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12/26/2013 | Phillies counting on veteran core to lead way in '14

After making a few moves this offseason, the Phillies enter the new year with plenty of questions. Can Ryan Howard be the Big Piece again? Can Jimmy Rollins stay motivated and bounce back? Who will be the everyday third baseman? Who is the real Ben Revere?


12/26/2013 | Mets look to big-ticket stars, young arms in 2014

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo looks at New York's 10 biggest questions entering 2014, including whether the Mets' young arms and big-ticket signings will propel them into contention in the NL East.


12/26/2013 | Twins ready to round corner to respectability in '14

With a third straight disappointing season, the Twins are more than ready to turn the page on 2013 and move on to '14. The club has lost at least 96 games in each of the last three years. But it heads into the new year with some optimism because of one of the game's best farm systems and a revamped rotation after signing free agents Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey to multi-year deals.


12/26/2013 | Bucs aiming to build on breakthrough '13 campaign

As skipper Clint Hurdle's Pirates swaggered down the stretch in 2013 on their newly-paved glory road, the oft-heard cautionary note sounded by team officials was this: "Achieving success is hard. But maintaining it is harder." General manager Neal Huntington and Co. are looking to arrange a suitable encore to a 94-win season.


12/26/2013 | New year brings an enthusiastic outlook for Atlanta

A strong sense of familiarity still surrounds the Braves as they enter 2014. They are anxiously looking forward to building on the success of a new era that was celebrated in September, when the club captured the National League East title. Most of the same players who played a key role in winning the division title will be back to defend it.


12/26/2013 | 10 questions facing Angels in 2014

After many things went wrong for the Angels last season, Mike Scioscia and Co. look to bounce back in 2014. Here are the 10 biggest questions facing the Halos in the coming year.


12/26/2013 | Optimistic Renteria leads Cubs into new year

You'll hear a lot about Wrigley Field celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. There will be retrospectives on the ballpark, replica uniforms, appearances by alumni throughout the season and plenty of fanfare. It's the first year, though, for rookie manager Rick Renteria, named the Cubs' 53rd skipper in November.


12/26/2013 | 10 questions D-backs face in 2014

Arizona finished with back-to-back 81-81 seasons, and general manager Kevin Towers is determined to find a way over the hump in 2014. He has again made significant changes to the roster, adding a power bat in Mark Trumbo and a top bullpen arm in Addison Reed.


12/26/2013 | Fresh off title, Red Sox set sights on repeating

The challenge of winning a title is topped only by the quest of repeating. Nobody has done it since the Yanks from 1998-2000, and the Red Sox will be on the clock, trying to show that it can be done. However, manager John Farrell is hopeful his team will attack this challenge in incremental steps, rather than trying to do it all at once.


12/26/2013 | Toronto needs Morrow, young arms to step up in '14

In search of health and pitching in '14, the Blue Jays get a clean slate as the new year begins. Here are 10 questions that will be pivotal to the Blue Jays' success next season, including whether 2014 is the year that Brandon Morrow breaks out.


12/26/2013 | A's eager to find more success as calendar turns to '14

Though the A's enjoyed yet another successful year, bringing home their second straight division crown, they're more than ready to flip the calendar to 2014. There are plenty questions to be asked of this team entering the new year.


12/26/2013 | Rays optimistic for '14 as Price question looms

The Rays are confident that they can once again advance to the postseason in 2014, but like the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball, they enter the year with their share of questions, including whether David Price will be a member of the rotation.


12/26/2013 | Giants hoping 2014 is a bounce-back year

The Giants' much-needed offseason makeover consisted of adding only two players. But that's sufficient to give the club a fresh look if the pair of additions, Tim Hudson and Michael Morse, bring the impact that distinguished them in previous years. Here are 10 issues that will separate success from failure as the Giants' season unfolds.


12/25/2013 | Former Indians broadcaster Hegan dies at 71

Mike Hegan, who played 12 years for the Brewers, Yankees, Seattle Pilots and A's, and was part of Cleveland Indians broadcasts for 23 years, passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 71, the Indians said on Wednesday.


12/25/2013 | Yanks ready to go all-in on Tanaka -- and they need to

Masahiro Tanaka reportedly will be posted with the bidding beginning on Thursday. The Yankees are expected to be front and center, and they seemingly must land the Japanese star -- no matter the luxury-tax implications -- to contend in 2014.


12/25/2013 | Hollywood Dodgers wrote a heck of a script in '13

"The 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers" turned out to be one heck of a flick, replete with a huge budget, an engaging cast of characters, a plot line nobody could predict, and a pulsating soundtrack of stadium cheers.


12/24/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Tanaka on his way to MLB?

Major League general managers got perhaps their biggest Christmas present a little early, when Nippon Professional Baseball's Rakuten Golden Eagles reportedly announced late Tuesday night that they will post star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.


12/24/2013 | Tanaka posting sweetens New Year for MLB

The North American supply of pitching has just been enriched by the Rakuten Golden Eagles. This could mean a happier New Year than expected for the Major League club who wins the services of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.


12/24/2013 | Tanaka's move a great gift for Major League fans

The paperwork hasn't been submitted, but it looks like Masahiro Tanaka is going to be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Nice. Very nice. For baseball fans in North America, the reports are a fine holiday present.


12/24/2013 | Bidding underway for Japanese ace Tanaka

Major League Baseball's pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka came into greater focus on Christmas Day. Reports indicated that Tanaka has hired an agent and his posting is to begin Thursday morning.


12/24/2013 | Candlestick Park leaves us with frosty memories

With the doors on Candlestick Park coming to a close, Terence Moore takes a stroll down memory lane as he bids farewell to a stadium that hosted some of the chilliest baseball games ever.


12/24/2013 | Kawasaki re-signs with Toronto on Minors contract

The Blue Jays gave their fanbase an early holiday present on Tuesday morning with the announcement that infielder Munenori Kawasaki has re-signed with the club on a Minor League contract.


12/24/2013 | Baseball's charitable efforts always in season

There are many reasons that baseball has entered a golden age. More than ever, baseball -- that is, its players and owners and executives -- understand they have a responsibility beyond the numbers and the wins and losses.


12/24/2013 | Worry over 'starting the clock' a waste of time

Teams waste too much time worrying about "starting the clock" on a young player's potential free agency, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby. Instead, rosters should be constructed of the 25 players who give the Major League club the best chance to win.


12/24/2013 | Cards improve with a pair of under-the-radar moves

Quietly and with financial restraint, in their fashion, the Cardinals have made two moves that will have significant impact in the heart of their defense. The imports should improve a pitching staff that figures to be even more dominant with the maturation of the sport's purest collection of young arms.




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