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Fall lineup

How the 40-man roster compromises the pennant races

Updated: September 8, 2010, 5:56 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesDugout a little crowded? Must be September.

THE AIR WAS a brisk 64 degrees on the South Side of Chicago last Sept. 4. The White Sox were seven games out and clinging for dear life in the AL Central; they were hosting the Red Sox, who were in a tight wild-card race with the Rangers. Yet based on the way the game was managed, the only clue that this was something more than a meandering, meaningless spring training game was the temperature.