Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|The Cleveland Indians did not look at this weekend series against the high-flying Astros as anything more than the next three games on their schedule, and isn't that how really good teams always see the world?
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|Mike Clevinger changed speeds, threw strikes and remained aggressive in tossing seven-plus shutout innings as the Indians beat the Astros, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
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|This weekend, rising young shortstops Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa will be on display as the Astros and Indians play three games at Minute Maid Park. We'll take a look at that one and four other weekend matchups relevant to All-Star balloting.
More»Correa, Lindor top AL shortstop candidates for ASG|
|If you're looking for a perfect baseball team, the Houston Astros are close enough at this point. They have no weakness. They play with great energy. They're confident, too -- very confident.
More» Springer pokes a two-run single to right|
|Mike Trout now looks like he's interested in joining the 50-homer club, which is about the only elite one he's not already in. If you're in need of a reminder that we're watching one of the greatest players of all time, this is the latest.
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|One of the best parts of any baseball season is watching players emerge. Or in some cases, re-emerge. With this in mind, let's consider 10 under-the-radar players who have rock-solid All-Star credentials.
More» Dickerson hits an opposite-field home run|
|This weekend's Cubs-Cardinals series in St. Louis comes at a particularly interesting point in the season. First, there's the little matter of the standings. Maybe you guessed the Cards would have an early ride atop the National League Central, which is where they are at 19-14. But it's unlikely you would have predicted the Cubs would be: A. 17-17 after 34 games; and B. trailing three teams -- the Cardinals, Reds and Brewers.
More» Butler to pitch against Leake in St. Louis|
|Sure, we tend to overhype a four-game series like the one the Astros and Yankees are about to play in the Bronx beginning Thursday night. Nothing wrong with that.
|This being Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot season and all, your friendly neighborhood columnist is here to help you sort out some situations.
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|Some of the people who know Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon best believe they can predict precisely how he will handle this latest challenge -- surgery to address a suspicion of testicular cancer.
More» Cole discusses Taillon's surgery|
|The thing about the American League's best shortstops -- Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa -- is that these aren't simply players likely to define their position for the next decade or more. They almost certainly will help define an entire sport.
More» Lindor snags liner, starts inning-ending DP|
|It's OK for us to celebrate comeback seasons. Some of them happen because of good health, and some of them, well, no one seems to know. Here are 10 we're thrilled to see in 2017, led by Bryce Harper's brilliant bounce-back campaign.
More» Harper's hardest-hit homer of Statcast era|
|We do not come to bury the Cubs. Let's face it, they are baseball's blueprint for leadership, talent and passionate fans. That passion was never clearer than in last year's All-Star voting, when Cub fans voted five of their guys -- including the entire infield -- into the National League starting lineup.
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|Adam Jones represents so many of the things we love about this sport. He represents plenty of what we love about this country, too. No player is more respected by his teammates and his peers.
More»Jones on treatment from Red Sox fans at Fenway|
|Maybe the larger lesson of this opening month is that the National League may be just as wide open as it appears. That's good news for the Diamondbacks and Rockies, for the Pirates and Brewers and perhaps others.
More» Nationals score 23 runs to set team record|
|Nothing will be decided in the four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros that begins Monday night. It's simply one little curve in a long, long road. Whatever happens could be long since forgotten by the dog days of August and September.
More» Cashner, McCullers Jr. to meet in Houston|
|Carlos Gomez is one of the rare players who can make hitting for the cycle look routine. That's surely what dozens of current and former teammates are thinking when they learn he did it Saturday night for the second time in his career.
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|They've got a rookie outfielder who hits the ball harder than anyone else in the game and a closer who makes throwing 100 mph look routine. They've rallied from eight runs down to win. They play with emotion and grit and are wildly entertaining. And here's the thing about the New York Yankees: This is a dangerous team.
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|You've got questions about the American League East. Hey, we've got questions about the AL East.
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|At some point, the whole thing became almost more than Bud Selig could get his mind around. "I didn't think anything could overwhelm me," he said. "But this is overwhelming."
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