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Scherzer to start Game 1 for Tigers vs Baltimore
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2....

Strasburg's playoff debut, 2 years after shutdown
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way....

Soto to catch Lester for Athletics vs Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals....

Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series....

AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros
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HOUSTON (AP) -- A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success....

A's Lester, Royals' Shields in AL wild-card focus
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago....

AP source: 7 umpires rotate at World Series
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NEW YORK (AP) -- In a nod to new technology, Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series....

Great grab helps Zimmermann toss Nats' 1st no-no
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the ball soared toward deep left-center, seemingly destined to end Jordan Zimmermann's bid for the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the righty threw his head back and thought, "Double. No-doubt double."...

Trout, Strasburg giving playoffs a fresh look
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So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State....

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 _ before DH
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball's batting average hasn't been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments....



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