| May 6, 2014
| 7:21 AM
When it comes time to arrange the 2025 New York Yankees' old-timers' game, make sure you keep Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano on opposite sides of the locker room.
In his book "The Closer," Rivera, the legendary closer who retired after last season,...
| May 6, 2014
| 3:39 PM
NORFOLK — Mark Montgomery’s rise from obscure Division I baseball recruit to major-league pitching prospect was, for a time, as meteoric as it was unexpected.
Montgomery pitched for Bruton High, but with a fastball that peaked at 86 mph as...
| May 8, 2014
| 10:36 AM
No sport engenders more discussion than baseball as to who, historically, is best at what. So it's a feat among feats that Mariano Rivera is regarded as baseball's all-time greatest closer by pretty much everyone who has ever pondered, for five seconds,...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 2:53 PM
The newest addition to Angel Stadium is a dark green sign, behind the last row of the bleachers closest to center field. In white letters and numbers, the sign reads "PUJOLS 494."
The number will change with every home run Albert Pujols hits. At Angel...
| May 24, 2014
| 7:00 PM
IronPigs manager Dave Brundage enjoys watching Greg Smith on the mound.
Brundage appreciates the pace with which the 30-year-old pitcher works during his starts and the lefty's ability to work himself back into a good rhythm after things go awry.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Sharon Robinson doesn't mind that some people refer to her simply as "Jackie Robinson's daughter."
One of three children of the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Robinson has written books about her...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:45 AM
— As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 2:01 PM
SARASOTA, Fla. — If there is one thing you need to know about reliever Tommy Hunter, it is that he is the interpersonal opposite of the guy the Orioles hope he replaces in the critical closer role.
Jim Johnson, who last year became the first...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:20 PM
Just for fun, just because it’s the first week of spring games, let’s imagine Seth Rosin continues to throw like he did in the Dodgers’ exhibition opener.
Which is to say, absolute lights out. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound right-hander threw...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Like much of Baltimore, the Orioles organization has watched with interest as former closer Jim Johnson has struggled this early season with the Oakland Athletics.
Interest probably isn’t the right word. Try empathy.
| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:22 PM
The first story line of the exhibition season: Can a college kid upstage the New York Yankees?
No, seriously. The Yankees open the Grapefruit League season Tuesday against Florida State, and the Seminoles' roster includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis...