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Carlos Beltran hits two postseason homers, creates different fe…

Carlos Beltran hits two postseason homers, creates different feeling for Cards fans

yahoo.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Oct 8, 2012
After being punished by Carlos Beltran's bat in Octobers past, the St. Louis Cardinals finally got to appreciate his power from a different and better angle on Monday. Beltran belted two of the Cardinals' four home runs during the team's 12-4 series-tyi…
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  • Cards' Garcia undergoes MRI after early exit

    Cards' Garcia undergoes MRI after early exit

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was sent for an MRI Monday after being pulled from his start against Washington after just two innings with what manager Mike Matheny said was an arm issue.
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  • Cuban stars hoping to reconnect on field

    Cuban stars hoping to reconnect on field

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    It was August in Chicago and Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman were feeling at home in the lobby of a swanky hotel.
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  • Ichiro’s ‘breakdance’ slide puts Yankees on board

    Ichiro’s ‘breakdance’ slide puts Yankees on board

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Your browser does not support iframes. Those are some fly moves, Reachiro. Ichiro Suzuki apparently felt like breakdancing on Monday night, and he showed off the most agile of moves to elude the tag of Matt Wieters at home plate. Ichiro's athleticism an…
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  • Playoff debut to validate Anderson's comeback

    Playoff debut to validate Anderson's comeback

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Having lost more than a year to Tommy John surgery and then the last two weeks of the regular season to an oblique injury, Brett Anderson will take the ball for Game 3 of the ALDS.
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  • Five keys for Giants in NLDS Game 3

    Five keys for Giants in NLDS Game 3

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Though the Giants trail Cincinnati in the National League Division Series, 2-0, their familiarity with road success could reassure them. To avoid a series sweep, much less a series loss, the Giants must perform obvious tasks: score more and pitch better…
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  • Giants hope venue shift helps them swing series

    Giants hope venue shift helps them swing series

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    With an 0-2 deficit from which no NL team has ever arisen in the best-of-five Division Series format, the Giants' hopes rests on the offense.
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  • Tigers' Alburquerque: Kiss meant no disrespect

    Tigers' Alburquerque: Kiss meant no disrespect

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Ideally, Jim Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball.
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  • 'Little Miggy' hopes to have similar impact

    'Little Miggy' hopes to have similar impact

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Not only does Avisail Garcia look a lot like teammate Miguel Cabrera, but he plays like the Triple Crown winner, too.
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  • Resilient A's face their biggest challenge yet

    Resilient A's face their biggest challenge yet

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    It's not over yet, and that's the message the A's were sending before their Monday workout, on the eve of a potential elimination Game 3 against the Tigers.
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  • Orioles' Comeback Story Is Rewritten

    Orioles' Comeback Story Is Rewritten

    nytimes.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Orioles have known what it is like to come from behind and win all season, but the Yankees changed that script with a ninth-inning rally in Game 1.
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  • LIVE: Yankees-Orioles

    LIVE: Yankees-Orioles

    CNNSI.com nytimes.com Oct 8, 2012
    Andy Pettitte is back in the postseason, trying to deliver the Yankees another win. Can the Orioles bounce back in Game 2 to even the series? Follow tonight's rain-delayed ALDS clash here.
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  • Youthful A's hope change of scenery does trick

    Youthful A's hope change of scenery does trick

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The A's are hoping that a change in environment -- and some quality innings from Brett Anderson -- will help them turn this series around. Resilience has been one of Oakland's strengths this season, and maybe that's not surprising for a roster that incl…
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  • Jon Jay makes great grab in Cards win (Video)

    Jon Jay makes great grab in Cards win (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Tuesday morning headlines in St. Louis will deservedly go to the Cardinals offense after it blasted its way to a 12-4 romp over Washington in Monday's NLDS Game 2. But thanks to Jon Jay's defense, those four homers will have to share some space. And…
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  • Perfect game lives on through Larsen and Yogi

    Perfect game lives on through Larsen and Yogi

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Monday marked the 56th anniversary of Don Larsen's historic perfect game. Though decades have passed, the achievement is still one of the greatest in the history of the game.
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  • NLDS Game 2: Cardinals offense awakens, St. Louis evens series …

    NLDS Game 2: Cardinals offense awakens, St. Louis evens series with Nats

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Score and situation: The St. Louis Cardinals broke loose for 13 hits, including eight for extra bases and four home runs, in a 12-4 thumping of the Washington Nationals on Monday. The best-of-five series is even at a game apiece heading back to Washingt…
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  • Zito would start Game 4; Lincecum still in 'pen

    Zito would start Game 4; Lincecum still in 'pen

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 4 for the San Francisco Giants if they can extend their NL division series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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  • Cincinnati sun could be an issue in Game 3

    Cincinnati sun could be an issue in Game 3

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Not only will the Reds be battling a Giants club fighting for its life in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday, but they'll also facing another foe that could potentially cause a stir -- the bright Cincinnati sun.
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  • Scherzer ready to go in potential Game 4

    Scherzer ready to go in potential Game 4

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The workload for right-hander Max Scherzer has been managed since he pitched in Detroit's regular-season finale last Wednesday in Kansas City, but his status for Game 4, if necessary, Wednesday night is not in doubt.
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  • Rockies players voice support after Tracy resigns

    Rockies players voice support after Tracy resigns

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    DENVER (AP) -- Players who stood by Jim Tracy while the Colorado Rockies endured their worst season in franchise history are reiterating their support for him following the manager's resignation over the weekend.
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  • Martin's heads-up play earns praise

    Martin's heads-up play earns praise

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    It may have gotten lost in the wild finish to Game 1 of the American League Division Series, but Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira teamed on a beautiful -- and important -- play in the home half of the fifth inning.
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: Build A Playground In Your Head

    Deadspin Up All Night: Build A Playground In Your Head

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Sean's here later to keep you on top of things while you watch Yankees-Orioles or Texans-Jets. Click here if you feel like yakking about baseball. More »
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  • Wieters' bat, glove key to O's success

    Wieters' bat, glove key to O's success

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Catcher Matt Wieters has already been named to two American League All-Star teams, and has won a Gold Glove. But he has also won the trust of the Baltimore pitchers and the admiration of seemingly everyone in the Orioles' organization.
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  • Cueto 'much better,' but return still uncertain

    Cueto 'much better,' but return still uncertain

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The status of Reds ace Johnny Cueto remained largely unchanged during Monday's National League Division Series off-day. General manager Walt Jocketty felt "cautiously optimistic" that Cueto could return soon.
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  • Maryland troopers ask Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autograp…

    Maryland troopers ask Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autographs during ALDS Game 1

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Baltimore Orioles haven't reached the Major League Baseball playoffs since 1997 and nowhere was their lack of experience on the big stage more glaring than in the visitor's dugout during Game 1 of the ALDS on Sunday night. What happened there? It wa…
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  • Bob Brenly Doesn't Understand How The Earth's Rotation Works

    Bob Brenly Doesn't Understand How The Earth's Rotation Works

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    If there is one thing baseball announcers love talking about, it's shadows. "Boy I tell ya, these shadows are going to play havoc on the hitters this afternoon!" Given how much the shadows get talked about, you'd think most announcers would ha…
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  • Bryce Harper’s Ultimate Warrior look is back

    Bryce Harper’s Ultimate Warrior look is back

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    It's baaaaack. Though Bryce Harper previously made a promise to ditch his Ultimate Warrior eye black behind in his amateur days, the 19-year-old phenom took his first at-bat on Monday while looking more suited for a pay-per-view than a batter's box. The…
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  • Your MLB Playoffs Open Thread

    Your MLB Playoffs Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    There are two more division series games for you to watch today, and this is the place to contribute your trenchant baseball analysis and dick jokes while you do so. The Nats and Cardinals have already started their game, and the Orioles will be taking …
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  • Nats, Cards both having to adjust to shadows

    Nats, Cards both having to adjust to shadows

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    As expected, the Busch Stadium shadows have been the talk of the series so far. They made an impact on the Nationals' 3-2 Game 1 win Sunday, keeping Adam Wainwright's curveball nearly impossible to pick up and limiting the offensive output on both sides…
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  • Cardinals show faith in shortstop Kozma

    Cardinals show faith in shortstop Kozma

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Cardinals plan to stay the course with their middle-infield alignment despite a pair of shaky postseason games for rookie shortstop Pete Kozma.
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  • New Indian Francona: 'I want to stick around'

    New Indian Francona: 'I want to stick around'

    Terry Francona signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. He hopes to stay even longer.
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  • Yearbook Finds: Fred McGriff and Mark Grace

    Yearbook Finds: Fred McGriff and Mark Grace

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Guys like Fred McGriff and Mark Grace must have been the coolest dudes at their respective high schools, right? Big, tall handsome multisport athletes with winning smiles and outgoing personalities. Yeah, they were the jocks that ruled the school. Actua
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  • Exclusive: Jeffrey Maier talks with Yahoo! Sports

    Exclusive: Jeffrey Maier talks with Yahoo! Sports

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Jeffrey Maier won't be attending any of the ALDS games between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles this week and for good reason. The 28-year-old is the father of a newborn son and there's simply no time for him to travel down from his home in Ne…
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  • Can Pettitte help Yankees take 2-0 lead?

    Can Pettitte help Yankees take 2-0 lead?

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    Just as they've done so many times before, the Yankees are sending Andy Pettitte to the mound for a postseason Game 2. Cliff Corcoran breaks down the matchup with the Orioles.
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  • Champs On The Ropes: One year after winning the World Series, t…

    Champs On The Ropes: One year after winning the World Series, the Card…

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    One year after winning the World Series, the Cardinals are down 1-game-to-0 to the Nationals heading into Game 2 in St. Louis. Jay Jaffe gives the lowdown on what to expect.
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  • Houston Astros accidentally reveal new caps and uniforms for 20…

    Houston Astros accidentally reveal new caps and uniforms for 2013 on website

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Beware the dangers of using Photoshop to shadow something you're trying to keep a secret. The Houston Astros learned that the hard way over the weekend after announcing plans to unveil their new logo and uniforms at a launch event next month. The graphi…
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  • Roundup: What You Missed The Weekend We Saw MLB's Desperate Att…

    Roundup: What You Missed The Weekend We Saw MLB's Desperate Attempt To Save Face

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    MLB Removed The Phrase "We Don't Understand The Infield Fly Rule" From Its Twitter Profile | Major League Baseball quietly edited its Twitter profile in the moments after the infield fly debacle in Atlanta tonight, removing the line "We d…
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  • Catcher Ellis undergoes clean-up procedure on knee

    Catcher Ellis undergoes clean-up procedure on knee

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Dodgers announced that catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Friday and is expected to be fully competitive at the start of Spring Training.
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Chicago White Sox

    Concession Speech: 2012 Chicago White Sox

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 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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  • Did TBS Crap Out On You During The Playoffs? Blame The Sun.

    Did TBS Crap Out On You During The Playoffs? Blame The Sun.

    Ah, the sun. Giver of life. Grower of crops. Sworn enemy of the MLB Playoffs on TBS. For Cardinals fans watching their team begin a championship defense, and for Nationals fans watching their first playoff game ever, yesterday's broadcast was a frustrat…
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  • MLB Notebook: Moore's pinch-hit spurs Nationals

    MLB Notebook: Moore's pinch-hit spurs Nationals

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Sunday's Nationals-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 in St. Louis had some of the same elements that made the fourth game of the 1947 World Series one of the more memorable postseason contests in baseball history.
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  • Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink

    Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink

    Bronson Arroyo retired the first 14 hitters he faced and the Reds hammered the Giants 9-0 to take a 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati. How bad was it? Tim Lincecum pitched in relief.
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  • Joe Lemire: Sabathia, Yankees spoil return of playoff baseball …

    Joe Lemire: Sabathia, Yankees spoil return of playoff baseball to Baltimore

    Orioles pitchers matched Yankees ace CC Sabathia for eight innings before New York rallied for a 7-2 Game 1 win. It ruined the return of the postseason to Baltimore, says Joe Lemire.
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  • It was All-Star closer Jim Johnson who betrayed Buck Showalter …

    It was All-Star closer Jim Johnson who betrayed Buck Showalter and Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of ALDS vs. Yankees, not starting

    nydailynews.com Oct 8, 2012
    Buck Showalter was not even born when Charlie Dressen - a 5-foot-6 pepperpot whose diminutive presence was belied by an out-sized ego - was managing the Dodgers in Brooklyn. But whether he knows it or not, the low-key Showalter’s underlying formula for
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  • Russell Martin shows once again he's one of the most clutch Yan…

    Russell Martin shows once again he's one of the most clutch Yankees as his home run propels Bombers over Baltimore Orioles in Ga

    nydailynews.com Oct 8, 2012
    This is exactly the kind of game that defined Orioles’ magic all season. Nobody in baseball was better in the late innings or close games, and nobody had a better bullpen, so as midnight approached, the O’s had to be thinking they had the Yankees righ
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  • Yanks-Orioles and the Kid Brother Theory

    Yanks-Orioles and the Kid Brother Theory

    grantland.com Oct 8, 2012
    On Friday, as I watched the Orioles and Rangers fight out the wild-card playoff in Arlington, Texas, I was begging for a Baltimore win. The winner wou...
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  • The Best B.S.: Matt Kemp Says He Would Beat Magic Johnson at H.…

    The Best B.S.: Matt Kemp Says He Would Beat Magic Johnson at H.O.R.S.E.

    grantland.com Oct 8, 2012
    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp details his love of basketball and challenges Bill Simmons and Magic Johnson to a game of H.O.R.S.E.
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  • Video - Cards turn two 00:30

    Cards turn two

    Oct 8
    WSH@STL Gm2: Cards turn two on a sac fly in seventh
  • Video - Jay's leaping catch 00:30

    Jay's leaping catch

    Oct 8
    WSH@STL Gm2: Jay leaps to make a great grab in center
  • Video - Jim Tracy Resigns 03:02

    Jim Tracy Resigns

    Oct 8
    Jim Bowden discusses Jim Tracy's decision to resign as Rockies manager and potential candidates to succeed Tracy.
  • Video - Mint Condition: Parting With Perfection 02:35

    Mint Condition: Parting With Perfection

    Oct 8
    Don Larsen joins Michele Steele to discuss auctioning his game-worn jersey from the perfect game he pitched in the 1956 World Series.

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