Jeter & AROD operating at a different level than Swisher & fellow All-Stars

The New York Yankees are sitting comfortably atop the baseball world with a record of 56-32.  The defending World Series Champions have been operating on all cylinders during the first half of the 2010 season.  

Because of their stellar play, the Yanks are very well represented at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.  

Derek Jeter

Denard Span answering the tough questions amid a crazy few months of activity

Minnesota Twins centerfielder Denard Span has experienced a very eventful last few months. 

Span's first bit of significant news took place in November, when the Twins traded fellow outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop J.J. Hardy. This transaction cleared the way for Span to assume the role of the Twins' everyday centerfielder.  

Minnesota Twins

Celebs galore at the Yankees vs. Dodgers big city battle in LA

While Los Angeles Lakers games usually serve as the sports world's equivalent to the Academy Awards, last weekend this distinction moved north three miles up the 110 Freeway from Staples Center to Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers

One of the best days & the last day of Manny's Boston life

This weekend, Los Angeles Dodgers' left fielder Manny Ramirez makes his long anticipated return to Fenway Park, as the Dodgers battle the Boston Red Sox in an incredibly high profile interleague matchup. 

Manny Ramirez

Chris Carpenter Signs Unique Autograph

St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Chris Carpenter boasts a 73-25 record and a 2.92 ERA, during his seven seasons in Missouri. This season, the trend has continued, as Carpenter stands at 5-1, with a 3.09 ERA. 

Because of these remarkable numbers, many baseball fans forget that Carpenter was once a .500 pitcher, when he threw for the Toronto Blue Jays. Carpenter spent six seasons in Canada, compiling a record of 49-50, with a 4.83 ERA.

Chris Carpenter

Justin Verlander is one of baseball's true aces

While the current version of the Detroit Tigers are best known for their offensive productivity, the rock of this era of Motor City baseball is and has been the right arm of pitcher Justin Verlander.  

Justin Verlander

Jon Lester defines class on & off the diamond

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has experienced more by age 26, than most people do within an entire lifetime.

The Tacoma, Washington native has beaten cancer, pitched a no-hitter and earned a win in a World Series clinching game.

Lester enters Thursday's game vs. the Minnesota Twins with a career record of 45-18.

Jon Lester

Dallas Braden & Barry Zito unite for military families

Oakland Athletics' pitcher Dallas Braden and San Francisco Giants' pitcher Barry Zito are left handed hurlers for Bay Area baseball teams.  Aside from that, the two have pretty much nothing in common.

Dallas Braden

Meeting Jim Leyland in Minneapolis. What a guy!

My husband and I own an event planning company in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  We were staffing a function at the Marriott City Center, in Downtown Minneapolis, when a familiar looking man approached our table.  I wasn’t sure who he was, but my husband immediately knew that it was Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland.  The Tigers were staying at the hotel, during a late season series vs. the Twins. They had just finished a Saturday night game and the team recently arrived back at the Marriott.

Torii Hunter entertains fans of the Midwest and West Coast

Los Angeles Angels' CF Torii Hunter is widely considered one of the most gregarious and outgoing players in all of baseball. During his nine full seasons with the Minnesota Twins and now in his third season with the Angels, Hunter has held the distinction of being a fan favorite in both the Midwest and West Coast.  

Torii Hunter

Meeting the late great Kirby Puckett

Amid all the excitement and fanfare surrounding the opening of Target Field, there is one element of Twins baseball that is noticeably missing from the scene.  This element is the presence of the great Kirby Puckett.  I join all Twins fans in wishing he could be present to witness this great team and stadium.  I appreciate the respect shown to Kirby by both the Twins and Target Field, during this time. I also enjoyed seeing his ex-wife and son present at the opening game festivities.

Ryan Braun showing appreciation to the Milwaukee fans

Milwaukee Brewers' LF Ryan Braun has developed into one of the best players in all of baseball.  The Los Angeles native and University of Miami alum has absolutely found a home deep in the heart of the Midwest.  Braun's comfort level with the state of Wisconsin is evident in his signing of a contract that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2015.

Ryan Braun

Disgraced Roger Clemens hanging with fans at Astros camp

Very few celebrities have experienced a more rapid fall from grace than Roger Clemens. The 11-time All-Star was once considered the best pitcher of his generation and one of the greatest ever to stand on a mound.  354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts and six Cy Young Awards put Clemens in a class by himself.

Roger Clemens