Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|With the season reaching the midway point this weekend, the Cardinals find themselves not only sitting atop the National League Central, six games in front of the second-place Pirates, but they're the only big league team on pace to win 100 games.
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|A's general manager Billy Beane was center stage leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline last season. He could be the man in the middle of activity again this year -- only from a different angle. Oakland is among 10 teams to watch leading up to this year's Deadline.
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|Third baseman Nolan Arenado never said a word to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the National League All-Star manager, during the Rockies' three-game visit to AT&T Park last weekend.He did, however, make an All-Star statement that came through loud and clear.
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|Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a detail-oriented guy. Oh, he can see the big picture. But he also knows that the little things can make a big difference for a team that came within one victory of a world championship last October.
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|Salvador Perez delivered a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the Royals' 5-3 victory against the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, the 500th hit of his career.
More» Perez on his home run in Royals' win|
|Ryne Sandberg became the fourth manager to be replaced this season. But he's different than Mike Redmond, who managed Miami, Bud Black, who managed the Padres, and Ron Roenicke, who managed Milwaukee. Sandberg is a Hall of Famer, elected for induction in Cooperstown in 2005 for his playing career.
More» Sandberg on resignation as manager|
|Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T. "Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."
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|So you were expecting the sequel to be even better than the original? Not a chance. The Royals and A's were back at it again at the Coliseum on Friday night, 67 days removed from that three-game series at Kaufman Stadium that was punctuated by verbal jousting, threatening hand gestures and a series of ejections.
More» Vogt gets drilled in the hand, leaves game|
|D-backs manager Chip Hale gets it. Nobody said this big-league manger gig was going to be easy. It's one thing to take over a championship caliber club or a team that is in a documented rebuilding process with an eye only on the future. It's quite another when a team is making a major transition to youth with a leadership that is used to winning, and is looking for a way to rebuild on the run. And that's where the D-backs are.
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|The Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s were known as the Big Red Machine, a group that dominated baseball both as a team and as individuals. During a decade in which they won six division titles and four NL pennants, the Reds became just the third NL team in history to win back-to-back world championships (1975-76).
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|With his two home runs in four at-bats on Tuesday night, Nolan Arenado extended his current hitting streak to 10 games, raising his batting average to .287, fourth best among NL third baseman.
More» Arenado hits two homers, drives in four|
|In Jonathan Lucroy's first full big league season, the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers won the National League Central, knocked off the D-backs in five games in the NL Division Series, and were eliminated in the NL Championship Series by the eventual World Series champion Cardinals.
More» Braun launches a two-run homer to center|
|On Friday night in the Bronx, Alex Rodriguez joined Major League Baseball's 3,000-hit club. On the other coast, in Seattle, Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias became the latest pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters in a game without a walk.
More» A-Rod blasts a solo homer for hit No. 3,000|
|The Houston Astros lost 416 games from 2011-14. On Thursday afternoon, thanks to an 8-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, they became the first American League team to win 40 games this season. Something doesn't compute. Not that the Astros are complaining.
More» Tucker puts Astros up early with solo homer|
|The idea was to ease Astros phenom Carlos Correa into the big leagues slowly, hit him down in the lineup, limit the pressure and let him get his feet on the ground. So much for that idea.
More» Correa crushes RBI double to right-center|
|In the midst of a postgame conversation, a visitor to Marlins manager Dan Jennings' office was asked a question. "Tell me the truth. When Dan took the manager job, what was your first reaction?"
More» Jennings on Latos, Stanton in 4-1 win|
|While the Astros have been an early season surprise, the organization has not lost sight of its long-range plan. In need of a boost for the big league team, the Astros have begun to add key players from the initial Drafts of the current front office to the Major League mix.
More» Correa homers in his Houston debut|
|Mariners designated hitter/right fielder Nelson Cruz was slightly behind in the bid to win the starting DH spot for the American League in the All-Star Game, according to the latest voting update issued this week, but there should be no doubt that he should be the one.
More» Cruz blasts go-ahead homer in the 9th|
|Used to be the Show Me State Series between the Cardinals and Royals was a nice little battle for bragging rights. No more. It's become a Big League Showdown.
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|The Cardinals ran into another detour. Left fielder Matt Holliday was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle on Wednesday.
More»Holliday lands on 15-day DL with right quad strain|