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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
Kid stuff: Austin's homer gives young Yanks 5th straight win
NEW YORK — Tyler Austin wasn't sure if Yankees manager Joe Girardi would let him face a right-hander in the ninth inning.Switch-hitting veteran Mark Teixeira was still on the bench, and the right-handed hitting Austin isn't far removed from a long slump.Girardi stuck with the rookie, and he came through, helping the Baby Bombers continue their unlikely push into postseason contention.Austin hit a solo homer in the ninth to give New York its season-high fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
-1 points by Boston Herald | New York Yankees Baseball Joe Girardi Major League Baseball CC Sabathia Relief pitcher Pitcher Home run
Dodgers cross fingers, dream about October as Clayton Kershaw returns this weekend
The subsequent months have sanded away the details of his dejection. Dave Roberts cannot recall whether he read the message in a text or listened to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speak the words aloud. But he can still recall their meaning. “We’ve got some bad news,”...
462 points by Los Angeles Times | Clayton Kershaw Curveball Great Lakes Loons Fastball Spinal disc herniation Pitcher The A-Team San Francisco Giants
Nationals say Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass in his elbow and the Washington Nationals don't know when he will pitch again, but the team said it was relieved the right-hander did not re-tear a ligament.Manager Dusty Baker and director of athletic training Paul Lessard voiced optimism after an MRI did not reveal ligament damage. Strasburg had Tommy John surgery in August 2011.
-1 points by Boston Herald | National League Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves Cy Young Award National League East Washington Nationals Baseball Pitcher
Astros' Hinch ejected after 2 runs score on wild pitch
CLEVELAND — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was ejected after the Cleveland Indians scored two runs on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the third inning and took a 4-1 lead.Lonnie Chisenhall attempted to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt from David Paulino on Thursday. The ball bounced away from catcher Jason Castro and rolled toward the on-deck circle near the Indians dugout.Play was allowed to contiue, although replays showed Chisnehall fouled off the pitch. All three runners — Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez — crossed the plate.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Baseball terminology Cy Young Award Craig Biggio Pitcher
Strong outing puts Boyd in mix for next season
Rookie left-hander yielded two earned runs in Tuesday's loss but but has a solid 3.89 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 85? innings.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball rules Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field Pitch Fastball Pitcher
Kluber loses for first time since July, Astros down Indians
Kluber (15-9) had won his previous seven decisions.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Cy Young Award Baseball statistics Pitcher Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves
Zimmermann will start Saturday vs. Orioles
After a torrid April, Tigers right-hander saw performance dip before landing on DL with neck ailment.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Cy Young Award Detroit Tigers Pitcher Catcher Baseball Chicago White Sox Pitch Major League Baseball
Pedro Baez rejoins Dodgers as bullpen continues to grow
The Dodgers expanded their bullpen to 14 relievers on Tuesday by recalling right-hander Pedro Baez from double-A Tulsa. The team had sent Baez to the Texas League last week to give him a rest after heavy usage and ineffective outings in August. A talented but maddening pitcher, one who often grinds...
60 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Roberto Clemente Bullpen San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres Pedro Martínez
Dodgers are looking like the real deal
Are you ready to buy into a team without a starting rotation? Are you ready to embrace the big-bank version of Andrew Friedman’s small-market approach? Are you ready to open your heart again to a franchise that has virtually banished Vin Scully from local television sets? In other words, are you...
1423 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher San Francisco Giants National League Tampa Bay Rays Relief pitcher Baseball statistics
Angels appear to have found a good fit for ninth-inning role in well-traveled Bailey
With his first pitch at his first home Monday, the Angels’ Andrew Bailey fired an errant fastball. When he received the ball back from his catcher, he surreptitiously glanced at the radar-gun reading flashing near Oakland Coliseum’s left-field foul pole.  Angels second baseman Cliff Pennington...
88 points by Los Angeles Times | Cy Young Award New York Yankees Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
Yankees’ no-name reliever ‘super stoked’ after 1st MLB save
Just think of how many times Mariano Rivera felt the same way. “Great, awesome,” said Blake Parker, who was absolutely gushing about getting the save in the Yankees’ 7-6 victory over Toronto last night. But then, this was Parker’s first. And he got it by coming in relief of a beleaguered Dellin Betances and throwing...
16 points by New York Post | Joe Girardi New York Yankees Mariano Rivera Baseball Pitch English-language films Pitcher Tommy John
Dodgers keep rolling along, a 3-1 win giving them a sweep of the Diamondbacks
An autumnal chill did not envelop Chavez Ravine Wednesday night — it was 74 degrees, not an October-like 54 degrees, at first pitch — but Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts sensed a different feeling in the stadium, one that has grown with each passing day of September. “There’s that anticipation,” Roberts...
386 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Baseball statistics Pitcher Left-handedness San Francisco Giants Pitch Right-handedness Baseball terminology
Travis d’Arnaud can’t do one simple thing, and it’s killing Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE — In his quest to throw out base runners this spring, the Mets’ starting catcher is still Travis d’Ar-Nope. A rough spring for d’Arnaud throwing the ball was underscored Friday, when the Astros were successful in all four of their stolen base attempts against Noah Syndergaard and d’Arnaud in the Mets’ 2-0...
-1 points by New York Post | Baseball Major League Baseball Catcher Jackie Robinson Pitcher Baseball positions Double play Passed ball
'Odds are' Carlos Rodon will start season on disabled list with biceps tightness
The White Sox scratched left-hander Carlos Rodon from his Cactus League start Friday with tightness in his upper left biceps, and while an initial exam was positive, the third-year starter will undergo an MRI on Friday in Arizona. Sox general manager Rick Hahn said it is still too early to tell...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Pitcher Baseball Boston Red Sox Plan Spring training Perfect game
Best pictures from Spring Training
       
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Baseball Spring training Boston Red Sox Baseball positions Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees Florida Pitcher
Kershaw strikes out 11 Rangers in 6 scoreless innings
Clayton Kershaw showed there's no cause for concern after a mediocre performance in his previous spring training start         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball rules National League Major League Baseball Baseball terminology Pitcher Chase Utley
Tigers 5, Mets 1
       
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball Baseball positions Catcher First baseman Pitcher Baseball statistics Infielder Home run
Mets manager raves about Gsellman after fourth spring start
It’s a nice problem for Terry Collins to have, but it’s still a problem.
-1 points by Daily News | Baseball Pitcher National League Major League Baseball West Palm Beach Florida Tommy John surgery Relief pitcher Cleveland Indians
The Southland's top 10 teams and 25 players to watch for high school baseball
Top 10 teams1. Brother Rice (35-4): Right-handers Ryan Kutt (Illinois) and Jack Guzek (Indiana State) present a dazzling one-two pitching punch. Shortstop Ryan King (Michigan State) is a dynamic two-way threat. Catcher Andy Lopez and second baseman Sam Jones (Indiana), along with Kutt and Guzek,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball positions Catcher First baseman Baseball Shortstop Infielder Pitcher Second baseman
Kyle Hendricks pitching in fifth spot a sign of Cubs' rotation depth
The Cubs' decision Thursday to place National League ERA leader Kyle Hendricks as their fifth starter was based merely on breaking up left-handers Jon Lester and Brett Anderson. It also speaks to a rotation that Jake Arrieta believes is as deep as any in baseball. "On paper and what we've actually...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball National League Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox Pitcher St. Louis Cardinals World Series Baseball positions
'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
Hyun-Jin Ryu says he's ready to prove he belongs in the Dodgers' rotation
As Hyun-Jin Ryu clomped down a rain-slicked hill, headed for his first session of live batting practice this spring, a group of fans gathered nearby perked up. “Good luck this year,” one said as Ryu walked by. “Stay healthy! Stay healthy!” That task has proved challenging for Ryu in the last two...
16 points by Los Angeles Times | Cy Young Award Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher San Francisco Giants Arizona Diamondbacks National League John Smoltz
Rockies’ lefty Tyler Anderson not taking rookie success for granted
Tyler Anderson's spot in the Rockies' rotation appears secure and his future looks bright. After all, the left-hander posted a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts last season -- the lowest ERA by a Rockies starter through 16 games in franchise history.
4 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Pitcher 2016 Major League Baseball Baseball positions Left-handedness Relief pitcher Fastball
Cubs count on catcher Willson Contreras to mature into productive regular
The Cubs' confidence in Willson Contreras almost matches the self-assurance the 24-year-old catcher displayed during the team's run to its first World Series title since 1908. Contreras maintains an array of support staff members from manager Joe Maddon to coach Mike Borzello to a veteran pitching...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Joe Maddon Pitcher Confidence Boston Red Sox Figure It Out Chicago Cubs
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
San Francisco's Joey Carney pitches again after liver donation, and gets his first college win
Less than nine months after stepping away from his baseball career in an effort to save his terminally ill mother, Joey Carney made his return as a college pitcher on Saturday. The senior right-hander pitched three scoreless innings to get the win as San Francisco rallied for a 7-6 victory over...
169 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball terminology Pitcher Run Relief pitcher Baseball positions Baseball rules
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
K-Rod anxious to settle unfinished business in Detroit
The first time Francisco Rodriguez was in a contract year, 2008, he saved 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Handedness Atlanta Braves Pitcher Minor league baseball Ian Kinsler Catcher Left-handedness
Henning: Ausmus focuses on team, task, not noise
Ausmus enters this fourth season as the Tigers manager, having led the team to the playoffs once.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Catcher Baseball Manager Pitcher Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Extra innings
Kris Bryant gets pranked by Cubs great Greg Maddux
Kris Bryant got the best of a many top pitchers last season, but it took a Cubs Hall of Famer to totally punk him. Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting National League MVP while hurling some zingers...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Cy Young Award Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Greg Maddux St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants Roger Clemens Pitcher
Giants’ Mark Melancon: a closer who’s open to sports science
Mark Melancon sprints to the mound and his heart starts racing — at precisely 183 beats per minute. It's all by careful design for San Francisco's new closer.
5 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Dominican Republic Heart rate Pitcher Major League Baseball Heart rate monitor Vice president Catcher
Nationals’ risky closer void, and every MLB team’s big question
PORT ST. LUCIE — Who will be the Nationals’ closer? That, as pitchers and catchers roll into 30 different camps, stands out as the most important dilemma that any team must solve. The Nats are an all-in club with a tight window; Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy can both be free agents after next season. Yet...
105 points by New York Post | Baseball Pitcher Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Baseball positions Tommy John surgery Relief pitcher Catcher
Cubs must adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster- and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved under the bleachers, where pitchers will be out of sight — though...
276 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Major League Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Bullpen Wrigley Field Starting pitcher
Cubs forced to adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster-wise and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in, and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved to underneath the bleachers, where the pitchers will be out...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Major League Baseball Warming up Bullpen Wrigley Field
St. Louis Cardinals' stud prospect Alex Reyes out for season
The Sports Xchange St. Louis Cardinals rookie right-hander Alex Reyes, whose fastball tops out at 100 mph, is out for the season.
2 points by UPI | Baseball St. Louis Cardinals United Press International Tommy John surgery Pitcher Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Catcher
Tigers spring training: First workout for pitchers and catchers
       
-2 points by The Detroit News | Catcher Detroit Tigers National League Pitcher Justin Verlander Pitcher plant
Why Mets pitcher secretly couldn’t swing last year
PORT ST. LUCIE — Robert Gsellman is ready to show off a new weapon in his arsenal this spring: a bat. The Mets pitcher underwent surgery last October to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and can now swing a bat after spending the first two months of his major league career resigned...
26 points by New York Post | Port St. Lucie Florida St. Lucie County Florida St. Lucie Mets Baseball National League Pitcher Florida State League Tommy John surgery
Rockies pitchers must be better fielders, and Bud Black knows it
Shortly after working on their sliders, fastballs and changeups during a morning bullpen session here Tuesday, Rockies pitchers moved to the diamond for PFP -- pitchers fielding practice.
21 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Catcher Pitcher Relief pitcher Baseball positions Major League Baseball Passed ball Bullpen
Playing time shrinks, but Tigers’ Avila has vital role
Avila will back up starting catcher James McCann, and is valued for his experience and left-handed bat.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Catcher Pitcher Baseball Relief pitcher Omar Vizquel Left-handedness Manager Brad Ausmus
Detroit Tigers allow Drew VerHagen to go back to being a starter
The Detroit Tigers agreed that Drew VerHagen could help the team more as a depth starter in Triple-A Toledo.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Pitcher Baseball Relief pitcher Bullpen Starting pitcher Major League Baseball Manager Pitch
Tigers give VerHagen shot at starting rotation
Be clear on this: Drew VerHagen will pitch in any role, any situation, the Tigers need him to.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Bullpen Starting pitcher Catcher Fastball Pitch
Henning: Tigers will rise or fall with their pitching
If a starting rotation that in 60 percent of the slots could feature youngsters can join Justin Verlander and a rebounding Jordan Zimmermann to offer six good innings in a typical game, the Tigers will have nailed a first step toward the playoffs.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Tigers Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Catcher Comerica Park Pitch Bullpen
Spring's here! Tigers' pitchers, catchers to have first workout today
Zimmermann, Rondon big keys to solidifying rotation and bullpen        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Pitcher Catcher Relief pitcher Baseball Bullpen Major League Baseball Starting pitcher Detroit Tigers
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
Tigers GM Al Avila: Keeping core together gives best chance to win
Chief decides to stick with the team that narrowly missed the playoffs last season        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher Manager Atlanta Braves Florida Marlins The A-Team Pure Mule
Tigers GM Al Avila decides to keep core of 2016 roster
Chief decides to stick with the team that narrowly missed the playoffs last season        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher Manager Atlanta Braves The A-Team Pure Mule Catcher
Leaner Justin Wilson aims to add off-speed spice to arsenal
You might notice a change in Justin Wilson this year. He looks different, for starters, leaner, more physically fit.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitch Slider Fastball Baseball pitches Curveball Pitcher Handedness
Tigers prospect Jimenez patiently waits for chance
Right-handed reliever rapidly ascended the minor-league ladder last season with impressive numbers (71 strikeouts in 53⅔ innings).        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Handedness Puerto Rico Relief pitcher Manager Left-handedness Major League Baseball