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Some Advice to Rangers: Think Young

Richard Justice, Sports on Earth

Killing Time, Killing Baseball?

Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Lester's Exactly What A's Needed

Tracy Ringolsby, mlb.com

Baseball Should Let Players Have Fun

Anthony McCarron, N.Y. Daily News

Above everything else, it's about managing people. Running a big league baseball team is so much more than that, but this is where it starts. This is also where many managers fai...(full article)

Even the purest of baseball fans must admit, at times, that the great game, our national pastime, often moves at a snail’s pace. After nearly a decade of game times decreas...(full article)

SEATTLE -- Want to know why the A's were willing to pay the price to add Jon Lester at the July 31 Trade Deadline? Simple. He is a proven big-game pitcher, something that Oakland, ...(full article)

Please. This is baseball, not high tea. Jennry Mejia’s just having fun. Showing unrestrained joy shouldn’t be something so taboo. It’s time to ease up on this kind of “Play...(full article)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Asked late Sunday afternoon if he had an opinion to volunteer with respect to the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, Adrian Gonzalez did not hesitate. "...(full article)

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Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

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Plan B Working Well for Braves

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White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

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Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

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Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

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