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SI.com: Ben Reiter: Pierzynski's reputation not well-earnedupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 11:50:00

"Everyone wants a villain," A.J. Pierzynski said. "Look at what LeBron James has gone through the past few years. My teammates get the best kick of it. When we go to Oakland, Anaheim, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cleveland, I get loud boos. Guys on my team can't wait to see that and to hear that."

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez pitches perfect gameupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 19:21:00

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon pitched the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the third this season.

Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky diesupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 07:43:00

Johnny Pesky, beloved member of the Red Sox Hall of fame who spent 61 years with the renowned baseball club, died Monday at the age of 92, the Boston franchise said.

SI.com: Peter King: Reflecting on Reid's tragedy; nuggets from Week 2 of my camp tourupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 13:40:00

Black crepe paper hangs over the column this morning. Garrett Reid, Andy Reid's oft-troubled 29-year-old son, was found dead in his Lehigh University dorm room at Eagles' training camp Sunday morning.

Police: Wally the Green Monster found updated: Fri Jul 27 2012 19:27:00

Boston police say they've apprehended a Red Sox employee who absconded earlier with the costume of the team's beloved mascot, Wally the Green Monster.

SI.com: AL wins interleague play for 9th straight seasonupdated: Sun Jun 24 2012 23:46:00

Boosted by a big run from the Texas Rangers, the American League has topped the NL in interleague play for the ninth straight year.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Yankees clicking, more no-no flirtation on interleague weekendupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 23:53:00

Five Cuts from a Father's Day edition of interleague play:

Magic teary as new owner of L.A. Dodgersupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 10:19:00

Magic Johnson teared up about owning a team that broke the color barrier.

What a difference a year makes for the Dodgersupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 10:19:00

"When you and I went to dinner in Arizona in the spring of 2011," I say to Ned Colletti, general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, "you thought your team might be a lot better than it turned out to be."

Giants pitcher talks perfectionupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 12:12:00

Pitcher Matt Cain talks about his perfect game, the first in San Francisco Giants history.

Giants pitcher throws a perfect gameupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 12:12:00

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game Wednesday night in a 10-0 victory against the Houston Astros, the first pitcher to achieve that feat in Giants history.

SI.com: Ann Killion: Cain steps out of shadows and into history with perfect gameupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:05:00

Matt Cain was always there. His teammate, Tim Lincecum, might be the Freak, but Cain was the Fixture. The foundation that the San Francisco Giants pitching staff was built on.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Cinderella Stony Brook ready to crash party at College World Seriesupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:27:00

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- In the old days coach Matt Senk would try to avoid showing recruits the baseball field. Among the quirks of Stony Brook's home diamond was a small slope down the rightfield line that meant players sitting in the dugout could only see above the uniform letters of the rightfielder. First basemen chasing foul pop-ups with their heads turned toward the ball would often trip on the unexpected downhill.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Pirates need more diverse offense to keep on winning, more notesupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 01:46:00

Five Cuts from the second weekend of interleague play:

SI.com: Ted Keith: Mariners' combined no-no proves sports can astonish in rare momentsupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 11:52:00

While most of America slept the night before the Greatest Sports Day Ever (Until The Next One), six Seattle Mariners pitchers served up the kind of historic performance that will be hard to match on Saturday by anyone or anything in Paris or Poland, Las Vegas or Long Island, Miami or Newark.

Two men charged in beating of Giants fan ordered to stand trialupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 18:41:00

A judge ordered two men to stand trial on charges relating to the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow after a Los Angeles Dodgers game last year.

SI.com: Ann Killion: Floundering in minors, end of line is near for Manny Ramirezupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 14:07:00

OAKLAND -- If there were a team, any baseball team, that could use the services of an aging slugger, a potential Hall of Famer -- no matter his age or agility -- it would appear to be the Oakland Athletics.

SI.com: Albert Chen: The true tales and amazing feats of strength of Giancarlo Stantonupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:13:00

Before we talk about 500-foot bombs, or 450-foot home runs hit with broken bats, or the time that Charlie Manuel was left speechless and the day Dave Winfield finally saw The Next Dave Winfield, a word to the reader: Don't believe every tale about Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Fishing for game's best rookie? Angels' Trout already a starupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:54:00

He was arguably the top prospect in baseball coming into this season. He plays centerfield, has power, speed and pure hitting ability. Called up in late April and inserted into the starting lineup, the former first-round pick has become the lynchpin of his team's offense and could well prove to be key to that team snapping its playoff drought. Perhaps most impressively, he's doing that at an age when merely holding one's own in the major leagues is a tremendous accomplishment and most other ballplayers his age are either in the low minors or college. He is not Bryce Harper. He is Mike Trout.

2009: Baseball's ultimate insiderupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 19:39:00

Want the inside scoop on steroids, Manny Ramirez and more? Larry talks baseball with ultimate insider, Tommy Lasorda.

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffers heart attack updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 19:39:00

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack Monday while in New York, the Los Angeles team confirmed Tuesday.

SI.com: Dave Perkin: Winners and losers from surprising first day of MLB draftupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 16:02:00

The surprises began with the very first pick of the 2012 MLB draft -- when the Astros selected Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa instead of the widely expected choice, Stanford righthanded pitcher Mark Appel -- and didn't stop there. Here's a quick look at the winners and losers from the first round and the compensation round.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Red-hot Votto staking his claim to title of Best Hitter in Baseballupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:52:00

The honorific of Best Hitter in Baseball is hereby declared open for claim, at least until Albert Pujols fully rediscovers the form that locked down the title. Pujols has slipped enough to rank 21st in batting average, 11th in slugging and sixth in adjusted OPS over the past three seasons. That's enough slippage to leave the title up for grabs.

SI.com: Andrew Clark: The 10 biggest busts among No. 1 overall picks in baseball historyupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 18:25:00

The past two times the Houston Astros have selected first overall, the results have been solid, if not spectacular.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Cardinals' pitching woes, streaking White Sox, Eastern intrigue, moreupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 14:01:00

This weekend saw the White Sox continue their hot streak, four series played among the tightly bunched teams in the two Eastern divisions, and the ascendant Angels take two of three from the first-place Rangers, but the most compelling series was the one still going on in New York between the Mets and Cardinals. That series announced itself when Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on Friday night, and has become more compelling with each successive dominant Mets pitching performance. Meanwhile, with their loss on Sunday, the defending world champions saw their record fall to an even .500 and slipped a half-game behind the Pirates into third place in the National League Central.

SI.com: Dave Perkin: Buxton, Zunino follow Appel in SI.com's 2012 MLB mock draftupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 13:09:00

On Sunday, it was reported that the Houston Astros will select Stanford righthander Mark Appel with the first pick in Monday's MLB Draft. How will the rest of the first round break down? Dave Perkin, a former major league scout and SI.com's draft analyst, makes his selections below. For more from Perkin, follow his live analysis of the first-round starting at 7 p.m. Monday night.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Santana continues remarkable comeback with Mets' first no-hitterupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 02:11:00

The Mets had played 8,019 regular season games and 64 postseason games across 50-plus seasons before June 1, 2012, but it wasn't until Johan Santana held the Cardinals without a hit on Friday night that one of their pitchers had thrown a no-hitter.

SI.com: Phil Taylor: Grand moment of Santana's no-hitter worth wait for one Mets fanupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 02:09:00

How can I explain this? When it comes to no-hitters, the thing about being a Mets fan was that it always felt like everyone got to have a birthday except me. With the exception of the San Diego Padres, every franchise in baseball had at least one no-hitter in its history but the Mets. Every fanbase had experienced that magical feeling that comes out of nowhere, when a regular game turns into a piece of history, when the guy on the mound for their team has talent and fate and maybe a generous umpire on his side and throws nine hitless innings -- except us luckless followers of the Mets. As a fan of the team for more than 40 years, I had resigned myself to a lifetime of watching other teams periodically hit the lottery. For my Mets, a no-no would never be.

Johan Santana pitches first no-hitter in New York Mets' historyupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 23:14:00

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in the franchise's history Friday night in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: As more stars get hurt, value in keeping them healthy risesupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 12:36:00

If it seems as if a star player goes on the DL every day, you're wrong. Sometimes it's two, as happened Thursday when Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki added to the casualty list of a season rocked by injuries to big-time players.

SI.com: Paul Daugherty: Cincy's Great American Ball Park has become homer centralupdated: Wed May 30 2012 12:37:00

Todd Frazier isn't a little guy. The Cincinnati Reds' third baseman stands 6-foot-3. He weighs 220 pounds after breakfast. In five minor league seasons, he hit 74 home runs. This year, he has five homers in 76 at-bats. He can hit the ball a long way. He has never hit one like the one he hit Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: For Padres' Cashner, fourth time getting drafted was the charmupdated: Wed May 30 2012 11:48:00

Before the million-and-a-half signing bonus or the relief appearance in which he threw 10 straight pitches of at least 101 miles per hour, Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner endured four straight drafts in which he received undulating annual assessments of his ability and potential.

SI.com: Special Report: To Cheat or Not to Cheatupdated: Tue May 29 2012 15:59:00

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Mickelson considering baseball buyoutupdated: Tue May 29 2012 12:29:00

Every sports fan has daydreamed about what it would be like to own their hometown team.

'Lefty' to enter golf's Hall of Fameupdated: Tue May 29 2012 12:29:00

Golf journalist David Dusek discusses Phil Mickelson's entry into golf's Hall of Fame with CNN's Amanda Davies.

SI.com: Red Sox manager Valentine calls out Rays' coachesupdated: Sat May 26 2012 20:21:00

BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called out the Tampa Bay Rays' coaching staff a day after the teams were involved in a benches-clearing scrum.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Royals' Moustakas leading charge of rising sophomoresupdated: Fri May 25 2012 13:24:00

Before his first game in the Bronx, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas walked out beyond the centerfield fence and visited Monument Park. He soaked in the history, read the remembrances of the all-time great players and took note of the plaques celebrating the legacy of George Steinbrenner and commemorating the tragedy of 9/11.

SI.com: Paul Daugherty: Hey, Red Sox Nation: daily drama is a bit much to the rest of usupdated: Wed May 23 2012 15:47:00

There aren't a lot of accessories in Flyover Country. No beaches, no mountains, few really tall buildings. In Cincinnati, there isn't a lot of history stored in museums. We are not The Hub of the Universe, the way Boston has decided it is.

SI.com: Chris Ballard: Will Warriors lose soul by moving across bridge to San Francisco?updated: Wed May 23 2012 12:48:00

I know what I was supposed to feel on Tuesday, sitting in the morning sun on Pier 30 in San Francisco as Warriors owners Joe Lacob spoke about the franchise's move to San Francisco: This is all kinds of awesome.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Can these five surprisingly strong starters maintain their pace?updated: Wed May 23 2012 12:30:00

When Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton put up slow-pitch softball numbers for a month it's exciting, but it's not a total shock. These are immensely talented players in the primes of their careers who have established themselves as MVP-quality talents. But what about when Brian LaHair does it?

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Phillies-Nationals has makings of NL East rivalry, but it's not there yetupdated: Tue May 22 2012 11:56:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper and Cole Hamels may instigate a rivalry between the Nationals and the Phillies. But that's only if Hamels re-signs with the Phillies and, even then, only because of their abilities on the field.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: White Sox part of junior circuit's interleague dominance, more notesupdated: Mon May 21 2012 12:04:00

Five Cuts from the first weekend of interleague play:

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: As interleague starts up question arises: Do leagues still matter?updated: Fri May 18 2012 13:02:00

This weekend brings the start of interleague play, marking the 16th season of commissioner Bud Selig's experiment with having teams from the two leagues play each other during the regular season, something which had never happened prior to 1997. This season will also be the final one in which interleague play will follow its long-established format with most teams playing one interleague series in May, followed by five more in mid June. Next season, the Astros will move to the American League West, leaving both leagues with 15 teams, an odd number that will necessitate interleague play throughout the season. With that in mind, here are five thoughts on the past and future of interleague play.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Stars from Nationals, Rangers boost number of drawing cardsupdated: Fri May 18 2012 10:29:00

While the NFL sells quarterbacks and NBA sells scorers, the appeal of baseball rests more on teams and regional allegiance. The individual player with national appeal -- the one who sells tickets on the road and who creates a bump in TV ratings outside his market -- has been a rarity in recent years. But the first two months of this season have created personalities that provide baseball with chances for just such appointment-viewing type players.

Harper and Nationals bring baseball hope to D.C.updated: Fri May 18 2012 08:53:00

He's brash, bold and has the skills to back it up. 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper is less than a month into his baseball career with the Washington Nationals, and he's already making his presence felt in the nation's capital. With high-profile magazine covers and international baseball experience already on his resume, the Nationals are looking to Harper to be one of their building blocks as they try to put Washington baseball on the map.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: Ethier's bounce back year coming at right time for Kemp-less Dodgersupdated: Thu May 17 2012 11:52:00

Sometimes it is easier for the highly skilled, purpose driven athlete to deal with injuries that happen in the blink of an eye. You crash into the wall; you take a bad step; you throw an awkward pitch. You break a bone; you snap a tendon; you tear a ligament. As painful and psychologically challenging as those injuries can be, at least what comes next is often clear cut. You get it fixed. You don't play for a month, or six months, or a year. Then, if all goes well, you do.

SI.com: Ann Killion: Former ace Lincecum struggling to get his groove backupdated: Wed May 16 2012 12:42:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Used to" isn't an encouraging way to describe an athlete who's 27, never had a major injury and was considered state-of-the art just 18 months ago.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Hamilton, Rangers looking historicupdated: Tue May 15 2012 13:59:00

On the same night Josh Hamilton smashed two home runs against the Angels he also dove headlong into first base just as many times. The game last Friday represented a good snapshot of why Hamilton is the most compelling player in baseball today: he takes your breath away, whether admiring his talent or fearing he can't hold up.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Even after weird week, strangest part of Orioles' season is their playupdated: Fri May 11 2012 14:47:00

BALTIMORE -- The year 2012 has welcomed strange days that have nothing to do with any antiquated Mayan forecast and everything to with baseball at the extremes. The season has already seen a perfect game, a no-hitter and a cycle, three rare results that can't compete with what's happening with the Baltimore Orioles.

SI.com: Mel Antonen: Gone from 'other city,' Papelbon embraces new surroundingsupdated: Thu May 10 2012 12:03:00

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Papelbon may have left behind his native Nation but as he goes around his new city, he can't help but sense that its friendly people, laid-back feel and sidewalk cafes give it a European flavor.

Weaver's no-hitter gives Angels a boostupdated: Thu May 10 2012 06:09:00

John Smoltz and Dennis Eckersley discuss Angels pitcher Jered Weaver's remarkable no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Injuries and demotions making closer's role more volatile than everupdated: Wed May 09 2012 13:48:00

Baseball's new epidemic selects its victims carefully. It targets inhabitants of the same community, each of whom can be found residing on the pitcher's mound in the ninth inning of close games.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Churn and burn: Despite changes, Cardinals off to another fast startupdated: Wed May 09 2012 10:23:00

Gone are the franchise first baseman, the legendary manager, the master pitching coach and the shrewd draft architect. The top returning slugger has played just seven games. One co-ace is injured with an uncertain date of return; the other, fresh off a season-long absence, has just two quality starts in six tries.

SI.com: Jason Turbow: Hamels' beaning of Harper an acceptable welcome-to-big time actupdated: Mon May 07 2012 15:22:00

This is the Code at its deepest and most ingrained levels. It is the confluence of ability and pride and hype and the concept that all men must earn their stripes. It is the old guard welcoming the new -- player and team alike -- with an unmistakable challenge: Welcome to the big time. Let's see if you can hack it.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Nats, O's surprise early, troubles at home, and struggling free agentsupdated: Mon May 07 2012 00:59:00

Five Cuts on a weekend dominated by the two pitching-led franchises who make their homes on either side of the Capitol Beltway:

Yankee great faces possible career-endupdated: Fri May 04 2012 20:09:00

A Panama native nicknamed "Mo," who endeared himself to New Yorkers with a cut fastball that baffled baseball's finest sluggers, is faced with the prospect of an unceremonious end to his illustrious 18-year career.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: In Rivera's absence, Yankees have options but no perfect answerupdated: Fri May 04 2012 13:59:00

Few scenarios in baseball are so unnerving as the lack of reliable late-inning relief, and few places are so inhospitable to that uncertainty as the back pages of the New York tabloids.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Rivera's status as game's greatest closer unlikely to be challengedupdated: Fri May 04 2012 12:30:00

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column originally ran in September 2011 as Mariano Rivera closed in on the career saves record.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: No-hitters still exceptional, but they've tripled in last three yearsupdated: Fri May 04 2012 12:01:00

Another month, another no-hitter. In the fresh spike marks of Philip Humber, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim threw the second no-hitter of the season Wednesday night. It was the 10th no-hitter inside of two calendar years. Since Opening Day 2010, you are more likely to see a no-hitter (11 of them) than a cycle (seven) or a 130-pitch game (nine). And in these past three years no-hitters are occurring more than three times more often than they did in the previous decade.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: In Weaver's wake, more no-hitters are coming but who will it be?updated: Thu May 03 2012 15:32:00

Angels ace Jered Weaver threw the 274th no-hitter in major league history Wednesday night. It was the second no-hit game of this young season, and the 11th since the start of the 2010 season (12th if you include Armando Galarraga's 28-out perfect game). Here are five thoughts on the accomplishment.

L.A. Dodgers usher in new era of ownershipupdated: Thu May 03 2012 15:30:00

The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball, ushered in a new era of ownership Wednesday while ending a dismal chapter of ownership under Frank McCourt, who baseball's commissioner described as "looting" the club of $190 million to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

SI.com: Steve Rushin: Interlopers at sporting events are the last taboo on televisionupdated: Wed May 02 2012 14:28:00

Did you see the guy in the Batman underpants who leapt from the bleachers at Camden Yards on Opening Day and spent 63 seconds eluding justice on the outfield grass, his cape flouncing in the breeze, before a pile of policemen -- presumably in defiance of Commissioner Gordon -- finally tackled him in left-centerfield?

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Harper doesn't have to be savior for Nats, but he can help nowupdated: Wed May 02 2012 12:41:00

WASHINGTON -- Justin Upton was walking by the pool of a resort in the Bahamas, an offseason respite after leading the Diamondbacks to a division title, when he saw someone familiar.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: With Harper, future of Nationals -- and maybe the game -- has arrivedupdated: Tue May 01 2012 15:12:00

On April 7, 1984, a 19-year-old phenom named Dwight Gooden walked to the mound at the Astrodome in Houston for his big league debut with the New York Mets while a 22-year-old named Darryl Strawberry took his place in rightfield for career game number 126 and Davey Johnson, a manager in his first full season with the team, watched from the dugout. Gooden would win the game, Strawberry would hit a home run and the balance of power in the National League reached a tipping point. Over the next seven seasons no team won more games, no team delighted and annoyed more fans and no team drew more attention than the New York Mets.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Top five prospects likely to follow Harper and Trout to the Showupdated: Tue May 01 2012 11:45:00

With the arrival of outfielders Bryce Harper and Mike Trout this week, five of Baseball America's six pre-season prospects are in the majors (only Atlanta's Julio Teheran, who debuted last year but is currently pitching at Triple-A, is still in the minors).

New York vs. Los Angeles: L.A. is a 'heavenly place'updated: Tue May 01 2012 09:40:00

If you told me eight years ago I'd end up writing an article extolling the virtues of Los Angeles, I would have laughed.

Weather blamed for tent collapseupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 21:46:00

At least one person is killed and many injured when a tent at a St. Louis sports bar collapses during severe weather.

Officials: 1 killed, 16 hospitalized when storm collapses St. Louis tentupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 21:46:00

One person was killed and 16 others hospitalized Saturday afternoon when a sports bar tent collapsed during a storm that swept through the St. Louis area, fire officials said.

SI.com: Nationals' Harper makes big league debutupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 01:20:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bryce Harper's first day in the major leagues came with all the hype one would expect for the player dubbed "Baseball's Chosen One" when he was only 16 years old.

SI.com: Paul Daugherty: Reds' Chapman showing signs of stardom, but still waiting for breakoutupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 14:03:00

On Sunday in Chicago, Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman threw an unhittable pitch. It wasn't a 100 mph fastball behind the ear flap, or a slider a time zone off the plate. It was a strike. A 99 mile-an-hour pitch on the inside corner and at the knees of Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart. Stewart couldn't have hit it with God's bat.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: After a decade out of the dugout, Valentine is playing catch-upupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 11:01:00

The Red Sox organization lives on the cutting edge of statistical analysis. It has reams of information available for the field staff and is not shy about making hair-splitting suggestions about how to deploy it. It employs stats guru Bill James. And yet manager Bobby Valentine posted a lineup in the clubhouse Wednesday thinking righthanded Twins starter Liam Hendriks was lefthanded. He checked his cell phone and got it wrong.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: How the Washington Nationals became baseball's sleeping giantupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 13:15:00

Billy Beane knew what he had in Gio Gonzalez: a young, durable, lefthanded strikeout artist. If Beane, the Oakland A's general manager, was going to deal him last winter -- even in the midst of a fire sale in which virtually every player on the A's roster, save second baseman Jemile Weeks, was available -- it would be for a return of the sort that would decimate most trading partners' farm systems.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Unlikely aces, rejuvenated sluggers among early season surprisesupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 15:44:00

Just three weeks into the season, a journeyman castoff has pitched a perfect game and a two-time Cy Young winner has an 8.20 ERA. Those might be two of the biggest surprises from the first three weeks of the season but they are far from the only ones. Here are five good, five bad and one very curious unexpected development so far.

SI.com: Steve Rushin: Red Sox's slow start has New England in state of Mass. Hysteriaupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 09:26:00

When his team plays at home, the Red Sox manager holds press conferences in front of a red brick wall that lends an unintentional air of comedy or tragedy to his every utterance, the brick-wall backdrop being synonymous with stand-up comedy and firing squads and official announcements from the Boston Red Sox, for whom April has alternated between farce and doom.

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Dawkins was a perfect fit for a city that cares a little too muchupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 14:22:00

Brian Dawkins was never a crossover athlete on a national scale. He never went on Letterman or Leno. Never appeared on the cover of a video game or a reality show. We had only a vague idea what was in his crib.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Circumstances make Humber's perfect game no shockerupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 23:54:00

Another perfect game? Ho Humber. This is getting routine.

White Sox pitcher Humber throws perfect gameupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 18:32:00

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox has pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

What makes Fenway Park specialupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 14:52:00

Smoltz discusses the unique measurements of Fenway Park and his batting practice experiences of clearing the Green Monster.

Fenway at 100: Love it, revere it, blow it upupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 14:52:00

Is it OK to not like Fenway Park?

SI.com: Saul Wisnia: Honey Fitz, the pre-Monster and the first days of Fenway Parkupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 12:55:00

Excerpted from FENWAY PARK: The Centennial by Saul Wisnia. Copyright © 2011 by Les Krantz and published last Septeber by St. Martin's Press. Reprinted with permission by St. Martin's Press.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Why I owe my life to Fenway Parkupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 15:06:00

I wouldn't exist if not for Fenway Park.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Early numbers show walks, strikeouts, homers up at alarming rateupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 14:23:00

Half the time that Padres third baseman Chase Headley steps to the plate, the opposing fielders can take their gloves off, sit down and not have to worry about the baseball being playable.

Marlins' apologetic manager suspendedupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 05:38:00

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is suspended despite his apologies for Castro remarks. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

SI.com: Jason Turbow: Early clubhouse drama could be trouble for Valentine, Red Soxupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 13:22:00

Bobby Valentine was brought to Boston as a knee-jerk reaction to a perfect storm of last year's late-season collapse, wild accusations about allegedly dispassionate players, and a clubhouse culture that allowed such accusations to surface in the first place.

Bankruptcy court approves sale of Los Angeles Dodgersupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 22:25:00

A bankruptcy court Friday approved the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team to a group that includes former basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Slumping Youkilis just one of many issues facing skidding Red Soxupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 11:00:00

At 1-5 entering their home opener today, the Boston Red Sox are in worse shape than they were last year when they began 0-6. The 0-6 start was an anomaly by a set team that would be the best club in baseball until September arrived. This year's team has far more loose ends and questions: catcher, shortstop, leftfield, rightfield, closer , starting rotation and, if you believe Bobby Valentine needs early success to validate the cultural change he brings post-Terry Francona, manager.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Johnson bucking latest trend while pointing Nationals toward futureupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 11:37:00

NEW YORK -- A few days after Jayson Werth signed his first professional contract in mid-June 1997, the first-round pick of the Orioles traveled to Baltimore for an introductory press conference at Camden Yards.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Remade ballpark, retooled swing help Wright fix what was wrongupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 16:17:00

NEW YORK -- At the age of 29, and as he is left out of the industry trend of teams locking up franchise players, New York Mets third baseman David Wright has begun already a third act to his career. It is the comeback phase. After a career-worst season in 2011, when it appeared that a canyon of a ballpark was extracting the greatness from his career, Wright went back to his roots. He hit last winter at a high school batting cage with Nick Boothe, the baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan who had worked with Wright as a teenager.

SI.com: The Bonus: Exclusive excerpt: Calico Joeupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 11:20:00

Excerpted from CALICO JOE by John Grisham. Copyright © 2012 by Belfry Holdings, Inc. To be published this month by Doubleday, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Starters strong, bullpens struggle and the longest opener in historyupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 08:31:00

Thursday brought the first multi-game slate of the 2012 baseball season and Opening Day for 13 teams. It was a day dominated by starting pitching, which was occasionally undermined by shaky relief pitching, and also brought us the longest Opening Day game in major league history, just to remind us that baseball will always show you something you've never seen before.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: What to watch as rest of majors finally get seasons underwayupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 21:09:00

The 2012 baseball season had its third Opening Day on Thursday with six pitching-dominated games and one, between the Indians and Blue Jays, that rolled on for an Opening Day-record 16 innings before finally concluding. On Friday, the 13 teams that still haven't launched their seasons will at long last get their uniforms dirty amid a nine-game slate.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Mets get win and good news: Santana looks like his old selfupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 20:37:00

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana assumed his familiar broad-legged stance on the third-base side of the pitching rubber when pitching out of the windup, and then he mowed down hitters by changing speeds and locating pitches.

SI.com: Opening Day live blogupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 20:25:00

SI.com will be live-blogging today's season openers. Check back all day long for updates on Thursday afternoon's games from Cliff Corcoran (Red Sox vs. Tigers, Marlins vs. Reds), Joe Lemire (Mets vs. Braves), Ben Reiter (Phillies vs. Pirates) , Gary Gramling (Nationals vs. Cubs) and Ted Keith (Blue Jays vs. Indians). All times Eastern.

SI.com: Stephen Cannella: At 100, Fenway Park is baseball's oldest venue -- and still its bestupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 12:04:00

Baseball's newest venue is officially open, and it's impossible to look at Marlins Park in Miami without thinking, That place looks like fun. The fish swimming in the backstop, the Jacques-Cousteau-meets-Timothy-Leary home run sculpture, the South Beach nightclub satellite behind the bullpen, the pop art installations scattered on the courses: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn't kidding when he says the ballpark he helped conceive and build "is meant to make you smile." Loria spent enough on free agents this winter to sound believable when he says he wants fans to focus on the game and the team. But, just in case your mind wanders, he made sure that baseball is not the only entertainment option at Marlins Park.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Top five Opening Day storylinesupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 17:34:00

The 2012 Major League Baseball season officially opened last week in Japan, where the A's and Mariners played a mostly forgettable two-game series, and starts Stateside on Wednesday night when the Marlins face the defending World Series champion Cardinals. Thursday, though, is when the season really begins.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Updated predictions for 2012's MVP, Cy Young and ROY honorsupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 15:53:00

Although the western hemisphere's Opening Day isn't for another week, the 2012 baseball season officially got underway in Japan on Wednesday morning when the A's and Mariners played the first of two games in Tokyo, which means it's high time that I update my 2012 awards predictions from November.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: NL West preview: Giants, D-backs are favorites in wide-open divisionupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 15:51:00

Of Major League Baseball's six divisions, only the NL West has sent each of its clubs to the playoffs at least once since 2006. "There's no clear favorite from year to year," says Giants GM Brian Sabean, "which makes it interesting."

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