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‘Pitch’ Stars Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar Want the Show to ‘Empower’ Young Girls
The Paley Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of its PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Thursday night in Beverly Hills with a panel for Fox’s new sports drama “Pitch.” Moderated by TV Guide staff writer Marisa Roffman, the panel included actors Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mo McRae, as well as executive producers Rick Singer and Kevin Falls with the... Read more »
127 points by Variety | Major League Baseball Baseball National League Pitcher San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Designated hitter
Lack of drama down stretch won't spoil Cubs' division-clinching party
The Cubs division-clinching victory may feel a bit anticlimactic considering they have had a double-digit lead in the National League Central since Aug. 6. But Kris Bryant said if it does happen, the Cubs party won't be low key. This is a team, after all, that has its own party room and a fog machine...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball Baseball Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Left-handedness Joe Maddon Designated hitter
Mark McGwire marvels at David Ortiz despite issues with DH position
SAN DIEGO — Big Mac thinks the world of Big Papi as a hitter, but less so as a designated hitter.Yes, Mark McGwire seems in awe of David Ortiz’ final season, and even expressed hope the Red Sox win the World Series so that Ortiz can go out truly on top.McGwire, who batted .187 in his final season as a big leaguer with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001, never had that chance.At the same time, McGwire also isn’t a big fan of the American League’s use of a designated hitter, a position that has given Ortiz a chance to play until age 40.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox Designated hitter Baseball Drugs in sport St. Louis Cardinals Chicago White Sox David Ortiz
'Damn, J.V.:' Cabrera and Verlander face off in batting practice
Two franchise players, perhaps future Hall of Famers, were locked in a low-intensity duel for maybe the first time ever        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit Tigers Baseball Baseball positions First baseman Pitcher Miguel Cabrera Fastball Designated hitter
Victor Martinez bulked-up, healthy after frustrating year
Victor Martinez and his family have moved into a sprawling cattle ranch, located between Lakeland and Orlando.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Major League Baseball Baseball statistics Designated hitter Batting Debut albums Miguel Cabrera Cowboy
Don Kelly reemerges as Tigers scout
Kelly, the longtime utility player for the Tigers, is back with the organization as a scout and assistant on player development staff        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Detroit Tigers players Catcher Baseball positions Detroit Tigers Designated hitter Pitcher Atlanta Braves
He’s back! Tigers add Don Kelly for scouting
Kelly, the long-time super-utility player for the Tigers, is back with the organization as a pro scout.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Detroit Tigers players Catcher Baseball positions Detroit Tigers Designated hitter Pitcher Atlanta Braves
Jon Lester eager to find ways to help Cubs win second consecutive title
After earning his third World Series ring in a historical manner, Jon Lester now is focusing on the daunting task of helping the Cubs become the first franchise to win consecutive titles since the 1998-2000 Yankees won three in a row. "When it's all said and done and I go home to reflect on it,...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox National League Catcher Pitcher Designated hitter John Lackey
Cubs will use restraint to ease Kyle Schwarber into limited catching role
MESA, Ariz. — The protective brace on Kyle Schwarber's left knee represents insurance for the future.But the Cubs haven't completely dismissed the notion of Schwarber serving as their third catcher this season after he missed 61/2 months last year before returning for the World Series."We're going...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Boston Red Sox Baseball positions National League Major League Baseball Designated hitter Arizona Diamondbacks Babe Ruth
Angels plugged some holes in off-season, but how good they'll be remains an open question
The Angels should be better than they were last year. Their lineup and bench appear to be stronger. But the health of the pitching staff was the club’s downfall last season, and it would not be a surprise if the same was said this time next year.  First, the improvements: Left field has plagued...
15 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball First baseman Baseball positions Major League Baseball Designated hitter Florida Marlins Pitcher Albert Pujols
Start extra innings with a runner on second? Experimental rule change idea is misguided
To hear Joe Torre tell it, Major League Baseball is plagued by a plethora of bullpen-draining, fan-shedding, 15-inning slogs that end after midnight with some poor position player comically lobbing 75-mph meatballs over the plate.
9 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Major League Baseball World Series Designated hitter Baseball positions National League New York Yankees World Baseball Classic
Mets cut their Renaissance man to make room for Jerry Blevins
It wasn’t until Ty Kelly’s eighth professional season that the longtime minor league was finally called up to the majors. Now, Kelly only can wonder when the next call will come. The 28-year-old utility player, who is a guitarist and screenwriter in his spare time, was designated for assignment by the Mets on Thursday to...
105 points by New York Post | Baseball Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Promotion and relegation Minor league baseball World Baseball Classic Pitcher
Slugger Chris Carter, Yankees agree to terms on one-year, $3.5 million deal
Carter hit a career-high 41 home runs with Milwaukee in 2016.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Baseball Designated hitter Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Base on balls Mark Teixeira Fielder's choice National League
Why a $3 million flier is now the ideal Yankees signing
If you want to reach the Yankees, you can find them on the tightrope. They have embraced their high-wire act like few teams before them. The Steinbrenners’ desire to simultaneously contend and develop youngsters — contrary to, say, the Cubs, who tanked their way into ending their 108-year funk — took a most interesting step Tuesday,...
111 points by New York Post | New York Yankees Designated hitter Baseball Joe Girardi National League First baseman Baseball statistics Lou Gehrig
Are Yankees a fit for MLB’s unsigned 40-homer monster?
The Yankees are monitoring free-agent 40-homer slugger Chris Carter, according to ESPN. The Yankees’ depth chart at first base currently features youngster Greg Bird, coming off major shoulder surgery, with backup from Tyler Austin or designated hitter Matt Holliday, who has limited experience at the position. Carter, 30, hit 41 homers last season to tie Nolan...
198 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball National League World Series New York Yankees American League Baseball Designated hitter San Francisco Giants
Changes could be coming to MLB's strike zone, INT walk rules
Bob Uecker's famous "Just a bit outside" call may have to be modified if Major League Baseball gets its way with a new strike zone.
166 points by Daily News | Baseball Major League Baseball Designated hitter Umpire Minor league baseball National League ESPN Batting
MLB: Intentional walk, strike zone changes may be coming in 2017
The Sports Xchange Major League Baseball has made formal proposals to the players' union to make changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, ESPN.com reported Monday.
72 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Baseball Spring training Umpire St. Louis Cardinals Designated hitter Barry Bonds Strike zone
Angels move to prospect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline
The Angels made several roster moves Friday to comply with Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft. They added left-hander Nate Smith and right-handers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Austin Adams to their 40-man roster, designated right-handers...
30 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball Promotion and relegation St. Louis Cardinals Designated hitter Cleveland Indians Tampa Bay Rays
After deal, Yankees better be sure Gary Sanchez is for real
The Yankees must really believe that Gary Sanchez is it, considering Thursday's trade of Brian McCann.
102 points by Daily News | Designated hitter Brian Cashman New York Yankees Major League Baseball English-language films National League Batting American League
Brian Cashman says McCann trade gives Yankees more flexibility
Brian Cashman said "dialogue" concerning a potential trade for catcher Brian McCann began as far back as August
147 points by Daily News | New York Yankees Designated hitter Carlos Beltrán National League Baseball Brian Cashman Chicago White Sox George Steinbrenner
Brian McCann’s exit allows Yankees to explore DH options
CHICAGO — To steal teammate Larry Brooks’ schtick, regarding the Yankees’ trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two young pitchers: 1. You knew this was inevitable when, last week at the General Managers’ Meetings, Brian Cashman walked us through everything he had done to prepare for this: He had spoken with McCann’s agent,...
44 points by New York Post | New York Yankees Major League Baseball Designated hitter Baseball Joe Girardi National League Houston Astros Carlos Beltrán
Dozier, Twins fall 8-1 to Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier can only do so much. The Minnesota Twins, already hamstrung by poor pitching, have lost their way at the plate, too.Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings, backed by home runs from James McCann and Miguel Cabrera as the Detroit Tigers beat the Twins 8-1 on Tuesday night to step forward to cut the deficit between them and the second AL wild card spot to 1½ games.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Baseball Minnesota Twins Baseball positions Paul Molitor Batting Designated hitter Baseball rules
Kinsler, V-Mart unavailable for series opener vs. Twins
Second baseman is out with a mild concussion while DH has a swollen knee after being hit by pitches by Indians' Trevor Bauer.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball positions Baseball Left-handedness Designated hitter Batting Florida Marlins Catcher Iván Rodríguez
Joe Maddon has no plans to change top of Cubs' regular lineup
Joe Maddon’s eyes haven’t lied to him. When the Cubs manager dropped struggling Jason Heyward out of the second spot and moved Addison Russell up to the fifth spot, he found what he thinks is the right offensive formula. “It made the top six static,” Maddon said. But when Maddon has opted for non-regulars...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Batting Chicago Cubs Slugging percentage Babe Ruth At bat Designated hitter
Mensching: We still can’t figure out Tigers
When someone finds out you write about the Tigers, there’s two things they want to know.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Catcher Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers
Mensching: It’s September and we still can’t figure out Tigers
When someone finds out you write about the Tigers, there’s two things they want to know.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Catcher Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers
Ailing Jake Arrieta appreciates Cubs' offensive, defensive remedies
Jake Arrieta hadn't felt well since Saturday, but the Cubs offense and defense provided plenty of comfort Sunday night. Arrieta was staked to a 9-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings, and superb plays by several teammates enabled a sick Arrieta to last 5 1/3 innings before he faded as the Cubs still coasted...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Designated hitter Baseball positions National League Baseball rules Baseball statistics Chicago Cubs Pitcher
Dodgers plan to activate Andre Ethier on Saturday
Andre Ethier flew from Los Angeles and met the Dodgers at Marlins Park on Friday, arriving midway through the game. The team plans to activate him on Saturday, Manager Dave Roberts said. Ethier has yet to take a single at-bat for the club since fracturing his leg on a foul ball in March. The bones...
142 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox San Francisco Giants Designated hitter National League New York Mets New York Yankees
Joe Maddon isn't a fan of the designated hitter
Despite the freedom to employ another hitter, Cubs manager Joe Maddon reiterated he is no fan of American League rules that use the designated hitter. "I’m not into it," Maddon said before Friday's game against the Houston Astros. "We scored a lot of runs this year, even with a pitcher (in the...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball Baseball Designated hitter World Series San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Cubs' Jorge Soler to handle DH duties at Houston
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't mind using the designated hitter this time of year because it allows him to give at-bats to more position players. Friday night's interleague game at Houston will allow Maddon to employ Jorge Soler as the DH. The Cubs are 5-0 in games in which Soler has handled...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Designated hitter Major League Baseball National League San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves 2008 Major League Baseball season