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The stigma that Japanese pitchers can't succeed in the United States has disappeared quicker than a Kei Igawa fastball that's been blasted into the Yankee Stadium bleachers.
The success of pitchers like Rangers ace Yu Darvish and Yankees free agent Hiroki Kuroda shows that Japan not only offers suitable rotation alternatives, but true, top-of-the-line talent.
The current big name expected...Read more »
Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:
The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.
The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...Read more »
Robinson Cano is unlikely to give the Yankees a discount on a new contract. But the Yankees are giving fans a discount on nearly 20 percent of ticketed areas for the 2014 season.
The team announced Monday afternoon that 18 percent of tickets would be reduced by up to $25 from 2013 prices for the upcoming season. Of the remaining tickets, four percent will see an increase while 78 percent will...Read more »
Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers, he announced in a press conference Monday afternoon.
The Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs after losing Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to the Red Sox on Saturday. This was the third straight season the Tigers made the ALCS.
Leyland has managed in both leagues during a 22-season career, helming the...Read more »
Actor Will Ferrell did the pre-game introductions for the Dodgers on Wednesday night before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles.
We know what you're wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.
Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as "today's winning pitcher." Granted, Greinke was...Read more »
Despite manager Don Mattingly's best efforts (inserting Michael Young at shortstop, using Carlos Marmol for significant relief outs, etc...), the Dodgers still have a shot to win the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals and go to the World Series.
A pretty good one, actually.
Yes, even down 3-1.
(1) While 3-1 may seem insurmountable in a seven-game...Read more »
Almost every free agent has the question attached to them: “Which version of Player X is their new team getting?” With Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, that discussion is even more difficult than usual.
The good: Ruiz, affectionately nicknamed "chooch", played in 107 games every season from 2007-2012 and had an on-base percentage of .355 or better each season from 2009-2012.
But,...Read more »
Using the term "on top of his game" to describe Pedro Martinez could apply to his superb, Hall of Fame-caliber playing career or his surprisingly excellent commentary as an analyst for TBS' post-game coverage.
On the pages of Sports Illustrated's new, beautifully illustrated, coffee table book, "Baseball's Greatest," the phrase is focused on Pedro's performance during the...Read more »
It was 25 years ago today...
No, this is not about a set of alternate lyrics for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson launched his dramatic 1988 World Series home run off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley 25 years ago on Tuesday. We all rememer the moment, alive or not at the time, since the footage is classic -- Gibson pumping his arm as he rounds the bases...Read more »
Remember when ex-baseball star Jack Clark claimed that Albert Pujols used performance-enhancing substances and Pujols claimed he would sue Clark?
Well, we all had a good laugh because we've heard that line plenty of times before.
Then Pujols actually sued Clark.
But wait! There is still reason to laugh! And it comes courtesy of Clark's lawyers reply to the lawsuit paperwork: Albert...Read more »