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My Five - Ways to make MLB better

There has been a lot of media talk dissing this big league season. There is no dominant team to gun for and no compelling storyline, the pundits say. Open your eyes, I say, and enjoy a brand of baseball that would make guys like Ted Williams, Willie Mays and my pops, Big T, proud. It's all about the fundamentals, as good pitching, defense, intensity and confidence have taken some unheralded teams a long way in 2008. This is not to say the league is perfect, however. Here are my five ways to improve MLB. By Sean Raposa.

Zadzooks

Extra Credit: Star Wars: The Clone Wars AT-TE

UPDATED: Here's a case of great news turning to terrible news turning back to promising news when discussing Hasbro's All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer, the AT-TE. The AT-TE has a light-up cannon on top of it, a rear hatch with three doors that magically unfold with the push of a button, a cockpit, six missile turrets (projectiles included) and working side doors.

National Pastime

KILL - My Five - Ways to make MLB better

There has been a lot of media talk dissing this big league season. There is no dominant team to gun for and no compelling storyline, the pundits say. Open your eyes, I say, and enjoy a brand of baseball that would make guys like Ted Williams, Willie Mays and my pops, Big T, proud. It's all about the fundamentals, as good pitching, defense, intensity and confidence have taken some unheralded teams a long way in 2008. This is not to say the league is perfect, however. Here are my five ways to improve MLB. By Sean Raposa.

National Pastime

KILL - Prospect Q&A - Brian Matusz, Orioles

University of San Diego lefty Brian Matusz was the consensus top pitcher available in this year's draft, but Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Kansas City all passed, in part because of signability concerns. Unwilling to pass up the chance to land a potential staff ace, the Orioles took Matusz with the fourth overall pick and signed him to a major league deal including a $3.2 million bonus just hours before the deadline. With his projectable frame, collegiate experience, four-pitch arsenal and impeccable control, Matusz has all the makings of a future star. By Jay LeBlanc.

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Labor Day lineups

Happy Labor Day from Nationals Park, where the (red hot) Nationals start a three-game series against the Phillies this afternoon. Here are the lineups: