Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Who you got as the best 1-2 combination of starting pitchers in baseball? There's no one answer, so go ahead and argue the point. You couldn't go wrong with the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto or the Nationals' Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Ditto the White Sox's Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Maybe even the Indians' Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco when they're at the top of their games.
More»Sale starts the season red hot with a 9-0 record|
|No, don't do it. Don't overlook the Royals. They may have been 20-20 when they arrived at U.S. Cellular Field for a weekend series against the White Sox, but judging them by that record is like drawing conclusions about a movie in the first 30 minutes.
More» Escobar helps turn two to end inning|
|Chris Sale was piling up strikeouts at such a prodigious pace last summer that there came a point where he was clearly drawing a bead on the White Sox record.
More» Sale fans nine for third complete-game win|
|Baseball never stops being a game of adjustments, even for its high achievers. Jose Altuve won the American League batting title in 2014, but spent last season getting comfortable with a mechanical change designed to help drive the ball over the outfield more often. Chris Sale set a franchise record for strikeouts last season but went to Spring Training working to pitch deeper into games, even if it meant sometimes pitching to contact.
|Dallas Keuchel Keuchel's return to form would be huge for the Astros, but manager A.J. Hinch doesn't want to put the full weight on anyone.
|There's no question Welington Castillo has come into his own. He's raised his game to a level that would fit nicely into the NL clubhouse at the All-Star Game in San Diego.
More» Castillo homers to right, D-backs lead 4-1|
|Rivalries are great, especially new ones, the kind that pop up over some intense play on the field. You can bet that's what we've got with the Blue Jays and the Rangers for the foreseeable future after Sunday's extracurricular activities at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
More» Blue Jays, Rangers get into wild melee|
|Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, among others, struck on Friday. The specter of Jake Arrieta lurks on Saturday. Could be a tough weekend for the Pirates. Not that Clint Hurdle will let you know he's worried.
More» McCutchen slugs two-run shot in the 9th|
|Here are five reasons that it's far too early for the Cubs to begin taking the Pirates and the Cardinals for granted.
More» Kang hits his second big fly of the game|
|The epicenter of Chicago baseball on Wednesday morning was Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, where the opening event to MLB's Play Ball Weekend was held. And the enthusiasm of the kids spoke loudly to its success.
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|Joe Maddon said that when he looks at what his Cubs are growing into, he sees a devastating lineup that wears out pitching staffs over the course of nine innings, a series or a season. He sees the John Hart-Mike Hargrove Indians of the 1990s -- a collection of hitters who arrived in the Major Leagues at about the same time and then stayed together for an extended run of success.
More»A look back at the best of the 1995 Indians|
|The Cubs have started 24-6 and the White Sox began 23-10, which are the two best records in the Major Leagues. They lead the Central divisions by 8 and 6 games, respectively, five weeks into a season that is bringing back memories of 1906, when the Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series.
More»Cubs and White Sox break out the brooms in Chicago|
|No wonder Bryce Harper wants to make baseball fun again. He's barely being allowed to participate. That was the case this weekend, for sure. The Cubs gave the reigning National League Most Valuable Player the Barry Bonds treatment, even on Sunday, when you would have thought they'd have been above it.
More» Harper on base all seven times vs. Cubs|
|Baseball always engages our imaginations. But that's never more true when it is played at its highest level. Your best against our best. Bring it. We've got one of those matchups coming on Sunday: reigning National League MVP Award winner Bryce Harper vs. Jake Arrieta, who at this point is getting undersold when he's referred to only as the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
More» Arrieta's scoreless start earns win No. 6|
|There's never been a day in baseball like Thursday in Chicago. It marked the first time that four first-place teams played games in the same city on the same day. And if that wasn't enough of a twist, let's add this for the degree of difficulty. Not only were there four first-place teams within Chicago city limits at the same time, but two of them were largely the handiwork of one executive.
More» Shaw ties the game with a two-run home run|
|While negotiations on a new labor contract remain in the early stages, Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by the pace of talks. He hopes a new deal will be in place before the end of the World Series.
More» Commissioner Manfred discusses fan safety|
|Sometimes everything works out just right, even the timing. Bryce Harper is bringing the Nationals to Wrigley Field on Thursday. Jake Arrieta's Cubs are going to be there and waiting.
More»Cubs, Nationals hot heading into four-game series|
|Paul Konerko seldom let you know anything was bothering him, but there was a day during the 2012 season when it was impossible to miss how badly he was hurting. That was the day the White Sox put John Danks on the disabled list with shoulder issues.
More»Merkin on White Sox designating Danks for assignment|
|There's no way to know if this will be Chicago's year in baseball. It's too early for any such pronouncements, but this has certainly been Chicago's month.
More» Latos throws six strong innings vs. Rangers|
|Is this the year for Chris Sale? He's made himself the early front-runner for the American League Cy Young Award. He's 5-0 in five starts while compiling a 1.66 ERA and a staggeringly low 0.68 WHIP.
More» Sale fans six over eight frames in win|