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.
|In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.
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|Dallas Keuchel, the 27-year-old left-hander, makes his 17th start of the season on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. Since the start of the 2014 season, his 2.65 ERA is behind only Felix Hernandez (2.41), Jon Lester (2.46) and Chris Sale (2.47) among American League starters.
More» Keuchel strikes out 12, shuts out Yankees|
|Despite all the bumps in the road, the Mets are 2 1/2 games out of first place in the National League East and two out in the NL Wild Card race. But there's something larger at work, illustrated by Steven Matz's impressive Major League league debut on Sunday .
More»Second place Mets stay hot with fourth straight win|
|This might end up being one of Billy Beane's finest hours, and don't you hate it how the smart guys end up being right so often? First, though, things have to work out a certain way for the A's and their general manager. Yes, that means lots of October baseball.
More» Clippard induces a lineout to Davis|
|Today we celebrate players who've managed to fly under the radar this season. They're doing special things, but they're doing them quietly. So here's a standing ovation for them.
More» Machado opens the game with a solo homer|
|Darryl Hamilton's laughter and smile will be forever burned into the hearts and minds of those who knew him best. He was one of those rare people who never seemed to have a bad day, and as legacies go, that's not a bad one.
More»MLB Network on Darryl Hamilton's passing|
|Around the seventh inning of the Nationals' 6-0 win Saturday, it began to have the feel of inevitability. That's when they stood and roared with every pitch Max Scherzer threw.
More» Williams on what makes Scherzer successful|
|Things just got ridiculous for the Washington Nationals. Their team slogan just changed to, "You're kidding, right?"
More» Harper injures hamstring, leaves game|
|If it's about scoring runs and having a bullpen that can lock down the late innings, the O's are in business. This team started to look a lot like last season's Orioles during a 7-1 homestead that got them to within two games of first place in the American League East.
More»Orioles sets club record with eight homers vs. Phils|
|The Padres on Tuesday named Pat Murphy their manager for the remainder of the 2015 season and will give him 96 games to show he deserves the job permanently.
More»Padres name Murphy interim manager for rest of season|
|Sometimes, the whole thing feels magical. And every baseball player knows to ride the wave as long as it lasts. That's how it is with the Toronto Blue Jays and this 11-game winning streak they take to Citi Field on Monday night for a two-game series against the first-place Mets.
More»A look back at the Blue Jays' 11-game win streak|
|Can the Toronto Blue Jays mash their way into the postseason? Roll that thought around in your mind and imagine how much fun that would be.
More» Blue Jays hammer four homers in victory|
|Sure, there has been some disappointment along the way. How many overnight success stories are there anyway? Besides, a setback or two probably made a moment like this one even sweeter for Giants rookie right-hander Chris Heston.
More» Heston talks about pitching a no-hitter|
|Carlos Correa represents everything the Houston Astros hope to stand for over the next few years. So it would be impossible to overstate how important Monday is to the franchise as the 20-year-old shortstop and MLB's No. 2 prospect makes his debut.
More»Callis on the Astros calling up Correa|
|If you looked at the New York Yankees from a certain angle on Opening Day, you could see a team more than capable of finishing first in the American League East. Or last.
More» Sabathia fans seven Angels over six frames|
|Depending on how you define what an All-Star should be, second base in the American League is a place where there are no wrong answers, yet the two best candidates have a total of one All-Star appearance between them. Take a bow, Jason Kipnis. You, too, Brian Dozier.
More»Which AL second baseman is #ASGWorthy?|
|Give Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik huge props for two things. First, he found a trading partner in the Arizona Diamondbacks. Second, he added two players who will have an immediate -- and positive -- impact on his team.
More»Zduriencik on the Mariners acquiring Trumbo and Nuno|
|Given the state of the American League East, there's probably a case to be made for every team. Here's the case for the Rays, who have a winning record (27-26) and sit a game out of first place in the division.
More» Archer fans 15, holds Halos to one run in win|
|It could take fans some time to grasp how good the Mets are this season. Maybe, just maybe, they're the real deal. They woke up this morning in a virtual tie with the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. While that means nothing on June 2, there are a long list of reasons for optimism.
More» Mets discuss win over Padres|
|Fans have awaited the arrival of slugging third baseman Joey Gallo -- Texas' top prospect and the ninth-best prospect in the game, according to MLB.com -- for a couple of years. At a time when power is the thing every organization wants more of, Gallo hit 82 home runs from 2013-14. Now he will make his Major League debut on Tuesday night against the White Sox in Arlington.
More» Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|