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What's still at stake the final week of the regular season

With seven days left to play, only one National League team has clinched a playoff spot. From the races to be decided to the awards chases, here's your guide to the homestretch.

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Real or not? Dodgers have a week to show they're best in West

L.A. appears to be better than the Rockies in every way, yet the NL West race is going down to the wire. Can the Dodgers seal the deal?

Pennant chase at a glance: NL spots still up for grabs

We're down to five teams fighting for four playoff berths in the National League. Here's what you need to know heading into the final week.

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Cubs

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Schwarber could be Cubs' October X factor

Kyle Schwarber already has shown that he's comfortable on the biggest stage, so why should this postseason be any different?

Cubs counting on Javier Baez to keep them covered at shortstop

Add this to the roaming infielder's MVP campaign -- he's the Cubs' instant answer to their unexpected need for an everyday shortstop.

Yankees

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Aiming to escape pinstriped anonymity, Aaron Hicks helps Yankees clinch

The center fielder's latest big hit put the Bombers over the top, but is it just setting the stage for October heroics?

Yankees clinch playoff berth with Hicks' walk-off double in 11th

Aaron Hicks drives in Did Gregorius to send the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Orioles and clinch a Wild Card spot.

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Baseball Strategies

The return of Moneyball?

With so many homer-or-strikeout hitters, it's time to re-emphasize putting bat on ball and getting on base. Plus the stats behind the Rays' openers.

In baseball, 5-foot-9 is the new 6-foot-4

In baseball, 5-foot-9 is the new 6-4. Boston's Mookie Betts and Cleveland's equally compact Jose Ramirez are pint-sized sluggers who are built for big moments.

Ohtani, 'openers' and Moneyball 2.0: My 10 favorite MLB stories of 2018

We've seen historic rookies, a pitching revolution and more Billy Beane magic. As October looms, it's been a great year in baseball.

Braves Are Division Champs

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Braves' young talent wins them NL East

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