Stories by Ben Walker

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Braves' Teheran still has Mets' number

NEW YORK - Mets nemesis Julio Teheran pitched seven more sparkling innings and the last-place Atlanta Braves blunted New York's bid to extend its NL wild-card lead, holding on for a 5-4 win ...
By Ben Walker

Monday, Aug 1, 2016

Rangers stock up before trade deadline

Jonathan Lucroy got a deal he liked, Carlos Beltran joined him in Texas and Jay Bruce and Rich Hill also moved Monday during an 18-swap frenzy at the trade deadline.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MLB's second half is full of storylines

Now that the All-Star fun is finished, there's a lot to look at as Major League Baseball makes the turn and heads home toward October:
By Ben Walker

Monday, May 2, 2016

Braves shake things up with seven moves

NEW YORK - The last-place Atlanta Braves reshuffled their roster Monday, making seven moves while trying to boost a punchless lineup.
By Ben Walker

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Sport starts to get tough on dippers

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz spit some chew into a bottle at his locker, then dipped into the latest notice from baseball.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

German shorthaired pointer named top dog

NEW YORK - Now appointed America's top dog - CJ, the German shorthaired pointer.
By Ben Walker

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Harper, Donaldson named MVPs

NEW YORK — Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson took the AL MVP after helping to boost the Blue Jays back into the postseason for the first time since 1993.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Arrieta, Keuchel win Cy Young Awards

NEW YORK - Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Recent hires of post-retirement age managers have worked out

Recent hires and history show baseball managers hired at age 65-over have enjoyed success
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Game 1 of World Series had a little bit of everything

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Saved by Alex Gordon's tying home run in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Kansas City Royals won Game 1 of the World Series in the 14th when Alcides Escobar ...
By Ben Walker

Royals outlast Mets in Game 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon hit a tying home run with one out in the ninth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly against Bartolo Colon in the 14th and the Kansas City Royals beat the New ...
By Ben Walker

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Royals-Mets makes for intriguing World Series matchup

A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
By Ben Walker

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Scherzer throws his second no-hitter this year

NEW YORK - Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter this season for Washington, striking out a team-record 17 and leading the Nationals over the NL East champion New York Mets 2-0 Saturday night ...
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Braves cool off Mets

NEW YORK - Rookie right-hander Matt Wisler stopped his nine-start winless drought and the Atlanta Braves stalled the New York Mets' push toward the NL East title with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.
By Ben Walker

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Playoff races, trade talks highlight second half

It sure is shaping up as a fun scramble in the second half of the baseball season.
By Ben Walker

Friday, June 19, 2015

A-Rod gets 3,000th career hit

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 29th major league player to reach the milestone on Friday night.
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MLB keeping closer eyes on game balls

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball pumped up security for its game balls this season in the wake of the Tom Brady flap.
By Ben Walker

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mets beat Braves to win ninth in row

NEW YORK - Catcher Kevin Plawecki made an impressive big league debut, contributing with his bat and glove as the banged-up New York Mets won their ninth straight game by beating the Atlanta ...
By Ben Walker

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pitchers piling up shutouts early in season

By the time the San Francisco Giants eked out a run in the 12th inning, it was too late. The brand new scoreboard at Petco Park had already run out of room for more zeros. Seems like a pretty ...
By Ben Walker

Friday, March 20, 2015

All MLB games to start at same time on final day

Major League Baseball is tweaking this year's schedule, hoping to create a huge playoff scramble by starting all 15 games on Oct. 4 at virtually the same time.
By Ben Walker
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