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  1. Central Stage

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    On the morning of Sept. 20, all seemed settled in the National League Central, with the St. Louis Cardinals holding an 8.5-game lead on the Houston Astros, with their magic number only five to eliminate the Astros from the race. It's funny how much n...

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  2. Will These Cards Fold?

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    The St. Louis Cardinals, the National League Central champions and a 100-win team that ran away with its division in each of the past two seasons, this year find themselves stuck in a pennant race for the first time since 2003. The Cardinals have bee...

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  3. That King Cole

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    If Phillies rookie Cole Hamels is beginning to escape his adjustment period, then, boy, was it a quick one. He held the St. Louis Cardinals, the National League's second-best team in terms of win-loss record, to one run on seven hits while striking o...

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  4. Reds' Loss, Nationals' Gain

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Middle relievers might not get a lot of respect in the baseball world, but the Cincinnati Reds apparently believe in them. On Thursday, they acquired right-hander Gary Majewski, one of the game's better setup men, along with left-hander Bill Bray, sh...

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  5. At Cruising Altitude

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    All it took was two starts for Blue Jays right-hander A.J. Burnett to return to peak form. On Tuesday, he tossed a six-hit shutout against the Washington Nationals, striking out seven batters. It was Burnett's ninth career shutout, and it snapped his...

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  6. Chuck's Bandwagon

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    The Atlanta Braves, currently last in the National League East race at 15.5 games behind the first-place New York Mets, might not have anything left to play for this season. However, if it's indeed time for them to turn their focus towards 2007, perh...

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  7. White Hot

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Interleague play sure seems to agree with the Chicago White Sox. Including their four-game sweep of the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series, the White Sox have now won 24 of their last 31 games against National League opponents, including five in...

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  8. Powered by Howard

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Tuesday's final score: New York Yankees 9, Ryan Howard 7. That's right, Howard, the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year and 2006 spring-training home run champion, was responsible for driving in all seven of the Phillies' runs in a 9-7 loss to t...

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  9. This Cain Ain't Bad

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Coming into the season, Giants right-hander Matt Cain was considered a front-runner for the National League Rookie of the Year award. In a late-season, seven-start trial in 2005, Cain managed a 2.33 ERA, 0.928 WHIP and .151 batting average allowed, p...

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  10. Chopped Wood

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Thursday marked the return of Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood, the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year and a four-time 200-strikeout artist. The good news was that he looked healthy in his first start since July 20, 2005. The bad news was that just ...

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  11. National Treasure

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Life in the nation's capital hasn't been anywhere near as difficult for Alfonso Soriano as anticipated. Despite dealing with a position change and a move from a bandbox to a cavernous home ballpark, his numbers through nearly a quarter of the season ...

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  12. Hudson's Crossing Over

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Life in the National League hasn't been quite as easy for Tim Hudson as it was in the American League ... that is, until Wednesday. All it took was a complete game, three-hit, one-run effort against the Mets, a team he has dominated throughout his ca...

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  13. Church's Big Sunday

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Sometimes major-league teams get it wrong and sometimes they get it right. Sometimes, however, it just takes them a little time to realize the error of their ways. And somehow, doesn't it always seem like it's those Washington Nationals who fit the l...

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  14. Familiar Face, New Place

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    The first game of the day Monday, which took place at Shea Stadium, featured a face familiar to New York, Alfonso Soriano. But Soriano, a Yankee from 1999-2003, was wearing a new uniform, that of the Washington Nationals, and he was playing a differe...

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  15. Noah's Mark

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    Fantasy owners, meet your National League pitcher of the month for August: Noah Lowry. The Giants' left-hander held the Mets to one run in eight innings Sunday to finish the month with a perfect five wins in five starts; he had five quality starts, a...

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  16. Great Cy Young Chase

    Tristan Cockcroft ESPN Fantasy Games

    This year's National League Cy Young chase is shaping up to be quite a spectacle, and three of the top contenders were on the mound on Sunday. The Marlins' Dontrelle Willis picked up his 15th win of the season, shutting out the NL's second-best offe...

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