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  1. The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so. The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop…

  2. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 23, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Fresh off referring to the Yankees as chickens in the New York Post, Frank Francisco was called on to close out Friday’s game. It wasn’t pretty and he didn’t strike out the side like he promised, but he was able to escape a jam to notch his 18th save as the Mets won the first…

  3. Mets closer Frank Francisco on the Yankees: “I can’t wait to face those chickens”

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

    New York Mets Photo Day

    I’m not sure what could possibly compel a struggling second-rate closer with a 5.14 ERA to talk trash publicly against the Yankees, but Mets right-hander Frank Francisco took the media bait and did just that. With this weekend’s Subway Series starting at Citi Field tonight, Francisco was asked for his thoughts about facing the Yankees…

  4. Yankees present Chipper Jones with third base

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:38 PM EST

    Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter

    Because Alex Rodriguez isn’t doing much with it anyway. In a pregame ceremony honoring the retiring future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones presented Chipper Jones with the third base bag used at Yankee Stadium in last night’s game. Of course, Chipper and Andruw were teammates in Atlanta for 12 years. Not everyone…

  5. Carlos Beltran becomes first switch-hitter to join 300-300 club

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran Getty

    We already know that Carlos Beltran is awesome, but now he’s historically awesome. Beltran is the first switch-hitter in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He accomplished the feat by stealing second base in the second inning last night. Appropriately enough, it was against the Royals, the team which…

  6. Oh, is it time for Bryce Harper-to-the-Yankees speculation already?

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Nationals Harper looks at his home run against the Blue Jays during the third inning of their MLB Interleague baseball game in Toronto

    You knew this was coming eventually. And really, I ain’t even mad. Because this is so obviously calculated to troll people as opposed to being that classic “the Yankees must obtain every good player ever” kind of chatter that annoys us so that this works better as parody than it does as any sort of…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference. White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting…

  8. Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history. A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4. The grand slam crown…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  10. Don’t let 20-year-old Mike Trout be overshadowed by 19-year-old Bryce Harper

    May 31, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin getting out of the way during the first inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting all sorts of attention for doing things rarely done by 19-year-old hitters, and rightfully so, but Angels outfielder Mike Trout probably deserves a little more attention for doing things rarely done by 20-year-old hitters. Trout doubled and drove in two runs against the Yankees last night and is now…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2012, 8:28 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Yankees 8, Royals 3: Alex Rodriguez would like the New York sporting press to write more career obituaries for him. It seems to suit him nicely (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Reds 2, Braves 1: Todd Frazier hit a walkoff homer. It came off  Cristhian Martinez because, as everyone knows, Fredi Gonzalez would be drummed…

  12. Bryce Harper moves to the second spot in Nationals lineup

    May 8, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper joined Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, and B.J. Upton as the only 19-year-olds to bat third in a big-league game since 1980, but now he’s on the move in the Nationals’ lineup again. Harper, who debuted as a No. 7 hitter before shifting to the No. 3 slot, is batting No. 2 tonight…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EST

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  14. A-Rod passes Willie Mays on the career RBI list

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez had a couple of moderately boring RBIs yesterday — infield hit and a groundout — but they put him someplace interesting: ahead of Willie Mays on the all-time RBI list. Which is kind of neat even if you appreciate the flaws of RBI as a stat. A-Rod now has 1904 career RBI, which…

  15. You won’t believe who are DHing for baseball’s two best offenses

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

    Eduardo Nunez

    The Yankees and Rangers, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in runs per game so far this season, will meet for the first time this season tonight. So, of course, they’ve both brought out the big guns, right? Well, certainly, the top six for each lineup is incredibly strong. The designated hitters won’t be found…

  16. Maybe the Red Sox really should fire Bobby Valentine

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:43 PM EST

    Bobby Valentine, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole point to hiring Bobby Valentine is that he’s a cut above most as a tactical manager? He’s not in the Boston dugout because he’s a great manager of people. Nor does he have a rep as some sort of master disciplinarian who manages to get the…

  17. Clay Buchholz gives up five homers in loss to Yankees

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Clay Buchholz, Eric Chavez

    Two pitchers have given up five homers in a game this season. Both have been Red Sox. Clay Buchholz joined Josh Beckett in the exclusive club Friday, surrendering five solo homers in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening. On the plus side, Buchholz’s start was pretty good for…

  18. Alex Rodriguez passes Ken Griffey Jr., now 5th on homer list

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez launched his 631st career homer over the Green Monster on Friday, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list: 1. Barry Bonds – 762 2. Hank Aaron – 755 3. Babe Ruth – 714 4. Willie Mays – 660 5. Alex Rodriguez – 631 6. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630 7.…

  19. Union, league to no longer allow milestone bonuses in player contracts

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Jayson Stark reports that a fairly significant change is afoot in big-time contracts: Major League Baseball and the players’ association have informed teams and agents that they no longer will approve personal-service deals and special “milestone” bonus clauses similar to those contained in Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Los Angeles Angels, officials of both agencies told ESPN.com.…

  20. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    rodriguez and griffey mariners

    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  21. Rays shut out Yankees to complete three-game sweep

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings Sunday as the Rays beat the Yankees 3-0 to complete a three-game sweep to start the season. Hellickson was removed after walking Nick Swisher with his 118th pitch of the afternoon. Fernando Rodney took over and got a one-out save for the second straight day. The…

  22. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  23. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  24. Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    morse ap

    Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman: A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma…

  25. George Brett: if steroid users get elected to the Hall of Fame, current inductees will boycott

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:41 AM EST

    George Brett

    George Brett was interviewed by Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic and the topic of PED users and the Hall of Fame came up. Brett says that if he were a voter, he would not put guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens on his ballot.  Which, fine, there are a lot of people who…

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