On countless occasions dating to the beginning of spring training, Astros manager A.J. Hinch has stated Ken Giles will close a majority of the team's games.
The Angels played an unusually high number of spring-training games this year, 34, and the young power hitter Jefry Marte started 20 of them. But they did not manage to get him even one inning in left field all spring, after testing him there to poor results last season.
Dallas Keuchel turned in another virtuoso performance, and Josh Reddick provided the firepower.
After testing his sore right hand with swings in the batting cage Wednesday afternoon, shortstop Carlos Correa expressed confidence he would return to the Astros' lineup Thursday.
The Houston rotation is more than one man, but no one man is more important for the rotation than Dallas Keuchel.
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A throwing error by Jose Iglesias allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Detroit 8-7 on Wednesday night.
Absent a helpful general manager opening up his computer system — or letting you hack in, if that’s more your style — it’s tough to know what baseball teams think of different players.
This specific All-Star getting suspended for PEDs was surprising. That an All-Star was suspended at all isn’t surprising, though, and there’s not much baseball can do.
Some things are just meant to be.