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  • Cubs give Sandberg raw deal

    CHICAGO – If you don’t want to catch a trophy fish, you shouldn’t go fishing. Jim Hendry dropped a line in the water the day in the fall of 2006 …


  • Blanchette: M’s need drivers more than Wedge

    Here’s what we found out about Eric Wedge, introduced Tuesday as the new manager of the Seattle Mariners (no one lasts long enough to be an old manager of the …


  • MLB notes: Quade picked to lead Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs will keep Mike Quade as their manager, choosing to go with the man who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather …


  • Cain was able to blank Phillies

    SAN FRANCISCO – Cody Ross keeps doing his best Barry Bonds imitation. With the home run king watching and cheering from a front-row seat, Ross delivered again, Matt Cain outdueled …


  • Baseball’s hits king accepts fate, offers overdue apologies

    CINCINNATI – Pete Rose says he finally gets what former baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti meant when he talked about reconfiguring his life. So, he’s ’fessing up.


  • Texas Rangers wins second straight in New York

    NEW YORK – No disputing this: The Texas Rangers are routing the New York Yankees and are now just one win from their first trip to the World Series. Bengie …


  • Texas lefty again dominant; 13 Ks leaves Yanks whiffing

    NEW YORK – Cliff Lee stumbled as he stepped up to his seat at the postgame podium. “Booby trap right here,” he said with a grin.


  • Phillies even NLCS as Owalt, Rollins lead 6-1 win over Giants

    PHILADELPHIA – Roy Oswalt’s daring dash around the bases nearly overshadowed his dominant performance on the mound. Oswalt pitched eight superb innings, Jimmy Rollins drove in four runs and the …


  • Pitchers back in spotlight for Game 3 of ALCS

    NEW YORK – Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte. The postseason ace against that ol’ October pro. With the best-of-7 A.L. championship series tied at one apiece, the scene shifts to …


  • MLB notes: Buddies could battle in Phillies-Yankees series

    Roy Oswalt joked that he always told Lance Berkman what pitch was coming during those old Houston spring training BP sessions. If they face each other again, Oswalt won’t be …


  • Giants go up 1-0 in NLCS

    PHILADELPHIA – All those derisive whistles sounded like cheers to Tim Lincecum. The Freak outdueled Roy Halladay, Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers and the San Francisco Giants …


  • Rangers get even with Yankees

    ARLINGTON, Texas – There were no pep talks, no extended discussions after a meltdown by the Texas Rangers’ bullpen. Just quick redemption and the Rangers’ first postseason victory at home …


  • Mariners notes: Valentine possibility rises

    The Seattle Mariners’ search for a manager, while far from complete, has reached the getting-serious stage with five known candidates, including one whose name took on a little higher profile …


  • Rangers win first postseason series

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Cliff Lee added another impressive line to his spectacular October resume, and now the Texas Rangers will play for the American League pennant. Lee tossed his …


  • Phillies, Giants boast top staffs in majors

    PHILADELPHIA – When the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants meet in the National League Championship Series, runs could be awfully scarce. These teams have perhaps the two best starting …


  • Conrad miscues fueled Giants’ win on Sunday

    ATLANTA – How do the Atlanta Braves bounce back from this? How does Brooks Conrad get over this?


  • Rangers like chances with Lee facing Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is confident he has the right man for the job. He’s counting on Cliff Lee to cool the Tampa Bay Rays’ …


  • Giants have date with Phillies

    ATLANTA – The San Francisco Giants celebrated their first playoff win in eight years, then paused to honor the man whose career they had just ended. As Bobby Cox came …


  • Dominant pitching has Phillies smiling

    PHILADELPHIA – Spraying champagne in the visitors’ clubhouse after the first postseason sweep in franchise history was merely a ritual for the Philadelphia Phillies. They won’t really celebrate unless they …


  • Hamels, Phillies complete sweep

    CINCINNATI – Cole Hamels completed what Roy Halladay started, putting the Philadelphia Phillies back in the N.L. championship series. Another ace, another dominating performance.


  • Conrad’s three errors help Giants rally to beat Braves

    ATLANTA – Brooks Conrad stood near second base, all alone. He didn’t dare go near Braves manager Bobby Cox, standing on the mound making a pitching change. Finally, teammate Derrek …


  • MLB notes: Braves draw sellout crowd

    Braves fans were tailgating four hours before Atlanta’s first home playoff game since 2005. Then 53,284 fans packed Turner Field for a Game 3 sellout against the San Francisco Giants. …


  • Rays beat Rangers, force Game 5

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Evan Longoria is still limping. Now he’s also hitting, and the Tampa Bay Rays are headed home, one victory from an improbable comeback. Longoria snapped out of …


  • Rays’ late surge forces Game 4

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers Ballpark was buzzing in anticipation of a long-awaited celebration and the Tampa Bay Rays had been dreadful at the plate. Five outs from elimination, the Rays …


  • Yankees sweep, continue dominance of Twins

    NEW YORK – Mariano Rivera got the last out, sealing yet another October triumph. Jorge Posada trotted out to mound, and the Yankees came out of the dugout in a …


  • Rangers sting Rays for 2-0 lead

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Gratified to finally be in the playoffs, Michael Young and the Texas Rangers are making the most of their opportunity. Young hit a three-run homer one …


  • Yankees topple Twins, take 2-0 series lead to New York

    MINNEAPOLIS – Sure, the New York Yankees stumbled through September as Andy Pettitte tried to work his way back from a groin injury. After landing in the A.L. wild-card spot, …


  • Lincecum’s gem powers Giants to win over Braves

    SAN FRANCISCO – The last time the San Francisco Giants were in the playoffs, muscle-bound slugger Barry Bonds was the face of the franchise. Now, it’s the skinny, shaggy-haired pitcher …


  • Larsen no longer only pitcher with postseason no-hitter

    NEW YORK – Don Larsen was watching the news Wednesday night when he saw an item of particular interest. His most exclusive of clubs had just picked up another member.


  • Lee plays his part for Texas Rangers

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Cliff Lee, postseason ace for hire. Picking up where he left off during in a dazzling October run a year ago, Lee shut down the Tampa …

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