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Ramiro Mendoza

October surprises unlikely

Enjoy the undercard.

There is an abundance of intriguing storylines in baseball these days, and most of them will be like Matt Kemp's run at the Triple Crown — over and out of sight by the time the World Series rolls around.

Justin Verlander could win 25 games. The Rays and Cardinals could force their way into the playoffs with dramatic victories down the stretch, and the Red Sox and Braves both could survive alarming collapses. Kirk Gibson could put himself on the playoff roster as a one-legged pinch hitter. Whatever.

But the only personalities, feats and maneuvers that will hold up into late October are those that relate to the Yankees, Phillies...