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Lance Lynn gives Cards solid No. 2 starter
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Back in spring training, Lance Lynn was sort of the forgotten guy in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation. There was Adam Wainwright, the ace and Cy Young contender; there was Michael Wacha, coming off that dynamic postseason run and entering his first full season; there was Shelby Miller, the much-heralded first-round pick coming off an excellent rookie season; even Carlos Martinez seemed to get more attention, as fans and writers wondered whether Martinez would transition from hard-throwing eighth-inning reliever to the rotation.

Five things we learned Saturday
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Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at our Hunt for October page.1. Tigers win appeal, beat Royals. Larry Vanover, Tyler Collins and Raul Ibanez.

Royals botching both little, big things
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Ultimately, you place responsibility for a team’s success or failure on its players. But a manager’s job is to put his players in the best position to succeed, and after the Royals lost a second straight game to the Tigers in their weekend showdown series, you may be asking -- again -- if K.

Best pitching seasons of the past 50 years
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With Clayton Kershaw having a season for the ages, where does his year rank among the best ever? Here's my top 20 pitching seasons of the past 50 years.

Five things we learned Friday
Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at our Hunt for October page. 1. Max Scherzer versus James Shields on Saturday could be for all the marbles.

Bad-luck twins: Felix and Samardzija
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Facing the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A lineup Thursday (all the starters rested after the Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night), Felix Hernandez crushed: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K.

ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week
A hearty congrats to the Orioles, Nationals and Angels as they prepare for the postseason, especially Orioles fans, who have been waiting since 1997 to once again don the AL East crown.

Five things we learned on Thursday
Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at the world-famous Hunt for October page.1. The Brewers can't catch a break. What started out as a solid pitching duel between current St.

Five things we learned Wednesday
Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at the world-famous Hunt for October page. 1. This is how Mariners fans feel right now.

David Price hasn't delivered for Tigers
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In some fashion, when Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski traded for David Price, he was making a bold statement: This is the year. Playoffs in 2011, World Series in 2012, one Joaquin Benoit pitch from maybe going back to the World Series in 2013.

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