Baseball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases - having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs".
  • Martinez starts road to returning
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    Martinez starts road to returning

    DeJONG EXAMINED Shortstop Paul DeJong, who had left hand surgery Friday night after being hit by a pitch the night before, was looked at by a hand specialist Monday and Girsch said, “We don't know yet” as to his return. But a fair guess would be a comparison to Pittsburgh infielder Josh Harrison, who also had a break in his left little finger and came back Sunday after being out five weeks. It had been projected that Harrison would miss six weeks. LYONS, KELLLY TO BE BACK SOON Lefthander Tyler Lyons, throwing his second rehab outing for Class AA Springfield, allowed a two-run homer while retiring two of the four hitters he faced Monday. Girsch said Lyons, who had a mid-back strain, “is probably

  • Is burden for Rangers' struggles on Jeff Banister? Here's what Jon Daniels thinks
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    Is burden for Rangers' struggles on Jeff Banister? Here's what Jon Daniels thinks

    ARLINGTON -- The burden is on Rangers players and not manager Jeff Banister and his coaching staff, general manager Jon Daniels said in a wide-ranging discussion on Monday. Daniels acknowledged the obvious: disappointment with a record that dropped to 18-31 with a 10-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday at Globe Life Park. Bartolo Colon allowed four homers, two by rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres, for the second time in his last four starts. "It's been a mixed bag,'' Daniels said. "Some positive signs with our young players. Some guys scuffling a little bit. "We said from day one it was critical, the development of these young guys. That has been accelerated by the injuries."  Daniels

  • Pitcher Shuffle Up: Don't you wish you had all the Astros?
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    Pitcher Shuffle Up: Don't you wish you had all the Astros?

    Here’s the big one, the starting pitcher Shuffle Up. It’s going to look absurd in a day or a week because that’s how pitching is. This position is erratic, fickle, humbling, especially in the homer-friendly world of 2018.

  • Greg Bird's looming return to Yankees will have a roster impact
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    Greg Bird's looming return to Yankees will have a roster impact

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Lefty-hitting first baseman Greg Bird is “obviously getting a lot closer'' to being activated by the Yankees, said manager Aaron Boone, and the decision to activate him might be made after the weekend. And the presence of Bird will impact the playing time of Neil Walker and Tyler Austin. On Monday night, Boone started the switch-hitting Walker at third base for the first time this season. Austin, who clubbed two home runs in Sunday's win at Kansas City, started at first base on Monday against the Rangers and he's almost a lock to start Tuesday night against lefty Cole Hamels. Entering Monday's game, Walker – a natural second baseman who has mainly started at first base tis

  • Tim Tebow timeline: Has he dispelled doubt on the diamond?
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    Tim Tebow timeline: Has he dispelled doubt on the diamond?

    ESPN.com From the outset, Tim Tebow's pro baseball journey was going to follow its own unique path. Making the move to baseball as a 29-year-old in 2016 was a bold step. Tebow had not played the game competitively since his junior year of high school. His athleticism provided Tebow with no guarantees, but after his first 162 games as a pro in baseball's minor leagues, we look at where his career on the diamond has taken him so far. Tebow came to the game after a career on the gridiron that saw him win a Heisman Trophy playing quarterback for the Florida Gators, and then help the Denver Broncos reach the playoffs in just his second season as a pro before ultimately washing out in the NFL. He played

  • Rodriguez stumbles on a new way to spoil a potential no-hitter
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    Rodriguez stumbles on a new way to spoil a potential no-hitter

    Despite the silly talk of how mentioning a no-hitter on a telecast imperils it on the field, there's another way to spoil a potential no-hitter: That's by being so intent on telling a story that you miss the base hit breaking it up, as Alex Rodriguez did on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball.” Rodriguez is a rising star and often so smooth it's easy to forget he's still a novice as a game analyst. But his inexperience was obvious when the Astros' Lance McCullers Jr. took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning against the Indians on “Sunday Night Baseball.” ESPN reporter Buster Olney, the fourth voice in a three-person booth, had just finished talking about how players on an opposing bench will talk about

  • The Yankees should try to trade for James Paxton
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    The Yankees should try to trade for James Paxton

    The Yankees have something special going on this season. The club owns a 30 - 13 record and has played stellar baseball for the last month or so. That's not to say there isn't room for improvement. The rotation, of course, stands out as the area in most need of an upgrade. The staff contains far more question marks than sure things. Reinforcements would help. Meanwhile, the Mariners have some tough decisions to make. Seattle sits two games behind the Astros in the AL West, but can they really hold off the Angels? That task just got a lot tougher in the wake of the Robinson Cano injury and suspension. They have an uphill battle to reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. Should things

  • Steve Stone on White Sox prospects: Eloy Jimenez is 'going to be special' and Michael Kopech 'has to become a pitcher'
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    Steve Stone on White Sox prospects: Eloy Jimenez is 'going to be special' and Michael Kopech 'has to become a pitcher'

    Steve Stone got promoted to the big leagues in 1971, following Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry in the Giants rotation. Heady stuff, but Stone said he was not completely ready for the show. “I didn't know a great deal about pitching at that point, although I thought I did,” Stone said before calling Sunday's Rangers-White Sox game for NBC Sports Chicago. “I was very much like Michael Kopech in that I threw 100 miles an hour,” Stone said. “He throws 102. I had a really good curveball, which held me in good stead because when I lost my fastball after two years in Candlestick Park, I was able to depend on it. I had to learn how to pitch because with the big stuff gone, I had to adjust or leave the

  • Even as the White Sox rebuild, Jose Abreu continues doing Jose Abreu things
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    Even as the White Sox rebuild, Jose Abreu continues doing Jose Abreu things

    Even with the White Sox struggling through the season's first two months, Jose Abreu has been his typical self: putting up excellent numbers and serving as a role model in the clubhouse.

  • Tim Tebow timeline: Has he dispelled doubt on the diamond?
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    Tim Tebow timeline: Has he dispelled doubt on the diamond?

    ESPN.com From the outset, Tim Tebow's pro baseball journey was going to follow its own unique path. Making the move to baseball as a 29-year-old in 2016 was a bold step. Tebow had not played the game competitively since his junior year of high school. His athleticism provided Tebow with no guarantees, but after his first 162 games as a pro in baseball's minor leagues, we look at where his career on the diamond has taken him so far. Tebow came to the game after a career on the gridiron that saw him win a Heisman Trophy playing quarterback for the Florida Gators, and then help the Denver Broncos reach the playoffs in just his second season as a pro before ultimately washing out in the NFL. He played

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant rebounds from beaning in a big way
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    Cubs' Kris Bryant rebounds from beaning in a big way

    Kris Bryant enjoyed a rare day off Sunday despite playing some of his best ball of the year after getting beaned four weeks ago. Bryant completed the Cubs' recent six-game trip hitting .435 (10-for-23) with three doubles and three walks. He credits a flatter swing that has produced more line drives. “You change it a little bit, depending on where the pitch is pitched,” Bryant said. “But I feel I'm doing a pretty good job of hitting the pitches I'm supposed to hit and taking the pitches over the middle of the plate and putting the same swing on it every time.” Bryant leads the National League in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.010), is second in on-base percentage (.427) and third in slugging

  • Odubel Herrera's 45-game on-base streak ended with him standing on first base
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    Odubel Herrera's 45-game on-base streak ended with him standing on first base

    Odubel Herrera was somehow standing on first base when his 45-game on-base streak ended.