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  1. Rays win streak affecting Price trade talk

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays keep complicating an already wrenching decision -- by winning. Their sweep of the Minnesota Twins over the weekend cut their deficit in the American League East to 7.5 games and in the wild-card race to six game...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  2. Astros have a major perception problem

    Buster Olney

    Perception matters, which is why the chief justice of the Supreme Court has historically worked for unanimity in decisions, and why the loser in the presidential election gives a concession speech, to legitimize the process. Perception...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  3. Inactivity at an all-time high in baseball

    Buster Olney

    Brady Anderson swung as hard as he possibly could throughout the 1996 season and blasted 50 homers. He swung hard on the first pitch, he swung aggressively when the count was 0-2, he swung aggressively always. He scored 117 runs and compiled 92 e...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  4. Rays still determining market for Price

    Buster Olney

    Executives with some teams have not gotten a sense of urgency from the Tampa Bay Rays yet. They say David Price has not been pushed yet. Some other clubs haven't received a final call for a last, best offer. "But they're preparing," one AL officia...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  5. Grooved All-Star pitch is nothing new

    Buster Olney

    Adam Wainwright is earnest and honest and yes, he probably revealed a little more than he intended to about that pitch that he threw to Derek Jeter. But let's put this into context. The tradition of pitchers working to provide a moment for a hitter g...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  6. Ranking the contenders' schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    On July 23, 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 52-48 and slogging along. But what they had in front of them was opportunity, as noted then, in the form of one of the easiest second-half schedules in the big leagues. They proceeded to take full advantag...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  7. A shift in MLB's injury equation

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- In his last start before Masahiro Tanaka landed on the disabled list, his average fastball velocity was 92.1 mph. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs. As the Yankees learned two days later, following an MRI and three doctor co...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  8. Time for the Phillies to turn the page

    Buster Olney

    Philadelphia Phillies fans aren't happy, and they're expressing that through the ticket office: The team's attendance has plummeted, from an incredible (and unsustainable) 44,021 per game just two years ago to the current 30,438 per game. That's a 31...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  9. Yankees face difficult decisions now

    Buster Olney

    Editor's Note: This blog has been updated to reflect official injury news regarding Masahiro Tanaka, released Thursday evening. Somebody wearing a uniform undoubtedly uttered the words "I told you so" on Wednesday night after news of Tanaka's elbo...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  10. A's make a mockery of tanking

    Buster Olney

    The Oakland Athletics are on a pace to win 102 games and their third consecutive AL West title. But they need only 17 more wins to extend another streak that might be even more remarkable: The number of consecutive seasons in which they have won at l...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  11. Better for Yanks if Sabathia calls it quits

    Buster Olney

    David Ortiz recently recalled a time when CC Sabathia drilled him intentionally. There was nothing to do but drop the bat and jog to first base, Ortiz said, because Sabathia has so much credibility and accountability that if he hit you on purpose, we...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  12. Samardzija deal sets stage for Price trade

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- David Price's focus is on doing the best he can for the Tampa Bay Rays, he said here Saturday. But every day, there are reminders that he could be in his last hours with Tampa Bay. Players on other teams text him daily to ask whether h...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  13. Baseball in need of more run production

    Buster Olney

    The topic of parity came up Thursday on "Baseball Tonight," and Rick Sutcliffe mentioned how the sport has changed over the last decade, in the wake of the steroid era. Many, many pitchers have used performance-enhancing drugs, for sure, but the s...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  14. Kershaw pitching historically well

    Buster Olney

    If you're too young to know what Sandy Koufax's excellence looked like in 1965, watch Clayton Kershaw now. If you need a reminder about how dominant Orel Hershiser was in September and October of 1988, watch Kershaw now. Or if you're looking fo...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  15. Bryce Harper already causing controversy

    Buster Olney

    Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals with an attitude, writes Thomas Boswell. From his column: Instead of "Nothing But Natitude," Harper's box could've read, "Nothing But Attitude." The 21-year-old exposed the fissures that have gotten more publi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  16. Boston Red Sox move to resume Jon Lester contract talks

    Buster Olney

    Red Sox ace Jon Lester is eligible for free agency after this season, but the team is taking what might be one last run at trying to sign the left-hander, according to sources.

    Story | Conversation | June 29, 2014