Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|When the Cardinals' Peter Bourjos launched his game-tying two-run homer Sunday night in St. Louis in front of a national television audience, it came against a pitcher who is not just great for his time, but for all time: Mr. Clayton Kershaw.
More» Kershaw fans eight in solid outing vs. Cards|
|The Angels established once again that they're good to the last out. For the Mariners, fighting to prove they're in the same weight class as the two American League West heavyweights from California, there was validation of another kind over a long, challenging weekend at Angel Stadium.
More» Rodney's early 'arrow' rallies Angels|
|Neither Felix Hernandez nor Garrett Richards were around when the Mariners beat the Angels, 3-2, in 12 inning Saturday night. But, says MLB.com's Lyle Spencer, both starters put on a show of excellence.
More» Hernandez allows just two hits over seven|
|Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is 11-2 and sits among the American League leaders in several categories, but he has a message for those anointing him the Angels' new ace: Not so fast.
More» Richards fans eight over seven scoreless|
|With their 10-7 victory completing a four-game sweep of the reeling Rangers on Sunday, the high-flying Angels come to the break having won 26 of their past 35 games, closing to within 1 1/2 games of the A's in the American League West.
More» Trout clears the bases with a double|
|There are some familiar names on the list of authors of one-hitters since 1920 -- including the duo at the top -- along with some names that might surprise you.
More» Stieb loses perfecto with one strike to go|
|Derek Jeter is among an impressive club of legends without an Most Valuable Player Award, as we take a look at numerous all-time greats whose careers ended in Cooperstown, but without MVP hardware.
More» Jeter picks up hit No. 3,000 with a homer|
|As we watch David "Big Papi" Ortiz launch moon shots and drive his Red Sox to World Series championships with the power of a personality as big as his formidable body and talent, the image of Stargell, in another time and place, comes sharply into focus.
More» Papi lines a single, collects third RBI|
|It would be an exaggeration to suggest that baseball life begins at 40, but it doesn't end there. History is rife with superb seasons by players in their 40s.
More» Jeter belts a solo shot off Buehrle|
|Unlike no-hitters and their sense of order with Nolan Ryan as the all-time leader with seven and Sandy Koufax next with four, Major League cycles seem almost random, with precious little rhyme or reason involved. They are wonderful, rare and, well, strangely inexplicable.
More» Trout makes history, hits for cycle|
|Surrounded by superstars Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton, Erick Aybar doesn't draw much attention. That suits him fine. Brilliant with the glove and a versatile weapon offensively, the 30-year-old athlete from the land of shortstops -- the Dominican Republic -- is by most accounts enjoying his finest of nine seasons.
More» Aybar plates Pujols with a single to center|
|That, in case you were wondering, is why Clayton Kershaw makes the big, big bucks. Baseball's close-to-perfect pitcher was as close to perfect as you can get on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
More» Kershaw discusses his no-hitter|
|From first- and second-year players Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, Yasiel Puig and Sonny Gray to players like Josh Donaldson and Jonathan Lucroy, who have taken their careers to the next level, the 2014 All-Star Game is likely to feature several prominent first-timers.
More»Dozier brings giant All-Star ballot to NYC|
|Bobby Welch was a winner, in every respect. He loved working with young kids as an A's special instructor in recent seasons, imparting some wisdom. Welch was 57 when he passed away -- far too young, like his old buddy, Steve Howe.
More»Tommy Lasorda remembers former pitcher Bob Welch|
|A consensus appears to be forming about Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig, who does his electric work a freeway drive away from Trout's house at Dodger Stadium. As total players, taking every aspect of the game into account, Southern California's dazzling young stars are in a class of their own.
More» Mike Trout's game-tying grand slam|
|Filling out a greatest Hall of Fame roster of elite classes gets tricky. It is not unlike trying to choose the five best actors or singers in history. A whole lot of amazingly talented performers are going to be excluded.
More»Pedro on HOF chances, gets videobombed by Ozzie Smith|
|The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are about to play for hockey's Stanley Cup, the first time any teams from the two largest U.S. cities have battled for a title since the Dodgers and Yankees in 1981.
More»Bodley on '81 WS, the last N.Y. vs. L.A. championship|
|One year ago to the day, a character right off a Hollywood studio lot showed up at Dodger Stadium. Yasiel Puig came from Cuba looking like Bo Jackson, muscles piled on top of muscles, and it turned out he could run, hit and throw like Bo, too.
More»MLB.com looks back at Puig's rise to stardom|
|Baseball's 40-something club has a new member getting ready to knock on the door. On June 26, Derek Jeter will be welcomed with open arms by his fellow elder statesmen, who have shown a knack or contributing in major ways in the twilight of their careers.
More» Jeter collects four hits, including a triple|
|The 2014 First-Year Player Draft is coming up, and that always brings back memories to players -- where they were, the anxieties of family members, the anticipation of where they would go and how quickly their name would be called
More» Crawford belts a two-run double in the 7th|