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New York Mets signing Tim Tebow is a stunt -- unless he can be the unicorn
By Roger Rubin, The Sports Xchange It was just a month ago that Tim Tebow issued invitations to a football-style showcase to all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
4 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball Heisman Trophy National League San Francisco Giants World Series New York Mets
Asher strong in return, Phillies beat Nationals 4-1
WASHINGTON — Alec Asher's first tour with the Philadelphia Phillies went very badly.This time around he's off to a great start.Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer, Asher pitched six innings of two-hit ball coming off a suspension, and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Thursday night.Asher, acquired from the Rangers in the trade for Cole Hamels, ended last season in the Phillies' starting rotation and went 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in seven starts.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Philadelphia Phillies National League Ryan Howard World Series National League East Cole Hamels Atlanta Braves
Astros' Paulino loses major league debut 10-7 to Indians
CLEVELAND — David Paulino's major league debut was brief, yet quite eventful.The right-hander pitched three innings, allowed four runs and threw two wild pitches Thursday as the Cleveland Indians outslugged Houston 10-7. The Astros dropped 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the final American League wild-card spot.Paulino (0-1), who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno two days earlier, allowed four hits, two walks and hit a batter. He failed to strike out any of the 15 batters he faced.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Baseball Cleveland Indians Home run Baseball rules World Series Boston Red Sox
Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler eager to see fellow Cuban Yulieski Gurriel
The sight of Yulieski Gurriel playing first base surprised fellow Cubans Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler.But Chapman and Soler have no doubts Gurriel will succeed with the Astros as he has in an impressive international career."He's an excellent athlete," Chapman said. "He has been a great asset,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Baseball World Series New York Yankees World Baseball Classic Cuba National League
The Texas Rangers think this Bacardi logo looks an awful lot like theirs
Booze and baseball fit together like a hand in glove — except when it comes to trademark disputes. The Texas Rangers have a beef with Bacardi Ltd., the maker of rum, Grey Goose Vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin over a new distilled spirit the company introduced in China last year and hopes to distribute worldwide....
24 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Bacardi Gin American League Rum Texas Rangers Distilled beverage World Series
‘Tebow to the Mets? Good luck’: Former Jets teammates react
When word began to circulate Thursday the Mets had signed Tim Tebow to their minor league system to give him a chance to carve out a professional baseball career after his NFL career fell short of his hopes, Tebow’s former teammates showed immediate support. “I believe Tim’s got a big heart and he’s a good...
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2005 World Series trip culmination of Astros' Killer B's era
From 1998 through 2005, the Killer B's in their various incarnations were the heart and soul of the Astros' most successful period - four National League Central titles, two NL wild cards and the franchise's lone World Series appearance. [...] like Biggio, he never played for any other major league team, finishing his 15-year career as the Astros' all-time leader in home runs (449) and RBIs (1,529). [...] baseman Sean Berry was another integral member of the group from 1996 to 1998. A new B emerged in July 1999 when the Astros called up Lance Berkman, who had been their top draft pick in 1997 out of Rice, where in his final season he hit the astounding collegiate total of 41 home runs. Berkman garnered only 93 at-bats in his first Astros season, but with Bell dealt away in a December 1999 trade to the New York Mets, Berkman batted .297 with 21 home runs and a .949 OPS in 2000 and finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The Astros secured the wild card on the season's final day, and a 3-2 NLDS win over the Braves marked the first postseason series victory in franchise history. [...] in 2005, the Killer B's era culminated in the Astros' first World Series appearance. The White Sox won the first two games in Chicago, following a 5-3 victory in Game 1 with a dramatic 7-6 triumph that ended on a ninth-inning walkoff home run by Scott Podsednik, who had no homers in the regular season. A bad shoulder had limited Bagwell to 39 regular-season games, and that final game of the World Series would mark the last time he, Biggio and Berkman played together.
47 points by The Houston Chronicle | Houston Astros Major League Baseball World Series Boston Red Sox National League Atlanta Braves San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
Nova, Kang lead Pirates to 4-1 win over slumping Reds
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ivan Nova pitched a six-hitter to stay unbeaten with Pittsburgh and Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run double to key a three-run first inning as the Pirates defeated Cincinnati 4-1 on Thursday night, extending the Reds' losing streak to five games. Nova (12-6) pitched his second complete ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Baseball statistics Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees Major League Baseball Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves Cleveland Indians World Series
Hey, Tim Tebow-to-Mets haters: Chill out, nobody died here
It is part of the Tim Tebow canon that cynicism will shadow him and stalk him, wherever he goes, whatever he says, whatever the year, whatever the subject, whatever the sport. That says more about a cynical time and a skeptical society than it does about Tebow. In a world of hashtags, the wide-eyed, gosh-darn-golly-gee-willikers...
139 points by New York Post | Heisman Trophy Major League Baseball Baseball Tim Tebow Florida Gators football Sam Bradford World Series San Francisco Giants
Astros passed on Kris Bryant in draft, but future looks bright
Despite passing on Kris Bryant with the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Astros aren't exactly lacking talented young players. The Cubs visit Houston this weekend in a matchup that one national publication forecast as a 2016 World Series preview back in the spring. A slow start and a failure to...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball World Series Chicago Cubs Houston Astros Boston Red Sox San Francisco Giants Baseball
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg's aching elbow is not a season-ending injury, team says
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start Wednesday in the third inning because of discomfort in the back of his right elbow, has a strained flexor mass and there is no timetable for his return.  Paul Lessard, Washington’s director of athletic training,  says the injury...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball New York Yankees National League Atlanta Braves World Series Texas Rangers Walk-off home run Jackie Robinson
Vegas Play of the Day: Rays at Yankees
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | New York Yankees Major League Baseball American League CC Sabathia San Francisco Giants American League East World Series Tampa Bay Rays
Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum takes a loss in desert home sale
With his season having come to an end, Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum has wrapped up some business away from the field, selling his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., for $3 million. The modern-style house, which boasts a gymnasium with a retractable batting cage, returned to market earlier this year...
79 points by Los Angeles Times | Tim Lincecum Los Angeles Kings World Series San Francisco Giants Rooms Major League Baseball Los Angeles Clippers Cy Young Award
Scenes throughout Progressive Field during today's Cleveland Indians game: Follow along on Facebook Live, Snapchat
Add cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat to see coverage of everything that goes into staging an Indians game. Scenes throughout Progressive Field during a Cleveland Indians game: Follow along Thursday on Facebook Live, Snapchat CLEVELAND, Ohio - Have you ever wondered what goes into staging a Cleveland Indians game - from the all the delicious concessions to the visiting clubhouse crew to merchandising, and more? Follow cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat today to see how it all comes together before and during the Indians' day game against the Houston Astros. Cleveland.com will have several reporters stationed all over Progressive Field and social media coordinators Maura Zurick and Hayden Grove will show you all the stations on Facebook Live and Snapchat. Here's how you can follow along: Follow cleveland.com on Facebook here. Add cleveland.com on Snapchat. Our username is clevelanddotcom Tune in to see all the behind-the-scenes work, including preparing food to collecting tickets and getting the gift shops ready. We'll also be spending time with the visiting clubhouse crew, vendors and our favorite drummer, John Adams. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. but the coverage will begin a couple of hours before the game on Facebook and Snapchat.
23 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Houston Astros Progressive Field Chicago Cubs World Series Boston Red Sox Cincinnati Reds
Five reasons Mets are better than 50-50 to make playoffs
CINCINNATI — Can they be the comeback kids for a second straight year? The mood was bleak outside the visitors’ clubhouse in San Francisco on Aug. 19 as Terry Collins conducted his postgame press briefing, after a fourth loss in five games had pushed the Mets two games below .500 and 5 ½ lengths removed...
91 points by New York Post | Florida Marlins New York Mets World Series Major League Baseball Curtis Granderson Atlanta Braves Detroit Tigers San Francisco Giants
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg exits game early with elbow pain
Strasburg ended up pitching just 2 1/3 innings and 42 pitches.         
153 points by Arizona Republic | National League Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs San Francisco Giants World Series Cincinnati Reds National League East
Benintendi, Swanson among MLB’s top rookies this season
Corey Seager helped the Los Angeles Dodgers make it all the way to the NL Championship Series last year. Michael Fulmer developed into a reliable part of Detroit’s rotation, winning 11 games for the Tigers with a 3.06 ERA.Here is a closer look at a group of rookies hoping to have a similar impact th...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox World Series New York Yankees Atlanta Braves National League Oakland Athletics
Cubs' uniforms get golden touch
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs will commemorate their 2016 World Series title with a golden touch for the first two home games. The lettering on the Cubs' uniforms will be stitched in gold for their first two games on April 10 and 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, gold trim will...
5 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs World Series Chicago White Sox Pacific Coast League National League Atlanta Braves
How Mets-Nationals stack up in what may be best rivalry in 2017
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Did baseball’s best current rivalry hold a dress rehearsal Thursday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches? No, Mets-Nationals can’t hold a finger to Yankees-Red Sox, Dodgers-Giants or Cardinals-Cubs when it comes to history and regalness. In 2017, though? Mets-Nationals has two critical attributes going for it: 1) It’s close....
-1 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Baseball Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies National League National League East World Series New York Mets
Manfred: World Baseball Classic a major success with bright future
LOS ANGELES – Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success.The Major League Baseball commissioner’s confidence seemed we...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Major League Baseball Baseball Puerto Rico United States Dodger Stadium World Baseball Classic World Series Dominican Republic
Is Las Vegas really a ‘viable market’ for a MLB franchise?
If you ask those who were once involved in trying to bring MLB to Las Vegas, the chances of it occurring then were as practicable as the game’s commissioner envisions now.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Major League Baseball Washington Nationals Montreal Expos World Series Spring training Boston Red Sox Bud Selig Las Vegas Nevada
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
Great expectations
The Red Sox have had plenty of players listed on the Baseball America Top 100 prospects list, and while some have swam, others have sank. Andrew Benintendi comes into this season as the No. 1 prospect in the game. Like Benintendi, almost all of these highly ranked prospects dipped their toes into the majors before their rookie year, but here’s how they fared in their first full season:JON LESTER2006 ranking: No. 22First full season: 2008
-2 points by Boston Herald | Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Fenway Park Chicago White Sox Babe Ruth Portland Sea Dogs Jon Lester World Series
Mets hope Cespedes can provide some Jeter moments in October
Yoenis Cespedes won the Mets over because they came to realize he was made for the New York spotlight.
53 points by Daily News | New York Yankees Baseball World Series Strikeout Major League Baseball 2000 World Series Yankee Stadium Reggie Jackson
As MLB camps open, the 10 players changing teams that matter most
New faces in new places this spring.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox World Series Cy Young Award Boston Red Sox American League Cleveland Indians Atlanta Braves
Tom Ricketts leaving tough decisions about Jake Arrieta to Theo Epstein
The riches and notoriety of winning a World Series may go only so far in retaining marquee players such as Jake Arrieta. "That's a Theo and Jed decision," Chairman Tom Ricketts said Saturday in referring to President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer after addressing his Cubs players before...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Baseball Chicago Cubs World Series San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals Chicago White Sox
Reflective Tigers DH Victor Martinez grateful for late Mike Ilitch
Perhaps no player was more outspoken over the years about winning a World Series for Ilitch than Martinez.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Jim Leyland Major League Baseball postseason Division Series World Series Detroit Red Wings New York Yankees
Joe Maddon stresses 'heartbeat' leads to success during team meeting
Manager Joe Maddon conducted the first of what he hopes are three meetings this season to his Cubs players. Maddon addressed his players Saturday at their theater at their training complex. Players and staffers watched clips from the postseason. Maddon continued to stress that Cubs' Game 4 victory...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | San Francisco Giants National League Major League Baseball 1890 in baseball World Series Los Angeles Dodgers Cincinnati Reds American Association
Bryce Harper isn’t laughing off Syndergaard’s ‘douche’ rip
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Mets’ rivalry with the Nationals got that much juicier Saturday thanks to Bryce Harper. When asked about Noah Syndergaard’s Instagram comment from New Year’s Eve – Thor dropped the “Douche’’ hammer on Harper — Harper responded with these serious words at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: “I don’t...
273 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball National League New York Mets World Series New York Yankees Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants
Max Scherzer dealing in pain
National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is dealing with pain from a broken knuckle on his pitching hand that arose late last year, and Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker says the team is making plans in case his ace isn’t ready for Opening Day.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball National League Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays World Series Cy Young Award Chicago White Sox
Drellich: Commissioner Rob Manfred keeps open mind on rule changes
LAKELAND, Fla. — The idea of starting extra innings with a runner on second base in a major league game is repulsive.Good thing the Gulf Coast League, one of the two Rookie leagues where that rule is to be implemented, is the lowest rung of the minor leagues.Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday said he thinks of rule changes in three categories: those intended to speed up the game by eliminating dead time; those to promote action in the game itself, like an altered strike zone that may be on its way; and those with a more tailored purpose.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox Minor league baseball National League Houston Astros World Series
Mat Latos invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
Alex ButlerFeb. 16 (UPI) -- An eighth different Major League Baseball jersey will be hanging in Mat Latos' closet after he agreed to a deal Thursday.
1 points by UPI | Major League Baseball World Series National League Atlanta Braves San Francisco Giants Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays Florida Marlins
Patience, faith pay off for Tigers’ Leon Durham
Twenty-three years. That’s how long it’s been since Leon “Bull” Durham has been in the big leagues.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Major League Baseball World Series Pittsburgh Pirates Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals League Championship Series National League Championship Series Baseball statistics
Manfred: Red Sox were considered when punishing Cardinals for hacking Astros
LAKELAND, Fla. — MLB’s top official is seeing red.When Rob Manfred slapped the St. Louis Cardinals with a $2 million fine and took away a pair of draft picks for hacking into the Houston Astros’ email and baseball database, the commissioner was conscious of the punishment he gave the Red Sox last summer for violating international amateur signing rules.The Red Sox were caught signing players for a price effectively higher than a $300,000 limitation they had.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox World Series San Francisco Giants National League New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
Indians still reliving World Series nightmare, but ready to pen a new ending
Still, 2017 offers promise: "If we win it this year, I can’t think of a better story.’’         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Cleveland Indians Chicago Cubs World Series Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Baseball San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
New York Mets' mascot has Twitter battle with Noah Synergaard
Alex ButlerFeb. 15 (UPI) -- Tall Texan Noah Syndergaard is known for overpowering hitters. It was his own squad dominating him on Valentine's Day.
1 points by UPI | Major League Baseball United Press International New York Mets Citi Field Twitter Meet the Mets Shea Stadium World Series
Nick Swisher, Alex Rodriguez returning to New York Yankees
Alex ButlerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- With 15 All-Star appearances, three MVP awards, and a couple of World Series rings between them, it wouldn't hurt the New York Yankees to add their experience.
1 points by UPI | New York Yankees Major League Baseball 2009 World Series Alex Rodriguez Boston Red Sox World Series Atlanta Braves New York Mets
High hopes as always in first spring training workouts
LAKELAND, Fla. — Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special."I usually sleep pretty well. I woke up early today," the Detroit ace said Tuesday. "On one hand, you want to appreciate everything as much as you can. It's not such a whirlwind anymore — you kind of know what to expect. But in the same aspect, every day is pretty much the same thing I've done for 12 years, so it also starts going faster."
9 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox World Series Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs National League Arizona Diamondbacks San Francisco Giants
Cleveland Indians bring back Grady Sizemore
Alex ButlerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- He never officially retired, but Grady Sizemore won't be playing in 2017 when he returns to the Cleveland Indians.
5 points by UPI | Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Phillies Spring training Tampa Bay Rays World Series
RHP Jake Odorizzi defeats Tampa Bay Rays in arbitration
Alex ButlerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- Knowing that you don't have to move during the Major League Baseball offseason is great. Returning to the same club with a new deal is even better.
-2 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays American League Major League Baseball All-Star Game Kansas City Royals World Series Baseball St. Louis Cardinals
Ortiz missing from Red Sox roster for 1st time since 2002
FORT MYERS, Fla. – When the Boston Red Sox started to report for spring training Monday, David Ortiz was missing.For the first time since 2002, Big Papi is not on the roster.“It’s going to be different,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “He’s been here every year that I’ve been here. We just have...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball World Series Chicago White Sox Alex Rodriguez 2007 World Series David Ortiz Babe Ruth
Arizona Diamondbacks snag RHP Kevin Jepsen, LHP Brian Matusz
Alex ButlerFeb. 13 (UPI) -- As its pitchers and catchers reported to Salt River Fields Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks noticed it needed some bullpen bulk.
-2 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox World Series Atlanta Braves Arizona Diamondbacks National League San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs
Here’s the Cactus League team capsules
A look at the Cactus League teams entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and days of the first workout for pitchers and catchers:
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Major League Baseball National League Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox World Series Baseball Kansas City Royals San Francisco Giants
Atlanta Braves near deal to land Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips
The Sports Xchange The Atlanta Braves are close to landing three-time All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds, Fox Sports reported Saturday night.
5 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves Boston Red Sox Houston Astros World Series New York Mets
AL Central Division preview: Cleveland Indians may be even better
Free Press sports writer George Sipple looks at the Tigers' AL Central rivals        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox National League Baseball Cleveland Indians World Series American League
Los Angeles Dodgers re-sign Chase Utley, bring in two more
Alex ButlerFeb. 11 (UPI) -- Six-time All-Star Chase Utley is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017.
4 points by UPI | Major League Baseball World Series Jackie Robinson National League Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award Major League Baseball teams Chase Utley
Spring Training Preview: The 10 most intriguing questions of 2017
As spring training begins this week, the storylines for the local teams are as predictable as Florida sunshine.
70 points by Daily News | Major League Baseball New York Yankees Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox World Series National League Detroit Tigers Alex Rodriguez
How baseball and the Detroit Tigers became Mike Ilitch's true love
Baseball was embedded in his life as a kid growing up on the west side of Detroit, a shortstop for Cooley High in the mid-1940s.        
1386 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball World Series Detroit Red Wings Mike Ilitch Tiger Stadium Florida Marlins Chicago White Sox
With David Ortiz retired, Red Sox will be asking a lot of Chris Sale
Life after Big Papi. For the first time since 2003, the Boston Red Sox will enter spring training without David Ortiz.The slugger retired after last season, taking with him three World Series rings, one Series MVP and numerous clutch moments in his 14 seasons with the club.With Ortiz gone, the Red...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees World Series Babe Ruth
Dombrowski, Leyland reflect on Ilitch’s legacy
There were a lot of happy memories and heavy hearts among the men who played and worked for Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Baseball Michigan Boston Red Sox World Series American League Detroit Red Wings