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Don Mattingly will start Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 on short rest

Game 3 hasn’t even started yet, and Don Mattingly is going all-in. The Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw on three days rest in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday before going with Zack Greinke on regular rest in a potential Game 5. "Game four, Kershaw. Game five, Greinke." – Don Mattingly — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 6, 2014 Ballsy? Yes, very, especially after Kershaw...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Bryan is at AT&T Park getting Giants fans hyped

Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan is at today’s NLDS game between the Giants and Nationals at AT&T Park, and yes, he’s leading the crowd in a YES! YES! YES! chant. .@WWEDanielBryan has a question for #SFGiants fans. #Yes #OctoberTogether https://t.co/zPoMkibN7o — #OctoberTogether (@SFGiants) October 6, 2014 In case you’re curious: yes, Bryan did get a picture with Hunter...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Los Angeles Angels

The good news is that the Angels finally were able to ride the greatness of Mike Trout to a postseason berth and that Trout will surely take him the first of what should have been three AL MVPs. The bad news is that their league-best 98 wins only silenced their critics for a short time as the lasting memory of this Angels team will be them flaming out against the Royals in the ALDS...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers became the first team eliminated from the divisional series round, getting swept in three games by the Orioles. That early exit is a surprise, but how Detroit lost the series shouldn’t be. The Tigers’ defensive and bullpen flaws were apparent throughout the season, as was their tendency to get shut down by presumably mediocre pitching. Those deficiencies were completely...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter, evil genius, predicted how Game 3 would end

Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s decision to have Zach Britton walk Nick Castellanos, the winning run, in the ninth inning yesterday to bring up Andrew Romine (replaced by pinch hitter Hernan Perez) was a ballsy one, but one that paid off in spades for Baltimore. When Showalter came to the mound to talk to Britton before the intentional walk, he accurately predicted the exact turn...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals finish off sweep to stun Angels in ALDS

The Angels were a popular pick by many, myself included, to win the AL pennant this October. Well, their Postseason didn’t go quite as planned – the Royals smashed the Angels 8-3 on Sunday night, eliminating them from the playoffs without a single win. The game actually got off to a good start for the Angels, as Mike Trout picked up his first (and thusfar, only) career Postseason...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain steals hits from Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick

This isn’t the Angels’ night, folks. Down 7-2 in the top of the fifth inning with two men on and one out, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick hit sinking liners to center field. Fortunately for the Royals, that’s where Lorenzo Cain roams. Lorenzo Cain robs Albert Pujols and Howie Kendricks on back to back hits to center https://t.co/VsoqOmnKhR — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles beat Tigers 2-1 to complete sweep, advance to ALCS

And then there were seven. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of Detroit and advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1997. All it took was one big hit for the Orioles to advance, and that hit was a two-run homer by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning off of David Price that barely cleared the right field wall. Following Cruz’s...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cheerios is rooting for an Orioles sweep today

The Baltimore Orioles look to sweep the Detroit Tigers today and advance to the ALCS. Bud Norris is on the hill for Baltimore, facing off with Detroit’s David Price. In today’s edition of the Baltimore Sun, Cheerios took out a full-page ad, cheering on the O’s. "Let's Go O's." @Cheerios' full-page ad in today's @baltimoresun: pic.twitter.com/h2Axq70w6U — Pete Sweigard (...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matt Kemp lifts Dodgers to win with home run

After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth to move the Cardinals into a 2-2 tie with the Dodgers, Los Angeles fans were nervous, especially after what happened on Friday with Clayton Kershaw. But fear not, Dodgers fans – Matt Kemp was on the scene to drag your club to a victory. Pat Neshek allowed just two homers to right-handed hitters during the entire...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Umpire gets hit in head with ricochet, everyone laughs

It wasn’t a good night in Washington DC for home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Eight innings after ejecting Nationals manager Matt Williams and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, he got hit in the head with a foul ball off the bat of Danny Espinosa that ricocheted off the screen behind home plate. The remaining crowd at Nationals Park, and members of both teams’ benches, had a laugh...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Belt's HR in the 18th inning puts Giants up 2-0

18 innings. Six hours and 23 minutes. 485 pitches. And yet, this one home run by Brandon Belt in the 18th inning will stand apart, enabling the Giants to beat the Nationals 2-1. Game 3 will be on Monday AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner goes for the Giants against Doug Fister of the Nationals. The post Brandon Belt’s homer pushes the Giants to Game 2 win appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in the Nationals-Giants NLDS

The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants are set to start their National League Division Series today, and this NLDS should be a good one. The Nationals finished with the best record in the NL and have been on a tear, while the Giants limped into the postseason before destroying the Pirates in the Wild Card game. On paper, the Nats have the decided advantage. But if recent...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in the Dodgers-Cardinals NLDS

In a battle of two 90+ win teams and two preseason playoff favorites, the Cardinals and Dodgers are set for a huge matchup in the first round of the playoffs. Here are five things to look out for in their NLDS matchup. The Dodgers’ hitting and speed edgeThe Dodgers led baseball with a 110 wRC+, while the Cardinals actually had a slightly below average offense with a 98 mark. Los...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t necessarily capitalize on their 2013 success by making big additions to ensure that their return to the postseason wasn’t a one-year fluke. But that’s not the way the Pirates’ front office has done business, and it’s very unlikely to change. Besides, Pittsburgh has promising young talent that either gained more major league experience this...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

What to watch for in Tigers-Orioles ALDS

The Tigers have the edge when it comes to offense and starting pitching. The Orioles have the edge in the bullpen and on defense. Something has to give in this ALDS matchup, and Baltimore is hoping that consistency can overtake star power. Here are five things to watch in this series. Expect some homers. The Baltimore Orioles surprisingly ran away with the American League East thanks...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Incredible footage of the 1924 World Series

The only time a Washington baseball team won the World Series was in 1924, when the Washington Senators defeated the New York Giants. Footage of the series wasn’t thought to exist…until now. The footage was unearthed by the Library of Congress in August, and is in nearly perfect condition. The reel of film containing the footage was found in a detached, non-climate controlled...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014 MLB Postseason cheering guide

The first step to recognizing that you have a problem is acknowledging that one exists. I am a Chicago Cubs fan. As such, I am forced to routinely seek out alternative teams to root for come playoff time. This is relatively common practice across all sports, especially for teams that are perpetually terrible. If you’re still sitting there, as Friday approaches, and pondering just...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in the Angels-Royals ALDS

After surviving that crazy exciting AL Wild Card game, the Royals earned themselves the privilege of taking on the team with the best record in baseball and the best player in the universe in the ALDS. For Kansas City, they are pretty much playing with house money after advancing to the postseason for the first time in 29 years and then winning that memorable game. They’ve got...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The anatomy of a collapse: story of the 2014 Oakland Athletics

You’re Billy Beane. You’re sitting there on July 31st having just acquired Jon Lester, likely feeling about as good about your ballclub’s title chances as you have at any point during your tenure with the Oakland Athletics. After all, with Lester and Jeff Samardzija in the mix, in addition to Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir in perhaps the most stacked rotation in the American...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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