Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Adding 19-year-old center fielder Luis Robert alongside 21-year-old second baseman Yoan Moncada, this time, the White Sox are gambling that they can build a championship team around two five-tool talents in the middle of the field.
More»Sanchez on White Sox closing in on signing Robert|
|Sure, baseball had utility men before. But it took the free thinking of Joe Maddon's one-in-a-billion brain to add the capital letters.
More» Happ doubles down the third-base line|
|Johnny Cueto is gone from Cincinnati, but he's nowhere near forgotten.
More» Garrett tosses seven innings of two-run ball|
|Maybe the Cubs aren't going to run away with the division title again, after all. That means the National League Central could become the land of opportunity this summer. Imagine the possibilities.
More»DeRosa breaks down the Cardinals' play on MLB Central|
|When will Yoan Moncada take his place in the White Sox lineup? That's the question of the day -- as well as the week, the month and the year -- for the South Siders. You understand why after taking one look at Moncada's slash line with Triple-A Charlotte: .342/.414/.538.
More»Moncada on improving communication with teammates|
|Part of the reason for the Twins' success thus far has to do with run prevention: Infielders and outfielders are doing a better job of converting balls in play into outs than in 2016.
More» Buxton's catch, triple vs. A's|
|So just how was the weekend for the Cubs? Well, it was as crazy as the conditions at Wrigley Field were unpleasant.
More» Yankees defeat Cubs in 18 innings|
|There's something about the Yankees. It's more than having Aaron Judge in the cleanup spot, Gary Sanchez behind the plate and all those power arms in the bullpen. It's an evolution of belief, and it is fun to watch.
More» Headley's double scores two in the 1st|
|The uniforms are epic, the disparate histories as colorful as a Picasso. But the Yankees' visit to Wrigley Field this weekend isn't about the past or the trappings.
More» Bryant lines opposite-field homer in 1st|
|Aroldis Chapman is returning to Wrigley Field, and you know what that means. It's about time for another World Series celebration, right?
More» Chapman strikes out Martin to earn the save|
|Joe Maddon doesn't need rankings or a chart to know that the Cubs' defense has sprung a leak after playing to historic levels last season. He was parked at the end of the dugout on Sunday night at Fenway Park, when two eighth-inning plays spoke loudly.
More» Benintendi, Ramirez score on error|
|Cesar Hernandez has come a long way since he was a shy teenager learning his way around the Minors, and he's been a key factor for the Phillies this season.
More» Phillies cut down Rizzo at the plate|
|Tom Ricketts plans to be among a sea of Chicagoans at Fenway Park this weekend for one of baseball's most intriguing Interleague series. You know he's bringing his World Series ring to show Red Sox owner John Henry and others, including president/CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino, who have collected three of their own since 2004.
More» Ricketts family tosses the first pitch|
|Gift Ngoepe isn't a super prospect like Yoan Moncada, Cody Bellinger or Joey Gallo. There would be a bigger stir in Pittsburgh if the Pirates were calling up Austin Meadows. But in terms of a personal triumph and cultural impact, Ngoepe (pronounced en-go-pey) is a great thing for Major League Baseball.
More» Ngoepe makes his Majors debut at second base|
|Tyler Saladino was talking to some White Sox coaches and players on Sunday, finalizing their plan for how to defend against the Indians with Derek Holland on the mound, when Joe McEwing offered some positive reinforcement.
More» Saladino robs Santana with a backhanded play|
|Ned Yost has managed the Royals for eight seasons and never been blessed with a deep stable of sluggers. He knows this drill.
More» Soler belts a two-run jack in the 9th inning|
|Yes, these are the Indians the way they were drawn up. While the 10-8 record doesn't blow you away, it projects to 90 wins over 162 games, and it's only been in the last week that the reigning American League champions have hit their stride.
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|