|You're not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February. Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training. Yet that didn't stop Adrian Beltre from getting on Prince Fielder on Thursday, when the Rangers held their first full workout at the Surprise Stadium complex.
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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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|Even in a subpar and injury-ravaged season, Josh Hamilton did contribute for the AL West champion Angels last year, and the Halos are going to need that kind of production out of left field in 2015. But it doesn't necessarily need to come from Hamilton, writes columnist Anthony Castrovince.
More»Angels GM Dipoto, Scioscia discuss Josh Hamilton|
|Often lauded for his leadership and other intangibles, Twins veteran Torii Hunter's consistent production as he nears 40 should not be overlooked.
More» Hunter should hit for solid average in 2015|
|There has been much attention paid to a dramatically improved Red Sox lineup, and justifiably so. But so often, entire seasons rise or fall on the performance of the pitching, particularly the starting pitching.
More»Porcello pumped to be part of Red Sox rotation|
|Coors Field can be intimidating for pitchers, but the Rockies familiarity with the hitters' park is the single greatest home-field advantage in Major League Baseball.
More»Weiss on live batting practice, Matzek and Lyles|
|With the national media focused on Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz, the key to the Mariners' whole operation could be Austin Jackson, the center fielder Seattle acquired from Detroit last July 31.
More» Jackson will have opportunity to make impact|
|Once taboo, eight-man bullpens seem to be gaining traction in today's game. Obviously, it's more applicable for American League teams, for which glaring pinch-hit opportunities are presented less frequently. But last year even the Cubs went with an eight-man 'pen for much of the season.
More»Nelson, Footer discuss bullpens and their importance|
|As one of the centerpieces in the Padres' boldly remarkable makeover, Matt Kemp is bringing his bat, glove, legs, arm and charm down south from Los Angeles. Judging by the clubhouse crowd gathered around him, Kemp has swiftly won over his new teammates at Spring Training.
More»Kemp on healthy hips, fresh outlook with Padres|
|When September rolls around, we're going to be talking about the D-backs' Chip Hale as a surprise pick in a group of candidates likely to include Joe Maddon, Bud Black, Mike Redmond and all the usual suspects, the guys like Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Mike Matheny. It may sound silly to speculate about this before the first pitch of the Cactus League season, but you don't need a crystal ball to know this is going to work.
More»Hale discusses his vision, expectations for D-backs|
|Someone asked David Ortiz how much longer he intends to play. Innocent question, right? "I don't know," Ortiz said while meeting with the media on Wednesday.
More»Ortiz ready for Red Sox to get things done in 2015|
|Bob Melvin was hired to manage the A's on June 9, 2011. Only one player who was on the roster that day -- Coco Crisp -- is still in the organization.
More»Melvin on upcoming season, new and familiar faces|
|Former A's Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, now reunited in the Dodgers rotation, have always had a lot in common off the field, and this season they're both looking to prove their durability and help Los Angeles in its quest for a World Series championship.
|Throughout an offseason of change for the Tampa Bay Rays, Evan Longoria always believed it would turn out OK.
More»Longoria looks to bounce back strong for Rays in 2015|
|There is no way to gloss over what Ryan Braun means to the Brewers. He is the face of the franchise and the guy they made the commitment to keep, looking to build their long-term success around him. A return to form from the former NL MVP will be vital if Milwaukee wants to make a run at its first World Series title.
More»Roenicke on keeping Braun and Ramirez healthy|
|When the White Sox held their first full-squad workout, everywhere you looked, there was a potentially significant player acquired during the roster overhaul that started with the deal for Adam LaRoche.
More»Rodon, Ventura, LaRoche at White Sox Spring Training|
|The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely happy to have Josh Donaldson in their lineup. Donaldson, for his part, is also very happy to be with the Blue Jays.
More» Donaldson should provide power in new park|
|Though it might have been a bit overlooked, considering his team didn't reach the postseason and his rotation mate, Corey Kluber, won the American League Cy Young Award, Carlos Carrasco was one of the Majors' most dominant starters down the stretch in 2014.
More»Carrasco discusses preparation for 2015 season|
|Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval over here. Justin Masterson and Wade Miley over there. Rusney Castillo is beginning his first full season with his new team. So is Joe Kelly. These are the 2015 Boston Red Sox. They don't much resemble the 2014 Red Sox. Regardless, optimism is an easy sell.
More»Justin Masterson glad to be back in Boston|
|The Giants head into their eighth season under manager Bruce Bochy, trying to win it all again with a new combination at the hot corner. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval and third-base coach Tim Flannery are gone, replaced by Casey McGehee and Roberto Kelly, respectively.
More»McGehee arrives at Giants Spring Training|
|You have heard, read, seen speculation about how much of a "distraction" Alex Rodriguez will be to the Yankees. Based on events Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field and the surrounding area, it appears that A-Rod could be much more of a "distraction" to the media than to the other members of the Yankees organization.
More»Joe Girardi on A-Rod's return to the Yankees|
|On the one hand, let's take Melvin Upton Jr. -- formerly B.J. -- at his word. He said his decision to switch from his nickname to his given name after 10 seasons in the Major Leagues has nothing to do with trying to change the vibes in his baseball world after struggling at the plate for two straight years. OK, but there is "on the other hand."
More»Melvin Upton Jr. on using birth name, bouncing back|
|Considering all the roster moves the Padres and Dodgers made during the offseason, the defending World Series-winning Giants still have the best bullpen in the tough National League West and perhaps the best manager in Major League Baseball to utilize it.
More»Bruce Bochy highlights Spring Training goals|
|There are occasions where a manager is allowed to learn on the job, and eventually enjoy success without ever being dismissed. Those instances, however, are the exception.
More»McClendon optimistic heading into 2015 season|
|So now, he's Melvin Upton Jr., of the Braves, a franchise that twice has changed its first name. Of course, we'll all go along with this latest change of identity in the big leagues. The adjustment won't be too difficult.
More»Melvin Upton Jr. on using birth name, bouncing back|
|With all the attention on Yoan Moncada, Jorge Soler looks like one of the best bargains in baseball, given his potential as a complete player with the power to hit 30-plus home runs.
More»Maddon talks about the expectations for Jorge Soler|
|The Red Sox got better, perhaps much better. Better in 2017? Or 2018? No, it's simpler than that. Yoan Moncada makes them better the moment he signs on the dotted line.
More»Ringolsby on Cuban infielder Moncada to Red Sox|
|One of baseball's best rotations could be made up of pitchers who have left the Tigers in recent years. But that does not mean that the 2015 Detroit rotation is in tatters or even in trouble. David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon, Shane Greene. That rotation should pose plenty of problems for the opposition.
More»Ausmus discusses Price and his role in the rotation|
|Buck Showalter has been one of the key figures in resurrecting one of baseball's "crown jewel" franchises and making it one of the smartest, most successful operations in the game.
More»Showalter on using Wieters, Machado during spring|
|Three days after having two stents placed in a heart artery that was 90 percent blocked, Bruce Bochy, the Giants field boss, is back, ready and eager to add another ring or two.
More»Ringolsby discusses Bochy's health, Cactus League|