Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|The Dodgers not only lost Clayton Kershaw to a back injury two months ago, they but saw Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir return to the disabled list on Tuesday, giving them six starting pitchers sidelined with injuries. However, Los Angeles has actually become the team to beat in the NL West. Honest.
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|Nolan Arenado is threatening to break the mold. He is a Rockies player who is forcing others to ignore their Coors Field bias.
More» Arenado belts two three-run homers in win|
|As a player, Nationals first-base coach Davey Lopes was successful on 557 of 671 regular-season stolen-base attempts, an 83-percent success rate that ranks fifth best since at least 1913. Lopes talked about the art of stealing bases in this week's Q&A.
|Dusty Baker is back in uniform, after an unwanted two-year exile from the game that has been his life, and the team he is managing is sitting atop the NL East, seemingly in control of a postseason spot.
|Bryce Harper would like to be the best. And at the age of 23, the Washington Nationals outfielder definitely has been among the best players in the game. He is a four-time All-Star, the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in 2012 and the NL MVP Award winner in '15.
More» Harper has great all-around game vs. Rockies|
|Denver may have a reputation as a pitcher's nightmare, branded with such a stigma because of its 5,280-foot altitude that even some of the game's elite pitchers moan about when asked to take the mound at a mile high. Not Nationals closer Mark Melancon.
More» Melancon locks down the Nats' 5-4 win|
|In putting together the Orioles roster, Dan Duquette has created the most dependable bullpen in the American League. It is a prime reason the O's are very much a factor in the AL East.
More» Britton locks down 37th save of the season|
|This was one of those games that comes along in the course of a season where a championship teams needs to make a statement. Nobody on the Giants is better to make sure the message comes through loud and clear than Madison Bumgarner.
More» Bumgarner fans eight over seven scoreless|
|Angels GM Eppler talked with Tracy Ringolsby about his baseball education in this week's Q&A.
|Dylan Bundy is finally ready to take on the big league challenge and the timing couldn't be better for the Orioles.
More» Bundy limits Giants to one run in 5 2/3|
|Let's just say the Giants are thankful. They are hanging on to a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West, and it hasn't been easy for San Francisco.
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|After the Rangers swung deals recently to add catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Carlos Beltran at the expense of several of the game's top prospects, a rival general manager questioned the wisdom of mortgaging the future. For the Rangers, however, there was never a question.
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|Signed illegally at the age of 15 by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic, Adrian Beltre dreamed of one thing: to get to the big leagues. Now, look at him.
More» Beltre cuts into deficit with solo home run|
|Despite all the international attention paid to Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th hit, for him and the rest of the Marlins, it was just another stop in a journey that began last February in Jupiter, Fla., with Don Mattingly making his introductory speech, a journey that the Marlins are beginning to think could end with an invite to the postseason party.
More» Mattingly on Ichiro, Marlins' win|
|Ichiro Suzuki, the first position player to make the move from the Japanese professional leagues to Major League Baseball, became a fixture in the Mariners' lineup for 11 1/2 seasons, as he began his climb toward 3,000 hits.
More»Tracy Ringolsby joins the Rundown to discuss Ichiro|
|Rick Honeycutt never set out to be a pitching coach. It is something that just sort of happened.
|Don Mattingly spent the first 37 years of his professional baseball career with the game's blue bloods -- the Yankees and Dodgers. Now, in his first year as manager of the Marlins, he is learning how the rest of the baseball world lives.
More» Mattingly on Ichiro's playing time|
|Ichiro Suzuki's quest to collect the two hits he needs to become the 30th player in Major League history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau continues at Coors Field on Saturday night.
More» Ichiro rips a double for his 2,998th hit|
|Not only are the Rockies winning -- and sneaking back into the postseason picture -- they are doing it with one of the most effective -- and youngest -- starting rotations.
More» Anderson fields bunt, nabs Pederson at third|
|More than three years into his big league career, at the age of 25, Yasiel Puig remains filled with untapped potential. He has survived the inconsistencies because of the dramatic moments he creates. Not anymore. The Dodgers know there is the ability of a superstar within Puig, but they also are about winning now and they have finally decided they can't wait on Puig any longer.
More»Justice looks at the impact of Puig's demotion|