|With uncertainty surrounding Anibal Sanchez's return from a strained right pectoral muscle, the Tigers were in serious need of another starter to give them a fighting chance at success in that rotation spot. Kyle Lobstein filled that role splendidly on Thursday.
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|Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m. connecting flights to get from one Minor League city to another. But now, Incaviglia is paying his dues as a manager in the independent American Association.
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|The history of the Met's cleanup spot is rather spotty, though Dave Kingman was the Mets' cleanup man in 410 games and had as much if not more raw power than either of the two players with more cleanup starts (Darryl Strawberry, 599; Mike Piazza, 554).
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|Another ritual in the march of Derek Jeter's final season occurred Wednesday night at Comerica Park as the Tigers honored the retiring Yankees shortstop. The ceremony begged the question: Who is going to take Jeter's place as baseball's primary role model, as the game's unofficial, but leading ambassador to the rest of humanity?
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|The Angels are one of 13 teams within three games of a postseason berth heading into the season's final 33 days, and one of 10 to keep an eye on down the stretch.
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|MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom makes the case that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deserves to be the eighth pitcher to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award.
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|"Magical" is about the best explanation for what Madison Bumgarner did during Tuesday night's one-hit shutout against the Rockies. Go back and watch it pitch by pitch. Watch the location. And the velocity. And the movement. And then watch it all over again. Watch the hitters. Watch their reaction.
More» Bumgarner fans 13, throws one-hit shutout|
|While clubs such as the Orioles and Nats appear to be locks for division titles, there are underdogs in each division who still have a reasonable shot to make run.
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|The youngest generation of baseball players and fans has never known life without Bud Selig at the helm of our pastime. All that is about to change, with Rob Manfred slated to replace Selig as Commissioner in January 2015. As easy as it would be to do, Selig isn't content to rest on his laurels and simply keep Manfred's seat warm.
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|The uncertainty of Anibal Sanchez's return to the Tigers' rotation is going to place a premium on the work of Detroit's other established starters. Fortunately for the Tigers, Rick Porcello is now solidly in that category.
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|Never in a million years did I think I would put on a Red Sox uniform. But with the chance to take part in an ALS fundraiser, it was an easy decision to take part in the Oldtime Baseball Game.
|When Cuban Jorge Soler takes his place in right field on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, playing alongside newcomers Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez and young veterans Anthony Rizzo (25) and Starlin Castro (24), the Cubs will have a lineup built to last -- the kind that makes fans dream about long runs at the top.
More»Jim Callis discusses Cubs calling up Jorge Soler|
|Being particularly good in one category of the game can sometimes override being weak in another. With that in mind, here's a look at each key category and which of the remaining contenders is most adept.
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|The next time your team's hurler throws a game-turning bomb and you get down on him, consider a fascinating fact: Seven of the 10 leaders in most homers allowed, and 10 of the top 20, have Hall of Fame plaques.
More» Wells' homer is 506th all-time off Moyer|
|As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.
More» Harrison collects five RBIs in banner night|
|There's no question that the Giants need The Tim Lincecum to make their stretch run. But right now, Lincecum just isn't Lincecum.
More» Lincecum tosses second no-hitter|
|Nice move by the Pirates today. If Gregory Polanco can't be in Clint Hurdle's lineup on a regular basis, he needs to go somewhere that he can play.
More» Polanco makes a great leaping grab at track|
|The Astros are not yet a complete Major League team, and their record makes that clear. But when they took two of three from the Yankees last week, it was a reminder that, for stretch-run contenders, they're not the total pushover they were a year ago.
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|The Reds and MLB on Friday unveiled the newly built Urban Youth Academy, designed to offer area kids ages 7-18 the opportunity to participate in baseball and softball clinics, character development programming, and even academic tutoring and vocational training -- all free of charge.
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|Jackie Robinson West lost to the South Korean team by an 8-4 score on Sunday in Williamsport, Pa., in the Little League World Series championship game. But if you thought these kids were defeated, you didn't see Marquis Jackson bounce out of the dugout with a smile on his face to congratulate the champs.
|It is the year of the catcher in the National League Central. Whatever happens the rest of the way with a division title and a Wild Card spot or two up for grabs, the catchers in this division will be a major part of the storyline. There is no kind of catching shortage in four NL Central locales, and that's with the premier all-around catcher in the game, Yadier Molina, currently on the disabled list.
More» Martin slugs three-run shot in the 5th|
|Josh Hamilton is back, and just in time for the Angels to make their stretch run in search of a return to the postseason after a four-year drought.
More» Hamilton drives a two-run home run to right|
|Yes, the A's get excited thinking what the addition of Jon Lester to the rotation could mean in the postseason. That, however, was not what drove general manager Billy Beane to acquire Lester from the Red Sox shortly before the Trade Deadline. Beane, as much as anyone, knows not to take anything for granted.
More» Melvin discusses the A's win, Lester's start|
|Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy were teammates with the last-place D-backs before being acquired by the Yankees in July. The switch to pinstripes has rejuvenated both players.
More» McCarthy induces flyout to seal the shutout|
|The Red Sox got better and more interesting on Saturday. The Nation should love watching Cuban outfielders Rusney Castillo and Yoenis Cespedes play together, hopefully for a few years.
More» Farrell talks about Red Sox signing Castillo|
|The Yankees retired Joe Torre's No. 6 on Saturday, and in years to come few will likely remember that the former NL MVP Award winner made his mark in the big leagues as a No. 9 before joining the Bronx Bombers.
More»Joe Torre unveils his retired number in Monument Park|
|Though quite short compared to most MLB pitchers, hard-throwing Brewers prospect David Goforth makes up for a lack of size with good mechanics. He has the physical skills and mental makeup necessary to be a big league closer.
More»Power reliever Goforth could be tabbed as a closer|
|With apologies to Yoenis Cespedes and all the moaning that his trade to Boston has been Oakland's undoing, what the A's really have been missing of late has been Coco Crisp doing what he does best -- creating offense at the top of the lineup.
More» Crisp responds with solo homer to tie game|
|There's plenty of time for this to change, of course, but when you look at trades that were seen as difference-makers, few are having the desired impact. For all the time we spend encouraging teams to keep building their rosters, that can be a tricky tightrope to walk.
More» Street fans Napoli to record the save|
|Of all the hurdles Joe Torre had to overcome, no small part of it was his battle with what he calls "an aggressive form" of prostate cancer. Torre was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, during the zenith of his managerial tenure with the Yankees.
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