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  1. A’s option for Nick Punto vests at $2.75 million

    Oct 1, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    Punto hit just .207 with two homers and a .589 OPS in 73 games.

  2. Kevin Gausman in Orioles’ bullpen for ALDS vs. Tigers

    Oct 1, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Gausman was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and registered a promising 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 88/38 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings during the regular season, but the O’s will roll with their more-experienced arms versus Detroit.

  3. Royals to start Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 1, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Jason Vargas, who spent last season in the Angels’ rotation before signing with the Royals as a free agent, will start Game 1 for Kansas City.

  4. Angels announce ALDS rotation: Jered Weaver in Game 1, Matt Shoemaker for Game 2

    Oct 1, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

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    The Angels have announced their rotation for the ALDS against the Royals.

  5. Cardinals leave A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Motte off NLDS roster

    Oct 1, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Tony Cruz gets the nod as Yadier Molina’s backup.

  6. Derek Jeter is afraid of cats. Likes Baskin Robbins. And other important stuff about him.

    Oct 1, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Welp, there’s two reasons he’ll never accept an invitation to my house.

  7. The A’s-Royals game did pretty well in the ratings

    Oct 1, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

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    The Tuesday wild card game got ratings 14% higher than last year’s Tuesday wild card game.

  8. Wild Card Game: Giants vs. Pirates lineups

    Oct 1, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Not a ton of surprises. Gaby Sanchez in at first over Ike Davis because of the lefty on the hill. Otherwise, play ball.

  9. Twins to interview Hall of Famer Paul Molitor for manager opening

    Oct 1, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire was fired Monday after 13 seasons, the last four of which have seen the Twins lose 90 or more games.

  10. Odd, and unfulfilling, season ends for A’s

    Oct 1, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Eric Sogard A's

    Somehow, it all seemed to tie this strange 2014 season together in one fitting package, though the end result wasn’t what anyone in green and gold wanted.

  11. Cardinals’ playoff rotation does not include Michael Wacha

    Oct 1, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

  12. Sorry! The “Royals showed those ‘Moneyball’ nerds!” narrative doesn’t hold water

    Oct 1, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT

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    The Royals, like just about every other team in baseball, have an analytics department. Apologies if that messes with your preconceptions.

  13. Lyle Overbay is “99.9 percent sure” he’s retiring

    Oct 1, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    At least he got to pitch this season. That was fun.

  14. The beauty of belief

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

    Nosotros Creemos!

    The Royals may not have won the AL Wild Card if not for the confounding decisions of manager Ned Yost.

  15. Carlos Ruiz undergoes shoulder surgery

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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    He hit just .229 with a .659 OPS in 67 games after June 1 and batted .193 in September.

  16. The woman who was going to get a puppy if the Royals won? Yeah, she’s getting a puppy

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

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    But there’s a tale of bribery involved in all of this too.

  17. Pirates go with three catchers on Wild Card game roster

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole off the Wild Card game roster, which is fairly typical.

  18. HBT Daily: Previewing the Giants-Pirates matchup

    Oct 1, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Another night, another one-and-done game.

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