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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.

MLB: Tigers avoid sweep with 4-1 win over Blue Jays Special

Toronto - After dropping the first two games of the series the Detroit Tigers bounced back to avoid being swept and snapped the Toronto Blue Jays' three-game win streak.

MLB: Athletics cool off Blue Jays to begin three-game series Special

Toronto - Both teams came into the game riding win streaks - the Toronto Blue Jays had just swept the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics - the hottest team in baseball - had just swept the major league leading New York Yankees in four games.

Video: Baseball fan with full hands catches foul ball using legs

Toronto - A fan at a baseball game in Toronto this past weekend caught a foul ball between his legs while heading to his seat with his hands full from concession purchases.

MLB: Prince is Derby king, again

Kansas City - Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is the second player in Major League Baseball history to wear the Home Run Derby crown twice. And he did it in fine style.

Nats and Giants conclude 3-game series tonight, will Nats sweep? Special

Washington - July 3 kicked off a three-game series between two first place teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals.

MLB: Blue Jays Pound Angels Early in 11-2 Win Special

Toronto - The Toronto Blue Jays had another impressive offensive game, but it was the performance on the mound that was the biggest surprise and relief for the team.
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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.
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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.
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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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Minnesota Twins @ Washington Nationals  June 8  2013
Minnesota Twins @ Washington Nationals, June 8, 2013
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San Francisco s Buster Posey at bat
San Francisco's Buster Posey at bat
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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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Washington Nationals closing pitcher Rafael Soriano (2013).
Washington Nationals closing pitcher Rafael Soriano (2013).
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Edwin Encarnacion hits a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a solo homerun in the second inning...
Edwin Encarnacion hits a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a solo homerun in the second inning. It was the infielder's 17th long ball of the year and moved him into second place in the American League in homeruns
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Adam Lind celebrates one of his two homeruns with second baseman Kelly Johnson on his way back to th...
Adam Lind celebrates one of his two homeruns with second baseman Kelly Johnson on his way back to the dugout
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Blue Jays give each other high fives to celebrate its 3-0 victory over the Yankees
Blue Jays give each other high fives to celebrate its 3-0 victory over the Yankees
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File photo: Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder looks up in frustration after popping up a ball in t...
File photo: Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder looks up in frustration after popping up a ball in the infield while Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis eyes the ball as well. The Tigers slugger struggled and went 0-for-4 on the afternoon
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Thames is examined by a team doctor and Manager John Farrell
Thames is examined by a team doctor and Manager John Farrell
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Morrow picked up his sixth win of the season and struck out eight batters while only giving up one r...
Morrow picked up his sixth win of the season and struck out eight batters while only giving up one run, two walks and four hits
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Fightin Phils up to bat
Fightin Phils up to bat
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One of the two ostriches  the Fightin Phils use as their new mascots
One of the two ostriches, the Fightin Phils use as their new mascots
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Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren falls to the ground after being hit on the left wrist by a comebac...
Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren falls to the ground after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker hit by Jays' Eric Thames
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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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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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