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How Andrew McCutchen Has Become an Even Better Player Post-MVP

The technical term for Andrew McCutchen's performance in 2012 and 2013 is "a hard act to follow."<p>All he did was hit .322 with a .932 OPS across those two seasons, with last year's National League MVP award being the bow on top of it all. It's hard to ask a guy to be any better than that.<p>And yet, …

The Biggest Issues the San Francisco Giants Must Address at the Trade Deadline

The San Francisco Giants have fallen on tough times in the past week, losing six of their last seven games. Fortunately for the Giants, they had built a sizable lead in the NL West and are still ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers by six games.<p>During this recent skid, the Giants have had bouts of poor …

Tony Gwynn belonged to everyone

Most baseball fans never got to cheer for a team with Tony Gwynn on it. Most of us cheered for him anyway.<p>The players we care about the most are not necessarily the ones that bring us the most happiness. There is too much riding on it for the relationships to be quite as healthily abstract as they …

Predicting New York Yankees' Top Targets in 2014 International Prospect Market

The international prospect market opens on July 2, and the New York Yankees are gearing up to spend a whole lot of money.<p>After spending over $300 million this past offseason on players like Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, general manager Brian Cashman is now …

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Accused South Korea ferry crew say rescue was coastguard's job

GWANGJU South Korea (Reuters) - The surviving crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people and sparking a nationwide outpouring of grief argued on Tuesday that it was up to the coastguard to rescue the passengers, not them.<p>A Coast Guard ship passes near the upturned …

Nebraska's Deadly Twin Tornadoes Devastate Pilger, Stanton

Rescuers scoured the debris of leveled homes in northeast Nebraska early Tuesday for people trapped under the rubble after deadly twin twisters wreaked havoc on farming communities.<p>Complicating the rescue effort was the threat of another lashing from severe storms: after a tornado watch expired at …

Avengers: Age of Ultron set reports suggest a couple of surprise appearances, new set photos arrive online

<i>Warning: Potential minor Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers to follow (so feel free to skip the text for some set photos)….</i><p>Cameras are currently …

Jerry Sands broke three bats in one plate appearance. That’s hard to do

Jerry Sands broke three bats in one plate appearance. That’s hard to do.