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Clinches, Crown cap captivating season finale

Clinches, Crown cap captivating season finale

MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 3, 2012
Four games had important playoff implications on Wednesday, and that didn't include the finale in Kansas City that saw Miguel Cabrera cement himself in baseball lore by winning the first Triple Crown in 45 years.
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  • Fan Cave trio surprised with World Series trip

    Fan Cave trio surprised with World Series trip

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The three remaining dwellers of the MLB Fan Cave received a surprised after they took in the 2,430th and final game of the season on Wednesday: The trio will attend every game of the World Series.
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  • O's will send Johnson or Saunders to face Rangers

    O's will send Johnson or Saunders to face Rangers

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Buck Showalter hasn't yet decided who will start the AL Wild Card matchup against Texas, but one thing is sure: It will be either Steve Johnson or Joe Saunders.
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  • Johnson shows flare for Game No. 162 drama

    Johnson shows flare for Game No. 162 drama

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Oct 3, 2012
    Dan Johnson once again delivered the dramatics in Game No. 162, hitting three homers and driving in five runs for the White Sox in Wednesday night's season finale against the Indians.
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  • Yanks clinch AL East, await O's-Rangers winner

    Yanks clinch AL East, await O's-Rangers winner

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.
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  • A's Beane earned moment to celebrate

    A's Beane earned moment to celebrate

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Billy Beane allowed himself time to celebrate the A's American League West title on Wednesday, something the general manager shorted himself during five previous playoff berths.
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  • 2012 MLB playoff schedule: Postseason picture is set

    2012 MLB playoff schedule: Postseason picture is set

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    It's official. With Baltimore's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay clinching the AL East title for the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, we finally know what the postseason matchups are going to look like. Or at least, we mostly do. The debut of the wild card pla…
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  • Jaffe: A's win the West in a wild one

    Jaffe: A's win the West in a wild one

    In a wild, wild finish, the A's won the AL West by rallying past the Rangers 12-5 and capping a comeback that began when they were 13 games back in late June, says Jay Jaffe.
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  • Rockies head into offseason on winning note

    Rockies head into offseason on winning note

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    DJ LeMahieu's fourth-inning RBI single was the difference as the Rockies finished the worst season in their history with a 2-1 victory.
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  • Kemp slated for shoulder surgery

    Kemp slated for shoulder surgery

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said he will have surgery on his injured left shoulder Friday.
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  • RBI leader Headley's homer overturned on replay

    RBI leader Headley's homer overturned on replay

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    With the National League's RBI title still up for grabs, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke asked the umpires to take another look at Chase Headley's fifth-inning, two-run home run down the right-field line at Miller Park on Wednesday.
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  • Josh Hamilton’s error looms large as Rangers watch A’s celebrat…

    Josh Hamilton’s error looms large as Rangers watch A’s celebrate division title

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    Every bad collapse needs an error to lead the lowlight reels and Josh Hamilton unfortunately found himself as the source for the one fronting the fade of the 2012 Texas Rangers during Wednesday's 12-5 loss at Oakland.With Texas poised to finally escape …
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  • Reds have more trimming to do for NLDS roster

    Reds have more trimming to do for NLDS roster

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    General manager Walt Jocketty and the club will be traveling to San Francisco with 28 players to fill 25 spots on the National League Division Series roster.
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  • Bobby V's future uncertain amid coaching flap

    Bobby V's future uncertain amid coaching flap

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's status for next season is still up in the air, GM Ben Cherington said after Valentine
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  • 3B Youkilis uncertain of future with White Sox

    3B Youkilis uncertain of future with White Sox

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Kevin Youkilis' return to Chicago next season is in doubt despite the fact he solidified a troubled spot for the White Sox at third base.
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  • Soriano Puts In Extra Work, as Yankees See Every Game as a Play…

    Soriano Puts In Extra Work, as Yankees See Every Game as a Playoff

    nytimes.com MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    In Tuesday's game, Joe Girardi asked closer Rafael Soriano to throw more pitches than he had in one game in seven years: 43.
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  • Regulars get rest in Cards' regular-season finale

    Regulars get rest in Cards' regular-season finale

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Knowing that the second National League Wild Card is already theirs, the Cardinals took the opportunity to rest their regulars on Wednesday in the final regular-season game against the Reds.
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  • McCarthy not ruling out a return if A's make deep run

    McCarthy not ruling out a return if A's make deep run

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Exactly four weeks after taking a line drive to the head that fractured his skull and led to emergency surgery, Brandon McCarthy was in the A's clubhouse handing out beers to teammates and spraying champagne Wednesday to celebrate winning the American L…
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  • Sox want to bring back Papi, Ross next season

    Sox want to bring back Papi, Ross next season

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    For all the Red Sox have to figure out this season, they at least know this much: They want David Ortiz and Cody Ross back.
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  • Scherzer reclaims starting assignment in KC

    Scherzer reclaims starting assignment in KC

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Right-hander Max Scherzer made his scheduled start on Wednesday after originally being scratched with an ankle injury sustained in Monday's celebration of the AL Central title. Luis Marte was on stand-by just in case.
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  • Reds' Cueto gets nod in Game 1 against Giants

    Reds' Cueto gets nod in Game 1 against Giants

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed Wednesday that right-hander Johnny Cueto will start the opener of the NL Division Series against San Francisco.
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  • Jays honor retiring IF Vizquel before final game

    Jays honor retiring IF Vizquel before final game

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Toronto Blue Jays have honored retiring infielder Omar Vizquel by having him throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season finale against Minnesota.
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: This One Goes Out To All The A's Fans

    Deadspin Up All Night: This One Goes Out To All The A's Fans

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We'll have more for you tomorrow. In honor of the A's taking the AL West, I give you Bill fucking King. More »
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  • Holy Shit, The Athletics Just Won The AL West

    Holy Shit, The Athletics Just Won The AL West

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    In April, Baseball Prospectus picked the Oakland A's to finish 73-89. In June, we called the team "hopeless," and said they were playing out the string. Today, they beat the Rangers, 12-5, to finish 94-68, one game better than Texas. In first …
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  • Giants considering extra righty in bullpen

    Giants considering extra righty in bullpen

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Though manager Bruce Bochy remained mum on whether his Division Series pitching staff will consist of 11 or 12 Giants, he did toss out a few morsels of information.
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  • The Oakland A’s Cap Off An Incredible Late-Season Comeback And …

    The Oakland A’s Cap Off An Incredible Late-Season Comeback And Win The AL West

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    "The Oakland A's have shocked the Rangers and the baseball world!" That's one way to put it mildly. As Dan Brooks of BrooksBaseball.net reminded us all, the A's had less than a 1 percent chance of even making the playoffs back on June 15. That…
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  • After tough first year, Cherington vows to do better

    After tough first year, Cherington vows to do better

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    In his first season as general manager of the Red Sox, Ben Cherington watched the team finish in last place for the first time in 20 years while producing the worst winning percentage since 1965. How hard was it?
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  • Williams disappointed in result, not approach

    Williams disappointed in result, not approach

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The reason for the White Sox demise over the past two weeks was put into very simple terms by general manager Ken Williams during Wednesday's season-ending interview with the media. "We didn't win enough games, so we're going home," said Williams,
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  • Weaver exits game early with 'general fatigue'

    Weaver exits game early with 'general fatigue'

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Angels ace Jered Weaver left Wednesday's regular-season finale at Safeco Field after just one inning because of what the team called "general fatigue."
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  • Dodgers mulling Hanley's position for 2013

    Dodgers mulling Hanley's position for 2013

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    In the very near future, manager Don Mattingly will sit down with the members of the Dodgers' front office to discuss offseason plans, and Hanley Ramirez's name figures to come up pretty quickly.
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  • Iwakuma non-commital on future with Mariners

    Iwakuma non-commital on future with Mariners

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Shortly after Hisashi Iwakuma finished up one of the best rookie seasons ever for a Mariners starter, the 31-year-old from Japan was asked about his thoughts on returning to Seattle next year.
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  • Cards can once again leapfrog Braves to NLDS

    Cards can once again leapfrog Braves to NLDS

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    In the byproduct of baseball's successful push for a second Wild Card team in each league, the Braves and Cardinals will jockey for that chance to the advance to the National League Division Series.
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  • Royals' bullpen sets AL standard for K's

    Royals' bullpen sets AL standard for K's

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Royals' bullpen entered Wednesday's season finale with a combined strikeout total of 533 -- an American League record. The previous mark of 527 was set byt the 2001 Indians.
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  • Mauer sets career high in games played

    Mauer sets career high in games played

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Joe Mauer set a career high by playing in his 147th game of the year in the season finale against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
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  • A Miserable Season From The Houston Astros Ended With A Gloriou…

    A Miserable Season From The Houston Astros Ended With A Glorious Faceplant In The Dirt

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    Poor Carlos Corporán, who actually had a good game for the 'stros, getting them on the board with a run-scoring single in the first and then grabbing another hit after Houston tied the game in the eighth with a three-run home run. However, a botched hi…
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  • Astros set club record for losses in final NL game

    Astros set club record for losses in final NL game

    CNNSI.com Oct 3, 2012
    Astros set club record for losses in final NL game
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  • Choo wants to stay, but unconcerned with future

    Choo wants to stay, but unconcerned with future

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Shin-Soo Choo seemed surprised when asked if he considered Wednesday's game might be his last with the Indians. The right fielder has not given much thought to the possibility that he could be traded this coming winter.
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  • Nats top Phils, clinch home field for NL playoffs

    Nats top Phils, clinch home field for NL playoffs

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The NL East champion Washington Nationals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 for their majors-high 98th victory.
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  • Phillies let three coaches go after DC finale

    Phillies let three coaches go after DC finale

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Phillies announced their first changes following Wednesday's season finale at Nationals Park, where they informed bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross and first-base coach Sam Perlozzo they will not be back in 2013.
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  • Nats' Johnson expects to be OK after nerve issue

    Nats' Johnson expects to be OK after nerve issue

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Davey Johnson said he left Wednesday's game against the Phillies early because he felt numbness in his left leg, which was later diagnosed as a nerve issue after he underwent a series of X-rays.
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  • Teddy finally wins Presidents Race as Nationals clinch top seed…

    Teddy finally wins Presidents Race as Nationals clinch top seed in National League

    Your browser does not support iframes. These are not your old Washington Nationals any more. That's a fact, of course, that became readily apparent over the course of the 2012 regular season, which ended on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia…
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  • Mets' Alderson: Priority is inking Wright, Dickey

    Mets' Alderson: Priority is inking Wright, Dickey

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Sandy Alderson acknowledged the Mets are unlikely to pursue big-ticket free agents this winter, but team officials will make a priority of signing All-Stars R.A. Dickey and David Wright to extensions.
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  • "What Do You Want Me To Do-Tell You How Bad My Life Is, Ho…

    "What Do You Want Me To Do-Tell You How Bad My Life Is, How Shitty It Is?": Adam Greenberg's Journey Back To The Majors

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    In 2005, Adam Greenberg was struck in the head with a fastball in his first major-league at-bat. He's spent the last seven years trying to get back to the majors. Last week, he signed a one-day contract with the Marlins and got his second career at-bat …
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  • Chipper Jones’ final at-bat: Single to right (Video)

    Chipper Jones’ final at-bat: Single to right (Video)

    yahoo.com MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves continue their season in the NL wild-card game later this week. More baseball might come after that. But as far as the regular season goes, this was it for Chipper: A pinch-hit, line-drive single to right field again…
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  • Postseason to feature variety of new elements

    Postseason to feature variety of new elements

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The 2012 playoffs will feature new commentators in the booth, new tools to analyze the game and a new postseason format altogether.
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  • Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke T-shirts available for discount at …

    Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke T-shirts available for discount at Missouri thrift shop (Photos)

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - They were princes here once. Albert Pujols finished his formative years practically next door and went to college close by, too, before winning three NL MVP awards with the St. Louis Cardinals on the other side of I-70. No, the Cards
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  • No matter the scenario, Darvish to open playoffs

    No matter the scenario, Darvish to open playoffs

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Manager Ron Washington said Yu Darvish will be the Rangers' first starter in the playoffs, whether it's the American League Wild Card game on Friday or an AL Division Series game this weekend.
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  • The Cleveland Indians Can't Stop Grabbing Each Other Inappropri…

    The Cleveland Indians Can't Stop Grabbing Each Other Inappropriately

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    A few weeks ago, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a walk-off single to give the Cleveland Indians a ninth-inning win over the Detroit Tigers. His teammates thanked him by mobbing him and trying to put their fingers in his butt. More »
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks

    Concession Speech: 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    As the regular season winds down, many teams are already facing an offseason filled with golf rounds and hot-stove strategy. But we're not going to let them get off that easy. No sir. No way. In an attempt to bring some closure between franchise and fol…
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  • Robinson's first pitch to be prior to NLDS Game 3

    Robinson's first pitch to be prior to NLDS Game 3

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, according to a baseball source. The Nationals have yet to formally make an announcement.
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  • State of the Race: How to Control Your Own Destiny

    State of the Race: How to Control Your Own Destiny

    nytimes.com Oct 3, 2012
    If the Yankees win Wednesday night, they win the American League East and secure home-field advantage in the American League playoffs.
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  • Bobby Valentine crashes bike in Central Park after reading text…

    Bobby Valentine crashes bike in Central Park after reading text message from Dustin Pedroia

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    Manager down! Bobby Valentine's crash-and-burn 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox came to a metaphorical end in New York on Tuesday when he was the victim of a bike accident near the Central Park reservoir. [Also: Adam Greenberg strikes out in his one …
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  • David Cone Made An Unfortunate Reference To Ichiro's "Chop…

    David Cone Made An Unfortunate Reference To Ichiro's "Chopstick"

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    More than anything, I wager that David Cone's choice of words has more to do with the insatiable pressure that some announcers put on themselves to fill dead air or to feel as if they're adding their perspective to the telecast (especially if they happe…
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  • Mark Ellis commits the worst baserunning mistake of 2012 (Video…

    Mark Ellis commits the worst baserunning mistake of 2012 (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    OK, so there might be a little hyperbole in that headline. Surely there were other baserunners this season who made worst decisions in taking an extra base and were thrown out by an even greater distance than Mark Ellis was at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday …
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  • MLB Notebook: Shields enters record book in loss

    MLB Notebook: Shields enters record book in loss

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Rays starter James Shields became the sixth pitcher since 1918 to strike out 15 batters, issue no walks, surrender at most one run and allow at most two hits in a game. He is the first pitcher to take the loss in such a game.
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  • When Vin Scully Starts Quoting Dylan Thomas, You Pay Attention

    When Vin Scully Starts Quoting Dylan Thomas, You Pay Attention

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    We can all agree Vin Scully is a national treasure, but if anyone dares to question that status, you just have them consider who else would be classy and confident enough to start throwing out Dylan Thomas lines in the more dramatic moments of a Giants-…
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  • We're Not Sure Where "Milwaulke" Is, But Perhaps Nort…

    We're Not Sure Where "Milwaulke" Is, But Perhaps North Of "Chaigoh"

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    This is actually from last week, though provided the opportunity (and being out of town) we're running it today. This is one of the more curious spelling errors, as it's not a simple transposition of letters but the introduction of ones that don't belon…
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  • Quick thinking Trevor Plouffe retreats safely after sliding pas…

    Quick thinking Trevor Plouffe retreats safely after sliding past second base (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    Chances are your attention was directed somewhere other than Rogers Centre during last night's Twins-Blue Jays battle. We obviously don't blame you, but those who did tune in - and the 13,930 in attendance - were treated to a pretty fancy piece of man
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  • Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West

    Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West
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  • Tigers will be a force in the postseason

    Tigers will be a force in the postseason

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    While the Tigers have been inconsistent this year and certainly have flaws, they also have the kind of rotation and star sluggers to play deep into October.
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  • Raul Ibanez delivers when it matters most in Yankees' 4-3 win v…

    Raul Ibanez delivers when it matters most in Yankees' 4-3 win vs. Red Sox

    nydailynews.com Oct 3, 2012
    Raul Ibanez merely delivered the biggest hit of the season, a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Red Sox when the Yankees were about to fall back into a first-place tie with the Orioles.
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  • Cardinals back in (and back into) playoffs with Dodgers loss

    Cardinals back in (and back into) playoffs with Dodgers loss

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    A season ago, the St. Louis Cardinals qualified for the playoffs as the wild card with the help of an epic collapse by the Atlanta Braves. Late on Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, the defending World Series champions backed into the postseason tou…
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  • The Juice: A’s and Rangers all tied up with one to go, Raúl Ib…

    The Juice: A’s and Rangers all tied up with one to go, Raúl Ibañez cuts Yanks magic number to one

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Juice is nearing the end of its fifth season of fun! Stop by each weekday for an ample serving of news from the action, plus great photos, stats and video highlights. It all comes down to this: No, the Texas Rangers haven't known any place but first…
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  • Dodgers chair confirms exploration of AEG bid

    Dodgers chair confirms exploration of AEG bid

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Dodgers chairman Mark Walter on Tuesday confirmed the team's parent company, Guggenheim Partners, is exploring a bid for sports and entertainment goliath AEG.
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  • Back spasms cut short Lester's final outing

    Back spasms cut short Lester's final outing

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Red Sox ace Jon Lester already had 200 innings coming into his final start of the season Tuesday night, a no-decision in a 12-inning, 4-3 loss to the Yankees.
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  • Just like Davis, O's magic ride continues

    Just like Davis, O's magic ride continues

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    No offense to Reggie Jackson, but Chris Davis is becoming Mr. October for the amazing Baltimore Orioles.
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  • Timing still off, Teixeira goes 0-for-6 vs. Sox

    Timing still off, Teixeira goes 0-for-6 vs. Sox

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Mark Teixeira had no problem hearing the Yankee Stadium boos as his 0-for-6 Tuesday night against the Red Sox continued to worsen, because in his mind, he was booing himself.
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  • Hardened by Tougher Tests, Kuroda Says He's Set for Playoffs

    Hardened by Tougher Tests, Kuroda Says He's Set for Playoffs

    nytimes.com Oct 3, 2012
    Hiroki Kuroda, who endured unspeakable punishment from coaches when he played in Japan, has struggled in five September starts, posting a 5.22 E.R.A., but still emerged with a 3-1 record for the month.
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  • Derek Jeter's Diary: The Heat of the Moment

    Derek Jeter's Diary: The Heat of the Moment

    grantland.com Oct 3, 2012
    The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captai...
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  • That's Right, the Pirates Had Another Losing Season

    That's Right, the Pirates Had Another Losing Season

    grantland.com Oct 3, 2012
    Here, for the paranoiacs and conspiracy theorists in our midst, is a brief peek behind the journalistic curtain: Sometimes those of us in the press ch...
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  • Video - Crowning Achievement 07:10

    Crowning Achievement

    Oct 3
    Bob Holtzman on Miguel Cabrera becoming the 10th player to win the Triple Crown since 1920.
  • Video - Yankees Win AL East 00:31

    Yankees Win AL East

    Oct 3
    Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit two home runs as Yankees secure home-field advantage throughout AL Playoffs with 14-2 win over Red Sox.
  • Video - A's Win AL West 00:31

    A's Win AL West

    Oct 3
    Athletics finish off sweep of Rangers with 12-5 win to capture the division title.
  • Video - A's score a pair on error 00:30

    A's score a pair on error

    Oct 3
    TEX@OAK: A's take lead on Hamilton's error in fourth

Sports Columnists

  • Young defensive backs have made their marks

    Oct 3
    At the 2012 draft, wide receivers were the rage, but it's been the rookie DBs who have made a difference, writes John Clayton