Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|When the Blue Jays roll out their heavy artillery, opponents are shelled with a blinding firestorm of hits and runs. As the curtain went down on their AL East championship Sunday, they'd outscored opponents 891 to 670.
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|When Kevin Cash, who'd never managed a baseball team at any level, was hired as skipper for the Tampa Bay Rays last December, the feeling was he'd have to grow into the job. It would take a season, maybe even more. Cash has proven everyone who had that thought wrong. MLB's youngest manager grew up in a hurry.
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|After a grueling summer-long journey of 145 games, the Yankees' season essentially boils down to the next six. There are three weekend Subway Series games beginning on Friday at Citi Field against the Mets, the rejuvenated juggernaut that has stolen New York headlines from the Yankees. There's no love lost between the two.
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|The Rays' Chris Archer is just 26, but don't let his age fool you. He is a thinking man's player, who can put this very difficult game in such perspective.
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|What's going on here?
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|It's not exactly revolutionary, but the high-flying Kansas City Royals are changing the face of baseball with the way manager Ned Yost uses his talented bullpen.
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|There's a lot of baseball left to be played, but enough of the season is in the books to size up the competition for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards.
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|Eons ago Tug McGraw coined "Ya Gotta Believe," which became the rallying cry for his New York Mets. After watching this summer's re-tooled, rejuvenated Mets rebuild their season and take over first place in National League East, no catchphrase fits them better. They should adopt it. Immediately.
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|It's foolish to fault Dave Dombrowski's track record with the Detroit Tigers -- four consecutive division titles, two World Series appearances and more superb deals than I can count.
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|It's been 20 years since Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt, who spanned nearly a century of Phillies history, received baseball's highest honor on a steamy-hot Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y.
|The Orioles are struggling, which is putting it mildly. Baltimore began July a half-game up in the American League East, the lofty position it held most of 2014 as it won the division title for the first time since 1997.
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|The job Kevin Cash has done with the injury-plagued, bare-bones-budget Rays is utterly amazing. Not only have they been a surprise, they're one of Major League Baseball's most amazing stories this summer.
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|It's been 45 years since I sat in the spanking new Riverfront Stadium press box on a sweltering July night in 1970 and watched what was to become the greatest All-Star Game I've covered.
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|Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.
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|The Blue Jays had barely worked up a sweat in Spring Training when skipper John Gibbons could sense something special.
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|When you talk about Washington this year, it starts with Bryce Harper. But the Nationals have struggled to reach their potential, and without Denard Span and Yunel Escobar, they wouldn't be within striking distance of first place in the National League East.
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|Mike Scioscia's in his 16th season managing the Angels, and at first blush, you'd have to say he's strictly "old school" skipper. He's far from baseball's new breed of analytically-driven managers. But you don't become Major League Baseball's longest-tenured and one of its highest-paid managers without adjusting to the times.
|At the one-third mark of the season, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is a slam dunk for the NL MVP Award. No one else comes close. Teammate Max Scherzer is more than earning the megabucks Washington gave him during the offseason and would easily win the NL Cy Young Award.
More» Harper hits NL-leading 18th homer off Lester|
|The Tampa Bay Rays are young, energetic, probably playing over their heads, but all alone atop the AL East as Memorial Day weekend gets under way. If there's a true feel-good story early this season it's the overachieving Rays.
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|Back in the 1990s, when Joe Torre's Yankees were winning everything in sight if opponents didn't get them in the first seven innings, forget it. That the 2015 Yankees are atop the American League East and one of the season's biggest surprises is reminiscent of the formula that made Torre's teams so successful.
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