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David Ortiz and the Unfair Shadow of Steroids

Sports Photo40-year-old Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is the best hitter in baseball. SC’s Brad Oremland explains why Ortiz’s success is one more reason to hate baseball’s Steroid Era, since it casts a shadow of blame onto aging athletes who continue to excel. Complete Story

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Troublesome Homecoming

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman examines Jose Reyes’s return to the New York Mets after the Colorado Rockies cut ties with him following a domestic violence incident. Complete Story

Ass Ventura, When Nature Calls

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says the Royals may actually be getting fed up with Yordano Ventura’s schtick, after Ventura provoked yet another of the bench-clearing brawls at which he seems too expert doing. Complete Story

Blues For Vogelsong

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman prays Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong doesn’t suffer anything close to what Tony Conigliaro suffered after a frightful drilling in Monday’s game. Complete Story

One Ranger, One Riot

Sports PhotoEnough people — including the instigator — got the wrong messages from the Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays brawl a week ago, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Milt Pappas, RIP: Infamy, Tragedy, and Beyond

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers Milt Pappas, the right-hander who was more — some good, some foolish, some tragic — than just the guy sent for Frank Robinson in one of baseball’s most infamous trades. Complete Story

A Three-Man Rotation For Baseball

Sports PhotoIn one of the crazier ideas you’ll read, SC’s Brad Oremland explains why Major League Baseball teams should switch from a five-man rotation to a three-man rotation, getting more out of their top pitchers while increasing efficiency. Just hear it out. Complete Story

Pirates Open in Style Against Ailing Cards

Sports PhotoA pitcher drove in the season’s first run, the Pirates persevered against an ailing Cardinals offense, and Francisco Liriano tied an Opening Day team strikeout record. Season on, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Joe Garagiola, RIP: An Erudite Everyman

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers Joe Garagiola — who made it necessary for the Yankees to sign his boyhood pal Yogi Berra, before Garagiola became a journeyman catcher and broadcasting legend. Complete Story

“This Game’s Supposed to Be Fun!”

Sports PhotoBryce Harper wants baseball to lighten up. Goose Gossage is distinctly unamused. SC’s Jeff Kallman says the Bryce is right. Complete Story

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