|For both the Giants and Pirates, the 2014 regular season was full of ups and downs, highs and lows. All led to the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, and both teams couldn't be happier.
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|Branch Rickey's heritage is on center stage in baseball's postseason this year. The National League West champion Dodgers will meet the NL Central champion Cardinals in a best-of-five NL Division Series that opens on Friday at Dodger Stadium in a matchup of two franchises that, thanks to Rickey, are among the most storied in baseball.
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|When Adam Dunn steps in to face Kansas City's James Shields in the first inning of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium, he'll end his career-long drought of never playing in a postseason game.
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|National right-hander Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter was a joy to behold; in fact, the whole team is a joy to watch. The Nats climbed alone atop the NL East on July 21 and spent a total of 119 days there. This might just be their moment.
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|If the Pirates beat the Giants in the National League Wild Card Game, they will face the Nationals in the NL Division Series. So it isn't an easy path to the World Series for a franchise that hasn't made it that far since -- well, since that 1979 Pirates team kept doing its wonderful thing. But there is something about the 2014 Pirates.
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|The Rays kept pushing the pedal to the floor, the engine sputtered and nothing happened. That's how much of their disappointing 2014 season went.
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|Recently dismissed manager Ron Gardenhire was not/is not the only thing standing between Minnesota and a return to top-of-the-American-League-Central status. The Twins are a team in transition, and they have been for some time.
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|Baseball's most interesting front office made another gutsy, fascinating hire on Monday by naming A.J. Hinch the Astros new manager. Not the first for Houston, probably not the last. Onward. Here's to years of success and a long, happy marriage.
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|Baseball writers often have their recounts of a game typed up and ready to go in a game's late innings, when all of a sudden, the sensational happens, forcing them to rewrite their stories with details of new legendary moments in the game's history.
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|Sunday was a captivating capper to a Major League season that kept us guessing all the way until the final outs were registered.
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|A year ago, when manager Jim Leyland made it clear he really was going to retire, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was uncertain enough about a potential replacement that he admitted to having an initial list of 50 candidates. Now, after a successful first-year campaign in Detroit, it appears the Tigers have the right man for the job for a long time to come in Brad Ausmus.
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|Derek Jeter said goodbye the way we always figured he might. That is, he did his job. Isn't that the thing that defined him for 20 seasons? When he takes a deep breath and reflects on all of it, he's sure to look back and take pride in always being part of a great whole, a team.
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|During Saturday's 40-minute ceremony to honor the retiring White Sox icon, after a video clip from the 2005 World Series celebration, Jerry Reinsdorf recounted his feelings about Paul Konerko... then gave him a special gift.
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|The Tigers celebrated a division title on Sunday, but the focus remains on the goal of bringing a World Series championship to Detroit for the first time since 1984.
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|The fans at Fenway Park were still chanting Derek Jeter's name throughout the ninth inning on Sunday, which tells you all you need to know. He was hours gone from his final game, and by and large they were Red Sox fans, but the love was universal.
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|It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.
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|Derek Jeter will put on the Yankees gray road uniform one final time on Sunday morning. He'll do this because, well, you know why. He'll go through all the routines one final time, and at some point, it's sure to hit him that now it is really over.
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|As weeks go, this surely has been among the best Commissioner Bud Selig has ever had. In addition to honoring Yankees icon Derek Jeter with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, Selig had the No. 1 retired in his honor by his hometown Brewers.
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|To mangle a famous line penned eons ago by a music critic to describe young rocker Bruce Springsteen: I have seen the future of the Boston Red Sox and it is Yoenis Cespedes. The trade that rocked the baseball world and has had such a devastating effect on the A's offense is set to pay huge dividends for the Red Sox.
More» Cespedes picks up 100th RBI with single|
|Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is 39 and still going strong. He has an impressive resume for his 16 full big league seasons. But there's something missing: a championship ring.
More» Torii robs Abreu with great leaping catch|
|Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig said that he was made speechless by the honor. So you knew that this was truly an historic occasion. The Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday that they would retire uniform No. 1 in Selig's honor at a ceremony next season.
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|The takeaway here is that the D-backs are looking for a new voice in the dugout, and one can hardly blame them. But what remains to be seen is whether La Russa and Stewart -- two guys who seemingly fall within the "old school" classification -- continue to glorify grit with their new hire or take a more nuanced and tactical approach.
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|Derek Jeter tipped his hat and waved and acknowledged the thunderous cheers. In that way, he told the fans he appreciated them, that he could never repay all they'd done for him.
More» Jeter gives final farewell to the Bronx|
|Derek Jeter's 20 years were all with the Yankees, all productive, all dramatic enough to leave us with thoughts for future baseball generations: Now what, and who? The answer: Nobody.
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|This weekend, it's not "Aye, aye, Captain," but "Goodbye, Captain" for Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko. It's a salute to two stars and an acknowledgement that a relic of a role in Major League clubhouses and dugouts has almost been put out to pasture.
More» Konerko honored before the game by Yankees|
|For many people, the narrative of the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers' season is that, inevitably, the talent eventually carried the day. But general manager Ned Colletti has a view of his club that tends to focus more readily on the intangibles.
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|The day after his chilling and engrossing finale at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter was spent. He was so spent that for the first time in his 20-year career Jeter wanted to sit and that he did in Friday night's opener of a season-closing three-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. That had never happened with any manager, certainly not with Joe Torre, definitely not with Joe Girardi, until Friday night.
More» Red Sox fans honor Jeter, chant his name|
|Keep the champagne on ice. Yep, the Tigers clinched their franchise-record fourth consecutive postseason appearance on Wednesday night. Nope, there was no celebration. There was just another check mark for Detroit's 2014 to-do list, as the club has its sights set on a World Series title.
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|We scoffed earlier this season when Robin Ventura, Derek Jeter's teammate in 2002 and '03, suggested the captain was the greatest Yankee ever. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Yogi and Mantle readily came to mind, and still do. But Jeter so often has done the remarkable -- see Sept. 25, 2014 -- that he cannot be ignored. He's part of the conversation. Isn't he?
More» Jeter discusses the emotional walk-off win|
|With the curtain having fallen on Derek Jeter's career -- at least at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night -- there's not much dispute about where he stands on the list of all-time Yankee great position players: Pretty darned high.
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