Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984. Get his insights on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|Pitchers like Masahiro Tanaka don't come along that often, so until he's back on the mound looking like the guy who started 11-1, the Yankees will hold their breath.
More» Girardi discusses Tanaka to the DL|
|There are no must-win games in July. It's still too early in the schedule to look ahead to postseason previews. But based on the excitement in St. Louis and Oakland last night, we are in for a treat when the really big series do arrive later this summer.
More» Adams wins it with a walk-off homer|
|David Price at Wrigley Field? Given the Cubs' position in the standings, it sounds crazy to speak of them as a possible pursuer for the best pitcher on the market. But after trading Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein might be in the best position of all executives to put together a package that would pry the 28-year-old lefty away from the Rays.
More»Cubs acquire top prospects Russell and McKinney|
|Though the Athletics are the winningest team in baseball over the past two years, the front office showed its willingness to go further in the playoffs by trading for Cubs starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel at the cost of top prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.
More» Rosenthal breaks down blockbuster deal|
|Sixty-six of the 68 All-Star spots will be filled and finalists will be named for the Final Vote to complete the teams, and the only thing that's guaranteed is that there will be outrage somewhere at the results.
More»Cliff Floyd and Bill Ripken talk All-Star lineups|
|There's a belief that the Angels will shop for a proven closer before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, hoping to move Joe Smith back into a setup role. But why not give him a real chance to take over the closer's role?
More» Smith gets Viciedo to finish the save|
|It was fitting that Garrett Richards worked eight strong innings in an 8-4 win over the White Sox in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. He's been as big of a key as anyone for the Angels positioning themselves for a Wild Card spot, if not running down the powerful Athletics in the American League West.
More» Richards strikes out nine over eight frames|
|Look out, Mark McGwire. You, too, Big Al Belle. Jose Abreu is coming after you. In fact, with the Major League Baseball season essentially at its halfway point, the big first baseman from Cuba is (just a little) more than halfway to the records you hold.
More»Rookie slugger powering White Sox offense this season|
|Chicago has seen plenty of players -- and All-Stars -- come and go over the last five years, but this season, the Cubs have multiple players on the hill and at the plate who could conceivably book a spot on the National League roster in Minnesota.
More» Samardzija fans seven, holds Reds to one run|
|After suffering a horrific injury on a line drive back through the box in Spring Training, Aroldis Chapman has come back better than ever.
More» Frazier snares a liner to end the game|
|Imagine if your team were in first place and about to add a two-time All-Star? What would you have to give up to get a guy like that? The answer for the Nationals, at least at this point, is a plane ticket. Bryce Harper figures to be ready to go on Monday after rehabbing his surgically repaired thumb.
More» Harper's homer reviewed, call stands in 4th|
|Major League Baseball has worked for decades to generate baseball interest and develop players through the RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program and more recently the building of Urban Youth Academies. But needs are different in different communities, and White Sox scout Nathan Durst identified one that led to to the creation of ACES and, he hopes, will ultimately bring "generational change'' to families in areas of Chicago that battle problems with gangs and violence.
|Billy Hamilton didn't just stretch a single into a double leading off against the Cubs. He actually stretched a groundout into a double, and who knew that could be done?
More» Hamilton drives in go-ahead run with single|
|Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is optimistic his club will improve, but the only way it can is if the starting pitching gets on track.
|James Davison, a recent graduate from Morgan Park High School, has turned down a chance to sign with the White Sox to attend Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. And nobody is happier than the White Sox, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
More»White Sox draft pick James Davison opts for college|
|There are two kinds of people in the American sports world. There are us smart guys and then there are the others, the ones who still refuse to grasp how baseball's First-Year Player Draft is one of the most important events on the calendar.
More» Scully calls every out of Kershaw's no-no|
|As recently as two weeks ago, the Giants and A's were a combined 75-43, winning at a combined .636 pace. Nothing has happened since then to cause anyone to stop thinking about a repeat of the 1989 Bay Bridge Series -- hopefully without the earthquake this time -- but the Giants have fallen into one of those slides that expose weaknesses and send fans scurrying to find the latest trade rumors.
More» Abreu launches two-run homer to open scoring|
|The Chicago White Sox have embraced Cuban-born players from very early on, and now, stars like Jose Abreu are finding their comfort zone there.
More»Hernandez on history of Cuban White Sox players|
|As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, baseball's Hall of Fame has opened a new exhibit, "Babe Ruth: His life and his legend.''
More»Ed Sherman talks Babe Ruth's called shot on Hot Stove|
|When Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey discovered the wooden sculpture of Babe Ruth at the Hall of Fame, she commissioned the same artist to create a sculpture of Boston legend Ted Williams.
More»'The Splendid Splinter' is enshrined in Cooperstown|