Jamey Newberg: +1.

David Price, with his insanely strange career mark against the Rangers (3-5, 5.52 in 13 regular season games, plus 1-6, 5.48 in six playoff starts and one relief appearance), by far his lifetime nemesis among teams he’s faced more than a couple times, served up a Shin-Soo Choo home run on his second pitch of the game, […]

Newberg: Pro Active.

The point of this morning’s entry, as it cooked in my head the past few days, was going to be that if I were another team, I’d be aggressively trying to pry Jurickson Profar free from Texas, like Sandy Alomar Jr. blocked by Benito Santiago, Jeff Bagwell stuck behind Scott Cooper, Michael Young caught in […]

Newberg: Prologue?

Since the last time Texas and Toronto met, a full 40 percent of the Rangers’ 25-man roster has changed. Since that ineradicably memorable meeting, a full 40 percent of the Blue Jays’ 25-man roster has changed, too. David Price has moved on, as has Yovani Gallardo, and if you think those two don’t belong in […]

Newberg: A moment that took me back 22 years.

Around here the 1994 season is remembered for a few things. A new Ballpark, and color scheme. Kenny’s perfect game. And a first-place finish in the West (never mind that Texas was 10 games under .500) that produced a footnote rather than a franchise-first playoff berth, as the season effectively ended on August 12, when […]

Peter Gammons: Dee Gordon, Beltre, and more spring notes

SURPRISE, Ar.—It was a year ago in Jupiter, Fla. that Dee Gordon outlined his spring training plan. “My game has to be leadoff,” Gordon said. “Now, I realize why people want me to take a lot of pitches and walk more. But what pitcher even thinks about walking me? That’s giving me my game. The […]

Newberg: Fuel injection.

I think I’ve been here before Yes, I’ve been here before The last time you locked All the doors — “Yes I Am,” Radiohead So why does it still hurt? Don’t blow your mind with why — “Bloom,” Radiohead *                               […]

Newberg: The comfort of powerlessness

We sat down last night to watch a couple old episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio,” the first one featuring Sting and then another starring Anthony Hopkins, the latter of whom said something toward the end of his hour that, naturally, made me think about baseball. “Today is the tomorrow I was so worried about yesterday.” Thursday, […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) METS 7, NATIONALS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 […]

In honor of Dellin Betances and Brett Lawrie

Dellin Betances hung an 84 MPH knuckle curve on an 0-2 pitch to Brett Lawrie in the 10th inning last evening to provide the difference in the A’s 4-3 victory over the Yankees. It was the first 0-2 homer allowed by Betances in his career and the third homer hit by Lawrie on an 0-2 […]

Newberg: Left off

This one’s not about Matt Harrison, whose big league debut was seven years ago today but whose start in Arlington tonight may be nearly as huge emotionally, or about Martin Perez, who went a crisp 6-7-2-2-0-6 last night in a rehab start for Round Rock and whose march is steady. It’s not about Robbie Ray, […]