Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|The Toronto Blue Jays, at least on paper, arguably have the best team in the American League East. The Boston Red Sox, with an improved pitching staff, are coming on fast. That leaves the surprising Baltimore Orioles, who desperately need pitching help, atop the division by two games as they invade Yankee Stadium on Monday night.
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|All-Star Games in San Diego have always been special to Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. The former Dodgers skipper managed the National League All-Stars four times, but his first of three victories was in 1978 at San Diego.
|On the morning of June 1, the Red Sox were flying high in the American League East. They were 32-20, and they were in first place, ahead of the Orioles by three games. As they begin a weekend set at Fenway Park against the Angels, Boston is mired in second place, 5 1/2 games behind Baltimore.
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|First inning: Jake Peavy was struggling with his command, the Rays had taken a 1-0 lead against the Giants and had runners on first and third with one out. Bruce Bochy rubbed his huge hand over his face and almost yawned. Peavy quickly got two outs and the Rays threat was over.
|The Tampa Bay Rays have been written off more times this season than the double-martini lunch.
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|If there's a trace of a silver lining to the Astros' disappointing start, it's that this young team with the highest of expectations is learning the hard way it's not so easy.
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|With a little more than a quarter of the season behind them, the Marlins have essentially been treading water in the National League East's four-team logjam.
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|As the Oakland Athletics struggled their way through 10 excruciating May losses, the painful setbacks weren't something Moneyball could fix.
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|To say the Dodgers are sputtering and not hitting on all cylinders is an understatement at best.
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|Seldom has there been such widespread competitive balance in Major League Baseball.
|Major League teams today have sabermetrics, analytics, projections of this and projections of that -- not to mention devices in the dugout. The Washington Nationals undoubtedly use those state-of-the-art tools, but they also have Dusty Baker in the dugout. Enough said.
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|Evan Longoria and the Rays believe they have the potential to make a serious run at the postseason in 2016, and manager Kevin Cash said the club's frustration at their early struggles is a positive as they try to turn it around.
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|The second time around in the rugged American League East is not so lovelier, as the melody goes. Since 2000, only the Yankees have won back-to-back titles and the last time they did, it was 2011-12.
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|Not only do the Houston Astros have to fulfill the mountainous predictions placed on them for 2016, they also have to overcome the dreaded jinx of being pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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|Anyone who thinks the Blue Jays were one-season wonders in 2015 hasn't seen them play this spring. There's no indication whatsoever this offensively explosive team will falter even though they've lost the likes of David Price, Ben Revere, et al.
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|Sometimes it's difficult to shake an aching hangover that throbs inside and causes so much discomfort. To say the Pittsburgh Pirates are doing their best to put theirs behind them is an understatement. Try two of 'em, back-to-back.
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|The thing about Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, one of baseball's premier managers, is that he crams as much as possible into every minute of every day.
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|Putting it bluntly, MLB has a huge void when Dusty Baker isn't in the dugout. He's earned three Manager of the Year Awards, and he's the most successful African-American skipper in Major League Baseball history. And now he's at the helm of the Nationals.
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|Mike Schmidt has lived through the good times and the bad with the Phillies. He was in uniform when a young team won three consecutive division titles in the 1970s, and in 1980 when they celebrated a World Series title for the first time. He played in the '83 Series loss to the Orioles.
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|The Yankees are beginning another Spring Training and the atmosphere in this camp is about as normal as it gets around the Pinstripes. It's devoid of strife, agitation or commotion.
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