Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|The Royals owned the American League in last year's playoffs. But entering 2015, their division felt very much up for grabs. The Tigers had won four straight AL Central crowns, while the seemingly improved White Sox and the Indians both looked capable of making a run at the top spot. If any club was generally counted out of the running before Opening Day, it was the Twins.
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|Think we're done here? Pfft. Here are seven clubs who could make an August move.
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|In the quiet period leading up to this last week of July, we heard a lot of chatter about Major League Baseball possibly moving the non-waiver Trade Deadline to mid-August to account for the increased parity brought about by having two Wild Card teams per league and the logjam it causes on the trade market.
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|Before this week, the Kansas City Royals could return to the World Series. Now they should return to the World Series. Before, they might win the title. Now, they'd better win the title.
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|Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).
More»Top 25 players 25 and younger revealed|
|The 2015 Cooperstown class got its Hall call and stage time on Sunday. But on the field, on a daily basis in Major League Baseball, we're witnessing an incredible crop of 25-and-under talent that is bound to be beating down the Hall's door 20 years from now.
More» Trout blasts two homers vs. Rangers|
|Could Craig Kimbrel, arguably the greatest active closer, be traded twice in four months? Well, it's complicated.
More» Kimbrel seals Padres' win with his 29th save|
|His full name is Colbert Michael Hamels, and, honestly, the Colbert Report, of late, had not been especially flattering.
More» Hamels brilliant as he tosses no-hitter|
|Chris Sale looks the part. He relishes the part. He even acts the part. But it would be incorrect to call Sale the new Randy Johnson. After all, many of his numbers at this point in his career are even better than those of the Big Unit.
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|Major League Baseball's trade market might be the rare marketplace in which the cost of the rent has trended downward over the years.
More»Neyer talks Trade Deadline on High Heat|
|Eighty-one days separated the Major League debuts of Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. But the difference in our collective appreciation for what those two great men meant for the game -- and the nation -- is incalculable.
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|When a win over a last-place team to get to .500 qualifies as one of your better days in recent weeks, when the best hitter on your team (or any team) is on the shelf for another month, when your farm system is light and your payroll is full, when you've got two of the most attractive trade chips in the game nearing free agency, you do what the Tigers appear prepared to do.
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|If you want to get technical, Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak ended at the All-Star Game with a big crack off the bat of Mike Trout in the top of the first. But the Midsummer Classic counts for home-field advantage, not the season stat line. And with eight magnificent innings against the Nationals on Sunday, Greinke's stingy stretch rolled on.
More»Greinke's scoreless streak reaches 43 2/3 innings|
|Baseball's ceremonial second half is upon us. Clarity is not. The standings, by and large, are a wonderfully muddled mess. So let's dig into things here at the midpoint and see what the second half might have in store.
More»Previewing the second half of the MLB season|
|For the first time in All-Star Game history, a player has won the MVP Award in back-to-back seasons. Mike Trout led off the game with a solo home run to right field and finished the evening 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
More» Trout receives second straight All-Star MVP|
|In baseball's first event driven by a timer, hometown hero Todd Frazier's first swing in his final-round bonus time on Monday night was a 410-foot drive over Great American Ball Park's left-field wall to beat Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson, 15-14, in a fittingly dramatic end to what will go down as a memorable Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.
More» Frazier earns Home Run Derby victory|
|Kyle Schwarber's name was a hot topic Sunday. Not just here at Great American Ball Park, where more than 100 friends and family members from his nearby hometown watched him win MVP honors at baseball's premier prospects showcase. But also a few hundred miles away at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs entered the All-Star break with a bit of a catching conundrum.
More» Schwarber discusses his MVP performance|
|Great American Ball Park joined the rest of this city in getting soaked by afternoon showers Monday, but Major League Baseball ensured the show would go on, albeit with a truncated version of the previously announced format to complete the event before more rain overtakes it.
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|The Indians liked Brad Zimmer. That's why they followed him closely at the University of San Francisco. That's why they drafted him 21st overall in last year's MLB Draft. That's why they gave him a $1.9 million signing bonus. You don't go through all that without expecting a guy to be pretty good.
More»Indians prospect Zimmer on playing in Futures Game|
|It might seem as if all of baseball's future is in the present, what with 11 of the top 15 guys from MLBPipeline.com's initial 2015 Top 100 Prospects list having already seen time in the big leagues this season. But not <i>every</i> intriguing young player has graduated to the next level, and the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will give us a good glimpse of the next wave.
More»Mayo breaks down the 2015 Futures Game rosters|