Twins prospect Berrios unravels after six hitless innings

Jose Berrios is the Twins’ top pitching prospect and looks primed for September call-up this season, but after Friday’s outing, it’s clear he isn’t exempt from the usual challenges that face aspiring Major Leaguers. Berrios (pronounced buh-ree-ohs) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his latest Triple-A start for Rochester before getting slammed for five runs without recording an …

Work ethic fueled Gardner after college snub

Among my most popular stories this baseball season was a feature about Brett Gardner’s journey from failed college walk-on to Major League All-Star. Brett Gardner is not a typical Yankees slugger, although his surprising home run power last season points to a trend — some would even call it a mission — that began a decade ago. “I just remember …

Inspired Jenkins dominates for mom, Braves

I wrote a story recently about Braves prospect Tyrell Jenkins, who has found inspiration from his mother, a cancer survivor who follows every pitch the right-hander throws now in the Minors.  Jenkins allowed just two hits and struck out five over eight innings to help Gwinnett blank Durham, 5-0, on July 27. “To see a smile on her face and see her …

In battle for New York, Red Bulls sweep NYCFC

Aug 9, 2015; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe Martins (8) celebrates his goal with defender Connor Lade (5) and midfielder Dax McCarty (11) against New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports I was asked to cover my first MLS game this past weekend in New …

The illustrated commute: Chelsea, Meatpacking District by iPhone

Occasionally I challenge myself to snap some photos on my walk to work in lower Manhattan, a commute that I’ve done now for about eight years and has become pretty monotonous. My typical daily journey starts (after a long train and PATH ride) either at the 14th St or Christopher St. PATH stations in Manhattan, and I then walk some …

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Winter lingers on in New York

We’re still getting snow here in the Hudson Valley, and it’s March 28. I haven’t been out hiking much this winter (the flu and a lot of messy roads kept me inside mostly), but I have been playing around outside with some telephoto lenses and the VSCO app for iPhone. Here’s a few of winter’s details, many of which I …

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