| Jul 12, 2011
| 9:29 PM
The era of American League dominance in the All-Star appears to be over. After 12 consecutive losses in the midsummer classic, the National League has now won two straight. The NL defeated the AL 5-1 in Phoenix to earn home field advantage for their...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 5:40 AM
From Tempe to Goodyear, Scottsdale to Mesa, baseball has returned to the Valley of the Sun, the now undisputed capital of spring training. The greater Phoenix area plays host to as many teams as the entire rival Grapefruit League in Florida — all...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 6:59 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. — Like a fish that refused to be reeled in, Albert Pujols kept slipping off the hook last fall.
Three different times he played what could have been his last game at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals — in the regular season, the...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 3:00 PM
I watched the Angels/Dodgers spring training game Sunday on television.
It wasn't nearly as much fun as sitting in the stands at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels' spring training home field in Tempe, Ariz., where I spent part of last week.
| Mar 24, 2012
| 4:15 PM
The World Baseball Classic is coming back next spring, and it's time for the U.S. to remember who invented the game.
While the chance to play against the best players in the world is a huge deal for the competitors and fans in places like Japan, Korea,...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 3:51 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The $2.15-billion sale of the Dodgers baseball franchise to a group led by former Lakers star Magic Johnson was a cash deal that will not add to the team's debt load but could lead to a payoff of as much as $1 billion for previous owner...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 7:35 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — On the other side of the globe, a nation will turn to video screens big and small at about 7:10 Monday night — or, 14 time zones away, 9:10 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo.
Yu Darvish, almost certainly the best pitcher ever in Japan,...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 8:18 PM
Derek Holland allowed two hits over 8 1-3 innings, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night that evened the World Series at two games apiece.
Hobbled Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead with an RBI double in the...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 8:42 PM
Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Solo home runs by Mitch...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 10:53 PM
It must have been Dave.
Just a few hours after the Mariners unveiled a statue of the beloved broadcaster Dave Niehaus in right-center field on Friday afternoon, Seattle scored three unearned runs in an odd third inning that helped propel the Mariners...
| Sep 22, 2011
Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton hit solo homers in the eighth inning off Grant Balfour, and Texas moved closer to its second straight AL West crown with a 3-2 triumph over the Oakland Athletics.
The Rangers' fourth straight victory and eighth in their last...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 10:38 PM
There is a theory that God created the concept of time so everything wouldn't happen at once, but the dizzying pace of announcements regarding the Southern California sports scene last week defied that principle.
A series of events altered the...