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  1. Angels' AL-best O not firing on all cylinders

    Christina Kahrl

    Albert Pujols' hot start has been tremendously good news for the Angels. Of course, it's always a good thing to have the big guy bash nine homers in the season's first month. And after an injury-marred 2013 season, it certainly helps that it appears ...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  2. Bucs, Reds sort stuff out before showdown

    Christina Kahrl

    You might expect that the easy focus during baseball's penultimate regular-season weekend is on guessing who's going to make it into October. Not so much in the National League, though, where the playoff slate has been essentially settled for weeks. ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  3. Mike Trout proving himself all over again

    Christina Kahrl

    In 2012, Mike Trout cranked out one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time. As a 20-year-old, Trout led the league in runs scored and stolen bases while hitting .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs. People noticed; it was in all the papers. He won AL...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  4. Pirates first to 50, but they're no fluke

    Christina Kahrl

    First team to 50 wins, the Pittsburgh Pirates? For reals? Legit? By getting there behind Francisco Liriano's start, a deep pen's collective hold and save, and the homers hit by Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones, today's Pirates might have done ...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  5. Konerko redefines challenges, expectations

    Christina Kahrl

    Make no mistake about it, Paul Konerko had a great spring in Arizona. He was among among the Cactus League leaders in homers, which seemed to silence questions about there being any lingering effects from the things that helped end his 2012 season on...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  6. Braves' Uptons both go downtown

    Christina Kahrl

    On a night when folks might have been wondering if Chris Davis was going to hit his fifth home run in his fifth game, somebody did do it. It just wasn't Chris Davis. Justin Upton's two-homer night was just his latest "happy to be here" feat now th...

    Blog | April 07, 2013
  7. Leyland uses every bullet, not just best

    Christina Kahrl

    DETROIT -- Where the Tigers are concerned, it's easy to lose yourself in the statistical feats of their star sluggers: Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, of course, but also Prince Fielder notching his sixth consecutive 30-homer season and Austin Jackson...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  8. 'AJP' stands for A.J. Power

    Christina Kahrl

    Having already hit his 19th shot of the season on Friday, A.J. Pierzynski adding his 20th against the Angels on Saturday probably shouldn't be that much of a surprise -- he "just" raised his career high for homers another notch. But that's his fourth...

    Blog | August 04, 2012
  9. 'AJP' stands for A.J. Power

    Christina Kahrl

    Having already hit his 19th shot of the season on Friday, A.J. Pierzynski's adding his 20th against the Angels on Saturday probably shouldn't be that much of a surprise -- he "just" raised his career high for homers another notch. But that's his four...

    Blog | August 04, 2012
  10. O's and Rays East's rising powers?

    Christina Kahrl

    The Society for American Baseball Research recently cranked out a history of the 1970 Baltimore Orioles, appropriately titled, Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers, reflecting the three things that their skipper, Earl Weaver, always preached as th...

    Blog | May 06, 2012
  11. Reds' rotation demands tough choices

    Christina Kahrl

    One of the reliable tropes about both general managers and managers is that everybody's good at something. Some managers might be exceptionally good with getting the most out of a veteran roster, and some GMs might be especially effective in adding t...

    Blog | November 18, 2011
  12. Who whiffs, walks and whomps?

    Christina Kahrl

    Taking my own fandom back a ways, there were some guys who were flat-out fun to root for because you could anticipate they'd do one of three things at home plate: homer, whiff or walk. Rob Deer was a paragon of these virtues, doing one of these three...

    Blog | September 14, 2011
  13. Johnny Damon's milestone

    Christina Kahrl

    With a two-bagger on Saturday, Johnny Damon has pelted major league outfields with his 500th double. As The Associated Press was quick to report, "Damon became just the 11th player all-time to have 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers, and 2,500 hits...

    Blog | June 18, 2011
  14. Add an ace to the Reds' recipe

    Christina Kahrl

    Like more than a few teams, the Reds are nearing the season's one-third mark mucking around .500, They're closer to fifth place than first in the NL Central, but in today's parity party, half the league is within single three-game series of the Reds....

    Blog | May 28, 2011
  15. A no-Bull(s) Chicago rebound

    Christina Kahrl

    Ryan Dempster's problems with the long ball were news -- of a ghastly sort, but news nonetheless -- in April. After surrendering nine homers in his first six starts, alarm klaxons where blaring, fans were panicking and an already bleak rotation pictu...

    Blog | May 25, 2011
  16. Searching the low SIERAs

    Christina Kahrl

    James Shields' big turnaround has been remarkable enough, but various interpretive metrics helped anticipate that better times were coming for the Rays' workhorse after last year's ill fortune. Shields' league-leading 34 homers allowed were part of t...

    Blog | May 14, 2011