|With the final month of the regular season nearly upon us, pennant races have solidified. So, too, has the market for prospective free-agent hitters.
More» Desmond plates two with a sharp single|
|There is a saying among executives that there is no such thing as a bad one-year contract. But it goes without saying that some work out better than others. Let's examine the five best one-year deals from the offseason.
More» Napoli towers a three-run homer to center|
|With six weeks left in the season, Los Angeles is one game ahead of San Francisco in the division. The clubs will meet nine times, beginning with a three-game series at Dodger Stadium from Tuesday-Thursday.
More» Gonzalez launches his third homer of game|
|With 10 postseason spots at stake, as we speak there are at least 18 Major League teams that can fairly consider themselves contenders.
|Prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rangers were a good team. Since then, they've become arguably the best team in the American League.
More» Lucroy puts the Rangers on the board|
|Cody Decker started in left field for the Israeli team that lost the final of a 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in heartbreaking fashion in September 2012. Four years later, he's expected to make Israel's 28-man roster for next month's WBC qualifier in Brooklyn.
More» Decker crushes a two-run homer to center|
|It's not just that the Kansas City bullpen may again be the best in baseball, or that the Royals are playing the kind of take-your-breath-away defense that helped get them to the World Series the last two seasons. Been there, done that.
More» Yost on big win, Duffy's strong start|
|The Texas Rangers are in low-risk, high-reward mode with the signing of Carlos Gomez. Gomez was available because he had been released by the Astros. His performance for the Houston club was clearly sub-standard. Still, there are knowledgeable people around baseball shaking their heads over that performance; figuring that Gomez should have something substantial left in his career.
More» Gomez makes a catch and nabs Simmons|
|Nolan Arenado is threatening to break the mold. He is a Rockies player who is forcing others to ignore their Coors Field bias.
More» Arenado belts two three-run homers in win|
|David Price knows talent. So let's pay close attention to what he said Saturday, when asked about resplendent Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts. "Right now, I think he's the best player in all of baseball," Price said. "I have the utmost respect for Donaldson and Mike Trout and Jose Altuve. But Mookie's been special. And when a guy has never done it before, that makes it a little more special.
More» Mookie mashes pair of home runs|
|As a player, Nationals first-base coach Davey Lopes was successful on 557 of 671 regular-season stolen-base attempts, an 83-percent success rate that ranks fifth best since at least 1913. Lopes talked about the art of stealing bases in this week's Q&A.
|It's time to check in on the division standings -- meaning, where the division races stand in relation to each other. We'll have plenty of time to sort through the migraine-inducing math that will accompany the Wild Card craziness. For now, here's a ranking of the six division races, in order of intrigue.
More»Castrovince ranks the division races|
|As the 2016 reaches the three-quarter mark, which teams have made the greatest strides since last year? We can answer that question based on a comparison of winning percentages from the final records for 2015 and the current standings.
More» Mookie mashes pair of home runs|
|The Orioles are running out five and six rookies for some games. The Cardinals are relying on three rookie relievers to close out games down the stretch. The Mariners have ridden a rookie closer into contention. Welcome to baseball's new normal.
More» Diaz strikes out side in 9th, earns save|
|The great National League MVP Award debate of 2016 is coming, if it is not already raging at your office, on your radio or in your favorite tavern.
More» Bryant goes 5-for-5 with two homers|
|Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sat behind the desk in his office at Citizens Bank Park long before Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Phillies and pored over some papers.
|It happened in an instant, a pair of home runs sailing over the wall at Yankee Stadium. In that moment with a packed house rocking the ballpark in that old, familiar way, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner could see a bright and shiny new vision of his team take shape.
|Dusty Baker is back in uniform, after an unwanted two-year exile from the game that has been his life, and the team he is managing is sitting atop the NL East, seemingly in control of a postseason spot.
|Eddy Alvarez was on the medal podium the last time the world's best gathered under the Olympic flame. He was a part of the United States' short-track speed-skating relay team, which captured a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Games.
|Not one of Jose Altuve's 3,464 Major League plate appearances had come against this pitcher -- Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh. Another hitter might take a pitch, maybe get a feel for the delivery and the fastball movement. Baseball's best hitter had a different thought process.
More» Altuve records 1,000th career hit|
|There was Andrew Miller again Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The 6-foot-7 physical embodiment of what has been a long-standing but infrequently applied assertion of the sabermetric community.
More» Miller fans one over two perfect innings|
|Second base had been considered a defense-first operation for much of baseball history. Lots of relatively little guys, players with good gloves, double-play fearlessness and slap-hitting tendencies. Jose Altuve fits the little guy image, but both he and Daniel Murphy are defying any sort of light-hitting second base stereotypes.
More» Altuve records 1,000th career hit|
|The Orioles have been cutting and pasting their starting rotation all season, and now manager Buck Showalter is just going to have to make the best of it as they head toward the stretch run.
More» Bundy fans Bogaerts for first strikeout|
|Bryce Harper would like to be the best. And at the age of 23, the Washington Nationals outfielder definitely has been among the best players in the game. He is a four-time All-Star, the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in 2012 and the NL MVP Award winner in '15.
More» Harper has great all-around game vs. Rockies|
|This might be one of those seasons when the American League East is decided in the final days of the regular season, if not the final hours, and wouldn't this be the kind of chaos we love?
More» Orioles storm back from 7-1 deficit|
|The job of managing the Red Sox is a beast of its own. No matter how well that man has done, it's very much a "what are you doing for me now" position. John Farrell certainly has been hearing all the moaning and groaning this season.
More» Farrell talks about 6-3 win over D-backs|
|Denver may have a reputation as a pitcher's nightmare, branded with such a stigma because of its 5,280-foot altitude that even some of the game's elite pitchers moan about when asked to take the mound at a mile high. Not Nationals closer Mark Melancon.
More» Melancon locks down the Nats' 5-4 win|
|According to the National League Central standings, the Cardinals are 12 games behind the Cubs. Yet you can't help but wonder: Do they have the league right where they want it? There are teams you can write off when they're beat up and things aren't going well. Then there are the Cardinals.
More» Piscotty crushes three-run homer for a lead|
|Good news for the Blue Jays, the Indians, the Rangers, the Nationals, the Cubs, the Giants: Since the expanded postseason format was instituted in 1995, 81.7 percent of the teams that were leading their division on Aug. 15 went on to qualify for the postseason. On the other hand, there has been a lot more fluidity with the Wild Card berths.
More» Rizzo extends lead with second RBI single|
|There's only one Mariano Rivera, the Yankees closer who saved a record 652 regular-season games and 42 more in the postseason over the course of 19 seasons. But Dellin Betances has a chance to reach that level.
More» Betances fans Souza to save the Yankees' win|