|And so on Monday night, the Royals played one of those games in which an entire season of hope flashed before their eyes. They began the day having lost five of seven to slip to 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. With the Tigers having won six of seven at the beginning of the day, the Royals understood what's at stake.
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|The Washington Nationals are within one well-placed victory of a division title. Their triumph in this matter is, by all that is logical, a question of when, not if. The real question about the Nats' short-term future would seem to be whether they can finish with the National League's best record, thus qualifying for home-field advantage in two rounds of the postseason.
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|The Dodgers know they can't let clinching a postseason spot interfere with the patience necessary for the rehabilitation of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is sidelined for the second time this year because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
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|If it's September, it must be time for the Cardinals to assert themselves. That's what they're doing, and that's an indication that October might again be special in St. Louis.
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|OK, there are two weeks left in the regular season, and there are 13 games remaining on the Athletics' schedule. And yes, the A's did put themselves in control of the American League Wild Card race with back-to-back wins against the Mariners on Saturday and Sunday. But manager Bob Melvin said he's not looking at what should be a promising schedule for the A's in the final two weeks of the regular season. His focus, he said, is on Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
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|The Mets are reportedly considering moving in their outfield fences for next season. But that move would have consequences both offensively and defensively.
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|It has been the tale of two very distinct seasons for the Giants -- with and without Angel Pagan in the lineup -- and that pattern held fast as San Francisco's hopes of winning the National League West continued to fade with a 6-2 loss after Pagan was scratched from the lineup because of a stiff back.
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|If balloting for the 2014 National League MVP Award should come down to Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey, the Dodgers' ace got a leg-kick up on the Giants' big bopper Sunday.
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|We can agree that the trade for James Shields and Wade Davis worked out very well for the Royals. We can agree that the onus placed upon 2014 by a long-suffering Kansas City organization was, in many ways, justifiable.
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|The A's added Jon Lester at the July 31 Trade Deadline because he is a proven big-game pitcher, something that Oakland was missing. And he provided a perfect example of what he brings to the table in Sunday's 4-0 win in Seattle.
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|At least most of the 45,205 in attendance got their Hank the Dog bobblehead. The doll became the consolation prize at Miller Park Saturday night. This may not have been the original intention, but it was the actual result.
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|Not long after his two-out RBI double in the first inning had the Dodgers rolling toward four runs off Tim Hudson in Saturday night's 17-0 thrashing of the Giants at AT&T Park, Matt Kemp put the cherry on top with his strike from right field erasing Angel Pagan at the plate on Buster Posey's single.
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|No denying the baseball axiom about momentum being the next game's starting pitcher. The motion, however, has to get started before the momentum takes over. And the Oakland A's may well have found that starting point on Saturday night.
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|This season has not been a time for celebration in Cincinnati. But upon reflection, there is reason to believe that this year can be safely regarded as an aberration, not a trend.
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|The Mariners would appear to have the roughest road to the postseason among the six teams in the running for the final two American League playoff spots. Not that they care.
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|The Giants strongly identify with even-numbered years. If 2014 plays out like '10 and '12, manager Bruce Bochy should be a lock for the Hall of Fame. Bochy has these Giants looking remarkably similar to the World Series champions of '10 and '12, bringing good cheer to the orange-and-black faithful.
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|Three things stemming from Thursday's Marlins-Brewers contest are clear: Everyone hopes for a full recovery for Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, there's no way Milwaukee's Mike Fiers intentionally hit him with a pitch and, thirdly, the game got crazy after that.
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|Indians ace Corey Kluber, who has shown a knack for thriving in close games in unassuming fashion this season, has Cleveland's pitching staff headed in right direction.
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|While the Yankees and Red Sox have come to represent baseball rivalries at their most intense, the Dodgers and Giants also go way back -- to their origins in Brooklyn and upper Manhattan, connected by the New York subway system.
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|The drama involving the Dodgers and the Giants of now has combined with that of 1951 and 1962 to bring back memories of 1982.
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|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.
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|While most of his peers his age have long retired or are playing small roles in the big leagues, 20-year veteran LaTroy Hawkins is closing out games for the Rockies and approaching 1,000 career appearances.
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|Courtney Hawkins did it all in high school, pitching and hitting. But the White Sox turned their No. 5 prospect into a full-time outfielder, and the 20-year-old has the tools to become an above-average Major Leaguer.
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|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.
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|While the numbers on his baseball card are putting Jose Abreu in special company, so, too, is the number on his back. Abreu, who sports No. 79 on his White Sox jersey, doesn't mind standing out with the type of number usually reserved for non-roster players in Spring Training or September callups. In that spirit, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at some of baseball's strangest jersey numbers.
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|To see the Orioles leading the American League East by 10 games might lead one to conclude that this season has been easy and that Baltimore has escaped the kind of crippling injuries that have hit the Yankees, Rangers, Braves and others. Nope and nope.
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|New York City baseball has come to the intersection of no chance and highly improbable as it continues moving toward October. The Mets weeks ago pulled to the curb on No Chance Boulevard and put it in park. Only in the past week have their vitals become noticeable again. And the Yankees, after months dealing with detours, were stuck at a light on Highly Improbable Avenue. Gridlock alert.
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|Yasiel Puig is the Dodgers' biggest X-factor and their most fascinating figure as they try to live up to the World Series expectations that accompany their Major League-leading payroll.
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|It's nearly mid-September after a lengthy spring and summer of baseball, but from now through the end of the month, there will be a slew of significant games. Thank you, Mr. Selig.
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|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.
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