Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|In his first week in the big leagues, Kris Bryant is still searching for his first home run. But he has quickly demonstrated that he's far more than just the home run hitter he's known and expected to be.
More»CHC@PIT Bryant just misses homer with long foul|
|A week ago, Russell was still a full-time shortstop whose Major League path appeared blocked. Now, he's a big leaguer. Things can change in a hurry in this game. Just ask a Cubs team that has quickly become legit.
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|Statcast makes its 2015 debut on tonight's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals, and the technology is going to arm fans, scouts, executives and coaches alike with a deluge of data that helps them better understand and evaluate what is taking place on the field.
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|We waited 12 long and lonely days for Kris Bryant to make an offensive impact at the Major League level and, well, the wait continues. Though he made some nice plays in the field, Bryant took an 0-for-4 at the plate in his big league debut on Friday vs. the Padres, striking out three times and leaving five on base.
More» Bryant makes his debut in the Major Leagues|
|That offense is the primary reason the Red Sox weren't adamant about adding an ace over the winter. As we've seen so far, with the Red Sox compiling a 6-3 record, bats like these can be a separator in this sport, even if the starting five isn't stocked up on Cy Young candidates.
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|We'll see how heated it gets if for Robin Ventura if the top-of-the-order struggles continue for the White Sox. Until then, a reformed roster deserves benefit of the doubt, as does a manager who has finally been given a fighting chance to prove his hiring wasn't so crazy after all.
More» Abreu makes the diving stop and gets the out|
|Even if the season is still wearing temporary tags, it has already asked an awful lot of a short-staffed club that can ill-afford a slow start in a deep division.
More» Carrasco exits after being hit by comebacker|
|It's become abundantly clear that the Royals aren't ever going to lose another baseball game. Ever.
More» Royals score six runs on two hits in the 8th|
|Sure, you can call the Indians a sleeper or an outright favorite to unseat the aging Tigers in a deep American League Central. Such attention is understandable. But until they can routinely take down Detroit between the lines, the Indians still have the look of a little brother.
More» Castellanos' homer ends McAllister's day|
|They could not have taken more distinctly different paths to get here, but here they are. Corey Kluber and David Price. American League Central aces. Cy Young Award winners. Saturday opponents at Progressive Field.
More»Price and Kluber meet in AL Central showdown|
|Frank Robinson, the first African-American skipper in the Major Leagues, clubbed a homer in his player-manager debut for the Tribe forty years ago today.
More»Robinson makes managerial debut on Opening Day 1975|
|We had some fun Tuesday looking at some overreactions to the one-day sample that is Opening Day. But just because we ought to know better than to draw conclusions from early April output doesn't mean we should ignore the results completely. With that in mind, here are five takeaways from what we've seen so far.
More» Gray one-hits Rangers in superb season debut|
|The Braves need more people in their corner right about now, at a time when fans are understandably frustrated and the roster has more people coming and going than Peachtree Station.
More» Braves on Kimbrel, Upton Jr. trade to Padres|
|The Marlins are best left to chalk up a 2-1 loss to the Braves on Monday as a case of first-day jitters. But on the whole, one game certainly doesn't cloud our overall perception of what this club can be in 2015.
More» Alvarez opens up 2015 season with fastball|
|It's one thing to talk about how "hope springs eternal" when everybody's 0-0. It's another thing to mean it.
More»Maddon sets rotation as Cubs look towards Opening Day|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the National League West.
More»Bochy on expectations following World Series victory|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division race. At the dawn of a new season, these are five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the American League West.
More»Prince Fielder on health, expectations for 2015|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the National League Central.
More»An in-depth analysis of the 2015 NL Central battle|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the American League Central.
More»High Heat breaks down the outlook for the 2015 Twins|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division race. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the National League East.
More»An in-depth analysis of the 2015 NL East battle|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|