MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Buyers or sellers at MLB trade deadline? 7 teams that have to prepare for both

The trade deadline outlook will change significantly for many teams in the 50 days between now and Aug. 2. Eight teams appear to be clear sellers, as I wrote in an article a little over a week ago. The next tier, which includes seven teams, could end up as buyers or sellers depending on their … Read more

Trevor Story — now fully a second baseman — and Xander Bogaerts forming fast friendship

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Xander Bogaerts strolled into the visitor’s clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, the first thing he did was wrap his arm around Trevor Story, whose back was to the door as he ate a pregame meal of Chipotle. It was a brief but genuine interaction that offered a small glimpse into the relationship … Read more

2022 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

The two biggest stories of this MLB draft class are: (1) Whoa! That’s the son of [notable big leaguer]; and (2) the upside of the four prep position players at the top. These two issues overlap as the projected top two picks below are the sons of Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday. Also in the … Read more

Red Sox to offer full-season streaming; Yankees on deck: sources

The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start this season, but the Yankees’ hated rival has pulled ahead of the Bombers in the lucrative streaming wars. Red Sox fans can now cut the cord after the regional sports network that broadcasts their games announced the launch of a stand-alone streaming subscription Wednesday … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers resume the throne and the Reds are out of the basement

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. Welcome back to the best fantasy football fight club column in the world! I’m Levi … Read more

Memorial Day MLB standings check

It’s Memorial Day, MLB fans! And you know what that means: You can now officially look at the MLB standings. The saying goes, among baseball fans, that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day, which puts us two months into the season. That gives teams time to play enough games to add meaning … Read more

Shohei Ohtani blasts two homers in loss to Blue Jays, Rays’ McClanahan torches the Yankees

Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani hit a home run in each of his first two at-bats on Sunday, but it was not enough to stop the Toronto Blue Jays from winning the high-scoring battle 11-10. Ohtani scored the game’s opening run with a solo home run in the first inning, but by the time … Read more

Take a shot on the Red Sox and Astros on Sunday

Indy day. Drivers, if you can afford the gas, start your engines! … Nope. Not gonna do it. Not gonna let the Liberty’s 1-6 start ruin my holiday weekend. Let’s play two. The Red Sox treated us well this week. Nick Pivetta, like the Bosox, got off to a bad start this year, but has … Read more