Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Four weeks into the season it is a little early to get too excited. But the four-time defending AL Central champion Tigers, however, have to be feeling pretty good about the way things are coming together after a series split with the Royals.
More» Three Tigers cross the plate on single, error|
|Whether Nelson Cruz is in right field or filling the DH role for the Mariners, there's one thing that doesn't change -- Cruz can hit. And he can hit with power. That makes him the front-runner for the AL DH role at the All-Star Game.
More» Statcast tracks Cruz's homer off the train|
|After struggling in his previous two starts, David Price found redemption against the Royals, tossing a complete-game gem in Saturday's 2-1 victory.
More» Price goes the distance in win over Royals|
|In working out the details of the three-team trade with the Nationals and Rays that brought outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres during the offseason, the Padres agreed to send a player to be named to Washington. The problem was that most everybody in the game knew the name of that player -- Trea Turner.
More»Padres prospect Turner on first Spring Training|
|Kendrys Morales was an easy decision, but Chris Young and Ryan Madson are two rewarding decisions for the Royals in the opening weeks of the defense of the American League pennant they claimed a year ago.
More» Young fans nine over five no-hit innings|
|The Royals' quest for respect took a giant step forward on Thursday night, when they thumped the Tigers, 8-1, in their first matchup of the season against the four-time defending American League Central champs.
More» Dyson discusses his big game vs. the Tigers|
|Who will you be voting for to start at shortstop for the National League All-Stars? For me, it's Troy Tulowitzki. He is the defending champion. Someone has to knock him off to claim the job. It's that simple.
More»Which shortstop is #ASGWorthy?|
|With a new Commissioner, baseball's all-time hit leader Pete Rose has a new hope that he can have his lifetime suspension from Major League Baseball lifted. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he will consider the request for reinstatement that Rose made earlier this year.
More»Manfred on process of reviewing Pete Rose's case|
|The temperature was 42 degrees on Sunday afternoon just like it had been 20 years earlier when gates were opened at Coors Field for a regular season game for the first time. It was raining, just like it had been during the day 20 years earlier. And this year there was a celebration, not for an 11-9, 14-inning victory against the Mets like when the Rockies opened Coors Field on April 26, 1995, but rather for the memories still vivid 20 years later.
More» Former Rockies' players meet pregame|
|The Dodgers have won back-to-back National League West titles since signing Zack Greinke as a free agent. He has teamed with Clayton Kershaw to give the Dodgers a dominate 1-2 punch, bringing back memories of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
More» Greinke fans seven over seven shutout innings|
|Twenty years ago Sunday, the Rockies unveiled Coors Field and proclaimed their identity. And Dante Bichette, who weeks earlier questioned if he would even return to the Rockies in 1995, had the final statement.
More» Bichette hits a walk-off in Coors opener|
|Rockies starters Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek's back-to-back efforts are symptomatic of a burden that is being placed on a bullpen that has the potential to be so good if it gets a chance to catch its breath. The relievers are panting right now.
More» Matzek induces bases-loaded double play|
|Wil Myers was the young phenom with the Royals. He was the key offensive player Tampa Bay received in the trade of James Shields. Now, with San Diego, he's just one of the guys.
More» Myers extends lead with single in the 5th|
|The transient nature of Major League Baseball is underscored by a survey of the active rosters. The Mets, with 14 players produced by their system among the 25 on the roster going into the weekend, and Cardinals, with 13, are the only teams that have rosters on which home-grown players outnumber players from other organizations.
More» Gray strikes out four over 7 1/3 innings|
|In honor of Kris Bryant's callup by the Cubs, let's take a look at 10 players whose big league debuts stirred fans' excitement.
More»Where were you for your favorite player's MLB debut?|
|These Giants have had their struggles before. It's just that stumbles along the way are more obvious when they come at the start of the season before they can be hidden in a season's worth of work.
More» Bochy on Lincecum's outing, loss to Rockies|
|Two days after saying LaTroy Hawkins was being given a break from the ninth-inning bullpen role with the Rockies, manager Walt Weiss has decided Adam Ottavino is the Rockies chairman or closer or whatever label someone wants to slap on him.
More» Ottavino fans Aoki to record the save|
|A week into the season, and the Giants finally got a chance to come home, allow their fans to be a part of the celebration of having won a third World Series championship in a five-year span last October.
More» Giants enter the field with their WS trophies|
|John Axford's baseball season has been interrupted by a dose of reality as his 2-year-old son Jameson recovers from being bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
More» Axford retires Davis to earn the save|
|Kris Bryant may have been in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday night, along with the rest of the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate, but he was the center of conversation in the aftermath of the Cubs' 9-5 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field after Mike Olt was hit by a pitch.
More» Olt plunked in the 9th, forced to leave game|