Looking at the Orioles' historic home run tear through June

The Orioles have a big lead in the American League East, but with one game remaining in June, the story is their steady stream of home runs - and how they are different from the other record-setting teams. Mark Trumbo's home run Wednesday in San Diego gave the Orioles 55 home runs during June, tying the record held by the 1996 Oakland Athletics. The Orioles ... read more

Mets and Red Sox have work to do as they try to chase division crowns

The Nationals and Orioles usually have story lines that run on parallel tracks and this year is no different. Each is a first-place team. Each has a sizable lead with a crumbling contender behind them. The defending National League East champion New York Mets have a dysfunctional offense and now, after an 11-4 loss to the Nationals on Monday night, their rotation could be falling ... read more

Cubs-Nationals series could be preview of NLCS

The Nationals and Cubs, two of the best teams in baseball, finished playing their seventh and final game of the regular season Wednesday at Nationals Park. So, what happens now? Will they see each other again? If so, that means they'll meet with the pennant on the line. And, what did each team learn about the other? Nationals manager Dusty Baker says the Cubs will ... read more

With home runs aplenty, is there any pitching in the AL East?

We know there is hitting aplenty in the American League East, but can any of the contenders pitch? The Blue Jays won the AL home run title and the division last season. This season, the Orioles led the majors in home runs while Toronto is fourth and Boston sixth. The Red Sox lead the AL in runs with 369. The Orioles are third and the ... read more

Happy Strasmas anniversary: Remembering Strasburg's debut

Six years ago today, Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters in his big league debut for the Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals won the game 5-2 before 40,315 fans at Nationals Park. The Nationals moved to D.C. from Montreal in 2005. At the time, Strasburg's debut was the biggest baseball event in Washington since the 1933 World Series. Among the highlights: * Fans ... read more

In an offseason full of acquisitions, Murphy proving to be top choice

Looking back to the offseason, it's difficult to believe that Daniel Murphy was the Nationals' third choice when they were looking for a second baseman. They wanted to trade for Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, but, per his contract, Phillips vetoed a trade and wanted to stay with the rebuilding Reds. Who knows why he didn't want to play for his former Reds manager, Dusty Baker, in ... read more

Phillies have been biggest surprise in competitive NL East

As Memorial Day arrives, the Nationals lead the National League East because of their excellent starting pitching and improved bullpen. That's not unexpected. But how about the Phillies? The team that lost 99 games last season has started the first two months as a contender because of their rotation and bullpen. They are proving that a team doesn't need to score a lot of runs ... read more

Checking out the AL East at Memorial Day weekend

After two months, the Orioles are contending in the American League East, but their biggest rival has been the Red Sox, not the defending champion Blue Jays.The Rays have done a turnaround: They have a dangerous power lineup, but their rotation has questions. The Red Sox, with David Ortiz in his final season, are pounding the ball, playing tight defense and growing a nucleus of ... read more