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Commissioner Rob Manfred lists frontrunner cities for MLB expansion teams
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has a lot on his plate, with the collective bargaining agreement waiting in the wings and the Tampa Bay Rays assessing how much money they’re willing to pay to blow up Tropicana Field in order to get away from it. But rest assured: there will be... Read more
Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira are locked in a weird home run race
Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira are neck in neck in a home run race. It’s not a spectacularly, uh, macro race. It’s quite niche, actually. But it is a race nonetheless, and they’re in the thick of it and racing along at the pace of particularly inspired tree sap.... Read more
Angels’ GM says’ Mike Trout isn’t going anywhere
The Angels, after losing ace right-hander Garrett Richards to season-ending Tommy John surgery, will not entertain the thought of trading center fielder Mike Trout. The loss of Richards, combined with the continued absence of left-hander Andrew Heaney, will severely compromise the Angels’ postseason chances. General manager Billy Eppler, however,... Read more
Zobrist homers twice, Cubs beat Nationals for best MLB start since 2003
CHICAGO — Ben Zobrist homered twice and Anthony Rizzo added a towering solo shot as the streaking Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 8-6 Friday for their fifth straight win. Zobrist has homered three games in a row. He drove in four runs for the second consecutive day against the... Read more
MLB relocates Puerto Rico series to Miami over Zika virus concerns
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association released a joint statement on Friday that announced the May 30-31 Puerto Rico Read more
Yasiel Puig hung off the edge of CN Tower 1,168 feet in the air
The Los Angeles Dodgers are making the most of their trip to Toronto by taking in all the sights. On Thursday, the team went on a fishing trip where Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez both reeled in huge fish. Puig and Kenley Jansen also took in the Heat-Raptors game,... Read more
Vin Scully tells great Willie Mays story on the Giants legend’s 85th birthday
It’s Willie Mays’ 85th birthday, and the tributes have been pouring in all day. And thankfully, one of those tributes came from legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Scully, who is now in his 68th season in the booth with the Dodgers (dating back to before they even moved to... Read more
The Reds bullpen has achieved an unprecedented level of awfulness this season
When the Cincinnati Reds traded free-agent-to-be Aroldis Chapman, one of the most dominant relief pitchers in baseball, in December they probably didn’t expect that their bullpen would devolve into a record-breaking disaster. As of Thursday’s 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers that made the Reds 12-17, the ‘pen has... Read more
It took Madison Bumgarner a little while to get going last year after turning in a magical 2014 postseason performance, but he figured it out by the beginning of May. He’s on the same track this season with an identical ERA entering his second start of the month, which... Read more
Noah Syndergaard hasn’t been pitching up to his lofty self-imposed expectations after starting the season so well. It’s safe to say Drew Pomeranz is exceeding his. Syndergaard looks to get back on track as his New York Mets face Pomeranz and the host San Diego Padres on Friday night.... Read more