Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|Dayton Moore's decision to trade four prospects to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis helped to push the Royals over the hump.
More» Shields retires 18 in a row over seven frames|
|While the Rockies are looking to avoid the first 100-loss season in franchise history, Justin Morneau is putting the finishing touches on a comeback season that he can cap off with a batting title for the first time in his career.
More» Morneau drives in six runs in Rockies win|
|For all the focus and excitement that surrounds Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig, it is important to step back at times and remember that he remains a player with a ton of raw ability who is far from a finished product.
More» Puig belts two-run shot to right-center|
|The Dodgers know they can't let clinching a postseason spot interfere with the patience necessary for the rehabilitation of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is sidelined for the second time this year because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
More» Ryu leaves game early with shoulder issues|
|OK, there are two weeks left in the regular season, and there are 13 games remaining on the Athletics' schedule. And yes, the A's did put themselves in control of the American League Wild Card race with back-to-back wins against the Mariners on Saturday and Sunday. But manager Bob Melvin said he's not looking at what should be a promising schedule for the A's in the final two weeks of the regular season. His focus, he said, is on Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
More» Lester helps A's pad Wild Card lead|
|The A's added Jon Lester at the July 31 Trade Deadline because he is a proven big-game pitcher, something that Oakland was missing. And he provided a perfect example of what he brings to the table in Sunday's 4-0 win in Seattle.
More» Lester fans seven over six shutout innings|
|No denying the baseball axiom about momentum being the next game's starting pitcher. The motion, however, has to get started before the momentum takes over. And the Oakland A's may well have found that starting point on Saturday night.
More» Melvin on 3-2 win in extra innings|
|The Mariners would appear to have the roughest road to the postseason among the six teams in the running for the final two American League playoff spots. Not that they care.
More» Cano blasts solo shot to the opposite field|
|As if those losses of Matt Wieters and Manny Machado weren't enough of a challenge, now the Orioles are faced with slugging Chris Davis suspended from playing the final 17 games of the regular season and as many as eight in the postseason, should the Orioles advance as far as the American League Championship Series.
More»Orioles' Postseason plans impacted by loss of Davis|
|While most of his peers his age have long retired or are playing small roles in the big leagues, 20-year veteran LaTroy Hawkins is closing out games for the Rockies and approaching 1,000 career appearances.
More» Hawkins strikes out Gregorius to earn save|
|As if a lingering 100-loss season on the heels of the best five-year run in the 54-year franchise history isn't enough of a challenge, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was blindsided on Friday when Ron Washington, the most successful manager in franchise history, abruptly resigned, citing personal issues that need to be addressed. And for a franchise looking for a quick turnaround, it's a major blow.
More»Rangers address Washington's resignation as manager|
|Jake Peavy hadn't won a game in more than three months when he was acquired on July 26, but the Giants knew he was far from washed up.
More» Peavy carries no-hitter into the 8th|
|After the 2011 season, Major League Baseball created a one-game, win-or-go-home matchup of the two Wild Cards in each league to make it more challenging for the non-division champions, and it did. That's why having the Giants sitting atop the NL Wild Card race -- two games in front of Milwaukee -- isn't even on manager Bruce Bochy's radar screen.
More» Bochy on his team's huge offensive output|
|An oft-overlooked Giants offense has become the most explosive lineup in baseball in recent days, and it has been the catalyst for a revival of a franchise that was in a fast fade in the postseason battle in mid-August.
More» Giants break through for six in the 7th|
|The Phillies decided to protect their ace by pulling Cole Hamels during a no-hitter, but the lefty was still a part of history and has plenty of time to throw a no-hitter on his own.
More» Hamels exits in 7th with a no-hitter|
|Could Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners this year join Bob Gibson and Denny McClain in 1968 in earning MVPs in the same season?
More» Kershaw fans 10 to record his 16th win|
|Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m. connecting flights to get from one Minor League city to another. But now, Incaviglia is paying his dues as a manager in the independent American Association.
More» Incaviglia launches tape-measure home run|
|The Angels are one of 13 teams within three games of a postseason berth heading into the season's final 33 days, and one of 10 to keep an eye on down the stretch.
More» Angels drive in five runs in the 4th|
|There's no question that the Giants need The Tim Lincecum to make their stretch run. But right now, Lincecum just isn't Lincecum.
More» Lincecum tosses second no-hitter|
|Josh Hamilton is back, and just in time for the Angels to make their stretch run in search of a return to the postseason after a four-year drought.
More» Hamilton drives a two-run home run to right|