| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:08 PM
BOSTON — Jake Peavy hasn't forgotten the first words Jonny Gomes said to him on his first day in the Fenway Park home clubhouse after his trade from the Chicago White Sox.
"I asked how Jonny was doing, and his quote to me was, 'Just a day closer...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:38 PM
DETROIT — After watching the Tigers lose in the American League Championship Series in 2011 and seeing the Giants sweep them in last year's World Series, Motown is getting antsy.
And when the crowd of 42,669 began booing star first baseman...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:17 PM
Boston was a rough-and-tumble city when I knew it in my teens and early 20s. It was, as Seth Mnookin suggests in “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (Mariner: 354 pp., $16 paper), defined by “the Combat Zone and Filene&...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:19 PM
With Charlie Manuel seated to his left, Philadelphia General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. broke down in tears after announcing he fired his manager and replaced him with former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg before the Phillies' game against the Dodgers...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 10:47 AM
There's at least one person who will leap to the defense of Alex Rodriguez: Yankees Manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi on Tuesday was still upset that Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster hit Rodriguez with a pitch during Monday's game, and called on Major League...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 7:09 PM
CHICAGO — Mike Trout spent Monday with Albert Pujols and several other Angels teammates in a St. Louis suburb playing in the Pujols Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic.
Although Pujols, who is nursing right-knee and left-foot injuries, did...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:37 PM
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford uses just any old bat when he faces Mariano Rivera. The more rickety and age-worn, the better.
He knows there's a good chance his bat — and his at-bat — will be doomed by what many consider the most...