Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|Manager Buck Showalter and his talented group of Orioles players believe in each other, and that's the main reason Baltimore clinched its first American League East title since 1997 on Tuesday night.
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|And so on Monday night, the Royals played one of those games in which an entire season of hope flashed before their eyes. They began the day having lost five of seven to slip to 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. With the Tigers having won six of seven at the beginning of the day, the Royals understood what's at stake.
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|If it's September, it must be time for the Cardinals to assert themselves. That's what they're doing, and that's an indication that October might again be special in St. Louis.
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|Three things stemming from Thursday's Marlins-Brewers contest are clear: Everyone hopes for a full recovery for Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, there's no way Milwaukee's Mike Fiers intentionally hit him with a pitch and, thirdly, the game got crazy after that.
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|To see the Orioles leading the American League East by 10 games might lead one to conclude that this season has been easy and that Baltimore has escaped the kind of crippling injuries that have hit the Yankees, Rangers, Braves and others. Nope and nope.
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|The reasons the Angels are the best team in baseball are many, beyond stars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, beyond manager Mike Scioscia and beyond general manager Jerry Dipoto.
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|On Sunday, the Yankees and their fans said thanks to Derek Jeter, an icon who delivered again and again, and who was beloved as much for his decency off the field as his greatness on it.
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|The Royals may not be a perfect team. But they do enough things really well that they've got a great chance to be back in the playoffs for the first time in 29 years. And at a time when the games matter most, the Royals are performing at their highest level.
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|The Rangers may hire another good manager, but Ron Washington's departure leaves a huge hole in the franchise. Here's hoping that this is a brief interruption and that he'll soon be back in the game.
More»Washington resigns due to a personal matter|
|As the Yankees honor Derek Jeter on Sunday, it's not because he wants or needs the attention. Instead, it's our way of telling him how much we appreciate both the kind of player he has been and the kind of man.
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|Manager Joe Girardi managed the game as if the entire season was on the line. In that way, things have gotten simple for the Yankees.
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|Jose Altuve is now inching his way onto some American League Most Valuable Player Award ballots with 193 hits and a .340 batting average.
More» Altuve notches two RBIs, four hits vs. Halos|
|That Bo Porter held the Astros' managerial job for 300 games -- he was dismissed on Monday -- reflects the fact that general manager Jeff Luhnow simply had other priorities.
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|When you see the Dodgers alone atop the National League West for the last month and when you see almost 47,000 a night packing Dodger Stadium, you're struck by just how far this franchise has come in such a short period of time.
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|"Magical" is about the best explanation for what Madison Bumgarner did during Tuesday night's one-hit shutout against the Rockies. Go back and watch it pitch by pitch. Watch the location. And the velocity. And the movement. And then watch it all over again. Watch the hitters. Watch their reaction.
More» Bumgarner fans 13, throws one-hit shutout|
|As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.
More» Harrison collects five RBIs in banner night|
|The Red Sox got better and more interesting on Saturday. The Nation should love watching Cuban outfielders Rusney Castillo and Yoenis Cespedes play together, hopefully for a few years.
More» Farrell talks about Red Sox signing Castillo|
|There's no way to sugarcoat what the loss of Garrett Richards means Angels. It's a punch to the gut, one that will shake the team both in the clubhouse and on the mound. But on tough days like this, the Angels will have to turn the focus from what they've lost to what they still have. They've got enough.
More» Scioscia and players on Richards' injury|
|As much as we've focused on the Nationals and Braves, as much as we wanted to see if the Phillies had one last run in them, the Marlins have kept going.
More» Marlins score five runs in the 7th|
|The top 20 or so teams are so close in talent that postseason berths could be decided by the smallest of things. So as we prepare for yet another stretch run, don't sleep on these five teams. They're not sleepers anymore. There's no such thing.
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