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Ranking the Top 2014 MLB Pennant Race X-Factors with 1 Month to Go

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Ranking the Top 2014 MLB Pennant Race X-Factors with 1 Month to Go
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The baseball season is a grind.

As the 2014 MLB pennant race hits the stretch drive, it's not just about which teams are playing the best, but also about which teams stay the healthiest. Looking around the league, there are lots of clubs that have recently lost or will soon be regaining key contributors. 

With a heavy dose of injury-related storylines, what follows is a rundown of the biggest X-factors for the MLB playoff race. The ranking criteria are simple.

From Masahiro Tanaka to Hanley Ramirez, the players who crack this list are ranked in order of how profoundly they will impact the chase between now and the end of the season. That means that where a given player's club sits in the standings is of critical importance.

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