The Pittsburgh Pirates spent a good portion of the first half of the season trying — and failing — to find any sort of traction. Once they'd figure out one problem, another would pop up. If it wasn't the bullpen, it was the mess left by outfielder Starling Marte's 80-game steroid suspension. Or the back end of the starting rotation. Or the massive funk that baffled star center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Two hot weeks have changed the discussion dramatically. Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the surging Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory on Thursday. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games
The MLB trade deadline is off to exciting start and we’ve still got a week and a half left. On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks got J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers and the Yankees traded for Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson from the Chicago White Sox. Which team will land A’s pitcher Sonny Gray?
It's America, right? Gambling on sports should be allowed. That's coming from pretty much a non-gambler. I've spent a lot of time in Vegas through the years, covering games, watching assorted tournaments, and I've never dropped cash at any sports book. I've never hit the blackjack tables or played poker or shot craps. Nothing. But I've also never looked at those who do as anything more than people looking for a little action, having some fun, spending some money for a righteous buzz. I've sat and watched others who put money on a boxer or a team or a point spread or a horse — and watched how alive they look as the game or race or battle ensues. Why should any governing authority put the kibosh