|Although the Pirates dropped their season-worst seventh straight Tuesday, they did get reigning NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen back from the DL, and the Bucs are still very much in position to make a run at an NL Wild Card spot.
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|In his first event as MLB's ambassador for inclusion, Billy Bean was joined by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman for a visit to talk to LGBTQ youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.
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|Baseball, as a competitive proposition, has been headed in the direction of inclusion for some time. Still, it would be difficult to grasp a postseason that contained neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees. You take a notion like this and it doesn't really fit into any conventional baseball source material. Maybe a better fit would be "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
More» Girardi on tough loss, offensive struggles|
|Twenty-nine years removed from the only World Series championship in franchise history -- and the last postseason appearance the Royals made -- this is a team that has gone from wanting to claim a Wild Card spot to a team that feels it can win a division.
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|With Miguel Cabrera taking a step backward, Mike Trout has established himself as the guy to beat in the American League MVP Award race, but sorting out the NL MVP Award field is quite the task. If voting was held today, it seems very unlikely that any candidate would receive half of the 30 votes.
More»Who will win the NL MVP?|
|Brayan Pena is proving his worth to a struggling Cincinnati squad behind the plate, at first base filling in for an injured Joey Votto, and in the clubhouse.
More» Pena plates Negron with a double in the 6th|
|According to a growing consensus, African-Americans are disciples of football and basketball these days, but not particularly fond of the game Jackie Robinson courageously helped to integrate. Sorry, but I don't believe that. For those who do, they're not paying attention.
More» Ballmer and Rivers take in a Dodgers game|
|Sure, fans at Tropicana Field this past weekend were right to show Derek Jeter respect with an ovation, but the Rays need their fans to pack the park and root for the home team at the same time.
More» Jeter misses bunt, breaks tie with RBI single|
|To some degree and in a strange way, the Mets can relax. David Wright is hurting and was hurting even before Dan Straily's pitch bruised his already bruised left rotator cuff. With road series against the A's and Dodgers next on the Mets' agenda, pain in Wright's left shoulder is about as positive a piece of news as the club is likely to get for a while.
More» Wright opens the scoring with a single|
|As much as we've focused on the Nationals and Braves, as much as we wanted to see if the Phillies had one last run in them, the Marlins have kept going.
More» Marlins score five runs in the 7th|
|It was Rickey Henderson's view that runs scored was the most overlooked of all statistics. The "Man of Steal" talked about how home runs and runs batted in drew the attention of fans and media, but it just made common sense that runs scored was the most important number.
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|The Indians made their 95th error of the season Sunday, 23 more than the league average. While the errors themselves are quantifiable, what's more difficult to determine is how much of an impact they've had on the Tribe's still-present playoff hunt.
|Ryan Perez, who is about to begin his junior year at tiny Judson University in Chicago's northwest suburbs, turned a last-minute invitation to pitch in the Cape Cod League into a turn as MVP of the All-Star Game. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief. Perez threw left-handed for the first strikeout, right-handed for the second one and then left again for the third. Imagine that playing out on a big league diamond some time.
|The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Lester strikes out nine over six solid frames|
|Carlos Gomez has put in the hours under the Spring Training sun, working on his stroke, his baserunning, his routes in center field, his throwing accuracy. But if you ask him the source of his transformation into one of the game's most exciting and productive players, he nods toward the office of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
More» Roenicke talks about Gallardo's strong start|
|Anybody who had written off the Atlanta Braves as postseason contenders had all weekend to consider a retraction.
More» J. Upton takes Lester deep with two-run shot|
|Todd Helton, whose No. 17 became the first retired number in Rockies history, never focused on individual numbers. But those statistics may just land the first baseman in the Hall of Fame.
More» Rockies honor Helton, retire No. 17|
|Carlos Gomez, an unabashed first-pitch hitter, tagged Clayton Kershaw for a double on the lefty's first offering in the fourth inning Saturday, then homered in the sixth, again without waiting for a second pitch.
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|The outside perspective on the Oakland Athletics has changed. But how much have the A's actually changed? Not that long ago, the A's were North America's best-bet underdogs. Other teams got the preseason publicity. The Oakland club simply won two straight AL West titles.
More» Samardzija solid through 6 1/3 innings|
|The Yankees began play on Saturday 4 1/2 games back for the second AL Wild Card berth. If they restore a measure of consistency in the remaining 42 games and gain a trip to the postseason, it will be Joe Girardi's greatest job of managing,
|Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred has to find ways to build off the success MLB has experienced during Bud Selig's tenure, and he knows it won't be easy. That said, he is as well prepared as he can be, having been groomed for the job by Selig.
More»Duquette on Manfred being named Commissioner-elect|
|The Braves had lost 12 of their last 15 games. The offense was the problem, not the solution. In eight of those losses, the Braves had scored two runs or less. But you wouldn't have known there was a hint of a slump by the Braves' performance with the bats Friday night. And it wasn't a question of the degree of difficulty declining. The opposition was the Oakland Athletics, owners of baseball's best record.
More» Freeman on the need for offense to step up|
|The top 20 or so teams are so close in talent that postseason berths could be decided by the smallest of things. So as we prepare for yet another stretch run, don't sleep on these five teams. They're not sleepers anymore. There's no such thing.
More»The MLB Tonight Team Talks Michael Pineda|
|They call these the dog days of the baseball season. But for those with an outside shot at a Wild Card berth, now is the time to make a run or fall out of contention for good.
More» McCarthy fans eight over 6 1/3 innings|
|Nobody runs quite like Rickey Henderson or his 1980s peers Vince Coleman, Tim Raines and Willie Wilson anymore. But base thieves are more successful, on a percentage basis, than ever. In fact, the seven most efficient basestealers in history with at least 80 career attempts are active players.
More» Gordon swipes his 50th base of the season|
|Rob Manfred's selection as baseball's 10th Commissioner was a great day. It gives the sport its best chance to continue building on the success it has experienced under Bud Selig.
More»Duquette on Manfred being named Commissioner-elect|
|Kris Negron has had to work hard to make it back to the big leagues after 2012 knee surgery, and the injury-depleted Reds are making use of the hard-nosed player's multiposition talent.
More» Negron cuts Reds' deficit with a solo homer|
|Mark Fidrych would have been 60 today. "The Bird" created a national sensation in his 1976 rookie year for the Tigers, and his playful, unique personality have left a lasting legacy.
More»MLBN reflects on the life and career of Mark Fidrych|
|The presence of Felix Hernandez, along with Hisashi Iwakuma, has the rest of the AL well aware that the Mariners are a team that could very much be a factor not only in the battle for a spot in the postseason, but in the postseason itself.
More» Iwakuma strikes out five over 6 2/3 innings|
|Despite facing only winning teams for more than a month, the Orioles have fortified their lead in the AL East race.
More» Cruz hammers a two-run homer to left-center|