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  1. Phillies move Ryan Howard out of the cleanup spot for the first time since 2008

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Ryan Howard batted cleanup for the Phillies on Opening Day, going 2-for-5 with a walk (and three strikeouts) in a wild 14-10 win over the Rangers, but manager Ryne Sandberg is switching things up for Game 2 tonight.

  2. Ian Kinsler hopes Rangers go 0-162, calls GM a “sleazeball”

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Tigers Getty

    Ian Kinsler isn’t happy about the way things shook down in Texas, though he comes off far worse than anyone there in an ESPN The Magazine piece posted today. Kinsler, traded from Texas to Detroit for Prince Fielder over the winter, called Rangers GM Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” who “got in good with the owners…

  3. What if corporate stadium names were outlawed?

    Feb 5, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Power to the People

    The year is 2022. A socialist revolution has taken over the United States and most of the ruling, moneyed and elite classes have been put up against the wall in the name of justice. The only members — or fellow travelers — of the plutocratic class who are allowed to continue as they were are…

  4. Michael Young says the Rangers were “flat out” better than the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    Michael Young was accompanied by manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels at a press conference this evening to announce his retirement. Young went over a wide range of subjects, talking about how he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, his career in retrospect, as well as his participation in the…

  5. Great moments in moving on: Michael Young

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    The people who talk up how classy and how much of a team player Michael Young was either totally ignore or attempt to explain away the stuff about how Young bristled greatly at being asked to move positions on multiple occasions, complete with trade demands and all sorts of things that would get less-loved players…

  6. Michael Young and the chase for 3,000 hits

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Michael Young led the American League in hits for the second time in his career in 2011, finishing with 213. That brought his career total to 2,061 through age 34, and despite a late start — he didn’t collect his first hit in the majors until age 24 — he appeared to have some shot…

  7. Michael Young is retiring

    Jan 30, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Michael Young has decided to retire at age 37 rather than accept an offer from, among other teams, the Dodgers. Young played 14 seasons in the majors, the first 13 with the Rangers and last year split between the Phillies and Dodgers. He hit an even .300 with 185…

  8. Dodgers concerned about Alexander Guerrero’s ability to play defense at second base

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    alexander guerrero getty

    The Dodgers signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million contract in October with the expectation that he could immediately step in as the club’s starting second baseman. But concerns have already emerged. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Dodgers management “has enough doubts about his ability to field the position…

  9. Michael Young says that if he plays in 2014, it’s “a safe bet” he’ll suit up for the Dodgers

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Michael Young is still deciding whether to continue his career or retire. The infielder said that if he does decide to keep playing, it’s “a safe bet” that he will do so with the Dodgers. He will make his decision prior to the start of spring training.…

  10. With Michael Young considering retirement, GM Jon Daniels wants him to retire as a Ranger

    Jan 25, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    About two weeks ago, we learned that infielder Michael Young is thinking about retiring after 13 full seasons in the Majors. Young, 37, split time between the Phillies and Dodgers last year, posting a .730 OPS. He has shown mediocre power in each of his last two seasons and his defense has been less and…

  11. Michael Young is thinking about retiring

    Jan 14, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Michael Young has been linked to multiple teams, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 37-year-old third baseman is “strongly considering retirement.” Young hit .279 with eight homers and a .730 OPS in 147 games for the Phillies and Dodgers last season, but Rosenthal writes that he “wants to spend more time at home…

  12. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  13. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  14. Yankees looking at Mark Reynolds, Michael Young

    Dec 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees are contemplating Mark Reynolds, Michael Young and Brian Roberts as they seek to add to their infield.  Reynolds would be a re-signing after finishing last season with the Bombers. He hit .236/.300/.455 with six homers in 36 games with the Yankees and .220/.306/.393 with 21 homers in…

  15. Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers with two-year deal worth around $15 million

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Juan Uribe Getty

    Fortunately for Dodgers fans, the idea of the team using Michael Young as their starting third baseman in 2014 was short-lived. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Juan Uribe have reached agreement on a two-year deal to keep him in Los Angeles. No word yet on the terms involved. Such a scenario…

  16. Dodgers considering bringing back Michael Young as their regular third baseman

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    The Dodgers are flush with cash, but it can’t buy them everything. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the team is considering bringing back free agent Michael Young as their starting third baseman. As Olney explains, the reason for this is because the Dodgers “believe increasingly” that free agent Juan Uribe could be headed elsewhere. Reports…

  17. The Rangers could shop Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are considering trading either second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to make room for Jurickson Profar. Kinsler is guaranteed $57 million over the next four seasons, Andrus is owed $126 million over the next nine. A such, neither would be easy to move. But neither would be…

  18. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  19. The Cardinals clinch their ticket to the World Series with Game 6 victory over the Dodgers

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals provided starter Michael Wacha with a big ol’ pile of runs but he sure didn’t need it. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to show poise and dominance with seven shutout innings, out-dueling presumptive NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the process. Wacha finished with a line that read: 7 IP, 0 R,…

  20. Hanley Ramirez will play tonight despite rib fracture; Andre Ethier also in lineup

    Oct 14, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Contrary to the nightmare scenario of our last post, Dodgers fans will not be subjected to Michael Young at shortstop. After testing his rib fracture by fielding grounders and taking batting practice, Hanley Ramirez told reporters that he will be in the lineup tonight for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. Hanley; "I'm…

  21. The scariest tweet Dodgers fans will ever see

    Oct 14, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    It’s bad that Hanley Ramirez has broken ribs. But it could be worse. And, depending on his health and the health of Nick Punto, it may actually get worse: Michael Young taking grounders at shortstop — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) October 14, 2013   Lots of teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit. Lots of…

  22. Michael Wacha hands 1-0 lead over to Cardinals’ bullpen after stellar start in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha dazzled, shutting the Dodgers out over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out eight, escaping jams in the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh. Wacha retired the first two batters he faced, but…

  23. A.J. Ellis doesn’t think Yadier Molina should have had to apply a tag on close play at home

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    One of the memorable plays from NLCS Game 1 came in the top of the tenth inning. With one out, A.J. Ellis hit a line drive to right-center — a single if center fielder Jon Jay played it correctly. Jay, however, mistakenly dove after the ball and missed it completely. Ellis motored to third base…

  24. Last night was not Don Mattingly’s finest hour

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Don Mattingly AP

    Carlos Beltran delivered the walkoff RBI single in the 13th inning last night to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS, but a number of questionable decisions from Don Mattingly set the events in motion. The first occurred in the top of the eighth inning after…

  25. Post-season legend Carlos Beltran helps the Cardinals walk off victorious in the 13th

    Oct 12, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    In a battle of squandered opportunities, the Cardinals squandered one fewer. Between the fourth and the twelfth innings, the Cardinals and Dodgers traded zeroes — one part effective pitching, one part curious managerial decisions, one part offensive futility. Beltran was the heart and soul of the Cardinals tonight. His two-run double in the third inning…

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