Lindsay Berra has covered a variety of sports, from baseball and hockey to tennis and the Olympics, since 1999. She joined MLB.com in 2013.
|Ralph Branca did not pitch on April 15, 1947. Instead, he watched Jack Roosevelt Robinson, his new teammate and a man he would call his friend for more than a quarter-century, stride into the history books. Branca is one of two living members of either the Dodgers' or Boston Braves' rosters from that Opening Day at Ebbets Field 67 years ago, when Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
More»Ralph Branca reflects on Jackie Robinson's legacy|
|Rather than taking time off after a long and grueling season, Chase Utley works out every day, and it has helped him to overcome numerous knee injuries.
More» Utley rakes when healthy, but injury risk|
|Coming off a very tough year at the plate, B.J. Upton spent the winter working to get his swing back to where it was earlier in his career.
More» Upton looks to regain form as dual threat|
|The 306 baseball legends who have been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame are the lucky few who can call Cooperstown home. But on Saturday night, 30 children and parents also got that chance.
More»Yogi's legacy on display at Cooperstown sleepover|
|CC Sabathia arrived at Spring Training at the same weight as last year, but he's more muscular now after dropping his body fat by eight percent.
More»Sabathia answers fans' questions on Twitter|
|Ralph Branca never could escape from Oct. 3, 1951. On Wednesday night at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., the former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher relived the day again.
More» Ralph Branca reflects on his career|
|No one ever believes me when I tell them it was my grandfather, Yogi Berra, who got me into hockey, and on Thursday, I got to don my trusty Bauers and skate to center ice at Yankee Stadium.
|Midway through the first period of the New York Rangers' 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, with the temperature hovering around 20 degrees and the wind chill in the single digits, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was interviewed on the bench. "The puck is bouncing," he said.
More»Rangers enjoy Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium|
|Among the hundreds of people bustling at the Winter Meetings are a host of former players hoping to get back to the big leagues, this time as coaches, scouts or members of the media. Some, you've heard of. Most, you haven't.
|Tickets for Game 6 were undoubtedly the most expensive baseball tickets in history. Resale prices for standing-room-only tickets topped $900, bleacher seats $1,600 and seats close to the action $10,000.
|Shane Victorino wouldn't normally make time for on-field pleasantries in a high-pressure situation, but his bond with Kolten Wong is a special one. Both are from Hawaii, and their appearance together in the World Series marks the first time in the Fall Classic's 109 years that two natives of America's 50th state have faced off on baseball's biggest stage.
More» Nava drives in Ellsbury on a forceout|
|Tom Holliday's close ties to Red Sox manager John Farrell go back to their time together at Oklahoma State University, but Holliday has an even greater allegiance to the Cardinals because of his son, Matt.
More»Holliday on his relationship with Red Sox skipper|
|Lance Lynn is a mere shadow of his former self, and that's a good thing. Last offseason, the Cardinals right-hander decided to take control of his weight, and by extension, his game.
More»Lynn talks to MLB.com about pitching in Fenway|
|For today's leadoff hitters, on-base percentage is king. That's why, when Rafael Furcal opted for Tommy John elbow surgery and John Jay had a slow start to the season, the Cardinals decided to give Matt Carpenter a shot at the top of the lineup, even though he had never hit in that spot before. In four years in the Minors, Carpenter had a .408 on-base percentage and a reputation for grinding out lengthy at-bats.
More» Carpenter wins 11-pitch battle vs. Kershaw|
|In theory, if all of Koji Uehara's pitches are good ones, hitters should be getting some choice pitches to swing at. But in real life, it's not that easy.
More»Uehara earns three saves in ALCS|
|After what would have been a three-year deal with the Red Sox was reduced to a one-year incentives-laden pact upon discovery of a degenerative hip condition last offseason, Mike Napoli will re-enter free agency this year on the heels of a healthy and productive season.
More» Napoli launches a homer to center|
|On Wednesday afternoon, history was relived at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in Detroit, on the grounds of old Tiger Stadium, with a reenactment of an iconic play at the plate from Game 5 of the 1968 World Series.
More»Horton's '68 World Series throw reenacted in Detroit|
|Technically, if a player is hit by a pitch in the strike zone, he should not be awarded first base. The same scenario exists if he doesn't make an effort to get out of the way of a pitch. Some of the pitches that have hit Shane Victorino in the postseason have indeed been borderline, prompting comments by Tigers starter Justin Verlander and others.
More»Victorino sets LDS record for hit-by-pitches|
|Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Red Sox counterpart David Ross have more in common than just their position and the fact that their teams are facing off in the ALCS. Both have long histories with concussions, the most recent of which occurred this summer, and both are plying their trade in old-school, heavy steel catchers' masks.
More» Avila remains in game after visit by trainer|
|In the Red Sox's clubhouse, Craig Breslow tries to blend in, to just be another ballplayer, and he looks the part, from his long pants to his beard. He does his best to keep his baseball IQ and his sky-high regular IQ separate, and subscribes more to the "Keep it simple, stupid" school of baseball thought.
More» Farrell talks about Breslow's intelligence|