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  • Orioles front office relies on old-school scouts and cutting-edge statistics

    Orioles front office relies on old-school scouts and cutting-edge statistics
    When Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went down for the season with an elbow injury in May, baseball savants were ready to throw dirt on the team's chances. The three-time All-Star not only played a key position, he was a crucial part of the team leadership....
  • Angels' Matt Shoemaker adjusted after bad start at Kansas City in June

    Angels' Matt Shoemaker adjusted after bad start at Kansas City in June
    This was not merely an aberration for Matt Shoemaker, the Angels right-hander who will start Game 2 of the American League division series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. It was borderline paranormal, an outing so rocky — and so...
  • A's Billy Beane defends deals

    OAKLAND, Calif. Billy Beane not only didn't apologize Wednesday for the Yoenis Cespedes-Jon Lester trade gamble that ultimately blew up in a one-game wild-card loss, he also insisted the A's wouldn't have made the playoffs if he hadn't made the deal....
  • Danny Duffy, perhaps Royals' best starter, won't start against Angels

    Danny Duffy, perhaps Royals' best starter, won't start against Angels
    By some measures, Danny Duffy was the Kansas City Royals' most effective starter this season. But the Royals plan to use four starters during the American League Division Series, and Duffy is not one of them. "That's the decision we made," Royals...
  • Pirates unable to solve Giants' Bumgarner in 8-0 loss

    PITTSBURGH San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford hit more than a home run. He hit a mute button. Pirates right fielder Travis Snider ran toward PNC Park's Clemente Wall to track down the ball, then retreated to play the carom. He couldn't do either....
  • Runnin' Royals believe, rested Angels ready

    The Sports Xchange Runnin' Royals believe, rested Angels ready ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Power might be in short supply for the Kansas City Royals, who hit a league-low 95 home runs in the regular season. Speed is another story. Kansas City led baseball with...
  • Marcus Thompson: A's collapse mirrors season pattern

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Give the A's credit: they picked the apropos way to end the season. The 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Royals in the win-or-go-home AL wild card game was a microcosm for the A's season, right down to the snatch-your-hopes-right-out-of-your-...
  • Cubs have the cash to pursue a marquee pitcher

    The Cubs believed they had enough money last winter to make an honest run at free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. But with about $41 million off the books from this year's obligations — including the final $14 million installment on Alfonso...
  • Cubs' rotation mission: Quantity to quality

    Cubs' rotation mission: Quantity to quality
    Considering the constant auditions conducted by the Cubs in the second half, using the likes of Jae Kuk Ryu and Ryan O’Malley for a start wouldn’t have seemed like an outrageous each. Ryu and O’Malley each started games for the Cubs in...
  • Theo Epstein says Cubs have resources to win NL Central in 2015

     Theo Epstein says Cubs have resources to win NL Central in 2015
    Prospects are on the rise, construction has started at Wrigley Field and there's plenty of money to spend on pitching. "Now comes the interesting part, where we have to convert to winning," President Theo Epstein said Tuesday after reinforcing that...
  • Better days ahead for the Phillies?

    Better days ahead for the Phillies?
    Seven years ago Tuesday, Brett Myers tossed his glove into the air after striking out the Washington Nationals' Willy Mo Pena and helping the Philadelphia Phillies clinch the first of five straight NL East division titles. This past Tuesday, the...