In 2004, the Red Sox ended endless years of misery. Then the White Sox did the same last year. So it must be the Cubs' turn in '06 ... right?
A key hit by Alex Rios and a key baserunning mistake to squelch a rally helped propel Puerto Rico past Japan, ending a WBC three-peat threat.
Baseball headlines we just might really see in the year to come, all the way from next week's Hall of Fame announcement to your 2013 World Series champion.
Scoring is down, especially on the West Coast. The A's, Padres and defending World Series champion Giants rank among the most offensively-challenged squads in the majors.
Sure, the Twins are in an 0-2 hole against the Yankees as their ALDS shifts to the Bronx, but they can pull off the impossible if they just follow a few easy steps.
Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled mightily while pitching in his homeland of Japan, but the Red Sox recovered to defeat the A's in the regular-season opener.