Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|We can agree that the trade for James Shields and Wade Davis worked out very well for the Royals. We can agree that the onus placed upon 2014 by a long-suffering Kansas City organization was, in many ways, justifiable.
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|Indians ace Corey Kluber, who has shown a knack for thriving in close games in unassuming fashion this season, has Cleveland's pitching staff headed in right direction.
More» Kluber hurls 8 1/3 superb frames to earn win|
|While the numbers on his baseball card are putting Jose Abreu in special company, so, too, is the number on his back. Abreu, who sports No. 79 on his White Sox jersey, doesn't mind standing out with the type of number usually reserved for non-roster players in Spring Training or September callups. In that spirit, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at some of baseball's strangest jersey numbers.
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|Yasiel Puig is the Dodgers' biggest X-factor and their most fascinating figure as they try to live up to the World Series expectations that accompany their Major League-leading payroll.
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|Paul Konerko led the White Sox to their last World Series title, and in Jose Abreu he sees the talent that could very well lead them to their next. The captain, though, is convinced the club is in good hands for reasons far beyond Abreu's offensive output.
More» Abreu belts a three-run shot to open scoring|
|Baseball's history has been littered with enough occasional examples of comeback clubs that we celebrate their stories and hold onto the hope they provide. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at the 10 greatest September surges in MLB history.
More» Carpenter strikes out 11 in two-hit shutout|
|There are still 3 1/2 weeks remaining in the season, with so much still to be decided. But the annual great debate over Most Valuable Player Awards is underway.
More»Trout should be in 2014 AL MVP conversation|
|The Cardinals awoke Tuesday exactly where so many of us expected them to be this season: Alone in first place in the National League Central. It could be just for the day, or maybe it'll be for the rest of the month, but one gets the sense that the Cardinals, with all apologies to Dennis Green, are who we thought they were.
More» Cards stand alone in first after comeback win|
|August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
More» Hahn, Ventura and Konerko on Dunn trade|
|While clubs such as the Orioles and Nats appear to be locks for division titles, there are underdogs in each division who still have a reasonable shot to make run.
More» Davis clubs go-ahead three-run homer|
|Being particularly good in one category of the game can sometimes override being weak in another. With that in mind, here's a look at each key category and which of the remaining contenders is most adept.
More» Felix fans seven over 5 2/3 innings|
|The Astros are not yet a complete Major League team, and their record makes that clear. But when they took two of three from the Yankees last week, it was a reminder that, for stretch-run contenders, they're not the total pushover they were a year ago.
More» Astros have a team meeting between innings|
|With the help of Cleveland's $6.3 million restoration project, a ballpark that once served as a symbol of Hough's faded past is now the centerpiece of its hopeful future.
More»Cleveland's League Park undergoes renovations|
|Although the Pirates dropped their season-worst seventh straight Tuesday, they did get reigning NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen back from the DL, and the Bucs are still very much in position to make a run at an NL Wild Card spot.
More» McCutchen receives ovation in return from DL|
|The Indians made their 95th error of the season Sunday, 23 more than the league average. While the errors themselves are quantifiable, what's more difficult to determine is how much of an impact they've had on the Tribe's still-present playoff hunt.
|The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Lester strikes out nine over six solid frames|
|They call these the dog days of the baseball season. But for those with an outside shot at a Wild Card berth, now is the time to make a run or fall out of contention for good.
More» McCarthy fans eight over 6 1/3 innings|
|Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw are ahead of the pack in the NL MVP Award race heading down the stretch.
More»MLB Now discusses Stanton and Hernandez|
|Your club is in contention, and it's about to get real. You might not even be considered the most prominent player on your club, but an argument can be made that your performance down the stretch will be vital to its chances of going the distance.
More» Jimenez throws six strong in return from DL|
|We Kansas City Royals bandwagon passengers have endured a rugged ride this season. Every time you start to expect big things from the Royals, they run into heavy traffic. Every time it appears safe to count them out, they go on cruise control in the open lane.
More» Butler pads lead with three-run blast in 5th|