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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.

Op-Ed: San Francisco writer keeps journal of Giants at the World Series Special

San Francisco - Only baseball fans would understand. Local writer Joseph Sutton has just published his third memoir of the Giants at the World Series, entitled, San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014.

Baseball's 'tainted' homer king cleared of lying to drug probe

San Francisco - Baseball star Barry Bonds was cleared Wednesday of criminally misleading his sport's 2003 drug probe when a federal appeals court ruled that a “rambling, nonresponsive answer” he gave to a grand jury was not obstruction of justice.

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.

Dominant starting pitchers take the mound in World Series Game 1

Kansas City - A top-flight pitching matchup is among the headlines as the World Series commences in earnest Tuesday from Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, a town that hasn't hosted a World Series game in nearly 30 years.

San Francisco Giants walk-off into World Series matchup with KC

San Fransisco - San Francisco Giants baseball club advanced Thursday to the World Series following a Game 5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and will begin next week a best-of-seven series against the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Op-Ed: Josh Satin — Top 1st baseman?

Josh Satin only played for a short amount of time in the majors last year, but can his performance label him as one of the best 1st basemen to head into the 2014 season?

Yankees sign star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for $155M

New York - The New York Yankees have signed superstar Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, widely viewed as the best starter on the free agent market, to a long-term contract.

Alex Rodriguez suspension upheld but reduced to one full season

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced New York Yankee third-baseman Alex Rodriguez' suspension Saturday but Rodriguez wasn't celebrating. His appeal lead to the number of games he'll sit out going down but it remains a long suspension.

Pittsburgh Pirates Minor Leaguer Evan Chambers dead at 24

Evan Chambers, a Minor League baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, has passed away at the age of 24, the team announced Monday.

'I'm not perfect': Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season

Major League Baseball suspended former National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers without pay Monday for the rest of the 2013 season because of his ties to performance-enhancing drugs.

Op-Ed: All-Star Game And Home Field Advantage —A Perspective On Cynicism

Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game is above all else a fan spectacle. Every year Americans democratically elect two dream teams to play a relaxed game of baseball. It was not until recently that the official result made any difference.

Op-Ed: The Philadelphia Phillies, a time to rebuild?

Philly baseball fans are used to the Phillies being at the top of the standings. This is the third year in a row the Phillies are struggling to play five hundred baseball.

Nationals climb back to .500 after series win against Twins Special

Washington - This past weekend the Minnesota Twins were in Washington to play the Nationals. While Twins took Game 1 on Saturday, the Nationals pulled back ahead and got the win in Sunday's doubleheader games.

A night at the Phillies Minor League team — The Fightin Phils Special

Baseball has been a part of the Reading, Pennsylvania landscape for decades. The Fightin Phils as the team is know now is a fan favorite with sell out crowds pouring to the ball park each game day.

Wilson Ramos to return behind home plate for Nats' 2013 season

Washington - It's looking like Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos is back on the roster for the upcoming 2013 season. Ramos was hurt during a game in the early part of the 2012 season that would take him out for the rest of the season.

Where will Nats' Michael Morse end up in MLB 2013 season?

Washington - One of the questions circulating is where will Nationals' Michael Morse end up playing in the 2013 season now that the Nats have inked a two-year deal with Adam LaRoche and brought on outfielder Denard Span.

Taco Bell to give free tacos to residents in US northeast region

Irvine - Taco Bell will give a free Doritos Locos Taco to customers at Hurricane Sandy-affected franchises in the northeast region. The offer is only good today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nationals' Adam LaRoche becomes free agent, wins 2012 Gold Glove

Washington - First baseman Adam LaRoche, who recently won a Gold Glove award, is now a free agent. Yesterday he declined his half of mutual options for next season with the Washington Nationals.

LivingSocial pays for extended Metro service for Nats' postseason

Washington - Yesterday the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced an agreement had been signed with LivingSocial to keep late-night Metro service running during 2012 postseason baseball games.

Paralyzed hockey player throws first pitch at Twins-Yankees game

Minneapolis - A paralyzed prep hockey player was given a thunderous ovation Monday night as he threw out the first pitch ahead of the Minnesota Twins' game against the visiting New York Yankees.

Blue Jays suspend Escobar three games for eye black incident

The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended veteran shortstop Yunel Escobar three games without pay for using eye black containing a message that translates into a homophobic slur.

Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar caught wearing homophobic eye black

As if the Toronto Blue Jays' season weren't going badly enough, a photo has now emerged showing shortstop Yunel Escobar wearing eye black with a strangely homophobic message.

Breaking down Major League Baseball's playoff races

With just over two weeks to go in the Major League Baseball regular season, plenty of teams remain in the hunt for a playoff spot - particularly in the American League, where each division is still up for grabs.

Op-Ed: Baltimore Orioles a bizarre playoff contender

With just over two weeks remaining in Major League Baseball's regular season, the Baltimore Orioles remain in the hunt for the American League East title. Yes, the Baltimore Orioles.

Jamey Carroll ends three-year home run drought

From August 9, 2009 to Sept. 2, 2012, Jamey Carroll hit as many home runs as the majority of the North American population - zero.

Op-Ed: Roger Clemens likely to pitch free of HGH, steroids — this time

He's bacckkk!! Yes, free from the testimony of nasty Brian McNamee and that turncoat Andy Petite, free of jail threats, Roger Clemens is back pitching in professional baseball. But he is not free from the truth - he used performance enhancing drugs.

MLB: Athletics' Bartolo Colon gets 50-game ban

Oakland - Oakland Athletics' starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has just been given a 50-game ban after testing positive for illegal performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Major League Baseball teams' Facebook pages hacked

You can imagine the jaws dropping when fans read on the New York Yankees official Facebook page that Derek Jeter had undergone a sex change or that the Washington Nationals are heading back to Montreal.
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Thames is examined by a team doctor and Manager John Farrell
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San Francisco s Buster Posey at bat
San Francisco's Buster Posey at bat
Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider continues to swing a hot bat after hitting a solo home run in the...
Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider continues to swing a hot bat after hitting a solo home run in the third inning. He has hit in all four games since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas including homering in back-to-back games
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Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn
Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn
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The Blue Jays at Rogers Centre
The Blue Jays at Rogers Centre
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The Angels celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays
The Angels celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays
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Omar Vizquel watches the ball in the air moments after laying down a bunt in the fourth inning. The ...
Omar Vizquel watches the ball in the air moments after laying down a bunt in the fourth inning. The 45-year old infielder was able to beat out the throw at first base to earn a single
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Rookie Bryce Harper was having an off day at the bat  however made some remarkable field plays. Here...
Rookie Bryce Harper was having an off day at the bat, however made some remarkable field plays. Here he readies as the Yankees come back up to bat.
Umpire calls a strike on Roger Bernadina in extra innings
Umpire calls a strike on Roger Bernadina in extra innings
Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
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Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (centre) celebrates his three-run home run with his teammate...
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (centre) celebrates his three-run home run with his teammates Brennan Boesch, Ryan Raburn and Delmon Young in the second inning. That was all the offence the Tigers would need as the visitors avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre
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Screwball  one of the main mascots of the Fightin Phils
Screwball, one of the main mascots of the Fightin Phils
The Geico Presidents Race is a tradition at every Nationals  home game. In the June 16 game against ...
The Geico Presidents Race is a tradition at every Nationals' home game. In the June 16 game against the Yankees, there were two races, the second taking place during extra innings
The Athletics celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays in the first of a three-game series at Rogers...
The Athletics celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays in the first of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. Oakland is the hottest team in baseball with a 15-2 record in July
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At the ballpark: Watching Astros in action
At the ballpark: Watching Astros in action
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie tagged from second base after a fly ball out but was th...
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie tagged from second base after a fly ball out but was thrown out at third by his Oakland Athletics counterpart Brandon Inge in the first inning. A big seventh inning propelled the A's to a 7-2 victory at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday night
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Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan gets ready to release a pitch on Wednesday night at Rogers Cent...
Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan gets ready to release a pitch on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre
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Twins took the win over the Nats on June 8 after 11 innings.
Twins took the win over the Nats on June 8 after 11 innings.
Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil put in another quality start  his third straight  but once ag...
Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil put in another quality start, his third straight, but once again found himself on the losing end. He has had issues giving up home runs and that combined with lack of offence from his teammates proved to be the difference
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Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister pitched eight innings and aside from giving up a run in the firs...
Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister pitched eight innings and aside from giving up a run in the first inning, the right-hander shut down the Blue Jays the rest of the way. He had nine strikeouts while giving up seven hits and two walks leaving the Jays to strand eight runners on base.
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