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Big paydays versus cheap fixes, who's building a better bullpen?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:10
With relief pitchers handling more innings than ever, some clubs are throwing money at their pen problems, while others are ready to take thrifty chances on journeymen.

MLB looking into assault allegations vs. Sano

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:07
Major League Baseball is looking into sexual assault allegations against Twins slugger Miguel Sano, who said in a statement that it "never happened."

Vegas takes record baseball hit with Astros' win

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:26
The Astros' victory over the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series resulted in a loss of $11.4 million for Las Vegas sportsbooks -- including futures bets.

Inside a Hall of Fame voter's toughest ballot decision

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:18
This year's hardest choice isn't about steroid users, closers or even what to do with a talented crop of first-timers - it's about the name that deserves the final X.

Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:59
Jose Altuve, who was one of only a handful of players who endured the Astros' painful rebuilding process en route to this year's championship, was chosen as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

From face of the franchise to the enemy: Athletes who have made jarring jersey changes

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:36
James Harrison's decision to sign with the Patriots makes him the latest in a long list of elite athletes to don the enemy's jersey.

Our favorite baseball stories of 2017

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:59
From an unforgettable Fall Classic to Tim Tebow's relentless minor league pursuit and the arrival of the Japanese Babe Ruth, here is a collection of stories from ESPN.com that helped define the sport in 2017.

Has St. Louis' offseason splash closed gap in Cubs-Cardinals rivalry?

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 07:25
St. Louis has taken a bold approach to the hot stove season while Chicago has focused on filling holes. Will that shake up the state of the NL Central?

Report: Astros' Dauer nearly died after parade

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:00
Rich Dauer went from celebrating the Astros' championship to undergoing surgery for an acute subdural hematoma. The Athletic reported that doctors gave Dauer, who made an astonishing recovery, just a 3 percent chance of survival.

Reds sign reliever Jared Hughes to 2-year deal

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:45
Righty reliever Jared Hughes, who has spent most of his time in the majors with the Pirates, will join the Reds next season.

Votto HR ball given to family of cancer victim

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:49
A man who snagged a Joey Votto home run ball during a Reds game in August has fulfilled his promise to give it to the family of a 6-year-old boy who witnessed the big hit weeks before dying of cancer.

What moves to make if you want to play with MLB's 'Super Seven'

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 07:40
Baseball's elite teams are in a class of their own right now. Here's what the next seven teams need to do to catch the top tier.

The worst teams in NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL history

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 07:00
With one more loss, the Cleveland Browns would finish 0-16 and join a dubious group of historically bad teams.

Reports: Twins agree to deal with LHP Duke

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 05:42
Veteran LHP Zach Duke, who spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Twins pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

D-backs prospect pays off parents' home as gift

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 01:03
Pavin Smith, the seventh overall pick in this year's amateur draft by that Arizona Diamondbacks, used some of his $5 million signing bonus to pay off his parent's mortgage as a Christmas gift.

Ohtani draws cheers while bidding Japan adieu

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 19:18
Japan's Shohei Ohtani said goodbye to fans of the Nippon Ham Fighters Monday before he sets off to join the Los Angeles Angels.

Bah, humbug: Why it feels good to hate the Yankees again

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 08:15
The 2017 Baby Bombers were actually likable, but the Evil Empire returned in a big way this offseason -- and that's great for baseball fans everywhere.

Ex-MLB player, Arizona coach Kindall dies at 82

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 22:58
Jerry Kindall, the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach, died Sunday night of complications from a stroke suffered Thursday. He was 82.

Olney: Could Ohtani's arrival introduce more two-way roles in MLB?

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 08:35
Bringing the Babe Ruth of Japan stateside could inspire more creativity across the majors for using players regularly as both hitters and pitchers.

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