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D-Backs, Tribe could spell doom for contenders

The Diamondbacks and Indians are the two teams who could be major spoilers over the final two-plus weeks of the season.

Originally Published: September 15, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It is a word that should be reserved only for baseball, and exclusively for this time of year. A spoiler is a team with no playoff hope that ruins the hopes for one team, if not more, down the stretch. For some teams, it's all there is to play for in September.

Every year, there usually is a different spoiler. This year, the best candidates are the Diamondbacks and Indians.

The Diamondbacks are the perfect spoilers because they were contenders until early September, when they lost ...

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