Rangers rise in Power rankings as races heat
The second Wild Card spot in the American League has pretty much been a merry-go-round for most of the past couple of months. That's what happens when so many teams with records a shade above or just below .500 have yet to either pull away from the pack, or just get buried. As a result, the door has opened for a handful of surprising clubs who have steadily climbed up the standings, on the strength of a couple of good weeks in the win-loss column. And three weeks into August, it appears the Ange
Royals' Danny Duffy fires gem to beat Rockies
KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy appeared to have no-hit stuff from the get-go. Duffy fired a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings before Colorado's Nolan Arenado clubbed his 28th home run, a two-run shot. The Royals hung on for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium after the Rockies loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, and left-hander Scott Alexander got the final out after coming in for closer Kelvin Herrera.
MLB to implement code of conduct for fans at ballparks in 2018
Major League Baseball plans to implement a universal code of conduct for fans who attend games next season.
What makes Mike Trout baseball's most perfect player - SweetSpot- ESPN
If you're seeking MLB's LeBron James, you'll find him tonight in L.A. At a recent game we watched Trout's every move to understand why he's so special.
Rooting guide for the incredibly mediocre AL wild-card race - SweetSpot- ESPN
Eight teams are battling for the last playoff spot in the AL. Here are reasons to care about each, including L.A. and Texas, who face off tonight.
Kyrie Irving's trade return gave the Cavaliers everything they could have wanted
The Cavaliers brought in a great haul for Kyrie Irving in a market where returns for stars were diminishing
Suburban woman attacked multiple times while out for a walk; Suspect sought
AURORA – Police are searching for a man who attacked a suburban woman three times as she was out for a walk. Police say the 69-year-old woman was walking just before 6 a.m. near Rural and Ohio in Aurora on Saturday when she was approached by a man in his 20s. The man tried to rob her but when she said she didn’t have anything valuable, he pushed her to the ground, kicked her in the face and ran off.
Isaiah Thomas? hip injury played ?some? role in Celtics trade for Kyrie Irving
Danny Ainge said Thomas could be "delayed" to start the season.
Rudy Gobert roasted Isaiah Thomas the pettiest retweet ever
Thomas? trade to Cleveland gave Gobert plenty of time for jokes.
Deluxe dog washing station at Montrose Beach hailed as a ?game changer?
' CHICAGO --  As summer winds to an end, crowds are flocking to Chicago beaches to squeeze in a little more sand and sun.  And if you're a dog, it doesn't get any better than a run on a sandy beach. The Montrose Beach in Chicago provides great fun for the furry set, but a mess for their owners who are left cleaning up  all the wet sand left behind.
LeBron James' camp 'fairly confident' Dwyane Wade will join Cavaliers, per report
Wade?s best shot at landing in Cleveland is negotiating a buyout, which will likely cost him some of his $23.8 million salary.
Number of arrests down in Chicago as crime is up
CHICAGO -- Chicago police are making significantly fewer arrests these days and it shows no signs of reversing course. The just released numbers were reported in the city's comprehensive annual financial report for 2016 which showed a steady decline dating back to 2010. In 2016, officers made 85,493 arrest, a 24 percent decline from 2015's 112,996 and far below the 152,740 made in 2011—Rahm Emanuel's first year in office.
Police searching for missing journalist Kim Wall find headless torso in Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Danish police searching for missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall say they have found a headless torso in Copenhagen. A passing cyclist found the torso Monday afternoon on the southwest side of Amager island. DNA tests will need to be carried out before the person's identity can be confirmed.
MLB to Implement Universal Code of Conduct for Fans at Stadiums in 2018
Baseball fans will have to behave at games starting with the 2018 season. "We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks," MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, per Scott Lauber of ESPN...
25 Best Baseball Nicknames in History
When you talk about the greatest nicknames in baseball history, you are really talking about more than one thing. A baseball nickname can be a description of a player. They called Don Mossi ?Ears? because he had big ears, and they called Walt Williams ?No Neck? because he didn't have much of a neck. These don't strike me as particularly clever (Williams hated the nickname), but they are a big part of the game. Mordecai Brown, you probably know, was called ?Three Finger? because he lost two finge
Virginia priest takes leave of absence after revealing he was an ?exalted cyclops? in the KKK
ARLINGTON, Va. – After the events in Charlottesville, a Virginia priest wrote an editorial Monday on how he turned to a life of faith after leaving the Ku Klux Klan. Then he decided to step down from his position in the church. “The images from Charlottesville brought back memories of a bleak period in my life that I would have preferred to forget,” wrote Father William Aitcheson, 62, of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington in a post for The Arlington Catholic Herald titled “Moving from hate to l
Yankees' Gary Sanchez hits 493-foot homer
DETROIT -- Yankees slugger Gary Sanchez got an 80-mph changeup up in the zone in the first inning Tuesday night, and he didn't miss it. Sanchez turned on the Matthew Boyd pitch and sent it flying 493 feet for a two-run home run to left field, according to Statcast?. The blast, which barely missed the bottom of the Comerica Park scoreboard, was the second-longest homer in the Majors this season, behind only teammate Aaron Judge's 495-foot homer back on June 11. It was also the longest homer recor
Albert Pujols sets MLB foreign-born HR record
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols now stands alone as Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader among foreign-born players. Pujols crushed a three-run homer in the Angels' 10-1 rout of the Rangers on Tuesday night to collect the 610th home run of his career, passing fellow Dominican Sammy Sosa for the distinction and taking sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list.
Tanaka returns, Sanchez homers twice in 13-4 win over Tigers - River Avenue Blues
DotF: Ford homers, Mesa dominates in Trenton's win Good start to a series against a bad team. The Yankees came out and took control of Tuesday night?s opener against the Tigers in the very first inning, and they never let up. The final score was 13-4 good guys. The Yankees have won six of their ?
Venezuela Little Leaguers Get Help from Major League
Even though their country is suffering from a severe economic recession, they were able to come to the United States with the help of some major league baseball players from Venezuela.
Cardinals pondering Mike Leake's next start
ST. LOUIS -- Another abbreviated start by Mike Leake in the Little League Classic on Sunday has the Cardinals evaluating his place in the rotation and considering various pitching options for Saturday, which would be Leake's next scheduled start. General manager Michael Girsch stressed that the Cardinals have not yet determined who will start that evening's game against Tampa Bay. But the fact that it is not guaranteed to be Leake represents a shift in the organization's view of the right-hander
Los Angeles Dodgers place Cody Bellinger, Alex Wood on disabled list
Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger's trip to the disabled list is precautionary, but Alex Wood returns to the DL with the same injury that sidelined him earlier this season.
Adrian Gonzalez collects hit No. 2,000
PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez reached 2,000 career hits with a sixth-inning double in Tuesday night's game against the Pirates at PNC Park. Gonzalez's two-base hit off reliever Johnny Barbato scooted past first baseman Josh Bell and into the right-field corner to lead off the inning. It marked his 742nd hit as a Dodger in a career that includes stops with Texas, San Diego and Boston. He was the first player taken in the 2000 Draft by the Marlins and traded to the Rangers in
Gary Sanchez leads Yankees' rout of Tigers
DETROIT -- Gary Sanchez's tape-measure home run -- the first of two homers by the catcher -- ignited a Yankees onslaught on Matthew Boyd and the Tigers' bullpen, supporting seven quality innings from Masahiro Tanaka in his return from the disabled list for a 13-4 New York victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The win moved the Yankees back to 10 games over .500 and still in firm control of the first American League Wild Card spot, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Twins.
Chris Eubank Jr. says Mayweather isn't taking McGregor lightly
Eubank knows a thing or two about boxing, so he believes Mayweather will win on Aug. 26.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says computer umpires will be available sooner than later
While MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thinks computer umpires could soon be an option for calling balls and strikes, that doesn't necessarily mean the game will want to eliminate the human element umpires provide.
Salvador Perez returns; Cam Gallagher optioned
The Royals have reinstated catcher Salvador Perez from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Cam Gallagher to Triple-A Omaha, the club announced Tuesday. Perez has been out since Aug. 5 with an intercostal strain. The 27-year-old backstop is batting .278/.308/.510 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 99 games for the Royals this season. The five-time All-Star will be a big boost for a Kansas City club that's looking to make a push for the postseason, as it's 1 1/2 games back for the second A
Louisville Slugger customizes bats for weekend
It has been 133 years since a phenom named Pete Browning broke his bat in a game and received a custom-made replacement from John Hillerich's woodworking shop in Louisville, Ky. Legend has it that Browning, the ?Louisville Slugger,? had three hits the next day. This weekend, the art of customizing Louisville Slugger bats will be taken to its most vivid extreme. Major League Baseball's inaugural Players Weekend will allow players to show off their personality and passion in exceptional ways in al
Indians' Andrew Miller, Danny Salazar to DL
CLEVELAND -- Two important arms have been shelved for the Indians. Prior to Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Cleveland placed relief ace Andrew Miller and starter Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list. Miller left Monday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox after only seven pitches when he re-aggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee, which was the culprit behind a stay on the DL earlier this month, too. Salazar, who missed roughly two months earlier this season with a right shoulder issu
Tanaka’s Efficiency and Sanchez’s Power Lead Yankees Past the Tigers
Tanaka turned in a solid start after a 10-day stint on the disabled list, and Sanchez replaced Aaron Judge as the No. 3 hitter and responded with two homers.
Saying Bye-Bye To Balboni?s Record
The record has gone from oddity to embarrassment to a somewhat perverse point of pride.
Albert Pujols became the foreign-born leader in MLB homers
Wednesday?s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the latest Pujolsian milestone, the best nicknames in baseball history, and ... whatever it is the Mariners thought they were doing on defense.
Gary Sanchez leads Yankees to 13 runs in win over Tigers
The Yankees provided Tanaka with plenty of run support in his return from the DL.
Starbucks selling sushi burrito at 2 Chicago locations
CHICAGO – Starbucks is testing out a new product, and it has nothing to do with coffee. Starbucks is going to start selling a sushi burrito in two Chicago locations. The chicken maki roll is billed as a classic California chicken burrito with a twist. It has shredded chicken, tomatillo salsa, fresh cabbage with onions, avocado and crispy onions.
Little League World Series scores 2017: Mexico moves on with a resounding win over Latin America
Australia and South Dakota had an exciting Consolation Game as well.
Yankees' Aaron Judge ends strikeout streak
DETROIT -- After setting the wrong kind of history, Aaron Judge made it through the Yankees' 13-4 win Tuesday night without striking out. That ended a streak of 37 consecutive games with a strikeout for the rookie slugger, a Major League record. Before Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-hit for Judge in the seventh inning, Judge racked up three walks and an RBI single. Manager Joe Girardi said despite the optics of the move to pull Judge from the game, thus breaking the strikeout streak, he simply made the m
Roundtable: What Little League traditions should be adopted by MLB?
With the Little League World Series going and the Little League Classic becoming a hit, we asked what MLB could learn from Little League.