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June 21, 2010

National Treasure

Yes, he's that good. But Stephen Strasburg did more in his first week as a major league pitcher than live up to the hype: He became the rare player who fills stadiums. Meet baseball's newest, biggest drawing card

Nov. 18, 2002

Cover Boy

A three-sport sensation 28 years ago, Bruce Hardy is not sure he could pull it off were he a teenager today

April 29, 2013

Mannyball

LAST SEASON WAS THE YEAR OF TROUT AND HARPER, BUT THERE WAS A THIRD BRO FROM THE ROOKIE CLASS OF 2012 WHO LEFT HIS MARK IN MORE SUBTLE WAYS. HEED THE WORDS OF HIS BUDDY BRYCE: MANNY MACHADO'S CAREER IS ABOUT TO GET REAL LOUD, REAL SOON

Oct. 05, 2015

EVOLUTION IS IN THE AIR

MONDAY MORNING in the Oklahoma war room. Cinema-scale screen on the front wall flickers with game footage. Two yellow legal pads ...

July 22, 2013

Healthy Optimism

WHAT'S WORKING IN BOSTON? HITTING, PITCHING AND STAYING —MOSTLY—OFF THE DL

March 26, 2012

AL WEST

Forget Yankees--Red Sox. For baseball's baddest rivalry, go West. "The beasts of the East have had their day in the sun," says Angels ...

Aug. 19, 2013

Glimmer TWINS

IMAGINE HAVING THE NEXT BRYCE HARPER OR MIKE TROUT IN YOUR SYSTEM—THEN IMAGINE HAVING THEM BOTH. THAT'S HOW ...

April 28, 2014

MAD MAX

THE TIGERS MADE A DRAMATIC $144 MILLION OFFER TO MAX SCHERZER IN THE OFF-SEASON. EVEN MORE DRAMATICALLY, THE ...

April 18, 2005

Star Search

The Astros gave rookie Willy Taveras first crack at replacing Carlos Beltran, and he's off to a fast start at the plate

April 03, 2006

Chien-Ming Wang

The yankees' $50million rotation includes a five-time Cy Young winner (Randy Johnson), thesixth-winningest pitcher in the majors over the last ...

Oct. 17, 2011

CENTRAL CASTING

A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's ...

Dec. 21, 2015

Walk-on: The Wild Side

IT IS possible that you are on Baker Mayfield's list. If you are a doubter or a hater; if you've muttered, yelled or tweeted something critical of ...

May 11, 2015

Merry Kris-mas

After months of buildup and debate, the Kris Bryant era has finally begun—and Cubs Nation already has much to love about the hitting instructor's son (and former aspiring dentist) with teeth-rattling power

Oct. 14, 2013

CLUTCH MUCH?

THE REHEARSAL for October begins in February, at the dawn of a new season, on a back field where the only audience is a small gaggle of ...

April 03, 2006

Leo Mazzone

Friends sincethey were kids growing up in the foothills of western Maryland, Mazzone and SamPerlozzo made a pact two decades ago when ...

Feb. 04, 2013

Echoes Awoken

THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

April 04, 2011

AL CENTRAL

Remember the Comedy Central awash so long in mediocrity and midsized payrolls? It's now a high-rent district—and the Twins rule.

April 03, 2006

B.J. Ryan

In late november,Ryan was enjoying a few cold ones with childhood friends at a bar in hishometown of Bossier City, La., when the news broke: ...