|Despite all the bumps in the road, the Mets are 2 1/2 games out of first place in the National League East and two out in the NL Wild Card race. But there's something larger at work, illustrated by Steven Matz's impressive Major League league debut on Sunday .
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|The Phillies formally introduced Andy MacPhail, who has had success as an executive with three different franchises, as their next club president Monday. At first glance, it looked like a safe, conservative decision. A tee shot down the middle rather than trying for the green with a more risky drive over a water hazard. A second glance, to MacPhail's immediate right on the dais at Citizens Bank Park, disproved that assumption.
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|There are valid reasons why the Minnesota Twins are in second place in the American League Central rather than fifth. One of those reasons was on display Saturday at Miller Park.
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|Because SABR 45 is a convention that includes so many mathematicians, perhaps this is the most pertinent statistic akin to this summer's gathering: Since 1908, the two Chicago baseball teams have won the World Series twice. The White Sox did it in 1917 and 2005. The Cubs, not since the famous "Merkle's Boner" put them in position to defeat the Tigers for the 1908 World Series title.
|Ryne Sandberg became the fourth manager to be replaced this season. But he's different than Mike Redmond, who managed Miami, Bud Black, who managed the Padres, and Ron Roenicke, who managed Milwaukee. Sandberg is a Hall of Famer, elected for induction in Cooperstown in 2005 for his playing career.
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|For anyone in the LGBT community, the journey toward marriage equality has been filled with some highs, but mostly lows. One state would pass its support of same-sex marriage, and then another would take those rights away. The angry arguments on TV interpreting religious beliefs were always disappointing and confusing for a community that was only looking to make a commitment in the eyes of the law. It was an emotional tug of war that would seemingly never end. On Friday morning, it finally did.
|Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T. "Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."
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|The temptation is to ask this question: Whatever happened to Sidd Finch? He never had Tommy John surgery, never won a game in the Major Leagues and never threw his supposed 168-mph fastball to a single big league hitter. The reason for all this is simple. Sidd Finch didn't exist.
|Paul Molitor returned to Milwaukee on Friday night, still a winner in the standings and still suitably grateful for his experiences with the Brewers.
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|So you were expecting the sequel to be even better than the original? Not a chance. The Royals and A's were back at it again at the Coliseum on Friday night, 67 days removed from that three-game series at Kaufman Stadium that was punctuated by verbal jousting, threatening hand gestures and a series of ejections.
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|The Indians, A's, White Sox, Mariners and Red Sox all entered the season with high hopes, but we're almost halfway through the season and all five of those AL clubs reside below .500. The good news is that all is not lost, and there is a chance all of them can get back in the race.
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|Mark McGwire didn't know what to expect when Justin Turner showed up at the Dodgers' complex in Arizona two years ago. He was a non-roster invitee with a .260 career average looking to earn a utility spot on a crowded roster.
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|This might end up being one of Billy Beane's finest hours, and don't you hate it how the smart guys end up being right so often? First, though, things have to work out a certain way for the A's and their general manager. Yes, that means lots of October baseball.
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|The 1968 season produced the most brilliant, long-term pitching performance in Bob Gibson's Hall of Fame career: 11 starts, eight shutouts. When it ended, he had produced what remains the lowest single-season ERA for a qualifying pitcher since 1906.
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|Age is always relative. The same 35-year-old who is barely old enough to run for President in the political world might be viewed as a washed-up old geezer in the baseball world. So when we talk about some old dudes on the baseball scene in this week's edition of "The Cycle," nobody's suggesting they're too old to accomplish great things in the world at large.
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|It took 18 Angels players 13 innings and four hours, 31 minutes to get it done, but they finally subdued the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday to take a series they badly needed for reasons both mathematical and emotional. These Astros are a force to be reckoned with, and dealing with it are the four clubs chasing them in the American League West.
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|The Blue Jays had barely worked up a sweat in Spring Training when skipper John Gibbons could sense something special.
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|D-backs manager Chip Hale gets it. Nobody said this big-league manger gig was going to be easy. It's one thing to take over a championship caliber club or a team that is in a documented rebuilding process with an eye only on the future. It's quite another when a team is making a major transition to youth with a leadership that is used to winning, and is looking for a way to rebuild on the run. And that's where the D-backs are.
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|It was hard to know quite what to make of the Braves coming into this season. General manager John Hart hit the reset button, stripping the roster of many familiar names.
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|Today we celebrate players who've managed to fly under the radar this season. They're doing special things, but they're doing them quietly. So here's a standing ovation for them.
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|Among the shrines at which I no longer worship, we find run differential. I lost my faith in this statistical denomination in 2007. This was when the D-backs ended the regular season with a run differential of minus-20.
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|The Nationals are hoping that Stephen Strasburg's start Tuesday night -- five shutout innings, four hits and a walk, six strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Atlanta -- will become a turning point.
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|With his two home runs in four at-bats on Tuesday night, Nolan Arenado extended his current hitting streak to 10 games, raising his batting average to .287, fourth best among NL third baseman.
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|You know him now as the greatest hitter of his time and place. A man who has won two American League MVP Awards and who also ended baseball's 45-year Triple Crown drought. A man on pace for a sort of Modern Triple Crown by leading the AL in each triple-slash category -- batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.456) and slugging percentage (.593). A man who deservedly took over first place at first base in the latest Esurance All-Star ballot update.
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|Can you picture Chris Sale in a Cubs jersey, attacking the Cardinals and Pirates in September? How about the Dodgers or Nationals in October?
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|Larry Bowa has been dismissed twice in his career as a manager in San Diego and Philadelphia, and the one thing he does know is that too much heat for this lost season is being placed on manager Ryne Sandberg and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
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|Darryl Hamilton's laughter and smile will be forever burned into the hearts and minds of those who knew him best. He was one of those rare people who never seemed to have a bad day, and as legacies go, that's not a bad one.
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|Rays right-hander Chris Archer is second in the American League in ERA, third in strikeouts but first in the category we call PWMM -- Pitcher Who Matters Most.
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|Hardly a day passes now that Albert Pujols doesn't pass a legend on some historical list. Before Mike Trout emerged as the consensus best player in the baseball, it is worth recalling that Pujols preceded the Angels' center fielder with that universal distinction.
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|Summer's first real blush hit Yankee Stadium on Monday night with a game-time temperature of 86 degrees. But as June heads quickly toward July, the questions that plagued the Yankees' pitching staff this spring not only have yet to be fully answered, but were exacerbated by their 11-8 loss to the 25-47 Phillies.
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