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May 9, 2000
Quote: "The past is the past and you can't change it, so let's move on. I know we're not going to go 0-13." - Manager Tony Muser, whose Royals were 0-9 on their last trip, before they began a 13-game trip last night It's a fact: The Mariners' Brett Tomko made his 11th start against an AL team last night and first against one not in the AL Central. Who's hot: The Rangers' Ruben Mateo has a 12-game hitting streak. Who's not: The White Sox, leaders of the AL Central, have lost seven of eight.
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Phil Rogers | September 11, 2011
As much fun as it would be to see the Brewers and Tigers create havoc in October, this is shaping up as a postseason that will be low on surprises. The three best teams entering the playoffs are likely to be the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox, in that order. The forecast here is we're looking at a Yankees-Phillies World Series, after the Yankees have a relatively easy time against the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees' edge against the Red Sox is that they have better pitching, and their bullpen figures to be the best in the playoffs — a strong statement considering the perfect season the Tigers' Jose Valverde is having and the Braves' All-Star combination of Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters . The Yankees' 2.99 bullpen ERA entering the weekend was the best among the nine teams in playoff contention, a tick ahead of the Braves.
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SPORTS
July 19, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Alfonso Soriano, Rangers 2B AB R H RBI HR 5 2 4 4 1 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY Brandon Claussen, Reds IP H R BB HR 3 2/3 9 7 2 5 WHO'S HOT The White Sox are 31-5 against the AL Central and have won 11 straight games in the division. WHO'S NOT The Pirates have scored a combined nine runs in losing five of their past six, while opposing pitchers have accounted for eight runs with six RBIs and two scored.
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March 29, 2011
Predicted finish, records White Sox Tigers Twins Royals Indians 92-70 91-72 86-76 72-90 67-95 Pennants, wild cards since 1995: 4, 1. Average payroll: $86 million (Fifth of six divisions). Managers with World Series rings: Jim Leyland ('97), Ozzie Guillen ('05). Players with MVP awards: Joe Mauer ('09), Justin Morneau ('06). Pitchers with Cy Young awards: Jake Peavy ('07)
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July 8, 1994
The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.Rank, Team, Previous Rank, Comment1. Cleveland Indians, 5, No joke. The mistake by the lake has been corrected.2. Baltimore Orioles, 6, Once sporatic O's have caught stride. Look out.3. Atlanta Braves, 3, Great team has been sputtering lately, but no serious setbacks.4. Cincinnati Reds, 4, Two Ohio teams are combined 56-22 at home.5. New York Yankees, 1, Had to cool off sooner or later. Still to be reckoned with.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | July 3, 1995
It had to be the most exciting 20 minutes of baseball in the San Francisco Bay area in several years. Two sites. Two of baseball's biggest stars. Two heart-stopping comebacks.The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants don't usually play at home at the same time, but they each opened a home series Friday night in dramatic fashion. Barry Bonds hit a sudden-death three-run homer to carry the Giants to a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres. Twenty minutes later and a few miles across the bay, Oakland first baseman Mark McGwire hit a game-ending grand slam off former Orioles closer Lee Smith to carry the A's to an 8-5 victory over the California Angels.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | April 30, 1999
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Day...................Time..................TV........................... Starters Tonight.............7: 05................54, 50..............LaTroy Hawkins (1-3, 10.89) vs. ........................................ ................................Sidney Ponson (0-2, 6.23) Tomorrow.........1: 35...................HTS.............Brad Radke (2-2, 4.73) vs. ........................................ ...............................
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Staff Writer | September 9, 1993
BOSTON -- Are baseball fans ready for a season filled with six -- count 'em, six -- divisional races?Better yet, are the baseball owners ready?Owners continued their talks about splitting the American and National leagues into three divisions each. But despite clearing up some minor disputes at yesterday's round of owners meetings, team executives still appeared divided whether to adopt the controversial plan for next season."The concept of three divisions is possible, that would probably pass," said National League president Bill White after emerging from a session with NL owners late yesterday.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1994
The honeymoon apparently is over in Anaheim, where the Angels made new manager Marcel Lachemann look like a magician for a couple of weeks. Now, the club is in free fall, entering yesterday's victory over the almost-as-hapless Milwaukee Brewers in the throes of a six-game losing streak. It doesn't figure to get much better, especially after left-hander Mark Langston experienced renewed elbow soreness Friday in his first start since returning from surgery and .406-hitting Rex Hudler was forced onto the disabled list when Lachemann accidentally tripped him with a fungo bat. The Angels are eight games under .500, but will need to run off another long losing streak to be considered anything but a strong contender in the AL West.
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By Phil Rogers | June 27, 2010
When the Twins reached the playoffs a year ago, they started Brian Duensing against CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. How much different would they be this season — both for a stretch-run battle and the playoffs — if they can turn to Cliff Lee ? Because the Twins were extended to a 163rd game, manager Ron Gardenhire didn't have the luxury of setting up his rotation to face the Yankees. If he had, he would have chosen between Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn , neither of whom could be picked out of a lineup by most baseball fans.
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April 20, 2010
Twins plug in, plug away Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune A lot of baseball experts were going to pick the Twins to win the AL Central but looked elsewhere when closer Joe Nathan left Florida for season-ending surgery on his right elbow. Fox's Ken Rosenthal went so far as to pick the White Sox not only to seize the chance to win the division, but also to win the World Series. Oops. The Central team that looks capable of winning the Series is the Twins, who are showing that Nathan is replaceable.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | August 18, 2009
There was a time earlier this season when the Orioles were content with offering would-be free agent Aubrey Huff arbitration and bringing him back for the 2010 season on a lucrative one-year deal. However, Huff's failure to come close to replicating his numbers from last year changed the organization's plan, and the first baseman was traded Monday to the Detroit Tigers for minor league reliever Brett Jacobson. Huff, who signed a three-year, $20 million deal with the Orioles in January 2007, was named the Most Valuable Oriole last season and won a Silver Slugger Award after hitting .304 with 32 home runs and 108 RBIs.
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By Mark Gonzales and Mark Gonzales,Tribune Newspapers | July 24, 2009
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle raised his arms, grabbed his head and braced himself Thursday for a human pileup along the first base line. Buehrle flawlessly pitched the Chicago White Sox into a share of first place in the American League Central in impeccable style with the 18th perfect game in major league history. As soon as shortstop Alexei Ramirez threw to first baseman Josh Fields to retire Jason Bartlett for the final out, Buehrle completed the latest achievement in his storied career with a 5-0 victory over the defending AL champion Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 28,036 at U.S. Cellular Field.
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By dan connolly and dan connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | September 7, 2008
Baseball has made it to September, finally the stretch run, with plenty of teams still dreaming of the postseason. By my calculation, 11 clubs have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs. That's not counting the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals or Houston Astros. Things would have to break perfectly for any of them. Then again, I didn't believe in the Colorado Rockies this time last year and then found myself in Denver in late October. But, as Big Mac said, we're not here to talk about the past.
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September 20, 2005
Aaron Boone's clutch hit sent the surging Cleveland Indians to another victory and one game closer to the sliding Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. Boone delivered a two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning last night, and the visiting Indians cut the White Sox's one-time huge lead to 2 1/2 games by rallying for a 7-5 victory. Cleveland also maintained its 1 1/2 -game lead for the AL wild card over the New York Yankees, who closed within a half game of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
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July 19, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Alfonso Soriano, Rangers 2B AB R H RBI HR 5 2 4 4 1 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY Brandon Claussen, Reds IP H R BB HR 3 2/3 9 7 2 5 WHO'S HOT The White Sox are 31-5 against the AL Central and have won 11 straight games in the division. WHO'S NOT The Pirates have scored a combined nine runs in losing five of their past six, while opposing pitchers have accounted for eight runs with six RBIs and two scored.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | August 31, 2003
This is the final day for teams to add players who will be eligible for postseason rosters, so there could be a couple of last-minute deals. The level of activity and the sense of urgency has been greatly diminished by runaway races in two of the six divisions, but the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals both made dynamic moves in advance of the deadline. The Royals, who originally figured to be shedding veteran players by this point in the season, acquired left-handed pitcher Brian Anderson from the Cleveland Indians and power-hitting outfielder Rondell White from the San Diego Padres.
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