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Giants postseason rotation unsettled after top two

Giants postseason rotation unsettled after top two

CNNSI.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.
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  • 49ers' offensive line has become a force

    49ers' offensive line has become a force

    sfgate.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers' offensive line has become a force Fifty-three weeks ago, the 49ers had allowed 11 sacks in their first three games and were averaging 2.5 yards a carry, and the spotty play of their offensive line was inspiring a barrage of what's-wrong-with-thes…
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  • Bochy unsure of Giants' NLDS Game 3 starter

    Bochy unsure of Giants' NLDS Game 3 starter

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.
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  • Five keys for Giants in postseason

    Five keys for Giants in postseason

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Giants lost four of the seven regular-season games they played against their National League Division Series opponent, the Cincinnati Reds. But Cincinnati will face a very different San Francisco ballclub.
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  • Washington lets Hamilton issue drop

    Washington lets Hamilton issue drop

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Don't expect another conversation between Rangers manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton concerning his error on a dropped fly ball in Wednesday's loss to Oakland that helped the A's win the American League West title.
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  • Momentum is a myth for playoff-bound teams

    Momentum is a myth for playoff-bound teams

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Rangers are limping into the postseason. The A's and Tigers couldn't be much hotter. But even with baseball's new October format, Jay Jaffe says a playoff spot is like a parking spot.
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  • Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 1
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  • Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to …

    Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to succeed

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    It's hard to become one of the best players in the NFL at any position, and much tougher to do it over an entire career. But if you ask San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis about toughness, and what can really be hard in life, he can tell you a…
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  • How The Crazy-Ass AL Division Races Unfolded: Visualizing Momen…

    How The Crazy-Ass AL Division Races Unfolded: Visualizing Momentum

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Athletics and the Yankees clinched their respective division titles on the same day, but the paths they took to get there were very different. The A's budget freight train slammed through a Rangers squad that had sat atop the AL West for over 170 co…
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  • Follow the leader: Cain can set tone for Giants

    Follow the leader: Cain can set tone for Giants

    MLB.com Oct 4, 2012
    Asked early in 2011 to identify his most enduring memory of the previous year's Division Series triumph, Matt Cain cited Tim Lincecum's two-hit, 14-strikeout classic in Game 1. That was the Giants' first postseason victory en route to their World Series…
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  • Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers safety Donte Whitner will face off against his former team this weekend when the Bills head to San Francisco for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Whitner doesn’t have the fondest memories of his time in Buffalo. During the playoffs last season, Whitn
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  • How QBs stack up throwing to the sticks

    How QBs stack up throwing to the sticks

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The earlier item on third-down conversion rates sparked a conversation I'd like to continue here. "Do you think the 49ers are relying too much on their receivers to gain YAC and pick up first downs?" DF4949 asked. "It seems that a signifi…
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  • The Oakland A's Now Have Their Own Folksy Theme Song

    The Oakland A's Now Have Their Own Folksy Theme Song

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Any good championship run needs a catchy theme song. Unfortunately, it often derives from some iteration of "Don't Stop Believin'," either the original form (see: White Sox, Chicago, 2005) or some customized version, like the San Francisco Gia…
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  • PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    There are rarely dull moments around the Jets and this week has proven to be no exception. They got crushed by the 49ers, lost Santonio Holmes for the season and signed cornerback Aaron Berry coming off of a suspension for incidents that helped pave his…
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  • Leading Off: A Final Day to Remember

    Leading Off: A Final Day to Remember

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Yankees, the A's and baseball's first triple crown since 1967 gave sportswriters a lot to write about on the season's final day.
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  • A's Pitcher Pat Neshek's Newborn Son Has Died

    A's Pitcher Pat Neshek's Newborn Son Has Died

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    On Monday, the Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot, and just a few hours later pitcher Pat Neshek's wife went into labor. Neshek flew to Florida and was with his wife when she gave birth to a baby boy. More »
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  • Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Jets have a real need at receiver.  But they really don’t want Plaxico Burress. No one wants Plaxico Burress.  And it makes no sense. Last year, fresh from an extended stay at the Motel 6-to-10, Burress had multiple suitors.  The Jets wanted him.
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  • Around the NFC West: Third-down outlook

    Around the NFC West: Third-down outlook

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Third-down conversion rates aren't everything. The New Orleans Saints led the NFL in that category last season. They lost a shootout in the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, who ranked 31st. Around the NFC West: Oct. 4, 2012 The top five teams in thi…
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  • Raiders' Knapp: running game a process

    Raiders' Knapp: running game a process

    sfgate.com Oct 4, 2012
    Raiders' Knapp: running game a process Raiders' Knapp: running game a process [...] Oakland ranks dead last in the NFL in rushing at 60.8 yards per game - after finishing second in 2010 and seventh last year - and most of the blame has fallen on the new…
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  • Posey, Kershaw and Braun among best in NL

    Posey, Kershaw and Braun among best in NL

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (batting average) and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (ERA) are among the NL award winners with the regular season now complete.
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  • Moss' playing time reflects 49ers' depth

    Moss' playing time reflects 49ers' depth

    sfgate.com Oct 4, 2012
    Moss' playing time reflects 49ers' depth Randy Moss has played only 80 snaps in the season's first four games, prompting some to suggest the team might be keeping the 35-year-old wide receiver fresh for December. Rather, the head coach suggested Moss' m…
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  • 49ers put Bills' defense in spin cycle

    49ers put Bills' defense in spin cycle

    sfgate.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers put Bills' defense in spin cycle In defeat, Buffalo allowed 45 points in a span of less than 22 minutes, surrendered 580 yards and became the second team in NFL history to allow a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and two 100-yard rushers. […
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  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bills-49ers 00:22

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bills-49ers

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Buffalo at San Francisco
  • Video - Weather update: Bills  @ 49ers 01:00

    Weather update: Bills @ 49ers

    Oct 4
    AccuWeather.com updates climate conditions for the Bills @ 49ers.
  • Video - Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers 02:15

    Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.

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