3/27/2014 | Competitive balance points to game's health
There are at least 20 clubs that could consider themselves legitimate contenders for a postseason berth. Even more reason for optimism is that some of the most viable contenders are small-revenue franchises that have found success against clubs with much larger resources.
3/27/2014 | Padres' success contingent on collective health
A good start and good health -- well, better health -- will be on the collective minds of the team when it opens the regular season at Petco Park on Sunday night against the Dodgers. But achieving some semblance of good health has been difficult for this organization in recent years.
3/27/2014 | Royals striving to score playoff berth in 2014
Get right down to it and almost everything worked pretty well for the Royals last year. Rotation. Bullpen. Defense. Baserunning. Almost. The big goal for 2014: score more runs. A lot more, if you please.
3/27/2014 | Bucs option Cumpton; Liriano likely OK for opener
The Pirates on Thursday optioned right-hander Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move implies that Francisco Liriano has been given the green light to make his scheduled Opening Day start.
3/27/2014 | CC's final tuneup highlights today's .TV lineup
A few teams have already packed up and left their Spring Training homes, and a number of others will join them Thursday following their Grapefruit and Cactus League finales. Here's some of the action that will be featured live on MLB.TV.
3/26/2014 | Crawford, League reunite with club for workouts
Outfielder Carl Crawford and reliever Brandon League, who did not make the trip to Australia, rejoined the Dodgers for Wednesday's workout, and Matt Kemp might join them Thursday.
3/26/2014 | Tino, Doc visit Fan Cave, promote new MLB partnership
Tino Martinez and Doc Gooden spoke on Wednesday at the MLB Fan Cave, where fans posed with them and the World Series trophy. The two were also serving as spokesmen as MLB and Church & Dwight announced a sponsorship agreement making Arm & Hammer and OxiClean the official laundry detergent and stain remover of MLB.
3/26/2014 | Harrell, Keuchel in Astros' starting rotation
Just moments after the Astros wrapped up Grapefruit League play with a win over the Mets on Wednesday, manager Bo Porter announced right-hander Lucas Harrell and left-hander Dallas Keuchel would handle the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation.
3/26/2014 | Appel faces first big league hitters in game setting
It wasn't quite pitching at Minute Maid Park in the regular season, but No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel got a chance to perform under the lights and in a big league game for the first time Wednesday night at Osceola County Stadium.
3/26/2014 | Kershaw scratched, eyes LA's home opener
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched from Sunday night's start because of inflammation in his upper left back. He underwent an MRI on Wednesday that showed inflammation in his teres major muscle, which stabilizes the upper arm.
3/26/2014 | Baseball unveils state-of-the-art replay center
It's called the Replay Operations Center, a 900-square-foot room at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media in the historic Chelsea Market building. It's a technological marvel, outfitted with state-of-the-art video equipment. And it's the nerve center of Major League Baseball's expanded replay system.
3/26/2014 | Draft prospect Toussaint fans 12 in Invitational opener
Touki Toussaint was the main attraction on Day 1 of the 2014 National High School Invitational on Wednesday, and he didn't disappoint.
3/26/2014 | Danks has come a long way in one year
John Danks' strong finish to a strong Spring Training has the White Sox and their hurler hoping he can be a major boost to the team's 2014 success.
3/26/2014 | Morgan 'older and wiser' since time with Crew
Though Nyjer Morgan had "a blast" with the Yokohama BayStars and predicts a "special year" for the Indians, he said part of him would always be a Brewer.
3/26/2014 | Yahoo makes fantasy game easier than ever
If you're among those waiting to draft with the latest spring evidence or just adding yet another league to your 2014 arsenal, it's time to sign up for a free league in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, the official fantasy game of MLB.com.
3/26/2014 | McCarthy tabbed to start in D-backs' home opener
The D-backs announced their rotation Wednesday for their first three home games of the regular season, beginning with Brandon McCarthy on Opening Day at Chase Field against the Giants on Monday, followed by Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill.
3/26/2014 | Expanded replay blends tradition with technology
One thing instant replay is going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt: Major League Baseball's umpires are very, very good.
3/26/2014 | In battle for spot, Negron finishing camp with a flourish
Utility player Kristopher Negron has come on strong the last couple of weeks of camp and has at least forced the Reds into a tough decision.
3/26/2014 | A's have fond memories of Phoenix Muni
The A's moved to Phoenix Muni and the neighboring Papago Park training complex in 1982. The team will leave behind decades of history when they move to nearby Mesa and Hohokam Stadium next year.
3/26/2014 | Gray gets last-minute call vs. Angels
With Opening Day five days away, Sonny Gray was scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game Wednesday. But when A's manager Bob Melvin saw the lineup the division-rival Angels sent to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, he brought over Gray.
3/26/2014 | Ramirez tabbed as Mariners' No. 2 starter
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Erasmo Ramirez will start the season's second game in Anaheim on Tuesday after the young right-hander wrapped up a strong spring with five-plus innings of one-run ball in Seattle's 5-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
3/26/2014 | Better late than never, the real De La Rosa surfaces
In his final start of the spring, Jorge De La Rosa rebounded from a poor start, stymieing the Giants by pitching inside and working smoothly with catcher Michael McKenry.
3/26/2014 | Ausmus to keep green light on for most players
The team-wide green light that new manager Brad Ausmus put on his baserunners at the start of camp is about to turn yellow in spots.
3/26/2014 | Abreu's HR helps White Sox overcome errors
Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer, Adam Eaton had four hits and John Danks pitched 6 1/3 innings as the White Sox, who committed four defensive miscues, grabbed a 9-5 win over the Reds on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch.
3/26/2014 | Lewis, Ogando miss out on starting rotation
Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando wanted to be in the Rangers' rotation by Opening Day. They are not. Instead, the Rangers are going with rookie Nick Martinez as their fifth starter and the two veterans don't appear thrilled with their current situation.
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