| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:51 PM
DETROIT — It took only one bad pitch from Justin Verlander to decide Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Comerica Park.
But one was enough for Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli.
With Verlander continuing the...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:41 PM
When the Detroit Tigers take the field Tuesday afternoon, check out their eyes. Expect blank faces, distant stares.
Their most important need going into Game 3 of the American League Championship Series may not be great pitching and hitting. It may be...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Sports dominated Sunday night television ratings, with football on NBC and baseball playoffs on Fox.
On NBC's "Sunday Night Football," the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16, and the game drew 19.6-million viewers in prime time,...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 10:14 PM
BOSTON — When Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino strolls to the plate at Fenway Park, the public-address system blares the opening lyric to his walk-up song:
"Don't worry about a thing …"
The Red Sox faithful promptly finish the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 11:12 AM
The Dodgers and Cardinals will open the National League championship series on Friday in St. Louis with a game scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PDT.
The series stays in St. Louis for Game 2 on Saturday, scheduled to begins at 1 p.m. PDT
When the series...
| 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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:00 PM
Dee Gordon has barely played for the Dodgers since he was recalled from the minor leagues Sept. 1, but he could still figure into Manager Don Mattingly's postseason plans.
Mattingly said Gordon could be used the way base-stealing sensation Billy...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Josh Hamilton was still getting the hang of being a big leaguer.
Hamilton showed up in the majors belatedly but abruptly, after a three-year suspension for drug use and 15 games in the minor leagues. The Cincinnati Reds took a flier on him, and he hit...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 4:22 PM
The straight line from cheater to victim in baseball's drug world is muddied. It shouldn't be, so let's put the boots on and wade in.
John Lackey, the former Angels star pitcher who now toils in Boston with the Red Sox, crossed that bridge a few days...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:48 PM
Oh, say -- can they sing?
Apparently not. Or at least not the ever-challenging national anthem in high-profile performances. According to a new survey ranking the worst renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner," Christina Aguilera sits at the top -- or...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Los Angeles and Chicago have a short but intense playoff relationship, with the Kings and Blackhawks set to play Game 1 in the NHL Western Conference final at 2 p.m. PDT Saturday.
A quick primer.
Lakers vs. Bulls
The Lakers won NBA playoff series...