Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|The Rangers didn't merely lay claim to the best record in baseball by winning nine of their last 11 games. They spent last week making a couple of major statements thanks to an offense that scored an American League-best 42 runs in the seven games.
More» Washington on exciting win against Tigers|
|The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are sitting atop the National League West standings. But there is a warning sign that can't be ignored.
More» Bumgarner fans 11 over seven dominant frames|
|As he puts the finishing touches on a baseball career bound to take him to the Hall of Fame, Mariano Rivera chooses to say goodbye without the fanfare and festivities, but rather by reaching out to the grassroots of baseball, the so-called "little people" who do such big jobs to make baseball what it is.
More» Rivera interacts with Kansas Citians|
|The Yankees slowed down the early-season excitement in Denver and Kansas City last week by taking two of three from the Rockies and sweeping the Rockies.
More» Yanks notch fifth straight win, sweep Royals|
|Edward Mujica has filled the Cardinals' void at closer after losing Jason Motte to injury and Mitchell Boggs to ineffectiveness. The journeyman right-hander is indicative of a new trend of older pitchers finding success in the ninth inning after long careers spent in other roles.
More» Mujica strikes out Ransom for the save|
|After being named the top player in the AFL in 2011, Nolan Arenado expected a callup last year. When it didn't happen, he didn't sulk for long.
More» Arenado smacks a grand slam to center field|
|While Edward Mujica has stepped in for Jason Motte in leading the Cardinals to the top of the NL Central, the offseason additions by the Dodgers and Blue Jays haven't quite worked out thus far.
More» Mujica shuts the door in the Cards' 7-6 win|
|With Tim Hudson becoming the 110th pitcher to win 200 games last week, there are only three active 200 game winners. With CC Sabathia likely to reach that mark this year, the question is whether there will be another 200-game winner, much less a 300-game winner.
More» Hudson dominant en route to 200th career win|
|So Derek Jeter is on the disabled list. So he had a setback and he's not expected to play before the All-Star break. So what? Jeter is an All-Star.
More»Jeter speaks about setback in rehab on injured ankle|
|One year on the job, the Los Angeles Dodgers new ownership group has shaken up the rest of Major League Baseball and returned the franchise to a significant role in the Southern California sporting scene.
More»Carl Crawford on playing first season with Dodgers|
|Having equaled a franchise record with 18 wins in April, thanks to a four-game weekend sweep of Houston, the Red Sox get a shot at setting a new standard when they open a three-game series at Toronto on Tuesday. Detroit and Arizona are also among the clubs whose outlooks are bright.
More» Lackey earns first win of 2013 season|
|It has been so long since Kansas City saw the postseason that it's never too early to look for positive signs. They opened a 10-game homestand Friday, sitting atop the AL Central.
More» Gordon's 10th-inning slam powers Royals|
|While Justin Upton has been among the most dominant players in the big leagues this season, time will prove that Arizona made a a wise choice in sending him to Atlanta.
More»J. Upton continues to go deep for the Braves in '13|
|The Rockies had their eight-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, but they still share the best record in the big leagues (13-5) with the Atlanta Braves, and weather permitting, the two teams will open a three-game series at Coors Field on Monday night.
More» Roenicke on Peralta's outing vs. the Cubs|
|With Walt Weiss as the skipper and Dante Bichette serving as hitting coach, the Rockies have returned to their 1990s philosophy of slugging and stealing.
More» Rockies score six runs in the seventh inning|
|It's not how much money a baseball team spends. It's how the money is spent. The Dodgers have been on a spending spree that has them challenging the Yankees for the highest payroll in the game. Now, however, comes the hard part -- trying to translate the payroll into wins.
More» Mark Appel, College Pitcher|
|Atlanta has made an early statement in the National League East. The Braves went into Washington and swept a three-game weekend series against a Nationals team that came into the season labeled as the best team in the NL. But the Braves have been manhandling every team they have faced so far.
More» Braves on 9-0 win over the Nationals|
|Dusty Baker has had a long and successful career in the big leagues as a player and manager, and he's appreciative of the doors Jackie Robinson opened for him and fellow African-Americans.
More»Today's game owes much to Robinson's style of play|
|San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain has had a couple of days to think about that fourth-inning nightmare on Sunday. And he knows the best way to deal with it. Forget about it.
More» Cain opens 2013 with six shutout frames|
|Justin Upton is enjoying a major power surge and the A's are picking up where they left off a year ago, while things aren't looking as good for Matt Cain and the Pirates early on in 2013.
More» Braves walk off on J. Upton's homer in ninth|