| Jul 18, 2013
Five most interesting teams
1. Pirates: They haven't had a winning season since 1992 but might be the best team in the majors right now. They have pitching, defense and enough hitting with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. Manager Clint...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses
1. Rangers (4): They're 6-1 in starts by No. 5 and 6 starters Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm. Move to the first spot because other teams ranked in the top 5 were 9-17 last week.
2. Tigers (6): Very impressive in...
| Oct 15, 2012
NEW YORK — In the backs of their minds, the Yankees knew this day was coming. They've known it for a long time and viewed it with the kind of dread we normally reserve for old age, increased taxes and the occasional basement flood.
| Dec 17, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Talking baseball while hoping Alshon Jeffery learns to use his size:
1. Yes, the Cubs came close to landing a big fish last week. But now that Anibal Sanchez has re-enlisted with the Tigers, thanks to Mike Ilitch finding a spare $32 million during the...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 3:46 PM
1. Rangers (3): No question that this is the deepest pitching staff — starters and bullpen — in the American League. Ron Washington and Mike Maddux are turning Koji Uehara into another weapon for the middle innings.
2. Nationals (1): Dropped...
| Sep 25, 2012
Once again, the Tigers offense did very little, but Anibal Sanchez made sure it was enough.
Sanchez threw his seventh career complete game and fifth career shutout, scattering just three hits and striking out 10 as the Tigers topped the Royals tonight 2-...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 7:06 PM
The Detroit Tigers announced they acquired pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante in a trade worked out with the Miami Marlins Monday.
The trade didn't come cheap. In return, the Tigers sent highly-touted prospect Jacob Turner, catcher...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 7:24 AM
Talking baseball while the Bulls keep playing tough defense:
1. One thing about guys who put together baseball teams for a living: They are open-minded in their approach to evaluating talent. They strip away reputations and examine contributions. They...
| Dec 8, 2012
| 4:14 PM
Terry Ryan has nothing against free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn. Honest.
But the general manager knows his Twins aren't going to compete again in the American League Central — Joe Mauer or no Joe Mauer — until they fix a starting rotation...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 6:58 PM
Edwin Jackson gambled, and he won. The question for the Cubs is whether he and Carlos Villanueva will win too much next season?
I wouldn't worry about it if I was President Theo Epstein or general manager Jed Hoyer. They still should be sitting pretty...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if the Chicago Bears can win without Brian Urlacher:
1. Maybe the Angels knew what they were doing when they tried to get Carlos Marmol. Maybe another good offer will come along for him before too long.