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

  • August 15 10:15 AM ET

    Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

    Paul DeJong, Neil Walker and Adam Frazier will try to help their clubs catch up to the Cubs in the division. (AP)The Cubs won the National League Central by 17 1/2 games last year, then they won the World Series. So pardon us if we weren't expecting a scintillating battle for supremacy in this particular division in 2017. More»
  • August 10 11:58 AM ET

    Bruce move signals Indians' 2017 motives

    New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)There are two issues that led the Indians to to make a move on Wednesday night for Jay Bruce, a player whose 29 homers and career-best OPS output were essentially ignored at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline but still movable in this August period. More»MLB Tonight reacts to the reported trade of Jay Bruce
  • August 09 2:20 PM ET

    MLB lets loose for creative Players Weekend

    Players Weekend, which will take place during all games scheduled between Aug. 25-27, is a rare relaxation of the uniform rules that provides opportunity for ostentation and individual expression. Stars' selected nicknames will be featured on uniforms with colorful concoctions and alternate designs, and they will wear vibrant spikes and batting gloves and catcher's masks. More»#PlayersWeekend is August 25-27
  • August 08 2:42 PM ET

    5 dark-horse teams primed for a postseason run

    If the postseason began today, exactly half of the 10 entrants would be teams that didn't advance to the October dance a year ago. That qualifies as a season loaded with standings surprises, but, of course, we know better than to assume there aren't any more surprises in store. Let's examine five clubs currently on the outside of that playoff picture who, for one reason or another, have a realistic chance of getting in. More» Nelson tosses eight innings of one-run ball
  • August 07 8:45 PM ET

    Kluber's run thrusts him into awards contention

    People with the Indians say Corey Kluber was angry and even a tad embarrassed when he had to go on the disabled list in early May. It's laughable now to look back at those early-season travails, because, since his June 1 return, he has been a man on a mission. More» Kluber fans 11 en route to complete-game win
  • August 04 12:59 AM ET

    Sonny & Yu: All eyes on Deadline's top prizes

    Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish were the signature starters that changed hands on Deadline Day, and their respective debuts on consecutive days remind us that the season is ramping up, with roster reinforcements ready to make their mark. More» Gray fans six in his Yankees debut
  • August 01 2:32 PM ET

    Mo'ne matters: Ex-LLWS star an inspiration

    Mo'ne Davis pitches for the Phillies' junior division club in its RBI World Series opening game at Great American Ball Park.Three years ago, at the Little League World Series, Mo'ne Davis was a sports sensation. One night she threw a shutout, and instantly her story was used for a female empowerment purpose. More»Mo'ne Davis on pitching in RBI World Series
  • July 31 10:56 PM ET

    At tournament, big dreams for Ugandan youth

    The team from Uganda participating in the RBI World Series.The local boys, having just been run-ruled by the team that traveled all the way from Uganda to be here, gathered outside the dugout between games of a doubleheader to express their respect. More»RBI World Series welcomes Team Uganda
  • July 31 9:57 PM ET

    25th RBI World Series opens with fanfare

    As the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program began its 25th World Series with opening ceremonies at the Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy on Monday night, special guest Dave Parker reflected on how the game brought tremendous opportunity to his life. More»Excitement palpable for 2017 RBI World Series
  • July 31 4:17 PM ET

    CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

    J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Zack Cozart are pending free agents who are possible trade chips. (AP)This can be a confusing time of year in the world of baseball transactions -- and not just because some of us are sure to be duped by the occasional phony Twitter account dispensing "fake news" on the trade front. More»
  • July 28 2:07 PM ET

    Em-brace yourself: #HugWatch is upon us

    Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, right, is hugged by Max Scherzer after being pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)In the distance, he saw Rajai Davis trotting toward him, and Austin Jackson knew instantly what had occurred. More» Jackson exits to ovation after trade news
  • July 27 12:00 AM ET

    Scouts adjust on the fly at Deadline time

    The non-waiver Trade Deadline consumes baseball's news cycle this time of year, and that means it consumes the people inside the game as well. This year, in addition to giving you all the usual news and notes associated with the Deadline, we're taking you inside the event's effects on the players and personnel involved with a few short stories at a time. More»Counsell on how players deal with the Trade Deadline
  • July 26 4:09 PM ET

    Deadline's ripples felt by many across game

    The non-waiver Trade Deadline consumes baseball's news cycle this time of year, and that means it consumes the people inside the game, as well. This year, in addition to giving you all the usual news and notes associated with next Monday's Deadline, we're taking you inside the annual event's effects on the players and personnel involved with a few short stories at a time. This is our second installment of "Scenes from a Deadline." More»Duquette on Trade Deadline experience for GMs
  • July 24 8:23 PM ET

    Rumor has it: Trade targets on Deadline frenzy

    The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline consumes baseball's news cycle this time of year, and that means it consumes the people inside the game, as well. This year, in addition to giving you all the usual news and notes associated with the Deadline, we're taking you inside the event's effects on the players and personnel involved with a few short stories at a time. More»Ghiroli on impact of Britton trade rumors
  • July 21 9:55 AM ET

    Statcast scouting: A look at top trade targets

    FILE - This May 2, 2017 file photo shows Baltimore Orioles' Zach Britton pitching during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Britton is preparing for a much longer stay on the disabled list this time around after returning too quickly from a forearm injury. “I can’t confirm the exact number of days,” Britton told The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The scouts are out in full force this time of year, their presence at a particular ballgame purposefully reported as a potential tie-in to a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal. But there's another, newer element of scouting taking place right here at this very website. At any point in the season, the Statcast™ data available at MLB.com provides an interesting way to put what we see with our eyes into proper context. More»Castrovince on Statcast's effect on Trade Deadline
  • July 19 2:00 AM ET

    7 starters who will deal -- and may be dealt

    The Wednesday docket just happens to be loaded with starting arms that have been tied to the trade rumor mill. So here is a list of today's starters who could conceivably be on tomorrow's transaction wire. More» Gray silences Indians' bats in stellar start
  • July 18 1:16 AM ET

    Five teams who'd benefit from J.D. Martinez

    As the Trade Deadline approaches, J.D. Ramirez stands out in a crowd. Just a rental, the reigning American League Player of the Week is a 29-year-old slugger in his statistical prime who is making a laughingstock out of left-handed pitching (1.738 OPS) and entered the week with the sixth-highest overall wRC+ (164) in the game among those with 200 plate appearances (trailing only Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Aaron Judge, Justin Turner and Jose Altuve). More»Morosi on trade destinations for J.D. Martinez
  • July 13 8:50 PM ET

    ICYMI: Top 10 thrills from fantastic first half

    The one problem with a 2,430-game schedule, abundant with awesomeness, is that some really special stuff can too quickly become a distant memory. So we thought we'd take a moment to look back at the top moments from a 2017 season already packed with history and heroics. More» Coghlan scores by jumping over Yadi
  • 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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