The Rays delivered a post-Thanksgiving surprise Monday by extending Evan Longoria's current deal by six-years and $100 million, taking him through 2022. Now, can he stay healthy and productive? ...more
It was a night of champagne and crowns ... division crowns and, maybe, Triple Crowns. It was a night for history and a night for anxiety. The Nationals and Tigers clinched division titles on an evening harkening back to the 1930s. ... ...more
Bobby Valentine is fighting a battle he cannot, and will not, win. These are the last days of the massacre of Valentine, a manager done in by mounting losses and scorching wildfires, a caged bear surrounded by an angry mob poking at him with sharp sticks. ... ...more
Knowing Josh Beckett, he's going to get awfully tired of the Fresh Start questions very quickly. By my unofficial count, he's already been asked some form of that question several dozen times in his first 24 hours in Los Angeles. ...
Zack Greinke's Angels debut goes according to script ... but it was Tampa Bay's script. Loser of a well-pitched, 2-0 decision, Greinke says he already feels comfortable in his new surroundings. ... ...more
The Cardinals, whose starting pitching has been very solid all season, nevertheless are attempting to strengthen it even more before Tuesday's trade deadline in an effort to chase down the Reds and Pirates in the NL Central. ... ...more
They were teasing James Shields before Friday night's game here about pulling an Ichiro. Would a weekend trade force him to walk down the hall and into the other clubhouse in the same stadium, as Ichiro Suzuki did when the Mariners shipped him to the Yankees earlier this week? ... ...more