Seemingly destined for a career in limbo between Triple-A and the majors, Wladimir Balentien broke the single-season home run record in Japan and became a superstar.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has raised doubts with his surprising power numbers, but he credits adjustments for his newfound success.
The Twins have reached agreement with outfielder Jacque Jones on a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, a baseball source told ESPN.com.
Derek Jeter broke Luis Aparicio's record for career hits by a shortstop last month. Now the 35-year-old has Lou Gehrig in his sights.
Close friends off the field, Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins also are close on the field as catalysts for their teams, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Naming Joe Maddon as manager is a sign that the Devil Rays have broken with the past and are taking a headfirst slide into the future.