| Aug 11, 2012
| 2:51 PM
You can't quite see it from here, but the finish line is about to appear in the distance for baseball's oversized pack of contenders.
The collapses by the Red Sox and Braves last season caution against reaching any conclusions at this point. But for...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 7:37 PM
PHILADELPHIA — With a disabled list that has been overflowing with Phillies most of the season, the last thing you wanted was for Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco to join the list of visitors.
Ruiz was among the league's top hitters when he went...
| Apr 21, 2012
| 1:59 PM
Though the Nationals enjoyed a soft schedule to start the season, with 10 of the first 14 against the Cubs, Mets and Astros, their pitching — especially their starting pitching — has been impressive. The Nationals went into the weekend with...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 11:35 AM
SARASOTA, Fla – And so ends the strange offseason saga of pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who arrived at the Orioles' spring training facility Saturday after finalizing the minor league contract that started out as a major league contract.
| Feb 24, 2013
| 6:33 PM
MESA, Ariz. — He knows what they're saying about him upstairs at Wrigley Field, not to mention at the Cubby Bear and Murphy's Bleachers. He knows he's no longer seen as a candidate to take over center field for the Cubs, not this spring anyway....
| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:46 PM
Let's preface this by saying, "I wouldn't get your hopes up."
With that warning out of the way, there are reasons, if you're an optimist, to think this season is still salvageable for the Phillies.
During Charlie Manuel's tenure (2004 to the present),...
| Feb 11, 2013
The luxuries the Philadelphia Phillies have been afforded during their most recent spring trainings are no more.
With their aging roster, with the injuries that afflicted three of their star players a season ago and with all the question marks in the...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:37 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Cardinals (1): Slowed down a little since a 23-7 stretch April 30-June 1. But they have lost more than two games in a row only once and never more than three. Starting pitching limits losing streaks.
| Jun 15, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Can a backup catcher be an All-Star?
Absolutely, if Evan Gattis is the backup catcher in question. The Braves rookie lost his spot in the lineup when Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list, but he just keeps bashing the ball, most recently as...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 6:42 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia pitched superbly in sweeping three games at last weekend's NCAA tournament regional. The opponents, however, were Elon and Army. No offense to the Phoenix or Cadets, but top-25 clubs they were not.
Mississippi State is....
| Jun 9, 2013
| 7:09 AM
PHILADELPHIA — People often knock Charlie Manuel when he professes his love for the long ball, something he's done countless times throughout his tenure in Philadelphia.
"A home run is the greatest hit in baseball," was his latest proclamation....