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  1. Rays focused on winning, not deadline

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Even with all the trade rumors surrounding David Price, Rays manager Joe Maddon hasn't pulled Price aside to talk to him about how he should handle the approaching trade deadline. "I'm really not into that stuff," said Maddon. "I cou...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. Rays' long-odds comeback adds latest win

    Tommy Rancel

    On June 9, the Tampa Bay Rays entered play with a record of 24-40. Earlier that day the team's eccentric manager, Joe Maddon, unleashed Bobby Henry, a Seminole medicine man who throws turtles in the air hoping to anger the gods into making it rain, o...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  3. Hall of Very Good: Tiant, Oliva elected

    David Schoenfield

    Shawn Anderson runs a fun site called The Hall of Very Good -- a great way of honoring those who fall just short of Cooperstown status. This year's inductees are Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva and ... The San Diego Chicken. Here's Shawn's post introducing th...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  4. Sandoval is Giants' most valuable defender

    Mark Simon

    If the San Francisco Giants do emerge as the top team in the NL West this season, Pablo Sandoval's defense at third base may be a difference-maker. Some may find that odd, but if you disregard his girth, study the numbers and watch a little film, ...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
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  6. Believe in both Lucroy and the Brewers

    Jim Caple

    The Brewers produced a fun video before the All-Star Game, a light-hearted "attack ad" encouraging fans to vote catcher Jonathan Lucroy into the National League starting lineup ahead of Yadier Molina. The video emphasized that Lucroy not only was the...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  7. Can Mudiay find sweet spot overseas?

    Eamonn Brennan

    The New York Times headline could hardly have been more dramatic were it written in 1942 atop Ernie Pyle's byline. It read, "Brandon Jennings Sends Home a Warning from Europe." It sounded dire. "I've gotten paid on time once this year," Brandon Je...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  8. Braves stress the importance of defense

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Andrelton Simmons' eyes tell him everything. He stands where the infield dirt meets the outfield grass. He prepares, knowing where each batter tends to hit the ball. He anticipates where the swing and the pitch will intersect, yet he say...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  9. Angels' rotation may be their weak link

    Christina Kahrl

    The Angels are the second-best team in baseball. Win or lose going into Monday night's game against the AL East-leading Orioles, they were going to be the second-best team in baseball after the fact. They lost, missing the chance to move within a gam...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  10. Lee auditions for Phillies' trade partners

    Jerry Crasnick

    PHILADELPHIA -- It's been a while since the last Cliff Lee sighting on the Citizens Bank Park mound. He went on the disabled list with a strained left elbow on May 18, which means that he was rehabbing through Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father's Day, th...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  11. Don't doubt Sonny Gray as A's ace

    Katie Sharp

    When the Oakland A's pulled off the blockbuster trade for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4, most people assumed Billy Beane was looking to upgrade his rotation and didn't have faith that Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir could carry the ...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  12. McGehee's change at the plate working

    Christina Kahrl

    When Tim Lincecum hung a slider in the zone like it was a pinata, Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee didn't just call it candy, he took it yard ... for his second home run of the season, breaking a 58-game homerless streak. It's an amusing ...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  13. Most important NL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're already a couple of days into the second half of the season, which actually begins well past the actual halfway point of the season, but here are the key players to watch for each National League team. Atlanta Braves: Mike Minor Well,...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  14. Price, Zobrist thriving as deadline looms

    Jason Collette

    The 2014 season for the Tampa Bay Rays has not gone exactly as planned. Myriad issues have led to the Tampa Bay's 46-53 record and its key players having to worry about being traded. The club finds itself in this position for the first time since the...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  15. Angels' bullpen woes may be over

    Christina Kahrl

    After all of the hue and cry over the Angels' bullpen woes, you'd have to think that the decision to trade for closer Huston Street after already getting Jason Grilli from the Pirates would answer their needs. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was second ...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  16. Most important AL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    One player won't make or break a team's playoff push, but here is one key guy for each American League club in the second half. Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis Let's divide Davis' last two years into halves: Second half, 2012: .269/.337/.53...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  17. Count on seeing a great battle in NL Central

    Tommy Rancel

    For years, the American League East has been considered the class of Major League Baseball. While that might have been true in the late '90s into the early 2000s, the past few seasons are proving to be a different story. While the AL East appears to ...

    Blog | July 19, 2014