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  • Sonny Gray takes no-hit bid into 8th, A's blank Rangers 8-0

    Bob Melvin did his best to keep Sonny Gray from becoming chatty between innings of his no-hit bid. The pitcher kept wanting to discuss his walk-up music and get the manager's approval. "I'm not very superstitious," Gray said. The right-hander didn't...
  • Gray flirts with no-hitter as A's rout Rangers in opening night win

    OAKLAND, Calif. Sonny Gray's domination of the Texas Rangers carried over from 2014 on Monday as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in an 8-0 opening night win for the Oakland Athletics. In bidding to become the first pitcher in 75 years to throw...
  • Sonny Gray's no-hit bid for A's broken up by Rangers in 8th

    Sonny Gray allowed a leadoff single by Ryan Rua in the eighth inning, ending the Oakland pitcher's opening-night bid for a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. Gray had allowed only two baserunners Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum before Rua sent a...
  • MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners set to take AL West title

    MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners set to take AL West title
    WEST DIVISION 1. Seattle Mariners 2014: 87-75, third place. Last year in playoffs: 2001. The addition of MLB home run leader Nelson Cruz was meant to turn around an offense that was second-worst in the league (.244/.300/.376) in 2014. But Safeco...
  • AL East previews: Tampa Bay Rays

    AL East previews: Tampa Bay Rays
    Record in 2014: 77-85 (fourth place, 19 games back) Key additions: Stephen Souza Jr., acquired in a three-way trade from the Washington Nationals, was one of the minor leagues' top performers in 2014 and could be the Opening Day right fielder for the...
  • Former West Orange infielder grinds away as Astros minor-leaguer

    Former West Orange infielder grinds away as Astros minor-leaguer
    KISSIMMEE — In the interest of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, we are biased when it comes to baseball prospects. We — the media, teams and even fans — can tend to focus on a player's shortcomings...
  • Tuesday's recap: Athletics 14, Cubs 2

    Tuesday's recap: Athletics 14, Cubs 2
    The summary Edwin Jackson relied on directions to HoHoKam Stadium on his phone Tuesday and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium — the A's former spring park. Reliever Blake Parker started in place of Jackson, and the A's ripped the Cubs 14-2....
  • Arismendy Alcantara's adaptability enormous asset in Joe Maddon's system

    MESA, Ariz. — Arismendy Alcantara didn't play the outfield until about one month before he was promoted to the Cubs in July. That may have been a solid career move for Alcantara, especially with Joe Maddon as the Cubs' new manager. Alcantara's...
  • Angels' Joe Smith and Huston Street are artful relievers

    Angels' Joe Smith and Huston Street are artful relievers
    They're slingshot-wielding relievers in a game of flame throwers, two stick-and-move artists among punch-out specialists. Angels closer Huston Street and setup man Joe Smith won't wow you with stuff. Street mixes a 90-mph fastball with a slider and...
  • Springing forward to Florida and Arizona for baseball training camps

    Springing forward to Florida and Arizona for baseball training camps
    Before the San Francisco Giants enjoyed their third parade in five years, before a Chevrolet executive memorably advised World Series most valuable player Madison Bumgarner he had won a truck equipped with "technology and stuff," before the "Mad Bum"...
  • Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

    Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros
    The acquisition of switch-hitting center fielder Dexter Fowler tentatively completes a massive offseason for the Cubs. “If we can improve our team for now and the future, we’ll look to do it,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday...