On-Base Perception

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Stephen Drew: Worth the fuss for Mets?

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew can't make

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The Mets’ “will they-won’t they” pursuit of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has all the drama of a series of text messages between high school crushes.

Drew: “Hey. I might go to the mall later with the Boston Red Sox, but if you’d rather hang out… But whatevs. Up 2 U.”

Mets: “Whatever u wanna do. FYI - not really looking for anything long-term.”

Drew: “OIC.”

Red Sox: “Chillin’...

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia vs. Ryan Hanigan: Backstop throwdown

Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia watches his grand

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The Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal Friday, and with Devin Mesoraco likely to be the 2014 starter, that makes Ryan Hanigan reportedly available.

Hanigan will be on the market at the same time that Braves catcher Brian McCann and Red Sox backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia are free agents -- and likely looking for a big pay day.

No one will dispute that Brian...

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Managers are maddening in this World Series

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on

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There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.

Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.

To be clear, no one is accusing any...

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David Ortiz not quite a Hall of Famer

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox celebrates

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It was a predictable reaction.

As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.

A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...

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Adam Wainwright's bad omen

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes

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Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.

The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...

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Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series primer

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester smiles during

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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:

OFFENSE

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...

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Dodgers' Kershaw, Tigers' hitting woes, Rays' edge and other playoff notes

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws

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One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:

Rays have an edge

The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...

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Evan Longoria, Alex Cobb celebrate birthdays in style

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3)

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Evan Longoria had a pretty good 28th birthday.

Before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Monday, the Rays' third baseman was given a guitar signed by Slash. The gift was courtesy of Longoria's girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson:

Sweet new piece to add to the Man Cave! Thanks @jaimeedmondson!! #Slash #GNR pic.twitter.com/3mb6NZOv4g — Evan Longoria...

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David Price apologizes for Twitter rant; discusses David Ortiz situation

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price looks on

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Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.

Price’s opening remarks:

“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s...

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