Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Ordinarily, splitting a four-game series at home would not be cause for rejoicing. But the Royals' weekend split with the Twins was not an ordinary case.
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|The Minnesota Twins have surprised some people with their performance this season. That performance figures to become even better now. On Saturday, Ervin Santana returned to the Twins after an 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug. If Santana pitches to his career norms, he'll be a big help.
|The Royals are getting every other team's best game, best shot, best effort. So the Royals have to dig deep for victories, just as they did Friday night in a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
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|Before Thursday night's game, Miguel Sano was asked repeatedly what his goal was for his Major League debut. His answer never really varied by more than a few words. "Try to get a win tonight," Sano said.
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|There are valid reasons why the Minnesota Twins are in second place in the American League Central rather than fifth. One of those reasons was on display Saturday at Miller Park.
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|Paul Molitor returned to Milwaukee on Friday night, still a winner in the standings and still suitably grateful for his experiences with the Brewers.
More» Molitor on return to Milwaukee as a manager|
|Among the shrines at which I no longer worship, we find run differential. I lost my faith in this statistical denomination in 2007. This was when the D-backs ended the regular season with a run differential of minus-20.
More» D-backs sweep Cubs, advance to NLCS|
|Late Saturday night, questions were being asked about the apparent disappearance of the Detroit Tigers offense. But on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Bronx, what once was lost was rediscovered, in a very large way.
More» J.D. Martinez belts three long balls|
|The Yankees had Old-Timers' Day on Saturday and then proceeded to play as though this was 1927.
More» Yankees score five runs in the 3rd inning|
|There has never been any question about the ability, the talent and the overall baseball greatness of Alex Rodriguez. The questions have been about the choices he made in attempting to maximize all that wonderful ability, talent and greatness.
More» A-Rod discusses his emotional 3,000th hit|
|Before Tuesday night's game, manager Ned Yost was asked if starter Chris Young could be fairly described as "invaluable" to the Royals.
More» Young dominates Crew with pitching, hitting|
|Royals manager Ned Yost could have had the last laugh, but he passed on the opportunity. That was essentially the right move.
More» Davis retires Ramirez to secure the win|
|In the end, there was no perfect game for the Nationals' Max Scherzer and there was no no-hitter, either. But there still was greatness.
More» Scherzer discusses his last 15 pitches|
|There can be no wrong choice among the supremely worthy candidates for the American's League starter at first base in the 2015 All-Star Game. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is a perennial All-Star and perhaps the finest all-around hitter of his generation. Prince Fielder of the Rangers isn't exactly new to the center stage. He has been on five All-Star teams, and it was eight years ago that he established himself as a premiere power hitter with a 50-home-run season for the Brewers.
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|Fourteen years ago, Matt Williams and Craig Counsell were teammates on an Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the World Series.
|This is the Scooter the Brewers always thought they had. As comebacks go, Scooter Gennett's return to the big leagues did not build slowly. It started in high gear on his first night back and stayed there on the second.
More» Gennett dives, flips ball with glove for out|
|The Washington Nationals who took the field at Miller Park Thursday night did not completely resemble the club that entered this season as overwhelming favorites to win the National League pennant, but they are trying to fight through injuries and adversity nonetheless.
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|The Braves made major roster alterations in the offseason. Some people assumed that this meant the Atlanta club would fall off the face of the earth. It is too early for a last laugh, but the Braves get at least an interim chuckle at this point. They have been competitive and then some. As we speak, 59 games into their season, they are two games out of first place in the NL East.
More» Johnson gets a flyout to earn the save|
|The early returns are in from the offseason free-agent-pitcher shopping spree. To date, the best bargain has been struck by the San Diego Padres.
More» Shields goes seven strong for seventh win|
|Two Uptons and one Kimbrel returned to Atlanta on Monday. These all turned out to be happy returns. Justin Upton, Melvin Upton Jr. and Craig Kimbrel were Braves, but are now employees of the San Diego Padres thanks to a pair of trades. They all figured prominently in a 5-3, 11-inning victory over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field in the first game of a four-game series.
More» Uptons, Kimbrel lead Padres past former team|