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A Texas ranch is leading a pitching revolution -- just ask the Astros
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's September 14 New Orleans Issue. Subscribe today ! HE DOESN'T HAVE time for this. On a patch of dirt 50 miles north of Houston, Ron Wolforth's baseball students are taking turns hurling a blue medicine ball at a green wall as hard as they can, which isn't
Show Of Hands
HIS NEW GLOVE is jet black, with gold stitching. From afar, it looks like any other mitt, but up close, it is unlike any glove you've seen. It has six fingers, or four fingers and two thumbs, with a small nest of a pocket in its middle, splitting the half-dozen digits precisely in half. It looks
San Diego 6, Oakland 5
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ben Johnson and Eric Valent homered for San Diego during a five-run eighth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Tuesday. With the Padres trailing 5-1, Johnson homered leading off the eighth. Terrmel Sledge followed with a double and Valet hit a
10 riveting spring stories to watch
All right! It's that time again. Finally. Time to pretend you haven't shoveled 78 inches of snow in the last week. Time to remember there really will come a day, not so far down the road, where you can actually trade in your ski masks and parkas for shorts, T-shirts and seventh-inning sing-alongs.
Red Sox to sign Pablo Sandoval
The Boston Red Sox have an agreement in place with free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval , sources confirmed to ESPN. CBSSports.com had earlier reported the agreement, which comes on the heels of Boston's reported deal with free-agent infielder Hanley Ramirez . Fox Sports is reporting that the
Giants give offer to Pablo Sandoval
The San Francisco Giants extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to World Series star Pablo Sandoval on Monday. The 28-year-old third baseman hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs last season has hit .294 with 106 homers and 462 RBIs in seven big-league seasons, all with the Giants. He has
Hudson finally on the biggest stage
SAN FRANCISCO -- After 16 major league seasons encompassing 468 starts (counting the playoffs), Tim Hudson is revving up for the most daunting challenge of his career. It will test his resourcefulness and powers of concentration and require him to do something that's rarely achieved in the sporting
What if they made "Moneyball 2"?
Trading for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel AND Jon Lester ? Who have a combined salary of $26.5 million? Evidently, Athletics general manager Billy Beane has tweaked his "Moneyball" strategy just a bit, as you'll see in this previously-undisclosed script for "Moneyball 2" (still in development)
Jon Lester's awkward adventure
BOSTON -- Jon Lester 's awkward (and not so excellent) adventure to the ballpark -- the one in which his starting assignment was scratched in anticipation that he could be traded at any moment -- commenced with hushed whispers from a smattering of early-bird fans. (There he is. Poor guy. He's gone.