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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.

Milwaukee Brewers Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Yount and Molitor, Then Who?
Two Right Sidebar Images
<p> After one disastrous year in Seattle, the Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. From the American League West to the AL East, to the AL Central to the National League Central, the Brew Crew has won two division titles. Two Hall of Famers — Robin Yount and Paul Molitor — are the faces of the franchise. Who else belongs on the Brewers' Mt. Rushmore?</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

ALCS Game 5 Preview: Red Sox at Tigers

The Tigers need to win last game in Detroit before series moves back to Boston.
In pivotal Game 5 of the ALCS, the Tigers can't afford to go back to Boston down a game.

American League Championship Series – Game 5
Boston at Detroit
8:07 ET Fox
Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75) vs. Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57)

ALCS Game 4 Preview: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

Boston looks to steal another game at Comerica Park
Both Boston and Detroit are looking to get their offense going in ALCS.

American League Championship Series – Game 4
Boston at Detroit
8:07 ET Fox
Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17) vs. Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67)

ALCS Game 3 Preview: Boston Visits Detroit

Red Sox-Tigers series knotted at 1-1
With a thrilling comeback win at Fenway Park, the Red Sox tied the ALCS at 1-1 and now travel to Detroit for Game 3.

American League Championship Series – Game 3
Boston at Detroit
3:07 ET Fox
John Lackey (10-13, 3.52) vs. Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46)

9 Amazing MLB Stats for the Week of July 15-21

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Erik Bedard willingly leaves a no-hitter, the Marlins can’t score and Brandon Phillips emerges as the best lineup protection in the game. These stats and more in this edition of Amazing MLB Stats for the week of July 15-21.

Erik Bedard willingly leaves a no-hitter, the Marlins can’t score and Brandon Phillips emerges as the best lineup protection in the game. These stats and more in this edition of Amazing MLB Stats for the week of July 15-21.

0    Hits allowed by Erik Bedard in 6.1 innings against the Mariners

10 Craziest Parents in Sports

These moms and dads crossed the line at some point during their kid’s sports career.
<p> The craziest parents in sports, including Marv Marinovich, Richard Williams, Earl Woods, William Sanders, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., Lynn and Rick Raisman, Cecil Fielder, Minna Wilson, Andrea McDonald and A.P. Indy.</p>

The craziest parents in sports have all had strange twists and turns along the way to fame or infamy. Many plotted every step of their child’s life. Others got in the way. Some were successful. Some failed. Every one of them made their kid’s journey a wild ride — for better or worse.

1. Marv Marinovich, father of Todd Marinovich

16 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week: April 29-May 5

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
<p> Cleanup hitters struggle, a former utilityman goes off and some dude who's never closed games before is perfect.</p>

There's never a shortage for cool numbers in baseball. Cleanup hitters struggle, a former utilityman goes off and some dude who's never closed games before is perfect. Go figure (which is what we've been doing).

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