| Jul 12, 2014
| 4:59 PM
The men who play baseball are fans of the sport too. The MLB Network is the default setting for every clubhouse television. When veterans hear about The Next Big Thing, well, they would rather not take the word of a talking head. They prefer to see with...
| Jul 6, 2014
Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:
OAKLAND: AL's best pitching staff (3.18 ERA) gets a lot better with addition of Samardzija and Hammel. (1)
DETROIT: Victor Martinez has nearly as many home runs (21) as...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 11:10 PM
KEY MOMENT: With the Angels leading, 7-6, Kevin Jepsen allowed a leadoff double to Danny Santana and walked Brian Dozier to open the seventh. But Howie Kendrick turned a nifty double play when he backhanded Joe Mauer's grounder, stepped on second,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 12:34 AM
The natural instinct for a pitcher on a grounder up the middle is to lunge for the ball with your glove, stop it with your foot, do anything to knock it down. Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen fought that urge in the seventh inning Tuesday night, and it led to...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The Angels bullpen had taken a pounding in the previous eight games, allowing 17 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings and blowing four saves. Relievers entered Tuesday night with an 11-8 record, 4.49 earned run average and an American League-high 12 blown saves....
| Jun 26, 2014
| 8:10 PM
KEY MOMENT: A five-run cushion in the ninth was almost not enough for deposed closer Ernesto Frieri. The Twins loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks. Joe Smith gave up a three-run double to Joe Mauer to make it 6-4 and raise Frieri's...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:41 AM
There are two numbers we will remember in association with Tony Gwynn. One is 19, of course, the uniform number he wore with distinction as the right fielder for the San Diego Padres.
The other is 5.5, a reference to the hole between third base and...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 7:17 PM
Tony Gwynn, appreciated throughout baseball for his wizardry with a bat and beloved in San Diego for his loyalty to his adopted city, died Monday. He was 54.
Gwynn died in a Poway hospital after a four-year battle with cancer, the National Baseball Hall...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 5:31 PM
HARTFORD — The expected departure of the Rock Cats to Hartford for 2016 will leave New Britain, a city of 73,000, without minor league baseball for the first time since 1983.
It will also leave a 6,000-seat stadium, only 18 years old, quiet on...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 9:48 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- With less than a month left in the White Sox season, retiring captain Paul Konerko is reaching the tribute portion of his final year in the major leagues.
The Twins honored Konerko before his last game Wednesday in Minnesota with a...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 10:52 PM
David Freese seemed a little perturbed Thursday when reporters started peppering him with questions about his slump.
"Guys, I didn't get a hit for three or four days," the Angels third baseman said. "Come on."
Actually, Freese went six games without a...