It's been awhile since these two teams have faced each other. Now it's a battle for first place and while the A's have held the position for half the season, the Angels now own it but in this much anticipated series will determine the better of the two teams.
When this kid is a 13-year-old girl pitching her way into the history books in a field of dreams, we are euphoric. She is one of ours. Such is life this week in Philadelphia.
Engaging more Americans in climate action requires that we talk about this issue with more humanity -- more openness, honesty and heart. We have to get as acquainted with the feelings as the facts of global warming.
We're approaching the end of August, and, like every year, that means the MLB season is starting to get interesting. Teams are jostling in the standings for playoff positions, and both the drama, and calibre of baseball is starting to increase.
In 2002, several members of the Cannon Street all-stars returned to Williamsport and were presented with a banner proclaiming them the 1955 State Champions of South Carolina.
Each year Major League Baseball's Scouting Bureau holds open tryout camps to identify talented players. For the players, no matter how unrealistic their chances are for being signed (as in my case), it's about holding onto their dream.
On long drives, I often amuse myself by creating off-beat all-star teams. Here is an example: the best Major League Baseball players (and managers) who have the same last name as a U.S. president. I do a lot of driving.
The 2014 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was arguably the most memorable deadline in recent history. With the likes of David Price, Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes and many more stars moving around, experts and fans alike were in full swoon mode.
From the moment I could walk, talk or understand the spoken word, there was only one voice that was in my house, in my parents' cars, even in my ear when I went to camp or snuck a transistor radio into school -- Vin Scully.
"Mommy! Get that ball!" My 5-year old calls out as I'm walking out the door holding a coffee in one hand, a water bottle under my arm, my 40-pound pocketbook over my shoulder, two camp knapsacks over the other arm and a bag of dirty clothes for the dry cleaner.
What can the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame do for an encore of 2014? It needs to continue to honor those who played the game the right way, and still shun those who brought dishonor to the game of baseball.
If the Mets' true vision is be competitive in 2015 -- not this season -- then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.
Ryan Vogelsong got off to a great start. He retired the first nine batters he faced but unraveled in the fourth. Again he got no run support as the Giants got shutout 5-0 by the Dodgers.
You hear a number of sports pundits clamoring about throwing out the records of those who have used performance enhancing drugs. But really, everyone knows how impractical that would be.
On July 26 in Cooperstown, New York, most of the focus will be on Hall of Fame inductees and a prestigious group of managers. There is another honoree, however, to whom attention must be paid: arguably our greatest living baseball writer.
Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn was conspicuously not mentioned at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Could it be because later in his life, Gwynn was critical of chewing tobacco, blaming it for the cancerous tumors that eventually took his life?