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Beane defends trades after A's postseason exit

Beane defends trades after A's postseason exit

MLB.com Updated 4 hours ago
A's general manager Billy Beane is standing behind both of his July blockbuster trades, particularly the one that gave him 12 starts from Jon Lester. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," he said.
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  • Sources: Ex-player Young close to joining Texas

    Sources: Ex-player Young close to joining Texas

    ESPN.com 6 hours ago
    The Texas Rangers are close to bringing former player Michael Young to the organization in a front-office role, according to multiple sources.
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  • Royals' offense masters art of playing small ball

    Royals' offense masters art of playing small ball

    Although some analytics-driven folks may cringe when manager Ned Yost bunts or steals with so few outs to work with, there's no denying he has the perfect team with which to play small ball. That won't change when the Royals take on the Angels in Game 1…
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  • Weaver hungrier for title after two close calls

    Weaver hungrier for title after two close calls

    MLB.com 8 hours ago
    Jered Weaver has been close enough to taste championships twice, in college at Long Beach State and with the 2009 Angels, only to fall short on each occasion. "I think that it just makes you strive for more," said Weaver, the Halos' starter fo…
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  • Good pals Weaver, Vargas face off in Game 1 of ALDS

    Good pals Weaver, Vargas face off in Game 1 of ALDS

    MLB.com 8 hours ago
    Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas are close friends, and not just because they were teammates with the Angels last season. They were also teammates in 2004 at Long Beach State. Now they will face off on the big stage, starting Game 1 of the American League …
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  • Hamilton aims to atone for injury-riddled season

    Hamilton aims to atone for injury-riddled season

    MLB.com 9 hours ago
    It's easy to be skeptical about Josh Hamilton going into the ALDS. He's coming off a poor year, he still isn't fully healthy, and he was only able to play in one of the Angels' last 23 regular-season games, with nagging ailments in his right shoulder an…
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  • ALDS preview: Can the Royals run past the Angels?

    ALDS preview: Can the Royals run past the Angels?

    yahoo.com nytimes.com 10 hours ago
    Perhaps the most intriguing LDS series begins Thursday night in Anaheim. The Kansas City Royals finally took the step many anticipated was coming this season, snapping their 29-year playoff drought by qualifying for the AL wild card. After beating Oakla…
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  • Shoemaker gets Game 2 in Halos' three-man rotation

    Shoemaker gets Game 2 in Halos' three-man rotation

    MLB.com 11 hours ago
    The Angels will go with a three-man rotation in their American League Division Series against the Royals, with Matt Shoemaker starting Game 2, C.J. Wilson starting Game 3 and Game 1 starter Jered Weaver coming back on short rest to start Game 4.
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  • Sanchez, Soria likely to be key cogs in bullpen

    Sanchez, Soria likely to be key cogs in bullpen

    MLB.com 11 hours ago
    Anibal Sanchez spent part of his Tuesday night viewing the Royals and Athletics battle in the American League Wild Card Game, watching the Royals' ability to put pressure on opponents with their speed.
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  • A's-Royals Confused The Hell Out Of Gamblers

    A's-Royals Confused The Hell Out Of Gamblers

    deadspin.com 16 hours ago
    Last night's AL play-in game was the kind of protracted back-and-forth that makes a baseball game genuinely exciting. It also drives bettors nuts. Here are the implied winning percentages, which are modeled off of live betting on Betfair by Gambletron 2…
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  • Royals puppy woman watched comeback from outfield and will get …

    Royals puppy woman watched comeback from outfield and will get puppy after playoffs

    yahoo.com 18 hours ago
    Katie Castan will get her puppy, but she's waiting until after the playoffs to adopt. Castan was the Kansas City Royals fan spotted by TBS cameras in the middle of the fifth inning of Tuesday's wild card game between the Oakland A's and Royals holding a…
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  • After Oakland's wild-card loss, Adam Dunn says he plans to reti…

    After Oakland's wild-card loss, Adam Dunn says he plans to retire

    yahoo.com MLB.com ESPN.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    This probably wasn't how Adam Dunn imagined things would go. Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 as Oakland looked to add postseason power. It was going to be the slugger's first time in the playoffs in his 14-…
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  • A's bullpen picks wrong time for rough night

    A's bullpen picks wrong time for rough night

    MLB.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    All but one of the five relievers who entered after Jon Lester exited in the eighth inning either gave up a run or allowed inherited runners to score.
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  • Guthrie may be Royals' top option for ALDS opener

    Guthrie may be Royals' top option for ALDS opener

    MLB.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has never pitched in the postseason despite his 11 years in the Majors. He's pitched well down the stretch, with an 8-2 record and 3.42 ERA in his last 12 starts, and could be tabbed to start against the Angels on Thursday in…
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  • Salvador Perez rebounds from struggles at the plate with game-w…

    Salvador Perez rebounds from struggles at the plate with game-winning hit

    yahoo.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Salvador Perez just needed to take a pitch. A player not known for his patience at the plate, Perez was especially antsy in the late innings of Tuesday's wild-card win against the Oakland A's. With the Royals trailing 7-6 with one out…
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  • Pedro Martinez rips Ned Yost after Royals' wild-card win

    Pedro Martinez rips Ned Yost after Royals' wild-card win

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    Ned Yost escaped with his job still in tact Tuesday night, after his Kansas City Royals came back three times to beat the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game. For a while, it didn't look like Yost would be so lucky. He took out starting pitcher J…
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  • Position-by-position breakdown: Royals-Angels

    Position-by-position breakdown: Royals-Angels

    MLB.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    After a thrilling victory in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game, Kansas City heads west to meet the top-seeded Angels in the AL Division Series -- the first playoff meeting between the two. Game 1 is slated for Thursday night at 9:07 p.m. ET…
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  • Defiant Royals Outfox A's in Wild Card Game

    Defiant Royals Outfox A's in Wild Card Game

    nytimes.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in a thrilling, 12-inning do-or-die Wild Card playoff on Tuesday to eke out a victory in their first postseason game for 29 years.
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  • A's Soto leaves Wild Card Game with injured thumb

    A's Soto leaves Wild Card Game with injured thumb

    MLB.com Oct 1 (yesterday)
    A's catcher Geovany Soto was forced to exit Tuesday night's 9-8 loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game in the bottom of the third inning because of a left thumb injury.
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  • Video - Royals Rally For Wild-Card Walk-Off Win 03:54

    Royals Rally For Wild-Card Walk-Off Win

    Sep 30
    SportsCenter Highlight of the Night: Salvador Perez's RBI single in the 12th inning advanced the Royals to the American League Division Series with a 9-8 win over the Athletics.
  • Video - Breaking Down The A's Season 01:45

    Breaking Down The A's Season

    Sep 30
    Baseball Tonight Minute: The Baseball Tonight crew discusses the Oakland Athletics' season and what went wrong.
  • Video - Perez On Game-Winning Hit 00:58

    Perez On Game-Winning Hit

    Sep 30
    Salvador Perez discusses his RBI single that lifted the Royals past the A's 9-8 in extra innings.
  • Video - Breaking Down Royals' Win 02:41

    Breaking Down Royals' Win

    Sep 30
    Dallas Braden breaks down the Royals' 9-8 win over the A's.

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