Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Is this the year for Chris Sale? He's made himself the early front-runner for the American League Cy Young Award. He's 5-0 in five starts while compiling a 1.66 ERA and a staggeringly low 0.68 WHIP.
More» Sale fans six over eight frames in win|
|Say this about baseball, 2016. It's hot in the middle. The middle of the country, that is. As April heads toward a close, a look at the competition within divisions shows that we're right back where we were when the 2015 season ended.
More» Rizzo smacks two home runs|
|Nomar Mazara has no promises from the organization about his spot on the roster. He could return to Triple-A when Shin-Soo Choo gets healthy -- he's believed to be at least a month away from returning -- but seems to dig his roots a little deeper every day he's in a Rangers uniform. For Mazara and his team's fans, this looks like the start of a beautiful relationship.
More» Mazara robs Iannetta with great diving catch|
|First came the stuff. Then the command. Now the reputation, the stone-cold stare and, it would seem, a whole lot of intimidation. That Jake Arrieta, he just keeps getting better and better.
More» Arrieta discusses his no-hitter vs. the Reds|
|Some days' games turn on the tiniest of margins, and Wednesday was certainly one of those. There were eight one-run games, including two that went to extra innings. Another extra-inning game would wind up among three games decided by two runs.
More» Bourjos wins it with walk-off single|
|The Cardinals have won the World Series twice in the last decade and the pennant four times since 2004. They're the only ballclub in the Major Leagues that has gone to the postseason the last five years. But their 5-3 rain-delayed win over the Cubs in Wednesday's series finale was a victory they badly needed.
More» Rosenthal fans side, nets 100th career save|
|The White Sox are an improved team in the early going. And while their offense has not really taken off yet, their defense is significantly better, and that was a big part of general manager Rick Hahn's offseason plan.
More» Eaton makes a leaping catch near the wall|
|Forget the result. No manager can control that. John Farrell wasn't sleep-deprived because of the early Patriots' Day start on Monday in Boston. Turning to Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 4-3 loss shows he was on top of his game.
More» Tulo walks to put Blue Jays ahead in 8th|
|Save the talk about a changing of the guard in the ranks of elite third basemen.
More» Bryant rips solo homer to left-center|
|The left-handed collective of Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon has the potential to post outstanding stats not seen in years this season for the White Sox.
More» Sale pitches seven frames in home debut|
|Longtime friends who faced each other in Game 1 of the National League Division Series last season, John Lackey and Jon Lester are on the same side again. They're loving it, and so is their team.
More» Lackey fans seven, holds Reds to two for win|
|Anthony Rizzo is the player who most makes the Cubs such a dangerous team. He is to his team what eggs are to an omelet. There are a lot of things you can do to add flavor but you don't get out of the pan without the eggs.
More» Rizzo connects on three hits, plates six|
|Losing someone as special as Kyle Schwarber hurts, but the Cubs have a line of intriguing replacements, starting with Jorge Soler.
More»Rogers on Schwarber being out for 2016 due to injury|
|It was clear from the moment White Sox players were paraded in for the home opener on the back of convertibles that general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams have done more than upgrade the upholstery. Cosmetic surgery? No, this is about blood flow and vital organs.
More»White Sox discuss improved team chemistry|
|From Wily Peralta's first pitch at Miller Park to Miguel Castro's last out in the Rockies' victory in Arizona, Major League Baseball's 141st Opening Day was a celebration of extraordinary players and a preview of the drama ahead in a season where almost anything seems possible.
More»MLB returns in 2016 with great performances|
|The three winningest teams in the Major Leagues last season were in this division, and the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs should again make hay against the rebuilding Reds and Brewers. The Cards have won the Central three years in a row and have gone to the playoffs the past five seasons; the Pirates have been a Wild Card each of the past three years. But the Cubs beat both teams in the postseason last year and have since imported Jason Heyward and John Lackey from St. Louis and added Ben Zobrist after he helped the Royals win the World Series. The stage is set for a great race.
More»Castrovince on possible three-team race in NL Central|
|Nate Jones' resume is almost as short as his name, and he heads into 2016 with minimal billing, but if the White Sox succeed in getting back to the postseason for the first time since 2008, it will be because it was impossible not to notice the hard-throwing setup man.
More»Jones on return from injury and expectations|
|Jose Abreu won't complain. He says he wasn't pitched around much in his first two seasons in Major League Baseball. Instead, he praises Adam Dunn because "his career track was good'' and says that Adam LaRoche did his best to help him even though "it was kind of a down year for him because he wasn't accustomed to being a DH.''
More» Abreu's double gives White Sox the early lead|
|Driven by his brother Champ, Joc Pederson is working to win baseball's game of adjustments. The Dodgers' center fielder is very much a work in progress as he approaches his 24th birthday.
More»Pederson on growing as a player going into 2016|
|Can a baseball team have too much talent? Impossible. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch speaks for managers everywhere when he says, give him the options and he'll take the sleepless nights. But Cubs manager Joe Maddon's not likely to turn into an insomniac at this point.
More» Baez's single takes a bounce off the pitcher|