MLB Playoffs - the best personalized free web-based Email en en MLB Playoffs Rangers still face challenges after winning streak The Texas Rangers put themselves in some impressive company with their 10-game winning streak — but if the season ended now, they wouldn't make the playoffs. The Rangers still face their share of challenges, especially since they're in the AL West, where Houston has baseball's best record and a 5 ½-game lead. Texas won 10 in a row before Saturday's loss at Detroit, but all t... Mon, 22 May 2017 07:16:00 GMT 2017-05-22T07:16:00Z Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the National League's top players this past week. Pittsburgh will be without outfielder Starling Marte, who was suspended 80 game... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:25:00 GMT 2017-04-24T07:25:00Z Katy Feeney, longtime baseball executive, dies at 68 NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Feeney, a baseball executive for four decades and a daughter of former National League President Chub Feeney, has died. She was 68. Feeney died Saturday while visiting relatives in Maine. She had not shown any sign of illness, baseball officials said. She retired from baseball in December after working her final postseason. ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:41:00 GMT 2017-04-03T03:41:00Z BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season It's almost time again. From opening day to a couple of potentially big games in September, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: One of baseball's best rivalries takes on a new look when the World Series champion Cubs kick off their title defense against Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals. Fowler helped Chicag... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:22:00Z Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Loui... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:36:00 GMT 2017-02-21T07:36:00Z Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after '16 run GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it says. The Indians have some unfinished business. One swing away from beating the Chicago Cubs in an epic... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-02-19T22:27:00Z Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87 DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums. Ilitch's family said in a statement that he died Friday at a local hospital. He was 87. No oth... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:30:00 GMT 2017-02-11T13:30:00Z Royals depart for spring training after tragic offseason KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dayton Moore was almost finished assembling a team he thought was capable of getting back to the playoffs, one that addressed many of the holes that plagued them a year ago. Then, he received a phone call on the way to the airport. At first he thought it was a mistake, the news that young Kansas City pitcher Yord... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-02-10T17:57:00Z Powered up: Indians, Encarnacion finalize deal CLEVELAND (AP) — The AL's best team is set to start the new year with a power surge. One win from a World Series title last season, the Cleveland Indians finalized a $65 million, three-year contract with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday. Cleveland aggressively pursued Encarnacion, who has averaged 39 homers over the past... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-01-05T15:17:00Z Marlins finalize $16M, 2-year deal with pitcher Brad Ziegler MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins sealed a deal Friday with right-hander Brad Ziegler, their latest move in an attempt to emulate recent playoff teams by building a strong bullpen. Ziegler reached an agreement last week on the $16 million, two-year contract, which became final after he passed a physical. Miami also gave right-hander Junichi Tazawa a $12 million, two-year contract. ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:05:00 GMT 2016-12-23T23:05:00Z AP source: Indians, Encarnacion agree to $60M, 3-year deal CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians swung for the free-agent fences and connected: Edwin Encarnacion is joining the AL champions. Capping a year in which they came within one victory of winning the World Series for the first time since 1948, the Indians agreed to terms with the veteran slugger on a $60 million, three-year contract Thursday night. ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 05:46:00 GMT 2016-12-23T05:46:00Z Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale. The price of Wednesday's swap still was steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito, hard-throwing Reynaldo... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:03:00 GMT 2016-12-08T00:03:00Z Don't expect bullpen bingo from playoffs to become the norm OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Ned Yost enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians' lights-out bullpen go to work in the playoffs because it was so familiar. "It was amazing to see — to watch games and kind of understand the feeling that other teams had against us," the Kansas City Royals manager said. Like the Royals on the way to the World Series ... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:02:00 GMT 2016-12-06T22:02:00Z Dodgers keep free-agent pitcher Rich Hill with 3-year deal OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill. The left-hander who resurrected his career after a detour to independent ball got stability and a lot more Monday. The free agent re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $48 million, then frequently paus... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:47:00 GMT 2016-12-06T06:47:00Z