Longball

Screenshot illustration made with placeit.breezi.com. (April 1, 2013)

To celebrate the start of a new baseball season, we've gathered some of our favorite longform baseball stories, by us and others, and are presenting them exclusively on our new tablet and smartphone site.

Stories about Cal Ripken Jr.'s childhood, baseball's special place in Cuban culture and how the 1890s Baltimore Orioles changed the sport and the city are some of the pieces showcased in the special "Longball" section on touch.baltimoresun.com. Once you've read some of our picks, we invite you to share your own favorite longform baseball stories on Twitter or Google Plus by using the hashtag #Longball13.

Touch.baltimoresun.com is a responsive site, meaning that it automatically adjusts its presentation according to your device. To learn more about the site and its features, including touch-friendly photo galleries, read our welcome note.

We hope Longball and touch.baltimoresun.com help bring you closer to the game and to the topics and communities you care about. 

Go to the section now to start reading stories.

— The Baltimore Sun mobile team (mobile@baltimoresun.com

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Boston 18 8 .692 --- 11-5 7-3 8-5 Lost 1
NY Yankees 16 10 .615 2 10-5 6-5 10-6 Won 1
Baltimore 16 11 .593 2 1/2 7-5 9-6 9-6 Won 1
Tampa Bay 12 14 .462 6 8-4 4-10 4-8 Lost 1