Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984. Get his insights on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|When Adam Dunn steps in to face Kansas City's James Shields in the first inning of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium, he'll end his career-long drought of never playing in a postseason game.
More» Dunn on A's Wild Card berth clincher|
|During Saturday's 40-minute ceremony to honor the retiring White Sox icon, after a video clip from the 2005 World Series celebration, Jerry Reinsdorf recounted his feelings about Paul Konerko... then gave him a special gift.
More» Reinsdorf talks about Konerko's career|
|Not very many people are going to pick the Royals to win it all. But their chances are a lot better than that of a teenage girl from New Zealand winning a Grammy with a song she wrote about a baseball player from Kansas City.
More» Royals snap 29-year postseason drought|
|Playing the final games of his career this weekend, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko looks back at his ability to play almost every single day as one of his legacies.
More» Konerko reflects on career before homestand|
|It fell to general manager John Mozeliak to reconstruct the Cardinals' lineup, and he's done that, even if his two biggest moves weren't exactly popular ones.
More» Wainwright on Cards clinching the playoffs|
|Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks has proven to be anything but the normal rookie. He lacks the velocity that has become commonplace and may actually be better off without it, as he has learned how to get hitters to beat his sinkers into the ground and pitch in the way that guys like Orel Hershiser and Greg Maddux did.
More» Hendricks holds Cardinals to three runs|
|After Adam Wainwright picked up his 20th victory on Monday night, manager Mike Matheny said all you really need to know about why the Cardinals are as dangerous as any team in the National League. "He's right where we need him to be,'' Matheny said.
More» Wainwright's gem earns him 20th win of '14|
|Let's hear it for the Dodgers. They're doing one of the toughest things in sports -- winning when you're supposed to win. They've wrapped up a playoff spot for the second year in a row under Don Mattingly and head home positioned to nail down an NL West title.
More» Kemp hits a two-run homer to right|
|Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picked up win No. 20 on Friday, but he had to wade through five innings that weren't up to his Cy Young standards. At this time of year, though, the beauty is, a win is still a win.
More» Kershaw fans nine en route to 20th win|
|Felix Hernandez was lifted after just 97 pitches in a crucial game Thursday. But should the Mariners wrap up one of the American League's two Wild Card spots, they'll be glad that manager Lloyd McClendon didn't overextend their ace down the stretch.
More» Felix fans 11 in milestone start|
|Don Mattingly knows he has the best 1-2 combination of starters in the Major Leagues, and he's counting on Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to matter more than any of the nagging questions.
More» Kershaw fans nine over eight to stump Giants|
|Like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, the hits just kept coming for Nori Aoki, much to the amazement of White Sox announcers Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone.
More»Aoki racks in hits against the White Sox|
|While the development of prospects like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara has been encouraging, the emergence of the 28-year-old Jake Arrieta has been just as significant in positioning the Cubs to view themselves as a 2015 surprise team and a definite contender by '16.
More» Arrieta fans 13 in one-hit shutout of Reds|
|It was basically a known fact beforehand, but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale showed the A's and anyone else who was watching on Thursday afternoon that he's among the best pitchers in baseball.
More» Ventura talks about Sale's impressive outing|
|It's time for the A's to put on their hitting shoes. Hopefully, Yoenis Cespedes didn't hide them in his equipment bag when he headed to Fenway Park.
More» Melvin on lack of run support in 2-1 loss|
|Jon Lester, making his eighth start for Oakland, came to the rescue against the White Sox in an 11-2 victory on Tuesday night, allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings and striking out eight.
More» Lester fans eight over eight strong innings|
|His team is sliding down the standings. His long-stalled efforts to secure a new stadium in the Bay Area continue to bear no visible fruit. But A's owner Lew Wolff remains hopeful on both fronts.
More» Lester fans eight over eight strong innings|
|At some point soon, the Athletics are going to pull out of the funk they are in, but Monday night's 5-4 walk-off loss in 12 innings to the White Sox was their ninth setback in 11 games. Their chances to win the American League West have all but vanished and their AL Wild Card lead is down to a game.
More» Gray allows two earned over seven innings|
|The Cubs lineup that took the field Friday afternoon included only two players who were in the Major Leagues at the start of the season. The reinforcements, meanwhile, have been more than holding their own.
More» Soler lifts a sac fly to tie game at 1|
|Sure, Sunday is going to be Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. But the Royals, who have opened our minds, will look to make their presence known.
More» Gordon, Gore on their team's performance|