Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Order has been restored in the National League East. The Washington Nationals are back in gear and back in first place.
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|There are not many teams that can get along without a player who went .335/.409/.565 the previous season, while leading the league in on-base percentage and OPS. The Tigers should be one of the happy exceptions while Victor Martinez is on the disabled list.
More»V-Mart placed on the 15-day DL with knee inflammation|
|One of the unseen, but most critical factors of being a successful Major League manager, is establishing credibility with the 25 players on the active roster. Can Dan Jennings get that credibility as a first-time manager by moving in from the Marlins' front office?
More»Marlins announce Dan Jennings as team's new manager|
|The Marlins are fortunate that managers with substantial track records -- Dusty Baker, Jim Tracy and Ron Gardenhire -- are available.
More» Hill on Marlins relieving Redmond as manager|
|Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs, is fully versed in cutting edge, advanced analytics. But he would like to bring back the traditional two-strike approach.
More» Maddon on sweeping four-game series vs. Mets|
|With a pair of stellar outings from Chris Sale and Jose Quintana the past two nights at Miller Park, the White Sox seem poised to press the gas pedal on their way to a turnaround.
More» Quintana strikes out 10 in seven innings|
|The American League will have a superb starter at first base in the 2015 All-Star Game. But which superb starter? Miguel Cabrera is truly a perennial All-Star. At the other end of the experience spectrum is second-year player Jose Abreu of the White Sox.
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|If the White Sox are going to make a move in the AL Central, they need more games like the one they had on Tuesday night, when Chris Sale fanned 11. They should be capable of that, even though it is much easier said than done.
More» Sale goes eight innings, strikes out 11|
|Brewers manager Craig Counsell shook up the top of his lineup Monday night, and got a victory, but he doesn't plan on sticking with just one set order.
More» Counsell on lineup changes in 10-7 win|
|Kris Bryant had hit 43 home runs in the Minors last season. He was going to be a primary power source for the Cubs in a new and victorious North Side era. But where was all that power and when would it arrive? It was at Miller Park Saturday night. Third inning, Cubs down, 3-2, one out, runner on second. The veteran Kyle Lohse on the mound for the Brewers.
More» Bryant belts first career home run|
|After one month of the season, the Cardinals are playing .750 baseball. The rest of us don't get to see much .750 baseball, unless some team starts the season 3-1. In the modern era, only one club has finished the season with a winning percentage higher than .750. Irony alert: That was the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
More» Lackey fans 10, gives up one run over 7 2/3|
|Jon Lester was brought to the Chicago Cubs for exactly the kind of game that was played Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
More» Lester fans six in seven innings tossed|
|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.
|The race for All-Star third baseman in the American League team will be a suitably intense competition. Off the form chart, and the early-season performances, two extremely logical candidates would be Josh Donaldson, new to the Toronto Blue Jays, and Pablo Sandoval, new to the Boston Red Sox. Both are obvious and worthy. However, they won't have the field to themselves.
More»Which third baseman is #ASGWorthy?|
|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|
|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|
|There have obviously been other notable comebacks after slow starts, just as there have been disheartening collapses after successful starts. But the record will show that roughly half of the time, April gives us a very good idea of who will still be around in October and who will be contemplating major overhauls.
More»Padres swat 23 home runs in the month of April|
|Every time a high-profile pitcher is hurt while batting or running the bases, you get people demanding that the National League adopt the designated hitter rule.
More»Wainwright talks about his season-ending injury|
|The commitment of the Miami Marlins to winning requires no further evidence.
More» Realmuto catches bunt, doubles off Grandy|
|As Alex Rodriguez prepares to match and surpass Willie Mays' 660 career home runs, there likely will not be much pageantry.
More» A-Rod goes yard with solo shot in the 1st|