Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Catcher Buster Posey and right fielder Hunter Pence are the X-factor for the Giants as they head into the postseason for the fourth time in the past seven years.
More» Pence, Posey on embracing Wild Card challenge|
|In the end, it's all about winning. And that's the inscription carved into Big Papi's legacy.
More»Papi swats clutch grand slam to tie ALCS Game 2|
|Judging John Gibbons' relaxed demeanor on Saturday, it might as well have been just another midseason series at Fenway Park for the Blue Jays. Instead, the season is coming down to critical mass with a playoff spot on the line.
More» Carrera plates lead run on sac fly in 9th|
|It's David Ortiz's final regular-season series of his career this weekend at Fenway Park, but Rick Porcello, the right-hander who started for the Red Sox on Friday night in a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, is making his own pitch for attention.
More» Porcello fans Pillar, records 5th strikeout|
|New Yorkers said goodbye to David Ortiz on Thursday night, and they did it in style. Before and during Big Papi's last night playing in the Bronx, Yankees fans came through big time. From greetings on the streets of Manhattan to a nice ovation as he came off the field at Yankee Stadium for a pinch-runner after walking in the fourth inning of the 5-1 loss, Papi said he enjoyed every moment of it.
More» Yankees fans applaud Ortiz as he exits game|
|The long journey for Red Sox manager John Farrell from cancer recovery to another World Series championship is only partially complete, he said on Wednesday night as his club locked up the American League East title.
More» Farrell on Sox similarities to 2013 team|
|David Ortiz said that although he'd love to play again for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March, such a scenario is unlikely.
More» Papi becomes oldest to reach 35 HR|
|Cody Decker is a career Minor Leaguer who finds joy in everything he does in life. A Jewish kid, who grew up Santa Monica, Calif., and still lives there, Decker found plenty of joy this week playing third base for the victorious Israelis in the Brooklyn World Baseball Classic qualifier.
More» Israeli team on moving on to pool play|
|Trevor Hoffman popped out of the Great Britain dugout on Thursday wearing his familiar No. 51, but set on a sea of navy blue donned by the British during this World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park.
More»Hoffman joins the show, talks World Baseball Classic|
|Paul Molitor is a member of an elite group, one of just 217 players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And he's still a member of a much smaller subset of that group: Hall of Famers who have managed a Major League team. There have been 63 of them, but most achieved this feat in the era before World War II.
|There's one spot remaining in next year's World Baseball Classic field of elite 16 nations, and it will be decided this weekend at MCU Park, the home of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Coney Island with an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean.
More»Managers speak at World Baseball Classic Qualifier|
|Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin is back at it as manager of Team Brazil. It's his second time around, and in November 2012, his team survived the World Baseball Classic qualifying bracket in Panama City, Panama, only to be eliminated six months later after losing all three 2013 WBC games in Pool A in Fukuoka, Japan.
More»Larkin on World Baseball Classic Brooklyn Qualifier|
|Whenever his final season ends, and David Ortiz hopes that won't be until the leaves turn in New England to hues of red and gold, the hope is that it will be punctuated with his fourth Red Sox World Series ring.
More» Papi passes Mantle with 537th career homer|
|For those who might have had any doubt in the matter, the Giants are a much better team with a fully ambulatory Hunter Pence in the lineup.
More» Pence plates two with a double to right|
|Giants right-hander Jake Peavy may be in a state of suspended animation awaiting how manager Bruce Bochy intends to use him during the final weeks of the season now that he's returned from a lower back strain.
More» Peavy strikes out Frazier to escape the jam|
|If Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has his way, he'll remain with the club this offseason when he becomes a free agent rather than sign elsewhere.
More» Encarnacion launches a solo homer to left|
|Though Masahiro Tanaka doesn't nearly have the zip on the ball exhibited in the early part of his Major League career, he has remained injury-free and quietly putting together an outstanding season.
More» Tanaka fans Upton Jr. in the 6th|
|The Mets must go through at least the next two turns in the five-man rotation without right-hander Jacob deGrom and lefty Steven Matz, manager Terry Collins told MLB.com before Sunday night's clash against the National League East-leading Nationals at Citi Field. In the worst-case scenario, Collins is well aware that he may have seen the last of Matz and deGrom for the remainder of the regular season. Still, the Mets aren't quite there yet.
More» Collins discusses deGrom's sore forearm|
|Though the two are no longer on the same team, the mutual admiration between Nationals manager Dusty Baker and Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is neverending.
More» Bruce belts his 28th homer to right-center|
|Daniel Murphy returned again to Citi Field as a member of the Nationals on Friday night, and when he came to bat in the first inning, he received the greeting he expected from Mets fans: a lot of boos.