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article June 17, 2016

Wright can do no wrong in Boston

Steven Wright is an American League Cy Young Award candidate. Go ahead, read it again. It's true, and it's nuts. Wright, a 31-year-old knuckleballer, has been the best pitcher on the Red Sox and one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2016. More»
GettyImages-540274414 article June 15, 2016

King or not, Ichiro is one of a kind

Let's say two things about Ichiro Suzuki: At 42, he is having a stunningly good season, all but forcing Marlins manager Don Mattingly's hand as far as near-everyday playing time goes. Also, Ichiro hasn't passed Pete Rose in anything. More»
GettyImages-540085254 article June 15, 2016

Can Nats Get Zim Back On Track?

Ryan Zimmerman over a full season has never been as bad as he is now. He is a massive hole in the heart of a top-five NL lineup, and his ability to produce is central to the Nationals' continued ability to finally live up to years of expectations. More»
springer-seager article June 9, 2016

All-Star voting course corrections

George Springer, with the sort of skill and personality that should be on display during baseball's signature summer event, and Corey Seager, as a top young talent in the game, deserve to be All-Stars whether fans vote them in or not. More»
AP_16148139252773 article May 27, 2016

Spelling Bee: Dez, Steph, Dabbing

Spelling might not be a sport, but the Scripps National Spelling Bee (co-)winner seems to know his sports. Nihar Janga, 11, paid tribute to Dez Bryant after the competition ended, one of the highlights of the 2016 edition Thursday. More»
GettyImages-511429074 article May 26, 2016

Get to know Dodgers phenom Urias

The prospect-following world was abuzz Thursday morning when news broke that the Dodgers will call up 19-year-old pitching phenom Julio Urias for the team's game Friday night against the Mets. Here's a little more info on Urias and why this news is so significant. More»
GettyImages-520917544 article May 19, 2016

In Theo they trust: Epstein builds best

As baseball season hits the one-quarter mark, the best two offenses belong to the Cubs and Red Sox. What do those lineups have in common? They are built on players acquired by Theo Epstein, Cubs president and former Red Sox general manager. More»
GettyImages-530876874 article May 12, 2016

Inside Rich Hill's purgatory

Less than a year ago, Rich Hill was unemployed and working out in his hometown of Milton, Mass. Now, he's pitching -- and pitching well -- on the biggest contract of his life. Here's how he built the foundation of his career's second act. More»
MVPs article May 10, 2016

Curry & Co.: Sports' unanimous MVPs

Stephen Curry on Tuesday became the first unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA, the 20th athlete to win such an award in that fashion in the history of the four major North American sports. Here is a look at all of the others. More»
GettyImages-524267106 article April 30, 2016

Neil Walker: Second to None

The April hot streak that has enveloped Mets second baseman Neil Walker won't last forever, but for now it's made him one of the best hitters on his team and in the league. So let's talk about the dingers. Everybody loves mashing dingers. More»
GettyImages-51640738 article April 22, 2016

When Prince Was a Baller

Before Prince was one of the most famous musicians of all-time, he was Duane Nelson's brother and one of the smallest kids around at Bryant Junior High in Minneapolis. That's where the legend of Prince the baller took root. More»
Harper article April 20, 2016

National Treasure: Harper & history

Bryce Harper hit another grand slam Tuesday night, and his already-gaudy numbers remain so two weeks into the season. Could he be on his way to one of the best age-23-or-younger seasons ever? Here's a look at some of the best. More»
GettyImages-520958256 article April 14, 2016

Sox's Catch 22: Swihart or Vazquez?

Here's the thing about the Red Sox's 4-4 start: They're 4-4. That's eight games. Most reactions are overreactions, and one of the victims of said overreactions seems to be Blake Swihart. More»
Cano-Main article April 7, 2016

Yes he Cano: Robbie among the best

Robinson Cano is off to a start as hot as anybody's, swatting four home runs -- and swatting them hard -- in three games. He's driven in seven runs, and Seattle has won twice. None of this should come as a surprise for anyone who has watched Cano. More»
GilesGregerson article April 4, 2016

No bad answers for Astros, closers

The Astros' announcement that Luke Gregerson will be the team's closer over Ken Giles drew some odd Internet looks. Houston, of course, is run by smart people, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt. What's the benefit of this bullpen arrangement? More»
SmoakMonteroColabello article March 28, 2016

In Toronto, case study in prospecting

Toronto selected Jesus Montero off waivers on Monday, adding the former big-time prospect to its first-base platoon of Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak. That group offers a reminder: When it comes to the future of a given prospect, nobody really knows anything. More»
GettyImages-516865234 article March 24, 2016

Calipari: UK invading draft process

Count the Kentucky Wildcats -- a whole bunch of them -- among the players taking advantage of the new rules regarding NBA draft eligibility. Coach John Calipari announced Wednesday that all of of his eligible players will declare for June's draft. More»
119,586,839 article March 19, 2016

March Madness' best buzzer-beaters

Northern Iowa and Texas were set for overtime Friday night, when a half-court heave from the Panthers' Paul Jesperson decided it wouldn't be necessary. It was an all-time great NCAA Tournament shot, and it's certainly not alone More»
LaRoches article March 17, 2016

Baseball a family affair for LaRoches

To understand Adam LaRoche's decision to walk away from baseball, you need to understand his background. He's a baseball man, but he's also a family man, and for most of his going on four decades these two facets of life have been intertwined. More»
AP_050609020818 article February 5, 2016

Dave Mirra dead of apparent suicide

BMX great and pioneering X-Games star Dave Mirra was found dead of apparent suicide Thursday. Police in Greenville, N.C., said in a statement they found his body in a parked truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 41. More»

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