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The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

Thirty days has September, April, June and November — except for when September has 35 days, like this year. That’s right, for a limited time only, the baseball gods have extended September to give us 17 percent MORE (MORE, MORe, MOre, More, more …) pennant race baseball in the American League East. Or should I…

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Are Corey and Kyle Seager having the best brother season ever?

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is having an awesome rookie season, hitting .322 with 22 home runs and on pace to score more than 100 runs. Older brother Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners is having a terrific season as well, on pace to hit 30 home runs and top 100 RBIs — not…

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Dodgers stick to the plan and get offensive against Giants

LOS ANGELES — In the first meeting for the West Coast rivals in more than two months, the Los Angeles Dodgers showed their visitors from the north that new identity they have been working on. “There is no pressure and [Roberts] throws you in situations where you have a good chance to succeed,” Toles said….

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Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen finishes off win with 3-run HR after father’s death

“Getting out of those situations had a lot to do with the defense,” Adleman said. Bud Norris (6-10) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first start since July 31 because of a back strain. He struck out three and walked four while lasting fewer than five innings for…

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Tigers trending upward in Power Rankings

Power Rankings Top 5: 1. Cubs They’ve won nine of 10, their lead in the NL Central is back to double digits and they’re on pace for 102 wins. We’ve talked extensively about why the Cubs are so good — they’re loaded, everywhere, and then they added the most impressive bullpen arm in baseball in…

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Trailblazer Tony Dungy heads into Hall of Fame

Also not to be discounted: Dungy made the NFL relevant in Tampa again. When he was named head coach in 1996, the Buccaneers had made only three postseason appearances in their first 20 years of existence, with the most recent appearance in 1982. The Bucs went 6-10 in Dungy’s first year, but then enjoyed a…

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Hammel, Chapman pitch Cubs past Fernandez, Marlins 3-2

Fernandez (12-6) allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings, losing consecutive starts for the first time since his 2013 rookie season. ”This may sound funny, but I felt strong today,” Fernandez said. ”I was making good pitches. This is a good team.” Fowler was his nemesis. He led off the first with a…

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