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Giants weren’t always the model of baseball success

I spent the middle third of my life in Northern California, and, though the memory dims, I recall the 49ers being routinely great, the Athletics mostly good, the Warriors always entertaining and the Raiders as those of whom nobody spoke after Al Davis callously spurned …

 

Baseball by the numbers

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||| cubs nine to know

1 Against the five National League postseason teams, the Cubs were 3-4 against the Nationals, 9-10 against the Cardinals, 3-4 against the Dodgers, 5-14 against the Pirates and 2-4 against the Giants.

2The importance of making contact: The Royals’ hitters had …

Oft-criticized Royals manager Ned Yost is now toast of town

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Thump Monkeys are trailing, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy isn’t happy. They’re not just trailing; they’re getting creamed. Hunting season started weeks ago in Georgia, and Foxworthy’s team is getting shelled by another group that calls itself the Killbillies.

‘‘The Thump …

What’s up with: Ex-Sox, Cubs third baseman Vance Law

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The baseball playoffs have prompted the seemingly annual debate about the length of games — and with good reason, considering the average game is dragging on for 3½ hours. Vance Law knows about long games. The former White Sox and Cubs third baseman played all …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW

1.Quickness and length of swing are measured by how well batters do on pitches 92 mph or faster. The Sox’ Jose Abreu had the best batting average in baseball on those pitches at …

Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off HR sends Giants to World Series

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SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run shot that sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night.

These every-other-year …

Giants one win from clinching World Series berth, earn 6-4 win in Game 4

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SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series.

Chasing their …

Royals sweep Orioles, clinch first World Series berth since 1985

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning and a bullpen that shut down the Baltimore Orioles once again, Greg Holland and the Kansas City Royals wrapped up a sweep of the AL Championship …

Royals one win from first World Series berth since 1985, edge Orioles 2-1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the …

Gregor Blanco gives Giants 2-1 NLCS lead on walkoff bunt

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SAN FRANCISCO — Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy.

A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants …

ALCS Game 3 between Royals-Orioles postponed because of rain

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Game 3 of the AL Championship Series has been postponed because of rain. The game was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Orioles against former Baltimore pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Game 4 was …

Kolten Wong hits walkoff home run for Cardinals, ties NLCS at 1

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ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, evening the NL Championship Series at one game each. The Cardinals lost All-Star catcher Yadier Molina to …

MLB playoffs have no need for Red Sox, Yankees

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ESPN probably advised against it, but Major League Baseball went ahead with its postseason minus the Red Sox and Yankees. The game is none the worse for it, despite what the TV ratings might say. There is beauty in unpredictability — sure, you saw Kansas …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. One assignment for new new hitting coach John Mallee: Help his batters go to the opposite field. The Cubs had just 197 hits to the opposite field, only the Reds had fewer (196). …

Cardinals advance to 4th-straight NLCS after win over Dodgers

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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals tagged Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Matt Adams’ go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship …

Giants advance to NLCS, edge Nationals in Game 4

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SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night to return to the NL Championship Series.

The wild-card Giants took Game 4 …