Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Certainly, every team wants to win the World Series, but suffice it to say, the championship dreams currently rate a little stronger in Cleveland, where the Indians are coming off an American League pennant, than on the South Side of Chicago, where the White Sox are open to dealing their Opening Day starter. With that in mind, each club in the AL Central might have to adjust its specific plan as 2017 evolves. Here are some Plan B possibilities.
More»Quintana gets the ball for White Sox on Opening Day|
|In this Opening Day lead-up, let's talk about lineups. Following Tuesday's ranking of the top five rotations in the game at the start of 2017, we move on now to the offensive outlooks.
More»Cubs ready to unleash one of MLB's deepest lineups|
|With the 2017 season about to begin, consider this our effort to get those of you who slept through the Hot Stove season caught up on all the big things you missed. Here are 20 key plot points from what was a typically wild offseason in MLB.
More»Sale, Farrell discuss Sale's impact, expectations|
|These are power rankings with admittedly little predictive value, because teams will inevitably rise and fall as injuries, trades and unexpected boosts or busts enter the equation. But for now, here are the five clubs with the best rotation alignments at the start of the season.
More»Mets' rotation could be the best in baseball in 2017|
|The very late-inning machinations that had helped Cleveland manager Terry Francona extend Game 7 of the World Series into an extra inning had introduced what had once seemed impossible: Championship dreams rested in the bat of little, light-hitting Michael Martinez.
|Shin-Soo Choo is equal parts eager to please and impossible to satisfy. He expects so much from himself that, when things inevitably go awry somewhere in the midst of a 162-game schedule, he wears those struggles on his sleeve, feeling he's let both himself and his team down. That's how it's been for the entirety of Choo's Major League career, and that was especially how it was in a lost 2016 that saw him make four trips to the disabled list.
More» Choo on feeling comfortable in batter's box|
|One of the first things Bud Black said when the Rockies hired him as their skipper was that he "sees the game through the pitcher's eyes," and sometimes those words are meant to be taken literally.
More»Black breaks down young arms on pitching staff|
|It was a Triple-A game -- the kind of game Shelby Miller surprisingly wound up pitching in eight times last season. The results, then, matter even less than your average exhibition. Still, they give us a window into his status for 2017.
More»Gilbert discusses Miller's bounceback attempt|
|It was a strange sight Tuesday, the kind of sight the exhibition schedule tends to specialize in: Madison Bumgarner left a start after just two innings.
More» Bumgarner speaks about Spring Training|
|To a somewhat turbulent Tribe camp arrived a much-appreciated Smooth day. It was Dr. Smooth, otherwise known as Michael Brantley, out there in left field and in the second spot of the batting order on Monday.
More» Brantley reacts to Spring Training debut|
|If, by now, you're a sports fan who doesn't know about the greatness of Mike Trout, that's what's really fishy. It's your own darn fault. At 25 years old, Trout is entering what is, essentially, his sixth full season in the big leagues, which is kind of hard to believe.
More» Trout hits an RBI single in the 4th|
|Joe Maddon hatched an idea in the Sloan Park dugout Saturday as he watched a split-squad version of his Cubs play Japan's World Baseball Classic club, and it was a notion raw enough that he invited a visitor to "shoot holes through it."
|As the NCAA men's basketball tournament just proved again, defending a championship ain't easy. What will make the 2017 Cubs different than Villanova -- or, for that matter, every World Series champion in the 21st century?
More» Lester looks ahead to 2017|
|In advance of their much-anticipated Pool F meeting in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday night at Petco Park (10 p.m. ET, MLB Network and MLB.TV) and in celebration of their outsized impact on the Major Leagues over the years, we present to you our picks for the all-time teams from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
More»Who should be considered for all-time Dominican team?|
|The defending champs and the hopeful hosts are both moving on in a 2017 World Baseball Classic that has lived up to its billing as the premier global baseball tournament. For the Dominican Republic, Team USA and six other teams -- one of whom will be decided by a Monday tiebreaker between Venezuela and Italy -- the daily drama continues in this week's second round of international action.
More» Arenado, Posey homer in USA's victory|
|The titans of this World Baseball Classic -- in odds and in oomph -- are the United States and the Dominican Republic. So from the moment the brackets were released, there was reason to anticipate what is a sold-out clash Saturday night at Marlins Park.
More» Bautista mashes a homer to left|
|After a major jump in innings pitched last season, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has no innings limitations after improving his strength during the offseason.
More»Sanchez enters season with no limitations|
|There are unproven players making a push for big league playing time in Spring Training. Here are just a handful of players who have stood out.
More»Bird flying high this spring with early power surge|
|Justus Sheffield -- who is New York's No. 7 prospect, per Pipeline -- sometimes serves as a bit of a forgotten man in a Yankees rebuild project that has largely centered on the acquisition of position-player prospects.
More» Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees|
|Several modifications have been made to the rule book going into the 2017 season. Though Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association haven't agreed to an adjustment to the strike zone or grand-scale changes that might dramatically alter baseball as we know it, the seven tweaks announced on Thursday do have implications.
More»Justice on MLB rules modifications for 2017 season|