As season's first month nears end, answers to some pressing questions

You have questions, we have the answers: Q: Are the Mets for real in the National League East or is this an April mirage? A: The Mets' start is a sign of their all-new can-do attitude. They won 79 games last season and came to spring training convinced they were a contender. And then, after they won two of three in their first series in ... read more

Latest legal twist only further clouds curious case of Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds' Hall of Fame chances have a new twist of confusion after his felony obstruction of justice conviction was overturned Wednesday by an appeals court in San Francisco. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco said there wasn't enough evidence to convict baseball's all-time home run leader. So Bonds is now an innocent man - at least legally. Bonds, ... read more

Does frustrated Reds skipper Price have a legitimate gripe with media?

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price is generally a mild-mannered, stand-up guy. But on Monday, he lost his cool and took out his frustration on reporters, questioning their approach to the job. By now, it's standard knowledge that Price fired a certain expletive 77 times in a 5½-minute explosion at reporters and then threw them out of his office. Specifically, Price was angry at C. Trent ... read more

Miguel Gonzalez among reasons O's rotation is better than some might think

The terms "underrated" or "under the radar" are subjective and difficult to define, but they seem to fit well in describing the Orioles rotation, especially Miguel Gonzalez, who has two wins and a 2.55 ERA in his first three starts. The Orioles are seldom mentioned with the best rotations, even though their starters had the fifth-lowest ERA in the American League last season. The problem ... read more

Guys getting second chances have panned out well for resurgent O's

In two of the last three seasons, the Orioles have made a trip to the postseason, thanks in part to a players, including Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez and Steve Pearce, coming to Baltimore looking for a second chance to establish their careers. This season, the Orioles hope to win again following similar resurging story lines. Three players - Ubaldo Jimenez, Everth Cabrera and Travis Snider ... read more

First week of a new season yields some interesting questions

The first week of baseball is in the books. Six games doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the grand scheme of a baseball season. Still, there are questions and talking points from the early going: Q: The Blue Jays scored 23 runs in beating the Orioles two of three at Camden Yards. Is there any sizzle behind the Blue Jays being a trendy ... read more

First impressions from the first day of a new season

Nothing says opening day more than Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, right? Not exactly. Opening day conjures images of Clayton Kershaw's curveball, Adam Wainwright's heat and Justin Verlander's postseason bling. But Colon, the 41-year-old pitcher with a roundish body, pitched six strong innings in the Mets' 3-1 win versus the Nationals on Monday at quiet Nationals Park. The Mets' No. 5 starter was a surprising choice ... read more

Divisional preview: National League East

After winning two of the last three National League East titles, and then losing in October's National League Division Series, the Nationals are on the hot seat of expectations. They've added $210 million pitcher Max Scherzer to what was already the best rotation in baseball. And with shortstop Ian Desmond and starters Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister eligible for free agency after the season, the ... read more