Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|The Cubs are building momentum heading into the postseason. Will it matter? Success in the final month of the regular season carries with it no guarantee of similar results in the postseason, particularly since the advent of the Division Series and Wild Card in 1995.
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|Winning ugly? That might have been a cute catchphrase for the Chicago White Sox back in 1983. But there's nothing ugly about winning. That's something the youthful Astros are learning in their effort to make sure they don't turn into pumpkins.
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|One year ago on Tuesday, A.J. Hinch was hired to manage the Houston Astros. It was the day after the 92-loss 2014 season ended.
More»Hinch on Marisnick, Carter, final week of season|
|All games are not created equal. Yes, the Astros are playing one game at a time. They aren't looking ahead. They aren't looking behind. Some games, however, are bigger than others.
More» Carter, McCullers on Astros' victory|
|The Mariners were a Spring Training favorite to make it to the postseason, but after a disappointing season, they turn to Jerry Dipoto, who recently left the Angels, to turn things around.
More»Johns on the Mariners hiring Dipoto as the new GM|
|No, it is not time for the Dodgers to panic -- at least in terms of claiming the NL West title for the third year in a row.
More» Greinke holds Bucs to two over seven-plus|
|The St. Louis Cardinals have clinched their fourth postseason appearance in Mike Matheny's four years as manager, and are also in position to win the National League Central for the third year in a row.
More»MLB Central weighs in on the Cardinals organization|
|Yes, the Pirates clinched a trip to the postseason for the third consecutive season with a 13-7 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field on Wednesday night. And yes, they recognized the moment, but it was with a subdued, closed-clubhouse gathering, where a toast was offered up to celebrate the moment.
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|Pirates closer Mark Melancon was an overnight sensation. It just took seven years for it to happen.
More» Melancon retires Dickerson to notch the save|
|Sometimes fairy tales do come true. Sometimes everybody does live happily ever after. This time could be one of those times for A.J. Burnett and the Pirates after the veteran righty returned to the club the season after leaving as a free agent and spending 2014 with the Phils.
More» Burnett strikes out five in solid outing|
|The Astros have taken a challenging road on their quest to put an end to a stretch of six consecutive losing seasons, while also looking to claim a postseason berth for the first time in a decade
More» Hinch on Valencia, 4-3 loss to Athletics|
|In the final days of July, while the proclaimed contenders were working on deals to bolster their chances down the stretch, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was doing some window shopping. And Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels caught his eye.
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|On an afternoon at Coors Field three years ago, the discussion turned to outfielder Michael Cuddyer and the professionalism he brought to a clubhouse. "He's a Terry Ryan Twin," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. Translation: It's all about the team in the world of Terry Ryan.
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|Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has the slowest fastball in the big leagues. Not that he cares. Buehrle has been a "soft tosser" ever since he can remember. He has, however, always been on a fast track since he got his chance in pro ball. At the age of 36, in his 16th big league season and with a fastball that has averaged 84 mph, he's not planning on slowing down.
More» Buehrle holds Tigers to two runs to earn win|
|Four of five managers hired in 2012 or later who had never managed nor coached before has a winning record
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|After opening this season at Class A Advanced St. Lucie and being promoted to Double-A Binghamton, Michael Conforto found himself in the Mets' lineup on July 24, joining an elite group of nine players not only making their big league debut this year, but making their presence felt in their team's bid for postseason play.
More» Conforto's homer stakes Mets to early lead|
|Twenty-six days remain in baseball's regular season. And already eight of the 10 postseason spots would seem pretty well set. Things seem pretty well set in the National League. However, there still remains something to play for -- home-field advantage in the NL Wild Game, Division Series and League Championship Series.
More» Rangers close gap in AL West|
|With Justin Morneau having just returned to the lineup after being sidelined since May 13 with concussion symptoms and whiplash sustained diving for a ground ball, the Rockies know they have to handle him with care.
More» Morneau singles in return from disabled list|
|Pete Mackanin has never been a full-time big league manager, but perhaps the moment has finally arrived, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby.
More»Mackanin discusses taking the helm of the Phillies|
|"It's uphill time," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It comes down to us having to win games. We had a tough series in Los Angeles. It's not what we wanted, but it is what happened. There's enough baseball left."
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