Jonathan Papelbon

12 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Oakland’s Josh Reddick goes on a binge in Toronto, Mo blows up, the Brewers can’t win on Thursdays and Clayton Kershaw can’t lose when he gets four runs. These numbers and more, in this edition of amazing MLB stats for the week of August 5-11.

Oakland’s Josh Reddick goes on a binge in Toronto, Mo blows up, the Brewers can’t win on Thursdays and Clayton Kershaw can’t lose when he gets four runs. These numbers and more, in this edition of amazing MLB stats for the week of August 5-11.

5    Home runs for Josh Reddick in two days

Philadelphia Phillies 2012 Preview

Phils are still team to beat in NL
<p> The Phillies are not as young, physically sound or offensively explosive as they once were, but with a star-studded pitching staff they’re still plenty good enough to turn Halladay’s text message into gospel and go all the way in 2012.</p>

Philadelphia Phillies

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The NL Arms Race

Offseason changes add to senior circuit’s pitching depth, teams’ expectations
<p> A look at the significant pitching changes made this offseason in the National League</p>

—by Mark Ross

Similar to the American League, this offseason has seen plenty of changes when it comes to the pitching staffs in the National League. Trades and free agent signings have not only impacted rosters, but have been made in hopes of shaking up the standings in Major League Baseball's Senior Circuit.

Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies; Madson to the Red Sox?

Boston's former closer is reportedly headed to Philadelphia.
<p> Jonathan Papelbon agrees with the Phillies; Madson could go to the Red Sox.</p>

The pitchers who usually finish games have been the starters of baseball’s offseason news. With free against like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder anticipated to take weeks before signing contracts, two prominent closers have the “hot stove” burning in the northeast.

Where do the Boston Red Sox go from here?

$126 Million in committed salary, but no leadership
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by Charlie Miller

The Boston Red Sox have no general manager, no manager and $126 million committed in players’ salaries for 2012. Maybe the 126 number would frighten most GMs, but Boston has grown accustomed to payrolls north of $160 million, so it’s not that far out of line. And with ticket sales continuing at a record pace and revenues from NESN soaring, the team isn’t close to financial trouble.