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 …