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Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has a tattoo on his right arm; it’s a drake. LaRoche also has a son; and his name is “Drake.” On his left arm is a buck tattoo. You could say the guy loves hunting...

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey went 20-6 and posted a 2.73 ERA in 2012. His win total and ERA were 2nd in the National League. Dickey also led the NL in strikeouts with 230. R.A. Dickey is one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young award, which will be announced later today. Here is his story, from the March issue of Sports Spectrum: The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land. It’s so tough to tame that there is just one active major league knuckleballer: R.A. Dickey...

This edition of Sports Spectrum "Conversations" features Ryan Mathews, an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. This past spring, Mathews hit 17 HRs and helped his teammates at NC State advance to the Super-Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Ryan joins us to talk about his faith, his NCAA tournament experience, getting drafted, and what life is like in the minor leagues. To hear the full interview, including Ryan's thoughts on the A's playoff run, if he's ever faced a pitcher who throws as hard as Justin Verlander, and how he shares the Gospel though Twitter, click the link to the podcast.

Dave Dravecky was a Cinderella story – if Cinderella could have worn cleats to a ballgame instead of glass slippers to a royal ball. Sure athletes retire with every season, but America had followed the ups and downs of Dave’s career as closely as the sporting year’s many scandals and tragedies, though for an entirely different reason. Dave Dravecky had overcome cancer surgery on his throwing arm and come back to pitch again in the major leagues. Not since watching helplessly as Lou Gehrig battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis had the nation so intimately identified with a ballplayer’s struggle with illness...

Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees have clinched yet another AL East title in 2012 and the once-retired Pettitte figures to factor into the Yankees postseason success one last time. Pettitte is the all-time leader in postseason wins with 19 and could be going for number 20 in Game 2 of the ALDS. Pettitte has always been a strong believer and family man, Here is our story on Andy from the May-June 2001 issue of Sports Spectrum. It was the perfect day for an all-star showcase. The best baseball players from the Houston area had been invited to show their stuff in front of college and professional scouts. But something was wrong. Where was the Pettitte boy?

As the 2012 MLB season winds down, Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have found themselves in a furious race to win one the the two spots in the AL Wild Card. The Angels are currently 81-69 and 4.5 games back from the second Wild Card spot. We ran Torii's story in the Spring 2012 issue of Sports Spectrum, and we found out about Torii's rough childhood, how he's found refuge in Christ through the mentally and physically demanding baseball schedule, and what he prays before every at-bat...

If you wondered why Kansas City Royals fans were booing New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano last night and also on Monday night during the Home Run Derby, it was because he seemingly lied. Most commentators, writers, etc., failed to mention that fact when they derided the Kansas City fans for booing. The booing was merciless and constant...

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Our newest DigiMag is now available for viewing! This is our big baseball preview issue which features: A new "Airing it Out" column by Sports Spectrum editor Brett Honeycutt about Josh Hamilton; an interview with LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw; a review of MLB 12 The Show; closeup profiles on Adrian Gonzalez, Brad Lidge and Mark Teixeira; our season outlooks for all 30 MLB teams; top 10 lists for acquisitions, most interesting people, hitters, starters, relievers and young players; the top five Christians to watch this season; and a brand new "Old School" column from Aaron May about Playoffs, PED's and alcohol in the clubhouse. To read the newest DigiMag, click below:

Stanford righthander Mark Appel, a projected first round pick in the June draft, talks about his Christian faith and growing up in Houston and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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