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Anderson-led A's shut out Tigers to stay alive

Anderson-led A's shut out Tigers to stay alive

ESPN.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
Brett Anderson outdueled fellow playoff first-timer Anibal Sanchez and received stellar defense all over the diamond, and the upstart Athletics avoided another playoff sweep by Detroit, beating the Tigers 2-0 Tuesday night.
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  • Game Recap: Coco Crisp scored a run and made a home-run savin……

    Game Recap: Coco Crisp scored a run and made a home-run savin…

    Coco Crisp scored a run and made a home-run saving catch and Brett Anderson pitched six shutout innings as the A's topped the Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday to force a Game 4 in the ALDS.
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  • Sorry-looking broom jinxes Cincy’s sweep chances

    Sorry-looking broom jinxes Cincy’s sweep chances

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    If you're wondering why the Cincinnati Reds couldn't close out a NLDS sweep over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, look no farther than this woman who showed up with Charlie Brown's Christmas tree in broom form. Or at least it's what I believe …
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  • Coco Crisp robs Prince Fielder of home run in ALDS Game 3

    Coco Crisp robs Prince Fielder of home run in ALDS Game 3

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    Your browser does not support iframes. Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp berated himself on Twitter after his attempt at a basket catch failed for a huge two-run error in Sunday's Game 2 of the ALDS. That's a terrible feeling seeing the ball fly o…
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  • Steady defenders slip at wrong moment for Reds

    Steady defenders slip at wrong moment for Reds

    MLB.com yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    Ryan Hanigan and Scott Rolen -- arguably the two most reliable infielders for the Reds -- made the two most crucial mistakes Tuesday in Game 3's 2-1 loss to the Giants in 10 innings.
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  • Giants score in 10th to drop Reds and stay alive

    Giants score in 10th to drop Reds and stay alive

    Third baseman Scott Rolen's error with two outs in the 10th inning gave San Francisco the go-ahead run, and the Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Tuesday night to cut their NL playoff deficit to 2-1.
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  • Tigers try to complete sweep of A's

    Tigers try to complete sweep of A's

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    Coco Crisp has scored a run and robbed Prince Fielder of a home run in the early parts of Game 3 in Oakland. Follow along as the A's try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tigers.
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  • Game Recap: An error by Scott Rolen allowed the winning run t……

    Game Recap: An error by Scott Rolen allowed the winning run t…

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    An error by Scott Rolen allowed the winning run to score in the 10th inning as the Giants beat the Reds 2-1 in Game 3. The win forces an NLDS Game 4 in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
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  • Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play

    Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Top Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig will miss the Arizona Fall League because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required a surgical procedure.
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  • History Lesson: The Time Dave Stewart Was Arrested For Soliciti…

    History Lesson: The Time Dave Stewart Was Arrested For Soliciting A Transvestite Prostitute

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    An occasional feature in which we recall notable incidents that we would've covered the hell out of had we existed at the time. More »
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  • Holliday OK being an under-the-radar star

    Holliday OK being an under-the-radar star

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    At 32 years old, Matt Holliday has found a comfort zone out of the limelight, even if he is among Major League Baseball's elite offensive players.
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  • On brink of elimination, Melvin doesn't alter lineup

    On brink of elimination, Melvin doesn't alter lineup

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    With his club facing elimination from the playoffs on Tuesday, manager Bob Melvin essentially ran out the same starting nine for Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers that yielded losses in the first two contests.
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  • A-Rod's struggles hurting Yankees vs. Orioles

    A-Rod's struggles hurting Yankees vs. Orioles

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez carried the New York Yankees to the 2009 World Series title with an amazing power display. His more recent postseason memories all too often involve ending with a swing and a miss.
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  • For these Tourists, Arizona is next on the agenda

    For these Tourists, Arizona is next on the agenda

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Young players often feel they have things figured out. As a result, it would be easy to assume that a group that won a Minor League-best 88 regular-season games and a South Atlantic League title would balk at the idea that there were things to work on d…
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  • After advice from an ace, Lynn returns to form

    After advice from an ace, Lynn returns to form

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    In the span of only a few months, Chris Carpenter had watched Lance Lynn rise from projected setup man to fill-in starter to All-Star pitcher. By August, he also eyed an unraveling.
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  • 'Goon Squad' valuable coming off Nats' bench

    'Goon Squad' valuable coming off Nats' bench

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo overhauled the bench and added veterans Mark DeRosa and Chad Tracy, along with youngsters Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina and Sandy Leon. Jesus Flores is the only holdover. Together, they are known as the Goon Squ…
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  • No Strasburg for Nats; Cards turn to Carpenter

    No Strasburg for Nats; Cards turn to Carpenter

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals are carrying on without their acknowledged ace, Stephen Strasburg, and the St. Louis Cardinals are counting on their returning ace, Chris Carpenter.
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  • Bailey shows command of Giants in Game 3

    Bailey shows command of Giants in Game 3

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Homer Bailey tossed 5 2/3 no-hit innings before Marco Scutaro singled in the sixth of Game 3 against the Giants at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.
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  • Tonight's Giants-Reds NLDS Game Was Delayed By A Fan Who Ran On…

    Tonight's Giants-Reds NLDS Game Was Delayed By A Fan Who Ran Onto The Field With A Mitt Romney Sign

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Tonight's NLDS Game 3 at Great American got off to a late start tonight thanks to an Idiot On The Field bearing a Romney-Ryan sign. The reverse of the sign had a difficult-to-read message about abortion on it, and the fan made it from right field to lef…
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  • Your Giants-Reds And A's-Tigers Open Thread

    Your Giants-Reds And A's-Tigers Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Welcome to today's divisional series open thread. There are two games to watch tonight. The San Francisco Giants are fighting for their playoff lives against the Cincinnati Reds in a game that just got underway, and the A's will be trying to stave off e…
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  • Costas ready to call Game 3 between Cards and Nats

    Costas ready to call Game 3 between Cards and Nats

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    MLB Network will be the exclusive live broadcaster of Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Nationals at 1:07 p.m. ET, with Bob Costas and Jim Kaat in the booth and Sam Ryan reporting.
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  • Wash regrets not resting regulars down the stretch

    Wash regrets not resting regulars down the stretch

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Rangers manager Ron Washington, in reviewing what went wrong with his club at the end of the season, said Tuesday he may have made a mistake by not getting his starting players enough time off down the stretch.
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  • Bristolmetrics: The WNBA Gets More Air Time Than The NHL

    Bristolmetrics: The WNBA Gets More Air Time Than The NHL

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    This is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »
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  • Rangers won't make initial offer to Hamilton

    Rangers won't make initial offer to Hamilton

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Josh Hamilton has made it clear the Rangers will get the "first chance" at re-signing him. The Rangers are declining that offer.
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  • There's no place like home for well-rested Kuroda

    There's no place like home for well-rested Kuroda

    MLB.com nydailynews.com Oct 9, 2012
    Although manager Joe Girardi probably would have preferred this series to have started at Yankee Stadium, the fact that Hiroki Kuroda's Game 3 start comes in New York and with extra rest isn't the worst tradeoff.
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  • Buck, Dusty facing ghosts of managerial jobs past

    Buck, Dusty facing ghosts of managerial jobs past

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Baltimore manager Buck Showalter and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker might have a bit of revenge on their minds. They are both managing in the Division Series against teams they once managed.
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  • Cardinals remove Garcia from postseason roster

    Cardinals remove Garcia from postseason roster

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals removed Jaime Garcia from their NL division series roster Tuesday, a day after he lasted only two innings in his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder.
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  • Ten finalists named for Hall of Fame's Frick Award

    Ten finalists named for Hall of Fame's Frick Award

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, John Gordon, Bill King, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon and Dewayne Staats are the 10 finalists for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.
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  • Albert Chen: A's looking to keep Best Story in Baseball alive f…

    Albert Chen: A's looking to keep Best Story in Baseball alive for another day

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    The A's have been the best story in baseball. Tonight, they'll try to avoid having ALDS Game 3 be their final chapter. Even if it is there's good times ahead, writes Albert Chen.
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Atlanta Braves

    Concession Speech: 2012 Atlanta Braves

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 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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  • Future stars ignite AFL's 20th anniversary season

    Future stars ignite AFL's 20th anniversary season

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    This time of year, while the baseball world turns its attention to crowning a new champion, the future is being built in the desert.
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  • Ichiro's Run Last Night Was Everything You Love About Ichiro An…

    Ichiro's Run Last Night Was Everything You Love About Ichiro And Everything You Hate About The Yankees

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    This is one of the things about the Yankees, one of the reasons the New York Yankees are a sickness on the soul of baseball, this play from Ichiro Suzuki last night. Ichiro! Honestly, if you root against the Yankees-which is to say, if you are not a nat
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  • Playoff anthem! Ernie Harwell’s ‘Tiger, Tiger’

    Playoff anthem! Ernie Harwell’s ‘Tiger, Tiger’

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    With Detroit Tigers on the brink of sweep of Oakland in the ALDS, it's only appropriate we give them the next spot on our playoff playlist. The song: "Tiger, Tiger," penned by the late and legendary Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell during the …
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  • Detroit hosts debut postseason 'Bucks on the Pond'

    Detroit hosts debut postseason 'Bucks on the Pond'

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Michael Landskroener and Samantha Stone, both from Westland, Mich., were contestants in the first postseason episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond."
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  • Source: Red Sox talks with Ortiz to get serious

    Source: Red Sox talks with Ortiz to get serious

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Serious conversations between the Red Sox and free-agent designated hitter David Ortiz will begin at "some point next week," according to a team source.
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  • Greg Maddux’s tricky slide showed Ichiro the way back in ’93 (V…

    Greg Maddux’s tricky slide showed Ichiro the way back in ’93 (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    Many who watched Ichiro make like Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" with his "breakdancing" slide Monday night in Game 2 of the ALDS probably got a sense of déjà vu. TBS broadcaster John Smoltz was among them. But their mind wasn't play…
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  • Guillen takes responsibility for struggles, awaits fate

    Guillen takes responsibility for struggles, awaits fate

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Spending on high-priced free agents last offseason generated plenty of excitement, but it didn't translate into additional wins for the Miami Marlins.
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  • MLB Notebook: Chen joins O's first-time playoff victors

    MLB Notebook: Chen joins O's first-time playoff victors

    With Baltimore's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Tuesday in Game 2 of the ALDS, lefty Wei-Yin Chen became the eighth pitcher in Browns/Orioles franchise history to start and win his postseason debut.
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  • The TBS Sound Level Meter Readings Were Thrown Off By The Loudn…

    The TBS Sound Level Meter Readings Were Thrown Off By The Loudness Of Craig Sager's Suit

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    In an attempt to demonstrate the madness at Camden Yards late in last night's Orioles win over the Yankees, foppish TBS reporter Craig Sager wielded a sound pressure gauge, informing viewers that the crowd in Baltimore was even louder than the famously-…
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  • Home Sweet Homer: Homer Bailey has a chance to not only close o…

    Home Sweet Homer: Homer Bailey has a chance to not only close out t…

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    Homer Bailey has a chance to not only close out the Giants in Cincinnati and send the Reds to the NLCS but to make sure they're in good shape once they get there, writes Tom Verducci.
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  • Whiffs show Robinson Cano is better for Yankees' No. 3 hole tha…

    Whiffs show Robinson Cano is better for Yankees' No. 3 hole than Alex Rodriguez

    nydailynews.com Oct 9, 2012
    The last at-bat of the game was proof enough. Robinson Cano is by far the Yankees’ best hitter these days, and if he were hitting in the No. 3 spot, he would have come up against Jim Johnson when one swing still could have changed everything.
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  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is a polarizing figure, even for televi…

    Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is a polarizing figure, even for television announcers, as evident by slugger's last at-bat against Orio

    nydailynews.com Oct 9, 2012
    Alex Rodriguez stood at the plate with a 2-2 count. Jim Johnson was a strike away from retiring him and sending the Orioles to Yankee Stadium tied with the Bombers in the ALDS.
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  • O's win takes Hardy off hook for miscue on bases

    O's win takes Hardy off hook for miscue on bases

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    It was hard to overlook Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale waving home J.J. Hardy in the third Monday night. But Hardy did miss Hale's windmilling, a mistake that likely cost the Orioles a run in their 3-2 victory.
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  • Johnson gives O's owner Angelos special souvenir

    Johnson gives O's owner Angelos special souvenir

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    Orioles principal owner Peter Angelos was presented with a special gift from closer Jim Johnson after the team's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Monday night.
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  • Matusz adapts to deliver key outs in playoff relief

    Matusz adapts to deliver key outs in playoff relief

    MLB.com Oct 9, 2012
    A scuffling starter demoted to the Minors only a few months ago, lefty Brian Matusz has carved out an integral role in a Baltimore bullpen that has helped drive the club's success.
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  • Orioles stave off Yankees to even up ALDS at 1

    Orioles stave off Yankees to even up ALDS at 1

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Monday night to even their AL division series at one game apiece.
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  • ALDS: O's Square Series

    ALDS: O's Square Series

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Orioles and Yankees tied their regular-season series 9-9. Their postseason duel is following suit. Baltimore won 3-2 to even their Division Series at 1-1 as it shifts to New York.
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  • Oakland A's on the Verge of a Non-Hollywood Ending

    Oakland A's on the Verge of a Non-Hollywood Ending

    grantland.com Oct 9, 2012
    So this is what it's come to? Three must-wins in a row? On June 21, I wrote on Grantland that the A's were "a long shot to make the playoffs this seas...
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  • Video - Posey throws out Phillips 00:31

    Posey throws out Phillips

    Oct 9
    SF@CIN Gm3: Posey cuts down Phillips at third base
  • Video - Posey scores go-ahead run 00:30

    Posey scores go-ahead run

    Oct 9
    SF@CIN Gm3: Posey scores the go-ahead run in the 10th
  • Video - Jay's leaping catch 00:30

    Jay's leaping catch

    Oct 9
    WSH@STL Gm2: Jay leaps to make a great grab in center
  • Video - Maddux dances in to score 00:30

    Maddux dances in to score

    Oct 9
    ATL@PIT: Maddux dances at home plate and scores

Sports Columnists

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    Oct 9
    "I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."
  • Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…

    Oct 9
    The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
  • Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…

    Oct 9
    The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
  • Peter King: Unless he plays smarter, RGIII will lose to Luck in long-term;…

    Oct 9
    "I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."