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|Edwin Jackson, a disappointment since the Cubs signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract is stowed away on the disabled list. He'll be healthy soon, but will there still be room for him in the Cubs' starting rotation?
More» Jackson fans three over six innings vs. Rays|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|After a ruling in their favor following Tuesday night's tarp incident, the Giants have a chance to turn back the clock and turn a loss into a win.
More» Giants booth talks about the protested game|
|With Miguel Cabrera taking a step backward, Mike Trout has established himself as the guy to beat in the American League MVP Award race, but sorting out the NL MVP Award field is quite the task. If voting was held today, it seems very unlikely that any candidate would receive half of the 30 votes.
More»Who will win the NL MVP?|
|Ryan Perez, who is about to begin his junior year at tiny Judson University in Chicago's northwest suburbs, turned a last-minute invitation to pitch in the Cape Cod League into a turn as MVP of the All-Star Game. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief. Perez threw left-handed for the first strikeout, right-handed for the second one and then left again for the third. Imagine that playing out on a big league diamond some time.
|Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred has to find ways to build off the success MLB has experienced during Bud Selig's tenure, and he knows it won't be easy. That said, he is as well prepared as he can be, having been groomed for the job by Selig.
More»Duquette on Manfred being named Commissioner-elect|
|Rob Manfred's selection as baseball's 10th Commissioner was a great day. It gives the sport its best chance to continue building on the success it has experienced under Bud Selig.
More»Duquette on Manfred being named Commissioner-elect|
|Despite facing only winning teams for more than a month, the Orioles have fortified their lead in the AL East race.
More» Cruz hammers a two-run homer to left-center|
|The Tigers have had better nights than Monday, when Justin Verlander walked off the field with the first major injury scare of his career. But don't sell this team short, even without Verlander.
More» Verlander exits with right-shoulder soreness|
|The question then is this: When is it going to end? When will the Cubs compete again? Jed Hoyer, the general manager who serves alongside Epstein, may have let an internal timetable slip on Thursday.
More» C.J. Edwards, RHP, Cubs|
|For teams on the outside looking in at playoff races, the non-waiver Trading Deadline was a chance to make under-the-radar moves that would yield contributing players with shelf life. The good news for sellers is that July trades wind up benefitting them far more often than they do the other teams.<p>
More»MLB Tonight discusses Price to Tigers|
|For the executives representing highly motivated franchises looking to nail down division titles and avoid the win-or-go-home game to start the playoffs, the level of competitive balance is complicating the normal wheeling and dealing of late July.
More»Instant Gratification Trades or Eventual Success|
|Listening to rumors is great, don't get me wrong. But the best thing about Major League Baseball is always the crazy things that you see on the field.
More» A's cap comeback with six-run 9th|
|In this game of musical left-handers, Jon Lester becomes the biggest trading chip on the market, followed -- albeit not that closely -- by the Phillies' Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
More»MLB Tonight talks some guys who could be traded|
|As remarkable as it was for Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Maddux, Glavine and Cox to be enshrined in one afternoon -- the most living Hall of Famers elected since 1971 -- that same basic scene could play out again next summer.
More»Maddux pranks Smoltz in induction speech|
|For almost all of us, it starts the same way. Mom or dad give us a bat and a ball, maybe even a glove. They send us out to play and they keep an eye on us to see what happens. You never ever know. That's the best thing about baseball, whether the players are the best in the world or the kids on your block.
More»Maddux is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Eric Nadel picks his words thoughtfully. That's the only reason he didn't say that his winning the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence meant his life has come full circle.
More»Angell, Nadel on Cooperstown experience|