Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|With the help of Cleveland's $6.3 million restoration project, a ballpark that once served as a symbol of Hough's faded past is now the centerpiece of its hopeful future.
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|Although the Pirates dropped their season-worst seventh straight Tuesday, they did get reigning NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen back from the DL, and the Bucs are still very much in position to make a run at an NL Wild Card spot.
More» McCutchen receives ovation in return from DL|
|The Indians made their 95th error of the season Sunday, 23 more than the league average. While the errors themselves are quantifiable, what's more difficult to determine is how much of an impact they've had on the Tribe's still-present playoff hunt.
|The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Lester strikes out nine over six solid frames|
|They call these the dog days of the baseball season. But for those with an outside shot at a Wild Card berth, now is the time to make a run or fall out of contention for good.
More» McCarthy fans eight over 6 1/3 innings|
|Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw are ahead of the pack in the NL MVP Award race heading down the stretch.
More»MLB Now discusses Stanton and Hernandez|
|Your club is in contention, and it's about to get real. You might not even be considered the most prominent player on your club, but an argument can be made that your performance down the stretch will be vital to its chances of going the distance.
More» Jimenez throws six strong in return from DL|
|We Kansas City Royals bandwagon passengers have endured a rugged ride this season. Every time you start to expect big things from the Royals, they run into heavy traffic. Every time it appears safe to count them out, they go on cruise control in the open lane.
More» Butler pads lead with three-run blast in 5th|
|With one swing of the bat Thursday afternoon, Bryce Harper changed the tone and the tenor of the conversation that had bubbled over in D.C. this week. That's the beauty of a walk-off wallop such as the one that came from Harper's bat in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Mets.
More» Harper on walk-off and extra-inning win|
|Despite injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, the Reds entered Wednesday only five games back in the NL Central race. Rookie skipper Bryan Price will need to make creative use of the assets he has down the stretch to keep Cincinnati in the hunt for a playoff spot.
More» Phillips discusses his return from an injury|
|Just because an incredible 12 trades involving 37 players went down on Deadline day doesn't mean every deal that was discussed was consummated. Many of those talks involved players still under contract through 2015 or beyond, and so the discussions of summer could serve as the backbone for deals done in the winter.
More»Lester, Cespedes among those who sport new threads|
|You've got questions about Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and we've got answers. Here is all you need to know about one of the wildest days in the history of the Major League Baseball transaction wire.
More» Mozeliak discusses Lackey, Masterson trades|
|Six guys from Boston's World Series roster are gone. In their place, though, is a collection of players that will allow the Red Sox to field the seeds of a contender in 2015 while simultaneously supporting an already well-regarded farm system.
More»Duquette on Red Sox acquiring Cespedes, Craig, Kelly|
|Shopping metaphors are in strong supply at the moment in my line of work, so let's call Justin Masterson the pair of designer shorts with a $150 price tag when the weather first warmed, now substantially discounted as the summer season wanes.
More»Masterson ready to step into the Cardinals' rotation|
|For the first time in a long time, the AL Wild Card-contending Mariners -- who have been exploring the trade market in advance of Thursday's Deadline -- have something to play for in the second half. It's a new feeling for ace Felix Hernandez.
More» Felix fans 10 in seven one-run innings|
|Jon Lester makes his next -- and possibly last -- start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, though it would surprise exactly no one if he is dealt to a contending team prior to taking the mound.
More»The guys discuss moves with Lester and Howard|
|With Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline mere days away, the hunt is on for impact acquisitions. But it's important to remember some of the impact acquisitions that helped put teams in contention and on the "buy" side of the trade equation in the first place.
More» Kazmir fires five frames of two-run ball|
|There should be unease in Dodger territory, because at some point soon -- especially with Yasiel Puig healthy -- a decision must be made on how best to handle an untenable outfield situation on a team that has begun to look quite old quite quickly.
More» Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers|
|All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is putting up numbers better than his 2013 NL MVP Award season while leading the surging Bucs back into contention.
More»MLB Tonight talks Andrew McCutchen|
|Now that the speculation about Jeff Samardzija's fate is over and the hoopla over his move to Oakland (and ensuing All-Star Game awkwardness) has died down, it's helpful to explore just what all the fuss is about in the first place.
More» Samardzija whiffs four over seven frames|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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 discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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 Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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 couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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 Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com 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. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|