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Resilient Giants rock Pirates to earn spot in NLDS
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner grabbed four beers, tilted his head back and chugged like a champion....

Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion....

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing....

Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player....

Tigers hope starters can outdo Orioles bullpen
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BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience....

Column: Great game, but baseball in need of a fix
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Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch....

Rookie managers Williams, Ausmus reach postseason
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut....

Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series....

Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls
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For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason....

Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason - nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys....