Stories by Ben Walker

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

MLB replay begins slow stroll toward postseason

Major League Baseball said it would take a few years to get the replay system just right. Five months into the season, everyone is still learning, now that most everything except balls-and-strikes ...
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mets rookie hurler baffles Braves

NEW YORK - Rookie Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and delivered a table-setting hit from the No. 8 spot in the batting order.
By Ben Walker

Friday, April 18, 2014

Braves hold Mets to one hit in victory

NEW YORK - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
By Ben Walker

Monday, March 31, 2014

New replay system makes impact

Major League Baseball launched the expanded replay era Monday, and saw instant results - a pair of missed calls by umpires got fixed fast, without any arguments.
By Ben Walker

Friday, March 21, 2014

Replay wizards becoming key positions

Before this year, replay mainly focused on potential home-run balls. Now, most every call is subject to review, making replay wizards an important position on MLB teams.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Wire fox terrier wins best in show at Westminster

A wire fox terrier called Sky won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a season in which she was ranked the nation?s No. 1 dog.
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Protective baseball caps pitchers introduced by MLB

New protective baseball caps, which are heavier and larger than current caps, will be available to pitchers in spring training
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer win Cy Young awards

NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball's Cy Young Awards.
By Ben Walker

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Ortiz led Red Sox on, off field

David "Big Papi" Ortiz led the Red Sox on and off the field and won his third world championship in the last 10 years.
By Ben Walker

Boston's Ortiz named World Series MVP

BOSTON - Most Valuable Papi. David Ortiz walked off with the World Series MVP prize Wednesday night, capping a dominant week in which he led the Boston Red Sox over St. Louis.
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Wacha hopes to give grounded Cardinals a lift

Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, who is 4-0 in the postseason, will be on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series.
By Ben Walker

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

Ex-GreenJacket comes up aces for Boston

ST. LOUIS — Former Augusta GreenJacket Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship.
By Ben Walker

Red Sox pull even in World Series

ST. LOUIS - Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday night, tying the World Series at two games ...
By Ben Walker

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Rare obstruction call causes stir

ST. LOUIS - By Sunday morning, most everyone had become an expert on the obstruction rule. “How can u make a call like that in the World Series,” rapper Lil Wayne tweeted.
By Ben Walker

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

World Series shifts to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — From the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. The World Series scene is shifting, and St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright couldn’t be happier.
By Ben Walker

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Expanded replay will change professional baseball

Starting next season, expanded instant replay is expected to change Major League Baseball forever.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Boston strikes first in World Series

BOSTON — Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive Series win.
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Red Sox, Cardinals have rich World Series history

Something special always seems to happen when the St. Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox meet in the World Series.
By Ben Walker

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Red Sox, Cardinals have history

Cardinals-Red Sox, once again in the World Series. Fully rested, they'll start Wednesday night at Fenway Park with Boston opening as a slim favorite.
By Ben Walker

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Rangers to face Rays in tiebreaker for AL wild-card

The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163. Both teams wound up even, forcing a tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot.
By Ben Walker
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