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|The Pirates' trade with the Mets for Ike Davis was a simple one, but a good one. Give Neal Huntington credit for making an early move to improve, and by joining a contender, Davis may feel like he won the lottery.
More» Davis on being traded to Pirates|
|Two teams play for 14 innings one night. It takes one of them walking 15 guys, the last two by a backup infielder, for the other team, the one that made two errors in the first inning, to win. And the night after walkapalooza, two of the best left-handers in the game, Jon Lester and Chris Sale, team up to make imaginations race.
More» Lester fans nine over eight strong innings|
|As the late Jim Fregosi used to say, sometimes you have to learn how to lose a game. White Sox manager Robin Ventura has passed that course. Ventura took one for his team on Wednesday night, when he wound up using infielder Leury Garcia as a pitcher in a game that was tied at 4 in the 14th inning.
More»Ventura on position players pitching extras|
|The Red Sox, already beset by multiple injuries, finally got good news with Dustin Pedroia's wrist exam showing no major damage.
More» Napoli is injured after attempted steal|
|One of these days, it really is going to happen. Mark Buehrle is going to slow down. Everybody does, right? But the 35-year-old Buehrle of 2014 is pretty much the same as the 32-year-old Buehrle of 2011, who was pretty much the same as the 29-year-old Buehrle of 2008.
More» Buehrle dominates Rays, fans 11 over 8 2/3|
|Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is not a marquee name like some of the others who have found themselves on the disabled list early this season, but his value to L.A. is immeasurable.
More»A.J. Ellis to miss a month or more after knee surgery|
|With or without Avisail Garcia, the White Sox boast a lineup much improved over 2013's. The club is moving in the right direction, even if it'll have to wait to see how much better Garcia can make them.
More» Garcia leaves game after injuring shoulder|
|Manager Clint Hurdle credits Pirates general manager Neal Huntington for prioritizing his bullpen.
More» Wilson tosses two scoreless frames|
|After the first full week of games, Major League Baseball officials are very pleased with how the expanded replay system has worked, especially given that the process is still in its early stages.
More»Opening Day sees three historic instances of replay|
|The Dodgers are a team full of questions, but it looks like they've found one big answer in getting Matt Kemp back to full speed for the first time since he twice went on the disabled list with hamstring issues in late May 2012.
More» Kemp homers twice to help lead Dodgers to win|
|Clint Hurdle, who helped turn the Pirates into contenders in three years, is a prime example that modern managers still have plenty of influence.
More»Clint Hurdle accepts the NL Manager of the Year award|
|Stay positive. Ryne Sandberg said that was his mantra when he played for the Cubs, and after Sandberg's Phillies won, 7-2, in the Wrigley Field home opener on Friday, it appears Chicago will need to keep that mindset.
More» Cubs get introduced to the fans|
|The long-awaited Wrigley Field centennial season arrives on Friday, and the Cubs have promotions and giveaways to celebrate 100 years at the storied ballpark.
More»Happy 100th birthday Wrigley Field|
|Following a tough rookie season, few players need a solid start to 2014 more than Aaron Hicks. Striving to simplify the game, Hicks is 4-for-7 through two games thus far.
More» Hicks makes diving catch in center field|
|Baseball's marathon is always marked by too many pitching injuries, but this year the recurring, nonstop nature of them has been a major storyline. Five teams, however, still have healthy rotations and are positioned for early success.
More» Pineda pitches six quality innings|
|The White Sox believed Jose Abreu was the man to lead them back to prominence following last season's struggles, and it took Abreu seeing only five pitches on Opening Day to confirm it.
More» Abreu makes Major League debut for White Sox|
|Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million extension will set him up for life financially and could ultimately be a bargain for the Angels if the young superstar can build upon the amazing start to his career.
More»Relive Trout's greatest moments from '12 and '13|
|MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers answers questions about whether the White Sox will go after a top free-agent pitcher, the Cubs' top prospects and more.
More»AL Cy Young winner turns down long-term extension|
|Boasting one of the more complete rosters in the bigs, the Cardinals have welcomed a quiet spring before what should be another eventful year.
More» Lynn stikres out Yelich looking|
|At the start of the 162-game season, there is probably no more daunting task in the National League Central than trying to run down the Cardinals, who look to be deeper and stronger than the team that went to the World Series last season.
More»Pirates are ready for tough competition in NL Central|