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  1. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  2. New York Yankees contenders? Not the way they played at Fenway

    Wallace Matthews

    When the Yanks need to be playing their best, they're playing their worst.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2013
  3. Key questions remaining for contenders

    Buster Olney

    We're less than a month from the start of spring training, and as one general manager said Monday, we've reached the stage of the winter where what you see is what get, for the most part. Most teams will do a little roster tinkering over th...

    Blog | January 15, 2013
  4. Key questions remain for New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers an...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at four burning questions facing four contenders as we approach the end of the offseason.

    Blog | Conversation | January 15, 2013
  5. Biggest risks of the offseason

    Jim Bowden

    To win a World Series you have to take some risks. And this offseason, plenty of contenders have been taking them. Here are the biggest risks I've seen this winter. Cincinnati Reds The risk: Moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation and Shin-Soo Cho...

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  6. MLB - Gauging homegrown talent of Yankees, Tigers, Rays and Range...

    Kevin Goldstein

    Kevin Goldstein takes a look at the AL playoff teams -- New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays -- and ranks them based on the amount of homegrown talent on each squad.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2011
  7. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians win with cheap relie...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski explains why inexpensive bullpens are the key to the Indians' and Pirates' success, and also points out that there is no correlation between a bullpen's cost and success.

    Story | Conversation | July 26, 2011
  8. MLB contenders, pretenders have month to get in races

    Howard Bryant

    Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.

    Story | Conversation | July 20, 2011
  9. New York Mets' Francisco Rodriguez open to setup role if traded t...

    Francisco Rodriguez said he would give up his closer's role if he were traded to a contender.

    Story | Conversation | June 24, 2011
  10. Report: Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan trying to recruit Andy...

    Andrew Marchand

    While the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers are the leading contenders to land the top free agent starter on the market, Cliff Lee, the Rangers are reportedly also going after Andy Pettitte.

    Story | Conversation | November 29, 2010
  11. Questions for the contenders

    Buster Olney

    The American League playoffs figure to be much more wide open than in recent memory, and as ex-Tigers and ex-Twins great Jack Morris would tell you, in the postseason it comes down to who is throwing well and who is healthy. With that in mind, some r...

    Blog | September 21, 2010
  12. Starting with the fact that each AL team has an ace but questions...

    Buster Olney

    As the playoff picture comes into focus, the American League offers an interesting situation. Essentially, each of the likely playoff contenders has an ace, and then a litany of question marks thereafter. And that's just one of the questions.

    Blog | Conversation | September 21, 2010
  13. The Dog Days of August: Can the New York Yankees repeat?

    Do the New York Yankees have what it takes to survive the dog days of August and be playoff contenders? ESPN.com examines their chances.

    Story | Conversation | August 18, 2010
  14. October full of iffy bullpens awaits

    Aside from the Yankees, Steve Berthiaume is not at all ready to trust any of the other bullpens likely headed to the postseason.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | September 27, 2009
  15. Phil Hughes, Neftali Feliz pitching in relief, carving out fantas...

    James Quintong

    James Quintong discusses the recent trend of contenders using highly touted starting pitching prospects in relief roles, and how Phil Hughes and Neftali Feliz are thriving.

    Story | Conversation | August 12, 2009
  16. Yankees-Rangers Preview

    Yankees-Rangers Preview

    Preview | August 06, 2008