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Pressure to win nothing new for Mattingly

Pressure to win nothing new for Mattingly

MLB.com Updated 4 hours ago
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly knows that his high-payroll group of star veterans is expected march through October. But as a Yankees star player under late owner George Steinbrenner, Mattingly is all too familiar with pressure to win.
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  • Healthy LA swaggers into rematch vs. Cardinals

    Healthy LA swaggers into rematch vs. Cardinals

    MLB.com 5 hours ago
    The Dodgers were far from at full strength when they fell to the Cardinals in six games last year in the NLCS. This year, L.A. is ready to turn the tables on St. Louis.
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  • D-backs eye Alomar Jr., 6 others for manager

    D-backs eye Alomar Jr., 6 others for manager

    ESPN.com 5 hours ago
    Sandy Alomar Jr., Jay Bell and Andy Green are among seven confirmed candidates for the Arizona Diamondbacks' manager position, the team announced Wednesday on Twitter.
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  • Hurdle opts to fortify 'pen for Wild Card roster

    Hurdle opts to fortify 'pen for Wild Card roster

    MLB.com 8 hours ago
    John Holdzkom and left-hander Bobby LaFromboise were included on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game against the Giants at PNC Park, as announced by manager Clint Hurdle. Holdzkom and LaFromboise, both September call…
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  • NL wild card preview: Pirates look to battle past playoff-teste…

    NL wild card preview: Pirates look to battle past playoff-tested Giants

    yahoo.com MLB.com 17 hours ago
    There's no doubt the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco have taken two vastly different roads to reach the 2014 NL wild-card game. For the Pirates, there are 20 years of futility now firmly placed in the rearview mirror. The satisfaction of a winning …
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  • Giants relying on power, balance combination

    Giants relying on power, balance combination

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    If the Giants are to prolong their bid to win another World Series in another even-numbered year, they'll have to survive with a lineup for Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game that includes Gregor Blanco and Travis Ishikawa, whom have been regarded as platoon…
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  • Dugout Ritual Honors Swings With Extra Pop

    Dugout Ritual Honors Swings With Extra Pop

    nytimes.com 23 hours ago
    Each time one of the Dodgers hits a home run and returns to the dugout, he is greeted by a stream of small, soapy bubbles emanating from a pair of toy machines.
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  • Volquez Looks to Continue Revival Against Giants

    Volquez Looks to Continue Revival Against Giants

    Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
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  • Colletti looks back and ahead to Dodgers' postseason

    Colletti looks back and ahead to Dodgers' postseason

    MLB.com 24 hours ago
    In the nine years, Ned Colletti has been the general manager, the Dodgers have reached the postseason five times, four as National League West champions. In those nine seasons, the Dodgers have the third-best record in the league behind St. Louis and Ph…
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  • Raucous PNC Park crowd won't bother Bumgarner

    Raucous PNC Park crowd won't bother Bumgarner

    MLB.com 24 hours ago
    The constellations and the pitching schedule aligned perfectly, allowing Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner -- with his 11-4 record and 2.22 ERA in 18 road starts this season -- to start Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game (5 p.m. PT, ESPN)…
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  • Martin's ability to play brings Bucs' lineup together

    Martin's ability to play brings Bucs' lineup together

    MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    With Russell Martin convinced that his balky left hamstring won't keep him out of action and with a left-hander going for the Giants in Madison Bumgarner, the Pirates' starting lineup could write itself for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Ga…
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  • Gordon cleared for Game 1 after right hip irritation

    Gordon cleared for Game 1 after right hip irritation

    MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    Despite missing the regular-season finale with right hip irritation, Dee Gordon has been cleared for Friday's NL Division Series opener against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium (3:30 p.m. PT on FS1). He was a full participant in the Dodgers' workout Tues…
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  • Last two NL MVPs face off in Wild Card Game on Wednesday

    Last two NL MVPs face off in Wild Card Game on Wednesday

    MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    With the Bucs' Andrew McCutchen (the reigning National League MVP) squaring off against Buster Posey (the 2012 NL MVP) of the Giants on Wednesday in the NL Wild Card Game, it will mark the first time two previous NL MVPs squared off in the playoffs sinc…
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  • George Shuba, Whose Handshake Heralded Racial Tolerance in Base…

    George Shuba, Whose Handshake Heralded Racial Tolerance in Baseball, Dies at 89

    nytimes.com ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    Shuba, a Dodgers outfielder, is remembered for a welcoming gesture to Jackie Robinson on the day that Robinson, as a minor leaguer, broke baseball’s color barrier.
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  • Kemp earns NL Player of the Month honors

    Kemp earns NL Player of the Month honors

    MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp missed half of last September with a left ankle injury. This September, he's the National League Player of the Month.
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  • Rally Central: Pirates fans show support

    Rally Central: Pirates fans show support

    MLB.com Sep 30 (yesterday)
    With the city buzzing about Buctober for the second consecutive year, fans gathered for a Pirates rally in Market Square the day before the National League Wild Card Game against the Giants (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Some fans came on their lunch b…
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  • The Cardinals Took Care Not To Celebrate In The Diamondbacks' P…

    The Cardinals Took Care Not To Celebrate In The Diamondbacks' Pool

    deadspin.com Sep 29 (2 days ago)
    The Cardinals found themselves in much the same position as the Dodgers did a year ago: at Chase Field, about to clinch the division. Would they celebrate the same way, by diving into the right-field pool and peeing all over the unwritten rules? They wo…
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  • Position-by-position breakdown for Cardinals-Dodgers

    Position-by-position breakdown for Cardinals-Dodgers

    MLB.com Sep 29 (2 days ago)
    With the Dodgers and Cardinals set to open their National League Division Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium with two of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound in Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright, we take a look at each position on the diamond fo…
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  • Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco says he wishes he still played for …

    Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco says he wishes he still played for Dodgers

    yahoo.com Sep 29 (2 days ago)
    They 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…
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  • Hunter Pence gave an awesome postgame speech to Giants fans (Vi…

    Hunter Pence gave an awesome postgame speech to Giants fans (Video)

    yahoo.com Sep 29 (3 days ago)
    Your browser does not support iframes. San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence gave his second impassioned speech of the week after his team closed out the regular season on Sunday with a win at AT&T Park. This one contained no F-bombs, not lik…
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  • Fan Fences: The 2014 M.L.B. Playoffs Have a Neighborly Feel

    Fan Fences: The 2014 M.L.B. Playoffs Have a Neighborly Feel

    nytimes.com Sep 29 (3 days ago)
    Four potential World Series matchups involve teams from the same area. In an earlier round, the Dodgers and the Giants, longtime rivals, could meet.
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  • Video - NL Wild-Card Preview 02:30

    NL Wild-Card Preview

    Oct 1
    Doug Glanville and Red Sox catcher David Ross preview the matchup between the Giants and Pirates and make their predictions.
  • Video - Sport Science: 'The Catch' 02:23

    Sport Science: 'The Catch'

    Sep 30
    Sept. 29 marked the 60th anniversary of Willie Mays' iconic grab. ESPN "Sport Science" examines this legendary moment.
  • Video - Giants Vs. Pirates Wild Card Game Preview 01:25

    Giants Vs. Pirates Wild Card Game Preview

    Sep 29
    The Baseball Tonight crew looks ahead to Wednesday's National League wild card match up between the Giants and the Pirates.
  • Video - World Series Predictions 01:26

    World Series Predictions

    Sep 28
    The "Baseball Tonight" crew give their predictions for which team will win the World Series.

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