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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.

  • May 24 11:15 AM ET

    ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

    The most difficult All-Star ballot decisions often come down to established commodities vs. hot hands. These choices are all the more interesting when they involve two guys on the same team. Or more directly, in the same outfield. More»Which NL outfielder is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 22 10:00 AM ET

    Mariners, Blue Jays await fruits of their labor

    The Blue Jays and Mariners enter their weekend series in Toronto in similar states of frustration. Unwittingly, they have illustrated that you can get so many things right in the offseason and still have so much go wrong in the season itself. More» Cruz's three-run shot in return to Baltimore
  • May 20 1:48 PM ET

    5 who come to play every day

    Baseball doesn't currently have an "Iron Man" in the vein of Cal Ripken Jr., or even Robert Downey Jr. But it does have a few position players who have proven more durable than others. Let's examine five who stand out. More» Cano fields, spins and fires to record out
  • May 20 10:21 AM ET

    ASG debate: Stanton or Harper in outfield?

    Giancarlo Stanton was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. Bryce Harper, for all we know, could be the next. Which outfielder is more deserving of an All-Star Game vote? More»Which NL right fielder is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 19 4:59 PM ET

    Harper vs. Trout could join ranks of great debates

    Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were highly touted phenoms inextricably tied in our daily dialogue when they were promoted to the big leagues on the same day three years ago last month. Trout's astounding ascendance since had pushed Harper to the background. But Harper has reignited the conversation with his 2015 production. More» Harper collects three hits, four RBIs in win
  • May 16 10:00 AM ET

    ASG debate: Brantley or Cain in AL outfield?

    There are guys like Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant who spend the early portion of their careers merely trying to catch up to all the outlandish feats prescribed for them. And then there are guys like Michael Brantley and Lorenzo Cain, who become superstars much more surreptitiously. More»Which AL outfielder is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 16 10:00 AM ET

    Durability on decline for today's players

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Cleveland. Peter Bourjos scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Here's a fundamental thing we must understand about today's game: Players who post up nearly every day of 162, have become more and more of an exception than a rule. More» Carpenter's two-run homer puts Cards ahead
  • May 13 10:10 PM ET

    Klu-bot proves to be fully operational

    Kluber does expect great things from himself, and, even if his bid Wednesday night for the Tribe's first no-hitter in almost exactly 34 years fell one seventh-inning groundball single from Jhonny Peralta (and three ninth-inning outs) shy of completion, this performance in the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Cardinals was about as dominant as a human being can be on a baseball mound. More» Kluber takes no-no into 7th, strikes out 18
  • May 13 10:00 AM ET

    5 big-time stars dealing with slow starts

    Indians ace Corey Kluber (0-5, 5.04 ERA) can take solace in the fact that he's hardly the only big name on the MLB scene who has endured a frustrating first five weeks. More» Kluber fans Cain to notch 500th career K
  • May 12 10:00 AM ET

    ASG debate: Cozart, Hechavarria not to be short-changed

    Troy Tulowitzki has been voted in as the National League's starting shortstop for the All-Star Game each of the last two years and three of the last four. But Tulo might face some stiff competition on this year's ballot, and two of the names in the early mix qualify as a surprise: Cincinnati's Zack Cozart and Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria. More»Which NL shortstop is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 12 7:08 AM ET

    Boston's rotation showing signs of hope

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) delivers during first inning AL action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday, May 10, 2015.(Peter Power(/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITAlthough Boston's rotation has struggled, stats suggest it is not lackluster as perceived, and the club is looking at options to improve it. More» Porcello fans six in scoreless start
  • May 11 10:00 AM ET

    ASG debate: Cespedes or Hanley in OF for AL?

    In the span of four and a half months, the Red Sox traded for Yoenis Cespedes to be their left fielder, signed Hanley Ramirez to be their left fielder and traded Yoenis Cespedes to be somebody else's left fielder. So, eventually, they made their decision. All-Star voters might have to make a similar decision, albeit one unaffected by free-agent timetables. More»Which AL left fielder is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 07 3:44 PM ET

    As bullpen ERAs fall, clubs rise up standings

    Entering Thursday's play, the Cardinals, Royals, Dodgers, Astros, Yankees and Mets were the top six teams in the Majors in relief ERA. Oh, and they also happened to be leading their respective division. Can't be a total coincidence, can it? More» Davis fans Swisher to notch the save
  • May 06 10:00 AM ET

    ASG debate: Jeter's shortstop successor

    With Derek Jeter gone, the AL shortstop scene is complicated. We don't have an established, perennial All-Star who's going to scoop up the votes from the sentimentalists, and, here in early May, we have only the smallest of statistical samples to guide those driven by data. A few clear candidates could emerge in the coming weeks. But right here, right now, let's focus on two guys who, not long ago, caused a Boston traffic jam at the position and now could cause a similar scene in the voting. More»Which AL shortstop is #ASGWorthy?
  • May 05 10:00 AM ET

    5 stars getting in full swing on first pitch

    When in doubt, turn to Mike Trout. If a generational talent like Trout is making a conscious effort to revamp his style even in the slightest, then it's worth exploring. More» Trout clocks a solo shot off Hahn
  • May 01 11:07 AM ET

    Travis making waves north of the border

    Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman. But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them. More» Travis crushes a solo homer to open the 3rd
  • April 30 7:43 AM ET

    Only in April: 6 thrilling stat aberrations

    Paulo Orlando's triples trip is one of those statistical aberrations you've got to love about April. Here are some others that may or may not stand the test of 162. More» Guerrero hits a two-run, pinch-hit homer
  • April 29 4:21 PM ET

    MLB game without crowd also without precedent

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards will host a game closed to the public on Wednesday afternoon. (AP)They played in front of an empty house at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon, an arrangement that is not only unusual but, in Major League Baseball terms, unprecedented. And after their 8-2 victory over the White Sox, the Orioles packed up and hit the road for three "home" games at Tropicana Field, an arrangement that is not unprecedented but, yes, is still pretty unusual. More»Britton anticipates unique experience at Camden Yards
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

    “You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay”

    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 discuss… uh… the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»
  • November 20 3:50 AM ET

    “Tell me how do we get this thing started?”

    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 Tribe’s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»
  • October 03 5:48 AM ET

    A loss. And a win.

    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»
  • September 30 8:23 PM ET

    “You’ve got to walk it, talk it, in your heart”

    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»
  • September 29 9:58 PM ET

    “Surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes”

    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 couldn’t have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»
  • September 27 7:11 PM ET

    “One step closer to knowing”

    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, he’s a […] More»
  • September 26 1:50 PM ET

    Manager of the Year?

    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 Farrell’s name and being done with it. He’s […] More»
  • September 24 3:26 PM ET

    “Been waiting for tonight”

    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»
  • September 18 6:36 PM ET

    “We got one last chance to make it real”

    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. They’ve got a remaining schedule – four against Houston, two against […] More»
  • September 10 2:07 AM ET

    “Try and catch the wind”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, “There goes our starting catcher.” Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians’ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you’d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»
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