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  1. New James Handbook: Quick Hot Stove fuel

    Christina Kahrl

    It's that quiet time in November on the baseball calendar, before the more serious hardware gets handed out, before the Hot Stove League's coals really light up. How is a baseball fan supposed to cope? Well, if you're jonesing for action, you might t...

    Blog | November 08, 2014
  2. Skip the stats, Maddon an inspired choice

    Christina Kahrl

    For a baseball franchise whose core product for decades has been sentimentality -- about its ballpark and its "lovable losers" legacy -- the Cubs are proving to be relentlessly unsentimental these days. One season in, the Rick Renteria era is over an...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  3. Dodgers' rebound win sweet in the details

    Christina Kahrl

    The Dodgers tied up their series, and though they had a few in-game setbacks, Saturday's win over the Cardinals was more impressive because when things didn't work out, the Dodgers still found a way to win, often by exploiting the star power that mak...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  4. Loss in 18 puts Nats on cusp of elimination

    Christina Kahrl

    It was the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history, in terms of time (the old record was five hours and 50 minutes, set by the Braves and Astros on Oct. 9, 2005). And with 15 relievers used -- seven for San Francisco, eight for Washi...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  5. Tigers pull it off, like you knew they would

    Christina Kahrl

    You can sort of feel sorry for the Detroit Tigers, even as they clinched their fourth straight AL Central title, because this one might have been their hardest-fought yet. But for all the expectations, they've never truly had it easy. That's becau...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  6. Royals botching both little, big things

    Christina Kahrl

    Ultimately, you place responsibility for a team's success or failure on its players. But a manager's job is to put his players in the best position to succeed, and after the Royals lost a second straight game to the Tigers in their weekend showdown s...

    Blog | September 20, 2014
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  8. Nationals' delivery on promise a team thing

    Christina Kahrl

    Some ways of winning you find yourself liking better than you expected. Five and a half months ago, most of us anticipated the Nationals would win the NL East, so now that Washington is on the cusp of clinching, there isn't any drama. It's done. For ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
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  10. A's still optimistic after Lester's big game

    Christina Kahrl

    CHICAGO -- The Athletics didn't anticipate exactly this situation would arise when they traded for Jon Lester: Must-win games in September, against an also-ran, after a crushing loss in extras, after losing a series to the Astros, after falling so fa...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  11. Tigers conjure up roster to win it all with

    Christina Kahrl

    We've all heard this one before, right? Justin Verlander wins a big game against AL Central challenger in September. It's like the Detroit Tigers have a script to follow: Come into the season the overwhelming favorite to win the AL Central, something...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  12. Indians rise to AL stealth contender status

    Christina Kahrl

    Despite Sunday night's rain-delayed outcome, one thing has become clear in the AL Central race: The Cleveland Indians are cutting in on a dance many might have anticipated just the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers were invited to. You might have...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  13. Peavy a key to Giants' stretch-run potential

    Christina Kahrl

    It almost looked like Peavy had a no-hitter in him Saturday night. He pitched into the eighth against the Brewers without allowing a base hit, and just enough things seemed to be breaking his way to make you think he'd wind up with his first career n...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  14. Losing Machado hurts O's lineup, defense

    Christina Kahrl

    CHICAGO -- With the news already out, the Orioles' brass was ready to put the best possible face on the fact that third baseman Manny Machado will have to miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his right knee almost identical to the one ...

    Blog | August 23, 2014
  15. Pirates must rely on big reinforcements

    Christina Kahrl

    This is a big week for the Pittsburgh Pirates, perhaps even a defining week. Monday night's loss to the Atlanta Braves was their sixth straight. They're now two games back in the wild-card standings, with the Braves between them and the Cardinals and...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  16. Athletics need to be worried for stretch run

    Christina Kahrl

    The A's have been on top for months, with the best record in baseball to brag about, and they're supposed to be the runaway winners in the AL West. But in case you've missed it, they're not running away any more, and not just because the Angels have ...

    Blog | August 16, 2014
  17. ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week

    Jason Rosenberg

    Pretty historic vote last night, as Rob Manfred was named the 10th Commissioner of Major League Baseball. A boisterous congratulations from us here at ESPN's SweetSpot Network. As the SweetSpot's own Christina Kahrl noted, there's lots of work ahead ...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  18. Nationals starting to live up to expectations

    Christina Kahrl

    Do the Nationals have the NL East won? It's worth asking now, because with a six-game lead over the Braves after their latest victory over the Mets on Thursday night, we might end up with the Nats walking away. That would no doubt be especially sweet...

    Blog | August 15, 2014