1. MLB power rankings: Red Sox come home with best pitching staff in baseball

    The Boston Red Sox made the biggest leap in USA TODAY Sports' MLB power rankings after winning seven of 10 games on a West Coast road trip. By Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY Yeah, so maybe the Boston Red Sox didn’t need Jordan Montgomery or Blake Snell or any other bold-faced name to augm
  2. 2024 Tuffy Awards: Cheers to the Reds' Nick Martini, MLB's biggest opening week fluke

    In tribute to the legendary Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, here's our annual list of top performers to start the MLB season who will be all-to-soon forgotten. By Steve Gardner, USA TODAY The new season in underway and everything we thought we knew about baseball has already been proven spect
  3. MLB power rankings: Yankees, Brewers rise after vengeful sweeps

    The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees exacted some vengeance with their spotless starts and already shook up power rankings. By Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY It’s not easy to sweep a series. Let alone a four-game series. Particularly when the glare of Opening Day is upon you and the
  4. 'He's going to do great here': New Orioles ace Corbin Burnes dominates Angels on Opening Day

    Corbin Burnes' debut as the new ace of the Orioles couldn't have gone much better. The former NL Cy Young winner struck out 11 in a big Baltimore win. By Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY BALTIMORE – The playoff favorite was laying waste to the expected also-ran, and the Opening Day crowd at
  5. Opening Day like no other: Orioles welcome new owner, chase World Series as tragedy envelops Baltimore

    Heading into 2024 with high expectations, the Baltimore Orioles welcomed their new owner with the backdrop of the tragic bridge collapse nearby. By Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY BALTIMORE – The emotions of a baseball season are supposed to unfold over 162 games. Yet at an Opening Day lik

    I took over as GM of the San Francisco Giants in the OOTP video game at the start of the 2020 season. By 2022, I had the Giants in the playoffs and won the World Series in 2024. Based on this, I am obviously qualified to give the Giants advice on how to win this off-season. Obvio
  7. Nightengale's notebook: 10 questions heading into MLB's winter meetings

    It has been a quiet winter. But GMs, executives and agents remind everyone that there are still two months of shopping days before spring training. By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY NASHVILLE, Tenn. − Christmas trees are everywhere, wreaths are hung, carolers singing, and there are eno