|Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the 2013 NL MVP Award, has made the sensational seem routine while leading the Bucs back into the national spotlight.
More» McCutchen coming off MVP season|
|There are so many reasons folks need to enjoy R.A. Dickey while he lasts as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, but don't worry, he could be around a while.
More» R.A. Dickey tosses five scoreless innings|
|If you'd seen Max Scherzer pitch back in his first days in the big leagues, you might not recognize him now. He was really good then. He's flirting with greatness now.
More» Scherzer gets Adams for his first strikeout|
|Mike Moustakas has enjoyed a scorching spring, but Spring Training numbers tend to be inflated. What's important, therefore, is to hone in on what's real. And what's real for the Royals right now is a true sense of stability in the lineup, a more intellectual approach at the plate and the respect their multidimensional pursuit of runs has earned from the opposition.
More»Mike Moustakas talks with Dan Plesac from Royals camp|
|Better health and better pitching would make the Padres a contending club in 2014, general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black believe.
More»Black discusses pitcher injuries, spring progress|
|The rocky road for former pitching coaches to become Major League managers has been smoothed and paved recently by the likes of Boston's John Farrell and San Diego's Bud Black. Not only is the Reds' Bryan Price a former pitcher, but he faces the double whammy of being a skipper without any big league playing experience.
More»Bryan Price on his first season with the Reds|
|The Los Angeles Dodgers have a record-setting payroll. Their roster is seasoned with All-Star players. And the expectations are high. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez wouldn't have it any other way.
More»Don Mattingly on 2014 expectations, Kemp and more|
|They know what they have to do to win, and they have shown it, winning two of the last four World Series. It's all about starting pitching, and while other teams can spend an offseason looking for quick fixes to what ails them, the Giants know that the answer to the questions that surrounded their 2013 season can best be answered from within.
More» Cain tosses five innings of perfect ball|
|The Tampa Bay Rays will be a factor in October as long as Ryan Hanigan's hard work with his starters pays off.
More»Hanigan excited about rotation in Spring Training|
|Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is doing a really good imitation of the happiest man on earth this spring. "I feel like a rookie again," he said.
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|There was a fascinating convergence of what might have been and what actually is Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, this meeting was won by what actually is. In fact, the result was a landslide.
More» Santiago fans five over four one-hit frames|
|Fate is fate and facts are facts. Choo's ability to read and see pitches -- working counts and drawing walks and exhausting the opposition -- has made him the ideal leadoff option in a game with an increasing appreciation for on-base percentage.
More»Shin-Soo Choo discusses his new team with Dan Plesac|
|Signing free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana changes plenty. Three days after losing No. 1 starter Kris Medlen, the Braves have added a guy who probably will be among the National League's top 10 in innings, quality starts and a whole bunch of other categories.
More»Braves fill a gap by signing Santana to one-year deal|
|The days of Spring Training are dwindling to a spare few, and it looks like Matt Kemp will remain at Camelback Ranch, not only when the Dodgers break camp for their season-opening trip to Australia, but well beyond that. Time marches on, and right now the clock is not in Kemp's favor.
More»Mattingly updates progress of Greinke, Kemp|
|While it may seem to some that the Royals are forced to go "all-in" this year due to ace James Shields' pending free agency, the fact is the team's outstanding Draft history has put several top pitching prospects in line to soon join the rotation.
More»Dayton Moore discusses development of Kyle Zimmer|
|His role as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association is all about leadership. It's a quality that former big leaguer Tony Clark has long possessed.
More»MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Hot Stove|
|This was Sonny Gray's third start in his first spring as a so-called established Major Leaguer, and he's still feeling his way through it. All this talk -- about his bouts with Justin Verlander last October, about his candidacy for the Opening Day nod, about his status as one of the game's rising stars -- can be a little overwhelming.
More» Gray looking to build on solid rookie season|
|When looking at other sports, baseball's expanded replay shouldn't be cause for concern from fans.
More»Bochy on MLB's new rule for home-plate collisions|
|Bryce Harper is about to have a monstrous season, and remember you heard it here first. You haven't forgotten Bryce Harper, have you?
More»Nationals look for Harper, Strasburg to lead in 2014|
|One of the reasons that the Cincinnati Reds harbor high hopes for the 2014 season can be summed up in two words: Tony Cingrani.
More» Cingrani set for full-time spot in rotation|
|Rickie Weeks has a big league resume. That, however, does not mean he has the assurance of an everyday job with the Brewers.
More»Roenicke on the Brewers' competition at second base|
|Maybe Barry Bonds' stint as a guest instructor in Giants camp will serve as some small reminder of the unique talent that existed beyond the hints and shouts and court dates and public persecution and, yes, beyond the general jerkiness, too.
More»Bonds on returning to Spring Training as a mentor|
|The Mariners, counting on Robinson Cano to help transform their club, want him healthy, happy and chipping in on a daily basis. On Monday, they had that in full force.
More» Cano collects three singles vs. the Royals|
|The Braves were reminded of the importance of luck Sunday afternoon when their No. 1 guy, right-hander Kris Medlen, grabbed his right arm and walked to the dugout during the fourth inning of a start against the Mets. And on Monday, righty Brandon Beachy exited early due to right arm tightness.
More»Bowman discusses injuries to Medlen, Beachy|
|For skippers in their first seasons at the helm, the procedure of determining what to challenge and when to challenge has been yet another challenge in the long list of areas in which these leaders of men are attempting to develop and establish their managerial personalities.
More» Sandberg on expanded replay, Phils' offense|
|At the age of 43, Jason Giambi is still pursuing his childhood dream. And over the years he has learned an even greater appreciation for the game of baseball.
More»Indians look to Jason Giambi as a leader|
|With many talented hitters locked up on long-term deals -- and more offensive talent in the pipeline -- the Cardinals offer a great case in favor of bringing the designated hitter to the National League.
More»Cards announce six-year extension for Carpenter|
|The big league clubhouse has been infected by the presence and increasing prevalence of electronic gadgets that encourage an existence of solitude and discourage group harmony and awareness of teammates.
|All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce is already a major impact player, averaging 32 home runs over the past three seasons. And he has even loftier expectations for himself this year.
More»Joey Votto and Jay Bruce on the 2014 season|
|The Yankees signed big-name free agents to fill their roster holes for 2014, but there are many talented prospects waiting in the wings to contribute in the future.
More» Sanchez slaps a base hit to left field|