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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.

  • May 20 11:00 AM ET

    Bruce has remained consummate pro in Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce hits a walk-off RBI triple off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Jay Bruce has handled a potentially awkward situation with class and professionalism, as the Reds were upfront with the outfielder throughout recent trade discussions because of their respect for the 29-year-old veteran. More» Bruce goes yard twice against the Indians
  • May 19 12:00 AM ET

    Bogaerts on par with Correa, Lindor in AL shortstop vote

    Thank goodness Manny Machado's recent move from third base to shortstop in real life wasn't accompanied by a move from third base to short on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. The American League shortstop scene is complicated enough without Machado's involvement. You've got Carlos Correa, the defending AL Rookie of the Year. You've got Francisco Lindor, last year's rookie runner-up. As you might have expected going into the season, they are both logging serious All-Star cases, and any click for those two is entirely defensible. More» Bogaerts drills a three-run homer in the 2nd
  • May 17 10:00 AM ET

    Author says Cobb's reputation built on tales

    ** FILE ** This 1922 file photo shows Detroit Tigers baseball player Ty Cobb warming up prior to a game. Researchers at Washington University say that's no coincidence _ the baseball diamond, they say, was built for the southpaw. (AP Photo/File)There are a lot of stories floating around about Ty Cobb that make the Hall of Famer seem like a monster. Turns out, the truth Charles Leerhsen helped uncover in his book, "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty," is changing old assumptions and painting a picture of Cobb that -- get this -- actually makes him appear to be a human being. A flawed human being. More» Ty Cobb
  • May 15 12:20 AM ET

    Sand-ing ovation for Play Ball Weekend!

    Along with Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner represented the Dodgers at Venice Beach. (Dodgers Twitter)When Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner took a detour from their route to Dodger Stadium on Saturday for some pick-up game participation, they not only surprised the kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice as part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball Weekend but also taught those kids a lesson about the game's picturesque portability. More»MLB celebrates inaugural Play Ball Weekend
  • May 13 12:01 AM ET

    Strasburg deal could hold key to Harvey's future

    Stephen Strasburg's new seven-year, $175 million deal potentially impacts Matt Harvey in two different but distinct ways: his trade value and his (eventual) free-agent value. More» Harvey deals 10 strikeouts in six innings
  • May 13 12:00 AM ET

    Unlucky 13: Season's strangest so far

    To mark the unlucky occasion of Friday the 13th, we've identified 13 individuals or entities who, for one reason or another, can claim bad luck without it sounding like a loser's lament. More»MLB Plus on Park's long fly ball, Salty's homer
  • May 12 10:00 AM ET

    Sleeping giants: 4 on verge of breakouts

    Sometimes clubs surge in spite of their stars and not because of them. Running down -- all the way down -- the list of league leaders in run production, there are some notable names with long track records who find themselves near the bottom of the barrel. And yet their clubs find themselves above .500. More»
  • May 12 12:59 AM ET

    Who deserves National League All-Star status?

    We're not even at the quarter-mark of the season yet, so we're still in that nebulous area of All-Star voting in which you want to celebrate hot starts while not forgetting a little thing known as track record. More» Rizzo smacks two home runs
  • May 10 2:03 AM ET

    10 toughest All-Star ballot decisions

    As we inch closer to the July 12 Midsummer Classic at Petco Park, these are the 10 most difficult decisions for a discerning voter at this stage of the season. More» Correa tallies three hits, lays out for grab
  • May 06 12:00 AM ET

    10 things to watch for in MLB this weekend

    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 8: Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning of the Opening Day Game against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2016 at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 4-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)So much baseball to watch, so little time to prepare for what you're watching. That's why we're here to help. It's your weekend cheat sheet. More»Zimmermann makes a huge impression on his new team
  • May 05 2:52 PM ET

    5 takeaways from Zimmermann's 5-0 start

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann prepares to throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, April 25, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Five starts into a five-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, Jordan Zimmermann has a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA. Because the number five is easily associated with Zimmermann as he prepares for his outing Friday night opposite Cole Hamels and the Rangers at Comerica Park, here are five things to know about his historic start to 2016. More»Zimmermann makes a huge impression on his new team
  • May 03 10:00 AM ET

    Cubs could take a page from soccer playbook

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon yells toward Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Lobstein after Cubs' Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 7-2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory. More»Maddon and Arrieta discuss the Cubs' early success
  • May 02 10:38 AM ET

    5 eye-opening stats from the season's first month

    The eventual AL West-champion Rangers were 7-14 last April, which tells you how much we should be paying attention to the standings right about now. But man, there's got to be something we can pay attention to, right? Well, how about a few team- and league-wide trends that have pleasantly caught us off-guard? More» Velasquez strikes out six, allows no runs
  • April 28 11:05 PM ET

    10 things to watch for in MLB this weekend

    We're almost out of April, the month of small samples and sometimes-dreary conditions. With Sunday comes the month of May, and maybe that's a good thing for a Twins reliever named Trevor. More»Callis on Tigers calling up top prospect Fulmer
  • April 27 10:00 AM ET

    Dissecting the struggles of Harvey, Verlander, Wainwright

    At this early juncture of the season, when the slightest of missteps can lead to the largest of statistical swings, it's not unusual to see more than 20 qualified starters in possession of an ERA north of 5.00. We just didn't expect to see the names of Adam Wainwright, David Price, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Chris Archer and Matt Harvey dotting that particular list. It says here that this can't possibly last, as evidenced most notably by Archer's resurgent start against the Orioles on Monday night. More» Harvey fans five to pick up his first win
  • April 25 12:06 PM ET

    #ASGWorthy: Rizzo, A-Gon pace NL 1B pack

    The season is young -- but not so young that we can't highlight players standing out in the crowd. With the release of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot, it's time to start paying attention to who might be worthy of inclusion in the July 12 Midsummer Classic at San Diego's Petco Park and let your clicks be heard. As a public service, we're going to look position by position in each league. We'll begin today with National League first basemen. More» Rizzo smacks two home runs
  • April 21 8:40 PM ET

    10 things to watch for in MLB this weekend

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester against the Milwaukee Brewers during a spring training baseball game in Mesa, Ariz., Friday, March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Between repeat playings of "Purple Rain" and, perhaps, renewed appreciation for the presence of Prince Fielder, we'll have plenty of baseball to watch this weekend. Here's a cheat sheet to help you prepare. More» Lester strikes out 10 over 7 1/3 innings
  • April 21 10:00 AM ET

    Lindor, Correa give back to community

    The statistics will tell you that the Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are great shortstops. Their actions tell us they are great people, too. Their teams aren't the only ones who will benefit from their talents. More»Lindor to visit Indians community programs all season
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

    “You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discuss… uh… the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»
  • November 20 3:50 AM ET

    “Tell me how do we get this thing started?”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribe’s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»
  • October 03 5:48 AM ET

    A loss. And a win.

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»
  • September 30 8:23 PM ET

    “You’ve got to walk it, talk it, in your heart”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»
  • September 29 9:58 PM ET

    “Surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldn’t have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»
  • September 27 7:11 PM ET

    “One step closer to knowing”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, he’s a […] More»
  • September 26 1:50 PM ET

    Manager of the Year?

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrell’s name and being done with it. He’s […] More»
  • September 24 3:26 PM ET

    “Been waiting for tonight”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»
  • September 18 6:36 PM ET

    “We got one last chance to make it real”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. They’ve got a remaining schedule – four against Houston, two against […] More»
  • September 10 2:07 AM ET

    “Try and catch the wind”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, “There goes our starting catcher.” Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians’ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you’d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»
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