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Francona's ties to Tribe help club secure skipper

Francona's ties to Tribe help club secure skipper

For Terry Francona, the relationship with the men who make the Indians' personnel decisions began on a hotel treadmill at the Winter Meetings many years ago.
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  • Piecing It Together: Johnny Cueto left the game after eight pit…

    Piecing It Together: Johnny Cueto left the game after eight pitches wi…

    CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    Johnny Cueto left the game after eight pitches with back spasms, but that did not derail the Reds. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce both homered as Cincinnati beat the Giants 5-1 in Game 1.
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  • Fister tries to throw A's, rookie Milone for a curve

    Fister tries to throw A's, rookie Milone for a curve

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    In a lot of ways, Doug Fister and Tommy Milone are mirror images of one another. Neither has a blazing fastball. Neither throws it more than half the time most games. Instead, they're a reminder that pitching is still about movement, location and changi…
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  • Verlander shows elite status on big stage

    Verlander shows elite status on big stage

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    This was one of those nights when Justin Verlander reminded the world that he's about as good anyone has ever been.
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  • Crisp continues to be catalyst in leadoff role

    Crisp continues to be catalyst in leadoff role

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    On another night and against another pitcher, it very well could have ended up being the biggest hit of a big victory.
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  • Reds' Cueto leaves in first due to back spasms

    Reds' Cueto leaves in first due to back spasms

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto has left his Game 1 start against the San Francisco Giants with back spasms.
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  • Being a Giants fan old hat for Niners' Smith

    Being a Giants fan old hat for Niners' Smith

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Alex Smith's loyalty to his favorite baseball team was never in question, but until recently, few knew his allegiances came close to costing him a small fortune.
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  • Belt tumbles over railing to make amazing grab

    Belt tumbles over railing to make amazing grab

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    In the second at-bat of Game 1 of the NLDS, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart popped a ball into foul territory down the first-base line, and the Giants' Brandon Belt made the catch as he went head over heels into a premium seating area.
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  • Verlander quiets A's as Tigers take 1-0 lead

    Verlander quiets A's as Tigers take 1-0 lead

    Justin Verlander shut down Oakland after a leadoff homer, and Alex Avila went deep in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics 3-1 in the opener of their AL playoff Saturday night.
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  • Huff's improvement afforded Giants extra pitcher

    Huff's improvement afforded Giants extra pitcher

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Manager Bruce Bochy's satisfaction with first baseman Aubrey Huff's mobility proved to be a primary factor in the shaping of the Giants' Division Series roster.
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  • O's 'pen lacking big names, but getting big outs

    O's 'pen lacking big names, but getting big outs

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    So you're wondering how they did it. How a team goes from 69-93 to 93-69 in the space of one season. How a team with a plus-seven run differential finishes with the seventh-best record in the Major Leagues.
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  • Lolich an ironman of a different era

    Lolich an ironman of a different era

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Detroit's Justin Verlander is considered baseball's new ironman pitcher, leading the league in innings and pitches the past two seasons. But even for Verlander, it's nothing compared to what former Tiger Mickey Lolich threw in his career.
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  • Patch honoring Neshek's son on Oakland uniforms

    Patch honoring Neshek's son on Oakland uniforms

    MLB.com yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    In a small yet significant gesture, the A's will wear a "GJN" patch on their uniforms through the postseason to honor Gehrig John Neshek, the son of reliever Pat Neshek who passed away Wednesday, just 23 hours after being born.
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  • Renewed cries for more replay after disputed call

    Renewed cries for more replay after disputed call

    CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The NFL replacement refs are not there to kick around anymore.
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  • Chipper gone, Braves' offseason focus on 3B, CF

    Chipper gone, Braves' offseason focus on 3B, CF

    CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Item by item, Chipper Jones' shirts and pants were folded and stacked neatly for the final time in his Braves travel bag.
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  • Hard to say the Yanks are a Goliath vs. O's

    Hard to say the Yanks are a Goliath vs. O's

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles were 9-9 in the 2012 regular season. It is difficult to see from those numbers which team is the obvious Goliath, which is the natural David.
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  • Cardinals, With Edge in Experience, Consider Themselves Underdo…

    Cardinals, With Edge in Experience, Consider Themselves Underdogs

    nytimes.com Oct 6, 2012
    Washington, making its first postseason appearance since the franchise was revived in 2005, faces defending champion St. Louis, which survived a play-in game to advance to the N.L.D.S.
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  • Chen, Gonzo tabbed to face Yanks in Games 2, 3

    Chen, Gonzo tabbed to face Yanks in Games 2, 3

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    The Orioles will tab rookie starters Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez to start in Games 2 and 3, respectively, in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.
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  • Alburquerque may face back-to-back test

    Alburquerque may face back-to-back test

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Reliever Al Alburquerque has not pitched on consecutive days since August, but the right-hander may be put to that test during the Tigers' ALDS against the A's.
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  • Hammel healthy and ready for Game 1 start

    Hammel healthy and ready for Game 1 start

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Jason Hammel will make his first start in nearly a month on Sunday, as the Orioles will call on the right-hander for Game 1 of their American League Division Series clash against the Yankees in Baltimore.
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  • Yanks give Pettitte start against O's in Game 2

    Yanks give Pettitte start against O's in Game 2

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2012
    The New York Yankees will send the winningest pitcher in postseason baseball history to the mound for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles
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  • N.L.D.S. Preview: A Fractured Timeline From Senators to Expos t…

    N.L.D.S. Preview: A Fractured Timeline From Senators to Expos to Nationals

    nytimes.com Oct 6, 2012
    The Nationals, who won the N.L. East, will play the first postseason game in Washington since October 1933.
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  • Free agency decisions abound on bench, in 'pen

    Free agency decisions abound on bench, in 'pen

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    While much of the Braves' core remains under contract for next year, their bench players don't have the same assurances. Key members of the bench and bullpen including utility player Eric Hinske, outfielder Reed Johnson, catcher David Ross and right-han…
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  • A.L.D.S. Preview: Drought Over, Orioles Face a Seasoned Foe

    A.L.D.S. Preview: Drought Over, Orioles Face a Seasoned Foe

    During the Orioles' 14 straight seasons of missing the playoffs, their opponents in the A.L. division series, the Yankees, made it 13 times and won 18 postseason series.
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  • 10 numbers for the NLDS: Giants vs. Reds

    10 numbers for the NLDS: Giants vs. Reds

    yahoo.com MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    With the 2012 postseason underway,  Alex Remington takes  a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each of the four first-round series. Next up is the NLDS featuring the NL West champion San Francisco Giants against the NL Central champi
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  • Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: Derek Jeter enters another postseason…

    Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: Derek Jeter enters another postseason on top of the world, and his game

    nydailynews.com Oct 6, 2012
    A prominent member of the Yankees organization recently was sizing up the 2012 season, addressing a point about Derek Jeter’s day-to-day brilliance that he thought would be best made anonymously.
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  • Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: The window of opportunity is closing …

    Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: The window of opportunity is closing for Yankees, who need Robinson Cano to be the man now and in the

    nydailynews.com Oct 6, 2012
    At 29, Robinson Cano is not only the Yankees’ “man” now, he’s also their “man” of the future. With A-Rod and Derek Jeter both in their late 30s, and Nick Swisher likely to be gone as a free agent this winter, the window of opportunity is rapid
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  • Answer Man: Gio Gonzalez talks getting traded, Cy Young, Strasb…

    Answer Man: Gio Gonzalez talks getting traded, Cy Young, Strasburg shutdown and the Chevy Geo

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    It is likely that no major leaguer has more fun being a major leaguer than Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. Yes, he won 20 games for the team with the best record in the league and is a leading Cy Young contender in the NL. But beyond that, his…
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  • Seeding the 2012 postseason: Washington leads the way in a comp…

    Seeding the 2012 postseason: Washington leads the way in a competitive field

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    With baseball's postseason now whittled to its usual eight teams, I asked my fellow Yahoo! Sports friends to help seed the field from top to bottom, regardless of league. The following are those results from the rankings of Jeff Passan, Tim Brown, Les C…
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  • Chipper Jones Predicted The Way The One-Game Playoff Would End …

    Chipper Jones Predicted The Way The One-Game Playoff Would End Two Weeks Ago

    deadspin.com Oct 6, 2012
    As many have noted, two weeks ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Chipper Jones what he thought of the one-game playoff. He said he thought the new double-wildcard, play-in game system was "stupid," because it potentially puts the seco…
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  • Porcello, Smyly make Detroit's ALDS roster

    Porcello, Smyly make Detroit's ALDS roster

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are on the roster for the Detroit Tigers for their AL division series against Oakland.
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  • Harold Reynolds had a good explanation of why the infield fly r…

    Harold Reynolds had a good explanation of why the infield fly rule call was a correct one (Video)

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 6, 2012
    Your browser does not support iframes. When all the Turner Field trash throwing and Internet outrage had subsided on Friday night, MLB Network's Harold Reynolds offered a detailed and measured explanation of why he thought left field umpire Sam Holbrook…
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  • Anderson included on A's ALDS roster

    Anderson included on A's ALDS roster

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    The A's on Saturday morning released their American League Division Series roster, which notably includes starter Brett Anderson, a decision that reflects confidence in the team's belief that the lefty will indeed pitch in the series.
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  • 10 numbers for the ALDS: Tigers vs. A’s

    10 numbers for the ALDS: Tigers vs. A’s

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    With the 2012 postseason underway,  Alex Remington takes  a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each of the four first-round series. First up is the ALDS featuring the AL West champion Oakland A's against the AL Central champion Detro
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  • Facing Cain, Reds seek first playoff win since '95

    Facing Cain, Reds seek first playoff win since '95

    CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    Facing Cain, Reds seek first playoff win since '95
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  • Booed Hamilton open-ended on free agency

    Booed Hamilton open-ended on free agency

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2012
    Texas Rangers fans showered Josh Hamilton with boos during his 0-for-4 performance in what might have been the five-time All-Star's last game with the franchise.
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  • Josh Hamilton’s season ends on lowest of lows

    Josh Hamilton’s season ends on lowest of lows

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    The opportunity was there for Josh Hamilton. In the very first inning, he was gift-wrapped a first and third situation that could have put himself and the Texas Rangers back on track to another extended postseason run. That crucial at-bat didn't last lo…
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  • Orioles-Yankees can't be viewed as mismatch

    Orioles-Yankees can't be viewed as mismatch

    MLB.com Oct 6, 2012
    The central issue here becomes not whether this is an improbable meeting. The central issue is that there is reason to expect that Orioles vs. Yankees should be a terrific Division Series.
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  • Kemp has surgery, can't swing bat until January

    Kemp has surgery, can't swing bat until January

    CNNSI.com Oct 6, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder on Friday and should be ready for opening day.
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  • O's end Rangers' run in AL, will face Yanks next

    O's end Rangers' run in AL, will face Yanks next

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Oct 6, 2012
    Joe Saunders pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers 5-1 in the wild-card game playoff Friday night.
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  • Chipper: Not way I thought career would end

    Chipper: Not way I thought career would end

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2012
    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones made a crucial throwing error and never hit a ball out of the infield Friday, his brilliant career ending with a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
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  • Video - Pat Neshek ends inning, taps arm 00:30

    Pat Neshek ends inning, taps arm

    Oct 6
    OAK@DET: Pat Neshek ends inning, taps sleeve
  • Video - Infante scores on error 00:30

    Infante scores on error

    Oct 6
    OAK@DET: Infante score go-ahead run on error
  • Video - Verlander All Tigers Needed In Game 1 01:17

    Verlander All Tigers Needed In Game 1

    Oct 6
    Terry Francona breaks down Tigers' 3-1 win over A's in Game 1 of ALDS.
  • Video - Verlander, Tigers Shutdown A's 01:21

    Verlander, Tigers Shutdown A's

    Oct 6
    Justin Verlander strikes out 11 over seven innings to lead Tigers to Game 1 win over Athletics.