Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|It's not as if the Orioles needed a harsh lesson in life's perspective, manager Buck Showalter said on Monday, but they were given one anyway. With a makeup game at Nationals Park in the offing on Monday night, Showalter, his wife, Angela, and nine players visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There they spent two hours visiting with wounded veterans, most of them having returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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|Robinson Cano has been having his usual stellar season, batting .330 with eight homers and 62 RBIs. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been scrambling all season, trying to find a replacement for the six-time All-Star, and their collective second basemen are batting .239 with eight homers and 31 RBIs.
More» Cano connects on a three-run homer to right|
|The O's are in first place in the always tough American League East with a four-game lead over the Blue Jays and 52 games left to play. The front office built the roster focusing on this season, and they may not be done making moves to bolster the club.
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|In his first appearance for the Orioles on Friday night after being traded from Boston, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards that was as much pleasing as it was perplexing, the left-hander said.
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|Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame usually exceeds expectations for the participants, and the events of this past weekend were no exception.
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|Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
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|Joe Torre said on Saturday that his relationship with the Yankees right now is right where it's supposed to be.
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|Joe Torre will stand on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center, and after the inscription on his plaque is read by Commissioner Bud Selig, he'll stop for a moment to soak in the sea of fans on the meadow in front of him before moving to the podium. He'll then deliver a speech that has been months in the making.
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|If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque.
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|Greg Maddux said he never thought much about his place in history or the Hall of Fame. But he'll enter Cooperstown on Sunday as a slam-dunk selection, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.
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|They are descending upon Cooperstown, N.Y., en masse from all points of the country next weekend to attend the induction of one of the most glamorous classes in the history of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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|Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game went better than anyone could have anticipated. After the game, both teammates and opposing players shared what they thought about playing with or against Jeter in his 14th and final All-Star Game.
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|Rod Carew wasn't selected to the American League All-Star team in his final season. That's why when Carew was asked to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's 85th Midsummer Classic, the honor was that much more special.
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|The Derek Jeter fest began in earnest on Monday as all involved prepared for the Yankees captain's final All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Target Field (watch on FOX).
More»Cano, Seager on All-Star Game, playing with Jeter|
|David Price said on Monday that he doesn't know where he'll be playing come July 31, the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but places such as New York, L.A. and Chicago came up during a media session leading up to the All-Star Game.
More»Price on set of Intentional Talk at HR Derby|
|Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven and former manager Tom Kelly, opposing skippers in Sunday's Futures Game, serve as the perfect ambassadors for the Twins organization during All-Star Week.
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|Hunter Renfroe and Tayron Guerrero, both prospects in the Padres organization, couldn't believe their eyes on Sunday as they gawked at the multiple decks of Target Field before representing San Diego in the Sirius XM Futures Game.
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|With apologies to Dan Fouts, Junior Seau, Bill Walton and even Trevor Hoffman, San Diego has only one real icon, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn's imprint on the community went far beyond his .338 lifetime batting average, eight NL batting titles, 3,141 hits and a plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame that will be there as long as there is a museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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|With his mother, father, brother, girlfriend and a pair of other friends sitting in the Chase Field stands Sunday, Giants rookie second baseman Joe Panik had a first Major League start for the ages.
More» Panik's great glove flip robs a hit|
|Tony Gwynn was sent "home" on Saturday during a poignant memorial service staged in the student union building on the campus of San Diego State, the university that provided neat bookends to the Hall of Famer's life.
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