Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|If we can remove ourselves from the reality of how it ended, we can reflect on the A-mazement of what has transpired in Oakland over the past three years. But of course, it's not that easy for the A's or their fans, writes columnist Anthony Castrovince.
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|Recently dismissed manager Ron Gardenhire was not/is not the only thing standing between Minnesota and a return to top-of-the-American-League-Central status. The Twins are a team in transition, and they have been for some time.
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|Sunday was a captivating capper to a Major League season that kept us guessing all the way until the final outs were registered.
More» Zimmermann completes no-hitter|
|This weekend, it's not "Aye, aye, Captain," but "Goodbye, Captain" for Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko. It's a salute to two stars and an acknowledgement that a relic of a role in Major League clubhouses and dugouts has almost been put out to pasture.
More» Konerko honored before the game by Yankees|
|October won't be a forgiving time if the Tigers' bullpen pieces don't align properly.
More» Nathan earns his 33rd save in a 3-2 win|
|This game -- and the people who play it -- will surprise you. That, ultimately, is what we love about it. Let's look at the remaining contenders and the stretch-run surprise guys who are leading their final playoff push.
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|From the crazy to the comical to the unforeseen to the illustrative, here is a list of statistics that have caught our eye this year.
More» Blackmon goes 5-for-5 with homer in Rox win|
|The Orioles and Nationals were the first two teams to clinch their divisions. What will it take for them to meet for the World Series championship?
More»Nationals, Orioles celebrate feat dating back to 1969|
|We can agree that the trade for James Shields and Wade Davis worked out very well for the Royals. We can agree that the onus placed upon 2014 by a long-suffering Kansas City organization was, in many ways, justifiable.
More» Yost on Vargas, Royals' bullpen in 8-4 loss|
|Indians ace Corey Kluber, who has shown a knack for thriving in close games in unassuming fashion this season, has Cleveland's pitching staff headed in right direction.
More» Kluber hurls 8 1/3 superb frames to earn win|
|While the numbers on his baseball card are putting Jose Abreu in special company, so, too, is the number on his back. Abreu, who sports No. 79 on his White Sox jersey, doesn't mind standing out with the type of number usually reserved for non-roster players in Spring Training or September callups. In that spirit, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at some of baseball's strangest jersey numbers.
More» Abreu ties game with RBI single in 3rd|
|Yasiel Puig is the Dodgers' biggest X-factor and their most fascinating figure as they try to live up to the World Series expectations that accompany their Major League-leading payroll.
More» Puig lines a run-scoring single to center|
|Paul Konerko led the White Sox to their last World Series title, and in Jose Abreu he sees the talent that could very well lead them to their next. The captain, though, is convinced the club is in good hands for reasons far beyond Abreu's offensive output.
More» Abreu belts a three-run shot to open scoring|
|Baseball's history has been littered with enough occasional examples of comeback clubs that we celebrate their stories and hold onto the hope they provide. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at the 10 greatest September surges in MLB history.
More» Carpenter strikes out 11 in two-hit shutout|
|There are still 3 1/2 weeks remaining in the season, with so much still to be decided. But the annual great debate over Most Valuable Player Awards is underway.
More»Trout should be in 2014 AL MVP conversation|
|The Cardinals awoke Tuesday exactly where so many of us expected them to be this season: Alone in first place in the National League Central. It could be just for the day, or maybe it'll be for the rest of the month, but one gets the sense that the Cardinals, with all apologies to Dennis Green, are who we thought they were.
More» Cards stand alone in first after comeback win|
|August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
More» Hahn, Ventura and Konerko on Dunn trade|
|While clubs such as the Orioles and Nats appear to be locks for division titles, there are underdogs in each division who still have a reasonable shot to make run.
More» Davis clubs go-ahead three-run homer|
|Being particularly good in one category of the game can sometimes override being weak in another. With that in mind, here's a look at each key category and which of the remaining contenders is most adept.
More» Felix fans seven over 5 2/3 innings|
|The Astros are not yet a complete Major League team, and their record makes that clear. But when they took two of three from the Yankees last week, it was a reminder that, for stretch-run contenders, they're not the total pushover they were a year ago.
More» Astros have a team meeting between innings|