|It had been four years since Ryne Sandberg was available to make the trek to this little town of 1,834 on the banks of Lake Otsego as he chased the dream of managing in the Major Leagues.
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|Poised to become the highest-drafted player from the White Sox ACE program, Corey Ray is ready for wherever the sport takes him next.
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|It's Memorial Day -- a time to pay tribute to the people who fought for our freedoms and lost their lives. This is also time to enjoy a baseball season still in its early stages -- one that's already provided plenty of memories for fans of all ages. Here's a Memorial Day look at 10 Memorable Moments from the first two months of baseball's 2016 campaign.
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|Just consider this one of those cases where you have to hit rock bottom before you can start moving back toward the top. It might take a little while for the White Sox to get over their weekend in Kansas City, after the Royals pulled off a series of escapes worthy of a Dean Gunnarson television special. But it will happen.
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|The real Matt Harvey re-emerged on a Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Citi Field, sparing the Mets a least that little bit of anxiety moving forward.
More» Harvey fans six in seven scoreless innings|
|This was much more Cardinal-like. Carlos Martinez, who in five previous May starts was 0-5 with a 6.84 earned run average, was exactly what the Cardinals wanted him to be Monday, as he shut out the Brewers for eight innings with a powerful, dominating performance.
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|The Kansas City Royals have accomplished so much the last two seasons that it's hard to be blown away by anything they do anymore. Okay, check that. They just did. The Royals had themselves an amazing weekend even by their own high standards. One stunning victory followed by another and then another.
More» Royals take lead in 8th with three-run rally|
|Buck Showalter is a rare breed. The Orioles' manager has had a lengthy career and a lifetime full of unique experiences. He shares some of those in this week's Q&A.
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|Hunter Pence is what the Giants are all about. He is arguably the most unrecognized impact player in baseball. There is not much conversation about Pence or the Giants until they show up at the ballpark.
More» Pence scorches three RBI doubles in win|
|Here's hoping the Mets and Dodgers have the good sense to end this ridiculous thing here and now. To escalate it further benefits no one.
More» Syndergaard ejected after throwing at Utley|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the coolest things to happen in baseball this season. So is that why he deserves a spot on the American League All-Star team? Actually, yes.
More»MLB Tonight breaks down Bradley Jr.'s hit streak|
|Young talent was a central theme of last year's All-Star Game, with a record 20 players who were 25 or younger suiting up at Great American Ball Park. There's a lot more of that in the pipeline for this summer's game at Petco Park, but the prodigies are under attack from a group of unsung candidates.
More» Martin crushes a walk-off homer in the 9th|
|Nearly a month after Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson didn't get a picture at Dodger Stadium with Barry Bonds, one of his all-time favorite baseball players, he received an apologetic phone call from baseball's home run leader.
|The memory lingers for Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. It was late last August. He was with the Rockies' Class A Advanced affiliate in Modesto, Calif, getting ready to make his first appearance in a professional game since he had undergone Tommy John surgery for the second time in April 2014. And there was an anxiety of the uncertainty he was going to face -- until he threw that first pitch in that game against San Jose.
More» Chatwood tosses seven dominant innings|
|With a little more than a quarter of the season behind them, the Marlins have essentially been treading water in the National League East's four-team logjam.
More» Mattingly on Ichiro's big game in the 7-6 win|
|The premise for a small-budget baseball team with questionable offseason upgrades is that everything -- especially the big stuff -- has to go right. But for the Cleveland Indians, some of the big stuff has gone absolutely, positively wrong. And yet, here they are, half a game out of first place in the American League Central entering Memorial Day weekend.
More»Castrovince talks AL Central, Blue Jays and more|
|This rebuilding of the Braves is baseball's version of watching sausages being made. It's not pretty, but it'll taste good in the end. With that big picture in mind, every trade of a Jason Heyward here or a Craig Kimbrel there makes sense.
More» Teheran fans 12, holds Brewers to one run|
|There is nothing more to be done about the first 46 games of the season. But you had to like what manager Paul Molitor said in regard to Miguel Sano: "It's a tough game. He's kind of learned that."
More» Sano crushes a two-run dinger to left|
|If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.
More»Giants' late-game heroics lead to five walk-off wins|
|As was the case late last week, the Mets are extending the leash on struggling starter Matt Harvey, letting him make his next scheduled start on time, following another eye-catching, ERA-raising night against the Nationals. But given their competitive state, the Mets can't reasonably let this situation linger much longer.
More»Sherman and MLB Central discuss Harvey, Mets|
|With the Indians taking three of four from the White Sox -- and beating Chris Sale and Jose Quintana on consecutive days -- the AL Central is back to being almost anybody's division to take, just as it was expected to be in Spring Training. Here's a look at moves front offices could make to get an edge.
More» Kluber strikes out nine White Sox|
|Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister says he's sure to feel a swirl of emotions on Friday, when he looks across the diamond and sees all those familiar faces wearing the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
|On May 4, CC Sabathia pitched six innings of scoreless, six-hit ball in a 7-0 win over the Orioles at Baltimore. Five days later, Aroldis Chapman returned from a 30-game domestic abuse suspension.
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|In the immortal words of White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson, no problem, big guy. You can't win 'em all. Really, you can't. Not even if you're Chris Sale.
More» Ventura on Sale's rough night on the mound|
|In his final season, David Ortiz has again been a catalyst to a Red Sox revival this year, helping Boston take over first place in the American League East with a season-opening effort that is reminiscent of prime-time Big Papi.
More» Papi ropes a two-run double to right field|
|Can the Royals succeed while being last in the American League in innings pitched by starters?
More» Volquez fans six over 6 2/3 frames|
|It was the week that was, Toronto manager John Gibbons said with his usual good humor before the Blue Jays dropped a 6-0 decision to the division-rival Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
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|While the first quarter of the 2016 season has created some interesting debates, there are still plenty of questions to be answered by the surprises and the disappointments. Here are the top 10 storylines to consider at the quarter point of the season.
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|Who you got as the best 1-2 combination of starting pitchers in baseball? There's no one answer, so go ahead and argue the point. You couldn't go wrong with the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto or the Nationals' Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Ditto the White Sox's Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Maybe even the Indians' Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco when they're at the top of their games.
More»Sale starts the season red hot with a 9-0 record|
|One of the best ways to appreciate Buck Showalter's genius is to show up early one morning in Spring Training and watch him run a couple of drills with his Baltimore Orioles. On Showalter's 60th birthday, this is a path to understanding one of baseball's most respected, creative and successful managers.