Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|The Blue Jays and Mariners enter their weekend series in Toronto in similar states of frustration. Unwittingly, they have illustrated that you can get so many things right in the offseason and still have so much go wrong in the season itself.
More» Cruz's three-run shot in return to Baltimore|
|Baseball doesn't currently have an "Iron Man" in the vein of Cal Ripken Jr., or even Robert Downey Jr. But it does have a few position players who have proven more durable than others. Let's examine five who stand out.
More» Cano fields, spins and fires to record out|
|Giancarlo Stanton was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. Bryce Harper, for all we know, could be the next. Which outfielder is more deserving of an All-Star Game vote?
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|Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were highly touted phenoms inextricably tied in our daily dialogue when they were promoted to the big leagues on the same day three years ago last month. Trout's astounding ascendance since had pushed Harper to the background. But Harper has reignited the conversation with his 2015 production.
More» Harper collects three hits, four RBIs in win|
|There are guys like Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant who spend the early portion of their careers merely trying to catch up to all the outlandish feats prescribed for them. And then there are guys like Michael Brantley and Lorenzo Cain, who become superstars much more surreptitiously.
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|Here's a fundamental thing we must understand about today's game: Players who post up nearly every day of 162, have become more and more of an exception than a rule.
More» Carpenter's two-run homer puts Cards ahead|
|Kluber does expect great things from himself, and, even if his bid Wednesday night for the Tribe's first no-hitter in almost exactly 34 years fell one seventh-inning groundball single from Jhonny Peralta (and three ninth-inning outs) shy of completion, this performance in the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Cardinals was about as dominant as a human being can be on a baseball mound.
More» Kluber takes no-no into 7th, strikes out 18|
|Indians ace Corey Kluber (0-5, 5.04 ERA) can take solace in the fact that he's hardly the only big name on the MLB scene who has endured a frustrating first five weeks.
More» Kluber fans Cain to notch 500th career K|
|Troy Tulowitzki has been voted in as the National League's starting shortstop for the All-Star Game each of the last two years and three of the last four. But Tulo might face some stiff competition on this year's ballot, and two of the names in the early mix qualify as a surprise: Cincinnati's Zack Cozart and Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria.
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|Although Boston's rotation has struggled, stats suggest it is not lackluster as perceived, and the club is looking at options to improve it.
More» Porcello fans six in scoreless start|
|In the span of four and a half months, the Red Sox traded for Yoenis Cespedes to be their left fielder, signed Hanley Ramirez to be their left fielder and traded Yoenis Cespedes to be somebody else's left fielder. So, eventually, they made their decision. All-Star voters might have to make a similar decision, albeit one unaffected by free-agent timetables.
More»Which AL left fielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|Entering Thursday's play, the Cardinals, Royals, Dodgers, Astros, Yankees and Mets were the top six teams in the Majors in relief ERA. Oh, and they also happened to be leading their respective division. Can't be a total coincidence, can it?
More» Davis fans Swisher to notch the save|
|With Derek Jeter gone, the AL shortstop scene is complicated. We don't have an established, perennial All-Star who's going to scoop up the votes from the sentimentalists, and, here in early May, we have only the smallest of statistical samples to guide those driven by data. A few clear candidates could emerge in the coming weeks. But right here, right now, let's focus on two guys who, not long ago, caused a Boston traffic jam at the position and now could cause a similar scene in the voting.
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|When in doubt, turn to Mike Trout. If a generational talent like Trout is making a conscious effort to revamp his style even in the slightest, then it's worth exploring.
More» Trout clocks a solo shot off Hahn|
|Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman. But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them.
More» Travis crushes a solo homer to open the 3rd|
|Paulo Orlando's triples trip is one of those statistical aberrations you've got to love about April. Here are some others that may or may not stand the test of 162.
More» Guerrero hits a two-run, pinch-hit homer|
|They played in front of an empty house at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon, an arrangement that is not only unusual but, in Major League Baseball terms, unprecedented. And after their 8-2 victory over the White Sox, the Orioles packed up and hit the road for three "home" games at Tropicana Field, an arrangement that is not unprecedented but, yes, is still pretty unusual.
More»Britton anticipates unique experience at Camden Yards|
|Calling up shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor prior to the Super Two cutoff could help revitalize a Cleveland club that has struggled early this season.
More» Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians|
|In his first week in the big leagues, Kris Bryant is still searching for his first home run. But he has quickly demonstrated that he's far more than just the home run hitter he's known and expected to be.
More»CHC@PIT Bryant just misses homer with long foul|
|A week ago, Russell was still a full-time shortstop whose Major League path appeared blocked. Now, he's a big leaguer. Things can change in a hurry in this game. Just ask a Cubs team that has quickly become legit.
More» Russell grounds out softly in first at-bat|