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.
|When the Orioles get a performance out of Chris Tillman like this one, they can almost see October from here. No, it's never that simple. Stuff happens. On the other hand, the O's probably aren't going to the postseason without Tillman being the guy he was in, say, 2014.
More» Tillman fans nine in scoreless start|
|The Seattle Mariners awoke Wednesday morning alone atop the American League West, a half-game in front of the Rangers and Athletics. Here's why it matters, and why it's time to take another look at the division that has been baseball's most surprising in these opening weeks.
More» Cano produces six RBIs against the Astros|
|Here's to you, Albert Pujols. Your 564th and 565th home runs on Monday night gave us another night to remember. Here's to your greatness as well as your grace and dignity. Has it really been 16 seasons?
More» Pujols hits two homers, passes Reggie|
|This was baseball at its insane, entertaining, thrilling best on Sunday. This was a day when leads slipped away, were grabbed back, then slipped away again. If you didn't know this was April, you'd swear it was October with teams punching and counter-punching as if an entire season was riding on the outcome.
More» Nats tie it in 9th, walk off in 16th|
|There are two things we know about these Houston Astros. One is that general manager Jeff Luhnow will not allow the season to get away from his team. The other is that he has options.
More»Justice discusses Astros' start to 2016|
|The Yankees have stepped away from free-agent spending to focus on replenishing the farm system and adjusting to a more traditional player-development approach. But if a division championship is within range on Sept. 1, history says they will figure out a way to strengthen the roster and position themselves for October.
More»Al Leiter discusses the Yanks' bullpen on MLB Central|
|Every so often, a player comes along who makes the game look oh-so-easy, a player who captivates us on so many levels. That's where we're at with Bryce Harper.
More» Harper hits second grand slam of the season|
|Milt Pappas, who passed away on Tuesday, spent nearly 20 years in the Majors, won 209 games, was a two-time All-Star and threw a no-hitter, so much more than what he is primarily remembered for: being traded for Frank Robinson.
More»Quick Pitch discusses the passing of Milt Pappas|
|Nothing gets cleared up these first two weeks. We think we know and then we don't. Every game has more importance than it should. That said, there are definite positive vibes in at least a few places.
More» Maeda limits Giants to one run over seven|
|When trying to answer the question why the Rangers extended Adrian Beltre's contract, a deal that will take him to nearly 40 years old in 2018, it's simple: They couldn't picture the team without him.
More»Justice on Beltre agreeing to two-year extension|
|They're arriving in waves now, these young shortstops. Gifted players, dazzling talents. In the early 1980s, Ozzie Smith, Robin Yount, Cal Ripken and Alan Trammell played the position in the same era. Smith, Yount and Ripken are in the Hall of Fame, and Trammell should be. Whether this generation has three future Hall of Famers is part of the story we can watch unfold over the next few seasons. For now, though, the joy is watching them play.
More» Correa notches four hits against the Yanks|
|Today, we celebrate Jackie Robinson, and don't think for a moment this is just about baseball. He represents baseball's finest hour, and the sport was Robinson's vehicle to begin reshaping the world.
More»Archer, Harrison among players anticipating day|
|Welcome to the day of the pitcher. When it's good like this, it's best to simply sit back and enjoy the show.
More»'Day of the Pitcher' after sizzling performances|
|The Royals bullpen has been so deep and so good the last three seasons that it has changed the way a lot of baseball people build teams. And it has continued this year, even though some of the names have changed.
More» Davis strikes out Springer for the save|
|You know who isn't one bit surprised by the Orioles' 7-0 start? That would be the Orioles. Adam Jones and Buck Showalter. J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis. Darren O'Day and Chris Tillman. Those guys.
More» Hardy on his two homers, Orioles' win|
|Seven scoreless innings in Monday night's win over the Royals was the performance the Astros always figure they're going to get from right-hander Collin McHugh.
More» McHugh strikes out four in seven scoreless|
|Sometimes things happen that remind us why we love this sport the way we do. Maybe that's ultimately what Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Astros first baseman Tyler White represent.
More»Statcast tracks Story's seven homers in six games|
|You can't win anything in a single week. You can't even lose anything. If you think that makes these first few days of a new season unimportant, guess again, Captain America.
More» Machado notches four hits in Orioles win|
|This is too much fun. Is there any other way to describe a baseball season that has begun with home runs flying over fences at such a dizzying clip? Maybe that's the larger story of these first four days.
More»Maeda, Story, Correa among power displays Wednesday|
|Yes, all that really did happen Tuesday night, and who decided to inject September tension into April baseball? Hard to believe we're just getting started. This was a day of big comebacks, dramatic finishes, controversial calls and furious managers, not necessarily in that order.
More»Wild endings fill MLB's opening Tuesday schedule|