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.
|At the moment, there's some magic around these Astros. Isn't that the bottom line? They might see it differently. To them, a little 10-game winning streak is the byproduct of blue-collar stuff. Day by day, they're starting to believe. "No question," manager A.J. Hinch said. "The confidence is growing."
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|Alex Rodriguez's name now sits right there alongside that of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, and you just might need some time to wrap your mind around that one.
More» A-Rod ties Mays at 660, puts Yanks up|
|One of the coolest things about this young baseball season is seeing how much fun the Houston Astros are having. They're not just playing winning baseball, they're playing exciting baseball. That's important, too, because that builds confidence and excites fans.
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|This apparently is how the New York Yankees are going to have to do it in 2015. That could be the larger lesson from this recent sprint to the top of the American League East. As blueprints go, it's not the classic one.
More» Pineda limits Rays, fans five over 5 2/3|
|Maybe this is the one the Washington Nationals have needed. This has to be the day, right? Nothing else makes sense. If they're slinging chocolate sauce around, who knows what craziness will follow?
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|They couldn't play baseball in Baltimore at a time like this. Not with sections of a great American city so shaken.
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|If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia. Cy Future vs. Cy Past? To some, this is a game that reflects where the Mets and Yankees find themselves in 2015.
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|Theirs was a nearly perfect marriage for five seasons, and that surely is what this reunion is about. Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers may have needed one another more than they ever understood, and maybe this is about both of them attempting to recapture some of the old magic. So here's to second chances and happy endings.
More»Richard Justice on Rangers nearing deal for Hamilton|
|Having too many good players for too few positions is a problem any manager would like to have, but Don Mattingly has shown a talent for getting players to buy in.
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|When a team is playing baseball the way the Mets are playing it right now, the whole thing begins to feel magical. Guess what? That's exactly what it is. There's just no other explanation.
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|Reds manager Bryan Price did something on Monday that managers have done hundreds of times through the years: He lost his temper, letting loose a world-class string of profanities, because he was upset about a report that he felt had been helpful to opponents of his club. But no one is at fault here. That's the bottom line. Not the reporter. Not Price. One was doing his job, the other was expressing his displeasure at that job.
More» Price breaks down 6-1 loss to Cardinals|
|If you're inclined to write off the San Francisco Giants two weeks into the regular season, here's some free advice from your friendly columnist: You should know better.
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|As the Astros celebrated the Astrodome's 50th anniversary, it was a reminder of baseball finally arriving in Houston, and the history of the franchise from some of its legends.
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|Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.
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|On Monday afternoon, the day of the home opener at Fenway Park, 22-year-old outfielder Mookie Betts played three of the best innings any baseball player can play. To do it in that setting, amid the pageantry and expectations, is a reminder the kid wasn't overwhelmed by the moment.
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|Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth sat in front of his locker in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon and was peppered with questions players on really bad baseball teams always get. There was just one small thing that made the conversation odd. Werth is not on a bad baseball team.
More» Zimmerman crushes a homer to deep center|
|Maybe the New York Yankees will look back and see that this was the night something finally clicked. Or maybe the big picture doesn't matter. Not after a tough opening week. Not with a difficult schedule ahead.
More» Girardi on team's offense and running game|
|Masahiro Tanaka is the only one who can end the speculation about his arm strength, and there's only one way he can do it. Let's not make this thing more complicated than it is. All the Yankees' right-hander has to do is pitch well.
More» Tanaka on Yankees' loss on Opening Day|
|Afterward, Marty Foster was proud that he'd been part of the whole thing. Not just for himself, either. "I'm proud of being part of this game," he said. Especially this game. He was the home-plate umpire at Yankee Stadium on Friday night when the Yankees and Red Sox played 19 innings.
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|In the winners' clubhouse, it was eerily quiet. No music. No celebration. Actually, there had been a brief celebration on the field when it finally ended, all six hours and 49 minutes of it.
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