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Star power on deck

NEW YORK – They boast All-Stars all over the diamond, high-priced players decorated with coveted awards. They come loaded with October experience and shiny rings, expecting to win another World …


Angels match rally for rally

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Just when all looked lost, the Los Angeles Angels took a cue from an old friend. With their Rally Monkey doing his best work in years, the …


Phillies repeat as N.L. champs

PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Howard and the defending champs are back in the World Series – proving last year was no fluke and looking even more dangerous this time around. Jayson …


Johjima cites playing time in decision to leave M’s

Kenji Johjima said today in Japan that he left the Seattle Mariners because his playing time had been cut so severely. Johjima held a conference call with Japanese-speaking reporters – …


Yanks ride superstars to commanding lead

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Alex Rodriguez limited the celebration of his latest playoff homer to a brisk trot and a few high-fives. CC Sabathia barely even pumped a fist while mowing …


Angels beat Yankees on Mathis’ walk-off hit

ANAHEIM, Calif. – After 261 minutes, 14 pitchers, six homers and several big blunders all led to a winning hit by a backup catcher, the Los Angeles Angels finally handed …


Johjima leaving Mariners, will play in Japan

SEATTLE — The Mariners’ Kenji Johjima opted out of the final two years of his contract, allowing him to sign with a Japanese team. In April 2008, Seattle had signed …


Yanks for the memories, fellow Pinstripe lovers

I took the winners of my Pinstripe Passion contest to lunch Monday at the Spokane Club, where we were treated to good food and a flash of unexpected baseball magic. …


Philadelphia dominates Dodgers

PHILADELPHIA – Cliff Lee sprinted off the mound after throwing his final pitch, nearly breaking a sweat for the first time. Heck, he almost outhustled the Phillies’ newest speed demon, …


A-Rod turns it around

NEW YORK – With runners on first and second in the 12th inning early Sunday, the “A-Rod!” chants started swelling at Yankee Stadium. Only thing is, All-Star Mark Teixeira was …


Phillies take Game 1

LOS ANGELES – Brad Lidge and the Philadelphia Phillies picked up where they left off a year ago against the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Carlos Ruiz and …


Dodgers rely on young stars

It is easy to forget that there are two forms of improvement. In sports, the most obvious is external improvement, the addition of personnel to a roster in an attempt …


Doug Clark: Maligned Yankees fans should stick together

Ah, October – the most intolerant time of the year. If you’re a Yankees fan like me, that is. And if you are, do I have a deal for you.


Lidge, Phils return to form

DENVER – Brad Lidge was at the center of the celebrations, mobbed on the mound and then later bathed in bone-chilling ice water inside the clubhouse. Those recent ninth-inning meltdowns? …


Yankees mull 3-man rotation against Angels

NEW YORK – The Yankees might go with a three-man rotation against the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship Series. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start Friday night’s …


Angels eliminate Boston

BOSTON – Torii Hunter emerged from the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park to spray champagne over the fans and family gathered there. Erick Aybar did him one better, handing over …


Yanks end Twins’ run

MINNEAPOLIS – In addition to possessing a plump payroll and plenty of power and pitching, the New York Yankees displayed more brains than the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night. That …


Phillies cool off Rockies

DENVER – Brad Lidge said many times in September that he expected playoff success to redeem his season, to render irrelevant the sour memories of his 11 blown saves. However …


Sweep lets Yankees set up ALCS rotation

MINNEAPOLIS – Next up, those pesky Angels. Seems only fitting the Yankees’ road to the World Series has to go through Anaheim, the team that eliminated them in 2002 and …


Dodgers rally after crucial error

LOS ANGELES – A sinking line drive sailed through the chilly evening air toward Matt Holliday. All he needed to do was make the catch and St. Louis would have …


Rockies forge tie in series

PHILADELPHIA – By the time Cole Hamels rushed off to be with his pregnant wife, his streak of postseason dominance was long over. Yorvit Torrealba hit a two-run homer, Aaron …


Angels get head start on Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. – With Torii Hunter hitting the rocks and John Lackey rolling through the Boston lineup, the Los Angeles Angels finally got on top of the Red Sox in …


Twins seek bit of spark

NEW YORK – Remember the Minnesota Twins’ super-hot momentum, that unseen force that carried them through a 17-4 stretch run and through Tuesday’s one-game tiebreaker win over the Detroit Tigers? …


Jeter powers Yanks in new park

NEW YORK – Derek Jeter got a big hit, just as he did in Octobers past at the famed ballpark across the street. CC Sabathia joined in the postseason fun. …


L.A. pitchers cuff Cards

LOS ANGELES – Randy Wolf and the Dodgers’ bullpen bested St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter, earning Los Angeles a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night in an N.L. …


Lee mows down Rockies

PHILADELPHIA – Out in the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen Wednesday afternoon, the flags overhead were flapping in a stiff wind, and an occasional hot dog wrapper would come blowing through. But …


Twins sizzle, Tigers fizzle

MINNEAPOLIS – The Metrodome erupted in a jet-like roar as Carlos Gomez zoomed home with the winning run to finish off an American League Central race – and a thrilling …


Dodgers, Cards in NLDS opener

Randy Wolf has seen a lot in his 11-year career, just never the playoffs. He’s finally getting a chance in the stadium where he watched the Los Angeles Dodgers as …


Mariners start to work on ’10

SEATTLE – The off-season settled upon Safeco Field on Monday, and there were no visible signs of Ken Griffey Jr.’s tears or the spirited postgame celebration of less than 24 …


Stage familiar to Twins

The Minnesota Twins seem to think that 162 regular-season games aren’t enough. The Twins host the Detroit Tigers today in a tiebreaker for the American League Central title and a …