|The Cubs' decision to send slugger Kris Bryant to the Minors to open the season has divided the baseball world, but the decision is totally justifiable, writes former Major League general manager Dan O'Dowd.
More»Epstein, Maddon on reassigning Bryant and Baez|
|Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the American League East.
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|Jorge Soler has managed to fly under the Cubs' radar in spite of soaring skills calling to manager Joe Maddon's mind the great Vladimir Guerrero.
More»Maddon talks about the expectations for Jorge Soler|
|Perhaps the biggest eye-opener in a spring full of them for the Padres has been the play of third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
More» Middlebrooks hits an RBI line-drive single|
|Finally, good news for the defending World Series champions -- Matt Cain can be declared healthy. While he may not be quite ready for the season to start, he is close enough to give the Giants and Cain every reason to feel he'll be just fine.
More» Cain whiffs Ethier for first strikeout|
|The Boston Red Sox do indeed have enough starting pitching to go back to the playoffs. In fact, the Red Sox may very well have enough starting pitching to win another World Series. Just because the opinion to the contrary has been repeated a thousand times, doesn't make it fact.
More»Clay Buchholz excited about 2015 Red Sox rotation|
|While the Indians carry a wave of positive energy toward Opening Day, they are trying to do what very few teams ever do. They hope to roll into October behind young, relatively unproven starting pitchers.
More»Francona talks about the upcoming season|
|The Tigers will only go as far as their stars take them, but there is still some important young talent in the mix, and their performance could prove pivotal as Detroit looks to nail down a fifth straight AL Central title.
More» V-Mart hammers mammoth two-run dinger|
|Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers' pillar of quiet strength, is Major League Baseball's most underappreciated superstar.
More»Gonzalez appreciates Mattingly's wisdom at first base|
|When the games have meant the most and the pressure cranked the highest, Gerrit Cole has been at his best. Isn't that what they say about the all the great ones? OK, slow down. He's not there yet. He's 24 years old and has made just 41 career starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates these last two seasons.
More»Cole knows staying healthy is the key to success|
|It's not often that you see major trades made in the week before Opening Day, which is a shame, because this should be a time when teams should be trying to fill holes that have appeared during Spring Training. In hopes of spurring some action, here are five trades I'd love to see happen before Opening Day. These are not trades I expect to happen, mind you, but deals that I think make sense for the parties involved.
More» Victorino lines an RBI single to left|
|Word of advice to serious sports fans: Book your October hotel rooms in Seattle early. Space can get tight out there, and you don't want to get caught off guard.
More» Cano doubles to left to tie game in the 1st|
|Which Milwaukee team in 2014 was the real deal; the long-term contender or the club that faded down the stretch? The organization analyzed the season and came to the conclusion that the real Brewers were the 150-days-in-first bunch.
More»Roenicke pleased with Brewers' approach this spring|
|In the company of one of the liveliest bands of players in baseball, Alex Rios is reinvigorated. The American League champion Royals are taking the graceful, athletic right fielder back to his youth following a dark, injury-derailed season in Texas.
More» Rios looking to regain power stroke in 2015|
|The Orioles might not be the popular pick to win the A.L. East again this year, but it is always unwise to count out Buck Showalter and Co.
More»Showalter on O's staying healthy, 2015 outlook|
|Twice in the past week, Rockies manager Walt Weiss hit the pitcher eighth and a position player ninth. It is something he is thinking about using, at least on occasion, during the regular season, too.
More» Tulowitzki launches two-run homer to left|
|If the Twins thought Joe Mauer's move from behind the plate to first base was going to boost his bat to yet another elite level last season, they were sorely mistaken, and Mauer was pretty sore, too.
More» Mauer on spring so far, playing first base|
|It was a strange, confusing day for the Detroit Tigers. One moment, Justin Verlander is at his best, and another he is leaving the game with an injury.
More» Verlander exits with cramps in right triceps|
|Now that he's moved to the Midwest, Joe Maddon knows there's some buzz about the National League Central being the new American League East, and he can't wait to check it out for himself. He insists he'd love nothing better than for the next five years to be regular battles between his Cubs and opponents regarded as the teams to beat in the NL.
More» Maddon talks about Bryant, Cubs' youth|
|Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base. Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.
More» Kershaw dominates White Sox, whiffs eight|
|Give Jake Peavy credit for constantly trying to adjust. At 33 years old and at this point in his career, the Giants right-hander's fastball isn't what it used to be. But whose is at an advanced baseball age? Just ask Justin Verlander and Tim Lincecum.
More» Peavy strikes out Rios looking in the 4th|
|At 36, Jason Marquis is headed back to the big leagues as a member of the Reds rotation. Relying on the sinker-slider combination that has helped him win 121 big league games, Marquis has a 3.15 ERA in five spring starts.
More» Marquis whiffs Johnson swinging to start 3rd|
|Ah, so this is why the White Sox have been so mysterious through the years.
More» Rodon strikes out nine Royals|
|Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand. He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.
|Good news here, good news there. Young players emerging. Yeah, even some not named Kris Bryant. Veteran players reproving themselves. Did you see the home run Miguel Cabrera belted Thursday afternoon? That's the thing about baseball's best players and one of the best things about Spring Training. They amaze us even when the games don't count.
More» Miggy smashes laser solo homer to left field|
|Nothing puts the current status of the Houston Astros in perspective better than the cover photo on their 2015 media guide.
More»Hinch explains his 2015 message to his team|
|No more paper ballots. Instead, fans will vote for Major League Baseball All-Stars this season exclusively online, and this is huge news. Not the paper ballot thing, or the online thing, but the fan voting thing. To translate, democracy still lives for our national pastime.
More»Castellinis, Frazier on Reds hosting 2015 ASG|
|Cubs' offseason prize Jon Lester, who missed a Cactus League start last week with the commonplace "dead-arm" syndrome, is all right. In fact, he us much better than that, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
More»Lester on arm tiredness being part of normal process|
|The Washington Nationals don't have to get it right in April or even May. That's a handy reminder on a week like this one. OK, so maybe the Nationals won't open the 2015 season with the team they'd drawn up on paper. No big deal there. At least, it's no big deal at this point.
More» Pitching coach McCatty discusses Nats' staff|
|The Angels aren't preparing for life after Josh Hamilton. Thanks to Matt Joyce, they're feeling as good as they can while facing an uncertain situation, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
More» Joyce belts a solo homer to right field|