It’s a year of big changes in the closer role. Sure, Mariano Rivera still celebrates the opening strains of “Enter Sandman” in New York. Jonathan Papelbon is in Philadelphia. Joakim Soria is contemplating elbow surgery in Kansas City. Ryan Madson has yet to pitch in a spring game after being signed by the Reds. In [...]

On Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox completed the final game of a three-game set with the A’s in what is rapidly becoming “the typical fashion.” That is to say, Chicago takes a lead late into games and the bullpen, often beset by horrid bullpen lapses, squanders it. Matt Thornton, who shot up the fantasy ranks [...]

The White Sox and A’s squared off in Chicago on Monday night, a battle of pitchers who have notched perfect games into their histories. Mark Buehrle took the hill for the White Sox in search of his 150th career win. Dallas Braden toed the rubber for the A’s. It was a classic Buehrle-type performance. No, [...]