Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|As a manager, coach and player, Ned Yost has been to a total of eight World Series. He discusses that and more in this week's Q&A.
|Joey Amalfitano was a bonus baby with the Giants in 1954, which meant he had to spend the entire regular season in the big leagues even if he appeared in only nine games. Even if he had only five at-bats, all five coming in the final week of the regular season.
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|Right-hander Michael Fulmer gets it.
More» Fulmer ends bases-loaded jam with groundout|
|Now comes the biggest challenge for the Tigers in their season-closing bid to claim one of the two American League Wild Card berths.
More» Verlander fans 12 over 7 2/3 scoreless|
|Terry Francona knows all about the struggles of the Cleveland Indians' franchise. He was born into it, making his debut in the real world on April 22, 1959 -- just five days after his father, Tito, made his Indians debut.
More» Indians win AL Central crown|
|The public mourning of the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez will last a few days. The memory, however, will linger forever, particularly with his teammates.
More»Mature beyond years, Fernandez a shining star in MLB|
|Art Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.
|The moment is permanently etched in Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's memory. Winless in 11 big league starts, having allowed 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts this season, Gray began start No. 3 by giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Jay and Wil Myers in San Diego to open the bottom of the first inning May 2, and Matt Kemp doubled them home.
More»Jon Gray joins IT to discuss his 16-strikeout outing|
|Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright was smiling. He's feeling good, finally.
More» Wainwright shows versatility with arm, bat|
|Jorge De La Rosa was a 10-year baseball journeyman, who spent the bulk of his time bouncing around in the Minor Leagues with the D-backs, Red Sox, Brewers and Royals, when the Rockies decided to give him a shot. In spring 2008, Colorado acquired him from Kansas City to complete a trade for Ramon Ramirez.
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|So here are the St. Louis Cardinals with a starting lineup on Monday night against the Rockies that included five players who have spent time on the disabled list this year and a DL that still includes left fielder Matt Holliday, who hit third on Opening Day.
More» Martinez, Grichuk guide Cards past Rockies|
|Jerry Weinstein is an admitted baseball lifer, always looking for a new challenge, even as he nears his 74th birthday.
|Life is good in Seattle. The Mariners have won eight in a row. They have climbed to within 1 1/2 games of the second American League Wild Card spot. Nobody, however, is enjoying it more than Robinson Cano.
More» Cano drills a solo home run to right field|
|The Cubs, Rangers and Nats appears to be locks for the postseason. There, however, remain seven postseason berths to be decided -- three division titles and four Wild Card spots, and thanks to the schedule, the playoff hopefuls have plenty to say about their own destinies.
More» A quick look at Tuesday's action|
|The Texas Rangers learned their lesson well. After back-to-back American League titles in 2010 and '11 and the only World Series appearances in the history of a franchise that began as the expansion Senators in 1961, the Rangers saw how quickly opportunity could slip away.
More» Daniels discusses Fielder, Trade Deadline|
|Nolan Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters and struck out a record 5,714 batters in a big league career that covered 27 seasons. He led a league in strikeouts 11 times, including four times after the age of 40. But it was pitcher Pat Jarvis who became the first of Ryan's many victims.
More» Ryan sets Major League strikeout record|
|For all the struggles the Giants have faced in the second half of this season, they are still clinging to a potential NL wild-card spot.
More» Bumgarner fans 10 against the Cubs|
|The fanfare began before last season was even over.
More» Bumgarner tosses five scoreless innings|
|The struggle has become a concern. And manager Bruce Bochy admits it. Even the hitter-friendly environment of Coors Field on Monday wasn't enough to provide a lift to the Giants' struggling offense.
|Boston scout Gary Hughes is watching the Tim Tebow situation from afar, but with interest. Hughes, after all, had a special interest in multisport athletes during his days as an amateur scout with the Yankees, and then as the scouting director for the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins.