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Video chat: Anthony Rizzo
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stops by to take your questions today at 4:45.

Key roster decisions for A's-Royals
The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals have announced their 25-man rosters for Tuesday's wild-card game and since rosters can be changed before the Division Series, it's no surprise that both teams left several starting pitchers off their rosters.

Chat wrap: Playoffs and predictions
Click here for Tuesday's chat wrap.

Simmons best defender of September
Amazingly, we almost got through a full season without naming Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons our Defensive Player of the Month. Alas, Simmons finally won our vote for September.

Does power pitching reign in October?
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One conventional baseball axiom says power pitching wins in the postseason. Think Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson dominating World Series games in the 1960s, or pitchers such as Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett winning in the 2000s with high-octane fastballs, or Justin Verlander blowing away the A's the past two Octobers.

Video chat: Postseason baseball!
Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield talked about what awaits in the postseason and answered all of your playoff-related questions.

Mariners make strides, but fall short
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SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez has pitched 10 years in Seattle, winning a Cy Young (and maybe a second this year), establishing himself as the American League’s premier pitcher .

Tigers pull it off, like you knew they would
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You can sort of feel sorry for the Detroit Tigers, even as they clinched their fourth straight AL Central title, because this one might have been their hardest-fought yet.

A's can now erase second-half fade
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Imagine the weight Sonny Gray carried on his shoulders on Sunday afternoon. How much do 30-plus ballplayers weigh? Add in a coaching staff and front office and all the other personnel that help a team through a season.

Did Pirates mess up by starting Cole?
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You can't fault the way Gerrit Cole pitched Sunday for the Pittsburgh Pirates: Seven innings, four hits, one run, 12 strikeouts. But it wasn't enough as Johnny Cueto throttled the Pirates' lineup, and the Reds scored three runs in the eighth off the Pittsburgh bullpen, giving the NL Central title to the St.

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