The Tigers ranked among the preseason favorites to make a run to the World Series on expectations of huge things from the offense and the Verlander/Scherzer/Fister/Sanchez starting quartet. The one question facing Jim Leyland and Detroit coming out of spring training was the closer role. Hard-throwing Bruce Rondon was on the board for a potential [...]

Harmon’s Podcast 7.23 puts him back behind the microphone to discuss the Ryan Braun suspension and the state of Major League Baseball. Results can be achieved through better chemistry and, let’s face it, there’s a ridiculous financial incentive to discover the next great thing. But, Major League Baseball will not be deterred. The question of [...]

Mark McGwire is headed home. The southern California native returned home by signing a deal to become the new hitting coach of the Dodgers. Before he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team or smashing home runs alongside Jose Canseco in Oakland, McGwire was dominating at USC. He’s back to lead the retooled Dodgers [...]

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Yeonis Cespedes, Dayan Viciedo and the The Dodgers reportedly signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, a 6-foot-3, 21-year-old outfielder. MLB.com writer Jesse Sanchez reports that the deal is worth an estimated $42 million over seven years and that the Dodgers trumped offers from both Chicago squads. That’s payback for the failed trade attempt to acquire Kevin [...]

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, [...]

I went forward with my playoff and World Series predictions in our FOXSports.com Baseball Preview Show on Wednesday night. I list them here for the record. Mock away. NL West — Colorado NL Central — Milwaukee NL East — Philadelphia NL Wild Card — San Francisco ————————————— AL West — Oakland AL Central — Chicago [...]

The Oakland A’s and closer Andrew Bailey breathed a huge sigh of relief following the 26-year old’s visit to Dr. James Andrews. That’s right. The fantasy universe is celebrating a trip to Dr. Andrews. It was revealed on Tuesday that Bailey’s injury was far less severe than originally thought. When he left the mound this [...]

I put the finishing touches on a column to project the saves category for 2011 on Monday morning. In that piece, I included Oakland receiver Andrew Bailey among the top 15 in the category. I believe the sent message was still floating into cyberspace when news came down about Andrew Bailey’s departure from a spring [...]