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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for since 2004.

  • April 19 3:29 PM ET

    Ring presentation especially poignant for Baez

    Had Javier Baez succumbed to his sorrow and let it distance himself from his dream, his wonderful performance that helped the Cubs win the World Series would not have been possible. And had Grace Davis not maintained her awesomely optimistic outlook in the face of serious medical difficulty, she would not have been there to give Baez his championship ring. More»Baez on getting his ring from 20-year old Grace Davis
  • April 18 1:40 PM ET

    Betts' no-whiff streak truly striking

    Mookie Betts hasn't struck out in a game since Sept. 12 -- that's 28 games ... and counting. More» Betts continues streak without striking out
  • April 16 8:54 PM ET

    10 biggest surprises so far this season

    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 12: Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a double in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)You shouldn't technically be allowed to look at the standings or the stats at this stage of the season. The pages on this very site that reveal those numbers should probably be blocked as if part of some work or school firewall. If the season ended today, we'd be talking about how seven of the 10 October entrants were teams that didn't make it to the postseason last year and how Jason Vargas and Chase Anderson have really good Cy Young cases. More»Thames ties club record with homers in five straight
  • April 14 8:46 AM ET

    Diversity making vital strides in baseball

    Baseball has become more diverse than it has ever been, and grassroots efforts to improve the specific percentage of African-American players appear to be reaping real results beneath the big-league surface. More»Nationals help host Play Ball event
  • April 11 9:05 PM ET

    Tribe's ascent brings buzz back to Cleveland

    The Indians are proof that there is value even to finishing an oh-so-close second. It is there in the hungry words of Francisco Lindor, who, shortly after describing his new ring encrusted with 94 diamonds (one for every regular-season win in 2016) as little more than motivation to win "a bigger one," went deep in the first inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over the White Sox in the home opener. More» Indians honor AL pennant-winning team
  • April 07 7:25 PM ET

    Ilitch's honor inspiring for Tigers of all stripes

    "Mr. I" -- the affectionate appellation those in this organization used to describe dearly departed owner Mike Ilitch -- was everywhere when the Tigers staged their 2017 home opener Friday. More»Cabrera honors Ilitch at home opener
  • April 06 11:18 PM ET

    Hot start fuels talk of Lindor's MVP chances

    Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor connects for a grand slam off of Texas Rangers closer Sam Dyson in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The shot scored Abraham Almonte, Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin in the 9-6 Indians win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)This endurance test we refer to as the baseball season will provide proper context for what Francisco Lindor did Wednesday night at Globe Life Park, where he atoned for an ultra-rare defensive gaffe by homering twice, including the game-winning grand slam that completed a sweep and made a grown Rangers fan weep. More» Lindor's two homers help Tribe sweep
  • April 05 1:27 PM ET

    Clubs that boast the most flexibility for '17

    The quick erosion of the Mets' starting depth, just in the time since I bestowed upon them the coveted title of best and deepest rotation in baseball, illustrates that stuff happens in this sport. The ability for a ballclub to evolve is essential. More»Friedman discusses Dodgers' 2017 season outlook
  • April 04 9:02 AM ET

    If it's Opening Day, it must be overreaction time

    The best summation of how we react to the first game of the baseball season comes from an unknown 20th-century poet…err… former Dodger, who, as relayed by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News,once said, "It's Opening Day. Everything's magnetized." More» Harper's solid all-around Opening Day
  • April 03 10:26 AM ET

    It's Opening Day: Let's play 12! #CapsOn

    The Major League slate had its soft opening Sunday, but the more authentic Opening Day -- the one worthy of a cap on your head and Caps Lock on your keyboard -- is today, with a 12-game, non-stop slate of first impressions sure to entertain and energize us at the start of this 2017 season. More»Opening Day 2017 is here!
  • March 30 9:06 AM ET

    What a relief! Tribe boasts game's best 'pen

    All week, in an effort to both stoke debate and get stoked for the 2017 season, we're ranking the top five clubs in a few key categories. We've gone over the rotations and lineups, and we'll continue today with the bullpens. More»Indians' strong bullpen ready to flex muscle
  • March 29 1:26 PM ET

    Cubs' lineup with Schwarber the best in MLB

    In this Opening Day lead-up, let's talk about lineups. Following Tuesday's ranking of the top five rotations in the game at the start of 2017, we move on now to the offensive outlooks. More»Cubs ready to unleash one of MLB's deepest lineups
  • March 29 10:34 AM ET

    Plan B: How AL Central clubs may shift in '17

    Certainly, every team wants to win the World Series, but suffice it to say, the championship dreams currently rate a little stronger in Cleveland, where the Indians are coming off an American League pennant, than on the South Side of Chicago, where the White Sox are open to dealing their Opening Day starter. With that in mind, each club in the AL Central might have to adjust its specific plan as 2017 evolves. Here are some Plan B possibilities. More»Quintana gets the ball for White Sox on Opening Day
  • March 29 8:45 AM ET

    While you were sleeping: A Hot Stove refresh

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Monday, March 6, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)With the 2017 season about to begin, consider this our effort to get those of you who slept through the Hot Stove season caught up on all the big things you missed. Here are 20 key plot points from what was a typically wild offseason in MLB. More»Sale, Farrell discuss Sale's impact, expectations
  • March 28 1:26 PM ET

    For starters, Mets' rotation best in business

    These are power rankings with admittedly little predictive value, because teams will inevitably rise and fall as injuries, trades and unexpected boosts or busts enter the equation. But for now, here are the five clubs with the best rotation alignments at the start of the season. More»Mets' rotation could be the best in baseball in 2017
  • March 26 4:44 PM ET

    Martinez perseveres following final out of Game 7

    Michael Martinez is a .197 hitter with six homers and 42 RBIs in parts of six seasons. (AP)The very late-inning machinations that had helped Cleveland manager Terry Francona extend Game 7 of the World Series into an extra inning had introduced what had once seemed impossible: Championship dreams rested in the bat of little, light-hitting Michael Martinez. More»
  • March 24 3:53 PM ET

    Choo's motor not slowing down with age

    Shin-Soo Choo is equal parts eager to please and impossible to satisfy. He expects so much from himself that, when things inevitably go awry somewhere in the midst of a 162-game schedule, he wears those struggles on his sleeve, feeling he's let both himself and his team down. That's how it's been for the entirety of Choo's Major League career, and that was especially how it was in a lost 2016 that saw him make four trips to the disabled list. More» Choo on feeling comfortable in batter's box
  • March 23 3:15 PM ET

    Black sharing insight with Rockies' young arms

    One of the first things Bud Black said when the Rockies hired him as their skipper was that he "sees the game through the pitcher's eyes," and sometimes those words are meant to be taken literally. More»Black breaks down young arms on pitching staff
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

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

    By Anthony Castrovince/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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