Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|The Royals, who are visiting Wrigley Field this weekend, are a team that is clearly being seen as what it is -- a collection of two-way players who are as committed to each other as they are fundamentally sound, and who make new fans every time they pull on their cleats.
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|You want to face Adrian Gonzalez in an early jam in the All-Star Game? Don't think so. He gets the call over Anthony Rizzo, but only by one of those whiskers he always seems to have growing on his chin.
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|You've got to beat the best to be the best. Joe Maddon says it all the time, and the chance was right there for the manager and his Cubs during Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. But let it be known that the belt, as it were, stays with Max Scherzer and the Nats.
More» Scherzer gets Lake to strike out the side|
|Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
More»Pair of National League aces to lock horns in Chicago|
|Monday was a special day for baseball fans, especially those in Chicago. Despite a 2-1 loss to the Nationals, it marked the first Memorial Day game at Wrigley Field since 2009 that the ballpark was a gathering place for fans looking toward the summer with genuine excitement about their team for both this season and those ahead.
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|This edition of All-Star debates focuses on which of two third baseman, Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas, is the stronger choice for this year's Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. But before we get into trying to pick one over the other, let's examine a few reasons why they could easily be viewed as a field entry.
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|John Cusack isn't acting when he steps into the role of a Chicago sports fan. He comes by it naturally, and is thrilled the the White Sox are retiring No. 14 in honor of Paul Konerko.
More»Konerko on life after baseball, jersey retirement|
|Paul Konerko ranks among the greatest players in White Sox franchise history in several categories, but stats don't begin to explain why he is so beloved.
More»White Sox fans share their favorite Konerko memories|
|The Royals are the team to beat. They're no longer the surprising team with the athletic lineup and powerful bullpen. Until further notice, the conversation should be whether the Tigers can find a way to take them down, not the other way around.
More» Moustakas discusses game and gets doused|
|After hitting a triple in the sixth inning off Indians starter Corey Kluber on Monday night, Adam Eaton raced home to score the game-tying run on a wild pitch that barely got away from Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez. The White Sox would go on to win the game, 2-1.
More» Eaton scores tying run on wild pitch|
|Joe Maddon is the perfect man to lead the Cubs back toward the playoffs. Here are nine other things we know after watching them for six weeks.
More» Maddon on Lester's performance in Cubs' win|
|When you stack up National League third basemen you come down to a difficult decision -- who deserves to be in Bruce Bochy's lineup more: the Cardinals' catalyst, Matt Carpenter, or the Reds' run-producer, Todd Frazier? You can argue it either way and not be wrong.
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|When managerial changes happen before Memorial Day, they're almost always Hail Mary plays called in the faint hope of salvaging a season. They almost never serve that purpose, but you can't blame Loria for dwelling on one that did.
More» Hill on Marlins relieving Redmond as manager|
|Commissioner Rob Manfred was a keynote speaker at Friday morning's general session of the Boys and Girls Club's 109th national conference. He was introduced by Ken Griffey Jr., whose relationship with the organization began in 1992.
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|Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon will turn 42 later this month, is built like a lineman on a semi-pro football team (5-11, 285 pounds) and finds himself on one of the most freakishly terrific runs in Major League history.
More» Colon strikes out six in six innings|
|There are always matchups that draw us to the ballpark, the ones that we'll be telling our grandkids that we were lucky enough to see. The duel between Kris Bryant and Noah Syndergaard may be one of them, and the Cubs' slugger went 2-for-3 in the first matchup with the Mets' phenom.
More» Bryant breaks down his fine performance|
|Noah Syndergaard, promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the sidelined Dillon Gee, will make his long-anticipated big league debut on Tuesday. If he's somewhere near the level of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, the Mets could be looking at a very special summer.
More»Kaat previews Syndergaard's debut vs. Cubs on MLBN|
|Baseball is riding another wave of young talent this spring, with big-name prospects turning into Major League stars before our wide-open eyes. Youth will certainly be represented at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. But if you had to make a choice between the guy who was most breathlessly awaited and the one who has made the biggest difference in the early going, who would you pick? The Cubs' Kris Bryant or the Dodgers' Joc Pederson?
More»Which NL rookie is #ASGWorthy?|
|When Carlos Rodon makes his first Major League start on Saturday, the White Sox would do well to make his spot in the rotation permanent.
More»Ventura on prospect Rodon getting his first start|
|With their top three starters working in this series, it was a significant mile-marker for the White Sox. Yet until the eighth inning on Wednesday, Brad Ausmus and the Tigers must have wondered why all the fuss about the Sox's offseason remodeling project.
More» Ventura on White Sox grinding out a win|