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.
|Four years removed from his defection from Cuba, left-hander Roenis Elias has pitched his way into the Mariners' rotation.
More» Roenis Elias picks up first win in Majors|
|Ryan Braun has answered the doubters. Remember that 1-for-16 stumble to open the season? Nobody in Milwaukee does. The Brewers went into Monday on a nine-game winning streak.
More» Braun hits a two-run triple to center|
|The Oakland A's may not have the glitz of their AL West rivals in Texas and Anaheim and even Seattle with its offseason splurge on Robinson Cano, but they have what it takes to find a way to win.
More» Gray gives up one run over seven frames|
|Coco Crisp was back at the top of the Oakland lineup on Saturday night, doing what he's expected to do. And doing it well. "It all starts with him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's a very important guy with us."
More» Crisp hits solo home run to win the game|
|Just eight games into the season, A's manager Bob Melvin moved Jim Johnson out of the closer's role. Since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley's nine-season run as the team's annual leader in saves, general manager Billy Beane and Co. have never been shy about making late-inning changes.
More»Duquette on the A's possible closer options|
|Felix Hernandez is off to a 3-0 start -- the first time in his career he has won each of his first three starts. And the Mariners made a statement after they had lost two of three in Oakland last weekend. Yes, it is only April. But for the Mariners every game is a big game, no matter when or where.
More» Hernandez fans 11 over seven-plus innings|
|White Sox slugger Jose Abreu was getting a bit anxious about not homering, until he spoke with his mother on Tuesday morning. He then went out and hit his first two Major League home runs against the Rockies.
More» Abreu hits career homers No. 1 and 2|
|Jordan Lyles was the odd man out during Spring Training, but in two starts with the Rockies as a replacement for Tyler Chatwood, Lyles has given the club plenty to think about when Chatwood returns.
More» Lyles fans four in 6 2/3 impressive innings|
|The season is only a week old, but the South Florida baseball fans have had plenty to cheer about. The Marlins finished the week sitting atop the National League East thanks to a 5-2 start. They have scored 42 runs already, a mark it took 19 games for them to reach last year, and lead the Majors in runs scored while hitting .294, second to only the Rockies.
More» Fernandez fans eight, holds Padres scoreless|
|In the early going of the 2014 season, Mark Trumbo is showing why the D-backs acquired him in a three-team trade this winter. In Sunday's win over the Rockies, the slugger homered in his fourth straight game for his Major League-leading fifth.
More» Trumbo hits 100th home run of his career|
|After a disappointing season-opening trip to Miami, the Rockies came home to Coors Field and have lived by the word of Walt Weiss. They hustled their way to back-to-back victories against Arizona, making an early statement about protecting their home.
More» CarGo's single gives the Rockies a 5-4 lead|
|When first baseman Justin Morneau hit the free-agent market and the Rockies made an offer, he called fellow Canadian Larry Walker to get feedback on life in Colorado, which played a role in him agreeing to terms.
More» Morneau cracks single to left, scoring CarGo|
|The hope that came out of the Rockies' 12-2 home-opening victory went way past Charlie Blackmon's six hits, equaling a franchise record that Andres Galarraga set on July 3, 1995. If what happened is put into the context of what it could mean over the course of 162 games, then it was Juan Nicasio who stepped to center stage.
More» Nicasio fans six, holds D-backs to one run|
|Todd Helton retired at the end of last season after parts of 17 seasons with the Rockies, saying it was time for him to get on with his life, spend more time with his family and enjoy things that over the years he has had to miss out on because of his athletic efforts. He is a man of his word.
More» Helton chats following his final MLB game|
|Sure there was baseball in Australia, and on Sunday night in San Diego. But Opening Day -- the real Opening Day, when the majority of the teams play for the first time -- is the true beginning of the baseball season. And, says Tracy Ringolsby, what a glorious time it is.
More»Major League Baseball celebrates Opening Day 2014|
|The Rays aren't big spenders but they appear prepared to make a big splash, coming out of Spring Training having had the best record (16-7-4) and ERA (3.11) among American League teams.
More» Price chats about being ready for the season|
|A year ago, Pittsburgh was baseball's feel-good story, ending a two-decade drought by enjoying not only its first winning season in two decades, but also its first postseason appearance since 1992. Next? Try the Kansas City Royals.
More»Matthews and Lefebvre talk about Royals' expectations|
|In a sport built on tradition, change comes slowly. Baseball's approval of a protective cap for pitchers has not been met with enthusiasm. But then that's no surprise, not in baseball or any other sport.
More»MLB approves padded cap for pitchers|
|Jerry and Johnny Narron played football and basketball while they were growing up. But they lived baseball.
More» Narron's grandson throws from the mound|
|With an increasing number of serious arm injuries -- particularly those requiring Tommy John surgeries -- the suggestion has been made that Major League Baseball could consider lowering the pitcher's mound again.
More»MLB Network feature on Gibson's 17 Game 1 strikeouts|