Optimistic Fredi eyes postseason for Braves

As the division-rival Nationals have strengthened their bid to win a second straight National League East crown, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has read and heard all about how his team's flurry of significant offseason moves signal that 2015 will be a rebuilding year. "Our goal is still to get in the playoffs," Gonzalez said. "That always will be my goal."

To serve fans: Nathan closes out lunch rush

The Tigers have had positive feedback putting star players in regular jobs interacting with customers on their annual Winter Caravan. Magglio Ordonez and Jose Valverde worked the drive-thru at a local McDonald's in 2011. Torii Hunter and Phil Coke handled the breakfast crowd at Dunkin' Donuts a couple years ago. This year, Joe Nathan and Nick Castellanos worked tables.

Mark your calendars: Game times for ’15 announced

Major League Baseball whetted the appetite of fans everywhere on Thursday by formally announcing game times for its master 2015 regular-season schedule, which will start at 8 p.m. ET on April 5 with Cardinals-Cubs at Wrigley Field in ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" opener. The regular season will end with 12 divisional matchups on Sunday, Oct. 4.