Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Gamesmanship is a big part of baseball, and the Yankees and Orioles have been engaged in the practice all week. O's manager Buck Showalter sees shadows and goblins within the matrix of the pinstripes, and even as the Yanks struggle, with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, he expects there to be a revival.
|The realities of a 162-game season have a way of creeping in. And the Orioles and Yankees are feeling it big-time at the outset of May.
More» A-Rod leaves game in the 8th with an injury|
|Red Sox outfielder Chris Young and Aaron Hicks, the player who replaced him this season as the Yankees' backup left fielder, have remained focused as they work through the transition phase with their new clubs.
More» Young singles home Betts in the 6th|
|Alex Rodriguez had his own weekend to remember, even though the Yankees had one they'd rather forget because the Red Sox swept the three-game series.
More» A-Rod tallies four RBIs in game vs. Red Sox|
|David Ortiz is having such a good start to what he has designed as his final season that all kinds of stories have been floating around about Big Papi possibly returning next year.
More» MLB Plus looks at Ortiz's clutch homer|
|Alex Rodriguez has had his best back-to-back offensive days of the season for the Yankees, but the performance went for naught. A-Rod crushed his fourth homer of the season and second in successive games into the seats above the Green Monster in left-center at Fenway Park to open the second inning on Friday night.
More» A-Rod homers, gives bat to young fan|
|Phillies starter Aaron Nola was on a mission to find himself on Thursday against the Nationals. And what he found at Nationals Park was the right combination of a split-finger fastball with a devastating curve.
More» Nola stymies Nats over seven scoreless|
|When the Phillies faced the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park earlier this month, Bryce Harper pummeled Philadelphia pitching.
More» Araujo fans Harper, escapes bases-loaded jam|
|For David Wright, these are the nights that make all the struggles worth it as he laced the game-winning single in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Reds on Tuesday at Citi Field. And believe him, he's struggling to play through chronic spinal stenosis in his lower back and each day is a pain, both literally and figuratively.
More» Wright gives Mets the lead with RBI single|
|It's still only the end of April, but the Yankees may already be facing a moment of truth. They're heading out on the road for a tough nine-game trip through Texas, Boston and Baltimore, short on offense and suddenly even shorter on players.
More» A-Rod plates Gardner with an RBI double|
|The Yankees can make two fixes to jump-start their offense almost immediately: Call up veteran switch-hitter Nick Swisher and entertain offers for closer Aroldis Chapman before he returns from his 30-game suspension on May 9.
More» Miller picks up fourth save of season|
|It's still just 13 games into a new baseball season for the stumbling Yankees, who have lost two games in a row and six of their last seven. But after a 5-2 loss to the A's at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night when his club had problems in almost every area, manager Joe Girardi was more frustrated than usual in his postgame remarks.
More» Coghlan turns DP in 7th, call stands|
|Alex Rodriguez broke out of his 0-for-19 slump Sunday -- at least, for one at-bat. And now it's time to give A-Rod and Yankees manager Joe Girardi a break.
More» A-Rod crushes a two-run shot to left field|
|The Yankees claim they are not worried about the hitting slump that has plagued Alex Rodriguez since last August and persisted through Spring Training and the first eight games of this season.
More» A-Rod opens the scoring with a solo shot|
|At Yankee Stadium to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed what MLB would like to do next year for the 70th anniversary of Robinson's debut.
More» Manfred discusses Jackie Robinson Day|
|In Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins potentially have one of the best young outfields in the Major Leagues. Yet, manager Don Mattingly has his hands full trying to utilize that trio to its full potential, plus integrate 42-year-old Ichiro Suzuki into the mix as he pursues the goal of 3,000 hits.
More» Ichiro glad to be back with Marlins|
|Both Jose Fernandez and Noah Syndergaard are just 23 years old and are emblematic of the great young players right now who have proliferated the Major League level, and on Tuesday night at Citi Field, the pair of talented hurlers squared off in a terrific matchup.
More» Fernandez strikes out five in five innings|
|Under the circumstances, Barry Bonds doesn't believe Alex Rodriguez will "have the time" to overtake him and go into first place on the all-time home run list.
More» Bonds discusses becoming a hitting coach|
|From the Phillies' most recent heyday, Ryan Howard is one of the only players left standing. That's probably more a function of the tail end of his five-year, $125 million contract than anything else. There have been diminishing returns from the proud left-handed-hitting first baseman, and the Phils haven't been able to move him.
More» Howard belts an opposite-field homer|
|This was David Wright's 12th home opener as a member of the Mets on Friday at Citi Field and now he has at least one hit in every one of them. But never have so many forces collided for the captain and third baseman.
More» Wright fields barehanded, nabs Herrera|