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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? …


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. …


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. …


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 …


Norman Chad: It’s time to root against Yankees

Like many non-New Yorkers, I root against the Yankees. It’s been a losing proposition in recent years – last season was the first time they missed the playoffs since the …


Sports in brief: Griffey collects bonuses

Baseball: Ken Griffey Jr. will collect $3.15 million of a potential $5 million for returning to the Seattle Mariners. The 39-year-old slugger earned an additional $1.15 million in bonuses tied …


Griffey’s future uncertain as M’s finish season

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr., the man who carried the spirit of a resurgent Seattle Mariners team that won its 85th game Sunday, rode the shoulders of his teammates on …


Baseball wrap-up: Tigers, Twins to tangle Tuesday

The chase for the A.L. Central championship is going to extra innings.


Mortensen rejoins A’s after night in jail

OAKLAND, Calif. – Athletics pitcher Clay Mortensen rejoined the team Sunday after spending the night in jail following his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Mortensen, …


M’s Fister silences A’s

SEATTLE – Mike Sweeney followed a two-out error with a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Thursday night. Doug Fister …


Rockies reach playoffs

DENVER – It’s a Rocktober redux for the Colorado Rockies, who are back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. “It stings,” Troy Tulowitzki said as he squinted away the …


Morrow hurls gem

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run homer and Brandon Morrow allowed one hit over eight impressive innings, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 7-0 victory over the Oakland …


Griffey warms up chilly night

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. started what might be his final homestand with career homer No. 628, and Felix Hernandez added another strong effort to his A.L. Cy Young Award …


Baseball notebook: Red Sox take A.L. wild card

The Boston Red Sox are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. The Red Sox clinched the A.L. wild-card berth when the Los Angeles Angels beat …


Sports in brief: Blowers’ ‘Pick to Click’ on target

Baseball: There are predictions and then there is the one made by Mike Blowers. Before the Seattle Mariners game at Toronto on Sunday Blowers, part of the M’s broadcasting crew, …