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Why not root for the Royals?

You’d have to be cold-blooded and coldhearted, living under a rock with slimy snakes, camped out in a Yankee Stadium parking lot or as cynical, hardened and disillusioned as a D.C. lobbyist at a dinner party in Georgetown not to be rooting for the Kansas …

 

Madison Bumgarner, Giants top Pirates 8-0, advance to NLDS

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PITTSBURGH — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game. San Francisco …

Salvador Perez provides walkoff win in 12th; Royals advance to ALDS

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren’t going down without a fight. Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from second base …

Jordan Zimmermann throws no-hitter vs. Marlins

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WASHINGTON — Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins in a regular-season finale Sunday. …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. The Cubs were 41-40 at Wrigley Field, despite being outscored 329-308. They had seven walk-off victories. Their last winning season at home had been in 2009, when they were 46-34.

2. Kevin Correia, …

Dodgers a hard team to figure out

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The cloudless blue sky and mid-70s temperature were more reminiscent of early June than mid-September, so there was no chill in the air to enhance the urgency of fall baseball at Wrigley Field on Friday. Then again, it has been six years since a fall-ball …

Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson

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PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks have fired manager Kirk Gibson three years after he won the NL’s manager of the year award for leading Arizona to the playoffs. The Diamondbacks are assured of at least a tie for the worst record in the majors this season, …

Derek Jeter hits walkoff single in Yankee Stadium farewell

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NEW YORK — The perfect script. Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest storybook moment in a charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday night over the …

Derek Jeter worship out of control

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I just saw a list of the ‘‘most significant figures in world history,’’ as compiled by The New Republic:

1. Alexander the Great; 2. Aristotle; 3. Jesus Christ; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. Buddha; 6. Albert Einstein; 7. Mahatma Gandhi; 8. Derek Jeter; 9. William Shakespeare; …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. The visiting team with the most home runs this season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis is the Cubs with 16. No other visiting team has more than eight.

2. In 1965, the …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Entering Thursday, Cubs pitchers had allowed only 19 homers to the first two batters in opposing lineups, the fewest in the National League.

2. Cubs pitchers had held opponents to a .236 BAA …

Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamine use

Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, a punishment that will extend into the postseason.

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch, leaves in ambulance

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MILWAUKEE — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night. The major league RBI leader was struck by an 88 mph pitch …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. I would rather see a batter be aggressive than passive, which is why I like Starlin Castro’s decreasing percentage of striking out looking. In 2012, 17 percent of all his whiffs were looking. …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. After watching Jorge Soler’s first at-bat, I wished I had trademarked ‘‘Soler Powered.’’ Soler was the 114th player in MLB history to homer in his first at-bat — 47 in the American League …

Still champions, even in defeat

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jackie Robinson West lost a game Sunday but won over a country. The South Siders fell 8-4 to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship. Shortly after, they were reminded of what they had accomplished during their 11-day stay …