Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Tyler Anderson and Clayton Richard made their final spring starts for the Rockies and Padres, respectively, on Thursday with vastly different results as Colorado downed San Diego, 10-5, at Peoria Stadium to conclude the Padres' desert end of Spring Training.
More» Anderson smacks an RBI single to right field|
|The Padres left the desert making a flurry of moves, manager Andy Green said hours before the camp-closer against the Rockies at Peoria Stadium.
More» Cahill's seventh strikeout ends the 5th inning|
|It was a perfectly balmy evening Wednesday at Salt River Fields for the D-backs to stage their annual "Evening on the Diamond" fundraiser.
|Another new and exciting Major League Baseball season is upon us, but we'd be remiss in enjoying the Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years without revisiting one more time the game that got them here.
More»Maddon on his decisions in World Series Game 7|
|By coming out of retirement and guiding Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Jim Leyland may have given his resume the line it needed to secure a ticket to the Hall of Fame.
More» Leyland dedicates USA's title to military|
|While taking the Classic for these Major League players who represent Team USA may really be no miracle, the fact that the U.S. had to wade through a pair of teams in the Championship Round with a combined record of 13-0 (Japan and Puerto Rico) this month is no small feat.
More»USA wins the 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|If there's a sense of unfinished business from four years ago, Team Puerto Rico doesn't seem to have it. They're back to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic again Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium against a different team, in a different place and in a much different situation.
More» Walk-off sac fly sends P.R. to Classic final|
|Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is starting what he said is the most important game of his career tonight, for Team USA against Japan in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium.
More»MLB Tonight on Roark pitching for Team USA|
|Japan is next up for Team USA on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in the penultimate game of the World Baseball Classic.
More»USA wins the 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|The last time Didi Gregorius played at Salt River Fields, he was a fledgling shortstop trying to establish himself in the D-backs organization. That was 2014, and he didn't make the Major League roster.
More» Gregorius hammers three-run homer to right|
|Jordan Watson, a pitcher in the D-backs' organization, wishes there were Play Ball events like the one here on Friday morning when he was a kid. Watson had a hardscrabble life growing up in Oklahoma City, Okla., and baseball was his refuge.
More»Youngsters enjoy Cactus League Play Ball Initiative|
|Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has made one start during the past two seasons because of a shoulder injury and ensuing surgery. So please excuse him for not worrying about his place in the Los Angeles rotation or even his stature on the team.
More» Ryu on his confidence and arm strength|
|It has been quite an odyssey for left-hander Clayton Richard since the last time he was with the Padres in 2013. He had left shoulder surgery. He had a tour in the Cubs' bullpen. And now he's back to doing what he does best, starting in the Major Leagues.
More»Clayton Richard on returning to Padres|
|Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Sunday before his club played the D-backs at Scottsdale Stadium that Jeff Samardzija's participation in the World Baseball Classic is problematic, but that Mark Melancon is available if Team USA needs him.
More» Melancon strikes out three in the 6th inning|
|Joe Maddon said the World Baseball Classic a matter of pride, noting the success already achieved this year by upstarts Team Israel and Team Italy, which defeated Mexico on Thursday night with the help of Cubs Minor Leaguer John Andreoli.
More» Italy wins on Andreoli's walk-off single|
|Carter Capps just celebrated an anniversary of sorts. It was one year ago on Thursday that he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
More»Carter Capps may surprise on mound in 2017|
|It's nearing mid-March and Indians manager Terry Francona is feeling very good about his pitching staff. The probable starting rotation of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin is fully healthy and intact for the first time since last August.
More»Francona on the focus and hard work of his pitchers|
|At 49, Omar Vizquel said he's ready to manage in the Major Leagues. The 11-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop will also join the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time at the end of the year, and he believes he had the type of career that should get him in.
More»Team Venezuela manager Vizquel on accepting challenge|
|Team Italy gathered for its first practice at Fitch Park on Monday morning with numerous questions to answer just three days away from their opener in the World Baseball Classic.
More»Butera to play for Italy a second time in WBC 2017|
|The World Baseball Classic is upon us, and no one is more excited about it than White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.