DENVER — Ryan McMahon stopped guessing. “Right now, I’m just staying in my lane,” said the rookie infielder. “Doing my thing.” “Right now” is since he was last called up from Triple-A Albuquerque in late July. And “doing my thing” is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with a double and a pair of homers in 14 games […]

DENVER — Before he moved back to his natural position of shortstop this season, Manny Machado was among the premier third basemen in the game. And by using the word “natural” to describe his place at short, the term is being used in its strictest sense, given how incredible Machado was at the hot corner. […]

DENVER — A few hours before he hit the longest home run at Coors Field this season, Ian Desmond was talking about factory settings. You know, like factory settings on your computer. “It was about resetting back to my swing that I had since I was in my young 20’s — even before that,” Desmond […]

DENVER — Wade Davis doesn’t like to think about baseball when he wakes up in the morning. He said as much after closing out the Rockies’ 10-8 victory over the Mets on Wednesday. “You’ve just gotta free your mind,” said Colorado’s closer. “You’ve gotta have your outs.” By “outs,” the 32-year-old right-hander probably meant something […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com Last Friday night in Anaheim, Mike Trout ripped a line drive with an exit velocity of 118.0 mph at Twins shortstop Gregorio Petit. The result was an out to end the game — a 5-4 loss vs. Minnesota — but it was the hardest batted ball any Angels player has […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com DENVER — When it comes to making diving attempts in the outfield, one particular play from nearly a decade ago is never far from Carlos Gonzalez’s mind. “We were playing in Dodger Stadium, and I was playing center field,” Gonzalez said. “For some reason, I had a chance to make […]

By Manny Randhawa for Sports on Earth Giancarlo Stanton’s baseball history began with photographs of a man he’d never met and had no relationship to, which were prominently displayed in his home as if this person was a member of the family. “My mom really liked Roberto Clemente, which is why I did,” Stanton told […]