Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Given his resume, Bill Stoneman seems the ideal choice to assume the GM role for the balance of the season. It was vacated by Jerry Dipoto when he stunningly decided to step down on Wednesday in the middle of the season.
More»Angels react to Dipoto stepping down as GM|
|There is no reason to believe the exit of Jerry Dipoto as Angels general manager should have a negative impact on the performance of the players on the field.
|Alex Rodriguez has had a nice career against the Angels alone: 70 homers, 165 RBIs, 173 runs scored and 251 hits with a .322 batting average and .654 slugging percentage in 201 games.
More» A-Rod ties the game with an RBI single|
|The Mickey Mantle comparisons persist and won't be going away any time soon. Mike Trout is the image of No. 7 in pinstripes, chiseled from the neck to the ankles, and he plays like the Yankees legend, crushing baseballs and running them down with blinding speed in center field.
More» Trout puts on fielding clinic, hits home run|
|It took 18 Angels players 13 innings and four hours, 31 minutes to get it done, but they finally subdued the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday to take a series they badly needed for reasons both mathematical and emotional. These Astros are a force to be reckoned with, and dealing with it are the four clubs chasing them in the American League West.
More» Halos top Astros on Featherston's walk-off|
|The Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in Gurabo, P.R., is to be commended. One of its graduates, Carlos Correa, is a polished gem embarking on what promises to be a fulfilling career in a highly demanding profession.
More» Correa hits mammoth homer, flirts with cycle|
|Hardly a day passes now that Albert Pujols doesn't pass a legend on some historical list. Before Mike Trout emerged as the consensus best player in the baseball, it is worth recalling that Pujols preceded the Angels' center fielder with that universal distinction.
More» Pujols goes yard twice vs. Astros|
|Yasmani Grandal did the most amazing thing in his first at-bat Sunday night against the Giants. He dropped a bunt leading off the second inning against Tim Lincecum and legged it out for a single. In a matter of moments, Lincecum was five runs down.
More» Grandal beats the shift, picks up bunt single|
|The Giants, who come alive on the road, are clearly in their element all over the landscape. No offensive unit in the Majors is as productive on the road as the reigning and three-time World Series champions.
More» Belt connects on a two-run homer to right|
|Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is paid handsomely to pitch, but he enjoys every phase of the game: hitting, fielding, running the bases. He's an athlete who pitches, not a guy with a freakish arm and no other visible skills.
More» Greinke strikes out eight over seven strong|
|Justin Upton was convinced the Padres were on the verge of busting out with one of those 15-5 streaks that would have had them right in the thick of the National League West race with the Dodgers and Giants.
More»Brock talks about Black's dismissal, Padres' future|
|Now and then, like a thunderbolt from a quiet sky, a play is made that instantly transcends the game and becomes the stuff of legend. It is so out of this world, so stunningly surreal, that it is sure to be remembered long after the game's outcome.
More» Pederson crashes into the wall for great grab|
|The game doesn't get any better than this. That's what Padres manager Bud Black was thinking as he watched Justin Upton prevail in a thrilling duel of stars with the Dodgers' Zack Greinke on Saturday night.
More» Upton hits go-ahead homer, call confirmed|
|Clayton Kershaw was beaming and feeling just fine, even if a 4-3 decision at the expense of the Padres on Friday night belonged to a teammate.
More» Kershaw fans 11 over 6 2/3 frames|
|The Cardinals were the best team in baseball when they arrived at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, and they were the best by an even more substantial margin late Sunday as they headed for Coors Field in Denver, a mile high.
More» Heyward throws out Ethier trying to score|
|The mystery has been solved. What's wrong with Clayton Kershaw? Absolutely nothing. He is right back in style, an artist at the top of his game. He may have strayed momentarily from his canvas, but he still has his brush and colors and can paint like nobody else.
More» Kershaw fans 11 over eight scoreless innings|
|The question of the day is whether Padres outfielder Justin Upton or Dodgers rookie wonder Joc Pederson is more qualified to start for the National League in the 2015 Major League All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati. As good as Upton has been, Pederson's performance is simply impossible to overlook, giving him the edge.
More»Which NL outfielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|The box score, as so often is the case, gives scarcely a hint of Yadier Molina's contribution to the Cardinals' 7-1 victory at the Dodgers' expense on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
More» Molina throws out Lucroy at second|
|Nori Aoki or Angel Pagan? In the most recent All-Star ballot update, the two Giants outfielders rank fourth and fifth among National League outfielders. Both are deserving candidates, but the question is, if push came to shove and you had to take one or the other to start the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati, which way would you go?
More»Which Giants outfielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|They are being linked again as the New Age version of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, exceptional talents with futures brighter than the sun over Southern California and South Florida. But what is not so well known about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper is that they once were teammates. For six weeks following the 2011 season, they shared the outfield as members of the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions.
More»Trout, Harper go from top prospects to superstardom|