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|After Adam Wainwright picked up his 20th victory on Monday night, manager Mike Matheny said all you really need to know about why the Cardinals are as dangerous as any team in the National League. "He's right where we need him to be,'' Matheny said.
More» Wainwright's gem earns him 20th win of '14|
|Let's hear it for the Dodgers. They're doing one of the toughest things in sports -- winning when you're supposed to win. They've wrapped up a playoff spot for the second year in a row under Don Mattingly and head home positioned to nail down an NL West title.
More» Kemp hits a two-run homer to right|
|Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picked up win No. 20 on Friday, but he had to wade through five innings that weren't up to his Cy Young standards. At this time of year, though, the beauty is, a win is still a win.
More» Kershaw fans nine en route to 20th win|
|Felix Hernandez was lifted after just 97 pitches in a crucial game Thursday. But should the Mariners wrap up one of the American League's two Wild Card spots, they'll be glad that manager Lloyd McClendon didn't overextend their ace down the stretch.
More» Felix fans 11 in milestone start|
|Don Mattingly knows he has the best 1-2 combination of starters in the Major Leagues, and he's counting on Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to matter more than any of the nagging questions.
More» Kershaw fans nine over eight to stump Giants|
|Like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, the hits just kept coming for Nori Aoki, much to the amazement of White Sox announcers Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone.
More»Aoki racks in hits against the White Sox|
|While the development of prospects like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara has been encouraging, the emergence of the 28-year-old Jake Arrieta has been just as significant in positioning the Cubs to view themselves as a 2015 surprise team and a definite contender by '16.
More» Arrieta fans 13 in one-hit shutout of Reds|
|It was basically a known fact beforehand, but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale showed the A's and anyone else who was watching on Thursday afternoon that he's among the best pitchers in baseball.
More» Ventura talks about Sale's impressive outing|
|It's time for the A's to put on their hitting shoes. Hopefully, Yoenis Cespedes didn't hide them in his equipment bag when he headed to Fenway Park.
More» Melvin on lack of run support in 2-1 loss|
|Jon Lester, making his eighth start for Oakland, came to the rescue against the White Sox in an 11-2 victory on Tuesday night, allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings and striking out eight.
More» Lester fans eight over eight strong innings|
|His team is sliding down the standings. His long-stalled efforts to secure a new stadium in the Bay Area continue to bear no visible fruit. But A's owner Lew Wolff remains hopeful on both fronts.
More» Lester fans eight over eight strong innings|
|At some point soon, the Athletics are going to pull out of the funk they are in, but Monday night's 5-4 walk-off loss in 12 innings to the White Sox was their ninth setback in 11 games. Their chances to win the American League West have all but vanished and their AL Wild Card lead is down to a game.
More» Gray allows two earned over seven innings|
|The Cubs lineup that took the field Friday afternoon included only two players who were in the Major Leagues at the start of the season. The reinforcements, meanwhile, have been more than holding their own.
More» Soler lifts a sac fly to tie game at 1|
|Sure, Sunday is going to be Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. But the Royals, who have opened our minds, will look to make their presence known.
More» Gordon, Gore on their team's performance|
|With center fielder Carlos Gomez returning to Milwaukee to rest a sprained left wrist, there's more pressure than ever for Ryan Braun or Aramis Ramirez to awaken a lineup that was the second-best in the National League before the All-Star break, averaging 4.4 runs per game. But Doug Melvin's been in baseball too long to point a spotlight at any player.
More» Braun laces an RBI single down the line|
|Billy Beane has always been open-ended in searching for solutions to help his roster. He traded his top prospect -- Addison Russell -- to get Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in early July, going all-in to try not just to make the playoffs, but to have a roster capable of winning the World Series. So why not add Adam Dunn? This move could be the one that makes the others pay off.
More»Dunn talks about his plans to retire at seasons end|
|Edwin Jackson, a disappointment since the Cubs signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract is stowed away on the disabled list. He'll be healthy soon, but will there still be room for him in the Cubs' starting rotation?
More» Jackson fans three over six innings vs. Rays|
|When Cuban Jorge Soler takes his place in right field on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, playing alongside newcomers Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez and young veterans Anthony Rizzo (25) and Starlin Castro (24), the Cubs will have a lineup built to last -- the kind that makes fans dream about long runs at the top.
More»Jim Callis discusses Cubs calling up Jorge Soler|
|Nice move by the Pirates today. If Gregory Polanco can't be in Clint Hurdle's lineup on a regular basis, he needs to go somewhere that he can play.
More» Polanco makes a great leaping grab at track|
|Jackie Robinson West lost to the South Korean team by an 8-4 score on Sunday in Williamsport, Pa., in the Little League World Series championship game. But if you thought these kids were defeated, you didn't see Marquis Jackson bounce out of the dugout with a smile on his face to congratulate the champs.