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December 21, 2010

 

How King Felix may help Bert Blyleven make the Hall of Fame

By Mel Antonen
December 21, 2010


When Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was named the American League Cy Young Award winner last month despite a 13-12 record, Bert Blyleven felt he had taken a step toward making the Hall of Fame.

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Nolasco, Greinke limit options for Yankees, Rangers

By Paul White
December 21, 2010


Zack Greinke's trade Sunday to the Milwaukee Brewers provided another resounding jolt to those teams still looking for starting pitching, a market that's becoming so thin that a new contract for Ricky Nolasco is another big disappointment.

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December 8, 2010

 

The bidding war for Cliff Lee heats up

By Cliff Corcoran
December 8, 2010


The bidding war over free-agent Cliff Lee, the best starting pitcher on the market, is starting to heat up, with the Yankees and Lee's last team, the American League champion Texas Rangers, leading the pursuit of the lefty ace.

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Dodgers fans can start their home run trot

By Bill Plaschke
December 8, 2010


Scott Gordon went deep Tuesday, the Superior Court judge tossing out the agreement that claimed Frank McCourt was sole owner of the Dodgers, effectively ending McCourt's reign as the club's scheming caretaker.

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October 20, 2010

 

Yankees beat Rangers 7-2, now 2-3 in ALCS

By Ronald Blum, AP
October 20, 2010


New York, NY — CC Sabathia pitched like a champion, and the New York Yankees are heading for Texas. A whole lot better than heading home.

Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit consecutive homers to build an early cushion, Sabathia made the lead stand up and the Yankees avoided elimination, beating the Rangers 7-2 Wednesday and closing within 3-2 in the AL championship series.

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Giants' Cody Ross is latest Mr. October

By Bill Shaikin
October 20, 2010


San Francisco, CA — Barry Bonds bounded out of the dugout, skipping across the grass, throwing his arms toward the sky, blowing kisses to an adoring crowd.

Spiezio drove a stake into the heart of San Francisco in that 2002 World Series, on behalf of the Angels.

Bonds had two decades in the spotlight. Spiezio had a month. And now, with San Francisco six victories from its first World Series championship, the Giants have their own version of Spiezio, a guy by the name of Cody Ross.

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Rangers lead Yanks 3-1 in ALCS

By Ronald Blum
October 20, 2010


New York, NY — They have wandered on baseball’s outskirts for a half-century, unwanted in Washington, trounced with regularity in Texas.

Now those Texas Rangers, in the 50th season of the team’s existence, are just one win from reaching the World Series for the very first time.

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October 19, 2010

 

Giants' Brian Wilson not as crazy as he looks

By Bob Nightengale
October, 19, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — Brian Wilson, the dude who closes for the San Francisco Giants, looks absolutely crazy. ...

There are the Mohawk; the lumberjack-style, black-dyed beard and the tattoos. Put him in street clothes, and he might wear black leather pants as he did upon arriving in Philadelphia before the start of the National League Championship Series vs. the Phillies.

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Cliff Lee, Rangers shutout Yankess 8-0

By Tim Brown
October 19, 2010


New York, NY – Cliff Lee didn’t just beat the New York Yankees, he humiliated them.

He turned their fans and he emptied their stadium and terrified their town.

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October 16, 2010

 

Rangers even ALCS with 7-2 victory over Yankees

By Stephen Hawkins
October 16, 2010


Arlington, TX — The Rangers relievers got quick redemption, and Texas finally has won a postseason game at home for the first time in its 50-season history.

Elvis Andrus got the Rangers off to a running start, David Murphy led a parade of extra-base hits and the bullpen that faltered the night before held strong this time as Texas got even in the AL championship series with a 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 2 on Saturday.

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Giants steal Game 1 of NLCS with 4-3 road win over Phillies

By The Associated Press
October 16, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — Tim Lincecum shrugged off his pirouette at the plate, ignored the derisive whistles he heard in the batter's box and did his thing on the mound — where he's most comfortable.

Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay, Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in Game 1 of the NL championship series Saturday night.

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October 14, 2010

 

Rangers saddled up Lee and went on a ride

By Tim Brown
October 14, 2010


St Petersburgh, FL – If there are two things Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Famer and native Texan, knows a thing or two about, it’s pitchin’ and horses.

Put ‘em together, now yer talkin’.

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Oswalt, Burrell, Lee, Wood made a difference

By USA TODAY staff
October 14, 2010


At some point this season, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Kerry Wood and Pat Burrell each experienced the feeling of walking into a foreign clubhouse, bags in hand, and meeting teammates receptive and possibly wary of their arrival. Months later, all four are secure in the knowledge they significantly impacted a playoff team. USA TODAY examines these now-indispensable pickups:

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October 11, 2010

 

Giants send Cox into retirement with 3-2 win

By Paul Newberry
October 11, 2010


Atlanta, GA — The San Francisco Giants won another thriller, again with help from some shaky Atlanta defense, and they’re off to the NL championship series for the first time since 2002.

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Phillies sweep Reds behind Hamels' 2-0 gem

By The Associated Press
October 11, 2010


Cincinnati, OH -- Cole Hamels pumped his fist when it was over, and the Philadelphia Phillies celebrated with a few chest bumps and a handshake line before returning to the clubhouse for more champagne.

Ho-hum. Another ace, another dominating performance ? and one more trip to the NL championship series.

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October 5, 2010

 

10 most important MLB playoff questions

By Tom Verducci
October 5, 2010


You've come to the right place. This is where you cut through the clutter. All you need to know to get ready for postseason baseball this year -- and the possibility for the most meaningful World Series matchup this side of Cubs-Indians -- is right here: the 10 most important postseason questions.

As an added bonus, you get the answers, too.

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Ranking MLB playoff managers

By Mark Townsend
October 5, 2010


Eight managers with a total of thirty-two years of playoff experience will make season-making and season-breaking decisions on our televisions over the next four weeks.

I've taken it upon myself to review each manager's résumé, as well as mix in my own personal feelings on each, to formulate a manager's power rankings of sorts.

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October 1, 2010

 

Giants and Braves ready to clinch as final weekend begins

By Cliff Corcoran
October 1, 2010


The Giants clinched a tie for first place in the National League West on Thursday, but there's still a way that the second-place Padres could win the division outright without having to play a one-game playoff. That is just one of a number of scenarios that are in play heading into the final weekend as the Padres travel to San Francisco for a three-game set against the Giants while the wild card-leading Braves, who are also within the Padres' reach, host the Phillies.

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Padres need to sweep Giants to stay in game

By Bob Nightengale
October 1, 2010


The San Diego Padres, the Cinderella story of the year, can't seem to fit into that glass slipper.

They have to sweep the Giants this weekend in San Francisco just to force a one-game playoff for the NL West title, and if the Atlanta Braves lose two of three games to the Philadelphia Phillies, there could be a three-team playoff.

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September 30, 2010

 

Buster Posey's homer caps Giants sweep of Diamondbacks

By Jorge L. Ortiz
September 30, 2010


San Francisco, CA — With teammate Aubrey Huff's arm draped around him in a joyous dugout, Buster Posey could hear the public address system at AT&T Park blare out a tune the Giants only play on selected occasions.

The theme from "Ghostbusters'' resonated throughout the ballpark – with fans belting out "Go Buster'' at the appropriate time – moments after the rookie catcher clobbered a two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Giants some breathing room in a 4-1 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

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MLB pennant races a warning to Bud Selig's dream

By Tim Marchman
Septembeer 30, 2010


This year's National League pennant races are the kind that could one day inspire songs: Dour songs, about futility and lack of meaning, sung by moping teenagers.

As September began, Atlanta was up three games on Philadelphia in the NL East and the wild card was a live issue, with four teams within range of the Phillies. San Diego led the NL West by five; Cincinnati topped the NL Central by six.

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September 27, 2010

 

Yankees came up with huge victory.
Can Reds, Phillies do the same?


By Bob Nightengale
September 27, 2010


New York, NY — It wasn't necessarily a must-win, but the New York Yankees can finally exhale after their zany 4-3, 10-inning victory Sunday night over the Boston Red Sox.

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New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox 4-3 in 10

By Ronald Blum
September 27 ,2010


NEW YORK, NY — It was a night like so many others between the Yankees and Red Sox, back and forth, a bruising battle in which neither team would give in.

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September 25, 2010

 

Cox gets 2,500th game, Braves beat Nationals 5-0

By The Associated Press
September 25, 2010


Washington — Atlanta’s longtime skipper earned a landmark victory at an opportune time Saturday, getting five effective innings from Derek Lowe and a three-run homer from Alex Gonzalez in the Braves’ crucial 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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Overbay powers Blue Jays past Orioles 5-4

By The Associated Press
September 25, 2010


Toronto, ON — Even Lyle Overbay is stunned by Toronto's escalating home run totals.

Overbay hit a game-ending drive in the 11th inning and the slugging Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

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September 21, 2010

 

Yankees beat Rays, lead 2-1/2 games in AL East

By Ben Walker
September 21, 2010


NEW YORK — Nick Swisher homered off James Shields to key a five-run burst in the first inning and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 on Tuesday night, opening a 2 1/2 game lead over the Rays in the AL East.

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Twins on verge of clinching AL Central

By Cliff Corcoran
September 21, 2010


On Tuesday night, the Twins can become the first team to secure a postseason berth. A win over the Indians and a loss by the White Sox would clinch the American League Central for Minnesota but that doesn't mean the Twins can suddenly start coasting in preparation for October. There is still the important matter of home-field advantage to be determined and it is likely to go down to the final days of the regular season.

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September 20, 2010

 

Who deserves the AL Cy Young Award?

By Jon Heyman
September 20, 2010


Six out of nine top baseball execs sided with Hernandez over anyone else, including CC Sabathia and David Price, who have far more wins than Hernandez while pitching for better teams in a pennant race but possess other stats that, while very good, don't stack up to those of King Felix. Eight of the execs contacted were from the American League; six of those voted for King Felix, while Sabathia and Price got one vote apiece. The National League exec went with Sabathia.

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Dodgers beat Rockies 7-6 in 11

By The Associated Press
September 20, 2010


LOS ANGELES — If the Los Angeles Dodgers go on to send Joe Torre off with a winning record, they definitely will remember this one.

A.J. Ellis lined an RBI single over a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning after Matt Kemp doubled home the tying run in the ninth, helping the Dodgers record their biggest comeback win of the season in a 7-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

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September 17, 2010

 

Torre won’t be back as Dodgers' manager

By Tim Brown
Septermber 17, 2010


LOS ANGELES — Joe Torre, who led the Los Angeles Dodgers to consecutive appearances in the National League Championship Series before the team regressed this season, will not return as the club’s manager next season.

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Giants beat Dodgers 10-2, move into NL West first place

By Janie McCauley
September 17, 2010


SAN FRANCISCO — A mist swirled above the field and fans stayed put after the final out as the NL West division flags in center field were changed. The Giants went back on top at last.

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September 15, 2010

 

Rays top Yankees, back in AL East first place

By Fred Goodall
Septermber 15, 2010


St. Peterburg, FL — Dan Johnson hit a pair of two-run homers Wednesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees and back into first place in the AL East.

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Tulowitzki's 2 homers power Rockies to 9-6 win over Padres

By Pat Graham
September 15, 2010


Denver, CO — Tulowitzki had his third multihomer game in a little more than a week and tied a career high with seven RBIs to help the Rockies beat the NL West-leading Padres 9-6 Wednesday and avoid a series sweep.

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September 13, 2010

 

Road to the NL playoffs is fraught with obstacles

By Tim Brown
September 13, 2010


It’s mid-September, which explains the Colorado Rockies and, perhaps, Troy Tulowitzki’s mullet.

But, what about the rest?

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Evans lifts Mets over Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings

By Howie Rumberg
September 13, 2010


New York, NY — Pinch-hitter Nick Evans singled home the winning run off Chan Ho Park in the 10th inning to give the New York Mets a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

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September 8, 2010

 

Swisher salvages series with 9th inning home run

By Dave Caldwell
September 8, 2010


Baltimore, MA — The Yankees were two outs from being swept by the Orioles when Nick Swisher slammed a 2-0 pitch from Baltimore closer Koji Uehara into the Baltimore bullpen for a two-run home run that lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

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Padres' Mat Latos dominates Dodgers in 2-1 win

By Dylan Hernandez
September 8, 2010.


San Diego, CA — The Dodgers' clubhouse was silent, so much so that the humming of a stationary bicycle in an adjacent room was audible. About the only other sounds that could be heard came from the showers.

The Dodgers lost their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night, their 2-1 defeat to the first-place San Diego Padres at Petco Park dropping their season record to 69-70.

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September 5, 2010

 

Manny just looking out for No. 1

By Sports Illustrated
September 5, 2010


Boston, MA — Right now, with the market for free-agent-to-be Manny uncertain, the best thing he can do is help his team win. So far it's working. After the Dodgers awarded Ramirez to the White Sox on waivers on Monday, Chicago has won four straight games, including two wins Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox.

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Rockies send Padres to 9th straight loss, 6-2

By The Associated Press
September 5, 2010


San Diego, CA — Neither a pregame players-only meeting nor the Famous Chicken's fowl humor could keep the NL West leading San Diego Padres from stumbling to a nine-game losing streak, their longest since 2003.

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September 3, 2010

 

MLB officials hand out suspensions for Nationals Marlins brawl

By The SportingNews
Septembeer 3, 2010


Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been suspended for eight games for his part in the Nationals Marlins brawl Wednesday night and two other incidents this past week, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

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Walt Jocketty rebuilding Cincinnati Reds

By Tyler Kepner
September 3, 2010


St. Louis, MO — Tony La Russa had just landed here Wednesday night after a dreary road trip that pushed his St. Louis Cardinals eight games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the standings. It was a bitter disappointment for La Russa, who had every reason to retreat until the next game on Friday.

But La Russa responded to a reporter’s message because he wanted to talk about the man who runs the team he is chasing in the National League Central. Such is his admiration for Walt Jocketty, the former general manager of the Cardinals who has shaped the Reds for their first playoff appearance in 15 years.

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September 2, 2010

 

Yankees retake the top spot

By Joe Lemire
September 2, 2010


As the Reds run away with the National League Central -- and have a chance to pound the proverbial nail in the Cardinals' coffin when they travel to St. Louis this weekend -- the NL's next two hottest teams haven't had the luxury of running away with anything. The Phillies and Braves trail only Cincinnati for league's best record since Aug. 1, during which time Atlanta has held onto its slim three-game lead over Philadelphia, which has overtaken San Francisco by 1-1/2 games.

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The Padres have a long September

By Joe Posnanski
September 2, 2010


Phoenix, AZ — This is the Padres’ moment. This is exactly why they are here, in first place, having the most startling season in what has been a pretty startling season all around in baseball. This is why they are here — up 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, seventh inning, their great defense and dominant bullpen about to put an end to this speed bump of a six-game losing streak.

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August 31, 2010

 

Chapman tops the 10 September call-ups to watch

By Joe Lemire
August 31, 2010


One-oh-five.

That was the speed of a fastball delivered last Friday night in Louisville by Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban lefthander who defected to the U.S. during the offseason and signed a six-year, $30.25 million major league contract with Cincinnati. No matter the veracity of the radar gun at a minor league ballpark -- though the reading was confirmed by a scout -- any pitch that approaches 105 miles per hour is nearly unfathomable.

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White Sox open trip with 10-6 win over Indians

By Tom Withers
August 31, 2010


Cleveland, OH — As the herd of reporters and camera crews streamed into Chicago’s clubhouse and headed toward manager Ozzie Guillen’s tiny office, one of the White Sox coaches wondered if the team’s newest player had arrived during extra innings.

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August 27, 2010

 

Nationals' Strasburg will likely have Tommy John surgery

By Sporting News
August 27, 2010


Washington — The Washington Nationals announced in a conference call this morning that rookie righthander Stephen Strasburg likely will need Tommy John surgery.

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Dodgers beat Brewers 7-1 in 3-game sweep

By The Associated press
Aug 27, 2010


Milwaukee, WI — With three straight wins in Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled themselves back into the NL wild-card race.

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August 25, 2010

 

Beckett helps Boston to 5-3 win over Mariners

By The Associated Press
August 25, 2010


Boston, MA — The Boston Red Sox sure could use former ace Josh Beckett to get on a roll and help their playoff chances.

He's not sure he will.

"I don't know,'' he said after Boston's 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

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Braves up 9, still loose to Rockies 12-10

By The Associated Press
August 25, 2010


Denver, CO — The Colorado Rockies overcame a nine-run deficit, matching the biggest rally in team history and stunning the Atlanta Braves 12-10 Thursday on Troy Tulowitzki’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning.

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August 22, 2010

 

Chicago Cubs' Piniella retires after half-century in baseball

By Rick Gano
August 22, 2010


Chicago, IL — After all the wins, all the losses and all those arguments, Lou Piniella clearly felt it was time to leave.

Saying the final goodbye after a half-century in baseball, that was the hard part.

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Vin Scully to return for 62nd season with Dodgers

By Beth Harris
August 22, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — The 82-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster said Sunday he’ll return to the broadcast booth to call Los Angeles Dodgers games for his 62nd season in 2011 because “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”

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August 20, 2010

 

Overbay's two homers power Blue Jays past Red Sox, 16-2

By The Associeted Press
August 20, 2010


Boston, MA — Lyle Overbay hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Toronto Blue Jays battered Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester en route to a 16-2 victory on Friday night.

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Halladay's seven shutout innings takes Phillies past Nationals

By The Associated Press
August 20, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — With Roy Halladay on the mound, the Phillies offense didn't have to do too much.

Halladay pitched seven shutout innings to lead Philadelphia to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

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August 19, 2010

 

Baseball star Clemens charged with perjury in steroid testimony

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 19, 2010


(CNN) — Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted Thursday for obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury related to testimony he gave before a congressional committee in 2008.

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Cano’s home run caps 9-run sixth for Yankees

By Justin Sablich
August 19, 2010


New York, NY — Miguel Cabrera picked up where he left off Thursday afternoon, but unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers, so did the Yankees’ offense.

Cabrera’s two-run homer in the first inning was the only blemish for starter Phil Hughes as the Yankees closed out the four-game series with an 11-5 victory.

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August 17, 2010

 

Josh Hamilton is the best player in baseball

By Tom Verducci
August 17, 2010


Just another night in the life of the best player in baseball went something like this, at least as far as last Friday the 13th:

• Smash four hits all over the park: a single to left, a 440-foot bomb to center, a single and double to right.

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Ball disappears on second baseman, David Price keeps his cool

By Duk
August 17, 2010


Tropicana Field, FL — Shrink those shirts! After watching a ball bound into the billowy insides of Sean Rodriguez's Rays jersey on Monday night, it wouldn't surprise me if Tampa Bay's clubhouse guys were issued that very directive by Joe Maddon after his team's 6-4 win over the Rangers.

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August 15, 2010

 

Yankees 5 homers help beat Royals, 8-3

By Ben Shpigel
August 15, 2010


Kansas City, MO — Rodriguez homered in his final three at-bats in the Yankees’ 8-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals, each one traveling farther than the one before. As a team, the Yankees belted five home runs, totaling an estimated 2,074 feet — nearly four-tenths of a mile — and Rodriguez’s blasts accounted for 1,270.

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Giants edge Padres 3-2 over 11 innings

By The Associated Press
August 15, 2010


San Francisco, CA — Juan Uribe hit an RBI single in the 11th inning as the San Francisco Giants rallied for a rare win against the San Diego Padres, edging their National League West rivals 3-2 on Saturday.

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August 12, 2010

 

Phillies rally for four in ninth to beat Dodgers 10-9

By The Associated Press
August 12, 2010


Philadelphia , PA — The biggest challenge for Carlos Ruiz was escaping a Philadelphia Phillies barrage.

His game-winning, two-run double in the ninth inning capped a frantic rally from seven runs down and topple the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-9, on Thursday night.

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Indians, Gomez hand Orioles 4-1 loss

By The Associated Press
August 12, 2010


Cleveland, OH — Rookie Jeanmar Gomez is pitching like a seasoned veteran for the Cleveland Indians.

The 22-year-old remained unbeaten with a 4-1 win over Baltimore on Thursday night, handing Buck Showalter his first road loss as Orioles manager.

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Lewis’ sacrifice fly lifts Blue Jays over Red Sox, 6-5

By The Associated Press
August 12, 2010


Toronto, ON — Jonathan Papelbon’s streak of perfection against the Blue Jays came to a costly end for the Boston Red Sox.

Fred Lewis’ sacrifice fly capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning and lifted Toronto to a 6-5 victory over Boston on Thursday, just the Blue Jays’ third win in 12 games against the Red Sox this season.

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Santana, Mets shutout Rockies 4-0

By Ronald Blum
August 12, 2010


New York, NY — Johan Santana saw Jerry Manuel before taking the mound against the Colorado Rockies.

“Don’t come out there today. Leave me alone,” the Mets ace told his manager.

“I sure would love to,” Manuel responded, “because they don’t want to see me out there anyway.”

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August 10, 2010

 

In 7th, Yanks swing and miss a big chance

By Mark Viera
August 10, 2010


Yankee Stadium, NY — The Yankees had distanced themselves from the Red Sox during the first three games of the four-game series, winning twice. But they trailed by two runs in the seventh inning Monday, and the Yankees loaded the bases with none out and three recent All-Stars on their way to the plate. Was there any doubt what would happen next?

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Can the Dodgers take on the big boys of the east?

By The Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — Could it be?

Probably not, but then if the Dodgers are ever going to turn things around, why not on this seven-game trip?

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August 8, 2010

 

Morrow's masterful pitching bettered only by Halladay

By Joe Lemire
August 8, 2010


Toronto, ON — Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow may have lost his no-hitter one out away from completion, but his performance Sunday afternoon in Toronto was one of this season's best pitched games -- even better than most of the season's no-nos.

Morrow attained a level of dominance from start to finish that exceeded all but the Phillies' Roy Halladay in 2010. He struck out 17 Rays and allowed only four baserunners: two walks, one error and the one hit, a groundball single by Evan Longoria that caromed off the glove of diving second baseman Aaron Hill.

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Votto, Gomes score 4 as Reds beat Cubs 11-4

By The Associated Press
August 8, 2010


Chicago, IL
— The Cincinnati Reds didn't want to think about their series with the St. Louis Cardinals until they finished off the Cubs.

They'll go into it with plenty of momentum.

Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes scored four runs apiece to back a strong start by Travis Wood , and the Reds beat the Cubs 11-4 on Sunday for their ninth win in 11 games.

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August 6, 2010

 

Marlins dispute clarity of umpire Bob Davidson's vision

By David Brown
August 6, 2010


Miami, FL — Oh, my, the Florida Marlins are not too happy with umpire Bob Davidson right now.

The Fish seemed certain they had beaten the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night after Gaby Sanchez hit a bouncer down the third-base line that would have scored the tie-breaking run — if Davidson had called it fair.

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Reds beat Cubs 3-0, move 14 games over .500

By Andrew Seligman
August 6, 2010


Chicago, IL — Arroyo threw five-hit ball over seven innings in another dominant effort against the Cubs, and Cincinnati beat Chicago 3-0 Friday to move 14 games over .500 for the first time since 1999.

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August 5, 2010

 

Angels lose again, to Orioles 9-7

By Ben Bolch
August 5, 2010


Baltimore, MD — They've altered their infield, shuffled their starting rotation and juggled their outfield.

Maybe it's time the Angels shifted their focus to 2011.

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Cleveland Indians cream Boston Red sox 9-1

By Peter Abraham
August 5, 2010


Boston, MA — Jon Lester’s task last night was to climb the mound at Fenway Park in drenching humidity and to try and pump pitches past the Cleveland Indians.

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August 4, 2010

 

Alex Rodriguez hits home run No. 600

By Ronald Blum
August 4, 2010


New York, NY — Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 home runs and did it with style, driving a pitch into Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park in center field exactly three years to the day after his 500th homer.

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Ryan, Cuban in bidding war for Texas Rangers

By Angela K. Brown
August 4, 2010


Fort Worth, TX — The Texas Rangers auction was delayed a couple of hours Wednesday as officials in the team’s bankruptcy case determined which of the two bids is higher.

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August 1, 2010

 

McDonald scores on wild throw, puts Boston over Tigers 4-3

By Jimmy Golen
August 1, 2010


Boston, MA — Pinch-runner Darnell McDonald scampered home when Marco Scutaro’s bunt was thrown away by pitcher Robbie Weinhardt, and the Boston Red Sox won in their last at-bat for the second straight game, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Sunday.

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Cabrera, Donald homer, Indians beat Jays 5-4

By The Associated Press
August 1, 2010


Toronto, ON — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Jason Donald added a solo shot and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Sunday.

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D-backs, LaRoche slam Mets 14-1

By Dave Skretta
August 1, 2010


NEW YORK — Adam LaRoche hit a pair of three-run homers and Daniel Hudson made a memorable debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who turned Citi Field into their own launching pad during a 14-1 romp over the New York Mets on Sunday.

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Tampa Bay's Shields shuts down A-Rod and Yankees

By Fred Goodall
August 1, 2010


St. Petersburg, FL — James Shields worked into the eighth inning to outpitch CC Sabathia, prolong Alex Rodriguez’s quest for his 600th homer and help Tampa Bay beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Sunday.

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July 31, 2010

 

Rockies get record 11 straight hits to rout the Cubs

By David Brown
July 31, 2010


Denver, CO — The Chicago Cubs were just minding their own business, trailing by three runs with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night, when the Colorado Rockies decided to have an impromptu round of batting practice.

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Yankees fade late, Rays inch closer

By Ben Shpigel
July 31, 2010


St. Petersburg, FL — The Yankees do not fear the Rays. They respect them. The Rays’ success in 2008 taught them that, and their revival in 2010 has reinforced it. Every time the Yankees have won over the last five weeks, the Rays have seemed to match them. That streak ended Friday night, when Tampa Bay outshined the Yankees on all fronts, if only by a drop.

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July 29, 2010

 

Roy Oswalt trade proves that for Phillies, now is all that matters

By Tom Verducci
July 29, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — The Beast requires constant feeding, and that is why Roy Oswalt is a Phillie today. Another organization sitting 2 1/2 games out of the wild card and 3 1/2 games out of first place could have passed on the expense, in dollars and prospects, that it took to add a pitcher about to turn 33 years old. But Philadelphia proved it is one of the three organizations in baseball that must feed The Beast. Only the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies operate with this mandate: World Series or bust.

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Mets pass on possible trades

By Tyler Kepner
July 29, 2010


New York, NY — Two ace pitchers changed teams this month for precisely the kind of commodities the Mets could have offered. Three weeks ago, when the Seattle Mariners traded Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers, the major prize was a rookie first baseman. On Thursday, when the Houston Astros shipped Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies, a young left-handed starter headlined the package.

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July 28, 2010

 

An ill win blows the Dodgers' way in San Diego

By Dylan Hernandez
July 28, 2010


San Diego, CA — Mr. Clutch delivered.

In what was arguably the Dodgers' most important game of the season to date, Ethier's two-run single with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning was the difference in a 2-0 victory over the first-place San Diego Padres

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Twins’ Mauer plays through the pain

By Jeff Passan
July 28, 2010


Minneapolis, MN — Joe Mauer is hurt. He smiles through the pain because the unwritten part of his Minnesota Twins $184 million contract calls for grinning and bearing. He refuses to talk about his injuries because to do so would be to admit they exist, and to do that would seem like an excuse, and if there is anything Joe Mauer hates, it’s excuses. So he plays.

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July 26, 2010

 

Granderson’s 2-run HR puts Yankees over Indians 3-2

By The Associated Press
July 26, 2010


Clevland, OH — Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot and Alex Rodriguez missed out on his 600th homer in the New York Yankees’ 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

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Matt Garza pitches 1st no-hitter in Rays’ history

By The Associated Press
July 26, 2010


St. Petersburg, FL — Matt Garza pitched the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history and the fifth in the major leagues this season, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Monday night.

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July 23, 2010

 

Kansas City vs. New York

By Sports Illustrated
July 23, 2010


New York, NY
— All eyes will be on Alex Rodriguez as he attempts to become the seventh player to reach the 600-homer milestone Friday night against the Kansas City Royals .

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Wells pitches Cubs past Cardinals 5-0

By The Associated Press
July 23, 2010


Chicago, IL — About two months after failing to retire a single St. Louis batter in the worst game of his career, Wells pitched seven shutout innings Friday and led Chicago to a 5-0 victory over the suddenly punchless Cardinals.

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July 22, 2010

 

Jose Bautista finds his swing with Blue Jays

By Jeff Passan
July 22, 2010


Toronto, ON — The man leading the major leagues in home runs was once a baseball orphan. All Jose Bautista wanted was a home, somewhere he could unpack his suitcase. Too many times he crammed it with his stuff and sent it to an unfamiliar place and tried to fit in only to be told he wasn’t good enough.

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Rookie pitcher Jaime Garcia helps Cardinals soar into top five

By Joe Lemire
July 22, 2010


The Braves' Jason Heyward and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg got the hype, but the clear-cut best choice for National League Rookie of the Year is the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia, the 24-year-old lefty starter, whose performance so far this year has made him a veritable third ace alongside Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.

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July 19, 2010

 

Prince Fielder could cost a king’s ransom

By Jeff Passan
July 19, 2010


Free agency, like a presidential election, starts its machinations long before the event actually takes place. Between now and the end of the 2011 season, Prince Fielder will play about 230 games, and yet here he is, a star first baseman bandied about in trade discussion, all because of something that looms in 16 months.

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With a 4 run lead, Dodgers loose to Cardinals 5-4

By Dylan Hernandez
July 19, 2010


St. Louis, MO — Jonathan Broxton wouldn't make any excuses, but his manager had no such reservations.

"We asked too much out of Brox," Joe Torre said.

What the Dodgers asked their closer to do Sunday was to get five outs and preserve what remained of what was once a four-run lead against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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July 17, 2010

 

Phillies score 4 in 9th to beat Marmol, Cubs 4-1

By Rick Gano
July 17, 2010


Chicago, IL — A day earlier, Carlos Marmol was unhittable—three batters and three strikeouts. On Saturday, the Chicago Cubs closer who showed up was a different pitcher, a wild and ineffective one.

The Philadelphia Phillies took advantage, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Cubs 4-1.

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Crowe’s clutch hit helps Indians top Tigers 4-3

By The Associated Press
July 17, 2010


Cleveland, OH — Fausto Carmona tried to outpitch fellow All-Star Justin Verlander and lost his command—but won the game.

Cleveland’s right-hander walked six over seven innings, but backed by superb defense and a two-out RBI single by Trevor Crowe in the seventh, Carmona and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

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July 16, 2010

 

Teams face decisions on how to use young aces down stretch

By Tom Verducci
July 16, 2010


The good news for many contenders is that young starting pitchers such as Tampa Bay's David Price have stepped into their rotations and become keys to winning a postseason berth. The bad news is that many of these young pitchers are not equipped to keep up this workload, leaving the second half as an important test of how teams can balance development with a push for the playoffs.

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10 biggest story lines of baseball's second half

By 'Duk
July 16, 2010


There were seven games on Thursday night, but the first full day the second half action begins Friday night.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the best story lines to follow from now until the first week of October.

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July 15, 2010

Padres’ success means Gonzalez stays put

By Jeff Passan
July 15, 2010


San Diego, CA — During spring training, Adrian Gonzalez approached each of his San Diego Padres teammates and delivered a message: He didn’t want to be traded. None had the ability to single-handedly dispatch him, of course, though that wasn’t the point. Gonzalez simply wanted to let them know his departure was no foregone conclusion.

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Beltran comes back, complicating the Mets’ picture

By David Walstein
July 15, 2010


San Francisco, CA — The Atlanta Braves finished the first half of the season with a four-game lead over the Mets in the National League East, but when the teams meet again in Atlanta in two and a half weeks, the Mets will have a five-time All-Star in their lineup.

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July 13, 2010

 

National League snaps All-Star game drought

By Jim Peltz
July 13, 2010


Anaheim, CA — For the first time since Bill Clinton was President, the National League finally won an All-Star game in front of a sellout 45,408 at Angel Stadium, giving the NL home-field advantage in the World Series for the first time since Major League Baseball began dangling that postseason carrot in 2003.

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Steinbrenner's obsession was Yankee wins

By Tim Brown
July 13, 2010


New York, NY — George M. Steinbrenner died early Tuesday morning, the very heart by which he owned and ruled and loved and, when necessary, bullied his New York Yankees giving out nine days after his 80th birthday.

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July 12, 2010

 

AL reign: Can NL win All-Star game ever again?

By Janie McCauley
July 12, 2010


Anaheim, CA — Ryan Howard is sick of all the talk about the American League’s dominance in the All-Star game.

The Phillies slugger knows all too well it’s been 13 years of AL bragging rights. And, no, that wacky 7-7 tie in 2002 did little to boost NL morale in baseball’s Midsummer Classic.

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Ubaldo Jimenez, David Price to start All-Star game

By Janie McCauley
July 12, 2010


Anaheim, CA — Ubaldo Jimenez’s home nation and adopted hometown will be tuned in when he takes the mound for one of his most memorable outings yet. The Colorado ace will start for the National League in the All-Star game, while the AL will counter with Tampa Bay’s David Price.

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July 10, 2010

 

Cliff Lee secures Rangers spot in postseason

By Cliff Corcoran
July 10, 2010


Arlington, TX — Within hours of breaking off a deal that would have sent lefty ace Cliff Lee to the New York Yankees for top hitting prospect Jesus Montero and two others, the Seattle Mariners have finalized a deal to instead send Lee, injured reliever Mark Lowe, and some cash relief to the Texas Rangers for rookie first baseman Justin Smoak and a trio of minor leaguers from Double-A.

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Hype machine not in Strasburg’s vocabulary

By Jeff Passan
July 10, 2010


Washington, DC — Do not dare mention the H-word in Stephen Strasburg’s presence. Heaven forbid someone does, and the crown prince turns inside-out like a salted slug.

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July 9, 2010

 

Kershaw, Furcal shine in Dodgers' 3-2 win over Chicago

By Dylan Hernandez
July 9, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — In the last week or so, there's been a major change in the Dodgers' clubhouse.

Miley Cyrus is out. M.I.A. is back in.

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Why All-Star break standings should not be overlooked

By Tom Verducci
July 9, 2010


Kansas City, MO — Kansas City manager Ned Yost got a little carried away this week when he talked about the Royals making a run for first place in the AL Central. "Why can't we make a run?" he said.

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July 8, 2010

 

White Sox's Danks blanks Angels 1-0

By The Associated Press
July 8, 2010


Chicago, IL — John Danks held the Angels hitless for six innings before finishing with a two-hitter Thursday, and the surging Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles 1-0 for a four-game sweep and their 22nd victory in 27 games.

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Oswalt's shutout propels Astros to sweep Pirates 2-0

By The Associated Press
July 8, 2010


Houston, TX — Roy Oswalt allowed only a first-inning single to Neil Walker, Lance Berkman provided the power with two home runs and the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 2-0 win Thursday.

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July 4, 2010

 

Is Omar Infante the worst All-Star pick ever?

By Jeff Passan
July 4, 2010


Omar Infante made the National League All-Star team Sunday. At first, it seemed like a funny trick pulled by Major League Baseball. Ha, ha! You got us, guys! Mediocre utilityman on the All-Star team! Good one!

Then none of the analysts on the selection show laughed. So it must’ve been a problem with hanging chads. Presidential elections have been botched by bad ballots. Surely MLB could plead pulp-based-product malfeasance.

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Stubbs hits 3 homers to lead Reds’ romp over Cubs

By The Associeted Press
July 4, 2010


Chicago, IL — Drew Stubbs had an idea of what might happen Sunday when he watched the ball carry over the fence at Wrigley Field during batting practice.

When the game started, Stubbs belted three of the Cincinnati Reds’ season-high seven home runs to lead a 14-3 romp over the Chicago Cubs.

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July 3, 2010

 

Gardner, A-Rod power Yankees to blowout Jays 11-3

By Dave Skretta
July 3, 2010


NEW YORK, NY — Andy Pettitte kept ducking down the dugout tunnel between innings Saturday, trying to find some air conditioning on a steamy summer afternoon.

When he headed inside during the third inning, he might as well have taken a nap.

Brett Gardner hit his first career grand slam and Alex Rodriguez drove in four more runs during the Yankees’ biggest offensive outburst in five years, which took 37 minutes and carried New York to an 11-3 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Joyce's pinch-hit slam lifts Rays over Twins 8-6

By The Associeded Press
July 3, 2010


Minneapolis, MN — While Twins slugger Jim Thome was clubbing his way up the home run chart, Matt Joyce was sitting on the Rays' bench, just waiting for his shot to do something special.

His chance finally came with the game tied in the eighth inning and Joyce stole some thunder from one of the best power hitters to ever play the game.

Joyce's pinch-hit grand slam capped a seven-run eighth inning, rallying Tampa Bay to an 8-6 victory over Minnesota on Saturday and spoiling a big day for Thome.

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June 30, 2010

 

Marlins defeat Mets 7-6 in San Juan

By David Waldstein
June 30, 2010


San Juan, PR — Playing baseball on this picturesque island has provided some spice to the tedium and drudgery of a long season, but with a pair of losses, all the fun and novelty of the San Juan series is starting to wear off for the Mets.

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Dodgers down Giants 4-2

By Dylan Hernandez
June 29, 2010


San Francisco, CA — As far as mysteries in baseball go, this one ranks up there with how Bob Uecker was able to hit Sandy Koufax.

Why can't Matt Cain beat the Dodgers?

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June 25, 2010

 

Arizona's Edwin Jackson no-hits Rays, 1-0

By The Associated Press
June 25, 2010


St. Petersburg, FL — Edwin Jackson overcame a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter in the season of the pitcher, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

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As Pelfrey wins 10th, Santana gets break

By Joe Lapointe
June 25, 2010


New York, NY — As the winning pitcher for the Mets in Friday night’s snappy 5-2 victory over Minnesota at Citi Field, Mike Pelfrey raised his record to 10-2 to enhance his profile as the current ace of the staff and one of the best in major league baseball in a season of pitching revival.

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June 21, 2010

 

Best Major League Baseball decisions of the past year

By Jon Heyman
June 21, 2010


While some of the best moves in baseball over the past calendar year were obvious, like the Braves' decision to keep phenom Jason Heyward on their Opening Day roster, others -- such as the Cubs' acquisition of Carlos Silva -- were panned at the time but have proven to be good calls.

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Trio pulling away in AL MVP race while NL chase is wide open

By Cliff Cororan
June 21, 2010


Two very different races are emerging in this year's Most Valuable Player chase. In the American League, three primary candidates are beginning to separate themselves from the pack and should generate a heated debate about the relative value of each as the season progresses. In the National League, a lack of break-out candidates has resulted in a great deal of turnover with five new names making the list, one of them debuting at number-one, plus a sixth returning after falling off the list last week.

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June 18, 2010

 

Should Red Sox fans give Manny Ramirez a warm reception?
By Tom Verducci
June 18, 2010


Boston, MA — Red Sox fans get their first chance tonight to boo Manny Ramirez for forcing his trade out of Boston in July 2008. It's their right if they wish to ignore seven and a half years of the greatest slugging the franchise ever has known outside of what legends Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx did. They can ignore, too, the two world championships in the span of four seasons, after 85 seasons without even one. Was that one month two years ago really that heinous?

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Yankees offence dissapears in 7-1 loss to Phillies

By Thomas Kaplan
June 18, 2010


New York, NY — The Yankees have feasted in recent weeks on some of the league’s worst pitching staffs. Then the Philadelphia Phillies came to town, and with them came an offense famine for the home team.start from that idea.

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June 16, 2010

 

Yankees rough up Halladay, beat Phillies 8-3

By Mike Fitzpatrick
Jun 16, 2010


New York, NY — Even after adding Roy Halladay, the Philadelphia Phillies can’t seem to stop that New York Yankees lineup.

Nick Swisher and the Yankees handed Halladay a rare thumping, beating Philadelphia and its new ace 8-3 Tuesday night in a World Series rematch.

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Who are baseball's luckiest and unluckiest pitchers?

By Joe Sheehan
June 16, 2010


Reduce what pitchers do down to the basics: There are the types of balls they give up -- ground balls, fly balls, pop-ups and line drives -- and when the ball isn't put into play, you have strikeouts and walks. Good pitchers get strikeouts, pop-ups and ground balls more often than they allow walks, line drives and fly balls. All of the advanced statistics you see bandied about on Web sites like Baseball Prospectus start from that idea.

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June 13, 2010

 

Strasburg leads Nationals to 9-4 victory over Indians

Associated Press
June 13, 2010


Cleveland, OH
— Washington's rookie sensation had more trouble with Cleveland's mound than Indians hitters while lasting 5 1-3 innings during his second major league start, leading the Nationals to a 9-4 victory Sunday.

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Angels victorious over Dodgers, 4-2

By Jim Peltz
June 13, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — With the Angels holding a two-run lead Saturday night, the Dodgers' Andre Ethier came to bat in the fifth inning with a chance to drive in a run to get the Dodgers closer.

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June 9, 2010

 

No mere mortal, Strasburg dominates in debut

By Jeff Passan
June 9, 2010


WASHINGTON — The biggest event in the nation’s capital since President Obama’s inauguration finally came Tuesday night, and the guest of honor wanted no part of the hoopla. A rectangular block with televisions on each side sits in the middle of the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse. Three were tuned in to the breathless anticipation of Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut. The fourth was on the Discovery Channel.

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Yankees feast on Orioles, 12-7

By Ben Shpigel
June 9, 2010


Baltimore, MD — The lone suspenseful moment at Camden Yards on Tuesday night came during a seventh-inning pitching change. With the bases full of Yankees, the video screen played highlights from Stephen Strasburg’s major-league debut. As Strasburg struck out batter after batter, Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher stood beside each other near the on-deck circle watching and waiting, with the rest of the crowd, for his pitching line to appear.

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June 8, 2010

 

Pittsburgh (23-34) at Washington (27-31)

By Joseph White
June 8, 2010


WASHINGTON — The anticipation is nearly over. The 21-year-old with the fastball that approaches 100 mph and the curve that freezes batters is about to take the mound in the nation’s capital.

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Five things learned from the major league baseball draft

By Richard C. Lewis
June 8, 2010


Secaucas, NJ — Five compelling storylines from baseball's annual First-Year player draft, and just the second to run in primetime.

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June 6, 2010

 

Yankees avoid sweep, rally past Blue Jays 4-3

Associated Press
June 6, 2010


Toronto, ON — Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

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Mets beat Marlins 7-6 for 8th straight home win

By Jay Cohen
June 6, 2010


New York, NY — Jeff Francoeur hit a tying, three-run homer in the seventh inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Florida Marlins 7-6 on Sunday, running their home winning streak to eight games.

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June 3, 2010

 

Selig will not reverse umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call

By Ben Walker
June 3, 2010


New York, NY — Commissioner Bud Selig will not reverse an umpire’s admitted blown call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball will look at expanded replay and umpiring, but did not specifically address umpire Jim Joyce’s botched call Wednesday night.

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Ken Griffey Jr. retires after 22 seasons

By Tom Verducci
June 3, 2010


Seattle, WA — History doesn't do the small stuff. Very quickly, it will not matter that Ken Griffey retired with more reported in-game naps than home runs in his final season and that the Seattle Mariners gave him a gentle push toward retirement. A true legend has left the game, for Griffey forever will stand as two templates of major league baseball: the prodigy and the all-around virtuoso, a DiMaggio of his time. Hundreds of others will be measured against him, and virtually every one of them will go lacking.

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May 29, 2010

 

Mariners stomp Angels 8-3

By Mike DiGiovanna
May 29, 2010


Anaheim, CA — Any momentum the Angels gained in wins over Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday fizzled with Friday night's 8-3 loss to Seattle, a game in which Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee allowed two earned runs and four hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

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A's beat Tigers despite Cabrera's 3 homers

Associated Press
May 29, 2010


Detroit, MI — Ben Sheets worked seven innings in his longest start of the season, Landon Powell homered and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth for the winning run and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

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May 24, 2010

 

'Bay Power' leads the Mets over Yankees 6-4

By Ben Shpigel
May 24, 2010


This series began with the Mets reeling, but it ended with the words of Joe Girardi about his Yankees echoing true. The Mets rode the power of Jason Bay and the left arm of Johan Santana to a six-run lead Sunday, then held on as Francisco Rodriguez struck out Alex Rodriguez with runners on first and third to finish off a 6-4 victory.

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Marlins shutout White Sox 13-0

Associated Press
May 24, 2010


Chicago, IL — Cody Ross and the rest of the Marlins sure didn’t look like a lineup that has been struggling to score some runs.

Ross hit two of Florida’s five homers and Josh Johnson pitched six sharp innings to help Florida defeat the Chicago White Sox 13-0 on Sunday. Ronny Paulino, Dan Uggla, and Jorge Cantu also went deep for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

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May 21, 2010

 

Pena hits 2 HRs, Rays take Yankees 8-6

By Ben Walker
May 21, 2010


New York, NY — Carlos Pena, James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays left Yankee Stadium with more than a two-game sweep and baseball’s best record. They took off supremely confident they can play well in the home of the World Series champions.

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Conrad slam in 9th gives Braves 10-9 win over Reds

By Paul Newberry
May 21, 2010


Atlanta, GA — Brooks Conrad slowed up as he rounded first base, unsure if his drive had cleared the left field wall to give the Atlanta Braves an improbable victory.

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May 19, 2010

 

Dodgers 9th consecutive win, a 7-3 victory over Astros

By Jim Peltz
May 19, 2010


Despite laboring at times and squandering an early lead, Hiroki Kuroda kept fighting long enough for his hitters to score again, and the Dodgers won their ninth consecutive game Tuesday night, a 7-3 victory over the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.

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Boston rallies for a 7-6 victory over Yankees

By Howie Rumberg
May 19, 2010


New York, NY — Jonathan Papelbon made sure the Yankees will need to win their protest for a shot at a victory in this one. The Red Sox closer certainly wouldn’t let New York rally again.

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May 15, 2010

 

Yankees 10th straight win over Twins

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May 15, 2010


New York, NY — Andy Pettitte watched Joe Mauer 's drive in the sixth inning sail deep toward left-center as he headed to back up home plate, nervous that somehow the ball would elude Brett Gardner and spoil his return to the mound.

No need to worry, Andy. The Yankees' defense was that good Saturday.

Gardner caught the ball on the warning track, preserving Pettitte's two-hit performance in his first start in 10 days, and New York beat the Minnesota Twins at home for the 10th straight time in the regular season, 7-1.

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Matt Kemp alive! Drills two-run homer in Dodgers' 4-3 victory over Padres

By Steve Dilbeck
May 15, 2010


A Matt Kemp sighting. A real, live Matt Kemp sighting.

After his explosive start, Kemp had gone into offensive hiding. The quick, powerful swing dissipated into one of a comparative slap hitter.

For two weeks, he was the terror of the National League. For the next three weeks, almost invisible.

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May 13, 2010

 

Verlander, Cabrera help Tigers shutout Yankees 6-0

Associated Press
May 13, 2010


Detroit, MI — On Monday, the Detroit Tigers pitching staff seemed to be on the verge of collapse.

Three days later, everything is fine.

Justin Verlander kept up a much-needed success streak for the Detroit rotation, throwing 6 2-3 shutout innings in the Tigers' 6-0 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Thursday.

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Padres over rival Giants 5-2

By Janie McCauley
May 13, 2010


San Francisco, CA — The San Diego Padres are doing all the little things that first-place teams do: aggressive baserunning, manufacturing runs, pressuring the opposing pitcher.

Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs against his former team, pitcher Clayton Richard had a sacrifice fly to help his cause and the Padres stayed unbeaten this year against the rival San Francisco Giants with a 5-2 win Wednesday night.

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May 9, 2010

 

Blue Jays over White Sox 9-7

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May 9, 2010


Chicago, IL — Fred Lewis hit a three-run homer off Bobby Jenks and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 9-7 on Sunday.

Jenks (1-1) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Travis Snider doubled and John Buck singled before Lewis drove a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats to give the Blue Jays an 8-7 lead. It was Lewis’ second homer of the season.

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Giants rally to beat Mets after blowing lead

By Howie Rumberg
May 9, 2010


New York, NY — Aaron Rowand hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning after the Giants blew a two-run lead for Tim Lincecum, and San Francisco ended the New York Mets’ nine-game home winning streak with a 6-5 victory Sunday.

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MLB News | May 5, 2010

 

Padres in first place is not the only surprise this baseball season

By Jon Heyman
May 5, 2010


San Diego, CA — Here's yet another surprise from the first-year general manager of the team that has been the season's biggest surprise to date. Jed Hoyer says if the Padres contend, they could actually become a trade-deadline buyer, and not the seller everyone expects them to be.

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Trevor Hoffman is not retiring

By Tim Brown
May 5, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — Trevor Hoffman will be 43 years old before the next World Series is played and his ERA is so ugly he can hardly look at it and every completed ninth inning means a save no one else has gotten before.

None of that has Hoffman thinking about retirement.

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MLB News | May 3, 2010

 

Sox swept by Orioles in Baltimore, fans asking: is season over?

By Dan Shaughnessy
May 3, 2010


Baltimore, MA — The Red Sox are shuffling and you can hear the cackling from coast to coast.

Those legions of Boston fans who come to your town, take over your ballpark, and chant, "Let's go, Red Sox" are suddenly silent.

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Victorino grand slam puts Phillies over Mets 11-5

By Dan Gelston
May 3, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — Watching from the on-deck circle, Shane Victorino was caught up in the fervor like 45,000 Phillies fans.

Mets ace Johan Santana was a pitch away from improbably walking pitcher Jamie Moyer with the bases loaded. The ballpark suddenly sounded like all those big October games the Phillies have won the last three years.

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MLB News | April 28, 2010

 

Mets beat Dodgers 7-3 for seventh straight win

April 28, 2010


New York, NY — John Maine returned from an odd injury to pitch into the seventh inning, and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday to complete their best homestand in more than 20 years.

Angel Pagan had a two-run triple, helping the Mets beat the Dodgers for the third time in less than 24 hours and extend their winning streak to seven.

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Yankees fail to rally in ninth inning and fall to Orioles, 5-4

By Mark Feinsand
April 28, 2010


Baltimore, MD — Weren't the Orioles supposed to be the team with the bullpen problems?

The Yankees' relief corps suffered a sixth-inning meltdown Tuesday night, as Boone Logan and Dave Robertson coughed up a lead, resulting in a 5-4 loss to the woeful Orioles.

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MLB News | April 22, 2010

 

Brewers batter Pirates 20-0

Associated Press
April 22, 2010


Pittsburgh, PA — Ryan Braun, Jim Edmonds and the Milwaukee Brewers went totally batty.

The Brew Crew piled up 25 hits Thursday and trounced Pittsburgh 20-0, handing the Pirates the most lopsided loss in their 124-year history.

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Yankees turn first triple play in 42 years

Associated Press
April 22, 2010


Oalland, CA — Alex Rodriguez started an around-the-horn gem for the New York Yankees’ first triple play in 42 years. But it was his casual jog directly across the diamond that started all the trouble.

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MLB News | April 21, 2010

 

Zumaya (Zoom Zoom) wants more than 100 mph

By Tim Brown
April 21, 2010


Anaheim, CA — Joel Zumaya has a chili dog in one hand and a baseball in the other. He’s demonstrating how he grips his new pitch, a split-fingered fastball.

On the baseball, not the dog.

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Halladay throws a 5 hitter for 1st NL shutout

By Paul Newberry
Aprtil 21, 2010


Atlanta, GA — Roy Halladay threw a five-hitter for his first NL shutout— getting a couple of big assists from his defense—and the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Halladay (4-0) was acquired in the offseason from Toronto to lead the staff of the two-time defending NL champions, and he’s certainly lived up to the hype in his first four starts.

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MLB News | April 17, 2010

 

Rockies blank Braves 4-0

Associated Press
April 17, 2010


Atlanta, GA — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 18-year history, dominating the Atlanta Braves in a 4-0 victory Saturday night.

Jimenez (3-0) walked six — all in the first five innings. He was helped by Dexter Fowler's diving catch on Troy Glaus' drive to left-center field in the seventh inning. Jimenez was at his best in the final innings, reaching the high 90s with his fastball through the final batter.

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MLB News | April 10, 2010

 

Eveland’s brilliance puts Jays over Orioles 3-0

By David Ginsburg
April 10, 2010


Baltimore, MD — Dana Eveland pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning in his Toronto debut, and the Blue Jays got two RBIs from No. 9 hitter Jose Molina in a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

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Yankees cream Rays 10-0

By Fred Goodall
April 10, 2010


St. Petersburgh, FL — CC Sabathia was going to lose his no-hit bid one way or another.

Former batterymate Kelly Shoppach made Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s decision a whole lot simpler, lining a sharp single to left with two outs in the eighth inning of New York’s 10-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

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MLB News | April 6, 2010

 

Mets oust Marlins 7-1

By David Waldstein
April 6, 2010


Flushing, NY — No one can know for certain what fortunes await the Mets in 2010, but for one game, one significant game, things could not have gone much better.

In spectacular spring weather on Monday, the Mets took the field for the first time this season and bathed their fans in the warmth of a well-executed 7-1 decision over the Florida Marlins.

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The happiest place on earth... Matsuiland

By Tim Brown
April 6, 2010


Anaheim, CAKonnichiha, Los Angeles.

Nearly seven years since hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in his maiden regular-season game at Yankee Stadium, Hideki Matsui on Monday night homered, singled and drove in two runs in his regular-season debut at Angel Stadium, again against the Twins.

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MLB News | April 5, 2010

 

Granderson’s first AB homer inspires obscure call

By 'Duk
April 5, 2010


Boston, MA — I thought Curtis Granderson might be pretty jazzed about starting his Yankee career with a homer in his first AB and earning a trademark home run call from radio broadcaster John Sterling.

"Something sort of grandish!" yelled the bombastic Sterling as Granderson's second inning home run cleared the center field fence at Fenway Park.

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Ballparks, not ballrooms, the choice for campaign fundraisers

By Robert Yoon
April 5, 2010


Washington, DC -- When President Obama threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener on Monday, he kicked off not only a new baseball season but also a new round of fundraisers at Nationals Park.

Though Obama wasn't raising any cash himself on game day, his appearance was the backdrop for at least one ballpark fundraiser Monday, the first of what Nationals President Stan Kasten hopes will be many political events held at the stadium this season.

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