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  • Commentary: For starters, Brewers must keep pace

    The Milwaukee Brewers have been slow to come out of the gate in recent seasons, to the point that general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke had lengthy discussions before spring training about ways to possibly avoid those false starts. If that...
  • Capsules for the National League

    PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH NL EAST Washington Nationals Last year: 86-76 (2d) Manager: Matt Williams (first year) Key pitchers: Stephen Strasburg (8-9, 3.00 ERA, 9.4 strikeouts/9 innings, 1.049 WHIP); Jordan Zimmerman (19-9, 3.25 ERA, 1.088 WHIP);...
  • Bernie Miklasz: Cardinals are fighting the hype

    ST. LOUIS As I scanned the 2014 season previews, the praise for the Cardinals screamed at me. It was similar to the kind of rave-review shout-outs you see in the promotions for upcoming movies. Tom Verducci, SI.com: "When you look around at the rosters...
  • Joe Strauss: Baseball's new math impresses some, paralyzes others

    CINCINNATI Baseball's vocabulary is an evolving animal. Terms like banjo hitter, can of corn and free-swinger have yielded to line-drive rate, batting average on balls in play and wins above replacement. Any impression can be validated or contradicted...
  • Brewers seeing for the future

    One thing will never change in baseball. You must have solid pitching to win. But it doesn't hurt to be strong up the middle. "It's kind of the backbone of the team," said Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. "If you think about the team as a...
  • Gene Collier: Pirates' offensive outburst sends message to Cardinals

    PITTSBURGH For the first of what will include no fewer than 19 meetings with the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals between here and the far end of September, and some would say beyond, the Pirates turned up with a list of batting averages that,...
  • Wrigley Field at 100: The villains

     Wrigley Field at 100: The villains
    Babe Ruth: It's up for debate whether Ruth actually called his shot before homering during the 1932 World Series. But there were no doubts about Ruth's assessment of Wrigley Field, even though he succeeded there. "I'd play for half my salary if I could...
  • Cubs hoping division victories add up in 2014

    PITTSBURGH — One step forward, two steps back. The Cubs hope to eliminate the trend of improving in one area but regressing in others starting Monday against the Pirates. "We're crossing off boxes, but we need to cross off all of them at once,"...
  • Potholes still line Cubs road to recovery

    Potholes still line Cubs road to recovery
    Between the buzz around Javier Baez and Kris Bryant and the uncertain future of Jeff Samardzija is a path of promise that suffered its share of potholes and detours of doom last summer. For the Cubs to steer back on that road of recovery — where...
  • Dodgers favored in NL; AL race wide open

    Dodgers favored in NL; AL race wide open
    The Los Angeles Dodgers appear poised to cash in on their big-budget blockbuster of a roster and end a 26-year wait for another World Series in the 2014 Major League Baseball season. It's a different story in the American League where any number of...
  • Brewers' Wily Peralta can find answer between his ears

    PHOENIX For a team to fare better than expected during a 162-game season, it must have under-the-radar players step forward and meet their full potential. If the Milwaukee Brewers are to improve significantly from their 74-win showing in 2013 and play...