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Baseball stories in first half of 2015

As Major League Baseball enters the halfway point of the 2015 season, some interesting story lines have emerged. The Houston Astros are on top, Alex Rodriguez is playing like an all star again and Pete Rose is back in the news.

Ex-outfielder Darryl Hamilton dead in apparent murder-suicide

Houston - Former major leaguer Darryl Hamilton, an analyst for the MLB television network, was killed Sunday in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Oakland A's call up relief pitcher who pitches with both arms

The Oakland A's have promoted Pat Venditte to the Major Leagues. Normally the promotion of a middle reliever would not make any waves, but Venditte is different: he can pitch with both arms.

Alex Rodriguez is quietly producing for the New York Yankees

A year-and-a-half ago New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was embroiled in the aftermath of the Biogenesis scandal. Now, the 39-year-old has quietly become one of the team's most reliable hitters.

The 5 best MLB plays of the last 7 days

Each season of baseball is more than 160 games, but every week players add to the growing highlight reel of great defensive plays. Here are five from the past week.

Hostess is getting slammed for this brilliantly dumb tweet

The snack food company Hostess has caused a stir with a seemingly tone-deaf tweet that celebrated the start of the baseball season with a blatant reference to football.

Arizona freshman’s night at the plate is no laughing matter Special

Tucson - J.J. Matijevic has had people mispronounce his last name for as long as he can remember, but the Arizona first baseman with Polish heritage has always had a sense of humor about it.

Baseball post season: MLB All-Stars finished year in Japan tour

Tokyo - The MLB All-Stars just finished their tour in Japan playing against the Japanese national team Samurai Japan for five games and two exhibition games. According to MLB, the MLB All-Stars lost 3 to 2 in the series with the Samurai Japan.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval enters free agency

Celebrating the San Francisco Giants' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the seventh and final game of the 2014 World’s Series was all that Pablo Sandoval was interested in.

San Francisco Giants win third World Series in 5 years

A near-perfect five innings of relief pitching by Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants a narrow Game 7 World Series win over the Kansas City Royals. Tonight the Giants won their third World Series in five years, completing a rare sports trilogy.

Rumour mill says Tampa Bay Rays could move to Montreal

St. Petersburg - It's no secret that 2014 has been a bad year for the Tampa Bay Rays — the team once again missed the playoffs, and on Friday, manager Joe Maddon abruptly left the team and became a free agent. Now sources say the team could be headed for Montreal.

Rookie Cardinals outfielder dies in car accident

San Francisco - St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras, who hit a dramatic home run two weeks ago in the National League playoffs, was killed Monday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

Spectacular game-ending catch preserves no-hitter for Zimmerman

Washington D.c. - There are no-hitters and there are no-hitters in baseball, but few have been as dramatic as a regular-season finale Sunday.

Op-Ed: Keith Olbermann's attack on Derek Jeter is despicable, undeserved

New York - No stranger to enticing people to despise him, Keith Olbermann unleashed a nearly-seven minute attack on Derek Jeter, attempting to reduce Jeter's success in the game and undermine Jeter's achievements.

San Francisco Giants CEO on MLB uniform ads: 'I think it is coming'

While attention in recent years has focused on the addition of paid advertisements to NBA uniforms, one Major League Baseball CEO says his team would support selling of ads on baseball uniforms and thinks other owners will jump on board.

Op-Ed: Which MLB team is poised to go deep in the post-season?

Oakland - It's been an interesting year in baseball. I'll start with that. No one team has been dominant over the course of the entire season.

Why Clayton Kershaw's stats are so unbelievable

Los Angeles - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is having an unbelievable season in 2014, but exactly how good are his stats? How does his season rank in Dodgers history and what kind of impact will it have this season?

This baseball game went 50 innings

On Sunday a baseball game in Japan went for 50 innings. The match was between two high-school teams that were competing in the 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament.

Giants relief pitcher 7 outs away from MLB record

A perfect game is a rarity in baseball — only 23 have happened since MLB's inception — but in a way, San Francisco Giant Yusmeiro Petit has thrown one and more.

Review: Niese, Mets beat Cubs

New York - After being swept by the Nationals in 3 games, the Mets come back to win their 2nd in a row against the Chicago Cubs thanks to bats, Niese.

Baseball manager lets fans watch his prostate exam for charity

Myrtle Beach - Andy Milovich is the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and made a very interesting bet to help a girl in need. If the "Fierce Fallon" Facebook page got 10,000 likes he would have a public prostate exam and the fans came through.

Op-Ed: SF Giants playoff aspirations face big challenges

San Francisco - Yes, I know Tim Lincecum is on the up-and-up. Yes, I realize that the Giants are currently tied for first place in the NL West. And, yes, I am painfully aware that we just signed three-time All-Star Dan Uggla to a minor league deal.

New Derek Jeter 'RE2PECT' ad will give you chills

New York - Leading up to the MLB's All-Star game, Jordan Brand has created a wonderful, moving tribute and commercial for the New York Yankees' shortstop, Derek Jeter.

2014 MLB All-Star Game preview

Minneapolis - The 2014 MLB All-Star Game should provide the people of Minneapolis with some great entertainment over the next week as the city prepares to host the event on July 15th at Target Field.

SF Giants Tim Lincecum tosses 2nd no-hitter of career

San Francisco - The Freak has gone and done it again. For the second time in his career — and the second time in less than a calender year — San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has thrown a no-hitter. Oh yeah, and he's done it against the same team too.

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn passes at 54

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn passes away at the age of 54 today. Tony Gwynn was one of the most accomplished hitters, not only in the Padres' organization, but in the history of baseball.

Op-Ed: Father's Day and Baseball

The sport of baseball has always been a sport that has been correlated with the relationship of a father and son - which is a big reason why baseball and Father's Day will always be synonymous with each other.

Report: Baseball's A's to stay in Oakland for at least 10 years

Oakland - The Oakland Athletics baseball team is expected to sign a 10-year lease to remain in the East Bay Area city it has called home for the past 46 years.
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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista swinging his bat
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