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  1. Lester, Red Sox won't give up hope

    Joe McDonald

    BOSTON -- A two-game winning streak, by virtue of a pair of walk-off wins, does not make the cellar dwellers of the A.L. East sudden contenders. At 41-51, 9.5 games back in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox still have a long way to go to get back in...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
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  4. NL Central contenders must start shopping

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Milwaukee Brewers looked so out-of-sync and vulnerable in losing four straight games to the Philadelphia Phillies at home this week, it's only natural that St. Louis and Cincinnati would aspire to reach the All-Star break in first place. They'...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  5. Collins: Mets can be contenders

    Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

    NEW YORK -- Even with a four-game winning streak, the New York Mets are seven games under .500. Even with three straight wins against the team that began the week leading the National League East, the Mets are eight games out of first place. Ther...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  6. Tulowitzki homers twice as Rockies beat Padres

    Tulowitzki homers twice as Rockies beat Padres

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | July 09, 2014
  7. Twins to shop Kendrys Morales?

    Doug Mittler

    The Minnesota Twins have considered themselves legitimate postseason contenders (at least publicly), but 15 losses 22 games provided a sobering dose of reality. It could be time for the Twins to become sellers once the All-Star Game festivities concl...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  8. Giants-Athletics Preview

    Giants-Athletics Preview

    Preview | July 06, 2014
  9. 2014 MLB All-Star Game -- Jeff Samardzija ineligible to play foll...

    The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star Game.

    Story | Conversation | July 06, 2014
  10. Manny Machado, Jake McGee among top second-half risers; Charlie B...

    Tristan H. Cockcroft

    Tristan H. Cockcroft discusses which players are poised for big second halves and which players might be worth trading away now because they could disappoint soon.

    Story | Conversation | July 01, 2014
  11. Tanaka's bad call costs Yankees a game

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- For Masahiro Tanaka, the learning curve continues and the adjustment period is far from over. Even though he is 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA, a front-runner for the AL Rookie of the Year and a contender for the AL Cy Young, that much was evide...

    Blog | June 29, 2014
  12. The best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The reason for doing this piece should be pretty obvious: Masahiro Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, leading the American League in wins and ERA. He's not just the clear best rookie so far but a Cy Young and MVP contender. Tanaka makes his 16th star...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  13. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  14. First base options in Texas

    Doug Mittler

    Injuries have become a way of life for the Texas Rangers. ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney recently chronicled how the Rangers have dealt with an inordinate amount of ailments and remained a postseason contender. The list grew even longer Sunday ...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  15. Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets among teams that need to sta...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan identifies four fringe contenders that should become summer sellers, starting with the Pirates and Mets.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  16. Rangers a contender despite injuries

    Buster Olney

    The 2014 Texas Rangers are illogical, from the inordinate number of injuries that have hit them, all the way through Friday's victory over the Indians. The Rangers have lost their first baseman (Prince Fielder), second baseman (Jurickson Profar), cat...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  17. Tote board: Odds for new Sox closer

    Doug Padilla

    The Chicago White Sox will need a new closer now that Matt Lindstrom is on the disabled list, so in the spirit of horse racing's Triple Crown season, we will break down the contenders to win this particular race. Ronald Belisario Post Position: 1...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  18. Trade value for Jason Hammel

    Doug Mittler

    We are still more than a week from Memorial Day, and the Chicago Cubs are 13 games out of first place. It's not as if the Cubs were viewed as viable playoff contenders to begin with, but a 13-27 record only enhances the speculation that Theo Epstein...

    Blog | May 17, 2014