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Ibanez's heroics give Yanks 2-1 lead over O's

Ibanez's heroics give Yanks 2-1 lead over O's

ESPN.com yahoo.com deadspin.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 10, 2012
Raul Ibanez lined a ninth-inning home run while pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez, then hit a leadoff homer in the 12th, giving the New York Yankees a stunning 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for a 2-1 lead in their AL division series.
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  • The Second Guess: Should Mat Latos have started Game 4 instead …

    The Second Guess: Should Mat Latos have started Game 4 instead of Mike Leake?

    yahoo.com MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    When appropriate, Big League Stew reviews key decisions in the postseason to see if the right one was made. The Issue: The immediate impact of Johnny Cueto's exit after eight pitches in Saturday's Game 1 of the NLDS was softened when Mat Latos and the C…
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  • Rockies to interview Runnells for managerial job

    Rockies to interview Runnells for managerial job

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Rockies will interview Tom Runnells for their vacant manager's job on Thursday, the club said Wednesday.
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  • Hobbled Jeter lifted for defensive replacement

    Hobbled Jeter lifted for defensive replacement

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    Hobbled by an apparent injury to his left foot, shortstop Derek Jeter was lifted for defensive replacement Jayson Nix in the top of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday.
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  • Joe Lemire: From ace to ace in the hole, Lincecum keeps Giants …

    Joe Lemire: From ace to ace in the hole, Lincecum keeps Giants alive in NLDS

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Behind three homers and a sweet relief from Tim Lincecum, the Giants beat the Reds 8-3 to force a Game 5. Lincecum earned the win and saved San Fran's season, writes Joe Lemire.
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  • Lefties shutting down Tigers' big bats

    Lefties shutting down Tigers' big bats

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    To those who have followed the Tigers for much of the year, seeing Detroit struggle against left-handed starting pitchers is not breaking news.
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  • Bochy finds relief with early move to bullpen

    Bochy finds relief with early move to bullpen

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    On Wednesday, skipper Bruce Bochy deployed his relievers earlier than usual to bridge the gap to Tim Lincecum, who silenced the Reds to force one final tilt in a series that has seen a dramatic shift in momentum.
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  • Rookies Flaherty, Machado hit historic homers

    Rookies Flaherty, Machado hit historic homers

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Entering Game 3 of the American League Division Series, no Orioles rookie had hit a postseason home run in the club's 58-year history. By the fifth inning, that stat went out the window -- twice -- as Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado went deep.
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  • Source: Red Sox ask Dodgers about Wallach

    Source: Red Sox ask Dodgers about Wallach

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Boston Red Sox will interview Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach for their vacant managerial position by the end of the week, a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne.
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  • Cespedes is a playoff rookie in name only

    Cespedes is a playoff rookie in name only

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    If A's rookie Yoenis Cespedes acts like he has been in the playoffs before, it's because he has -- seven times with the world renowned Cuban national team.
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  • Bullpen in 'good shape' heading into Game 4

    Bullpen in 'good shape' heading into Game 4

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Engaging in yet another win-or-else game against the Tigers on Wednesday, the A's weren't planning on saving any bullets -- aside from maybe one.
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  • Pablo Sandoval homer lands in Kentucky* (Video)

    Pablo Sandoval homer lands in Kentucky* (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    *OK, maybe it only seemed like Kentucky. Pablo Sandoval's homer in the seventh inning actually landed in the right-field bullpen at Great American Ball Park about 422 feet from home plate. Had it cleared the park's walls and bounced into the Ohio River,…
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  • Montreal to name street, park after Gary Carter

    Montreal to name street, park after Gary Carter

    CNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012
    MONTREAL (AP) -- Montreal will name a street and a park after Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who defined the golden era of a once-beloved franchise.
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  • Giants pound Reds, force deciding Game 5

    Giants pound Reds, force deciding Game 5

    Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and Tim Lincecum came out of the bullpen to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all…
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  • Familiar tune sets up Mo's first pitch in Bronx

    Familiar tune sets up Mo's first pitch in Bronx

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Metallica's "Enter Sandman" played earlier on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium than in previous postseason games, as injured closer Mariano Rivera threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 3 of the American League Division Series aga…
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  • Showalter to tab Saunders or Tillman for Game 4

    Showalter to tab Saunders or Tillman for Game 4

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    If Orioles pitchers Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders have been told who's starting Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees on Thursday, they didn't let on Wednesday afternoon.
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  • Carpenter leads Cards to brink of NLCS

    Carpenter leads Cards to brink of NLCS

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012
    Much like a year ago, when the Cardinals also qualified for the postseason as a Wild Card team, St. Louis is starting to act like a championship beast right now.
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  • Hughes puts past playoff performances behind him

    Hughes puts past playoff performances behind him

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    Phil Hughes will have a shot at redemption when he takes the mound for Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
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  • Facing elimination, Nats might get aggressive

    Facing elimination, Nats might get aggressive

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Cards and Nats get together in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park (4 p.m. ET on TBS) with similar styles and distinctly different incentives and agendas.
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  • Hammel would start possible Game 5 for Orioles

    Hammel would start possible Game 5 for Orioles

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that, if necessary, Jason Hammel will start Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
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  • Nationals, Joyce involved in close calls at first

    Nationals, Joyce involved in close calls at first

    MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    Umpire Jim Joyce, made famous after his missed call at first base cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game in 2010, was back at the same spot in Game 3 of the NLDS on Wednesday and made a couple of close calls at first, including calling out Danny Espinosa…
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  • Litsch opts for free agency after coming off DL

    Litsch opts for free agency after coming off DL

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Blue Jays reinstated pitcher Jesse Litsch from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and instead of accepting an outright assignment to the Minor Leagues, the right-hander opted for free agency.
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  • Playing matchups, Girardi puts Chavez at hot corner

    Playing matchups, Girardi puts Chavez at hot corner

    The Yankees may not have much data on Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, but what little they do have told manager Joe Girardi that Eric Chavez should be in his lineup for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday.
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  • NLDS Game 3: St. Louis spoils Washington’s playoff party, takes…

    NLDS Game 3: St. Louis spoils Washington’s playoff party, takes series lead with 8-0 rout

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Score and situation: The St. Louis Cardinals recorded an 8-0 blowout victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon to take a two games to one lead in the NLDS while winning the first postseason baseball game in D.C. since 1933. Leading la…
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  • Donald Trump demands that Alex Rodriguez be dropped in Yankees …

    Donald Trump demands that Alex Rodriguez be dropped in Yankees batting order

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Of course he does. Donald Trump sent this communique on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. It's not known whether he already had seen Joe Girardi's lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS, in which Alex Rodriguez stayed firmly in the No. 3 spot. Regardless, The Dona…
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  • Red contacts! Bryce Harper eyes different look

    Red contacts! Bryce Harper eyes different look

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Is Bryce Harper the newest cast member in those "Twilight" movies? Nope, he's still a ballplayer. He just has red eyes now. Harper came into Game 3 of the NLDS with one hit and six strikeouts in 10 at-bats. No, he hasn't been overanxious at th…
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  • Your Belated MLB Divisional Playoffs Quadruple-Header Open Thre…

    Your Belated MLB Divisional Playoffs Quadruple-Header Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 10, 2012
    We're a little late to this, we know. But you deserve the chance to talk baseball. There's so much baseball today! Cards-Nats right now. Then Giants-Reds; Cincy has a chance to clinch. Then O's-Yanks, back in the Bronx, before Tigers-A's arrives as our …
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  • Nolan Ryan publicly questions Josh Hamilton’s attempt to quit c…

    Nolan Ryan publicly questions Josh Hamilton’s attempt to quit chewing tobacco

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 10, 2012
    Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse for Josh Hamilton down in Texas, he's now being criticized for choosing to kick his chewing tobacco habit during the season instead of waiting until winter. And not just by any random loudmouth wi…
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  • Fans thrilled to have postseason back in DC

    Fans thrilled to have postseason back in DC

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    In front of a sold-out Nationals Park crowd, postseason baseball returned to the nation's capital on Wednesday for the first time since the Washington Senators reached the 1933 World Series.
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  • Frazier, Navarro in for Rolen, Hanigan in Game 4

    Frazier, Navarro in for Rolen, Hanigan in Game 4

    For the first time in the National League Division Series, there were changes in manager Dusty Baker's lineup vs. the Giants in Game 4 on Wednesday.
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  • Sanchez catches Zito in Game 4, Posey to first

    Sanchez catches Zito in Game 4, Posey to first

    MLB.com nytimes.com Oct 10, 2012
    As was the case for much of the regular season, Hector Sanchez will be behind the plate for Barry Zito in Game 4 of the NLDS, with Buster Posey moving to first base in place of Brandon Belt.
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  • Playoff vet Matheny relishing first foray as manager

    Playoff vet Matheny relishing first foray as manager

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Mike Matheny is wearing a different hat -- only figuratively speaking -- in his newest role with the Cardinals, but the first-year skipper says playoff excitement remains the same as it was when he was playing for the Redbirds.
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  • Lynn out for Game 3; rookies likely in for larger role

    Lynn out for Game 3; rookies likely in for larger role

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that right-hander Lance Lynn would not be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the National League Division Series in Washington, but could still be used in the series.
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  • Romney Supporter Who Ran Onto The Field Before Last Night's NLD…

    Romney Supporter Who Ran Onto The Field Before Last Night's NLDS Game Has History Of Bizarre Behavior

    deadspin.com Oct 10, 2012
    Cincinnati cops charged Rives Grogan with trespassing and resisting arrest after his stunt last night in which he ran onto the field at Great American Ball Park with a Mitt Romney sign that read "ABORTION IS SIN" on the other side. It turns ou…
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  • Concession Speech: 2012 Texas Rangers

    Concession Speech: 2012 Texas Rangers

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    With the regular season over, 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 givi…
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  • Future with Yanks uncertain, Swisher's time is now

    Future with Yanks uncertain, Swisher's time is now

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Nick Swisher had barely unzipped his equipment bags upon reporting to Spring Training, and already the Yankees outfielder was talking about how last year had been "super stressful" for him and vowing that 2012 just wasn't going to be that way.
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  • What The Best Pitcher In Baseball Taught Me About Prep School, …

    What The Best Pitcher In Baseball Taught Me About Prep School, Socrates, And The Art Of Not Selling Out

    deadspin.com Oct 10, 2012
    At my old high school, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, there is a large multi-purpose hall with high ceilings. The hall features large hanging glass panels that extend nearly from the ceiling to the floor, engraved with famous quotations and the i…
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  • Tight Division Series to provide action-packed day

    Tight Division Series to provide action-packed day

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    Four Division Series are in full swing, and none have ended in sweeps. All eight teams are alive and kicking and set to play on Wednesday. All eight could still be alive into Thursday.
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  • Phil Taylor: A's extend party one more game

    Phil Taylor: A's extend party one more game

    CNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012
    The A's are a party, declares Phil Taylor, and that party isn't over after a 2-0 win over the Tigers in Game 3. Unlikely hero Brett Anderson had company as their crazy season continues.
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  • Speech, speech! Hunter Pence gets rah-rah, rallies Giants for N…

    Speech, speech! Hunter Pence gets rah-rah, rallies Giants for NLDS Game 3

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    For every motivational speech like the one Hunter Pence made Tuesday night, for every one that worked out where the team ended up winning and the speechmaker looked like a prophet, there are hundreds of failures. Speeches that either fell on deaf ears, …
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  • Dodgers Cuban prospect has staph infection

    Dodgers Cuban prospect has staph infection

    CNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Outfielder Yasiel Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer, is recovering from a staph infection in the back of his right elbow.
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  • Given the chance to excel, Moss making an impact

    Given the chance to excel, Moss making an impact

    MLB.com Oct 10, 2012
    After bouncing around the league, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick have settled in Oakland and established themselves as very productive players.
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  • ALDS Game 3: A’s ride pitching and great defense to victory, fo…

    ALDS Game 3: A’s ride pitching and great defense to victory, force Game 4 with Tigers

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Score and situation: You didn't think the Oakland A's were going away that easily, did you? Thanks to a great pitching performance from Brett Anderson and a pair of highlight reel catches in the outfield, they lived to fight another day with their 2-0 v…
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  • Derek Jeter's Diary: The Real Season Begins

    Derek Jeter's Diary: The Real Season Begins

    grantland.com Oct 10, 2012
    The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captai...
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  • MLB Playoff Wrap: Giants, A's Live to Fight Another Day

    MLB Playoff Wrap: Giants, A's Live to Fight Another Day

    grantland.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Cincinnati Reds just suffered one of the worst hard-luck playoff losses any team has experienced in years. Their number-one starter is hurt, won't...
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  • Video - Sandoval crushes a two-run shot 00:29

    Sandoval crushes a two-run shot

    Oct 10
    CIN@SF: Sandoval launches a two-run homer
  • Video - Lincecum Doing Whatever He Can To Help Giants 01:27

    Lincecum Doing Whatever He Can To Help Giants

    Oct 10
    Tim Lincecum talks with Bob Holtzman about coming out of the bullpen and pitching 4 1/3 solid innings for the Giants.
  • Video - Pagan Sets The Tone As Giants Even Series 01:07

    Pagan Sets The Tone As Giants Even Series

    Oct 10
    Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, and Pablo Sandoval added a massive two-run shot in the seventh as the Giants beat up on the Reds.
  • Video - Tigers-Athletics Game 4 Preview 02:08

    Tigers-Athletics Game 4 Preview

    Oct 10
    Doug Glanville breaks down the pitching matchup in tonight's Game 4 showdown between the Tigers and the A's.

Sports Columnists

  • NFL - Early surprise teams might lack staying power

    Oct 10
    The Vikings and Cardinals have surprised early, but don't be surprised if they're eventually figured out, writes John Clayton
  • NFL -- Clayton: Alex Karras' humor was his strength

    Oct 10
    Alex Karras was great on the field for the Lions but even more winning as an entertainer, writes John Clayton.
  • The Thunder need to pay James Harden now

    Oct 10
    The Thunder claiming they are just a poor, small-market team that can't afford James Harden doesn't work in today's NBA.