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An O's-Yankees showdown for first place is just what everyone expected, right?

Isn't this weekend just what was expected? The Orioles and Yankees playing on Labor Day weekend in Yankee Stadium with first place in the American League East on the line? The Orioles have a good chance to challenge the Yankees. The Orioles have more pitching depth, a stronger defense and a better offense with Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy heating up. The Yankees are injured

Of pitchers dealt before July 31 deadline, who's the biggest bust?

With Texas pitcher Ryan Dempster getting a win against the Orioles on Monday, that leaves two candidates for the biggest busts among pitchers acquired in trades before July 31. That distinction goes to either the Angels' Zack Greinke or the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez. The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez should be in the mix, but while he's not helping the Pirates, he hasn't been as bad as

Just because July 31 deadline has passed doesn't mean trades will end

Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline has passed, but doesn't mean players can't change teams. The Orioles could still get a third baseman, and the Nationals a catcher. But there's a slight twist in the process. In August, players can be traded if they clear waivers. For example, if the Nationals wanted to trade a big league player for Boston catcher Kelly Shoppach, all big league players

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