1. Why the Detroit Tigers Reminded One Fan of the Titanic

    In the current edition of The New Yorker , Daniel Mendelsohn observes the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic ...

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  2. Jacoby Ellsbury Injured? As Boston's Best CF in 60 Years, Red Sox Sure Hope Not

    Just how good was Jacoby Ellsbury last year? By at least one measure he was the best Red Sox outfielder of the last 62 years...

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  3. Jacoby Ellsbury Leaves Red Sox Home Opener With Injury

    Jacoby Ellsbury has left Boston’s home opener against the Rays on Friday in the bottom of the fourth after suffering an apparent arm or shoulder injury. Ellsbury collided with Rays shortstop Reid Brignac while trying to break up a double play...

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  4. MLB Trade Rumors: Neither Yankees nor Rangers Likely to Deal for Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau hit a home run yesterday, his first of the season. This would not seem newsworthy but for the fact that it was his first since last May 31 at Detroit, when he hit two...

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  5. Can the Rays Survive Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez?

    When you think back to the great Yankees teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s, they seemed to win without production at the expected corner positions. Paul O’Neill was a great player at his peak, but his last three seasons (...

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  6. Pujols Against the Yankees and Other Weekend Highlights and Nightmares

    As is often the case, Thursday is a travel day for many teams, leading to a shortened schedule. However, Friday will yield up a series of key matchups that will make for compelling early-season viewing and perhaps a few destiny-changing outcomes...

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  7. MLB Rumors: Johnny Damon to the Indians, Maybe

    Last night, the ubiquitous Ken Rosenthal of Fox reported that the Cleveland Indians were on the verge of signing Johnny Damon . This news comes just a few weeks after the Tribe was reported to be pursuing a trade for the Angels ’ Bobby Abreu...

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  8. Cheering Matt Wieters and a Half-Dozen Other Premature Notes

    The Yankees have walked in 13 percent of their plate appearances so far. The Mariners have walked in five of theirs. The Yankees have scored 4.6 runs per game, the Mariners 4.0. They’re going to diverge even more all year long...

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  9. Red Sox Lose Again, NOW Is It Time to Panic?

    Two days ago, I said that the slow start by the Red Sox is no reason to panic . As of this afternoon’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays and Ricky Romero, they are 1-5, and panic seems like a more realistic possibility...

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  10. How a Red Sox Trade Nearly Broke the American League

    High Heat Stats reminds us that 96 years ago tomorrow, the Red Sox traded future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker to the Cleveland Indians after a combination holdout and clubhouse ...

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  11. Tigers' V-Mart May Return in Time to Depose Delmon Young?

    Let’s get this particular fact out of the way right off: Delmon Young is one of the most overrated players in the game today, and as well as the Tigers are doing so far, he can only drag them backwards...

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  12. Bard, Sale, Feliz, and Samardzija: Rating the Reliever-to-Starter Conversions

    It doesn’t take much schooling to learn that two is bigger than one, three is bigger than two, and so on. Yet, in baseball, for years the rule has been that 75 is bigger than 200...

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  13. Torre Finally Loves Matt Kemp, Maybe Because Last Year, He Was Better Than Jeter

    Today, former manager and MLB executive Joe Torre identified his former outfielder, Matt Kemp , “The best player in the game at this point...

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  14. Ozzie Guillen Suspension: Why His Persecutors Should Look in the Mirror

    Today, the Miami Marlins suspended Ozzie Guillen five games (via ESPN ) for telling Time magazine that he felt love for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and admired him for remaining in power for so long...

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  15. Oakland A's: Newly Designated Brandon Allen Could Be a Bargain Pickup

    The Oakland A's activated the walk-a-licious Daric Barton from the disabled list today and designated Brandon Allen for assignment...

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  16. Joe Girardi Is Managing the New York Yankees Like He Wants to Be Fired

    Let’s make this short and sweet. Joe Girardi is one of the more intelligent and well-rounded guys managing in the big leagues today, but this weekend’s series against ...

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  17. Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish Debuts Tonight and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same

    Looking at Yu Darvish’s record in Japan is like seeing what Greg Maddux would have done had he actually been good. In 128 games, he had a career 1.72 ERA, averaged 1.9 walks per nine and 9...

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  18. New York Yankees' and Boston Red Sox's 0-3 Start Is No Reason to Panic

    The Yankees and Red Sox are both 0-3, each having been swept in their opening series. This would seem to be an insignificant bit of information—there are 159 games to go, after all—if not for the fact that it’s a bit unusual...

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  19. April 9, 1982: The White Sox Lose a Wayward Son

    Let’s get our welcome to the work week with a bit of a downer, a canary in the coalmine of the consciousness, if you will...

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  20. How MLB Can Fix Opening Day

    One hundred years ago, baseball’s Opening Day had a circus-like quality. There was often a parade, sometimes by design, sometimes by necessity...

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  21. April 4, 1988: The Last Good Day of the New York Mets

    On this date in 1988 , the New York Mets opened the season at Montreal. There used to be major-league baseball up in the frozen north; it is also rumored to have once been played in Toronto , but archaeological evidence is equivocal...

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  22. New York Yankees: Pitcher Ivan Nova Should Get Used to Failure

    After getting knocked around by the Mets this afternoon, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova said that today, "was one of the worst days of my life. I wasn't pitching right." Well, you might have to get used to it, Ivan...

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  23. Tampa Bay Rays: Example No. 21,348 That Joe Maddon Is the Smartest MLB Manager

    Sayeth Bill Chastain of MLB.com : "Joe Maddon has never been one to adhere to conventional wisdom for the sake of adhering to conventional wisdom, which leads to the topic of the Rays ' No...

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  24. Why Don't the Indians Have Any Stars and When Will They Get One?

    As I observed earlier today , the Indians have had some long fallow periods in their history, and they’re going through one now...

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  25. Kentucky Has Won a Championship, so Will the Yankees Win One Too?

    I prefer to give the NCAA a wide berth; something about being true-to-your-school, Beach Boys fashion, never really grabbed me...

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