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Joe Girardi re-signs with Yankees

Sorry, Cubs: you're going to need to look somewhere else for your manager. The New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will take him through the 2017 season. Terms weren't immediately available, but you'd expect Girardi to be one of the highest-paid managers in baseball given the competition for his services this offseason...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Five observations from the Red Sox-Rays ALDS

Our first AL Division Series is in the books, and the Red Sox will be moving on to await the winner of Thursday's Game 5 between the Tigers and Athletics in Oakland. Boston dispatched the Rays pretty easily, though Tampa Bay put up one hell of a fight in the final two games of the series at Tropicana Field. Here are five observations from watching the series. 1. If that was...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Towers wants the D-Backs to throw at more batters

Remember back in June, when Ian Kennedy started a huge brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers by hitting Zack Greinke near the head? It turns out Arizona GM Kevin Towers wants to see more of that. Speaking to Arizona Sports 620 yesterday, Towers recalled a September game in which the Dodgers hit six home runs against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field (before PoolGate ever happened...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 Tampa Bay Rays

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - game 5

There will be just one Game 5 in the American League Division Series after the Tigers rallied to beat the A's 8-6. The winner of this series will be heading to Boston after the Red Sox beat the Rays 3-1 to send Tampa packing from this year's Postseason. PIC OF THE DAY David Ortiz, celebrating like the best of them. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) Also yesterday...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

ALDS Game 4: Red Sox eliminate Rays after 3-1 victory

The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, winning their series three games to one. Joe Maddon went all-out in this game, using every pitcher in his bullpen after an ineffective Jeremy Hellickson recorded just three outs and faced only six batters. And for six innings, it worked, as Boston was held scoreless for the first two-thirds...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

ALDS Game 4: Tigers beat A's 8-6, stay alive for Game 5

With their season on the line, the Tigers' bats finally showed some life on Tuesday. After scoring only six runs and in two of 27 innings during the first three games of the ALDS, Detroit's previously feeble offense put some runs on the board against the Oakland A's. The Tigers fell behind 3-0 in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Jed Lowrie. Extending the ALDS...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Rare Vin Scully video of Don Larsen's perfect game

Today marks the 57th anniversary of one of the most remarkable achievements in baseball history -- New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Check out the box score over at Baseball Reference. It’s spectacular. It’s a feat that has yet to be replicated and likely never will be in postseason play (Phillies’...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Five observations from the Dodgers-Braves NLDS

The NLDS matchup between the Dodgers and Braves is in the books, and the Dodgers are the victors and bound for the NLCS. After watching the four games of the series, here are five observations about the teams and the series. The Dodgers offense might not be able to be stopped. In the four game series, Los Angeles hit .333/.390/.572 with seven home runs. Against right-handers...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 Atlanta Braves

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - one down

We have our first eliminated team of the 2013 Division Series, and its the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers won a wild 4-3 game on Monday night to punch their ticket to the NLCS, and they'll await their opponent. But who will it be? Well, we don't know yet after the Cardinals forced a Game 5 by winning 2-1 in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile in the AL, the Rays stayed alive thanks to Jose...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 4: Dodgers finish off Braves with dramatic 4-3 victory

Oh, sweet irony. Entering tonights NLDS Game 4 between the Dodgers and Braves is was Don Mattingly being openly questioned for his decision to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest. By the time the game was over, it was Fredi Gonzalez subjected to an intense line of second-guessing. Things were had been shaping up so nicely for Atlanta, too. Starter Freddy Garcia, who inspired...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

ALDS Game 3: Rays walk off on Red Sox 5-4, force Game 4

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4 of their ALDS matchup, reducing Boston's series lead to 2-1. What a wild and crazy (and often times, infuriating) game of baseball. The Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with a rough inning by Alex Cobb in the fifth tacking on two runs. But the Rays came back in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a three-run homer by...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 4: Cardinals edge Pirates 2-1 to force Game 5

The St Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in Game 4 of their NL Division Series matchup, tying the series at two games apiece and forcing a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. The story of this one was Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. Wacha was perfect through five, and had a no-hitter going through 7 1/3 in Pittsburgh. But Pedro Alvarez broke up the no-no and the shutout...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour and Victor Martinez add fireworks to Tigers-A's Game 3

Balfour Rage! Such a phenomenon didn't get its name because Grant Balfour is a quiet guy, someone who just throws his pitches and gets off the field. No, like many MLB closers, Balfour prepares for the task of closing out ballgames in the ninth inning by amping himself up into a competitive frenzy. Does the Oakland Athletics' closer do it to intimidate opposing hitters...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

ALDS Game 3: A's bring the boom in 6-3 win over Tigers

Seth Smith got the start at designated hitter for the Oakland Athletics versus the Detroit Tigers on Monday. But for the purposes of Game 3 of the ALDS, Smith was the designated Anibal Sanchez hitter.  Smith had a .353 batting average (7-for-19) with a 1.323 OPS, three home runs and four RBI against Sanchez going into the game. He was already swinging well, having gone 2-for...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Network feature highlights special Walker-Clemente connection

With the Pittsburgh Pirates back in the postseason for the first time since 1992 (or haven’t you heard?), we’ve enjoyed some compelling storylines about the team -- from MVP candidate center fielder Andrew McCutchen to local boy second baseman Neil Walker to back from the dead closer Jason Grilli. And having the Pirates back in the national spotlight also provided a great opportunity...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting Carlos Beltran's Postseason statistics into perspective

St Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran turns into a freak in October. Going into Monday's game with the Pirates, Beltran has a .360/.463/.794 career Postseason line. That's really, really good - in fact, his 1.257 OPS is the highest ever among players with at least 40 Postseason plate appearances. Yet, there's this sentiment that maybe he's not as good as...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's brother: Finalist for Mustached American of the Year

The American Mustache Institute (which really is a thing that exists) has announced their ten finalists for the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year (also a real thing), and one of the finalists is Bryan Harper, Bryce's older brother. The elder Harper was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 Draft by the Nationals out of the University of South Carolina, a...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: A's fan fights police, gets tasered

It looks like this video is from either Friday or Saturday night in Oakland during their ALDS game with the Tigers. Watch in horror as this (probably) drunk A's fan decides to fight numerous cops and stadium security personnel, ending with him taking a shot from a taser to the back and being escorted away from his seat. All in a day's work, folks. (Apologies for the vertically...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - on the brink

The Dodgers smashed the Braves on Sunday, and the Pirates rallied late to beat the Cardinals. Both teams are now one win away from meeting in the NLCS. With the Red Sox leading the Rays 2-0, we could see three teams punch their tickets to the LCS on Monday...or, we could see the Postseason picture get a little more muddled and exciting. PIC OF THE DAY Carl Crawford,...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 3: Dodgers stomp Braves 13-6

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 13-6 in Game 3 of their NL Division Series matchup, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. This was a strange game. Neither starting pitcher got more than nine outs, and that seems like it would be a situation that favored the Braves and their strong bullpen. Yet, it was the Los Angeles bullpen that thrived (until the ninth), allowing...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 3: Alvarez delivers in 8th, Pirates beat Cardinals 5-3

Carlos Beltran tied the game in the eighth inning with his second home run of the series, but the Pirates responded with two runs in the bottom half to regain the lead for good and take a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the National League Division Series. The atmosphere at PNC Park was predictably electric during pregame ceremonies, and things only got louder in the bottom of...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - all square

In the two ALDS games on Saturday, both went largely the same as on Friday - one was a pitchers duel, and one was less so. The Red Sox beat the Rays 7-4 to take a 2-0 series lead, and the A's beat the Tigers 1-0 on a walk off hit by Stephen Vogt. The Tigers-A's matchup is now knotted at two games heading to Detroit, while the Red Sox lead their series with the Rays 2-0 going...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

ALDS Game 2: Sonny Gray dominates as A's beat Tigers 1-0

Stephen Vogt hit .252 during the regular season for the Oakland Athletics. But if the A's beat the Tigers in the ALDS and advance through the postseason, it's very possible no A's fan is going to remember that. They could very well speak fondly of the second-year catcher's feats of athleticism in Oakland's Game 2 victory over Detroit. Vogt's bases-loaded...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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