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MLB commish Bud Selig's nightmare is Cubs dream as Joe Maddon l…

MLB commish Bud Selig's nightmare is Cubs dream as Joe Maddon leaves Rays

nydailynews.com Updated Oct 24 (yesterday)
Suddenly Bud Selig’s dream farewell World Series between his close pal David Glass’ upstart small-market Kansas City Royals and his San Francisco Giants friends, whose territorial rights to San Jose he allowed to remain protected, has turned into a nigh…
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  • Cards' Wainwright has minor elbow surgery

    Cards' Wainwright has minor elbow surgery

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com 23 hours ago
    After getting a second opinion, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had what the team described as minor elbow surgery on Friday.
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  • Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

    Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

    MLB.com Oct 23 (yesterday)
    Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
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  • Brewers hire veteran Coles as hitting coach

    Brewers hire veteran Coles as hitting coach

    ESPN.com MLB.com Oct 23 (yesterday)
    Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate.
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  • Pirates' Bell getting his feet wet at first base in AFL

    Pirates' Bell getting his feet wet at first base in AFL

    MLB.com Oct 22 (3 days ago)
    Outfielder Josh Bell, the Bucs' 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, has had his ups and downs while learning a new position this fall.
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  • '85 World Series Royals Relishing Playoff Run

    '85 World Series Royals Relishing Playoff Run

    nytimes.com Oct 22 (3 days ago)
    Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
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  • Cubs' Russell rakes in Fall League victory

    Cubs' Russell rakes in Fall League victory

    MLB.com Oct 21 (4 days ago)
    Addison Russell, the Cubs No. 2 prospect and the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run.
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  • Despite NLCS loss, Cards happy to be in 'Final Four'

    Despite NLCS loss, Cards happy to be in 'Final Four'

    MLB.com Oct 21 (4 days ago)
    Based solely on the endpoint, the Cardinals essentially did as most expected them to in 2014, a year in which they entered as overwhelming favorites to repeat as National League Central champions.
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  • Reds prospect Iglesias makes debut in AFL

    Reds prospect Iglesias makes debut in AFL

    MLB.com Oct 20 (5 days ago)
    Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
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  • Cardinals prioritize upgrading bench, bullpen

    Cardinals prioritize upgrading bench, bullpen

    MLB.com Oct 20 (5 days ago)
    Describing the organization's offseason strategy as opportunistic, general manager John Mozeliak is expected to seek bullpen and bench depth this offseason while relying on returning players to fill the rotation and starting position player spots.
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  • Giants fan who caught and returned Travis Ishikawa's walk-off h…

    Giants fan who caught and returned Travis Ishikawa's walk-off homer gets World Series tickets

    yahoo.com MLB.com nytimes.com Oct 18 (7 days ago)
    Your browser does not support iframes. After San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa connected for a historic three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5, not everybody at AT&T Park knew where the ball ended up. They jus…
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  • Banister delighted by challenge of managing

    Banister delighted by challenge of managing

    Jeff Banister spent 29 years with the Pirates organization, the past four as bench coach, and now he is manager of the Rangers. He has a nice three-year contract plus an option for 2018 and far more responsibility than he had in Pittsburgh.
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  • Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

    Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

    MLB.com Oct 17
    By their nature, long baseball seasons always end abruptly for the good teams that play their way into October, and for more than 100 years, when the final pitch has been thrown and the clubhouse disappointment is heavy, the manager gathers his players …
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  • Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

    Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

    MLB.com Oct 17
    While general manager John Mozeliak won't let the winter pass without trying to fill some holes, the Cardinals are fortunate in that they won't have many of them. Just three players on their postseason roster (Pat Neshek, A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Ellis)…
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  • Video - Dolphins Cruise Past Bears 01:20

    Dolphins Cruise Past Bears

    Oct 19
    Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dolphins past the Bears 27-14.
  • Video - Matheny Explains Wacha Decision 01:52

    Matheny Explains Wacha Decision

    Oct 16
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny explains the decision to have Michael Wacha pitch in the ninth inning of the team's 6-3 loss to the Giants in the deciding game of the NLCS.
  • Video - Ishikawa's Walk-Off HR Sends Giants To World Series 04:53

    Ishikawa's Walk-Off HR Sends Giants To World Series

    Oct 16
    Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run closed out the NLCS against the Cardinals and sent the Giants to the World Series to face the Royals.
  • Video - Bochy Talks NLCS Win 03:14

    Bochy Talks NLCS Win

    Oct 16
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy comments on his team's 6-3 victory over the Cardinals to win the NLCS.

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