4/5/2012 | Bauman: A new baseball era dawns in South Florida
New ballpark. New name. Significant new talent. New manager with a high profile. It is a fresh start for all things Marlin.
4/5/2012 | Long road leads Chen to start for KC's opener
Bruce Chen's journey to the Royals has resulted in 24 wins over the past two years and an Opening Day start on Friday vs. the Angels.
4/5/2012 | Pleskoff: Texas' pitching diverse as Darvish, Ross
Since beginning with Texas this spring, Yu Darvish has shown the type of quality arm and pitch variety that caused so much interest in his availability.
4/5/2012 | KC legend Brett named All-Star Ambassador
In a perfect fit for Kansas City, Royals Hall of Famer George Brett will serve as Ambassador for the 2012 Midsummer Classic.
4/5/2012 | MLB.com's digital guide to the new season
Want to know how to get the most out of your digital experience this season, whether on a connected or wireless device? Here's an MLB.com guide to the season for today's fan.
4/5/2012 | Gwynn Sr. on the mend from cancer surgery
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is happy to follow his son Tony Jr. and be back as the head coach at San Diego State, as the 15-time All-Star continues to recover from surgery to remove cancerous tumor from the inside of his right cheek.
4/5/2012 | MLB notebook: Lohse, Furcal star in opener
Kyle Lohse took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits in 7 1/3 innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Rafael Furcal had three hits, the fourth time he's had so many on Opening Day.
4/5/2012 | Clubs ready to break out with young talent
While the Royals may be the best example of a team looking to rebuild from within, they aren't alone in attempting to use a plethora of young talent to push them back into contention.
4/5/2012 | Bobby V. relishes being back in dugout
Bobby Valentine got up early on Thursday morning and rode his bicycle from the team hotel to Comerica Park, where he was getting ready to manage his first regular-season game for the Boston Red Sox.
4/5/2012 | Martinez scheduled for second knee surgery
While the city was welcoming Prince Fielder back home Thursday for Opening Day, the man whose injury led to Fielder's return was waiting for the next step in his road back.
4/5/2012 | Kaline celebrates anniversary with first pitch
Al Kaline was as surprised as anybody when the Tigers asked him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day to celebrate his 60th year with the team.
4/5/2012 | Yankees claim reliever Eppley from Rangers
The New York Yankees acquired right-handed relief pitcher Cody Eppley off waivers, Rangers officials confirmed Thursday.
4/5/2012 | Ellsbury returns to familiar role in lineup
For weeks at a time during Spring Training, manager Bobby Valentine held off from disclosing where he was going to hit Jacoby Ellsbury this season.
4/5/2012 | Epstein welcomes arrival of Cubs' season
Theo Epstein is well aware he's been the focus this offseason. On Opening Day, he said, it should now shift to the Cubs.
4/5/2012 | Opening Day rosters reflect global growth
Of the 856 total players on 2012 Opening Day rosters and inactive lists, 28.4 percent were born outside the United States, up from 27.7 the previous two years.
4/5/2012 | Jeter has top-selling MLB jersey again in 2011
Yankees captain Derek Jeter's popularity was again evident in 2011, when his No. 2 jersey was the top seller in the big leagues for the second consecutive year.
4/5/2012 | Kiner helps Mets usher in Opening Day
The loudest ovations were for R.A. Dickey and David Wright. Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Ralph Kiner received a standing ovation as he read the starting lineup.
4/5/2012 | Mets get first look at new outfield dimensions
More than the new angles, nooks and crannies, the most striking renovation at Citi Field is the color of the outfield walls. Bright blue with a line of orange trim, the walls appeared to sparkle Thursday as they reflected sunshine in the hours leading up to Opening Day.
4/5/2012 | Collins: Francisco to close, Rauch to set up
Despite an ugly spring for several Mets relievers, manager Terry Collins made his bullpen hierarchy clear heading into the first game of the regular season. Frank Francisco will close. Jon Rauch will set him up. And the other Mets pitchers will fall in line behind them.
4/5/2012 | Rays claim lefty reliever Gaub off waivers
The Rays have claimed left-hander John Gaub off waivers from the Cubs.
4/5/2012 | Tribe's Kipnis thrilled to be in opening lineup
Standing at his locker inside the Indians' clubhouse at Progressive Field on Thursday morning, second baseman Jason Kipnis grinned at the thought of hearing his name announced on Opening Day. It is a moment he has been waiting for his entire baseball life.
4/5/2012 | Solid Johan, Wright's key hit propel Mets
Johan Santana pitched five scoreless innings Thursday in his first game in 19 months, David Wright drove in a key run, the revamped bullpen held its ground and the Mets scored a 1-0 victory over the Braves at Citi Field.
4/5/2012 | Doc dominates as Phillies shut out Pirates
Roy Halladay pitched beautifully in Thursday's 1-0 Opening Day victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. He allowed just two hits and struck out five in eight innings, resembling the man many have called the best pitcher in baseball, not the stranger who had a 5.73 ERA in Spring Training.
4/5/2012 | Jackson bails out Valverde as Tigers prevail
Though the Red Sox rallied for two ninth-inning runs off Jose Valverde for his first blown save since 2010, they couldn't pull ahead. Austin Jackson made them pay with a game-winning single in the bottom of the inning, sending the Tigers to a 3-2 win Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
4/5/2012 | Miami not worried about lack of hitting in opener
The general consensus among Marlins players was that Wednesday night's four-hit performance in the opener at Marlins Park was just one game, and not the precursor to a trend for the Marlins, who had a relatively light-hitting spring.
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