Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Anybody piling on Michael Pineda is missing the bigger issue, which is that the uneven application of a debatable rule is only going to lead to inconsistency in a game increasingly scrutinized by the glory of technological advancement.
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|Frustratingly, the lack of offensive sizzle has not been all-that-uncommon an occurrence for the Royals in these early days of 2014. The sample size is, of course, smallish. And yes, the mere topic of the power outage is a negative one for a Royals team that does offer plenty of positives.
More» Moustakas goes back-to-back with Perez|
|Joey Votto was moved to the No. 2 spot of the Reds' lineup on April 12 -- an overdue move that gets one of baseball's best pure hitters more at-bats while helping to offset some of the top-of-the-lineup uncertainty that comes with the rookie Billy Hamilton in the leadoff role. And by the way: It's working. Or at least, it seems to be.
More» Votto goes 4-for-4 with a walk|
|Albert Pujols became the 26th member of the vaunted 500-homer club and just the eighth to reach that mark by the age of 34. So this seems as good a time as any to stop fretting about the financials and simply stand in awe at the totality of Pujols' achievements.
More» Pujols on his milestone homer|
|By any measure, right-hander Edinson Volquez has been Pittsburgh's best pitcher early on, and his April output could be an indication that pitching coach Ray Searage and special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict have worked their magic with yet another reclamation project, a la Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, among others.
More» Volquez holds Brewers to two runs over seven|
|Monday's hard-earned 6-5 triumph over the visiting Reds felt more significant than your usual April affair for the Pirates, if only because this was the first night this season in which Andrew McCutchen, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, looked to be in control.
More» McCutchen belts solo shot to even the score|
|R.A. Dickey isn't throwing many strikes these days. Or at least not nearly as many as he did when he was won the National League Cy Young Award in 2012 -- the season that made his knuckleball a sensation. Could it be that batters, at large, are better prepared for the knuckler?
More» Dickey shines over 6 2/3 shutout frames|
|The good news is that the Indians have better reason to feel comfortable about the state of their starting-pitching depth now than they did going into the season. The bad news is they already have pretty ample reason to consider dipping into it.
More» Salazar whiffs 10 in just 3 2/3 innings|
|There is little doubt that proper pitch-framing can impact the outcome of an at-bat. And there is equally little doubt that some advanced mathematical minds are doing great work in compiling data illustrating that impact. But the practice is still viewed as an art that's tough to tabulate.
More» Scherzer's scoreless outing in '14 debut|
|Now that he's about to take the mound for his next start, let's stop discussing the "pine" in Pineda and talk about Michael Pineda himself. Because if his early April output is any indication, he just might be -- all pine tar drama aside -- one of the best stories in baseball this season. And the Yankees, frankly, might need him to be.
More» Pineda strikes out seven in Stadium debut|
|Jackie Robinson's Negro League experience often gets overlooked when we reflect on his baseball career, as we do here on the 67th anniversary of his Major League debut.
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|Baseball never ceases to surprise us. And while many of the surprises early in 2014 have been of the injury variety, some unexpected positives have played out, too. Here are 10 of the most pleasant surprises from the season's first two weeks.
More» Utley hits a go-ahead homer in the 8th|
|Instant replay has shined new light on bench coaches' responsibilities, which adds to the unheralded-but-essential role of the managers' right-hand men.
More»Bowa on replay expansion in 2014|
|As Rays pitcher Matt Moore contemplates what to do about his torn ulnar collateral ligament, an injury likely to make him the 13th pitcher on a Major League roster to receive Tommy John surgery since the start of Spring Training, the unfortunate truth is that today's pitchers are little more than guinea pigs in an industry that, in spite of good data and better intentions, has not done a thing to decrease the number of DL days.
More»Impact of Matt Moore's injury on the Rays' rotation|
|Following a breakout season in 2012, Chase Headley's production fell off last season due to injuries. Now in the final season of his contract, the third baseman and the Padres have started slowly, fueling speculation Headley could be dealt at the Trade Deadline.
More» Headley dives, throws out runner at first|
|The final flurry of Opening Day settings across Major League Baseball have arrived, with the Giants, Phillies, Braves and Mariners all scheduled to play their long-awaited home openers today. What better time to react -- or overreact? -- to the first earnest week of action?
More»Trumbo hits four homers in four games|
|In Max Scherzer, James Shields and Justin Masterson, we have three ace-type arms from the American League Central's three most likely contenders, each trying to lead his team to the Promised Land while simultaneously trying to lead himself to a major paycheck.
More» Scherzer's scoreless outing in '14 debut|
|Through extensions, the Indians are working hard to maintain the positive atmosphere that was built rapidly last season.
More»Kipnis, Indians agree on six-year extension|
|Through Thursday's games, saves had been converted at just a 54.3 percent (25-for-46) clip. This may be caused by the shift in surroundings from Spring Training, where closers were not asked to finish games in save situations.
More» Axford notches the save in the 9th|
|Mother Nature impeded plans for Yordano Ventura's 2014 unveiling. But soon enough fans will get a real look at the 22-year-old on whom the Royals are hanging a significant portion of their AL Central hopes.
More» Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals|