Padres take a huge hit with Fernando Tatis Jr.’s PED suspension, and so does he

WASHINGTON — At first, Joe Musgrove wondered if something terrible had happened. Something like an unexpected death. Inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park, Padres president of baseball operations AJ Preller and manager Bob Melvin had convened a sudden meeting. There was a game in 30 or so minutes. Normally, such a meeting is not … Read more

MLB power rankings: Cardinals surge after sweeping Yankees

The trade deadline has come and gone, which means there are no more tectonic shifts left to impact the various pennant races (impactful injuries aside). For the most part, teams are what they are by now, which means reinforcements will be few and far between from now through October. In this week’s power rankings, we’ll … Read more

Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, lineup advice for Saturday’s MLB games

Look for our fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings, hitter upgrades and downgrades daily to help you make smart fantasy baseball lineup decisions and for MLB betting tips. MLB game odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook, and fantasy advice is geared towards ESPN 10-team leagues with standard scoring. Notes: This file will be updated with any … Read more

BenFred: Matt Carpenter’s comeback could help Cardinals save sinking hitters | Ben Frederickson

Matt Carpenter, Yankees hat atop his graying head, wiped away tears. “Excuse me,” Carpenter said Friday afternoon. “I didn’t want to do that. Sorry guys.” The former Cardinals All-Star had explained how he still pulls for the Cardinals — outside of this weekend, of course. He shared how excited his kids were to hear about … Read more

MLB trade deadline superlatives: Weirdest trade, most improved teams, GMs who shined and more

Have you caught your breath yet? This trade deadline did not disappoint. We waited and waited and waited for moves, and then they came, fast and furious. Now that the dust has settled on the 2022 trade deadline and I’ve shared my grades for all 30 teams, let’s have some fun with deadline superlatives. So, … Read more

MLB trade deadline: Most interesting under-the-radar moves

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of’s MLB writers. The timing of Tuesday’s monumental trade of Juan Soto to the Padres was, to the neutral baseball observer, both a blessing and a curse. The deal went … Read more

Vin Scully lives on through his voice and our memories

The phone rang two days before Christmas, a Los Angeles area code, and the unmistakable voice on the other end said from some sun-kissed aerie in Pacific Palisades: “Steve, this is Vin Scully.” “Oh course this is,” I replied. “Who else could this possibly be?” “Well, I always introduce myself,” said Scully, “because I never … Read more

Sarris: Jordan Montgomery, José Siri and the five most intriguing of the MLB trade deadline

Yeah, maybe in one respect the Juan Soto deal was the most intriguing trade of the deadline — it certainly was the biggest. But his form was one that we’ve seen before: a big star for a bunch of top prospects. We know those sorts of deals, it just happened to be one of the … Read more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady joins exclusive club on his 45th birthday

TAMPA, Fla. — When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turned 45 on Wednesday, he joined a very exclusive club: athletes competing at the highest levels of their respective sports at age 45. 2 Related Brady has long said he’d like to play until age 45, which made his 40-day retirement at age 44 this … Read more