The Detroit Tigers had barely finished celebrating a fourth straight division title last year when they were dispatched from the playoffs by Baltimore in a Division Series sweep. Then Kansas City – the team the Tigers fought so hard to hold off in the AL Central – rolled to the AL pennant and came within a game of winning the World Series. It was enough to turn the Tigers into October afterthoughts for the first time in a while, and now it’s fair to wonder whether Detroit’s best chance to claim baseball’s ultimate prize with its current core of stars has already come and gone. This is a team that has an opportunity to win a World Series.” The Tigers edged Kansas City by one game in the division last year in Ausmus’ first season as manager, and their 90-72 record was similar enough to their previous work during this run of postseason appearances, but a three-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles snapped Detroit’s streak of three straight trips to the AL Championship Series.

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A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: — TOUGH JAW Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. READY TO GO Adam Wainwright will make his second spring start when St. Louis hosts Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida.

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Carlos Rodon struck out nine in four dazzling innings Wednesday night, making his latest impressive bid to join the White Sox rotation, and Chicago cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Rodon has fanned 19 batters this spring, tying for the Cactus League lead, in 12 1-3 innings. ”That’s the best part of the day.” The left-hander faced a lineup that included eight regular starters for the AL champion Royals, no doubt making it difficult for Chicago to send him back to the minors. It’s been different because you’re used to watching these guys on TV and then you get used to them stepping in the box finally and it’s just another game.” Avisail Garcia, J.B. Shuck and Keon Barnum homered for the White Sox.

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Allow us to look beyond the caveat of “it’s only spring training” and simply marvel at the odds-defying accomplishment of the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. In a span of five batters during the third inning, Erick Aybar, C.J. Cron, Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill each tripled against Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer, completing a feat that hasn’t occurred during a regular season game since the New York Giants did it against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 17, 1936. After David Freese started the inning with a strikeout, Aybar got the unlikely rally started with a sharp grounder down the right-field line that rolled to the corner. Cron immediately followed with a towering drive to left-center that Michael Bourn couldn’t corral. After a Chris Iannetta sacrifice fly, Giavotella continued the triples parade with a rocket shot to left-center. Cowgill then concluded the explosion with a drive to right-center. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] If you watch the video, you’ll notice that all four plays were relatively close at third base. Cron, who’s by far the slowest of the group, just beat the relay throw with a slide. Giavotella probably would have been out if third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall handled the throw cleanly. And Cowgill seemed dead to rights as well if not for a wide throw. As it stands, the aggressive running paid off for all four, and helped ignite an 11-5 victory. The Angels can also claim a rare place in baseball history, even if the triples will be wiped away in two weeks time. In fact, the Angels came incredibly close to equaling or surpassing two long-standing triples records. On September 15, 1901, the Chicago White Sox hit five triples in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers to set the single inning record. On May 6, 1934, Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell and Bucky Walters of the Boston Red Sox hit four consecutive triples against the Detroit Tigers, which is the only time that’s ever happened. The odds were strongly against the Angels, but they nearly did the unthinkable. Speaking of which, let’s shift the focus over to Trevor Bauer and his unforgettable spring. As you might recall, if was just 10 days ago that Bauer was on the wrong side of another baseball rarity when he allowed back-to-back-to-back homers to Chicago Cubs phenoms Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. It’s like baseball Yahtzee, and Bauer is htting all of the biggest scoring categories right away. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] For most pitchers, that would be enough punishment to the rattle the confidence right out of them. However, Bauer seems to have a good sense of perspective and humor, and his manager Terry Francona usually knows what to say to keep things loose. “He’s come so far,” said Francona. “We were kidding him that I sent [pitching coach Mickey Callaway] out to the mound just so [outfielders Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn] could rest. He gets it. The ball really did come out of his hand really well. He’s throwing all his pitches.” It’s OK to joke now. For Bauer’s sake, though, here’s hoping the worst of it is out of his system before this starts counting against his record. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Abreu connected for his first spring homer, but White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera committed two errors in Colorado's six-run fifth inning and the Rockies went on to a 7-6 win on Tuesday.

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A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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Jason Marquis pitched six effective innings for the Cincinnati Reds, and Ryan Rua drove in four runs for the Texas Rangers as the teams played to a 6-all tie in 10 innings Monday night. ”Feeling good and feeling loose throughout six innings was a big step for getting ready for the season,” Marquis said. I made pitches when I needed, which is part of the game.” Devin Mesoraco and Chris Dominguez each hit a two-run homer for the Reds. He is batting .438 during his five-game hitting streak and leads the Rangers with eight RBIs.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Infielder Neftali Soto has been traded from the Cincinanti Reds to the Chicago White Sox.

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Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun hit consecutive home runs off White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the fifth inning during the Brewers’ 13-4 win over Chicago on Sunday. The Brewers had 16 hits, five of which were home runs, one apiece for Matt Clark, Elian Herrera and Logan Schafer.

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Injured Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale had a lot of time on his hands recently after suffering an avulsion fracture of his right foot back on Feb. 27 . It was three weeks of non-baseball activities to be exact, which to a baseball player can feel like a three-year prison sentence. Fortunately for Sale, he made a wise commitment early in his rehab which helped him get to the other side with his sanity mostly intact and a renewed perspective on quality television. Chris Sale is ready to get out of training room. Watched every episode of Breaking Bad in 18 days and now is googling knock-knock jokes. — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 21, 2015 That’s 62 episodes of AMC’s award-winning series “Breaking Bad” in 18 days, which averages out to 3.5 episodes per day. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] As someone who was also very late to the Walter White and Jesse Pinkman party, I know the overwhelming feeling of wanting to sacrifice sleep and a connection to the living world just to jump into the next episode. But that’s a mighty impressive pace. One must applaud Sale for that level of commitment, and one must also tip their cap to series creator Vince Gilligan for presenting such an addicting episodic thriller. Once it grabs you, there’s simply no getting away. But it wasn’t strictly TV watching for Sale. As noted by Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune , Sale is expanding his list of knock-knock jokes. For example… Chris Sale’s knock-knock joke: How come nobody makes knock-knock jokes about America? Because freedom rings. #WhiteSox — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) March 21, 2015 That might be a sign that Sale is getting bored, so it’s probably a good thing his rehab has progressed to throwing off a mound. On Friday, Sale tossed 60 pitches and came away feeling great, according to general manager Rick Hahn. “Sale had a good today,” Hahn said. “Sale had a really good day today. He threw a live bullpen session, four sets of 15 and was pretty much full bore in doing that. And he remains on track to not miss significant time.” “We are working with what we’re expecting internally in terms of timing of him coming back and so far he’s progressing as we had hoped.” The injury will prevent Sale from making his third consecutive opening day start, but the hope is he’ll be ready to jump in during the White Sox second turn through the rotation. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] In the meantime, maybe he can get started on the Breaking Bad spin-off series “Better Call Saul.” It, too, has all the making of a gripping television classic. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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