Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Looking down the road, it's hard to imagine a more exciting and productive left-side infield tandem than what the Cubs have with Kris Bryant at third and Addison Russell at shortstop. Those of a certain age in Chicago might see shades of Ron Santo and Ernie Banks, basking in the North Side sun.
More» Bryant opens scoring with two-run single|
|After completing a three-game sweep at Angel Stadium, Toronto vaulted over the Yankees by a half-game. The Jays are 16-4 in August, 23-9 since the All-Star break. Taking 19 of their past 23 games, they have outscored opponents by a whopping 70 runs.
More»Blue Jays rack up 36 runs in series against Angels|
|They have developed a bond of mutual appreciation as former American League West rivals and All-Star Game teammates, but it's unlikely Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout ever will be buddies. These guys are simply too old school for that to happen.
More» Donaldson crushes a three-run homer to left|
|David Price is more than right for the Toronto Blue Jays. He's dead-solid perfect.
More» Price fans nine batters over eight frames|
|Chase Utley makes perfect sense for the Dodgers. It is the classic low-risk, high-reward late-season move. If his right ankle holds up, Utley can win games with his bat and his glove, and with his quiet, confident presence.
More»Utley anxious to join Dodgers, playoff race|
|All-purpose, multidimensional athletes are pure gold to Major League managers. The Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez appreciates his value as a man for all positions, but his clearly stated mission is to shed that label for a more appealing fit: everyday player.
More» Hernandez hammers a three-run shot in 2nd|
|With all due respect to teammate Zack Greinke and the rest of the pitching fraternity, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has reclaimed his place at the top of the summit -- resoundingly, with little room for disagreement. The master is all the way back.
More» Kershaw goes eight scoreless for 10th win|
|Harper is one part of the team's anatomy that must be relatively healthy in order for the Nationals to take flight as anticipated with their star-studded cast.
More» Harper launches a pair of homers|
|The Dodgers acquired Jimmy Rollins over the offseason to play shortstop and serve as an offensive catalyst. There was another factor involved in their pursuit, an intangible impossible to measure in numbers.
More» Rollins turns two to send game to extras|
|Howie Kendrick -- Howard to family members and close friends -- retains warm feelings for the Angels, his original organization. But he still did everything in his power over the weekend to torment them.
More» Kendrick's two-run shot opens the scoring|
|Andre Ethier unloaded his sixth career walk-off home run on Sunday against the Angels. His 14th career walk-off hit has him second in Los Angeles franchise history to Dusty Baker's 16.
More» Ethier puts Dodgers on his back|
|Mike Trout engaging Clayton Kershaw marked the first time in history the reigning Most Valuable Player Award winners in each league squared off in a regular season game.
More» Kershaw strikes out Trout looking in the 1st|
|Zack Greinke left his consecutive innings streak in New York, at 45 2/3, last week, but the Dodgers' co-ace continued to rack up impressive numbers on Friday night against the Angels, with whom he spent a little less than half of the 2012 season.
More» Greinke strikes out eight over eight innings|
|At times such as this, ignorance truly can be bliss for a ballplayer with a job to do. As trade winds swirled all day around the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was focused on mom, bobbleheads and, finally, pitches landing in his happy zone.
More» Puig homers for mom on his Bobblehead Night|
|Sonny Gray's actions spoke volumes on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where the locals have grown accustomed to brilliant pitching.
More» Gray fans nine in three-hit shutout|
|Fulfilling their destinies as rivals in the AL Central, the Twins' Aaron Hicks and the Tigers' Anthony Gose go way, way back
More» Gose laces sharp RBI single up the middle|
|Torii Hunter watches Mike Trout, like so many others he has mentored over the years, with the unabashed pride of a parent -- or an involved big brother who has done his job well.
|A pitching staff that has fueled the Angels' drive back to the top of the American League West could be getting an upgrade before the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- without the necessity of sacrificing talent in a swap. Jered Weaver, longtime ace, is close to rejoining the rotation.
More» Weaver strikes out seven over 6 2/3 innings|
|"The things we see Mike do every day showed up for the home audience," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said as the Major League All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player two years running returned to the embrace of his buddies for a second-half opening with a four-game series against the Red Sox.
More»Trout completes career cycle in All-Star Game|
|Consider the Wild West of the AL, housing the new-look A's. At midseason, it looks like a two-horse race between the Astros and Angels. The hungry hearts from Houston have led the division since April 19, but the defending division champs from Anaheim appear to have their high-profile act together at last. So, where does that leave the Rangers, Mariners and A's, all below .500 but by no means out of it? To sell or not to sell is the question. Each club has a few weeks to sort it out.
More» Gallardo shuts down O's to extend streak|