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Jeff Chiu/AP file photoAngel Pagan has at least one vote for first-half National League MVP

Handing out a few pointless MLB midseason awards

The sports calendar has a few inevitable lulls built into it. Think…

Jeff Chiu/AP file photoAngel Pagan has at least one vote for first-half National League MVP
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Giants, A’s still the class of Major League Baseball

The road to another Bay Bridge World Series has hit some serious…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

MLB replay system clearly needs some work

Major League Baseball typically trails the rest of the pro sports world…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB heats up with full slate of openers

After a brutal winter of artic blasts and blustery snowstorms, baseball is…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB hopes for new drug deal this week

Baseball players and management hope to reach a new drug agreement this…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

San Jose asks court to reinstate MLB lawsuit

Arguing that an antitrust exemption for Major League Baseball is “the product…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB collision rule leaves open exceptions

Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
AP Photo/Jeff ChiuThe San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco

S.F. Giants to screen fans with metal detectors at AT&T Park

Baseball fans arriving at AT&T Park this season will have to go…

AP Photo/Jeff ChiuThe San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

Metal detectors required at big league ballparks by 2015

Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB approves expanded replay starting this season

Major League Baseball vaulted into the 21st century of technology on Thursday,…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

Baseball announces postseason schedule

The 2013 Major League Baseball season will not extend into November —…

carry edmondson/usa today sportsMichael Crabtree caught two passes for 68 yards in his season debut Sunday.

A “Challenge” replay system not right for baseball

It's Aug. 18, 2014. The Giants are recharged and the Los Angeles…

carry edmondson/usa today sportsMichael Crabtree caught two passes for 68 yards in his season debut Sunday.
Brian Bahr/2013 Getty Images file photoVernon Davis (85) and the 49ers seemed destined to meet the NFC West rival Seahawks in the playoffs at some point.

A's Bartolo Colon presents interesting dilemma for Cy Young voters

As the dust begins to settle on the suspensions from Major League…

Brian Bahr/2013 Getty Images file photoVernon Davis (85) and the 49ers seemed destined to meet the NFC West rival Seahawks in the playoffs at some point.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

Electronic trail helped MLB gain Biogenesis bans

NEW YORK — Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

A-Rod reportedly can play during suspension appeal

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball told the New York Yankees that…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB drug deal deadline appears to be Monday as playoffs loom

NEW YORK — Looming playoffs could force an end to negotiations in…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

MLB trade deadline sapped by 'inertia'

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is typically one of the most…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

Selig proud of baseball's anti-drug effort

MILWAUKEE — Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball's fight against performance-enhancing drugs on…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.

Players deplore doping rather than defending users

NEW YORK — Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these…

Kathy Willens/AP file photoYankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has wasted no time in making a big splash in his first major-league season.
Brian Bahr/2013 Getty Images file photoVernon Davis (85) and the 49ers seemed destined to meet the NFC West rival Seahawks in the playoffs at some point.

Innocent players are real losers in Braun suspension

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun became the latest high-profile baseball player to…

Brian Bahr/2013 Getty Images file photoVernon Davis (85) and the 49ers seemed destined to meet the NFC West rival Seahawks in the playoffs at some point.