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Trade: Prince Fielder to Rangers

A big trade hit baseball on Wednesday night, and when we say "big," we don't just mean the implications. The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, one of MLB's more sizable stars, is moving to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal on the field seems like a win for Texas; they get Fielder, still a solid hitter even if his power has waned of late, and also clear a spot for promising youngster Jurickson Profar. But Detroit saves more than $70 million, potentially allowing them to sign reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

  • What do you make of the deal that sends the Tigers' Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler?

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  • Is Prince Fielder an elite player?

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  • What is Rangers INF Jurickson Profar's future?

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  • How far will the Tigers go in 2014?

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  • How far will the Rangers go in 2014?

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  • Will the Rangers win a World Series with their current core?

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AL wild-card race down to the wire

Two wins separate the three teams in the American League wild-card race, and nothing is out of the question -- including a three-way tie for two playoff spots. The Rays seem to have the advantage, with a one-game lead over the Indians and a six-game win streak. But the Indians also have won six straight and finish with four games at the woeful Twins. As for the Rangers? They're one game behind the Indians but temporarily halted their monthlong plunge -- three games against the Astros will do that -- and stayed alive. Will they win out at home and keep the pressure on Tampa Bay and Cleveland?

  • Which two teams will reach the AL wild-card playoff game?

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  • Which of the three teams vying for the AL wild card is most likely to advance to the divisional round?

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  • Which of the three teams in the AL wild-card race are you rooting for?

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  • Which of these outcomes would be most surprising?

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  • Would you like to see a three-way tie for the two AL wild-card spots?

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  • Do you like MLB's wild-card playoff system as presently designed?

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Will Rangers make the playoffs?

Whew. It's over. At least, the Texas Rangers' seven-game losing skid is, after Ron Washington's team finally led, then finally won, 7-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Still, Texas -- which fell Wednesday -- has dropped 13 of 16 games, conjuring up memories of last September, when the Rangers went 15-13 and lost the AL West lead in the final week of the season. The sudden fall has allowed the Oakland Athletics to run off with the division lead and put Texas's wild-card hopes in jeopardy. Will the Rangers turn it around in time or watch October baseball from the sidelines?

Will the Rangers make the playoffs?

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  • How much is the loss of Nelson Cruz to suspension hurting the Rangers?

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  • If the Rangers don't make the playoffs, should manager Ron Washington be fired?

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  • If the Rangers make the playoffs, how far will they go?

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  • How will the Rangers fare in 2014?

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Baseball races reach the stretch run

With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?

  • Which team wins the second AL wild card?

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  • Which manager would you rather have in the race for the AL's second wild card?

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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  • Which team will represent the AL in the World Series?

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