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

Divisional preview: American League East

After 94 wins last season and a division championship, the Orioles go into this season as defending American League East champions for the first time since 1998. New eras begin in Tampa Bay, with manager Joe Maddon gone, and New York, where shortstop Derek Jeter has retired. The Yankees are hoping for health all over the diamond, especially on the mound. The Tampa Bay Rays ... read more

Divisional preview: American League Central

With Cy Young-type starters and a punishing lineup, the Detroit Tigers have been the best team in the American League Central - if not the entire league - for four consecutive years. But that's all changing. The Tigers have taken a step back, especially with their rotation. The Kansas City Royals, defending AL champions, are without pitcher James Shields, but they added power bats to ... read more

Divisional preview: National League Central

With manager Joe Maddon, big-money pitcher Jon Lester and power-hitting prospect Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs are all the rage in the National League Central. But are they are a serious contender or merely hype? Have their young players matured enough to compete in what might be baseball's deepest division? The St. Louis Cardinals, who have won at least 90 games in four of the ... read more

Divisional preview: American League West

The Seattle Mariners are the trendy pick to win the American League West, and if they do, they would have their first division title since winning 116 games in 2001. But will the Mariners overtake the Los Angeles Angels, who won 98 games last season only to lose in the postseason's first round? Since winning the World Series in 2002, the Angels have been bounced ... read more