| Nov 23, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Back in September, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said definitively that closer Jim Johnson would be tendered a contract and return next season.
After leading the American League in both saves (50) and blown saves (9) in 2013, Johnson...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Finding a closer to replace Mariano Rivera isn't the only headache the Yankees face this off-season. The team's YES Network, which carries most of its games, will soon need a new distribution deal with Time Warner Cable, the biggest pay-TV operator in the...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:37 PM
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford uses just any old bat when he faces Mariano Rivera. The more rickety and age-worn, the better.
He knows there's a good chance his bat — and his at-bat — will be doomed by what many consider the most...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 10:19 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The greatest closer in baseball history brought his farewell tour to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week. And once again Mariano Rivera arranged to meet quietly with ordinary fans and stadium workers, as he has done in every city...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 4:55 PM
This column is a high-five to Boston Red Sox fans and their baseball organization. It is also a wrinkled brow and shake of the head to the same groups of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Sunday night, before the last regular-season game at Fenway Park...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Yasiel Puig could hit a home run with the jawbone of a donkey. Clayton Kershaw could throw a marshmallow past a Cub Scout troop.
These Dodgers aren't mythic, but they have their mythic moments. A cynic would complain, "Why not?" in that grunty,...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 4:22 PM
When this weekend ends, the high school football regular season will be at the midway point and, amazingly enough, it's sayonara to September on Monday. October brings colorful leaves, earlier and earlier times of darkness, Halloween decorations and...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:52 PM
BOSTON -- Mariano Rivera was given the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award before Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Rivera, the legendary New York Yankees closer who retired after the regular season, was honored on the...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
five -- go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later for Adam Jones since the start of the 2012 season.
With one swing of the bat Sunday,...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:35 PM
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter begged like a kid in an ice cream shop and pleaded like a Washington lobbyist for a quick return from Scranton to the Bronx. There were those in the New York media, too, who campaigned on the Yankee captain's behalf.
| Jul 13, 2013
| 5:45 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Dom Brown should expect to be busy as he takes part in his first All-Star Game this week.
"There's basically stuff going on 24/7," said teammate Cliff Lee, who will be making his fourth appearance. "I didn't expect that much stuff...