Can the Giants win without Pagan? 

September, 17, 2014
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Back in early August, we speculated along with the baseball world about whether Angel Pagan's return after a lengthy absence could really ignite the San Francisco Giants, which had fallen on hard times and been overtaken by the Los Angeles Dodgers for first-place in the National League West.

In Pagan's first five starts back in the Giants lineup, it didn't look like it. San Francisco dropped all five games. Over his next 27 starts, however, the Giants went 19-8, and it became clear just how important the center fielder and leadoff hitter is to this team.

But with Pagan missing the last two games due to the recurrence of his back problems, the Giants run to the playoffs could be in jeopardy.

Wacha's role still uncertain 

September, 17, 2014
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The St. Louis Cardinals got five starts from Michael Wacha during their 2013 run to the World Series. Although the team would love to see a repeat performance from the pitcher in this year's playoffs, there's still too much uncertainty surrounding his recovery to know for certain if that remains possible.

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Will Giants continue to trust Hudson? 

September, 17, 2014
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For now, it looks as thought the San Francisco Giants are going to stick with Tim Hudson in their starting rotation, as the pitcher is expected to take the mound on Friday night in San Diego.

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Where will Zimmerman play? 

September, 17, 2014
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The Washington Nationals, who clinched the National League East crown on Tuesday night, have been without the services of Ryan Zimmerman since July 22, when he tore his hamstring. Now that the playoffs are a certainty, the club will have to figure out what to do with Zimmerman, who is finally nearing a return.

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Sanchez to help Tigers in relief? 

September, 17, 2014
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While the Detroit Tigers remain optimistic that Anibal Sanchez will be able to pitch again for the team at some point in 2014, it's looking more and more like he'll be used out of the bullpen, rather than in the rotation.

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Stanton's season over? 

September, 17, 2014
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Though the Miami Marlins had been hoping that Giancarlo Stanton would be able to get back on the field again in 2014, the slugger's recovery from getting hit in the face with a pitch is not likely to progress quickly enough to allow him to do so.

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The market for Michael Cuddyer 

September, 16, 2014
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Michael Cuddyer is nearing the end of a three-year, $31 contract with the Colorado Rockies, a deal in which the outfielder/first baseman put up solid numbers – when he was able to stay on the field.

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Papelbon's future in Philadelphia 

September, 16, 2014
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The Phillies tried to be as diplomatic as possible regarding Jonathan Papelbon, the volatile closer who drew a seven-game suspension for making a lewd gesture at fans Sunday as he walked off the field to boos in the ninth inning.

"We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday,” concluded a statement released by the club.

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Make or break year in Queens? 

September, 16, 2014
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There are ample signs pointing to manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson keeping their jobs with the New York Mets.

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Will Rays shop Hellickson, Joyce? 

September, 16, 2014
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Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg conceded last week that his 2015 payroll is headed down from a franchise-record $80 million.

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Wren's job in jeopardy? 

September, 16, 2014
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The odds of October baseball in Atlanta are dwindling by the day. The Braves have just a 1.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN.com’s standings, after dropping their fourth straight game Monday night.

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Impact of Ryu injury on Kershaw 

September, 16, 2014
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The Los Angeles Dodgers received some encouraging news Monday when an MRI of Hyun-Jin Ryu's left shoulder showed no structural damage.

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Hill likely to stay in Arizona 

September, 16, 2014
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Aaron Hill was shopped at the July trade deadline and has seen his playing time at second base reduced, but "there is no reason to believe" he will not be back with the Arizona Diamondbacks next season, reports Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona.

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Hammel's fate in October 

September, 15, 2014
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The Oakland Athletics have shuffled their rotation to allow Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray to pitch in a three-game series against the Rangers that begins Tuesday.

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Will the Braves shop Gattis? 

September, 15, 2014
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The slumping Atlanta Braves have played the last six games without Evan Gattis, who remains sidelined due to lingering effects from strep throat.

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