timetable slip on Thursday.
More» C.J. Edwards, RHP, Cubs|
|For teams on the outside looking in at playoff races, the non-waiver Trading Deadline was a chance to make under-the-radar moves that would yield contributing players with shelf life. The good news for sellers is that July trades wind up benefitting them far more often than they do the other teams.<p>
More»MLB Tonight discusses Price to Tigers|
|For the executives representing highly motivated franchises looking to nail down division titles and avoid the win-or-go-home game to start the playoffs, the level of competitive balance is complicating the normal wheeling and dealing of late July.
More»Instant Gratification Trades or Eventual Success|
|Listening to rumors is great, don't get me wrong. But the best thing about Major League Baseball is always the crazy things that you see on the field.
More» A's cap comeback with six-run 9th|
|In this game of musical left-handers, Jon Lester becomes the biggest trading chip on the market, followed -- albeit not that closely -- by the Phillies' Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
More»MLB Tonight talks some guys who could be traded|
|As remarkable as it was for Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Maddux, Glavine and Cox to be enshrined in one afternoon -- the most living Hall of Famers elected since 1971 -- that same basic scene could play out again next summer.
More»Maddux pranks Smoltz in induction speech|
|For almost all of us, it starts the same way. Mom or dad give us a bat and a ball, maybe even a glove. They send us out to play and they keep an eye on us to see what happens. You never ever know. That's the best thing about baseball, whether the players are the best in the world or the kids on your block.
More»Maddux is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Eric Nadel picks his words thoughtfully. That's the only reason he didn't say that his winning the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence meant his life has come full circle.
More»Angell, Nadel on Cooperstown experience|
|Hall of Famers know who got in on the first ballot and who had to agonize over a long selection process. And within the former group, there's a subset that is truly iconic. In the historic six-man Class of 2014, the Hall's most anticipated since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount went in together in 1999, that's where Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas come in.
More»Maddux discusses his induction to the Hall of Fame|
|When it comes to the Braves' Hall of Fame era, don't even attempt roll call unless you have some time on your hands. Yes, there was only one World Series title. Even Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux would stipulate to that. But the volume of excellence, and the constantly changing cast of characters behind that excellence, is staggering.
More»Braves on Maddux, Glavine, Cox entering Hall of Fame|
|Hired to be fired. That's what we say about managers, and we say it because it's true, even for those who one day wind up in the Hall of Fame.
More»La Russa, Cox and Torre are honored by BBWAA|
|In first place in the American League Central on June 18, having won 10 games in a row to climb to seven games over .500, the Royals have since gone 9-18, falling eight games behind Detroit and into sixth place in the AL Wild Card race. A season that has been almost a decade in the making, one that was designed to get the Royals into the playoffs for the first time since 1985, could slip away if players don't put on their hitting shoes in a hurry.
More» Guthrie fans five over six innings of work|
|A bargain signing for since-dismissed San Diego GM Josh Byrnes, Odrisamer Despaigne doesn't have the type of big arm that generates big contracts. But he's got the same kind of gift that made countrymen Mike Cuellar, Luis Tiant and Orlando Hernandez legends.
More» Despaigne loses no-hit bid, gets ovation|