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"Yeah. It's real. It was real in April and May and June … but, yes, you do feel a sense of heightened awareness. You go to another level, layer."
-- Hurdle, on players' natural reactions when they are in a pennant race and the calendar flips from August to September

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.