Los Angeles Times

Phil Rogers' spring training previews

  • Spring training: AL East preview

    Go ahead, pick an American League East champion. Lots of people are in love with the Blue Jays, who won the offseason. They probably will be the consensus pick when teams leave Florida. But you wouldn't be nuts to pick the Yankees, Rays or Orioles. You'd need some imagination, but you probably...

  • Spring training: AL Central preview

    Never underestimate Mike Ilitch's appetite for a championship. While the Tigers loved what they got from Anibal Sanchez a year ago, they didn't have $80 million budgeted to keep him off the free-agent market. But that's what Dave Dombrowski persuaded Ilitch to pay after the Cubs' Theo Epstein went...

  • Spring training: NL West preview

    Spring training: NL West preview

    Will we ever see the Giants coming? The team Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy put together since saying goodbye to Barry Bonds is the only National League team to win the World Series twice within three seasons since the Big Red Machine, yet the Giants somehow seem cuddly, not menacing. They appear...