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2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

Expect plenty of activity and a few surprises as the baseball world converges on Music City for annual Winter Meetings
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5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

The pitching market has been on the front burner so far during the MLB Hot Stove season. David Price signed a seven-year, $217 million ($31 million AAV) deal to be the ace of the last-place Boston Red Sox, only to see his deal be one-upped by Zack Greinke’s six-year, $206 million ($34 million AAV) contract with the — surprise!

2014 MLB All-Star Team Rosters: Our Picks

What the rosters would look like if Athlon selected the All-Star teams.
On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 Preview

Men in blue believe they can win it all this season
With all the turmoil of the past two years and massive roster turnover, the Dodgers came within two games (and perhaps one cracked rib in Hanley Ramirez’s side) of reaching the World Series for the first time since 1988. Clayton Kershaw and the best starting rotation in the National League provide the foundation for another deep October run.

The most expensive reboot in baseball history — professional sports history — was a success. After buying the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion in 2012, the Guggenheim Partners group green-lighted “spare-no-expense” blockbuster trades and mega-million-dollar free-agent acquisitions that produced a $230 million payroll.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ranking their 40-Man Roster

Examining the team's best and worst players
The Dodgers have quickly become the Evil Empire of the West over the past two seasons, more than doubling their team payroll from 2012 to 2013, which is more than $200 million. But where do they go from here?

Between the end of the World Series and Opening Day every winter, fans are inundated with lists. Rankings of the best shortstop, the best left-handed relievers, the best leadoff men, the best second basemen in runs saved, the best right-handed pinch-hitter in road games in July and more. So, while life can be rather boring without 15 baseball games every night, over the next few weeks I’ll rank players on every 40-man roster.

NLCS Game 6 Preview: Series Moves Back to St. Louis

Dodgers, once again, face elimination
In a rematch of Game 2 starters, the Cardinals and Dodgers likely will stage another pitchers' duel.

In a rematch of Game 2 pitchers, Michael Wacha of St. Louis and Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles, it’s difficult to foresee anything more than a good old-fashioned pitchers’ duel.

NLCS Game 4 Preview: Dodgers Host St. Louis

Los Angeles looks to move even with visiting Cardinals
In a series dominated by pitchers to this point, the Cardinals and Dodgers battle in what could be a pivotal Game 4.

National League Championship Series – Game 4
St. Louis at Los Angeles
7:07 ET TBS
6Ricky Nolasco (13-11, 3.70) vs. Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97)

NLCS Game 2 Preview: Dodgers at St. Louis

After 13-inning marathon, Cards and Dodgers Back at it
After a 13-inning nail-biter in Game 1, the Cardinals and Dodgers face a quick turnaround for Game 2.

National League Championship Series – Game 2
Los Angeles at St. Louis
3:07 ET TBS
Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) vs. Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78)

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