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  1. AL: What's important in September

    Rob Neyer

    Even if your team isn't in the pennant race, September is an important month. Here is what each American League team hopes to accomplish in the final month. Boston Red Sox: As the Red Sox enter the season's final stretch, Terry Francona's focus wi...

    Blog | September 01, 2011
  2. AL second-half team previews

    Rob Neyer

    As the second half kicks off, our SweetSpot Network weighs in with a quick look at the state of each team and what to expect in the second half. Boston Red Sox (55-35, +111 run differential) What needs to be fixed or accomplished in the second ...

    Blog | July 14, 2011
  3. Grading the AL teams through May

    Rob Neyer

    New York Yankees (29-23) For all the dithering and complaining that's been going on in the Bronx, the Yankees have the second-best record in the American League, propelled by the best offense in baseball. Russell Martin (.253/.363/.479) has been ...

    Blog | May 31, 2011
  4. AL pleasant surprises: Team-by-team

    Rob Neyer

    Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton was supposed to start the year in the minors but injuries to Baltimore's rotation forced his promotion. In five starts he is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA. He is a ground ball pitcher (57.3 GB percent) who has already induced fi...

    Blog | April 29, 2011
  5. O's turnaround is real ... and fantastic

    Rob Neyer

    As a few souls have observed, the Baltimore Orioles have played like a completely different team since Buck Showalter took over as manager in early August. The American League East standings since then: BAL 26-15 BOS 22-18 -3.5 TAM 22-18 -3.5 N...

    Blog | September 16, 2010
  6. Second-half previews: American League

    Rob Neyer

    Today, with the help of my SweetSpot colleagues, we're taking a look at each team's priorities as we head toward the July 31 trade deadline, and beyond. First, the American League: Angels: One gets the sense that the Angels are content to sit back...

    Blog | July 15, 2010
  7. O's first basemen still homer-free

    Rob Neyer

    Recently I visited a World War II museum, and a number of the displays were accompanied by (according to the placards) "factoids" ... Aren't factoids a bit too unserious for a museum dedicated to the battles and deaths of many tens of thousands of hu...

    Blog | June 21, 2010
  8. Lee throws strikes, should leave M's

    Rob Neyer

    Jeff Passan on Cliff Lee, who figures to be our second-most famous pitcher until he's traded: The team that acquired him during the offseason, the Seattle Mariners, are a disaster - 24-39, worse than every team but the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsbu...

    Blog | June 14, 2010
  9. Twins lose first game (to weather) in 30 years

    Rob Neyer

    Wait. It's still snowing somewhere that isn't a mountain? Yeah: The Twins, for the first time since 1980, heard those dreaded words at home: Game postponed because of rain. The Twins, who moved this year to outdoor Target Field, which has no retr...

    Blog | May 07, 2010
  10. Thanks to Twins, attendance steady

    Rob Neyer

    Tom Van Riper on some early returns: Good thing the powers that be in Major League Baseball reconsidered their idea to contract the Minnesota Twins in the 1990s. They may just end up saving the 2010 season. Before Game 2 of the 2009 World Series...

    Blog | April 19, 2010
  11. The new and improved SweetSpot Network

    Rob Neyer

    OK, so this post should have appeared yesterday, but sometimes the Fates intervene ... So we'll call this our Opening Day. Today, ESPN and SweetSpot are thrilled to announce the expansion of the SweetSpot Network that began with seven independent...

    Blog | April 06, 2010
  12. Steady Cuellar a master of the screwball

    Rob Neyer

    Every time something like this happens, a little piece of me dies, too... Mike Cuellar, a crafty left-hander from Cuba whose darting screwball made him a World Series champion and Cy Young winner with the Baltimore Orioles, died Friday. He was 72....

    Blog | April 03, 2010
  13. Royals return to national glory

    Rob Neyer

    Mark your calendars, sports fans: on the 4th of July, the Royals will be featured on Sunday Night Baseball!'s Daniel Rathman: The last time the Kansas City Royals were featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, President Bill Clinton was in...

    Blog | January 27, 2010
  14. Tigers satisfy need for lefty bat

    Rob Neyer

    Bless You Boys' Ian Casselberry on the latest (moderately) big deadline deal: The Tigers acquired Aubrey Huff from the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon in exchange for minor league pitcher Brett Jacobson. Playing mostly at first base this season...

    Blog | August 18, 2009
  15. Orioles turn reliever into prospects

    Rob Neyer

    Some deals just barely need any comment at all. Like this one: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles have agreed in principle to a trade that would send former All-Star reliever George Sherrill to Los Angeles for two minor league prospects. ...

    Blog | July 30, 2009
  16. Defending Peter Angelos

    Rob Neyer

    Sometimes they write letters. Brady Anderson, for instance: Sports Illustrated recently named Peter Angelos, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles, as the worst owner in the game. Having played for the Orioles for 14 seasons, nine during the Angelos er...

    Blog | June 02, 2009