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.
|The heart of the Giants' infield, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are delivering as many hits as they're stealing, giving manager Bruce Bochy production with the leather and in the batter's box.
More» Panik takes Cashner deep for a solo dinger|
|Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Madison Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11.
More» Bumgarner whiffs Barmes to avoid trouble|
|This is all new to Jered Weaver. He's had rough starts and bad patches, but never like this. When you've been so successful for so long -- nine years -- you can't help but entertain doubts when everything seems to be collapsing at your feet.
More» Weaver limits A's to one run over six|
|Pitchers get old, but the magic of a "W" next to their name in a box score never does. Tim Hudson knows the feeling -- both feelings, actually -- better than any active starting pitcher in the Major Leagues.
More» Hudson fans three over eight-plus innings|
|The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.
|The Dodgers rolled out the heavy artillery Wednesday night, and Andre Ethier, no longer on the outside looking in, was delighted to be part of the fireworks display.
More» Ethier hits Dodgers' third homer of inning|
|The Giants prevailed in a showdown of dominant southpaws in large part because Madison Bumgarner had Buster Posey on his side and Clayton Kershaw did not.
More» Posey launches solo shot as fan makes grab|
|The Angels are picking up an enormous tab on what's left of the Josh Hamilton's $125 million contract in trading him back to the Rangers, and the prevailing reaction is that they are doing it simply to get rid of a problem. There is another relatively unexplored possibility here. Perhaps there is an element of generosity involved. Perhaps they are willingly doing Hamilton a favor. It certainly looks that way.
More»The Brushback talks about the potential Hamilton deal|
|If the Giants manage to alter the perceptions and make an odd-numbered year as memorable as the past three even-numbered ones, they might recall the past three days and a sweep of the Dodgers as the springboard.
More» Bochy on team's fight in extra inning win|
|The only drawback with being as great as Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner is found in the implausibly high standards they set for themselves. Living up to that greatness is an ongoing challenge. Neither lefty was at the peak of his powers on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, but each made progress in that direction before the Giants seized a 3-2 decision from the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning on Joe Panik's winning sacrifice fly.
More» Bumgarner strikes out six over 6 1/3 innings|
|Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw face each other on the mound on Wednesday night, but also at the plate. The Giants ace is 1-for-7 lifetime against his Dodgers counterpart, who has gotten the better of MadBum, going 3-for-5.
More»NL MVP Kershaw set to square off with WS MVP MadBum|
|Accepting the 2015 MLB Beacon of Hope Award emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement on Wednesday amid the annual celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson, Dodgers partner Magic Johnson expressed the philosophy that touches every part of his incredibly busy life.
More»Magic Johnson accepts Beacon of Hope award|
|Jackie Robinson had no trouble grasping the stakes when he accepted Branch Rickey's challenge to crash through Major League Baseball's racial barriers in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had passed this way before.
More»Dodgers set to host 2015 Civil Rights Game|
|A future sportswriter and his father were in attendance at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the night of May 7, 1959, when the citizens opened their hearts to a legendary ballplayer who'd been tragically struck down. "Roy Campanella Night" was unlike any other in the city's rich history.
More»MLB Network looks back on Roy Campanella Night|
|In an eventful life spanning 89 years, Don Newcombe not only was one of the first African-Americans to integrate the Major Leagues, he's also helped countless of others suffering from addiction.
More»Don Newcombe, Duke Snider remember Jackie Robinson|
|Six games in April won't add up to a hill of rosin bags in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand, the Royals look abundantly capable of successfully defending their AL crown based on the way they have performed across the board in a 6-0 start.
More» Perez discusses Royals' victory vs. Angels|
|Virtually all of Davey Lopes' philosophies and perceptions about the game are rooted in his early days at Dodgertown and conversations with the greats of earlier generations.
More»Lopes reflects on Aaron's impact on baseball|
|Jered Weaver was having a perfectly fine Saturday until the Kansas City Royals showed up with bad intentions in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium, brandishing a level of power rarely associated with the 2014 American League champions.
More» The Royals put together five-run inning|
|Lorenzo Cain returned to the scene of the crime Friday night. Angel Stadium is where the Royals' outfielder, alongside fellow hit bandits Alex Gordon, Nori Aoki and Jarrod Dyson, began the process of stealing the American League Division Series from the West champion Angels last October.
More» Cain plates Escobar with line-drive single|
|You could call it the "Battle of the Exes," the forces leading these two clubs. Matt Kemp, the ex-Dodger, is intent on driving the Padres to exciting new places. Adrian Gonzalez, the ex-Padre, is motivated to push the Dodgers back into October competition -- and deeper than in the past two seasons.
More» A-Gon grateful for the chance to make history|