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  1. Maddon, Tito can't make Dusty's mistake

    Buster Olney

    CLEVELAND -- Indians GM Chris Antonetti was asked about how many relievers the Indians intend to carry on their roster in Wednesday night's AL wild-card game, and he laughed and said that Terry Francona's preference is to carry about two dozen, so th...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  2. The September race execs are watching

    Buster Olney

    The race that is drawing the most attention among baseball officials might not be that for the AL wild-card spots -- which increasingly appears to be a three teams-for-two-spots situation among the Rays, Indians and Rangers -- nor the final jockeying...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  3. The wild card's negative trade effect

    Buster Olney

    As the second half of the season began, there were eight teams within 2.5 games of the lead in the AL wild-card race, an early sign that the expanded playoff field will do exactly what The Powers That Be want it to do. More opportunity for the posts...

    Blog | July 17, 2012
  4. The value of the wild card may be depressing the trade market - M...

    Buster Olney

    When baseball adopted the second wild card, it was meant to give more teams hope of making the postseason, and it has. But as Buster Olney writes, it could also be depressing the trade market as teams decide whether a wild card berth is worth it.

    Blog | Conversation | July 17, 2012
  5. MLB - Members of Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves organizations ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that following the postseason collapses of the Braves and Red Sox, several members of both organizations are facing uncertain futures, from Terry Francona to Theo Epstein to Jason Heyward.

    Blog | Conversation | September 29, 2011
  6. MLB - History awaits Rays, Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that baseball history awaits the Rays, Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals heading into Wednesday night -- both for better and for worse.

    Blog | Conversation | September 28, 2011
  7. MLB - Ozzie Guillen brings his show to Florida

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while few are expecting the new partnership between Ozzie Guillen and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to work out, there's a chance that the two men could end up getting along fine -- at least for a little while.

    Blog | Conversation | September 27, 2011
  8. MLB - No easy answers for Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that for reeling wild-card leaders Boston and Atlanta, there is little time to find answers.

    Blog | Conversation | September 22, 2011
  9. MLB - Texas Rangers are clicking at the right time

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Texas Rangers are quietly putting it all together and could be a major force in the AL this postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | September 21, 2011
  10. MLB - Boston Red Sox need just one win over Tampa Bay Rays

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Rays are simply a better team than the Red Sox right now -- and it's not even close. But the reality for Boston is that even one win over Tampa in this series could be enough to build a comfortable lead in the wild-card race.

    Blog | Conversation | September 16, 2011
  11. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  12. Gausman key to Orioles' playoff hopes

    Buster Olney

    Fourteen of the 15 American League teams are no further removed from the second wild-card spot than 5.5 games, as of this morning. In other words, 14 of the 15 AL teams should be working with a full dose of hope, including the Houston Astros, who los...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  13. What must go right for each AL contender to make the postseason -...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney runs through all of the current American League playoff contenders and says what must go right in the final month of the season for each team to have a shot at the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2012
  14. Angels dominate Yanks

    Buster Olney

    The Angels are in a dogfight for the AL West and wild card, and so far the Yankees haven't slowed them down.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2004