Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|There is nothing more to be done about the first 46 games of the season. But you had to like what manager Paul Molitor said in regard to Miguel Sano: "It's a tough game. He's kind of learned that."
More» Sano crushes a two-run dinger to left|
|The Kansas City Royals are in a good place, and we're not talking about third in the AL Central.
More» Royals break out the bats in the 4th inning|
|Can the Royals succeed while being last in the American League in innings pitched by starters?
More» Volquez fans six over 6 2/3 frames|
|When a team struggles to an 11-33 start, the conventional move -- the convenient, conventional move -- would be to dismiss the manager. This is not happening with the Twins, nor should it.
|There are no sure things with three-fourths of the baseball season remaining. But when it comes to the Chicago Cubs, there are few uncertainties. The Cubs have had some recent difficulties, dropping two out of three to the Milwaukee Brewers and losing five of their past eight. But this comes under the heading of "you can't win them all."
More» Fowler starts the game with a long ball|
|The Brewers, a small-market club in rebuilding mode, became David when their starting pitching evolved into a weapon, a slingshot of sorts in this case. Their victory over the Cubs in this series was as entertaining as it was unpredictable.
More» Brewers pitchers fan 15 Cubs batters|
|Order was restored at Miller Park although it took some time; exactly five hours as a matter of fact, starting Wednesday night, ending Thursday morning. The Chicago Cubs emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that required 13 innings.
More» Richard closes out game, earns first save|
|It was all set up for the Cubs to clobber Chase Anderson and the Brewers and underscore their position as the juggernaut of 2016. But, this being baseball, the night was ruled by surprise.
More» Zobrist's double breaks up the no-hitter|
|Rule 6.01 (j), the so-called "Chase Utley slide rule," has been clarified by Major League Baseball. In the process, the rule has been made more workable.
More» Tigers take the lead after call confirmed|
|This was a big occasion. Max Scherzer rose to it. And then he rose above it. It becomes harder and harder to out-perform the hype in a multi-media world. But Scherzer did it Wednesday night at Nationals Park. He became just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a game.
More» Scherzer on 20-strikeout performance|
|Events of the last week have demonstrated that one viable strategy for defeating the Washington Nationals is this: Walk Bryce Harper.
More» K-Rod walks Harper, then gets final two outs|
|The career of Stephen Strasburg was supposed to be the stuff of legend. There is still time for this to happen. In any case, the Washington Nationals are going to pay him the kind of money that the near-great pitchers of this era are paid. Strasburg has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the club. Without the extension he could have become a free agent after this season.
More» Strasburg signed to a contract extension|
|The World Series is obviously baseball's premier event. The All-Star Game is a pleasant diversion, a showcase for individual talent, but in the end, an exhibition game. In a more nearly perfect world the one wouldn't be connected to the other.
More» Perkins induces a flyout to end the game|
|Conventional wisdom said that Jake Arrieta could not possibly repeat the historically great performance that he put up in the second half of the 2015 season. So far in 2016, Arrieta is taking a big lead over conventional wisdom.
More»Arrieta tosses no-hitters in consecutive seasons|
|If reports of Tim Lincecum's renewed good health and velocity are accurate, and they should be, Friday's showcase won't be Lincecum's last stand. It will be, instead, a renewal of a career that deserves to have a rebirth.
More»Heyman discusses Lincecum's status, Arrieta and more|
|What does run differential say about the 2016 season? The sample size is small, of course, but the simple answer to that question to date can be summed up in two words: The Cubs.
More» Russell's three-bagger gives Cubs the lead|
|Jeff Passan has created a literary daily double. In Passan's book, "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports," the Yahoo! Sports baseball columnist has made what is essentially a medical topic readable. At the same time, he has done enough scholastic research to make this book credible.
More» Hudson pitches into, and out of trouble|
|The recent passing of former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas inevitably revived a review of what is the most memorable moment of his career -- his near-perfect game vs. the Padres on Sept. 2, 1972, at Wrigley Field.
More» Milt Pappas loses perfect game with walk|
|Pitching and defense were fine for the Twins throughout Thursday's win over the Brewers. Their offense, which had been dwelling in the desert for the first nine games of the season, emerged fully later in the day, scoring five runs over the last three innings.
More» Rosario collects four hits in the Twins' win|
|The Twins didn't panic when they started the season 0-9. And they won't panic now. They could score more runs. That would be helpful. But they're not going to panic.
More» Arcia bruises 445-foot homer in Milwaukee|