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CC Sabathia Gained A Bunch Of Weight, On Purpose

Yankees starter CC Sabathia (the epithet "Yankees ace" is probably long out-of-date, as he's coming off two very rough seasons) reported to camp at 305 pounds, about 30 pounds heavier than he was last spring. That's good, if only because he doesn't look like a stranger. But Sabathia believes his regained bulk should… » 2/23/15 8:45am 2/23/15 8:45am

Michael Pineda Was Cheating And No One Cares

"It's just dirt, nothing to see here" was Michael Pineda's general reaction to being accused of glopping up the heel of his hand with some unknown substance in a strong pitching performance against Boston last night. It clearly wasn't dirt. But was it cheating? That depends on whether you listen to baseball's rulebook… » 4/11/14 10:04am 4/11/14 10:04am

Brad Penny's Comeback Went About As Poorly As Possible

Let's raise a glass to Brad Penny, and, hell, all the Brad Pennys of the baseball world, those thoroughly passable starters who find the right mix of good teams, tepid consistency (or rather, consistent tepidity), and just enough semi-standout seasons to garner tens of millions of dollars over a lengthy and… » 3/07/14 3:43pm 3/07/14 3:43pm

The Cubs' New Japanese Pitcher Accidentally Told The Press He Wouldn't…

Today the Cubs officially introduced new signing Kyuji Fujikawa, because any time you can lock up a 32-year-old middle reliever who's never pitched in the MLB for two years and $9.5 million, you have to pull the trigger. Fujikawa met with the media at Wrigley Field, and though he speaks a decent amount of English, he… » 12/07/12 6:00pm 12/07/12 6:00pm

Ivan Nova Threw A Pitch Right Through His Catcher's Glove

Ivan Nova's season has been a colossal disappointment. Last year he was a breakout star, 16-4 and the Yankees' No. 2 starter, and things were only looking up. Now he's 12-8 with an ERA over 5.00, won't even be in New York's playoff rotation, and looking like yet another of the Yankees' vaunted crop of young arms that… » 9/28/12 10:15am 9/28/12 10:15am

The Existential Farce Of A Royals Pitching Change

I believe there is a hell, and it's always early September there. Your team is long out of playoff contention, forever playing out the string, yet the season never ends. Just meaningless game after meaningless game, and football is supposed to start soon, but it never comes. The game goes to extra innings every time,… » 9/07/12 11:25am 9/07/12 11:25am