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Reds best Mets in 10th to clinch playoff berth

Reds best Mets in 10th to clinch playoff berth

ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Updated Sep 23, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds secured a playoff spot Monday night moments after beating the New York Mets 3-2.
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  • Wainwright, Cards end Nats' playoff hopes

    Wainwright, Cards end Nats' playoff hopes

    ESPN.com Sep 23, 2013
    Carlos Beltran homered, Adam Wainwright earned his 18th win and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 4-3 on Monday night, eliminating the Nationals from playoff contention.
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  • Fredi tossed after disputing hit-by-pitch call

    Fredi tossed after disputing hit-by-pitch call

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez unloaded on home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez after the veteran ump ruled Paul Janish did not attempt to get out of the way of a pitch that hit him in the seventh inning of Monday night's game against the Brewers.
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  • Having strong year, Schierholtz elicits high praise

    Having strong year, Schierholtz elicits high praise

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Nate Schierholtz has exceeded expectations in his first season with the Cubs. The right fielder, who has finally gotten regular playing time, has set career highs in hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs.
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  • Rough outing may have been Locke's last in '13

    Rough outing may have been Locke's last in '13

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Beyond Wrigley Field, the Pirates have a short-sighted rotation. But Jeff Locke has a sense his sights already have to be on 2014. One possible scenario omits Locke, whose August-September ERA shot to 7.05 with his one-inning, five-run turn on Sunday ag…
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  • Cingrani's back feels good after bullpen session

    Cingrani's back feels good after bullpen session

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Tony Cingrani took a major step forward in his recovery from lower back soreness on Monday, when he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session without pain or incident. Although that's good news for Cingrani and the club, the Reds are still left with more questio…
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  • Ten reasons Cardinals are returning to postseason

    Ten reasons Cardinals are returning to postseason

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Unexpected emergences, record-setting seasons and an expectation for excellence in many ways defined the Cardinals' 2013 season. Here is a look at 10 things, in no particular order, that went right as the Cardinals clinched their third straight postseas…
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  • The Achilles' heels for each postseason contender

    The Achilles' heels for each postseason contender

    CNNSI.com Sep 23, 2013
    Eleven teams still have a realistic shot at a championship but each has a significant cause for concern.
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  • Davey welcomes chance to best Cardinals

    Davey welcomes chance to best Cardinals

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    After losing to the Cardinals in the 2012 National League Division Series and getting swept by them in a three-game series in April, manager Davey Johnson was looking forward to playing the Cardinals at Busch Stadium this week in a three-game series.
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  • The Week Ahead: Dramatic finish straight ahead

    The Week Ahead: Dramatic finish straight ahead

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Five teams -- the Dodgers, Red Sox, A's, Braves and Cardinals -- have locked up postseason berth, but there are still five slots, including two division titles, to be won over the final seven days of the regular season. That means for five teams, it's a…
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  • MLB Notebook: Bruce-Phillips quite a combo

    MLB Notebook: Bruce-Phillips quite a combo

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips played a significant role in the Reds' win on Sunday while adding some numbers to their notable RBI totals.
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  • Playoffs-bound Cards still focused on NL Central title

    Playoffs-bound Cards still focused on NL Central title

    MLB.com Sep 23, 2013
    The Cardinals officially clinched their spot in the postseason about four hours before taking the field in Milwaukee for their final regular-season road game. Washington's afternoon loss to the Marlins ensured the Cardinals of no worse than the second W…
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  • Video - Cardinals Hold Off Nationals 00:32

    Cardinals Hold Off Nationals

    Sep 23
    Carlos Beltran's home run lifted the Cardinals past the Nationals 4-3.
  • Video - Pirates Clinch Playoffs 00:39

    Pirates Clinch Playoffs

    Sep 23
    The Pirates clinched the playoffs for the first time since 1992 following a 2-1 win over the Cubs and a Nationals' loss.
  • Video - Reds Walk Off To Clinch Playoffs 00:32

    Reds Walk Off To Clinch Playoffs

    Sep 23
    The Reds are headed to the playoffs for the second straight year following a 3-2 10th inning win over the Mets and a Nationals' loss.

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    Sep 23
    Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
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    Sep 23
    The Giants are 0-3, the Jets are 2-1 and the Saints’ defense is shining. Who knew? (Evan Pike/CSM/Landov :: Rich Kane/Icon SMI :: Stacy Revere/Getty Images) “You never pick up where you left off from one year to the next,’’ Bill Parcells used to say. (M…