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 and MLB.com/live.
|With numerous injuries to starting pitchers and regulars alike, skipper Ron Washington has the Rangers playing better than the sum of their parts would suggest.
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|For Jacoby Ellsbury, there were no mixed emotions about returning to Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday. "I was looking forward to it," he said.
More»Ellsbury on first trip back to Fenway in pinstripes|
|The Red Sox and Orioles did themselves proud on this Patriots' Day, folks. Take a bow, fellas. Nice job all around. The O's won it, 7-6, in front of a packed house of 37,513 at Fenway Park, but given how the Red Sox fought and clawed back from a 6-0 deficit, given how Red Sox Nation has a month's worth of storylines to digest, there surely won't be much disappointment.
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|While today's Boston Marathon and the game at Fenway will be about making a statement about this country and our strength, it'll also be about the most basic of Patriots Day pleasures.
More» Red Sox reflect on Boston Marathon tragedy|
|Ike Davis will have a chance to get his career back on track with the Pirates, who could definitely use some more production at first base.
More» Davis on being traded to Pirates|
|If the Yankees look like the best team in the American League East today, that may not last long. Tomorrow, it could be the Red Sox or Orioles or Rays. And if we're really lucky, we'll still be looking at the division in late-September and trying to figure how it's going to play out. It could be tense for the managers and players, but great fun for the rest of us.
More» Yankees' pitching shuts out the Cubs over 18|
|When it comes to managing a game -- setting lineups, creating favorable matchups, bullpen use -- skipper Bruce Bochy has few peers.
More» Bochy breaks down the Giants' walk-off win|
|George Springer is a five-tool talent who will bring immediate excitement to fans at Minute Maid Park and around the big leagues. He also represents the next wave of prospects the Astros hope will return them to contention.
More»A dream come true for George Springer|
|If these first two weeks have reminded us of anything, it's that the Atlanta Braves still do things right, that it would be almost impossible to find a franchise operated more smartly or efficiently.
More» Harang is great again on wife's birthday|
|Somehow, it seems appropriate that Mariano Rivera was the last Major League player to wear No. 42. Can you think of anyone more perfect to represent Jackie Robinson's legacy of fairness, dignity and social justice?
More»Rivera honored to be last player to wear no. 42|
|The Brewers are off to a nine-game winning streak, and their 1.80 ERA is the best in the big leagues. That's a 0.82 ERA for the bullpen and a 2.22 ERA for the rotation.
More» Lohse fans nine over 8 2/3 innings|
|A Gold Glove winner in center, Carlos Gomez also has great speed and power, and his personality makes him a clubhouse favorite.
More» Gomez gives Brewers the lead with a homer|
|Joe Girardi could never have imagined Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte in the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Red Sox. But there they were, along with Michael Pineda and David Phelps, contributing mightily to victory on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
More» Phelps gets Bogaerts for first career save|
|Perhaps the best thing about Masahiro Tanaka's first two starts with the Yankees is how confident he's been while on the mound.
More» Girardi breaks down Tanaka's start|
|Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Wednesday that the top reliever in each league annually will be handed an award named for Mariano Rivera (AL) and Trevor Hoffman (NL).
More»Rivera's trip to San Diego and his chat with Hoffman|
|The Orioles are going to be just fine, and please remember you heard it here first. Manager Buck Showalter has my back on this one. When someone mentioned that the glass might be half-empty, he smiled.
More» Wieters' two-run shot extends lead|
|Milo Hamilton prepared nothing for Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th homer even though he'd had months to think about what he wanted to say. Instead, the former Braves voice wanted it to be about the home run itself. Hamilton would be the reporter describing what he saw and felt.
More» Aaron Hits HR No. 715 to pass Babe Ruth|
|There they were, together again at Yankee Stadium, the Core Four, smiling and relaxed, countless memories flooding hearts and minds. Their bond is unbreakable.
More» Core Four return for ceremonial first pitch|
|Derek Jeter was relaxed and reflective before his final home opener at Yankee Stadium, addressing a variety of topics in a pregame news conference.
More» Jeter reflects on his final home opener|
|In announcing contract extensions through at least 2017 for general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates guaranteed themselves the kind of organizational stability they haven't always had. In doing so, they took a moment to reflect on how far they've come in 6 1/2 years.
More»Pirates extend contracts of Huntington and Hurdle|
|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»|