Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Here's one man's attempt to handicap the NL reserves.
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|Not all days are created equal. For Lorenzo Elion III, who heads into his senior season at Simeon Career Academy, one of the biggest came along six years ago, when he was 11. It was his tryout for a spot in the White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program, which seemed like a long shot. After all, he had started playing baseball only within the last year.
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|MLB.com's Phil Rogers offers last-minute voting advice with just a few days left in All-Star Game balloting.
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|Mark McGwire didn't know what to expect when Justin Turner showed up at the Dodgers' complex in Arizona two years ago. He was a non-roster invitee with a .260 career average looking to earn a utility spot on a crowded roster.
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|Can you picture Chris Sale in a Cubs jersey, attacking the Cardinals and Pirates in September? How about the Dodgers or Nationals in October?
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|Rays right-hander Chris Archer is second in the American League in ERA, third in strikeouts but first in the category we call PWMM -- Pitcher Who Matters Most.
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|Jeff Banister's Rangers arrived in Chicago on Friday to play the White Sox, following the Pirates into U.S. Cellular Field. That gave Bucs skipper Clint Hurdle a chance to play out one of baseball's oldest traditions, leaving something in the desk in the visiting manager's office for the next occupant to find.
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|Yes, you could see it coming. Kris Bryant was the best hitter in Arizona. The Astros' collection of young talent was the talk of Florida.
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|Like the Cy Young Award winner, there's a PWMM every year, in both leagues. Sometimes it is the same guy, but more often than not, it isn't. The Cy Young Award, after all, is designed to go to the best pitcher, and the best pitcher is not always going to be the Pitcher Who Matters Most.
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|There's nothing wrong with the Royals having a crowded airplane carrying them to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. They've earned the right to be the most represented American League team. But, with that said, Mike Moustakas over Josh Donaldson? Nah, that doesn't play. Not with the season that Donaldson is having.
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|Chris Sale has made himself a must-see attraction with a run of great starts that have tied his name to Hall of Famers like Sandy Koufax, Pedro Martinez and, especially, Randy Johnson, who was his idol as a kid growing up in Lakeland, Fla.
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|Even though the Reds arrived in Chicago having won four in a row, losing Zack Cozart for the season when he tore up his knee on Wednesday may be the development that forces GM Walt Jocketty to seek maximum value for ace Johnny Cueto, who appears beyond the Reds' budget.
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|Another day, another new power arm for the Astros' starting rotation. Vincent Velasquez made his debut on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field, two nights after Lance McCullers Jr. had held his own for seven innings against Chris Sale. It didn't take long to reach one conclusion.
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|Let's be clear right up front: In terms of the first basemen on his roster, Bruce Bochy isn't going to have any complaints at the All--Star Game. His National League team will be loaded at the position -- and, as a result, in the middle of the lineup.
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|For the Astros, Monday was one of the biggest in many seasons, thanks to the convergence of Carlos Correa's arrival and a historic Draft in which Houston held two of the first five picks.
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|Gerrit Cole, the first player overall selected in the 2011 Draft, perfectly illustrates that importance of Monday night's migraine-inducing exercise for the D-backs and Astros, along with every other team holding a high pick.
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|The trail has been blazed. Pat Venditte, baseball's first truly ambidextrous Major League pitcher since Tony Mullane, who retired in 1894, joined the A's on Friday after eight seasons in the Minor Leagues. The wait for the next pitcher of this kind might not be nearly as long -- not if Ryan Perez can help it.
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|When Torii Hunter returned to the Twins, we should have know what that would mean for their record. In May, we learned how much the veteran impacts Minnesota's standings, that the Giants can perform in an odd year and much more.
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|The Royals, who are visiting Wrigley Field this weekend, are a team that is clearly being seen as what it is -- a collection of two-way players who are as committed to each other as they are fundamentally sound, and who make new fans every time they pull on their cleats.
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|You want to face Adrian Gonzalez in an early jam in the All-Star Game? Don't think so. He gets the call over Anthony Rizzo, but only by one of those whiskers he always seems to have growing on his chin.
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