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article September 25, 2017

Perilous Fights in the Land of the Free

Protest, as a symbol and statement of your beliefs and your own love of country, happens to be as American as the flag, which we always like to wave around in sports, but only when it suits us. Those who took a knee in the NFL shouldn't be vilified. More»
Lindor-Lead article September 21, 2017

This October Deserves Classic Hype

With all the ups and downs of this thrilling MLB regular season that is still providing plenty of drama, we start looking ahead to October, which is the best part in baseball. Last year was one of the best postseasons in history: Can 2017 top that? More»
Verlander-Astros-1 article September 20, 2017

Astros On Mission, Bringing Joy

The Astros didn't change what Harvey did to Houston, but they did what sports can sometimes do at times like this, in places like this: They produced some normalcy for a few hours a day and made people cheer. Now, it's time for October. More»
IndiansStreak21 article September 13, 2017

21 & Bolder: Tito Has 1 Hot Club

The Indians have won 21 games in a row, five away from the Major League record set by the 1916 New York Giants. But in all the big ways, in the modern world, this is already the greatest team streak in baseball history. More»
DodgersLosingStreak article September 11, 2017

Stick a Cork In LA? Not So Fast

The Dodgers were winning all summer long, but now come 15 losses in 16 games, including 10 in a row. If they want to know what it's like to crawl into the postseason and still rule October, they should ask Joe Torre about the 2000 Yankees. More»
SloaneStephensOpenWin article September 9, 2017

Sloane Strong For a Brighter Day

On a day when Florida, which each of them has called home, braced for the attack of Hurricane Irma, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys played for our country's national championship in tennis. And Stephens played the match of her life. More»
GeneMichaelYanks article September 7, 2017

Build Greatness? Start With Stick

Gene Michael would never have thought of himself as somebody who was worthy of a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. But in so many ways, he is. Such an unlikely Yankee immortal, gone now at the age of 79. More»
AstrosDodgersIndians article September 5, 2017

Astros, L.A., Tribe? Or Oct. Surprise?

First it was the Astros as world beaters in 2017. Then the Dodgers, followed by the Indians. This is all about the beauty of the long season in Major League Baseball, and why it is still the best regular-season narrative we have in sports. More»
MinuteMaid-Astros article September 1, 2017

For Houston, Astros Adding Strength

Sports doesn't fix damage or make things the way they were after tragedy. But maybe things will be better in Houston by October. And the Astros, with their trade for Justin Verlander, gave themselves more reason for hope. More»
Stanton-Lupica-1 article August 30, 2017

Big Fish: Soak Up Stanton's Swing

Now, and by a lot, Giancarlo Stanton is the home run hitter to talk about in a home run season for baseball. He's approaching 20 home runs in the month of August, as the Marlins try to make a push for the playoffs. Even his manager is amazed. More»
Judge-Slump-1 article August 26, 2017

Judge's Jury Out: All Rise Again?

Aaron Judge made everything look easy in the first half of the season, but now things have gotten hard. Doesn't mean they will stay that way for the young Yankees slugger. It just means he's human and has to make some adjustments. More»
RichHill-Perfect article August 24, 2017

Hill Wins Best Pitcher, Imperfectly

On Wednesday night, the Dodgers' Rich Hill lost a perfect game in the ninth on an error -- then lost the no-no and the game to the Pirates in the bottom of the 10th. Still, considering his career path, Hill's performance was cinematic. More»
BowmanField-aerial article August 18, 2017

Grass Is Greener: MLB In Williamsport

There will be a celebration of baseball and Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday night, at Historic Bowman Field. The Cardinals will play the Pirates in the MLB Little League Classic. And we'll all feel like kids again. More»
Cardinals-LUPICA article August 16, 2017

Cardinals Rediscover Their Way

There were times this season when the St. Louis Cardinals looked lost. But, as president of baseball operations John Mozeliak explains, the team is now playing with "energy and purpose." And they're not going away. More»
Harper-Nats-Injury article August 13, 2017

Bryce Land: Nats' Prayers Answered

It appears, at least for now, that baseball won't lose Bryce Harper for the season because of what happened at first base on a wet field at Nationals Park on Saturday. That's great news for Nats fans and anybody who loves the sport. More»
Sale-LUPICA article August 11, 2017

Sale Vote: Sox Set, Others Sink

Chris Sale will pitch against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. It will feel like a stage and a setting worthy of him and the year he is having for the Red Sox, one in which he's become more an ace than anybody in baseball. More»
MikeTrout-postseason article August 9, 2017

Down and Trout: Mike Needs October

Mike Trout, who just turned 26, has had one shot at October (an Angels sweep at the hands of the Royals). But it's worth wondering if he'll be able to get another chance with his current team the way things are going. More»
Buck-Photo article August 3, 2017

Buck Doesn't Stop, Nor Will the O's

He's Buck Showalter and the manager of the Orioles and goes into a long baseball weekend just three games out of the second Wild Card in his league in the loss column. There is no quit in this manager -- and the team continues to follow his lead. More»
Vasquez-RedSox article August 2, 2017

Mass. Hysteria: Sox W Had It All

That wasn't a baseball game the Red Sox and Indians played at old Fenway on Tuesday night. That was a novel, played out over three hours and 36 minutes until Christian Vazquez hit a walkoff home run. It's why we love baseball. More»
Darvish-Gray-LUPICA article July 31, 2017

Dodgers, Yanks Dominate Deadline

Fans of the Dodgers and Yankees had plenty to cheer about at the Trade Deadline, as L.A. got Yu Darvish, while N.Y. dealt for Sonny Gray. Each team is making its pitch for a title, but other clubs stocked up as well. All part of the July 31 fun. More»

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