|With a new format that should help participants remain fresh throughout the competition, fans should expect sluggers such as Giancarlo Stanton and Yoenis Cespedes to put on a show Monday night in the Home Run Derby.
More»Guillen, Kruk preview Home Run Derby|
|Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven and former manager Tom Kelly, opposing skippers in Sunday's Futures Game, serve as the perfect ambassadors for the Twins organization during All-Star Week.
More»Kelly, Blyleven on 2014 Futures Game|
|In the midst of all the conjecture, speculation and, yes, even the promise of the Chicago Cubs' future, here comes the one part of that future closest to Major league fruition. It is Kris Bryant. Sunday afternoon he started at third base and hit cleanup for the U.S. Team in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.
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|When Target Field hosts the All-Star Game on Tuesday, it will add to a strong history of Midsummer Classics that started with a 1965 showcase at Old Metropolitan Stadium, where 19 future Hall of Famers took the field, and continued at the Metrodome in 1985.
|Players have gotten bigger and stronger. Pitchers are throwing faster and faster. But even the best pitchers can't keep power-hitting sluggers from taking their pitches out of the park. That was the case in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
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|Because the National League East standings that exist today are, in some ways, comparable to those of the All-Star break of 1973 -- and because the Mets finally are performing at a competitive level -- folks in these parts have begun to think (read: fantasize) that the Mets of 2014 could repeat the unfathomable rise-and- conquer achieved by Rusty, Tug, Tom Terrfic, Cleon, Koozy, Matlack, Buddy and Yogi 41years ago.
More» Collins happy with Mets' great homestand|
|Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo stood out among an impressive group of power hitters during batting practice before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
More»Javier Baez on his experience at the Futures Game|
|Packed houses and wild crowds are becoming the norm for exciting games involving the Orioles and Nationals.
More» Hundley hits a walk-off single in the 10th|
|I remember watching the competition week after week as if it happened yesterday. But 54 years have passed since announcer Mark Scott hosted the original Home Run Derby, a home run-hitting competition filmed in black and white and shown on television beginning in April 1960.
More»Guillen, Kruk preview Home Run Derby|
|LeBron James is not breaking new Northeast Ohio ground. Cleveland's sports history -- and throughout all of baseball, really -- is littered with returns of prodigal sons who left either in swaps or on their own accord before finding their way home.
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|Ah, so this is what Theo Epstein has been up to the last few years. Fresh legs, reliable bats, a power arm on the mound and the ballpark packed, like it was when the Cubs were rolling out playoff teams. The best part is that the leading men against the Braves on Friday afternoon -- Arismendy Alcantara, All-Stars Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and Jake Arrieta -- average only 24 1/2 years in age.
More» Renteria on Alcantara, Arrieta's outing|
|At last count, Steve Pearce had played 622 Minor League games over nine seasons. So when he's finally done with this baseball gig, he can tell us about the places he has gone and the things he has seen.
More» Pearce scores O's first run on a wild pitch|
|It's hard to see first place from the hole the Rockies have dug for themselves. But they do see reasons for hope. First, they saw Nolan Arenado return from a six-week stint on the disabled list. Then came Carlos Gonzalez's return to the lineup on Friday night.
More» Arenado hits his first triple of the season|
|Here's what we discovered this week through the Cracker Jack-flavored tweets of social media: The Major League Baseball All-Star Game still matters, and it does so big time.
More»Rizzo, Sale win Final Vote, earn All-Star spots|
|Pitchers like Masahiro Tanaka don't come along that often, so until he's back on the mound looking like the guy who started 11-1, the Yankees will hold their breath.
More» Girardi discusses Tanaka to the DL|
|The game in which Babe Ruth debuted for the Boston Red Sox is notable only for the seven mostly-effective innings Ruth pitched, and the strikeout he logged in his first big league at-bat.
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|Tampa Bay's immediate future, if not the 2014 season, very well may be determined during this weekend's series against Toronto at Tropicana Field. An exaggeration? Maybe. Yet if the Rays falter against the Blue Jays in the final series before the four-day All-Star Game respite, their slim chance of salvaging this mostly disappointing season will be greatly reduced.
More» Perez belts a go-ahead, three-run homer in 9th|
|Mention a five-year plan to Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, and he smiles. "They just don't happen the way they are planned," he adds. Beane's concern is the next game on the schedule, not next year's schedule.
More» Samardzija fans Francisco for first A's K|
|Big league general managers must decide soon, at a time when "contention" status has never been more nebulous, what is real and what is a mirage. Do you sell off your best assets by the none-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31? Or do you stand pat and let it ride in hope of a run, or do you add on and really go for it?
More»Duquette and Mayo on trade possibilities for Price|
|"Seinfeld" debuted 25 years ago this month and -- yada, yada, yada -- we still love it. Take a gander at the top 25 baseball-related moments on "Seinfeld" and you will see that this "show about nothing" sure spent a lot of time with the national pastime.
More»Seinfeld joins Costas to talk about Abbott & Costello|
|The Cincinnati Reds are evolving right in front of our eyes. At the moment, there probably isn't a better team in the National League.
More» Hamilton laces an RBI triple to right-center|
|For reasons that show up in the standings, and one reason that doesn't, the first half National League Manager of the Year is Ron Roenicke of the Brewers.
More» Roenicke on Peralta's struggles|
|Baseball has represented the best possibilities of American society, as it did when Jackie Robinson smashed a racial barrier. The notion that soccer represents some sort of superior culture residing in Europe is historically blind. Our ancestors left Europe by the millions. They left Europe to escape grinding poverty and political, religious and social persecution. They came to America to find something better. Eventually, something better included baseball.
More» Trout lays out to make a great catch|
|There are no must-win games in July. It's still too early in the schedule to look ahead to postseason previews. But based on the excitement in St. Louis and Oakland last night, we are in for a treat when the really big series do arrive later this summer.
More» Adams wins it with a walk-off homer|
|It's become increasingly clear, even in the wake of a 5-3 win here Monday night, that the Yankees are going to have to be active this month if they're going to get a satisfying end to Derek Jeter's October-rific career.
More» Jeter fakes out Kipnis|
|They are doing it again. I mean, how in the names of Catfish, Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers, "Moneyball" and a legacy of stifling pitching is this possible? Despite so many things that would force your average professional sports franchise into the fetal position before succumbing from the pressure of it all, the A's keep going from surviving to thriving.
More» A's capitalize to back Chavez's strong start|
|The Atlanta Braves should be toast by now. That they're still atop the National League East speaks volumes about this franchise, not just the manager or the players or the farm system, but the larger thing, the franchise.
More» Braves turn double play in the 3rd inning|
|This may be parity's finest hour. The A's, in the Major League Baseball scheme of things a low-revenue, low-salary operation, are now favored to win it all in the American League.
More» Samardzija fans five, gets win in A's debut|
|David Price at Wrigley Field? Given the Cubs' position in the standings, it sounds crazy to speak of them as a possible pursuer for the best pitcher on the market. But after trading Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein might be in the best position of all executives to put together a package that would pry the 28-year-old lefty away from the Rays.
More»Cubs acquire top prospects Russell and McKinney|
|With each passing day, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke provide further evidence of their status as one of the great left/right starting-pitcher combinations of all time.
More» Kershaw on his scoreless streak|