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Caple: Speaking the same language
Although they have two distinctly different styles and personalities, Mariners outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Ken Griffey Jr. share the same appreciation for the game.
Stark: Alvarez puts aside past, wows 'em at Pirates camp
As Pedro Alvarez takes one sweet swing after another this spring, the Pirates look at his lost summer of testy contract negotiations as a thing of the past.
Bryant: Mark Teixeira's staredown with Yankee legends
The toughest pressure for new Yankee Mark Teixeira this season just might come from the watchful eye of the man known as Mr. October.
Stark: Price not quite right at this point for Rays
Surprising as it may sound, the Rays will soon officially send phenom David Price to the minor leagues to begin the season.
Stark: Resilient Twins to face another challenge without Mauer
As they always do, the Twins deal with adversity well. But the uncertainty of when Joe Mauer will return will test their resiliency.
Crasnick: Royals' strong bullpen still needs help from rotation
The Royals' bullpen should be a strength in '09, but their starting staff will need to improve for them to be legitimate contenders.
Crasnick: D-backs digest disappointing season
If the Diamondbacks are going to show they're for real in the NL West, new faces need to acclimate and old questions must be answered.
Stark: Young faces now leading the way with energized Reds
With Jay Bruce and Joey Votto leading an energized youth movement, there's something building in Reds Land.
Crasnick: Injury-filled '08 pushes Hafner to return strong
After playing in only 57 games last season due to an injured right shoulder, Travis Hafner knows he needs to produce in a big way for the Indians in '09.
Outtakes: Torii Hunter
Kenny Mayne tries to hide his baked-goods-ridden past from Torii Hunter.
Stark: Tigers' success hinges on pitching
If the Tigers are going to return to the precipice of greatness, they'll need everything they can get from Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman and Joel Zumaya.
Kurkjian: Communication takes front-row seat
Team-building exercises and strong communication have become much more prevalent in today's game.
Crasnick: More innings, more at-bats to go around
Thanks to the World Baseball Classic, some fringe players get longer looks at major league camps this spring.
Crasnick: Oakland developing another Big Three
The Athletics bolstered their lineup by adding some veteran bats, but their success in 2009 may rest on the precocious, talented, untested group of starting pitchers in camp.
Stark: Why the Red Sox had as good a winter as the Yankees
Unlike the Yankees, the Red Sox didn't have to spend $400 million on free agents to improve. Boston's free-agent signings are high on upside, low on risk.
Crasnick: Cubs' lineup much more balanced this season
A short-lived run in each of the past two Octobers pushed the Cubs to balance their lineup better for 2009.
Stark: The A-Rod show rolls on
The Alex Rodriguez saga continues. Time for his own miniseries? No, we're way past that.
Crasnick: Show back in town
The past is the past. Manny Ramirez is back with the Dodgers and ready to play hard and have some fun.
Stark: Invited to Spring Training All-Stars
Though they never received the official paperwork in the mail, several veterans are in camps after getting "invited" to spring training.
Crasnick: White Sox veterans know the score
The old guard won't be caught off guard in Chicago. Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko and Jim Thome are well aware the White Sox are trying to get younger.
Crasnick: Angels' offensive woes a definite concern
Despite their recent success in the regular season, the Angels search for a way to improve when the calendar flips to October.
Neel: The new Dodgertown in Arizona
At Camelback Ranch, their new Arizona spring home, the Dodgers are looking to make lasting memories, as they did for 50-plus years in Vero Beach, Fla.
Stark: Willis' struggles continue
Dontrelle Willis has lost the swagger that once made him a 22-game winner. Though his spring debut was far from a disaster, Willis' performance was tough to watch.
Crasnick: After initial anger, Young accepts move to 3B
Michael Young's initial reaction to the Rangers' decision to move him to third base was anger. But now he's on board with the position change.
Kurkjian: Corny as it might sound, Twins do it the right way
The Twins are a small-market club that remains consistently competitive thanks in large part to their strong team-first philosophy.
Stark: Is there life after the perfect season
The Phillies compiled the perfect season a year ago, but now a new year starts and they must forget about the past.
Crasnick: Big Unit could be big help with Giants
Randy Johnson needs just five wins to reach a career total of 300, but his goals are a bit loftier.
Stark: Jays not entertaining offers for Halladay … yet
Although the Blue Jays won't entertain the thought of trading ace Roy Halladay at this point, that could change as the season moves along.
Uni Watch: Spring training breakdown
Uni Watch breaks down all the new looks you'll see in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
Crasnick: Hoffman looking ahead, not back
The hard feelings are still there, but Trevor Hoffman is trying to put his exit from San Diego behind him as he transitions to the Brewers.
Stark: Starting over in Atlanta
In adding Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami, the Atlanta Braves addressed their most glaring weakness: starting pitching.
Kurkjian: Jones standing Brave
A lot has changed in Atlanta, but not Chipper Jones, who is still with the Braves and has no intention of going anyplace else.
Stark: AL champion Rays beginning new chapter
The Rays have moved beyond their lowly past, beginning anew as a team looking to repeat as American League champion.
Nelson: Back with A's, Giambi feels like he's home again
After spending the past seven years with the Yankees, Jason Giambi is back with the A's. And back in his comfort zone.
Kurkjian: Cardinals relying on Carpenter
Chris Carpenter looks like he'll be part of the Cardinals' rotation on Opening Day, making St. Louis immediate contenders in the NL Central.
Kurkjian: Sky's the limit for Hanley Ramirez
Marlins teammates continue to marvel at the ability and athleticism of Hanley Ramirez, who arrived at camp with 25 more pounds of muscle.
Crasnick: Looking for competition
Plenty of competition battles around the big leagues as spring training begins in earnest.
Stark: Smoltz leaves void in Atlanta clubhouse
The Braves are finding it hard to get used to a clubhouse without John Smoltz in it.
Kurkjian: New bullpen in New York
Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz are ready to help stabilize a Mets bullpen desperately in need of help.
Stark: Phillies back to defend their title
The Phillies are back to defend their title. And on their first day of workouts, Charlie Manuel gave a spirited speech to his team and Cole Hamels spoke rather candidly.
Stark: Talk of A-Rod overshadows CC's first day with Yanks
CC Sabathia's first day at Yankees camp was far different than many thought it would be. Why? Because of a man named A-Rod.
Stark: Goodbye offseason, hello spring training
It sure has been one weird winter, which can mean only one thing: It's going to be one weird spring.
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