Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|It's early enough that we don't know enough, but there's juice to be squeezed from the Yankees-Red Sox matchup again. Maybe the three-game series that begins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park won't matter as much in the long run as it seems to matter right now, with both clubs within spitting distance of the first-place Orioles, but the fact that it matters at all is a nice change of pace for a rivalry that, in recent years, has existed more out of traditions than tangibles.
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|We learned this week that Major League Baseball could soon follow the lead of the NFL in having its umpires wear microphones to explain decisions on replay challenges, which were themselves an innovation on the gridiron.
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|Had Javier Baez succumbed to his sorrow and let it distance himself from his dream, his wonderful performance that helped the Cubs win the World Series would not have been possible. And had Grace Davis not maintained her awesomely optimistic outlook in the face of serious medical difficulty, she would not have been there to give Baez his championship ring.
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|Mookie Betts hasn't struck out in a game since Sept. 12 -- that's 28 games ... and counting.
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|You shouldn't technically be allowed to look at the standings or the stats at this stage of the season. The pages on this very site that reveal those numbers should probably be blocked as if part of some work or school firewall. If the season ended today, we'd be talking about how seven of the 10 October entrants were teams that didn't make it to the postseason last year and how Jason Vargas and Chase Anderson have really good Cy Young cases.
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|Baseball has become more diverse than it has ever been, and grassroots efforts to improve the specific percentage of African-American players appear to be reaping real results beneath the big-league surface.
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|The Indians are proof that there is value even to finishing an oh-so-close second. It is there in the hungry words of Francisco Lindor, who, shortly after describing his new ring encrusted with 94 diamonds (one for every regular-season win in 2016) as little more than motivation to win "a bigger one," went deep in the first inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over the White Sox in the home opener.
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|"Mr. I" -- the affectionate appellation those in this organization used to describe dearly departed owner Mike Ilitch -- was everywhere when the Tigers staged their 2017 home opener Friday.
More»Cabrera honors Ilitch at home opener|
|This endurance test we refer to as the baseball season will provide proper context for what Francisco Lindor did Wednesday night at Globe Life Park, where he atoned for an ultra-rare defensive gaffe by homering twice, including the game-winning grand slam that completed a sweep and made a grown Rangers fan weep.
More» Lindor's two homers help Tribe sweep|
|The quick erosion of the Mets' starting depth, just in the time since I bestowed upon them the coveted title of best and deepest rotation in baseball, illustrates that stuff happens in this sport. The ability for a ballclub to evolve is essential.
More»Friedman discusses Dodgers' 2017 season outlook|
|The best summation of how we react to the first game of the baseball season comes from an unknown 20th-century poet…err… former Dodger, who, as relayed by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News,once said, "It's Opening Day. Everything's magnetized."
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|The Major League slate had its soft opening Sunday, but the more authentic Opening Day -- the one worthy of a cap on your head and Caps Lock on your keyboard -- is today, with a 12-game, non-stop slate of first impressions sure to entertain and energize us at the start of this 2017 season.
More»Opening Day 2017 is here!|
|All week, in an effort to both stoke debate and get stoked for the 2017 season, we're ranking the top five clubs in a few key categories. We've gone over the rotations and lineups, and we'll continue today with the bullpens.
More»Indians' strong bullpen ready to flex muscle|
|Certainly, every team wants to win the World Series, but suffice it to say, the championship dreams currently rate a little stronger in Cleveland, where the Indians are coming off an American League pennant, than on the South Side of Chicago, where the White Sox are open to dealing their Opening Day starter. With that in mind, each club in the AL Central might have to adjust its specific plan as 2017 evolves. Here are some Plan B possibilities.
More»Quintana gets the ball for White Sox on Opening Day|
|In this Opening Day lead-up, let's talk about lineups. Following Tuesday's ranking of the top five rotations in the game at the start of 2017, we move on now to the offensive outlooks.
More»Cubs ready to unleash one of MLB's deepest lineups|
|With the 2017 season about to begin, consider this our effort to get those of you who slept through the Hot Stove season caught up on all the big things you missed. Here are 20 key plot points from what was a typically wild offseason in MLB.
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|These are power rankings with admittedly little predictive value, because teams will inevitably rise and fall as injuries, trades and unexpected boosts or busts enter the equation. But for now, here are the five clubs with the best rotation alignments at the start of the season.
More»Mets' rotation could be the best in baseball in 2017|
|The very late-inning machinations that had helped Cleveland manager Terry Francona extend Game 7 of the World Series into an extra inning had introduced what had once seemed impossible: Championship dreams rested in the bat of little, light-hitting Michael Martinez.
|Shin-Soo Choo is equal parts eager to please and impossible to satisfy. He expects so much from himself that, when things inevitably go awry somewhere in the midst of a 162-game schedule, he wears those struggles on his sleeve, feeling he's let both himself and his team down. That's how it's been for the entirety of Choo's Major League career, and that was especially how it was in a lost 2016 that saw him make four trips to the disabled list.
More» Choo on feeling comfortable in batter's box|
|One of the first things Bud Black said when the Rockies hired him as their skipper was that he "sees the game through the pitcher's eyes," and sometimes those words are meant to be taken literally.
More»Black breaks down young arms on pitching staff|