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  • Royals' template is worth tracing

    It took a decade for the Royals finally to achieve a winning season, and they're still in search of their first playoff berth since 1985. Yet their latest blueprint for building a playoff-caliber team mirrors what the Cubs are trying to do and sustain...
  • Angels sweep White Sox in 3-game series

    Angels sweep White Sox in 3-game series
    ANAHEIM, Calif. — A deflating White Sox loss Saturday night turned into a throw-away series Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Hoping to help his team bounce back from the previous night, Sox left-hander Jose Quintana instead lasted a season-low 4...
  • Orioles only manage five hits as Royals cruise to 9-3 win in series finale

    Orioles only manage five hits as Royals cruise to 9-3 win in series finale
    The typically sound Orioles defense didn't help starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. Center fielder Adam Jones dropped a fly ball on the first play of the game that led to an unearned run,...
  • Angels' Joe Smith answers the call in his new setup as closer

     Angels' Joe Smith answers the call in his new setup as closer
    In his first game as the Angels' new closer, Joe Smith pitched the ninth inning with a three-run lead. In his second game, he pitched the ninth with a two-run lead. Pressure? He laughed at the thought. In five years as the setup man for the Cleveland...
  • Chris Tillman is sniffing around ace status (and other Orioles observations)

    Chris Tillman is sniffing around ace status (and other Orioles observations)
    There probably have been five times in the past 20 months or so that I've written a game story about Chris Tillman's continued emergence/maturation as a pitcher. Several times I've written about whether he is – or is at least on his way to...
  • Angels lock up Mike Trout with six-year contract extension

    Angels lock up Mike Trout with six-year contract extension
    Albert Pujols made his major league debut at 22. Jered Weaver made his minor league debut at 22. Mike Trout just made $145 million at 22, and he set himself up to become the richest athlete in North American sports history. The best player in baseball...
  • Angels season preview: Rotation holds key to success

    Angels season preview: Rotation holds key to success
    Mike Trout could have another monster season. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton could bounce back from career-worst years. Joe Smith and Sean Burnett could add much-needed depth and reliability to the bullpen. And it might not matter. For the Angels...
  • Mike Trout's agent shoots back at industry critics

    Mike Trout's agent shoots back at industry critics
    Mike Trout and the Angels agreed on a six-year, $144.5-million contract extension Friday, and the critics immediately pounced. Baseball is so flush with cash that the criticism was directed not at the Angels -- for a third $100-million deal when the first...
  • Orioles trade Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi

    Orioles trade Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi
    SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added another player to their infield mix Monday, acquiring switch-hitting local product Steve Lombardozzi Jr. in a trade that sent veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers. Lombardozzi, 25, who is from...
  • Baseball's best quotes of the week

    Baseball's best quotes of the week
    "Staying the course is becoming less appealing as the ugly losses continue." —Ron Fowler, San Diego Padres executive chairman, to Fox Sports, on the possibility that a shakeup is imminent. The Padres are 3-9 this month, with a batting average of...
  • White Sox players hoping team can stay together

     White Sox players hoping team can stay together
    There's a certain uneasiness around many baseball clubhouses this time of year: Is this team a possible late-season contender, or is it necessary to dismantle soon and go in another direction? The White Sox have been teetering on that precipice this...