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Bob Harkins

  1. The curveball is a figment of your imagination

    Jun 11, 2009, 7:43 PM EDT

    Whenever you hear someone’s curveball described as “dropping off the table” take it with a grain of salt. According to one professor anyway, the curveball’s action is part-physics, part-illusion, the movement aided by a trick of the eye. Criss Angel would be proud. “There’s something physical about it and something illusory about it,” said Bucknell…

  2. Jayson Werth plays role of Superman Werth

    Jun 11, 2009, 2:07 AM EDT

    Chase Utley hit two home runs on Wednesday, including what proved the game-winner in the top of the 11th, as the Phillies beat the Mets. But before Utley could go yard, Jayson Werth saved the day in the bottom of the 10th, snaring David Wright’s smoking liner with a diving/falling down catch to end the…

  3. Ryan Braun as 'The Bachelor' not gonna happen

    Jun 10, 2009, 7:51 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he has been contacted by “The Bachelor” and asked to be on the show. Apparently not worried about needing help finding love, or simply eager to maintain some self-respect, Braun said thanks, but no thanks to the show. The conversation with ABC executives probably didn’t go like this, but…

  4. The eyes aren't the problem, Big Papi

    Jun 8, 2009, 11:19 PM EDT

    So it turns out that there is nothing wrong with David Ortiz’s vision. Big Papi, at a loss for why he is hitting less than .200 with only two home runs this season, is turning over every stone to try to find the source of his woes. That included a trip to the eye doctor…

  5. The Week Ahead: The Strasburg era begins

    Jun 8, 2009, 2:29 AM EDT

    Finally, it’s Stephen Strasburg time. On Tuesday, the man with the million-dollar arm (or $50 million, if Scott Boras gets his way) will be the first player selected in the First-Year Player Draft. After months of hype and wonder over Strasburg, he of the 100-mph fastball and ridiculous control, he’ll finally be a pro. Well…

  6. Maybe Sosa shouldn't be so calm

    Jun 4, 2009, 2:35 AM EDT

    After spending the last six months or so sitting around waiting for his phone to ring, Sammy Sosa is finally ready to call it quits. He’ll walk away with quite a resume: 609 home runs (sixth all-time), three seasons with more than 60 home runs, seven All-Star appearances, one MVP award. Clearly, Hall of Fame…

  7. Everyone's out to get Albert Pujols

    Jun 2, 2009, 1:08 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals fans must be nervous. It seems like the baseball gods are trying to hurt Albert Pujols. On Monday night, Pujols appeared to tweak his ankle while hustling into second base, getting his spikes caught in the dirt just before beginning his slide. Turns out he was fine — even shrugging it off,…

  8. The Five Spot: Ranking MLB's top pitchers

    Jun 1, 2009, 10:32 PM EDT

    We’ve just rolled out a new section on NBCSports.com called The Five Spot. We throw out a topic, rank the top five, and let the readers have their turn. Sort of like our own little place for bar arguments, only hopefully a little more coherent. Anyway, the debut topic for “The Spot” is baseball’s top…

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  1. G. Stanton (2084)
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  4. A. Pujols (1944)
  5. A. Pagan (1899)