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Matt Murton hopes to complete rare return trip from Japan to majors
MESA, Ariz. -- After a successful six-year run in Japan , Matt Murton arrived at Chicago Cubs ' camp this spring with a goal of returning to the major leagues and putting a punctuation mark on an eventful career. He was ready to pour his heart and soul into the endeavor. But his appendix had other
Will Andrelton Simmons fend off Gold Glove rivals?
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- When the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are announced Tuesday night, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has every reason to expect good news. He's pocketed the past two National League awards and built a reputation as the gold standard at the position. But the gap between
How the Cubs went from a mostly average team to a powerhouse
It happened long before Kyle Schwarber 's majestic home run ball came to rest atop the right-field video board. Long before the Champagne sprayed in the night and the Chicago Cubs partied on the grass at Wrigley Field. Long before the Cubs sent the mighty St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh
Pedro Martinez's 'parade' continues as Red Sox retire number
BOSTON -- The Summer of Love, Pedro style, continued unabated Tuesday night in Fenway Park, where the Red Sox honored newly minted Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez by retiring his number. Upon a signal from David Ortiz , a fellow native of the Dominican Republic and the only Red Sox player on the
How much better are the Blue Jays with Troy Tulowitzki?
The long-awaited Troy Tulowitzki trade finally came to pass on Monday night, with the five-time All-Star heading to the Toronto Blue Jays as the key cog in a six-player blockbuster. Last week, I argued that the Blue Jays were the team with the most to gain by making a trade deadline acquisition.
Shortstops dominate Day 1 of draft
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- It didn't take long for a theme to emerge at Major League Baseball's 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks led off with Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson. The Houston Astros picked Louisiana State shortstop Alex Bregman in the second spot, and the Colorado
Explaining my Hall of Fame ballot
I think Mike Mussina is a Hall of Famer. But I didn't vote for him in the 2015 Hall of Fame election. I think Edgar Martinez is a Hall of Famer. I didn't vote for him, either. Once upon a time, in other Hall of Fame elections, I've voted for Jeff Kent and Larry Walker and Fred McGriff . I'd love to
ESPN's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot
The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the Baseball Writers' Association of America election results at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Seventeen voters from ESPN submitted ballots this year, and their votes are listed below. The eligible players needed at least 13 votes to garner 75 percent of ESPN's
Red Sox moves don't look bad at all
SAN DIEGO -- Clearly, it's an unpopular sentiment in the week that Jon Lester takes up residency in Wrigley Field, but may we offer an alternative narrative to the "Sox owners are idiots" storyline? How about this one: The Boston Red Sox were willing once again to risk the wrath of their fan base
Money talks: The postseason share
In the autumn of 2007, Amanda Coolbaugh was dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, Mike, who had been killed that July when a line drive struck him in the head while he was coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies' Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. She had two young sons, ages 5 and 4, and she