Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|The transient nature of Major League Baseball is underscored by a survey of the active rosters. The Mets, with 14 players produced by their system among the 25 on the roster going into the weekend, and Cardinals, with 13, are the only teams that have rosters on which home-grown players outnumber players from other organizations.
More» Gray strikes out four over 7 1/3 innings|
|In honor of Kris Bryant's callup by the Cubs, let's take a look at 10 players whose big league debuts stirred fans' excitement.
More»Where were you for your favorite player's MLB debut?|
|These Giants have had their struggles before. It's just that stumbles along the way are more obvious when they come at the start of the season before they can be hidden in a season's worth of work.
More» Bochy on Lincecum's outing, loss to Rockies|
|Two days after saying LaTroy Hawkins was being given a break from the ninth-inning bullpen role with the Rockies, manager Walt Weiss has decided Adam Ottavino is the Rockies chairman or closer or whatever label someone wants to slap on him.
More» Ottavino fans Aoki to record the save|
|A week into the season, and the Giants finally got a chance to come home, allow their fans to be a part of the celebration of having won a third World Series championship in a five-year span last October.
More» Giants enter the field with their WS trophies|
|John Axford's baseball season has been interrupted by a dose of reality as his 2-year-old son Jameson recovers from being bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
More» Axford retires Davis to earn the save|
|Kris Bryant may have been in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday night, along with the rest of the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate, but he was the center of conversation in the aftermath of the Cubs' 9-5 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field after Mike Olt was hit by a pitch.
More» Olt plunked in the 9th, forced to leave game|
|With Tony La Russa working in the front office in Arizona, enter Joe Maddon to carry the torch among big league managers in pushing the concept of hitting pitchers somewhere other than the traditional No. 9 slot in the batting order.
More» Maddon talks to broadcast on Opening Night|
|This is fun, right now, for the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki is healthy. Carlos Gonzalez is healthy. And the Rockies are winning.
More» Tulo smokes a two-run double down the line|
|Albert Pujols looks like slugger of old as the Angels veteran moves up the all-time home run list.
More» Pujols' hits colossal homer, No. 521|
|The Angels might be easily overlooked by outsiders when it comes to the AL West, but they aren't about to make any concession speeches.
More» Street secures save on a Cano flyout|
|The Mariners have marquee attractions in Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. There is also depth, and that, as much as the superstars, is why the Mariners have become more than a trendy pick to click in the American League West.
More» Smith ties it up with an RBI triple|
|It's a 162-game grind in the battle for a postseason berth, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security. A good start has an impact on a team's championship ambitions.
More»Fresh class of Opening Day starters join veterans|
|When the discussion about the Giants' Brian Sabean/Bruce Bochy alignment is broached, it's about where they rank all-time among front office/managerial duos.
More»Bochy, Sabean are 'extremely thankful' for extensions|
|Opening Day is about milestones and memories.
More» Hank Aaron hits homer 714, tying Babe Ruth|
|Finally, good news for the defending World Series champions -- Matt Cain can be declared healthy. While he may not be quite ready for the season to start, he is close enough to give the Giants and Cain every reason to feel he'll be just fine.
More» Cain whiffs Ethier for first strikeout|
|Twice in the past week, Rockies manager Walt Weiss hit the pitcher eighth and a position player ninth. It is something he is thinking about using, at least on occasion, during the regular season, too.
More» Tulowitzki launches two-run homer to left|
|Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base. Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.
More» Kershaw dominates White Sox, whiffs eight|
|Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand. He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.
|Dave Duncan is back where he belongs -- back in baseball, a special assistant/pitching consultant for the D-backs. He is back in familiar territory, doing what he knows best, working with the coaches and pitchers throughout the organization on the art of pitching.