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In each of the last four years, Minnesota lost at least 92 games under Gardenhire, who had the second-longest active tenure in the major leagues.Upvote Share Tweet
A Slice of Life in 1985, When the Royals Last Made the M.L.B. Playoffsnytimes.com 6 hours agoOn Tuesday, Kansas City will play its first postseason game since 1985, when it beat St. Louis in the World Series. Here’s a glimpse of what life was like back then.Upvote Share TweetFollowing 28 long years without the thrill every team covets every year, Kansas City will host its first postseason game since 1985, an October journey that ended with the only World Series title in 59 years of Major League Baseball there. The Royals wi…Upvote Share Tweet
Position-by-position breakdown for Tigers-O'sMLB.com 8 hours agoTwo of baseball's top offenses will collide when the Orioles take on the Tigers in the American League Division Series. It all starts at Camden Yards with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday on TBS.Upvote Share Tweet
Gordon embodies Royals' rock-solid tenacityMLB.com 8 hours agoAlex Gordon is the embodiment of the Royals' toughness. In addition to being an excellent player, he's the spiritual leader of a team that has finally reached postseason status. "I try to go about my business in the most professional way and I thin…Upvote Share TweetOver the last two years, perhaps no one player has done more than James Shields to change the culture and the mind-set in Kansas City.Upvote Share TweetFormer Dodgers outfielder George "Shotgun" Shuba died on Monday at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 89. Shuba is most famous for what became dubbed as "A Handshake for the Century," when he congratulated Jackie Robinson, his Mont…Upvote Share Tweet
Proud Royals fans 'Rally' around hometown teamA crowd of 5,000 filed into Kauffman Stadium on Monday to watch the Royals work out and take batting practice in the "Take the Crown Rally" event. It was an unusual scene for a fan base that will experience postseason baseball for the first ti…Upvote Share Tweet
A's game plan is to slow down speedy RoyalsThough the A's don't anticipate ace Jon Lester to board many baserunners in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, they're in planning mode to attack the Royals' running game when he does. It haunted Oakland in its regular-season series, when Kansas …Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin likely to keep Dunn in two-hole vs. RoyalsMLB.com 10 hours agoA's manager Bob Melvin made out 138 different lineups in the regular season, a reflection of this team's many moving pieces. But in determining which of those are best suited for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game matchup against Royals right-hand…Upvote Share Tweet
GM Ryan back with Twins; Gardy mulls futureMLB.com 10 hours agoTerry Ryan confirmed he'll be back as Twins general manager next season, but Ron Gardenhire's future with the organization still remains undecided after being offered an undisclosed job with the Twins despite being dismissed as manager on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
DS start times through Sunday announcedMLB.com 12 hours agoMajor League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. Start times will vary based on the winners of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game between the Royals and A's and Wednesday's National League Wild Ca…Upvote Share Tweet
Twins, Ryan open up managerial searchMLB.com 11 hours agoThe Twins have lost at least 92 games in four straight seasons, but with a loaded farm system on the way and the emergence of several young players, general manager Terry Ryan believes it'll still be an attractive job. He said he'll look both inside and…Upvote Share Tweet
Former Twins manager Kelly suffers strokeESPN.com 11 hours agoThe Minnesota Twins say former manager Tom Kelly is recovering after suffering what the team calls a minor stroke last week.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 12 hours agoPutting speed at the top of the lineup has worked well for the Royals in the last 15 games of the season, so manager Ned Yost figures he'll stay with it for the Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
O's starting preparations for showdown with TigersMLB.com 19 hours agoThe Orioles returned home from Toronto on Sunday night ready for Monday's well-deserved rest day and a pair of light workouts to get them ready for Thursday's long-awaited American League Division Series Game 1 against the Tigers.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco says he wishes he still played for Dodgersyahoo.com 19 hours agoThey say honesty is the best policy. In the case of Minnesota Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, they are full of baloney. Nolasco, who just finished the first season of a four-year, $49 million contract, mentioned overnight on Twitter that he'd rather b…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Sep 29 (yesterday)Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko took one last walk off the field before the top of the sixth inning Sunday, playing in his 2,349th game and getting another standing ovation, plus an encore, from the fans at U.S. Cellular Field. They were grateful…Upvote Share Tweet
Fan Fences: The 2014 M.L.B. Playoffs Have a Neighborly Feelnytimes.com Sep 29 (yesterday)Four potential World Series matchups involve teams from the same area. In an earlier round, the Dodgers and the Giants, longtime rivals, could meet.Upvote Share Tweet
A's Vs. Royals Wild Card Game PreviewSep 29The Baseball Tonight crew looks ahead to Tuesday's American League wild card match up between the A's and the Royals.
Gardenhire Takes The Fall For Twins' WoesSep 29Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield discuss the Twins' firing of longtime manager Ron Gardenhire.
World Series PredictionsSep 28The "Baseball Tonight" crew give their predictions for which team will win the World Series.
Royals Rally To Top White SoxSep 28The Royals scored three unanswered runs to defeat the White Sox 6-4.
One Giant DiscoverySep 30One of the things that’s fun about the NFL is the invention of new stars. Well, sometimes they’re not stars, but just players who pop up and all of a sudden, within a week or two, they’re irreplaceable. This year, Justin Forsett of the Ravens is one of …
The Week 4 MailbagSep 30Many of you responded—negatively, almost exclusively—to the section of my column on Monday devoted to NFL people talking about Derek Jeter. So, because I like to try to explain much of what I do and why I do it to you in this forum, give me a few senten…
Adande: Time for Blake Griffin to lead the ClippersSep 29Blake Griffin has reached the stage in his career where he needs to turn in a signature season, writes J.A. Adande
Kevin Durant plans return to Team USA for 2016 Olympic GamesSep 29While LeBron James is undecided, Kevin Durant told ESPN he intends to return to Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after withdrawing from national-team duty shortly before the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.