|Rick Monday is the subject of this week's Q&A:
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|When the Kansas City Royals announced last month that they were placing Wade Davis, baseball's best reliever, on the disabled list, virtually everyone in thought the same thing.
More» Royals' bullpen extends scoreless streak|
|Anthony Castrovince takes a look at interesting award-related storylines up for discussion as Major League Baseball enters its final month of the season.
More»Castrovince on dark horse candidates for MLB awards|
|As under the radar as the Mariners have been for most of this season, nobody has three regulars as consistently productive as Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. They're leading the way for a team that needs to be taken seriously as a contender.
More» Cano crushes a solo home run to right-center|
|Given what nearly happened Thursday night in Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers reminded us that they are the most charmed of them all.
More» Seager hits bloop single, breaks up no-hitter|
|With two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Giants manager Bruce Bochy ambled out to the mound at Dodger Stadium, took the ball from left-hander Matt Moore, and knew the Giants had a keeper with the pitcher they acquired from Tampa Bay to give them a boost down the stretch run.
More» Moore on 26 outs without allowing a hit|
|Just when it looked like the Yankees had cashiered the season, many of their new acquisitions and younger players have kept them in contention for a playoff spot.
More» Sanchez shows off at plate, behind it|
|Twenty-three days removed from his acquisition, 37 days since he last took the mound in a Major League game, and 47 days since he last faced a hitter in a game, Hill finally made that Dodger debut on Wednesday night. And nobody with the team was complaining.
More» Hill goes six scoreless, wins in Dodger debut|
|Nationals manager Dusty Baker has made the adjustment to today's game of analytics and greater front-office involvement, of 13-man pitching staffs and extreme shifts, and of players being told to learn alien positions at the big league level. And right now his team is running away with the National League East.
More» Baker talks about the 10-8 loss to Orioles|
|First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.
More»Pujols and Papi show age doesn't diminish power|
|Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Wednesday announced a joint commitment of $5 million for the support and creation of baseball development programs in Puerto Rico.
More»MLB supports community efforts in Puerto Rico|
|There's no secret to Mike Rizzo's success, and thus the success of the Nationals, who are running away with the National League East as the baseball season heads toward Labor Day.
|Maybe the Boston Red Sox really are going to send David Ortiz out in style. Trophies, tears, parades, etc. That scenario doesn't even feel like all that much of a stretch given how well the Red Sox are playing these days.
More» Buchholz strikes out nine over 6 1/3 frames|
|The Dodgers not only lost Clayton Kershaw to a back injury two months ago, but they saw Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir return to the disabled list on Tuesday, giving them six starting pitchers sidelined with injuries. However, Los Angeles has actually become the team to beat in the National League West. Honest.
More» Roberts on Maeda's start, Toles' impact|
|Jason Heyward's first season with the Cubs has been a challenge, as his batting average shows. But don't label it a disappointment before it's over.
More» Heyward's two-run homer pads the Cubs' lead|
|With the final month of the regular season nearly upon us, pennant races have solidified. So, too, has the market for prospective free-agent hitters.
More»Jon Morosi on the market for upcoming free agents|
|There is a saying among executives that there is no such thing as a bad one-year contract. But it goes without saying that some work out better than others. Let's examine the five best one-year deals from the offseason.
More» Napoli towers a three-run homer to center|
|With six weeks left in the season, Los Angeles is one game ahead of San Francisco in the division. The clubs will meet nine times, beginning with a three-game series at Dodger Stadium from Tuesday-Thursday.
More» Gonzalez launches his third homer of game|
|With 10 postseason spots at stake, as we speak there are at least 18 Major League teams that can fairly consider themselves contenders.
|Prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rangers were a good team. Since then, they've become arguably the best team in the American League.
More» Lucroy puts the Rangers on the board|
|Cody Decker started in left field for the Israeli team that lost the final of a 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in heartbreaking fashion in September 2012. Four years later, he's expected to make Israel's 28-man roster for next month's WBC qualifier in Brooklyn.
More» Decker crushes a two-run homer to center|
|It's not just that the Kansas City bullpen may again be the best in baseball, or that the Royals are playing the kind of take-your-breath-away defense that helped get them to the World Series the last two seasons. Been there, done that.
More» Yost on big win, Duffy's strong start|
|The Texas Rangers are in low-risk, high-reward mode with the signing of Carlos Gomez. Gomez was available because he had been released by the Astros. His performance for the Houston club was clearly sub-standard. Still, there are knowledgeable people around baseball shaking their heads over that performance; figuring that Gomez should have something substantial left in his career.
More» Gomez makes a catch and nabs Simmons|
|Nolan Arenado is threatening to break the mold. He is a Rockies player who is forcing others to ignore their Coors Field bias.
More» Arenado belts two three-run homers in win|
|David Price knows talent. So let's pay close attention to what he said Saturday, when asked about resplendent Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts. "Right now, I think he's the best player in all of baseball," Price said. "I have the utmost respect for Donaldson and Mike Trout and Jose Altuve. But Mookie's been special. And when a guy has never done it before, that makes it a little more special.
More» Mookie mashes pair of home runs|
|As a player, Nationals first-base coach Davey Lopes was successful on 557 of 671 regular-season stolen-base attempts, an 83-percent success rate that ranks fifth best since at least 1913. Lopes talked about the art of stealing bases in this week's Q&A.
|It's time to check in on the division standings -- meaning, where the division races stand in relation to each other. We'll have plenty of time to sort through the migraine-inducing math that will accompany the Wild Card craziness. For now, here's a ranking of the six division races, in order of intrigue.
More»Castrovince ranks the division races|
|As the 2016 reaches the three-quarter mark, which teams have made the greatest strides since last year? We can answer that question based on a comparison of winning percentages from the final records for 2015 and the current standings.
More» Mookie mashes pair of home runs|
|The Orioles are running out five and six rookies for some games. The Cardinals are relying on three rookie relievers to close out games down the stretch. The Mariners have ridden a rookie closer into contention. Welcome to baseball's new normal.
More» Diaz strikes out side in 9th, earns save|
|The great National League MVP Award debate of 2016 is coming, if it is not already raging at your office, on your radio or in your favorite tavern.
More» Bryant goes 5-for-5 with two homers|