| May 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Starting pitching is everything, right?
After all, the 10 major league teams that had the lowest starters' earned-run average averaged 91 wins last season. This year, eight of the top 10 teams in ERA are winning almost 60 percent of their games,...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 9:03 AM
Talking baseball while hoping Kirk Hinrich gets well soon:
1. At some point every July, I make this point: The odds are always with the teams selling talent at the trade deadline, not the ones giving up prospects to try to meet short-term opportunities....
| May 3, 2013
| 8:47 PM
A.J. Burnett doesn’t lead the major leagues in strikeouts. He just wants to and is awful close.
“I’m trying to keep up with Yu Darvish, but he’s pretty filthy,” the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace said of the Texas Rangers&...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if Mark Cuban is serious about the Mavericks drafting Brittney Griner.
1. When Yu Darvish went out to work the ninth inning last night in Houston, he was facing three hitters who were looking for their first hits of the...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 4:23 PM
One of the downsides of the MLB offseason is that you have to rely on rumors and speculations until something actually materializes. At this point, the Cubs are in the middle of various potential moves (or so we think): The Cubs are supposedly...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 7:35 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — On the other side of the globe, a nation will turn to video screens big and small at about 7:10 Monday night — or, 14 time zones away, 9:10 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo.
Yu Darvish, almost certainly the best pitcher ever in Japan,...
| Apr 9, 2012
Greeters speaking Japanese greeted fans arriving at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Most of the fans were there to see just one player, Japanese pitching sensation, Yu Darvish.
"The world is here to see Darvish," one man said as he entered the ballpark....
| Apr 9, 2012
| 10:14 PM
A game that was supposed to be all about Yu Darvish's pitching debut instead turned into a reminder of the Rangers' potent offense as Texas topped the Mariners, 11-5, on Monday at Rangers Ballpark.
Seattle jumped on Darvish for four runs in the first...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 10:05 PM
Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan has watched hundreds of games at the Ballpark in Arlington, having grown up 25 minutes away in Irving, Texas. But he couldn't recall if he'd ever seen a 1-0 contest.
That's understandable, given there had been only nine...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 8:05 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right now, it's hard to get around the feeling that the Orioles have run out of magic.
Maybe it evaporated when their on-field clinching celebration at Camden Yards on Sunday was put on hold by the Los Angeles Angels, who...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has all sorts of words that he lives and manages by, but the one he generally trots out when he is team building early in the season is the one about players trusting each other to contribute just enough to get the job done....