Jason Hammel


Joe Ross pitched admirably in his MLB debut but it wasn’t enough to overcome another poor showing from the Nationals’ lineup in a 4-2 loss to the Cubs.


2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central

Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million


SAN DIEGO – Twelve days after the Orioles acquired Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians, the left-hander was on the move again.


How could the Orioles possibly improve on last season?

They’re eager to prove they can, and with that in mind, we present five players who could have better seasons in 2013.


Forgetting, for the moment, Justin Verlander’s performance in Game 1 of the World Series, one of the things a Series-bound team is supposed to have is an ace.