Most recent Baseball blogs and columns

  • Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols (5) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Pujols Hits 497th Homer, Angels Beat Tigers 11-6

    DETROIT— Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6... Read more

  • Zondwa Mandela, second from left, his wife Lindo Mandela, left, and New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, right, pose with a copy of the Nelson Mandela plaque before the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees play Game 2 of a baseball doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Zondwa is Nelson's grandson. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Yankees Unveil Plaque For Nelson Mandela

    NEW YORK— The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of... Read more

  • Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez celebrates after scoring the game winning run off a throwing error by Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts as A.J. Pierzynski watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Chicago. The White Sox won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Red Sox Fall to White Sox 2-1 on Error in 9th

    CHICAGO— The Boston Red Sox believed they were headed to extra innings on a frigid night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tied at one against the... Read more

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) walks the infield as New York Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (12) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 12, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Lackey Yields Career-High 4 HRs, Yanks Top Red Sox

    NEW YORK— With every pitch John Lackey threw, that short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium seemed to move closer and closer. Lackey was tagged for... Read more

  • Teammates greet Boston Red Sox' Grady Sizemore (38) in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Sizemore, Gomes HRs Lead Red Sox Over Yankees 4-2

    NEW YORK—Grady Sizemore’s big hit against an old friend ensured Jon Lester finally had something to show for an impressive effort. Sizemore hit a three-run... Read more

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) celebrates at the plate after hitting a three-run homer, scoring Dustin Pedroia, left, and Jackie Bradley Jr., right, in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Ortiz Homer Leads Red Sox To 4-2 Win Over Rangers

    BOSTON—David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory... Read more

  • Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton (32) slides into home to score as Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan (22) reaches for the ball in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Houston. Hamilton and Albert Pujols scored on a Howie Kendrick single. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Hamilton Out 6-to-8 Weeks With Torn Thumb Ligament

    SEATTLE—Josh Hamilton’s attempt to beat out an infield grounder with a headfirst slide into first base landed him on the bench for up to two... Read more

  • Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, gestures as he exits the Batmobile to throw the ceremonial first pitch before an opening day baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. On Nov. 15, 2013, Scott, a Northern California boy with leukemia, fought villains and rescued a damsel in distress as a caped crusader through The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool)

    BatKid Throws Out First Pitch at Giants Home Opener

    Batkid, née Miles Scott, returned to AT&T Park in San Francisco yesterday to throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants’ home opener... Read more

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun hits a solo home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    Braun Hits 3 Homers, Brewers Beat Phillies 10-4

    PHILADELPHIA—All Ryan Braun needed to shake his slump was a trip to Philadelphia. Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs... Read more

  • New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after striking out on a foul tip with two runners on base in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Nova Gets Tagged, Yankees Raked For 20 Hits By O’s

    NEW YORK—For all of Baltimore’s big hits, and there were plenty of them, a little grounder caused the most trouble for the New York Yankees... Read more

  • From left, former New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte embrace after Rivera and Pettitte threw out the ceremonial first pitches to Posada and Jeter before the Yankees home opening baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Jeter Starts Bronx Farewell Memorably

    NEW YORK— Derek Jeter arrived for his last Yankee Stadium opener fashionably early at 9:35 a.m., attired in a gray suit, white shirt, purple tie... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell throws during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington. Parnell is ready to resume his role as the closer for the  Mets.  Parnell didn't pitch after July 30 and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He has been working out in Florida.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Mets Closer Parnell Will Have Tommy John Surgery

    NEW YORK— New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the season. The Mets made the announcement Sunday... Read more

  • Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton (8) celebrates after scoring, with manager Fredi Gonzalez, left, and Jason Heyward during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington. Upton scored on a throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Braves Rally Past Strasburg And Nats For 6-2 Win

    WASHINGTON— Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits, and Atlanta knocked out Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning, as... Read more

  • New York Mets' Daniel Murphy stands during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in New York. Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair. Murphy made his season debut Thursday three days after the birth of son Noah. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Mets’ Murphy Right to Take Paternity Leave

    Every once in a while we need a primer on priorities. A new father takes three days off from work to be with his wife... Read more

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Japan makes his major league debut as he pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during first inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Nathan Denette)

    Tanaka Wins Debut, Yankees Beat Blue Jays 7-3

    TORONTO—Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major league debut, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue... Read more

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, center, Andre Ethier, right, and Carl Crawford do their bump celebration after the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Apologetic Puig Misses Dodgers Home Opener

    LOS ANGELES—Yasiel Puig was scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener on Friday. The rest of the... Read more

  • In this March 24, 2014, photo Wrigley Field in Chnicago sports large numerals celebrating the iconic park's 100th anniversary The season long celebration of the anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend. Former Cubs first baseman Ryne Sandberg, now a manager, brings his Philadelphia Phillies to take on the Cubs in a baseball game on on opening day, Friday April 4, 2014 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Wrigley Field Opens 100th Anniversary Season

    CHICAGO—The celebration for Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend. Ryne Sandberg brings his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago to take... Read more

  • New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, shakes hands with golfer Mark O'Meara during a ceremony to honor Jeter before a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Houston. In front of them are the gifts given to Jeter by former teammates Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Jeter Honored In Houston

    HOUSTON—Derek Jeter got a pair of cowboy boots with Yankees’ pinstripes, a 10 gallon cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs as the Houston Astros... Read more

  • Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish of Japan signs autographs for fans before an opening day baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Rangers Ace Darvish Set For Season Debut Sunday

    ARLINGTON, Texas—Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers only have to wait a few more days before the ace will be back on the mound. Darvish... Read more

  • Houston Astros' Scott Feldman delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston, on opening day for the teams. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Astros Spoil Jeter’s Last Opening Day, Beat Yanks

    HOUSTON—Houston’s new additions sure made this team look better than last year’s Astros in the season opener. Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homered off CC... Read more