Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette mentioned to reporters Saturday that the second wild card adds hope. That is true, but it also adds a whole lot of uncertainty in the trade market, as American League teams such as the Orioles, the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels weigh the question of buying or selling. In the National League, a lot of the trade intrigue is rooted in the NL Central race, in which four teams are separated by 4½ games. This time of year, small samples can mean everything.
DENVER -- Rookie German Marquez kept his cool after a bench-clearing incident, stymied the Pittsburgh Pirates for seven innings Saturday night and won his third straight start in the Colorado Rockies' 7-3 victory. The loss ended the Pirates' season-high six-game winning streak. It was only their third defeat in the past 15 games and kept Pittsburgh (49-49) from going two games above .500 for the first time this season. Closer Greg Holland threw 34 pitches -- his most in nearly five years -- and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 31st save in 32 opportunities. It was Holland's fourth save where he pitched more than one inning, something he did while earning three of his first four career
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