The Boston Red Sox knew a win couldn't change all that has happened in their city this week. They simply hoped a win Saturday over the Kansas City Royals, on Fenway Park's most emotional day ever, could help people around here feel a little better. And when Daniel Nava's eighth-inning home run helped them beat the Royals 4-3, the Red Sox felt they had done their small part.
It's Thursday, and Professor Al and Teacher Assistant Nando are here to grade your trades! What is Mike Trout's value? Is Kelvin Herrera a must-add? Are we worried about Edwin Encarnacion? Should you sell high on Chris Davis? Carl Crawford? Albert Pujols?
Four years ago, the Dominican Republic players treated the World Baseball Classic as more of a joke than most American fans. And it showed. This time around, the Dominican players have embraced the tournament. And it shows. Now, with the help of a lot of talent and one lucky plantain, Team DR has advanced to Tuesday night's WBC championship game.
With Jose Valverde now gone and pretty much every feasible closing option on the free agency market signed elsewhere, the Tigers are set to hand over closing duties to prospect Bruce Rondon. Though he's not yet thrown a pitch at the major-league level, he already has something very few do: A triple-digit heater.