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  1. Braves stress the importance of defense

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Andrelton Simmons' eyes tell him everything. He stands where the infield dirt meets the outfield grass. He prepares, knowing where each batter tends to hit the ball. He anticipates where the swing and the pitch will intersect, yet he say...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Extra bases: Smolinski keeps impressing

    Randy Jennings

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jake Smolinski only a couple of days ago was worried about playing defense in early innings because at this time of year, the sun is directly in the eyes of the left fielder. Smolinski, one of the newest Rangers, looked as if h...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  3. Mikolas can't limit damage in defeat

    Randy Jennings

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers played some great defense behind Miles Mikolas. And that's a big reason why the 25-year-old right-hander wore a long face in the clubhouse after the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. "When guys a...

    Blog | July 12, 2014
  4. Best outfield D? Don't forget the Marlins

    Mark Simon

    Earlier this week a New York sports-talk radio host convinced himself that the New York Yankees' outfield combination of Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner was the best in the majors. That's a hard sell, at least so far this season. ...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  5. What's next for John Buck?

    Doug Mittler

    The Seattle Mariners chose defense over offense by designating backup catcher John Buck for assignment in a surprising roster move late Monday night. Buck's departure clears the way for the promotion of Jesus Sucre, who has thrown out 50 percent ...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  6. David Lough's triple, defense help O's turn back Red Sox in 12

    Orioles blow lead, beat Red Sox 7-6 in 12 innings

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | July 06, 2014
  7. A's win 4-1 after Blue Jays use odd replay for run

    A's win 4-1 after Blue Jays use odd replay for run

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | July 03, 2014
  8. Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 1, Indians 0

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- This new pitching-and-defense formula seems to be working pretty well. The Los Angeles Dodgers fixed their defense about a month ago, going from one of the worst-fielding teams to one of the steadiest. Their pitching was always good...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  9. St. Louis Cardinals will overcome pitching injuries with great de...

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt explains why the St. Louis Cardinals will overcome pitching injuries thanks to their elite defense.

    Story | Conversation | June 27, 2014
  10. No explaining Nelson Cruz's big year

    David Schoenfield

    It's about time we talked about Nelson Cruz, the free agent nobody wanted in the offseason, at least for the money that Nelson Cruz wanted. Coming off a 50-game PED suspension, maligned for his defense, maligned for his age (he turns 34 on July 1), m...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  11. Defense key to Kansas City Royals' success - MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt looks closer at the Royals' recent success and writes why elite defense is the biggest factor.

    Story | Conversation | June 21, 2014
  12. Defense opens case in Bryan Stow trial with testimony from securi...

    A Major League Baseball security expert and former Secret Service agent testified Tuesday that the security he observed at Dodger Stadium on the day a fan was severely beaten was greater than any he had seen except for a presidential visit and the 2009 Wo

    Story | Conversation | June 17, 2014
  13. Perez homers to lift Royals over White Sox 6-3

    Perez homers to lift Royals over White Sox 6-3

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | June 15, 2014
  14. NCAA goes for sky-will-fall defense in O'Bannon trial

    Lester Munson

    If you pay players, the NCAA lawyers insist, the sky will fall, and the collegiate sports world will end.

    Story | Conversation | June 13, 2014
  15. Notes on D: Best on groundballs

    Mark Simon

    We've done some work in this space recently related to the efficiency of various defenses when it comes to turning different batted ball types into outs. This week, we decided to look specifically at groundballs to see which teams rate best and wo...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  16. MLB - Matt Adams and future of defensive shifts

    Michael Knisley

    The defensive shift craze is sweeping the nation, and it is definitely a game-changer. But if hitters wise up as the Cardinals' Matt Adams has, its days are numbered.

    Story | Conversation | June 09, 2014