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  1. AL homer leader Nelson Cruz hits two-run homer in Game 1

    Oct 2, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    This is the 35th playoff game of Cruz’s career and he’s hit 15 homers with a .709 slugging percentage.

  2. ALDS, Game 1: Royals vs. Angels lineups

    Oct 2, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Jered Weaver vs. Jason Vargas.

  3. Mets fire hitting coach and assistant hitting coach

    Oct 2, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

    Lamar Johnson Mets

    Cue the usual speculation about Wally Backman joining the staff in some capacity.

  4. Giants’ NLDS rotation: Peavy, Hudson, Bumgarner

    Oct 2, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v New York Mets

    Peavy struggled for the Red Sox last season and this season, but then posted a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for the Giants following a July 26 trade.

  5. Royals leave Raul Ibanez off ALDS roster

    Oct 2, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez won’t get to face his former team.

  6. ALDS, Game 1: Tigers vs. Orioles lineups

    Oct 2, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer vs. Chris Tillman.

  7. Despite groin injury, Rajai Davis is on Tigers’ ALDS roster

    Oct 2, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    In addition to taking over for Austin Jackson in center field Davis has also hit .282 with a .721 OPS and 36 steals in 134 games.

  8. Nationals choose Stephen Strasburg to start Game 1

    Oct 2, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Jordan Zimmermann, fresh off his regular season finale no-hitter, will start Game 2.

  9. Twins interview Doug Mientkiewicz for manager opening

    Oct 2, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    He’s currently managing in the Twins’ farm system at high Single-A and made headlines in 2013 for starting a brawl by tackling the opposing manager.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

    Oct 1, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Paul Molitor Twins

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

  14. 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.

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

    Oct 1, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

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

  16. 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.

  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. Geovany Soto leaves Wild Card game with thumb injury

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

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    Derek Norris came off the bench to replace him.

  19. Travis Ishikawa will be Giants’ left fielder in Wild Card game

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ishikawa is 31 years old and has started a grand total of three career games in the outfield.

  20. Clayton Kershaw “likely” to pitch on short rest if needed

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Kershaw and Greinke four times in five games?

  21. Cubs expect Javier Baez to be their Opening Day second baseman despite rookie struggles

    Sep 30, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Javier Baez hit just .169 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games as a 21-year-old rookie.

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