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Wendy Thurm

Experienced Writer

San Francisco

Wendy Thurm

Accomplished writer with 25-plus years of experience in law, government, politics and journalism. Successful story teller who can write engaging copy, persuasive advocacy, complex analysis, detailed reports and commentary. Strategic thinker. Social media savvy.

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Royals, M's, Yankees surging, but AL wild-card berth still in the distance

Everyone’s talking about the Royals, and for good reason. The defending World Series champs won nine in a row and 12 of their last 13 before getting shut down by Jose Fernandez and the Marlins on Wednesday night. They’ve climbed back into contention in the American League. KC begins Thursday just five games out of the AL's second wild-card spot.
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Dodger injuries and Giants' historically bad tailspin highlight NL West race

Clayton Kershaw last pitched for the Dodgers on June 26. He gave up four earned runs in six innings and took the loss. Four days later, the Dodgers placed Kershaw on the disabled list and announced he had a herniated disc in his lower back. Kershaw hopes to pitch again this season, but there is no timetable for his return.
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Mike Trout's numbers prove he's already great and is headed for place among greatest

At this point in the baseball season, we’re usually lamenting the endless schedule, speculating on September call-ups and handicapping the pennant chase. Not this year. This month has turned into the season of goodbyes, tearful and awkward press conferences typically reserved for October and November.
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MLB playoff races: Laying out teams' paths to October

Counting this weekend, major league teams will each play 17 series between now and the end of the regular season. While schedule isn’t destiny, playoff contenders have varying paths to October, and several non-contenders are in prime position to get in their way and play spoiler. Expect a three-way fight to the end among the Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
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A look at what every MLB contender needs in the second half

The Giants will start the second half of the baseball season with the best record in the league, which may be more of a surprise to the Cubs than to the Giants. With Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto headlining the rotation, San Francisco posted a 45-20 record after April, despite injuries to three every day position players (Hunter Pence, Joe Panik and Matt Duffy), a starting pitcher (Matt Cain), and their eighth-inning set-up guy (Sergio Romo).
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Giants vs. Red Sox in World Series? Idea is not that far-fetched

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After miserable start, Astros showing signs of being a playoff contender

Heading into their Thursday afternoon game against the Diamondbacks, the Astros are riding a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season. That followed a three-game sweep of the Orioles, with only a loss to the Angels sandwiched in between. The Orioles series was notable not just for the sweep but for the way the Astros won: by limiting Baltimore’s high-powered offense to a total of seven runs.
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Not every great player wins a title, but Mike Trout still has time

After a slow start, Mike Trout is atop of the MLB leaderboards. On Fangraphs, Trout leads all major leaguers with 3.1 Wins Above Replacement, thanks to high marks for his defense and baserunning, in addition to his prodigious offense. On Baseball-Reference, Trout sits a shade behind Jose Altuve and Adam Eaton.
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Trying to make sense of why the NL West race is a muddle

Preseason predictions for the National League West envisioned a three-team race. That’s what we’ve seen so far, although the teams in the mix aren’t exactly what pundits expected. The Rockies have been the big surprise, particularly on the road. The Diamondbacks have been the biggest disappointment, particularly at home.
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Nomar Mazara, Aledmys Diaz among rookies taking advantage of golden opportunity

We’re in a golden era for young baseball talent. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are the best players in the game. Manny Machado is making a play to add his name to that list. Same for Carlos Correa. Gregory Polanco and Michael Conforto are knocking the stitches off the ball. Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor are flashing incredible glove work.
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Be wary of small sample sizes when casting your All-Star vote

Major League Baseball kicked off voting for the All-Star Game earlier this week. Entering play on Wednesday, not a single batter had accumulated 100 plate appearances. Not a single starting pitcher had thrown 40 innings. The small sample size caution flag is flapping wildly in the spring breeze.
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Cubs riding pitching, defense, and maybe a little luck, to early success

Even with their loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, the Cubs have the second-best record in baseball at 11-4. If you read any season previews, this isn’t much of a surprise. Many analysts predicted the Cubs would be a powerhouse in the National League Central and seriously contend for the team’s first World Series championship since 1908.
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