Eaton-Turner combo gives Nationals unparalleled speed

On the highway, speed kills. In baseball, speed brings life. The Nationals got a glimpse of that before Trea Turner went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Turner's expected to return this week, and when he does, he and Adam Eaton will be the fuel that makes the Nationals' lineup almost impossible to defend. Whether it is Turner-Eaton or Eaton-Turner at the top ... read more

Marking 25th anniversary, Camden Yards has withstood the test of time

On April 6, 1992, Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe threw the first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards - on a day when the ballpark started a revolution, pushing baseball away from the two-sport, all-turf, cookie-cutter stadiums of the 1980s. The magic of Camden Yards - some call it Oriole Park - is that it made new feel old on Day One. The ballpark, celebrating ... read more

Red Sox favored in AL East, though path to title won't be an easy one

The Red Sox are favored to win the American League East, but that is not as obvious as it looks. The Red Sox have strong pitching with Rick Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young winner, and Chris Sale in the rotation, but David Price starts the season on the disabled list, thanks to a sore elbow. After that, the Red Sox rotation is iffy with ... read more

Mets take aim at Nationals, who are trying to get past NLDS for first time

After losing to the Dodgers in the National League Division Series last October, the Nationals go into the season with a reputation to fix. Can they win the NL East and go beyond the first round of the postseason? They're 0-3 in the Division Series - losing also to the Giants and Cardinals - since moving to Washington in 2005. Manager Dusty Baker is determined ... read more

Examining the NL Central as the Cubs look to repeat as world champions

The Chicago Cubs are defending a World Series title for the first time since 1909, and this year, they are one of the best teams in the National League. The favorite to win the NL Central? Without a doubt, it is the Cubs. The Cardinals have the best chance to challenge, but their rotation has questions. The Pirates could surprise, but their pitching is young. ... read more

Tigers might be Indians' only competition in AL Central

Stranger things have happened, but if Cleveland doesn't win the American League Central, it's an upset. The Indians have gone the longest - 68 years - without winning a World Series. Detroit has a dangerous offense. They have Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer leading their rotation. And the Tigers, despite not having a healthy Zimmermann, were in the playoff hunt until the final ... read more

Breaking down the AL West, where Astros will battle Rangers for supremacy

The Houston Astros are the trendy pick to win the American League West because of their dangerous lineup. But don't count out the Texas Rangers. They are the defending division champions, even though they didn't major moves over the winter. The always-changing Seattle Mariners could be the surprise team. The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels each have too many questions, although of the two ... read more

Previewing the NL West, which looks like a two-team race

Who wins the National League West, the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers? Take your pick. The Giants fixed their bullpen with former Nationals closer Mark Melancon, and with Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, have two of the four starters that finished with an ERA lower than 3.00 with at least 200 innings last season. The others are Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer ... read more