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Curt Schilling questions character of Kirby Puckett in Hall of Fame rant

Kirby Puckett has had his dirty laundry aired in public (at least in the media) on multiple occasions, perhaps most notably in this 2003 Sports Illustrated piece, three years before his early death.
It is a part of the Puckett story that most Twins fans either honestly don’t know about or choose to forget about — or, at the most, gloss over when thinking about the baseball hero.
The less-than-perfect side of Puckett the human, in fact, gets buried so deep that it becomes somewhat shocking when someone brings up his name in a negative way.

Senh: It's not just athletes, but also politicians and celebrities in general. We're all flawed human beings. Still, we can't use it as an excuse not to strive to be better. I agree with the article that it seems like managers in earlier years are better at shielding their clients' dirty laundry from the public. I wonder if they're just better at it then, or is it just harder to sweep that stuff under the rug nowadays because of cellphones.


McCann drives in 3 as Braves beat Giants 6-3

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in his third game this season after coming off the disabled list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday night to begin a four-game series between NL division leaders.


Royals snap Braves' 10-game win streak

Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single and the Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Wednesday.


AP PHOTOS: $147 million pitcher injured in brawl

A brawl between the Dodgers and Padres left high-priced pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken left collarbone....


Sources: Verlander gets record $180M deal

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Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a new contract that could exceed $202 million, according to sources. Verlander's deal, which would make him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, is for seven years and worth $180 million, sources said. A vesting option for an eighth year could push the deal to $202 million.


A-Rod will make more than all Astros combined

Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined -- a lot more.


Schmidt: Team USA needs to go 'all in' to win WBC

Captain America used to be Derek Jeter. Now it's David Wright, and he had been the star for Team USA until a rib strain ended his stay in the World Baseball Classic....


Craig, Cardinals reach $31M, 5-year deal

Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreed Friday to a $31 million, five-year contract that could be worth $43 million over six seasons....


Royals' Hosmer to replace Teixeira in WBC

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace the injured Mark Teixeira on the United States team at the World Baseball Classic....


PST: Storylines to watch across Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer’s 18th season is full of the usual plot and subplot. Here are the top stories to follow as the games begin today – with all teams pointed toward a spot in MLS Cup in December.


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