Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|The Tampa Bay Rays are young, energetic, probably playing over their heads, but all alone atop the AL East as Memorial Day weekend gets under way. If there's a true feel-good story early this season it's the overachieving Rays.
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|Back in the 1990s, when Joe Torre's Yankees were winning everything in sight if opponents didn't get them in the first seven innings, forget it. That the 2015 Yankees are atop the American League East and one of the season's biggest surprises is reminiscent of the formula that made Torre's teams so successful.
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|It will take more than four wins for rookie manager Jeff Banister to proclaim that the Rangers have turned their season around, but it's a start. And winning three from the surging Astros, who are atop the AL West with the league's best record, is more than a mini-step.
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|The Orioles were the home team against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night -- the weekend series was shifted out of Baltimore -- but that didn't make a difference once the game began, manager Buck Showalter said.
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|Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez came to the Red Sox with enormous talent and impressive credentials this offseason, but patriarch David Ortiz keeps telling them they can do better. Ortiz, 39, is the longest-tenured Boston player. He says it's important, and to a degree, his responsibility to make certain newcomers fit in.
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|The season is barely underway -- just 11 games old -- but nobody expected the Rays to play as well as they have, especially with 11 players, including four starting pitchers and their closer, on the disabled list.
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|Years from now, when folks ask Kevin Cash what he remembers most about his first game as a Major League manager, it won't be about an excruciating 6-2 loss. It will be more about putting on the Tampa Bay Rays uniform with his name on the back and 16 right under it.
More» Cash talks about Archer and Jaso's injury|
|It's hard to remember a year during the waning days of Spring Training when the Braves weren't considered a contender in their division, if not the team to beat. As we're poised for Opening Day 2015, it's a stretch to put Atlanta in the contender category. But the club is prepared for for the 162-game season.
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|Nothing puts the current status of the Houston Astros in perspective better than the cover photo on their 2015 media guide.
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|The Red Sox have reloaded and are poised for déjà vu -- a repeat of their worst-to-first heroics of 2013. They've made this amazing scenario possible by finishing dead last in the American League East in 2014 and by adroitly retooling a team that many say should win the division this season.
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|Despite the exit of integral pieces such as Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller, the O's have a chance to repeat as AL East champions due to the skill of manager Buck Showalter and the return of Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis.
More» Showalter on Wieters, Spring Training|
|Kevin Cash had been thinking about the walk for some time. "What will it be like?" he kept asking himself. "That's when it will hit me."
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|When you look closely at the Blue Jays of the past few years, it's amazing they haven't made it to the postseason. They've certainly had enough talent to get there. That's exactly how I look at them as Spring Training gets underway at the picturesque little Florida town of Dunedin. This team has postseason written all over its roster.
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|Ryne Sandberg said he could have communicated better in his rookie season as the Phillies' manager, and the Hall of Famer promised to change that this time around. But even though optimism runs high this time of year, Ryno has been dealt a tough hand again in 2015, writes columnist Hal Bodley.
More»Sandberg discusses the state of the Phillies|
|The fact that baseball stands virtually alone as a sport that isn't governed by a clock sets it aside. But anything to improve its pace is worth a try and experimenting with a pitch clock was and is a bold move.
More»Vogelsong, Cain discuss possible pitch clock|
|After a busy offseason that included the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have positioned themselves to go from worst to first again in the AL East.
More»Duquette on Hanley's impact on Red Sox lineup|
|Nearly four years ago, Joe Maddon stood outside his team's clubhouse during Spring Training after the 2010 team was torn apart and boldly stated, "The demise of the Tampa Bay Rays has been greatly exaggerated." New president of baseball operations Matt Silverman hasn't paraphrased his former manager's line this offseason, but maybe he should.
More»Rays' Silverman on adding prospects, Jaso, Asdrubal|
|Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz became a Hall of Famer on Tuesday, and a day later reminisced about his remarkable career that went from starter to reliever and back to starter again.
More»Smoltz elated to join Maddux, Glavine in Cooperstown|
|A second straight year with a class of true baseball legends has the Hall of Fame high above the doldrums of 2013, when Cooperstown opened its doors, but no one was elected.
More»Roundtable discussion on 2015 Hall of Fame class|
|On second thought, give Matt Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' "rookie" general manager credit. What Silverman has done is far more than tweaking the roster. Call it a major overhaul.
More»Silverman talks three-team trade, parting with Myers|