Taking a look at the bizarre AL wild card race

The American League wild card race is bizarre, flawed or mediocre - whatever you choose to call it. In most seasons, teams struggling to stay above .500 would be long gone out of the race. Not this year. Here is what makes the AL wild card race so wild: * The Twins, who lost 103 games in 2016, are contenders even with a rotation that ... read more

Where the American League postseason race stands

With less than two months to go, there's not a lot of drama in the National League races. The Nationals most likely will play either the Cubs, Brewers or surging Cardinals in the Division Series, while the Dodgers will play the winner of the projected Diamondbacks-Rockies wild card game. The American League is more complex. Teams are bunched and a .500 record keeps a team ... read more

Recapping what happened during a busy period leading to non-waiver trade deadline

Last season, the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 seasons. Now they're trying to become the first National League team to win consecutive World Series since the Reds in 1975 and 1976. The Cubs have restocked their roster, trading prospects for big league players. Earlier this month, they acquired pitcher Jose Quintana for the rotation and then got from the Tigers lefty reliever ... read more

Some historical perspective on the Nationals' five-homer inning

The Nationals are the sixth team in big league history to hit five home runs in an inning. They did it in the third inning of a 15-2 win against the Brewers on Thursday at Nationals Park. Brian Goodwin started the string followed by Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon. The historic perspective: * The last team to hit five home runs ... read more

Recapping big trades and previewing more to come

The Nationals fixed their bullpen by trading for Oakland relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. The Chicago Cubs added starter José Quintana, who struck out 12 batters in an 8-0 win against the Orioles in his Cubs debut Sunday at Camden Yards. As the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline approaches on July 31, what's next for teams? The Dodgers, battling Washington for the best ... read more

Taking a look at what's ahead in the second half

As the season resumes, the Milwaukee Brewers are baseball's biggest surprise team with the Minnesota Twins a close second, 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. The Dodgers were the first team to win 60 games and have the best record in baseball at 61-29. The Astros were the second team with 60 wins and have the best record in the American ... read more

Can Nationals get three pitchers on NL staff in All-Star Game?

The Nationals have two starters - and possibly a third - with a case to make the National League All-Star team, but NL manager Joe Maddon has no idea if there's a scenario that would put Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg on the team for the July 11game in Miami's Marlins Park. "I haven't even looked at it,'' the Chicago Cubs' manager said ... read more

Answers to a few questions from around the major leagues

Q: Is the American League East going to be a five-team race all season? A: Yes and that's because every team has virtually the same flaw. The Red Sox have an offense that doesn't need home runs - they've scored seven runs in a game six times without a home run - and a strong bullpen, but pitchers Rick Porcello and David Price still have ... read more