Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra went deep off Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler on the first pitch of Arizona's 1-0 victory on Saturday. The last time a game was essentially decided by a first-pitch home run? You have to go all the way back to Sept. 2, 1963.
More» Parra's solo jack puts D-backs on the board|
|If you're filling out your American League All-Star ballot, you should take a good, long look at Jed Lowrie for starting shortstop.
More» Lowrie belts run-scoring double in fifth|
|The Tampa Bay Rays Way has gone slightly astray here in 2013. The club's time-tested formula of cycling through one quality homegrown pitcher after another has hit a bit of a snag thus far this year, and now an injury to David Price has the potential to throw it completely out of whack.
More» Price talks about his left triceps strain|
|Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is a hustler, and that's one of the many things to love about him. He doesn't hesitate or meditate or otherwise complicate a sport that often rewards instinct, and Harper's instincts are wildly and often wondrously aggressive.
More» Harper collides with wall, exits the game|
|As the number of strikeouts reaches all-time highs, it's time to re-think the impact of not making contact. What once was a source of guilt and shame and sleepless nights is now, well, whatever.
More» Tigers 10-K game streak reaches seven|
|Felix Hernandez had a start last week that perfectly encapsulates the essence of what makes him one of the best pitchers in baseball.
More» Felix dominates over eight to earn fifth win|
|It's a topic that, remarkable as it might seem to outsiders, ignites plenty of passion in the industry of baseball: To bunt or not to bunt?
More» Ichiro bunts, error scores two runs|
|Until Wednesday night's A's-Indians game, the methods used to review boundary home run calls had been reliable in terms of their efficacy and efficiency. Despite this access and availability Wednesday night, Angel Hernandez blew it. In a big way.
More» Rosales' double, Melvin's ejection|
|Though the Pirates have started strong and faded late each of the past two seasons, it bodes well for this year's campaign that they did well during a stretch of 28 consecutive games against 2012 contenders.
More» Marte leads off the first with a long ball|
|The Indians' offseason acquisitions brought them two things that were obvious in their absence last season -- power and speed -- but thus far only one of those elements has made many headlines.
More» Indians combine to hit seven home runs|
|Baseball's strikeout epidemic is not limited to the free-swingers hell bent on homers. The eight highest monthly strikeout rates in Major League history have occurred in the past eight months of play, and this doesn't happen unless even the most studious and selective of hitters are striking out at rates at which they are unaccustomed.
More» Darvish strikes out 14 over seven|
|The Phillies' roster is loaded with former All-Stars, but many veterans are likely past their prime, and the team needs to turn it on soon or risk having the core broken up.
More» Hamels goes six strong against the Mets|
|April numbers are either instructive or destructive -- the harbinger of bigger things to come or the creator of false hope and unnecessary stress.
More» Segura's wacky baserunning does not end well|
|Jason Collins' coming out was a big deal. Because as was the case when Jackie Robinson broke into the big leagues, professional sports offered a sign of societal progress. And this particular sign was long, long overdue.
|Though it's only the first month of the baseball season, the Blue Jays really need to start getting it going, beginning with their series against the Red Sox.
More» Dickey gives the Blue Jays seven good frames|
|Baseball fans, media and evaluators have gained a greater understanding and appreciation for the other statistical measures of a player's output. And yet this is still a game inherently built on hits, or lack thereof. When they're not falling, a sport fixated on failure can eat up even the most strong-minded of men.
More» Trumbo wins it in the 13th with a solo homer|
|The Savin Hill Little League near Boston begins play on Saturday, but it will do so without one of its star players, "Mr. Baseball," 8-year old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
|Martin Richard, the 8-year-old victim in last week's Boston Marathon bombings, won't be on the field with his Rangers teammates on Opening Day for the Savin Hill Little League on Saturday. He will, instead, be memorialized prior to the first pitch, and the shock and senselessness of Martin's absence will still sting.
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|The Indians partnered with the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and various emergency response agencies on Tuesday to stage a full-scale emergency exercise, in which a bombing and a hostage situation were staged.
|Before he was Evan Gattis, power-hitting catcher for the Atlanta Braves, he was "Evan From Heaven," a sweet, modest young man with a sincere passion for spiritual exploration.
More» Gattis hits go-ahead home run in eighth|