Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|The Cleveland Indians had an extraordinary June. They posted the best record in baseball, at 22-6, for that month, and they still have that 13-game winning streak alive and well. And they have been doing it the old-fashioned way, with pitching. So how do we explain the Baltimore Orioles?
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|We're going down to the wire on some of these races in both leagues. Time to give your guys another push toward San Diego as we approach the final hours of online voting (11:59 p.m. ET tonight).
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|This season is a reminder of how much baseball's Wild Card games has made the sport better and more interesting. At a time when three of the six division races aren't close, 20 of baseball's 30 teams are still within five games of a postseason berth. Two more -- Diamondbacks and Brewers -- are 6 1/2 games out.
More» Fernandez allows one run, strikes out 13|
|There just has to be a place for Washington's Wilson Ramos on the National League All-Star Team. For one thing, he has been the best offensive catcher in baseball this season. For another, players like him are part of what makes the All-Star Game such a compelling event.
More»Ramos on the Nationals' start to the 2016 season|
|This much we know: Mike Trout is a lock for one of the three starting outfield spots on the American League All-Star team. Come to think of it, we can go ahead and pencil him in for next season and the foreseeable future while we're at it.
More» Trout ties game at 1 with a solo homer|
|This one was not easy. In that way, it represented everything this crazy season has thrown at the Houston Astros. "We're a resilient group," manager A.J. Hinch would say later. They are that and possibly more.
More» Correa lines a two-run walk-off single|
|The Rangers are an example of how the best teams, many times, are the deepest teams.
More» Banister discusses coming back against O's|
|Are you ready for Clayton Kershaw vs. Stephen Strasburg? That's what we've got Monday night at Dodger Stadium. That they've never faced one another before makes it even better. Here at MLB.com, Kershaw-Strasburg got us to thinking about about some other pitching matchups we'd like to see.
More»Kershaw and Strasburg face off for the first time|
|Let's take a look at four players -- three free-agent signings and a trade acquisition -- who've seen an offseason of change turn into a best-case scenario and probable All-Star selection.
More»Four Cubs competing for lead in NL All-Star balloting|
|Ichiro's 16th season has been an unexpected joy because, at 37, he seems reborn in hitting .349 for the Marlins. Pete Rose, however, remains the Hit King.
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|Jameson Taillon has always bristled at the notion that he'd wasted two seasons of his baseball career. He said nothing could be further from the truth. He'd grown so much, learned so much.
More» Taillon, Stewart and McCutchen on the win|
|Let's start the Trade Deadline countdown clock with a look at 10 players we could be hearing a lot about over the next few weeks.
More» Gray takes no-hitter into the 6th vs. Reds|
|Miguel Cabrera's 2,400th career hit prompted no parade. Larger and grander celebrations await. Rather, 2,400 -- he got 2,400 and 2,401 Sunday at Yankee Stadium -- is an opportunity to appreciate his career. He made his Major League debut at 20 in 2003, and 14 seasons later, is on his way to crafting a Hall of Fame resume.
More» Cabrera doubles for 2,400th hit|
|What really makes the Rangers so much fun to watch are the three kids: 21-year-old outfielder Nomar Mazara, 22-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor and 23-year-old infielder Jurickson Profar.
More» Mazara hits a solo blast to left field|
|The Rangers are the American League's very best team. The Astros are its hottest. So when the two teams begin a four-game series at Globe Life Park on Monday, this will be one of the season's interesting intersections. Let the fun begin.
|When Clayton Kershaw takes the mound Saturday night against the Braves at Dodger Stadium, we will be watching someone who appears to be one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Isn't that where he has taken the conversation?
More» Kershaw sets mark with 100th K of season|
|Two notable things happened to the Astros right after manager A.J. Hinch flip-flopped Jose Altuve and George Springer at the top of his batting order: 1. The Astros got hot. 2. Springer got insanely hot.
More»Justice talks Rangers' trades, Astros and more|
|The Boston Red Sox have had the hottest player in baseball pretty much every single day of this season. If that sounds impressive, it's actually better than that. We're talking about four different players.
More» Betts hammers his third dinger of the game|
|The Kansas City Royals have accomplished so much the last two seasons that it's hard to be blown away by anything they do anymore. Okay, check that. They just did. The Royals had themselves an amazing weekend even by their own high standards. One stunning victory followed by another and then another.
More» Royals take lead in 8th with three-run rally|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the coolest things to happen in baseball this season. So is that why he deserves a spot on the American League All-Star team? Actually, yes.
More»MLB Tonight breaks down Bradley Jr.'s hit streak|