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 Blue Jays had a 7-1 lead on the Rangers in the third inning, but manager John Gibbons wasn't taking any chances with his club's postseason life on the line and he summoned ace lefty David Price from the bullpen and left him in for three innings and 50 pitches.
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|Baseball may be about to deliver one of its best days ever. That's how Monday is shaping up. It's a day with so many possibilities that baseball fans may have trouble getting their minds around them all.
More»Full day of postseason action featured on Monday|
|Down 0-2 in a best-of-five American League Division Series, the Blue Jays made a stand of their own by defeating the Texas Rangers, 5-1, on Sunday night at Globe Life Park. They did it by getting back to the basics.
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|The Blue Jays had the best record in baseball after July 29, at 43-18. They scored the most runs in the Majors and hit the most home runs. Their rotation had the American League's best ERA at 3.48.
More»Previewing a must-win Game 3 for Blue Jays in Texas|
|Cal Ripken Jr. might just be the kind of franchise-shaking move the Washington Nationals need at this point in their history.
More»Ripken wins Home Run Derby and ASG MVP in 1991|
|In the dugout, the Texas Rangers looked at one another and shrugged. Surprised? Absolutely not. If a single moment could sum up an entire season, this would be it.
More» Rangers discuss Game 2 victory|
|Commissioner Rob Manfred surveyed the electric scene in and around the Rogers Centre on Friday afternoon and smiled. "I think it's great for baseball," he said.
More»Manfred discusses 2015 postseason from Toronto|
|Suddenly, the pressure shifts to the Toronto Blue Jays. Not in a small way, either. That's the thing about a short series. Every little thing is magnified. One bad pitch or one poor at-bat can turn the whole thing on its head.
More» Hamels on starting Game 2 in ALDS|
|Although the Royals will be favored to win the American League Division Series, they have enough similar history to take the upstart Astros very seriously.
More»Astros, Royals are set to clash in thrilling ALDS|
|The Blue Jays of October aren't the Blue Jays of April. They were remade on the fly, strengthened up and down the roster. In that way, they're a lot like the team they'll play in the American League Division Series beginning today. The Rangers were also transformed over the last few months. In the end, a season when they were tested again and again has had a satisfying ending.
More»Rangers GM credits Banister, players for late push|
|You could see the emotional release in those final moments on Sunday afternoon, as the Rangers finished off a 9-2 victory over the Angels to clinch the American League West.
More» Banister on the Rangers battling to win West|
|Jim Crane had a vision of what the Houston Astros could be from the moment he purchased the franchise almost four years ago. He entrusted that vision to general manager Jeff Luhnow. So this celebration of the franchise's first postseason appearance in 10 years begins with them.
More» Hinch, coaches celebrate playoff berth|
|This was one of those games that players on both teams might remember for the rest of their lives. At some point, it was as much a test of wills as it was a baseball game. One team punched, the other punched back.
More» Giavotella delivers a go-ahead single in 9th|
|The Astros have come so far and surprised so many in this amazing season. So much youth and energy. Such a great ride. In the end, though, this final weekend of the regular season will define the previous six months. Will the Astros be remembered as a team that defied every expectation in a magical run back to the postseason? Or will they be the group that hit a wall in September (11-16) and blinked when the lights were brightest?
More» Carter, Rasmus lead Astros' rally|
|No player has ever represented baseball better than Jeremy Affeldt these past 14 seasons. As legacies go, that's about as good as it gets.
More»Affeldt on being the winning pitcher in Game 7|
|For the last two months, Texas has been one of the best two or three teams in baseball, winning 38 of 58 to make something of a season that seemed to be going nowhere. The Rangers are winning for a long list of reasons, few of them more important than Shin-Soo Choo's production from the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
More» Choo crushes two-run homer to right field|
|It's true that Bryce Harper does not always run full speed to first base. This is not a big deal. Trust me on this one. Context is critical.
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|Stress? What stress? This isn't stress. This is the good stuff. The Houston Astros -- and the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels -- might remember this as the most fun they ever had in baseball.
More» Hinch talks Keuchel's season, Gomez's impact|
|In late July, Rangers manager Jeff Banister gathered his players in the clubhouse with the team 7 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West. Two months later, everything has changed for the Rangers.
More» Choo belts two-run homer to right field|
|At a time when a season seems to be hanging in the balance virtually every day, it's impossible not to be impressed by the Angels' resilience.
More»Alden Gonzalez talks about the Angels on The Rundown|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|