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Yoenis Cespedes and A.J. Burnett

Two thoughts this morning:

1. The A's signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36-million contract, and when the news broke, I flashed back to comments that Scott Boras made about a year ago, to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, concerning the Oakland franchise:

“When teams recruit against the Oakland A’s, they say, ‘Why do you want to play in an empty park?’ It’s not about...

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Friday Five: Favorite pitching seasons


(Credit: Paul J. Bereswill)

Justin Verlander starts tonight for the Tigers against the challenger White Sox, and Detroit's ace looks to raise his record to 21-5. This Verlander season just feels special, fairly or not, and it brings up personal memories of other dominant pitching campaigns.

So here are my five favorite such seasons. To be clear, this is a personal, visceral list. I could've gone to

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Yankees Tigers/Royals Indians Mariners

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