• Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders. Not this time. For one of the few times in the last two-plus decades, not much is expected of a team that collapsed late last season, fired general manager Frank Wren and underwent a massive...

  • 'Tough deal' for Rangers losing Darvish even before season

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    When Yu Darvish pitched only one inning this spring before season-ending elbow surgery, the Texas Rangers were already off to an ominous start. The Rangers lost their ace even before what they are still hoping will be a comeback season. "There is no way to spin that, other than it's...

  • Hoping to stay on the move, Astros look to take next step

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros moved out of the major league basement last season. Now the question is whether Jose Altuve and his teammates are ready to contend this year or if they still need a couple of seasons to complete their rebuild and get back to the postseason. Owner Jim...

  • Marlins believe they're poised to end playoff drought

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Two transactions midway through spring training that drew little notice heralded significant progress for the Miami Marlins. Top pitching prospects Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino were optioned to the minor leagues — moves reflecting the franchise's improved depth of...

  • Rays comfortable falling back into role as underdogs

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A year after being a trendy preseason pick to contend for the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays are back in a familiar role as underdogs. "That's good. ... We like that," three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria said, noting the team has a history of...

  • Tigers look vulnerable, but still have plenty of talent

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers had barely finished celebrating a fourth straight division title last year when they were dispatched from the playoffs by Baltimore in a Division Series sweep. Then Kansas City — the team the Tigers fought so hard to hold off in the AL Central — rolled...

  • Orioles rely on pitching in bid to repeat as AL East champs

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — For the first time in 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles open a new baseball season as defending AL East champions. The Orioles can only hope for better results than in 1998, when they followed a wire-to-wire run to the division crown with a 79-83 flop — launching a...

  • Nats add Scherzer, get Harper, others thinking about ring

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper's reaction to the news that the Washington Nationals added Max Scherzer to an already-talented starting staff drew quite a lot of attention. "I just started laughing," Harper famously said. "I was like, 'Where's my ring?'" Yes, that pretty much sums up...

  • Big additions spur big expectations for White Sox

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A decade removed from their most recent championship, the Chicago White Sox once again are eyeing a big season. Their sights are set on an AL Central title after consecutive losing records, maybe even more. The White Sox added to their offense, boosted their rotation,...

  • Gallardo selected as opening day starter for Rangers

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SURRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Yovani Gallardo was selected as the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers by manager Jeff Banister on Thursday. This will be Gallardo's sixth straight opening day assignment. The previous five were with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers acquired...

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