Will the Nationals be able to defend an NL East crown for the first time after coming up short in the 2013 and 2015 seasons? Which divisional rival is the biggest threat? In spite of their success over the last five seasons, which includes three division titles and the second-most wins in the majors over that stretch, the Washington Nationals have not been able to win consecutive NL East crowns.
Detroit Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose was sent down to the minors on Sunday, having lost the competition to be the Tigers starting center fielder after batting .237 in 16 games. It’s the latest chapter in what’s been a rough few years for Gose.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Rather than join his minor league teammates for workouts like usual, Logan Shore got word Tuesday morning he would take the ball for the A’s against the Los Angeles Angels. A few hours later, Shore was striking out Mike Trout to highlight his impressive four-inning outing. What an experience it was for Shore, a right-hander drafted last summer in the second round out of the University of Florida. “It’s pretty cool,” he said. “There’s not really any words to describe that.” The A’s scratched No. 5 starter Raul Alcantara, opting to throw him in a minor league game rather than let a division opponent get another look at him for scouting-report purposes. That presented Shore with a