Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Yes, these are the Indians the way they were drawn up.
More» Encarnacion belts a two-run homer to center|
|Got a problem with the Cubs? I thought I had something until I talked to manager Joe Maddon on Wednesday.
More»Hoyer on Cubs finding their identity in 2017|
|No one doubted Eric Thames' power. He'd hit 124 home runs the last three seasons, after all, albeit in the Korea Baseball Organization. But the question remained: Could the new Brewers first baseman handle Major League fastballs?
More»Levering calls Thames' homer in fifth straight game|
|The Pirates haven't forgotten about Jung Ho Kang.
More»MLB Tonight discusses Kang being denied a visa|
|Thanks to pitchers Amir Garrett and Scott Feldman, the Reds are off to a 7-3 start, which is a huge step forward for manager Bryan Price and his Reds, who lost 94 games last season and 98 in 2015.
More» Garrett K's five in 6 2/3 innings|
|David Ross wasn't quite dancing, but he still seemed light on his feet.
More» Former Cubs catcher Ross receives his ring|
|Just like that, the Cubs are off and rolling again, as Theo Epstein sensed they might be.
More» Rizzo drives a walk-off RBI single to left|
|Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was the same as always on Monday, at least from the outside. He was humble, pleasant, accommodating and somehow able to both pay attention to details and enjoy the moment. Baseball has entered an era of corporate ownership, but Ricketts is a throwback to earlier days.
More»Ricketts congratulates players, fans|
|After three offseasons of massive work done in often freezing weather, the Cubs are closing in on completion of the Wrigley Field overhaul they tagged the 1060 Project.
More»Wrigley Field Enhancements|
|The Cubs are about to hoist a World Series championship banner at Wrigley Field for the first time. It will be a celebration of hundreds of moments on the way to the 10th inning of Game 7. But what about the moments behind the moments?
More» Schwarber gets three hits, stolen base|
|Justin Verlander is a tough act for anyone to follow. But as the Tigers take their first steps into the season, they feel they have a winning cast behind him.
More» Verlander strikes out Garcia for his 10th K|
|There's no five-year plan on the South Side. Not even a three-year plan, to be honest. But it's fun to think what the White Sox will look like when general manager Rick Hahn has completed his building of a younger, more athletic team, however much time it takes.
More»Moncada, Giolito, Lopez on starting year in Triple-A|
|Anthony Rizzo insists there will be no living in the past for the 2017 Cubs, even if 2016 will live forever for the franchise. Their traditional rivals won't be living in the past either.
More» Martinez gets season started for Cards, Cubs|
|There are easier assignments than the one facing the Cardinals, Pirates and the rest of the National League Central. The question is no longer whether the Cubs will ever win the World Series, but how many they might win before Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are done winning them?
More»Epstein discusses how Cubs' roster is shaping up|
|Where would you hit Rougned Odor in the Cubs' lineup? It's a rhetorical question, sure -- but just barely.
More» A look at Odor's six-year extension|
|Can it get any better for the Cubs? Socially, probably not. Their 2016 World Series championship ride was a once-every-108-years style of celebration. But can they be better in 2017 than they were in '16? Absolutely.
More»Cubs ready to unleash one of MLB's deepest lineups|
|One of the best things about baseball this time of the year is the development that nobody saw coming. Jacob May that kind of player, and it appears he's taking over the spot that the White Sox opened when they traded Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Victor Diaz.
More» Jacob May, OF, White Sox|
|As players from Team USA and Puerto Rico return to their MLB teams after an excellent three-week adventure, the good news is that Opening Day is right around the corner. So with that in mind, here are 10 questions that still need to be answered in the next 10 days.
More»Roster competitions heat up with days left in spring|
|Tonight at 9 ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network, it's Jim Leyland's Team USA vs. the unbeaten blondes from Puerto Rico, after World Baseball Classic semifinals that left us wondering what could possibly be next.
More» USA vs. Puerto Rico|
|The World Baseball Classic gets better every time it's held. If you haven't noticed, then check out Monday night's semifinal between the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
More»Netherlands, Puerto Rico ready to face off in semis|