|The first 100 days in office are considered a useful yardstick for presidents. It's not a bad way to look at the start of a Commissioner, either, as Rob Manfred reached that milestone Monday after succeeding Bud Selig on Jan. 25.
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|For years, Craig Counsell has been widely known as one of the most intelligent people in baseball. The Brewers announced Monday that Counsell was replacing Ron Roenicke as manager.
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|The Cardinals are not missing a beat, even though they are missing ace Adam Wainwright. Off to its best start ever at 19-6, there is something special going on, once again, with St. Louis.
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|Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Madison Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11.
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|Installed as the Rockies' closer in the second week of the season, Adam Ottavino opened the second month of this season on the disabled list, and he is headed for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his elbow on Wednesday with every expectation he will become the latest subject of a Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
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|At the moment, there's some magic around these Astros. Isn't that the bottom line? They might see it differently. To them, a little 10-game winning streak is the byproduct of blue-collar stuff. Day by day, they're starting to believe. "No question," manager A.J. Hinch said. "The confidence is growing."
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|Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride with the Dodgers since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013.
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|The Atlanta Braves obtained an excellent multisport athlete when Jace Peterson was included in one of the many offseason moves made by the club. In mid-December, the San Diego Padres sent Peterson to the Braves along with pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and center fielder Mallex Smith for outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Aaron Northcraft. It was a blockbuster trade that could help shape both clubs for years to come.
More»Pleskoff thinks Peterson will excel with athleticism|
|Four weeks into the season it is a little early to get too excited. But the four-time defending AL Central champion Tigers, however, have to be feeling pretty good about the way things are coming together after a series split with the Royals.
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|This is all new to Jered Weaver. He's had rough starts and bad patches, but never like this. When you've been so successful for so long -- nine years -- you can't help but entertain doubts when everything seems to be collapsing at your feet.
More» Weaver limits A's to one run over six|
|Here's hoping that manager Ron Roenicke's replacement -- like in-house favorite Craig Counsell -- will be the right guy to lead a rebuilding project, not just someone intent on getting the most out of the current Brewers roster.
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|After struggling in his previous two starts, David Price found redemption against the Royals, tossing a complete-game gem in Saturday's 2-1 victory.
More» Price goes the distance in win over Royals|
|Alex Rodriguez's name now sits right there alongside that of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, and you just might need some time to wrap your mind around that one.
More» A-Rod ties Mays at 660, puts Yanks up|
|The Padres have a major decision to make whether tomorrow, next week or at the end of the season, regarding the future of Bud Black, the veteran manager in the final year of his contract.
More» Black discusses Padres' big offensive output|
|In working out the details of the three-team trade with the Nationals and Rays that brought outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres during the offseason, the Padres agreed to send a player to be named to Washington. The problem was that most everybody in the game knew the name of that player -- Trea Turner.
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|We recognize that everyone likes to have something silly to freak out about. But come on, Cub fans, were you really worried about Jon Lester?
More» Maddon on Lester, Russell in 1-0 win|
|The Orioles were the home team against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night -- the weekend series was shifted out of Baltimore -- but that didn't make a difference once the game began, manager Buck Showalter said.
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|Kendrys Morales was an easy decision, but Chris Young and Ryan Madson are two rewarding decisions for the Royals in the opening weeks of the defense of the American League pennant they claimed a year ago.
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|Sometimes all it takes is a standout performance by one player to turn things around. And on Friday, that was Ian Kennedy, who held the Rockies scoreless just long enough for the Padres to generate some offense in a blowout win over the Rockies.
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|The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.
|With more players being signed to long-term deals, teams must look to the trade market more than ever to drastically change their long-term outlook. Here are five franchise-changing trades that are currently impacting clubs in 2015.
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|This is the 40th anniversary of the first of consecutive World Series titles for the Big Red Machine. We're talking about baseball's greatest team. Then again, as its all-time biggest fan, I'm biased. I lived in Cincinnati during its birth during the late 1960s and I covered it years later as a local journalist. So, given that none of the current Reds players were born when the Machine lost its final sparkplugs, I'm wondering some things.
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|Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman. But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them.
More» Travis crushes a solo homer to open the 3rd|
|Anthony DeSclafani is right at home in the Cincinnati Reds' organization. For starters, the Freehold, N.J., native hails from Colts Neck High School, a mere 20 minutes from the hometown of teammate Todd Frazier. Then there are the college connections. DeSclafani and his new manager, Bryan Price, share an alma mater in the University of Florida.
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|There have obviously been other notable comebacks after slow starts, just as there have been disheartening collapses after successful starts. But the record will show that roughly half of the time, April gives us a very good idea of who will still be around in October and who will be contemplating major overhauls.
More»Padres swat 23 home runs in the month of April|
|The Royals' quest for respect took a giant step forward on Thursday night, when they thumped the Tigers, 8-1, in their first matchup of the season against the four-time defending American League Central champs.
More» Dyson discusses his big game vs. the Tigers|
|Mike Cameron recalls his historic night in Chicago 13 years ago, when he became one of 16 players to blast four home runs in one game.
More» Cameron hits four homers in the game|
|Who will you be voting for to start at shortstop for the National League All-Stars? For me, it's Troy Tulowitzki. He is the defending champion. Someone has to knock him off to claim the job. It's that simple.
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|One of the coolest things about this young baseball season is seeing how much fun the Houston Astros are having. They're not just playing winning baseball, they're playing exciting baseball. That's important, too, because that builds confidence and excites fans.
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|Willie Horton became a peacemaker when his hometown was under attack from within. Detroit was ablaze during the perilous race riots of 1967. Horton used his celebrity, his heart and spontaneous words to try to calm the outraged city.