One day in the locker room I overheard an Asian gent tell someone he learned English by listening to the radio as a kid. Namely, he tuned in to the late Chick Hearn calling Laker games and Vin Scully calling Dodger games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills _ just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason after losing two of the National League's top players this past week.
Brandon McCarthy gave Los Angeles a much-needed strong start, Yasmani Grandal homered in a six-run fifth inning and the Dodgers salvaged the finale of a three-game series with a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Yu Darvish pitched eight innings in his longest outing since elbow surgery and the Texas Rangers scored the tying and go-ahead runs without a hit, completing a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
From the gutters of the independent league to the brink of the majors, Fresno Grizzlies closer James Hoyt is well traveled. And his next stop might be Houston to join the Houston Astros. Fresno catcher Tyler Heineman breaks down Hoyt's pitch repertoire, which includes a slider and split-finger fastball.
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Boise High product James Hoyt may be Astros' next dominant reliever