|Commissioner Rob Manfred outlined his vision for the future of baseball in three meetings on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. He took some questions, too, and made some small talk. All in all, a productive day.
More» Manfred discusses assortment of topics|
|The Nationals have sputtered to start the season, but if Bryce Harper, who hit three home runs Wednesday, gets even hotter, he could help manager Matt Williams' ballclub become the dominant force in the National League that everyone expected.
More» Williams on Nats' win, Harper's huge game|
|After Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong held them scoreless on six hits in the first two games of the series, the new and improved Padres were back in business in Wednesday's matinee finale.
More» Myers laces RBI triple to right-center field|
|Commissioner Rob Manfred praised the Astros' dramatic reversal of fortune during a visit to Minute Maid Park before Wednesday's Rangers-Astros game.
More»Manfred praises Astros front office for turnaround|
|With Derek Jeter gone, the AL shortstop scene is complicated. We don't have an established, perennial All-Star who's going to scoop up the votes from the sentimentalists, and, here in early May, we have only the smallest of statistical samples to guide those driven by data. A few clear candidates could emerge in the coming weeks. But right here, right now, let's focus on two guys who, not long ago, caused a Boston traffic jam at the position and now could cause a similar scene in the voting.
More»Which AL shortstop is #ASGWorthy?|
|Miguel Cabrera fought through all kinds of injuries over the last couple of years, but he's now all the way back. The two-time AL MVP isn't the only player enjoying a comeback season, though. Here are seven more.
More» Miggy drives a two-run homer off Guthrie|
|The heart of the Giants' infield, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are delivering as many hits as they're stealing, giving manager Bruce Bochy production with the leather and in the batter's box.
More» Panik takes Cashner deep for a solo dinger|
|The Chicago Cubs did not hire Joe Maddon as manager just so he could give the speech at the parade celebrating the World Series championship. Maddon, of course, would be fine giving that speech or any other speech. But first there is the matter of getting the Cubs over the considerable distance from here to there.
|Hours before the Orioles played the Mets on Tuesday night, Adam Jones was in a serious conversation at his locker about the turmoil Baltimore has endured of late. He was making a point, that baseball, like life, routinely provides the unexpected and occasionally delivers the unprecedented.
More» Jones makes incredible leaping grab at wall|
|Alex Avila has known J.D. Martinez since he was in elementary school north of Miami. His father, Al, the Tigers' assistant general manager, got to know Martinez well when Alex's brother, Alan, was one of Martinez's teammates at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately for the White Sox, they stay in touch.
More»MLB Tonight features J.D. Martinez|
|Successful managers have all had one thing in common: a quality ballclub.
More» Counsell on first win as Brewers manager|
|When in doubt, turn to Mike Trout. If a generational talent like Trout is making a conscious effort to revamp his style even in the slightest, then it's worth exploring.
More» Trout clocks a solo shot off Hahn|
|The first 100 days in office are considered a useful yardstick for presidents. It's not a bad way to look at the start of a Commissioner, either, as Rob Manfred reached that milestone Monday after succeeding Bud Selig on Jan. 25.
More»Commissioner Rob Manfred joins MLB Central|
|For years, Craig Counsell has been widely known as one of the most intelligent people in baseball. The Brewers announced Monday that Counsell was replacing Ron Roenicke as manager.
More»New Brewers manager Counsell talks with MLB Central|
|The Cardinals are not missing a beat, even though they are missing ace Adam Wainwright. Off to its best start ever at 19-6, there is something special going on, once again, with St. Louis.
More» Reynolds connects for a grand slam|
|Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Madison Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11.
More» Bumgarner whiffs Barmes to avoid trouble|
|Installed as the Rockies' closer in the second week of the season, Adam Ottavino opened the second month of this season on the disabled list, and he is headed for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his right elbow on Wednesday with every expectation he will become the latest subject of a Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
More» Ottavino gets strikeout to end the game|
|At the moment, there's some magic around these Astros. Isn't that the bottom line? They might see it differently. To them, a little 10-game winning streak is the byproduct of blue-collar stuff. Day by day, they're starting to believe. "No question," manager A.J. Hinch said. "The confidence is growing."
More» Hinch on Astros' win, winning 10 straight|
|Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride with the Dodgers since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013.
More»Pleskoff impressed with Guerrero's skill at the plate|
|The Atlanta Braves obtained an excellent multisport athlete when Jace Peterson was included in one of the many offseason moves made by the club. In mid-December, the San Diego Padres sent Peterson to the Braves along with pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and center fielder Mallex Smith for outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Aaron Northcraft. It was a blockbuster trade that could help shape both clubs for years to come.
More»Pleskoff thinks Peterson will excel with athleticism|
|Four weeks into the season it is a little early to get too excited. But the four-time defending AL Central champion Tigers, however, have to be feeling pretty good about the way things are coming together after a series split with the Royals.
More» Three Tigers cross the plate on single, error|
|This is all new to Jered Weaver. He's had rough starts and bad patches, but never like this. When you've been so successful for so long -- nine years -- you can't help but entertain doubts when everything seems to be collapsing at your feet.
More» Weaver limits A's to one run over six|
|Here's hoping that manager Ron Roenicke's replacement -- like in-house favorite Craig Counsell -- will be the right guy to lead a rebuilding project, not just someone intent on getting the most out of the current Brewers roster.
More»Brewers relieve Roenicke of managerial duties|
|After struggling in his previous two starts, David Price found redemption against the Royals, tossing a complete-game gem in Saturday's 2-1 victory.
More» Price goes the distance in win over Royals|
|Alex Rodriguez's name now sits right there alongside that of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, and you just might need some time to wrap your mind around that one.
More» A-Rod ties Mays at 660, puts Yanks up|
|The Padres have a major decision to make whether tomorrow, next week or at the end of the season, regarding the future of Bud Black, the veteran manager in the final year of his contract.
More» Black discusses Padres' big offensive output|
|In working out the details of the three-team trade with the Nationals and Rays that brought outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres during the offseason, the Padres agreed to send a player to be named to Washington. The problem was that most everybody in the game knew the name of that player -- Trea Turner.
More»Padres prospect Turner on first Spring Training|
|We recognize that everyone likes to have something silly to freak out about. But come on, Cub fans, were you really worried about Jon Lester?
More» Maddon on Lester, Russell in 1-0 win|
|The Orioles were the home team against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night -- the weekend series was shifted out of Baltimore -- but that didn't make a difference once the game began, manager Buck Showalter said.
More» Orioles are the home team in St. Petersburg|
|Kendrys Morales was an easy decision, but Chris Young and Ryan Madson are two rewarding decisions for the Royals in the opening weeks of the defense of the American League pennant they claimed a year ago.
More» Young fans nine over five no-hit innings|