Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|It's been a while since we've seen what a healthy, happy Prince Fielder can accomplish. In 2015, that guy has returned to lift weights, lift balls out of the yard and lift the Rangers. Let's examine five keys that have helped Fielder to a hot start this season.
More» Fielder hits a three-run homer in the 5th|
|For a long while there, the Royals' All-Star representation used to be of the token variety, but you might have noticed that things have changed with the club. Kansas City captivated our imagination last October and has surged to start this season. Now the difficulty is not so much finding a guy on this roster worthy of his Midsummer Classic moment but rather winnowing down the list of worthy candidates.
More»Which Royals outfielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|Memorial Day marked Josh Hamilton's proper return to the Rangers and to the game it has so often seemed he was born to play. This is a game that has sustained him, and this is a team that has, in the past, given him the proper support system.
More» Hamilton on his return to baseball|
|The most difficult All-Star ballot decisions often come down to established commodities vs. hot hands. These choices are all the more interesting when they involve two guys on the same team. Or more directly, in the same outfield.
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|The Blue Jays and Mariners enter their weekend series in Toronto in similar states of frustration. Unwittingly, they have illustrated that you can get so many things right in the offseason and still have so much go wrong in the season itself.
More» Cruz's three-run shot in return to Baltimore|
|Baseball doesn't currently have an "Iron Man" in the vein of Cal Ripken Jr., or even Robert Downey Jr. But it does have a few position players who have proven more durable than others. Let's examine five who stand out.
More» Cano fields, spins and fires to record out|
|Giancarlo Stanton was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. Bryce Harper, for all we know, could be the next. Which outfielder is more deserving of an All-Star Game vote?
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|Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were highly touted phenoms inextricably tied in our daily dialogue when they were promoted to the big leagues on the same day three years ago last month. Trout's astounding ascendance since had pushed Harper to the background. But Harper has reignited the conversation with his 2015 production.
More» Harper collects three hits, four RBIs in win|
|There are guys like Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant who spend the early portion of their careers merely trying to catch up to all the outlandish feats prescribed for them. And then there are guys like Michael Brantley and Lorenzo Cain, who become superstars much more surreptitiously.
More»Which AL outfielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|Here's a fundamental thing we must understand about today's game: Players who post up nearly every day of 162, have become more and more of an exception than a rule.
More» Carpenter's two-run homer puts Cards ahead|
|Kluber does expect great things from himself, and, even if his bid Wednesday night for the Tribe's first no-hitter in almost exactly 34 years fell one seventh-inning groundball single from Jhonny Peralta (and three ninth-inning outs) shy of completion, this performance in the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Cardinals was about as dominant as a human being can be on a baseball mound.
More» Kluber takes no-no into 7th, strikes out 18|
|Indians ace Corey Kluber (0-5, 5.04 ERA) can take solace in the fact that he's hardly the only big name on the MLB scene who has endured a frustrating first five weeks.
More» Kluber fans Cain to notch 500th career K|
|Troy Tulowitzki has been voted in as the National League's starting shortstop for the All-Star Game each of the last two years and three of the last four. But Tulo might face some stiff competition on this year's ballot, and two of the names in the early mix qualify as a surprise: Cincinnati's Zack Cozart and Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria.
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|Although Boston's rotation has struggled, stats suggest it is not lackluster as perceived, and the club is looking at options to improve it.
More» Porcello fans six in scoreless start|
|In the span of four and a half months, the Red Sox traded for Yoenis Cespedes to be their left fielder, signed Hanley Ramirez to be their left fielder and traded Yoenis Cespedes to be somebody else's left fielder. So, eventually, they made their decision. All-Star voters might have to make a similar decision, albeit one unaffected by free-agent timetables.
More»Which AL left fielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|Entering Thursday's play, the Cardinals, Royals, Dodgers, Astros, Yankees and Mets were the top six teams in the Majors in relief ERA. Oh, and they also happened to be leading their respective division. Can't be a total coincidence, can it?
More» Davis fans Swisher to notch the save|
|With Derek Jeter gone, the AL shortstop scene is complicated. We don't have an established, perennial All-Star who's going to scoop up the votes from the sentimentalists, and, here in early May, we have only the smallest of statistical samples to guide those driven by data. A few clear candidates could emerge in the coming weeks. But right here, right now, let's focus on two guys who, not long ago, caused a Boston traffic jam at the position and now could cause a similar scene in the voting.
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|When in doubt, turn to Mike Trout. If a generational talent like Trout is making a conscious effort to revamp his style even in the slightest, then it's worth exploring.
More» Trout clocks a solo shot off Hahn|
|Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman. But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them.
More» Travis crushes a solo homer to open the 3rd|
|Paulo Orlando's triples trip is one of those statistical aberrations you've got to love about April. Here are some others that may or may not stand the test of 162.
More» Guerrero hits a two-run, pinch-hit homer|
|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»|