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Cubs’ Bryant lets bat cool off after busy rookie year

It was Thursday afternoon, and a hard rain that would have done Bob Dylan proud was a-gonna fall. In fact, it already was a-fallin’. There would be no baseball on this day. And that was fine by Kris Bryant.

UNLV baseball recruits include three locals

Top pitcher Gabe Gonzalez of Arbor View High School and Liberty High teammates Jesse Keiser and Dan Skelly are among the nine recruits who have signed with the UNLV baseball team.

Mets, Cubs fill Big League Weekend slots in March

Start spreading the news. The New York Mets are coming to Las Vegas to play the Chicago Cubs in a pair of exhibition games March 15 and 16 at Cashman Field on the annual Big League Weekend.

Flyin’ high: Series champ Victorino toast of Las Vegas

Before this week, the last time I heard from Shane Victorino’s people was July, during the All-Star break. One of his reps said Victorino, who makes his offseason home here, had just become the all-time RBI leader for a major league ballplayer born in Hawaii, thereby breaking Mike Lum’s record, and would I like to talk to him?

Red Sox players shave beards at charity fund raiser

World Series MVP David Ortiz and Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino had their beards shaved for charity Monday to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

Former Yankees pitcher Kucks dies

Johnny Kucks, who pitched a three-hitter for the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, has died. He was 81.

Former coach, teammate pulling for ex-Rebel Williams

Former UNLV baseball coach Fred Dallimore didn’t know if Matt Williams wanted to be a manager or a coach someday when he was an All-America shortstop on Dallimore’s team in 1986. But Dallimore did know that if Williams wanted to manage, he would be good at it because he loved baseball that much.