| Jul 5, 2014
| 1:19 PM
On the night Jose Abreu clobbered his 24th and 25th home runs of the season, White Sox manager Robin Ventura marveled at how the ball comes off Abreu's bat.
"When he hits it on the barrel, it just continues to go," Ventura said. "It's like helium...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:06 PM
As hitting coach Mark McGwire reflected on Yasiel Puig's first year with the Dodgers, he started looking into the future.
Speaking Tuesday before the Dodgers' 4-1 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, McGwire said, "There could a triple crown. I see some...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:20 PM
DETROIT — Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd...
| May 25, 2014
| 5:48 PM
With a minor league system loaded with impressionable prospects like Javier Baez whose development dictates every organizational decision, the Cubs hired a Triple-A player-coach Sunday who symbolizes cheating in baseball.
Hiring Manny Ramirez as a...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Why is L.A. so upset with Mike D'Antoni and Lakers management? We all knew this was a patchwork team that had no chance of actually winning anything this year. Myopic Lakers fans should cheer D'Antoni for not bailing on this squad, and praise Pau Gasol...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:50 PM
SAN DIEGO -- For what it's worth, Yasiel Puig said he is listening.
To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams.
Over the last week, the Dodgers' problem child made it a point to speak with Albert Pujols of the Angels during the...
| May 2, 2014
| 9:25 PM
MIAMI -- The tale of Yasiel Puig's death-defying escape from Cuba has proved so captivating, Hollywood has already bought the movie rights.
But there's at least one part his story that hasn't been fully told. Before he defected and signed with the...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
This is a tale of two interviews. Well, two halves of the same interview.
The first, sunnier half is the best reason to talk to John Turturro (whose “Fading Gigolo,” which he wrote, directed and stars in, opens Friday): He’s been part...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 7:53 AM
'This Dark Road to Mercy' By Wiley Cash. Morrow, 230 pages, $25.99
Wiley Cash's lyrical, poignant approach to storytelling – an outstanding asset of his 2012 debut – takes another leap forward in "This Dark Road to Mercy."
Like the debut...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 2:48 PM
It struck me as presumptuous and self-righteous that columnist Bill O'Reilly blasted the San Francisco Giants earlier this month for allowing Barry Bonds to return as a hitting coach for a week.
In O'Reilly's view, Bonds is an unrepentant cheater who...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 1:11 PM
For more than 30 years, Ken Burns has created documentaries about United States history.
Baseball is part of that history, and Burns' Emmy Award-winning series on the sport 20 years ago examined the national pastime through the years.
Burns will be at...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:09 PM
The number that matters most is not 500.
The number that matters most is 0.
That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols.
He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in...