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Call it calendar management for Joe Girardi as Yankees' skipper…

Call it calendar management for Joe Girardi as Yankees' skipper is at his best when looking at the big picture

nydailynews.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
He’s not your lovable Uncle Joe. Joe Girardi will never be Joe Torre, no matter how many silly, infantilizing nicknames he employs for his players.
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  • Reporter who said Cano used PEDs apologizes

    Reporter who said Cano used PEDs apologizes

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    A reporter for a North Carolina TV station that falsely accused New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano of failing a performance-enhancing drug test has publicly apologized.
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  • Giants postseason rotation unsettled after top two

    Giants postseason rotation unsettled after top two

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.
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  • Rangers, Orioles on opposite emotional planes

    Rangers, Orioles on opposite emotional planes

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Beyond the numbers and the matchups, emotion could play a huge role in Friday's Orioles-Rangers American League Wild Card Game.
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  • Cubs help present grants and scholarships

    Cubs help present grants and scholarships

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, helped present grants and scholarships to a Chicago-area student and Christopher House during a ceremony at Wrigley Field this week.
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  • Hoyer gets new assistant GM in Rehman

    Hoyer gets new assistant GM in Rehman

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cubs promoted Shiraz Rehman to assistant general manager, reporting to GM Jed Hoyer, on Thursday.
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  • Wrigley Field to add seats behind home plate

    Wrigley Field to add seats behind home plate

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Wrigley Field will get some extra seats behind home plate and may be able to host football games in the future.
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  • Ichiro has unfinished business in postseason

    Ichiro has unfinished business in postseason

    MLB.com deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Ichiro Suzuki is back in the postseason for the first time since the Yankees advanced to the 2001 World Series with a 12-3 Game 5 win over the Mariners, ending the outfielder's historic first season in the United States.
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  • Twins reassign Vavra in coaching staff shakeup

    Twins reassign Vavra in coaching staff shakeup

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Minnesota Twins have fired three coaches and their head athletic trainer in the wake of a second straight last-place finish in the AL Central.
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  • The 2012 season is the greatest season

    The 2012 season is the greatest season

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The superlative makes me uncomfortable unless it can be mathematically measured. I accept the tallest, longest, fastest, heaviest, et al. Subjective assessments, though -- the greatest game, best shortstop, funniest reliever, quickest bat -- routinely b…
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  • Bochy unsure of Giants' NLDS Game 3 starter

    Bochy unsure of Giants' NLDS Game 3 starter

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.
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  • Five keys for Giants in postseason

    Five keys for Giants in postseason

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Giants lost four of the seven regular-season games they played against their National League Division Series opponent, the Cincinnati Reds. But Cincinnati will face a very different San Francisco ballclub.
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  • Minn. lawmakers want Lou Gehrig med records

    Minn. lawmakers want Lou Gehrig med records

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role…
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  • Baseball offenses increased slightly this season

    Baseball offenses increased slightly this season

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Offense in the major leagues increased slightly this season after five consecutive years of drops, while strikeouts reached a record high and walks dropped to their lowest level since 1968.
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  • Washington lets Hamilton issue drop

    Washington lets Hamilton issue drop

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Don't expect another conversation between Rangers manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton concerning his error on a dropped fly ball in Wednesday's loss to Oakland that helped the A's win the American League West title.
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  • Nats' Gonzalez wins Spahn Award as best lefty

    Nats' Gonzalez wins Spahn Award as best lefty

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has won the 2012 Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay's David Price.
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  • Momentum is a myth for playoff-bound teams

    Momentum is a myth for playoff-bound teams

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Rangers are limping into the postseason. The A's and Tigers couldn't be much hotter. But even with baseball's new October format, Jay Jaffe says a playoff spot is like a parking spot.
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  • Phils add Sandberg to staff

    Phils add Sandberg to staff

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ryne Sandberg is back in the big leagues.
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Milwaukee Brewers

    Concession Speech: 2012 Milwaukee Brewers

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    With the regular season over, many teams are 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 follower, we're…
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  • Indians interview Sandy Alomar Jr. for manager

    Indians interview Sandy Alomar Jr. for manager

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Over more than two decades, Sandy Alomar Jr. has been an All-Star player, coach and interim manager for the Cleveland Indians.
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  • Bobby Valentine Bicycles Off Into The Sunset

    Bobby Valentine Bicycles Off Into The Sunset

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Here's Bobby Valentine making his great bike escape from Boston reporters today. He was nice enough to hold an impromptu press conference after reporters caught up to him. And then he pedaled on, bicycle against the traffic, borne back ceaselessly into …
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  • Diamondbacks dismiss broadcasters Daron Sutton and Mark Grace

    Diamondbacks dismiss broadcasters Daron Sutton and Mark Grace

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    In news we could see coming for the past couple of months, the Arizona Diamondbacks officially relieved indefinitely suspended play-by-play man Daron Sutton and color analyst Mark Grace of their announcing duties on Thursday after both finished the 2012…
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  • People Watch The Red Sox, Even When They Suck, And Other Things…

    People Watch The Red Sox, Even When They Suck, And Other Things About MLB TV Ratings

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Attendance is up, but local TV ratings were down six percent across Major League Baseball in 2012. Sports Business Daily has the full rundown of winners and losers. The Tigers were tops in average rating, with 9.13 percent of Detroit televisions tuned t…
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  • Epstein remains excited about Cubs' future

    Epstein remains excited about Cubs' future

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The 2012 season was obviously a disappointment in terms of the final record, but Theo Epstein said he was encouraged by how the Cubs established a better culture, as well as some of the team's additions.
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  • Farrell, Bogar likely options for Boston skipper

    Farrell, Bogar likely options for Boston skipper

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    GM Ben Cherington is not ready to name specific targets in his search for a new manager, but some of the candidates who will likely end up on his radar are John Farrell, Tim Bogar and longtime Boston captain Jason Varitek.
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  • Bobby Valentine fired by Boston Red Sox following 69-93 season

    Bobby Valentine fired by Boston Red Sox following 69-93 season

    To the surprise of pretty much no one in baseball, the Red Sox announced Thursday afternoon that embattled manager Bobby Valentine was fired after only one season at the helm.
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  • Mariners fire hitting coach Chris Chambliss

    Mariners fire hitting coach Chris Chambliss

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Seattle Mariners will not retain hitting coach Chris Chambliss for 2013 after another season during which their offense was among the worst in baseball.
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Philadelphia Phillies

    Concession Speech: 2012 Philadelphia Phillies

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 4, 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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  • Orioles tab Saunders as wild-card game starter

    Orioles tab Saunders as wild-card game starter

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Baltimore Orioles veteran Joe Saunders will start Friday's American League wild-card game against the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter announced Thursday.
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  • MLB attendance rises to highest level since 2008

    MLB attendance rises to highest level since 2008

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's average attendance rose 1.8 percent this year to its highest level since 2008.
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  • Seasoned Verlander eager to resume playoff quest

    Seasoned Verlander eager to resume playoff quest

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Jim Leyland couldn't have predicted the kind of season that would land the Tigers back in the postseason for a second consecutive year. He could predict the encore of his reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.
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  • Venezuelan Man Is Good At Baseball, BBC Is Shocked To Report

    Venezuelan Man Is Good At Baseball, BBC Is Shocked To Report

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The BBC headline (above) describes Miguel Cabrera's triple crown in just about the most British way possible. Despite Venezuelans playing in Major League Baseball since 1939, and Venezuela's finishing ahead of the U.S. in the last World Baseball Classic…
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  • Konerko undergoes successful wrist surgery

    Konerko undergoes successful wrist surgery

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The White Sox announced that first baseman Paul Konerko underwent successful surgery on Thursday morning at RUSH University Medical Center to remove a loose body from his left wrist.
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  • Schilling may sell bloody sock to cover his loans

    Schilling may sell bloody sock to cover his loans

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell the famed blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.
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  • A.L. Wild Card: Same Record, Vastly Different Talent

    A.L. Wild Card: Same Record, Vastly Different Talent

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Orioles and Rangers both finished with the same record to land in the American League wild-card game, but from entirely different directions.
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  • N.L. Wild Card Preview: Braves' Streak Meets Cardinals' Stubbor…

    N.L. Wild Card Preview: Braves' Streak Meets Cardinals' Stubbornness

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Braves hope Kris Medlen's winning streak lasts at least one more game: the National League wild card matchup against St. Louis.
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  • Registration has begun for All-Star ticket strips

    Registration has begun for All-Star ticket strips

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    It really is hard to believe after watching the NL go 13 consecutive summers without winning the All-Star Game, but in 2013 the senior circuit will try to make it four victories in a row.
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  • Maddon, Rays look forward after falling short of goal

    Maddon, Rays look forward after falling short of goal

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Joe Maddon's wife, Jaye, has taken the brunt of any disappointment the Rays manager has felt since the elimination of his team early Tuesday morning.
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  • How The Crazy-Ass AL Division Races Unfolded: Visualizing Momen…

    How The Crazy-Ass AL Division Races Unfolded: Visualizing Momentum

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Athletics and the Yankees clinched their respective division titles on the same day, but the paths they took to get there were very different. The A's budget freight train slammed through a Rangers squad that had sat atop the AL West for over 170 co…
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  • Follow the leader: Cain can set tone for Giants

    Follow the leader: Cain can set tone for Giants

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Asked early in 2011 to identify his most enduring memory of the previous year's Division Series triumph, Matt Cain cited Tim Lincecum's two-hit, 14-strikeout classic in Game 1. That was the Giants' first postseason victory en route to their World Series…
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  • Braves to start Ross over McCann vs. Cardinals

    Braves to start Ross over McCann vs. Cardinals

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Atlanta Braves will start backup catcher David Ross instead of six-time All-Star Brian McCann for Friday's National League wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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  • Touching moments for Miggy, Leyland follow Crown

    Touching moments for Miggy, Leyland follow Crown

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The encounters were between two professionals -- a manager and player. Yet the experiences were so personal they were characteristic of father-and-son moments.
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  • Dedicated Brewers fan attends all 162 games

    Dedicated Brewers fan attends all 162 games

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    Raise your steins and beer mugs, because Ben Rouse has made it. The Milwaukee Brewers fan from Madison, Wis., attended every single game played by his favorite team this season, completing his journey at  Miller Park on Wednesday. We're not just talking…
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  • Fallacy of 'clutch' hitting shouldn't factor into MVP race

    Fallacy of 'clutch' hitting shouldn't factor into MVP race

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Runs and wins count for exactly the same regardless of when they happen, so don't let "clutch" performance factor into the argument for any personal awards.
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  • Royals dismiss Seitzer as hitting coach

    Royals dismiss Seitzer as hitting coach

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Former Royals star Kevin Seitzer, after four years as hitting coach, was dismissed by the Kansas City club on Thursday. The rest of manager Ned Yost's coaching staff will return -- bench coach Chino Cadahia, pitching coach Dave Eiland, first-base coach …
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  • Mets Wave Good-Bye, Leaving Fans to Sort It Out

    Mets Wave Good-Bye, Leaving Fans to Sort It Out

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    Mets fans are left to mutter about another season that didn't really go anywhere. But there's always next year.
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  • The Oakland A's Now Have Their Own Folksy Theme Song

    The Oakland A's Now Have Their Own Folksy Theme Song

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Any good championship run needs a catchy theme song. Unfortunately, it often derives from some iteration of "Don't Stop Believin'," either the original form (see: White Sox, Chicago, 2005) or some customized version, like the San Francisco Gia…
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  • Omar Vizquel calls it a career after 24th season, notches hit i…

    Omar Vizquel calls it a career after 24th season, notches hit in final at-bat

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    He may have been overshadowed by another Venezuelan (Miguel Cabrera) and another retiring infielder (Chipper Jones), but Omar Vizquel deserves some attention for playing in his final game on Wednesday. The 45-year-old web gem wizard threw out the first …
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  • The First Season Of Marlins Park Was A Tremendous Failure

    The First Season Of Marlins Park Was A Tremendous Failure

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Miami Marlins opened their new ballpark in April to much pomp and fanfare and cringe-inducing spectacle, and there were great hopes that the empty orange seats that had come to represent the very idea of baseball in South Florida would fast become b…
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  • Leading Off: A Final Day to Remember

    Leading Off: A Final Day to Remember

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Yankees, the A's and baseball's first triple crown since 1967 gave sportswriters a lot to write about on the season's final day.
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  • A's Pitcher Pat Neshek's Newborn Son Has Died

    A's Pitcher Pat Neshek's Newborn Son Has Died

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    On Monday, the Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot, and just a few hours later pitcher Pat Neshek's wife went into labor. Neshek flew to Florida and was with his wife when she gave birth to a baby boy. More »
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  • Boston couple plays 'Bucks on the Pond' on date

    Boston couple plays 'Bucks on the Pond' on date

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    When a Boston couple went to a recent Red Sox home game on a ballpark date, and at first they weren't sure what to think when the "Bucks on the Pond" crew approached them during the third inning. New episodes of the hit MLB.com game show are b…
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  • Kick save! Canadian Scott Diamond flashes goalie skills against…

    Kick save! Canadian Scott Diamond flashes goalie skills against Jays (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    There's no question this play doesn't happen if Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond isn't Canadian and wasn't making his first career start in his home country against the Toronto Blue Jays. Diamond, like any person born in the Great White North, …
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  • Texas benefits from Nathan's return to form

    Texas benefits from Nathan's return to form

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Joe Nathan converted 37 of 40 save opportunities this season, his first with the Rangers. He had a career-high 31 consecutive saves from April 15-Sept. 12 and made his fifth All-Star team.
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  • Tigers witness Miggy's greatness firsthand

    Tigers witness Miggy's greatness firsthand

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    First baseman Prince Fielder and the rest of the Tigers appreciate having witnessed Miguel Cabrera's historic run to the first Triple Crown in 45 years on Wednesday night.
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  • No cause for disappointment in Baltimore

    No cause for disappointment in Baltimore

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    On Wednesday night the Orioles' slim chance of winning the American League East went up in flames. But shed no tears for this giddy band of overachievers. Applaud their Herculean achievement. They need not pop corks to celebrate this remarkable season.
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  • Joe Girardi & Yankees have consistent Derek Jeter to thank …

    Joe Girardi & Yankees have consistent Derek Jeter to thank for AL East crown

    nydailynews.com Oct 4, 2012
    You walked into a locker room swathed in clear plastic, and the first thing you saw was one future Hall of Famer, Ichiro Suzuki, pouring a bottle of Mumm Napa Brut Champagne over the AL playoffs cap of another future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter.
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  • Posey, Kershaw and Braun among best in NL

    Posey, Kershaw and Braun among best in NL

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (batting average) and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (ERA) are among the NL award winners with the regular season now complete.
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  • Berkman receives ovation from Cardinals faithful

    Berkman receives ovation from Cardinals faithful

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Unless he makes an unexpected appearance on a postseason roster, Lance Berkman's career in St. Louis is likely over. He received a standing ovation Wednesday in the seventh inning for his pinch-hit appearance.
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  • New postseason format spices up races

    New postseason format spices up races

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card to both the American and National Leagues this season. The result was a bounty of drama over the past few weeks as the playoff schedule came together.
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  • Carlos Corporán’s face-plant slide signals end of worst Astros…

    Carlos Corporán’s face-plant slide signals end of worst Astros season ever (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    Kids today don't understand, but the Houston Astros used to be a sound franchise. They used to have great players. They used to win games. They even went to the World Series once. Any more, the Astros are bottom-dwellers, hopefully heading toward an upt…
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  • Longoria's hat trick a sign of what could have been

    Longoria's hat trick a sign of what could have been

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Evan Longoria's three-homer performance in this year's season finale may not have meant as much from a team perspective, as the Rays had been eliminated from playoff contention on Monday, but it might have been equally impressive on a personal level.
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  • Waiting for the Dodgers' Eventual Doom

    Waiting for the Dodgers' Eventual Doom

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    On Monday in Los Angeles, the sun was just starting to set after a 92-degree day, but the Short Stop bar was already glowing like a jack-o'-lantern. W...
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  • Video - Mint Condition: Schilling's Bloody Sock For Sale? 02:58

    Mint Condition: Schilling's Bloody Sock For Sale?

    Oct 4
    SCP Auctions President David Kohler breaks down the potential selling price of Curt Schilling's bloody sock from 2004 World Series.
  • Video - Francona Reacts To Valentine Firing 05:14

    Francona Reacts To Valentine Firing

    Oct 4
    Terry Francona gives his thoughts on what went wrong with Bobby Valentine in Boston and who should be considered for the next Red Sox manager.
  • Video - Bobby Valentine Fired 06:01

    Bobby Valentine Fired

    Oct 4
    Buster Olney reacts to the Red Sox firing of Bobby Valentine after one season as Red Sox manager.
  • Video - Baseball Tonight Minute 01:16

    Baseball Tonight Minute

    Oct 4
    Key ingredients to make it from the start of the playoffs to World Series Champions.

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