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VIDEO: Brandon Crawford hits grand slam in one-game Wild Card playoff

Brandon Crawford stunned the PNC crowd with a grand slam in the fourth inning off Pirates righty Edison Volquez. It was Crawford’s first career grand slam and he became the first shortstop in MLB HISTORY to hit a grand slam in a playoff game. This begs a very important question… after hitting a Grand Slam, does @bcraw35 get a free Grand Slam from @DennysDiner? if so, go w Baconx4...
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End of season post-mortem: Oakland Athletics

So this is how it happens in nightmares. In the span of less than two months, the Oakland Athletics went from 28 games above .500 and four games up in the AL West to a team that needed a win on the final day of the regular season just to clinch the AL’s second Wild Card berth. They then went to Kansas City, raced to a four-run lead over the Royals, and were sent home following...
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What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

The National League Wild Card game is about as pure as you can get: two teams with identical records, close to evenly matched on paper, fighting it out for the right to visit the nation’s capital. It may not match the back-and-forth excitement of last night’s crazy contest, but it should be a good game in its own right. The Pirates finished the season as one of the hottest teams...
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The Pirates aim to put Sid Bream’s slide in the past

The 1992 NLCS ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Doug Drabek loaded the bases with none out. Stan Belinda got Ron Gant to hit into a sac fly to make it 2-1, and after a walk kept the bases loaded, Brian Hunter popped up for out number two. Then, Francisco Cabrera singled to left to score David Justice and Sid...
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Despite Royals playoff win, Ned Yost’s mistakes can’t be overlooked

Are we still allowed to be made at Ned Yost? Despite what seemed to be their manager’s best efforts to the contrary, the Kansas City Royals fought out a tough 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s Tuesday night in the AL wild-card playoff. The Royals overcame what appeared to be a fatal decision by Yost in the sixth inning, taking starter James Shields out of the ballgame with a 3...
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Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

While looking forward to the 2014 MLB postseason, the beginning of the playoffs also presents an opportunity to look back at the regular season that was. This one really seemed to whiz by quickly, as bigger storylines dominated the headlines and national narrative, rolling over the smaller developments that we often take time to examine and appreciate. That period of reflection...
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Royals lost for a short while after the game, according to MLB.com

via Deadspin It felt like the Royals were going to lose a few different times and beat writers are on tight deadlines, so it makes sense that this was written, but maybe hold off on hitting that publish button, kiddos. The post Royals lost for a short while after the game, according to MLB.com appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Jarrod Dyson stole third and then he danced

GIF: Dyson Steal Dance! http://t.co/9wrJ4fIl3c — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 1, 2014 Jarrod Dyson came on to pinch run for Josh Willingham, was sacrificed to second and then stole third base to set up a sacrifice fly to tie the game. After he swiped third, he did a memorable dance. The game is currently in extra innings and the Royals seem poised to dance into the ALDS. The post...
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One brave A’s fan buried in a sea of Royals fans

This is one brave @Athletics fan #Wildcard pic.twitter.com/FJlZsOjCJ0 — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 1, 2014 This is confidence in your team (and probably your personality, too).  Bravo, lone A’s fan. The post One brave A’s fan buried in a sea of Royals fans appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Five things to watch in the AL Wild Card game

We’re mere hours away from the beginning of the 2014 MLB Postseason. James Shields will deliver the first pitch to Coco Crisp at roughly 8 PM eastern, and the Royals and A’s will do battle for the pleasure of facing the Angels in the AL Division Series. That being said, here are five things that we should keep an eye on in this game. Will Ned Yost focus too much on speed for...
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Re-living the disastrous Steve Bartman incident

2003 was supposed to be The Year for the Chicago Cubs. They had a 3-2 lead over the Marlins in the NLCS, and led them 3-0 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Mark Prior was on the hill and dealing. Then…disaster. Prior allowed a one-out double to Juan Pierre. Luis Castillo hit a foul pop-up down the line that Moises Alou nearly caught…but Steve Bartman got in Alou...
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Your TOC 2014 MLB Postseason predictions

The Postseason will be upon us in a matter of hours as the A’s battle the Royals in the AL Wild Card matchup. From the first pitch thrown by James Shields forward, we’re going to be in baseball overload as the NL Wild Card matchup, the Division Series, Championship Series, and World Series all roll along until their conclusion in a matter of weeks. Who will prevail? The TOC staff...
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The tyranny of the one-game Wild Card playoff

It is now year three of the two-Wild Card format in year three. Three years of being forced to watch the most unnatural thing in all of baseball: the one-game playoff series. There is nothing about baseball that lends itself to a one-game, winner-take-all format. With a regular season nearly twice as longer as any other, MLB is the very definition of a sport that is a marathon and...
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The best and worst MLB players in September

Oh, you thought that just because we’re in playoff mode, we’re not going to reflect on the month of September? Please. These are the best and worst players of September, the final month of the 2014 regular season. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Miguel Cabrera. The defending two-time MVP won’t make it three in a row this year, and he’s not even the most valuable Tigers’ hitter...
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A.J. Hinch will be the next Astros manager

After firing Bo Porter earlier this month, the Houston Astros needed a new manager to bring them into 2015 and beyond. Their choice is reportedly former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, who also worked in the front office for the Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Source: AJ Hinch close to becoming new Astros manager — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014...
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Will another pitcher match Roy Halladay’s Postseason no-hitter?

The 2010 NLDS between the Reds and Phillies got off to a routine start. In his first career Postseason start, Roy Halladay set down the first three Reds he faced. The Phillies plated a run in hte bottom of the first after a Chase Utley sac fly. Halladay set down three more Reds hitters without breaking a sweat in the second. Philadelphia tacked on three more runs in the second following...
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Ron Gardenhire fired by Twins, fourth team seeking a manager

The Ron Gardenhire era is over in Minnesota after 13 long, mostly successful seasons. Ron Gardenhire is out. — Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 29, 2014 Gardenhire won the AL Central with Minnesota in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. However, success in the playoffs was always difficult for him, as the Twins won six playoff games total in those six playoff appearances...
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End of season post-mortem: Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners tried their damnedest to make the AL West a three playoff team division this season. Oakland’s collapse helped keep them in the race, and on September 8th, Seattle was a season-best 15 games over .500 and had a half-game lead on the Tigers for the second AL playoff spot. But the Postseason wasn’t in the cards for the Mariners – they went 8-11 after reaching...
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TOC’s 2014 award spectacular

Well, the 2014 regular season is behind us. It was a pretty wild and crazy season, and I’m sure the next month of playoffs won’t let us down either. But what else is there to do at the end of the season aside from hand out some hardware? The TOC staff was ask to provide MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year ballots for both the American and National Leagues. Five candidates were...
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WATCH: The 15 longest home runs of the 2014 season

The 2014 regular season is behind is, and we know the ten teams that will be playing Postseason baseball this October. But even though the Postseason is a clearly magical, amazing time, let us not forget the tremendous season that brought us to this point – and the majestic home runs we saw along the way. Each Friday this season, we tracked the five longest home runs of the week...
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Dugout Digest – welcome to the playoffs

The MLB Postseason is here, and the season is over for 20 of the 30 teams in MLB. For ten, the dream of a championship will continue for at least one more game. Nine of those clubs will end their year disappointed. The playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Seattle Mariners becoming the final team to bow out of contention. We know the matchups that...
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WATCH: Tom Wilhelmsen dances to 'Turn Down for What'

The Mariners came up one game short of making the post season despite finishing the season strong with three straight wins in front of their fans. You’d think the close call for October baseball would be somewhat of a bummer, but the Mariners and their fans showed a lot of camaraderie and spirit by celebrating an unexpected strong season after years of mostly disappointment. Leading...
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The A’s finally clinched a playoff spot

It took all 162 games, and the end result was disappointing given their strong first half of the season, but the Oakland Athletics clinched the final American League playoff spot following a 4-0 win over the Rangers in Texas. Sonny Gray was marvelous in the clincher for Oakland, tossing a complete game shutout while walking none and striking out five. The A’s will head to Kansas...
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Tigers clinch AL Central with win over Twins

And finally, we know the AL Central champion – it’s the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers beat the Twins 3-0 behind the arm of David Price on Sunday at Comerica Park to edge out the Royals for their fourth division crown in a row. Detroit was the best team in the division all year, and it’s shocking that it took them until game 162 to wrap the title up. The Royals and Indians should...
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Stephen Souza Jr. ended Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter with a fantastic catch

Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter on Sunday, topping the Marlins 1-0 while striking out ten and walking one. But the real highlight of this game was the catch that Stephen Souza Jr. made to record out #27 and end the game. It seems like every no-hitter has that signature play. Rarely do you see it on the final out of the game. Simply incredible. Zimmermann’s no-hitter is the...
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