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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.

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.

Phillies $50 million contract with Jonathan Papelbon a disaster

Jonathan Papelbon is in the last year of the four-year, $50 million contract the Phillies gave him in 2011. Though Papelbon's has been strong at times — he posted a pretty solid season in 2014 — the contract has largely been a nightmare for the Phils

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.

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.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels superstars Kershaw, Trout earn MVP

Los Angeles - Los Angeles is both a city of angels, and of MVPs after the Major League Baseball's best hitter and pitcher staked claim this week to the game's highest individual honor.

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.

The ridiculous reason the Kansas City Royals have a huge World Series advantage

When the World Series begins tonight, the Kansas City Royals are going to have the advantage of playing the first game at home.

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?

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.

Op-Ed: Upside down AL East should push Orioles to trade

Baltimore - The American League East standings have looked relatively the same for the past 10 years. While the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees tussled at the top for division supremacy, the Baltimore Orioles generally sat at the bottom of the division.

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.

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.

2014 MLB All-Star Game to feature self-serving beer

Minneapolis - The best action of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game may not be on the diamond of Target Field next Tuesday night. Delaware North, the ballpark concession operator, has installed — wait for it — self-serving beer machines.

Baseball fan caught sleeping on camera sues MLB for defamation

New York City - A man was seen on camera sleeping during an April baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. He is now suing several sports bodies for defamation, alleging that commentators called him "fatty" and "unintelligent" among other words.

New additions make Oakland A's armed and very dangerous

Oakland - If the Oakland A's weren't on the short-list of teams likely to win the 2014 World Series a week ago they are now, thanks to a trade of monumental proportions with the Chicago Cubs.

Jose Abreu fastest player in history to 25 home runs

The Chicago White Sox rookie First baseman Jose Abreu hit two home runs on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the fastest player to hit 25 home runs.

A.J. Pierzynski tells ump, 'Give me a new ball. One you can see'

In early June Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and umpire Quinn Wolcott were working together behind home plate. Following a walk to Asdrúbal Cabrera, Pierzynski turned to Wolcott and said, "Give me a new ball. One you can see." He was promptly ejected.

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.

Masahiro Tanaka loses his second game of the season

Masahiro Tanaka lost Sunday, for only the second time in his short MLB career. The Yankee pitcher has been outstanding this season, with an 11-2 mark and a 2.11 ERA, both stats including Sunday's loss.

The Toronto Blue Jays and the mystery of the AL East

Toronto - For more than a decade it has been the most difficult division in the Major Leagues. With the Toronto Blue Jays leading the AL East, a new champion could be crowned.

MLB: Toronto's Encarnacion ties Mantle for most AL HRs in May

Toronto - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, tying the American League record for most home runs hit in the month of May.

Op-Ed: How are the Toronto Blue Jays doing so far?

This year, the conversation about the Toronto Blue Jays is largely different from last year's much-hyped and ultimately ineffective run

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson a big hit at Rangers game

Surprise - Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Russell Wilson switched uniforms and took the field as a Texas Ranger Monday, thrilling both football fans and baseball fans alike.
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