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Nationals' multiple mistakes prove costly
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The Marlins’ comeback to walk off against the Nationals on Monday was one of those happy reminders that you really do have to play the games. With a Miami win expectation that FanGraphs pegged at one or two percent with the Nats up 6-0 after six innings, this is a game the Nationals have to deliver on if they’re ever going to put the Braves away in the NL East race.

Video chat: Power Rankings
Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield answered your questions about this week's Power Rankings.

McGehee's change at the plate working
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When Tim Lincecum hung a slider in the zone like it was a piņata, 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.

Most important NL players in second half
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.

Braves end their infield Uggla-ness
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A few quick takeaways from the Atlanta Braves' accepting the inevitable and finally cutting Dan Uggla loose, because releasing the veteran second baseman not only means the Braves eat the money they owe him, it also means admitting that they effectively lost the trade for him in the first place.

Best outfield D? Don't forget the Marlins
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Earlier this week a New York sports-talk radio host convinced himself that the New York Yankees' outfield combination of Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner was the best in the majors.

Remaining schedules key in NL
An early theme of the 2014 season was parity: Through the first two months, just about every team could still sell themselves on a potential playoff chase.

Fifty random thoughts for Monday morning
Random thoughts for a Monday morning ... 1. As Buster Olney wrote the other day, the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade just ramped up the cost for David Price.

Kinsler, Seager, biggest All-Star snubs
We've reached the most fun part of the All-Star Game: Arguing about the final rosters.The starters and reserves were named on Sunday and it was interesting to note the different philosophies of managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny in filling out their rosters.

Who should make the All-Star teams
Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and myself presented our 34-man All-Star rosters today. Here are our National League selections and here are our American League selections.

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