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Reds held one-game edge vs. Giants in 2012

Reds held one-game edge vs. Giants in 2012

MLB.com nytimes.com Updated Oct 5, 2012
The Reds finished with a 4-3 advantage in the regular-season matchups.
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  • Yanks ready to hit the road, face familiar foe in O's

    Yanks ready to hit the road, face familiar foe in O's

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    It was a bit odd for the Yankees to report for their workout under the lights on Friday at Yankee Stadium, spotting not one but two travel itineraries resting on each clubhouse chair.
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  • Orioles shut down Rangers, advance to ALDS

    Orioles shut down Rangers, advance to ALDS

    The Orioles' magical season continues. The Rangers' collapse is complete. Joe Saunders outdueled Yu Darvish in Baltimore's 5-1 wild-card victory over Texas. Next stop: The Bronx.
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  • ‘Carl’ Ripken Jr. joins TBS wild card broadcast

    ‘Carl’ Ripken Jr. joins TBS wild card broadcast

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 5, 2012
    Carl Ripken Jr.? Of course his name is really Cal Ripken Jr. A Baltimore Orioles legend. Enshrined in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame. Maybe you heard of him. The only possible explanation is that the graphics person for TBS was eating lunch - specifica
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  • Ichiro Suzuki ready for first playoffs in a decade

    Ichiro Suzuki ready for first playoffs in a decade

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki has spent a decade of Octobers watching the baseball playoffs, shouting at his TV like so many fans.
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  • Stewart, Yankees Backup Catcher, Gets a Taste of Success

    Stewart, Yankees Backup Catcher, Gets a Taste of Success

    nytimes.com Oct 5, 2012
    At age 30, the journeyman Chris Stewart will make his first postseason appearance when the Yankees open their American League division series on Sunday.
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  • Clairvoyant Chipper: Jones envisioned Braves’ demise in one-gam…

    Clairvoyant Chipper: Jones envisioned Braves’ demise in one-game wild card

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    Barely two weeks ago, Chipper Jones told reporters what he thought of Major League Baseball's new one-game wild card playoff. He said it was garbage. And, as CBS Eye on Baseball pointed out, what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Jones as saying e…
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  • Cliff Corcoran: Infield fly drama mars Cardinals' wild-card win…

    Cliff Corcoran: Infield fly drama mars Cardinals' wild-card win, a black eye for MLB

    CNNSI.com Oct 5, 2012
    Aided by a questionable infield fly call, the Cardinals eliminated the Braves 6-3 to reach the NLDS. The new wild-card format couldn't have been exposed any quicker, says Cliff Corcoran.
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  • Red Sox eyeing Farrell for vacant manager's job

    Red Sox eyeing Farrell for vacant manager's job

    CNNSI.com Oct 5, 2012
    BOSTON (AP) -- John Farrell sat in the visitors' dugout at Fenway Park as talk intensified that he might be working in the other dugout next year.
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  • Giants carry 12 pitchers as they set playoff roster

    Giants carry 12 pitchers as they set playoff roster

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Giants released their 25-man postseason roster Thursday, electing to go with 12 pitchers and 13 position players.
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  • Francona excited about chance to manage Tribe

    Francona excited about chance to manage Tribe

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- A year away from managing has been enough for Terry Francona, who craves a chance to get back on the field and back inside a major league clubhouse.
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  • A.L.D.S.: Detroit's Stars Against Oakland's Bargains

    A.L.D.S.: Detroit's Stars Against Oakland's Bargains

    nytimes.com Oct 5, 2012
    Detroit has Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. Oakland counters with Coco Crisp.
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  • Bochy prefers clinching postseason trip earlier

    Bochy prefers clinching postseason trip earlier

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Giants went 5-5 in the 10 games that were played after they clinched this season.
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  • Cardinals move on to NLDS; Braves' protest denied

    Cardinals move on to NLDS; Braves' protest denied

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Friday.
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  • A-Rod focused as 'real season starts now'

    A-Rod focused as 'real season starts now'

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Alex Rodriguez grades his season as "incomplete," left to wonder what might have been if a Felix Hernandez fastball hadn't shattered his left hand with a pitch back on July 24 at Safeco Field.
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  • Pettitte tries to use lengthy layoff to his advantage

    Pettitte tries to use lengthy layoff to his advantage

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Andy Pettitte threw a pitch at Yankee Stadium during last October's postseason, but that was only ceremonial before Game 2 of the American League Division Series. Now out of retirement, Pettitte is back in New York's starting rotation with an opportunit…
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  • NL wild card game: Cardinals capitalize on Braves mistakes to a…

    NL wild card game: Cardinals capitalize on Braves mistakes to advance

    Score and situation: In the first ever wild-card play-in game, the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NL Division Series with a wild 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Leading lads: Kyle Lohse rewarded Mike Matheny's faith with a stro…
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  • Bad infield fly rule call mars Cardinals victory over Braves in…

    Bad infield fly rule call mars Cardinals victory over Braves in NL wild card game

    It only took eight innings for baseball's umpires to register the worst call of the postseason and the Atlanta Braves paid a big price for it in their 6-3 National League wild card loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With one out in the eighth inning and r…
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  • Tracy, Geivett begin extensive talks on Rox future

    Tracy, Geivett begin extensive talks on Rox future

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    A wide-ranging discussion about the Rockies' future between manager Jim Tracy and senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett began on Friday, but will continue, a club official told MLB.com.
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  • Lopez stays sharp in more specialized role

    Lopez stays sharp in more specialized role

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    It's difficult for a reliever to maintain consistency when he doesn't face a lot of batters. Somehow, Javier Lopez has overcome this challenge.
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  • Giants go with lefty Blanco in lineup vs. Cueto

    Giants go with lefty Blanco in lineup vs. Cueto

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    With little fanfare, and without listing players one through nine, manager Bruce Bochy named the Giants' lineup for Saturday's Division Series opener against Cincinnati.
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  • O's punch ticket to ALDS with Wild win in Texas

    O's punch ticket to ALDS with Wild win in Texas

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Orioles -- denied a proper celebration of their postseason berth in 15 years because of plane troubles -- broke out the bubbly after punching a ticket to the ALDS on Friday in Texas.
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  • Kemp has surgery, should be set for '13 opener

    Kemp has surgery, should be set for '13 opener

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder Friday and should be ready for Opening Day.
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  • Tigers' Cabrera embracing Triple Crown frenzy

    Tigers' Cabrera embracing Triple Crown frenzy

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    After securing the Triple Crown on the final game of the season, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been cashing in.
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  • For Stubbs, it's 'refreshing' to start with clean slate

    For Stubbs, it's 'refreshing' to start with clean slate

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Few Reds were likely happier to reset the statistics for the postseason than center fielder Drew Stubbs, who struggled at the plate much of the season. Stubbs batted .213 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.
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  • Rangers still believe Hamilton will carry them

    Rangers still believe Hamilton will carry them

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Despite Josh Hamilton's recent struggles, the Rangers are confident that he will play a big part in their postseason success again this year.
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  • Neshek joins A's for ALDS following tragedy

    Neshek joins A's for ALDS following tragedy

    Just two days after the sudden and heartbreaking passing of their 1-day-old son, pitcher Pat Neshek and his wife flew from their home in Florida to Detroit to rejoin the A's as they prepare to begin the American League Division Series on Saturday.
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  • Twins' Ryan to return as GM without interim tag

    Twins' Ryan to return as GM without interim tag

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The latest change made by the Minnesota Twins in an offseason that will be full of them was the least surprising: general manager Terry Ryan's removal of the interim tag on his title.
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  • A's rookie Parker to face Verlander in Game 1

    A's rookie Parker to face Verlander in Game 1

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    One team has the reigning MVP and another player who just won the Triple Crown.
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  • Milone a not-so-fast flash of the past

    Milone a not-so-fast flash of the past

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Tommy Milone's strategy on the mound is typical of the classic left-hander without an electric arm. What's surprising is how quickly he has learned to use his offspeed pitches to complement an upper-80s fastball.
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  • MLB.com's guide to the postseason

    MLB.com's guide to the postseason

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The 2012 postseason is under way, and here is MLB.com's guide to popular interactive options through the World Series.
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  • Tigers' interest in Cespedes was more than passing

    Tigers' interest in Cespedes was more than passing

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    What if the Tigers' worry about Yoenis Cespedes was where to hit him, instead of how to pitch to him?
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  • Rays officially release right-hander Bush

    Rays officially release right-hander Bush

    MLB.com yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    It was announced Friday that Tampa Bay has officially released right-hander Matt Bush.
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  • Wrigley OK'd to move infield wall, add 56 seats

    Wrigley OK'd to move infield wall, add 56 seats

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Chicago Cubs have received permission to add seats at Wrigley Field.
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  • The Rosters For The Wild-Card Deathmatch Games Are Pretty Wacky…

    The Rosters For The Wild-Card Deathmatch Games Are Pretty Wacky

    deadspin.com Oct 5, 2012
    Big baseball games coming your way: Cardinals-Braves right now, and Rangers-Orioles at 8:37 p.m. Both air on TBS, if they're not preempted by whatever Tyler Perry show was originally scheduled. These games will, if all goes according to plan, excite you…
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  • Jason Heyward Fought The Sun To Make A Spectacular Home Run-Rob…

    Jason Heyward Fought The Sun To Make A Spectacular Home Run-Robbing Catch

    deadspin.com Oct 5, 2012
    The MLB postseason is here! Our first of the two goofy-ass Wild Card games is underway, and it's already forcing us to spin up the highlight reel. Here's Jason Heyward working against the sun to rob Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina of a home run, and kee…
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  • Your MLB Wild Card Death Match Open Thread

    Your MLB Wild Card Death Match Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 5, 2012
    Hey everyone, the playoffs start tonight! We've got two do-or-die games to watch: The Cardinals are taking on the Braves at 5:07 p.m. EDT, and the Orioles are squaring off against the Rangers at 8:37 p.m. EDT. That's like, seven straight hours of baseba…
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  • Matheny willing to use late-inning relievers earlier

    Matheny willing to use late-inning relievers earlier

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The sequence of Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte to preserve a narrow lead over the final three innings is a pattern that manager Mike Matheny has hardly needed to deviate from. Friday's win-or-go-home Wild Card game could test that.
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  • Chipper well-prepared for final postseason run

    Chipper well-prepared for final postseason run

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    As the Braves prepared to play Friday's Wild Card playoff against the Cardinals at Turner Field, Chipper Jones did not seem the least bit fazed by the fact that he could be preparing for the final game of his storied career.
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  • Second-year umpire Barry picked for Tigers-A's

    Second-year umpire Barry picked for Tigers-A's

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Scott Barry, completing just his second season as a full-time major league umpire, has been selected to work the AL division series between Detroit and Oakland.
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  • Iannetta reaches three-year contract with Angels

    Iannetta reaches three-year contract with Angels

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Iannetta and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a three-year contract, a deal that keeps the catcher from becoming a free agent.
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  • Scherzer slated for Game 4 in Tigers rotation

    Scherzer slated for Game 4 in Tigers rotation

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Tigers manager Jim Leyland named his entire starting rotation for the American League Division Series against the A's on Friday with the only surprise being Max Scherzer starting Game 4, if necessary, on Wednesday in Oakland.
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  • Pols want to investigate if Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig’s dis…

    Pols want to investigate if Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig’s disease

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    More than 70 years after Lou Gehrig's death, a group of legislators have launched a bid to investigate whether the baseball icon really died of the disease that carries his name. Gehrig passed away in 1941 at the age of 37, following a Hall of Fame care…
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  • Postseason anthem: Cardinals fans are Taylor Swifting their way…

    Postseason anthem: Cardinals fans are Taylor Swifting their way past the Braves

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    'Tis the season to be creating playoff parody songs for Big League Stew's enjoyment and we have to hand it to these three lovely ladies from St. Louis: It takes a lot of conviction to go through the trouble of co-opting Taylor Swift's hot new song when …
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  • Dodgers will 'beautify and modernize' stadium

    Dodgers will 'beautify and modernize' stadium

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said on Thursday that the club is moving forward with offseason plans to "beautify and modernize" Dodger Stadium.
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  • 10 numbers for the Orioles-Rangers wild card

    10 numbers for the Orioles-Rangers wild card

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    As the postseason opens with its first-ever wild-card games,  Alex Remington takes  a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each do-or-die contest. Next up: The American League game featuring the Baltimore Orioles visiting the Texas Ra
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  • Tom Verducci: One-game wild-card playoffs offer history, excite…

    Tom Verducci: One-game wild-card playoffs offer history, excitement -- and pressure

    CNNSI.com Oct 5, 2012
    This is a historic night in baseball: back-to-back elimination games to begin the postseason, with two teams facing the cold possibility of getting booted from the postseason without ever playing a home game. The format brings guaranteed urgency to the …
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  • Source Of Robinson Cano PED Rumor Says He's Sorry, TV Station M…

    Source Of Robinson Cano PED Rumor Says He's Sorry, TV Station Makes On-Air Apology

    deadspin.com Oct 5, 2012
    Charlotte reporter Dan Tordjman offered a Twitter apology yesterday and his employer, ABC affiliate WSOC, issued an on-air mea culpa in the aftermath of his spreading a false rumor about Robinson Cano being busted for performance-enhancing drugs by MLB.…
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  • Decisive Game 1s Could Add to the Drama

    Decisive Game 1s Could Add to the Drama

    nytimes.com Oct 5, 2012
    A video from MLB Productions serves to demonstrate that baseball's elimination games have often produced moments that require no introduction or explanation.
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  • Game Times Are Set for First Two Yankees Games

    Game Times Are Set for First Two Yankees Games

    Game 1 of the Yankees' division series, which will be either at Baltimore or at Texas, will start at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. Game 2 is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. and both games will be televised on TBS.
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  • 10 numbers for the Cardinals-Braves wild card

    10 numbers for the Cardinals-Braves wild card

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    As the postseason opens with its first-ever wild card games,  Alex Remington takes  a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each do-or-die contest. First up: The National League game featuring the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Atlant
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  • Five keys for A's in postseason

    Five keys for A's in postseason

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The A's are back in Detroit, home to their last postseason appearance six years ago, when the Tigers claimed victory in the American League Championship Series. For this year's squad plenty will have to go right for the A's to keep rolling in the fashio…
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  • Giants debating position player-pitcher breakdown

    Giants debating position player-pitcher breakdown

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Giants are continuing to mull the final details of their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series, with manager Bruce Bochy saying Thursday that a final decision will likely be announced Friday.
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  • Giants officially tab Bumgarner for Game 2 start

    Giants officially tab Bumgarner for Game 2 start

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Giants officially named Madison Bumgarner as their starter for Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Reds, with the 23-year-old left-hander following up ace Matt Cain, who will pitch for the Giants in Saturday's opener.
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  • Adversity overcome speaks to A's talent

    Adversity overcome speaks to A's talent

    MLB.com Oct 5, 2012
    Call the A's 2012 season what you want, just don't attribute the results to luck. This was a carefully constructed club built from scratch on talent, not chance.
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  • The 2012 Yankee Playoff Choke Alert

    The 2012 Yankee Playoff Choke Alert

    grantland.com Oct 5, 2012
    The playoffs are finally here, and I'm thrilled to announce on behalf of pessimistic, ungrateful Yankees fans everywhere that three players have earne...
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  • Video - Wild Ending In Atlanta 03:09

    Wild Ending In Atlanta

    Oct 5
    Curt Schilling breaks down the controversial infield fly call in Braves' 6-3 loss to Cardinals.
  • Video - Kyle Lohse, Cardinals Advance 01:12

    Kyle Lohse, Cardinals Advance

    Oct 5
    Kyle Lohse tosses 5.2 innings to help Cardinals advance to face Nationals.
  • Video - Baseball Tonight Minute 01:43

    Baseball Tonight Minute

    Oct 5
    Baseball Tonight previews A's vs. Tigers and Reds vs. Giants.
  • Video - Reds Vs. Giants NLDS Preview 01:41

    Reds Vs. Giants NLDS Preview

    Oct 5
    Baseball Tonight looks ahead to game 1 between the Reds and Giants.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Chicago Bears better off with feisty Jay Cutler

    Oct 5
    The Bears should just let Cutler do his thing, and they might be better off for it.
  • Bill Simmons empties out his inbox and makes Week 5 picks

    Oct 5
    The Sports Guy continues to mate his NFL picks with reader e-mails, hoping it turns out better than the Peyton Manning experiment.