| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:37 PM
NEW YORK — To say Zach Britton has been tremendous this season as the club’s closer would be an understatement.
He was 9-for-10 in save chances since taking over from Tommy Hunter and picking up his first save May 15 in Kansas City.
| Jun 14, 2014
| 9:56 PM
White Sox: Parity helps White Sox remain contender despite 28th-ranked fielding, 26th-ranked pitching entering weekend.
Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall hits three homers, drives in nine runs and goes 5-for-5 vs. Rangers....
| 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.
| 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,...
| 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 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,...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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 10, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Panamá, cuna de grandes peloteros de la talla de Mariano Rivera y Rod Carew, se viste de gala este fin de semana para recibir a los Marlins de Miami y a los Yankees de Nueva York en una serie de exhibición de dos partidos en homenaje al retirado...