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 and MLB.com/live.
|Funny thing is, some of us thought this was the season the Rays wouldn't need any late-season magic to make the postseason. But if there's a team accustomed to this kind of stuff, this is it.
More» Odorizzi discusses win against Cardinals|
|Joe Garagiola's wonderful life has been one of humor and giving, of dignity, integrity and grace. Baseball has been a constant -- his enduring love. Yet that's just part of the story. Rather than curse the darkness, he has lit candles, hundreds of them.
More»Garagiola shares 72 years of baseball memories|
|Did the Astros really lose 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, over $1.5 million?
More»Time Running out for the Astros to sign Aiken|
|For some teams, the future is defined as the next 3 1/2 months. For others, it's about the big picture. Welcome to the final two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the time when every club attempts to better position itself for the future.
More» Price fans five over eight scoreless innings|
|No player respects the battle more than Adam Wainwright. And so, he understands that he never should have grooved a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter, if indeed that's what he did.
More» Jeter doubles in first All-Star at-bat|
|Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, saw the 2014 All-Star Game as an opportunity to shine a light on teachers. She did just that while riding with 30 teachers in the 10th annual All-Star Game Red Carpet Show Tuesday afternoon and then attending the game with them.
More»All-Star Teachers are honored in pregame ceremony|
|Derek Jeter's greatness wasn't in rising to the occasion, but in being great every single day. Years from now, that may be what we tell fans who'll know him only by video clips and World Series highlights.
More»Jeter on his 14th and final All-Star Game|
|Packed houses and wild crowds are becoming the norm for exciting games involving the Orioles and Nationals.
More» Hundley hits a walk-off single in the 10th|
|At last count, Steve Pearce had played 622 Minor League games over nine seasons. So when he's finally done with this baseball gig, he can tell us about the places he has gone and the things he has seen.
More» Pearce scores O's first run on a wild pitch|
|The Cincinnati Reds are evolving right in front of our eyes. At the moment, there probably isn't a better team in the National League.
More» Hamilton laces an RBI triple to right-center|
|The Atlanta Braves should be toast by now. That they're still atop the National League East speaks volumes about this franchise, not just the manager or the players or the farm system, but the larger thing, the franchise.
More» Braves turn double play in the 3rd inning|
|The 2014 All-Star Game isn't just about Derek Jeter. It's far larger than just one player, even one of the greatest of all-time. Jeter would be one of the first to say as much.
More»MLB Tonight discusses Jeter's All-Star Game career|
|On this Fourth of July, the Brewers are sitting pretty. That's 86 consecutive days alone atop the National League Central, if you're counting. The Brewers are the best example of baseball's changing landscape. Competitive balance rules.
More»Brewers keep the homers coming|
|Rays manager Joe Maddon never stopped believing in his guys. Now it's a little easier for the rest of us to join him.
More» Price pitches seven innings of one-run ball|
|While the leak of 10 months of trade discussions is embarrassing for the Astros, the insight into communication between clubs is interesting.
More»Luhnow discusses the security breach|
|The Boston Red Sox are a mere six games out of first place in the American League East, and how about we chew on that one for a bit? All things considered, it's a pretty remarkable place to be. Want to bet against Dustin Pedroia? That's what I thought you'd say.
More» Ortiz smashes his 450th career home run|
|David Price asked Jose Altuve for an autographed baseball a few weeks ago, and if that doesn't sound like a big deal to you, it might be because you haven't traveled the road Jose Altuve has traveled.
More» Altuve dives to make grab in outfield|
|Through all the ups and downs, the San Francisco Giants have stood by Tim Lincecum, and you're probably assuming this is one of those complicated relationships that people on the outside would never understand. On this, you couldn't be more wrong.
More»Tim Lincecum joins MLB Tonight|
|This month has been a reminder that Mike Trout is more than simply the best baseball player on earth.
More» Willingham lifts a solo home run to center|
|OK, so it was back to business for the Padres on Monday night. Yeah, there's still that part of the deal. Even with the dismissal of general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday and uncertainty swirling around the club, it's business as usual for the players.
More» Dee and Fowler discuss Byrnes dismissal|