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April 2, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
"When you win," Ken Griffey Jr. says, "things are a little easier." For the Seattle Mariners outfielder, who has Hall of Fame career statistics but has never played in a World Series, this season could be a breeze. Two years removed from a 101-loss season, his Mariners start this year as the most improved team in baseball, making them the favorites to knock the Angels off their perennial perch in the American League West. The Angels have won five of the last six division titles, but this season they can expect to face plenty of steep competition.
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March 20, 2010
AT THE PLATE: Juan Rivera had a big day, going three for four with a home run and a pair of doubles, scoring three runs and driving in two. The two RBIs give him a team-leading nine for the spring. Catcher Jeff Mathis also reached base three times, doubling, drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch, scoring twice and driving in two runs. ON THE MOUND: In his third outing of the spring Scott Kazmir lasted four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk.
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December 17, 2009 | Jerry Crowe
Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts have been down this road before: unbeaten after 13 games, chasing perfection and wondering what to do next. . . . Back off or keep pushing? . . . Four years ago, the Colts lost their 14th game, rested their starters in splitting their last two and then, after a first-round bye, fell short against Ben Roethlisberger and the sixth-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers in their only playoff game. . . . Either way they choose, coaches Jim Caldwell of the Colts and Sean Payton of the unbeaten New Orleans Saints will be second-guessed -- unless everything goes right.
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December 17, 2009 | Wire Reports
As sports go, it wasn't close: Tiger Woods was famous for his golf long before he became infamous for his personal life. For 10 incomparable years, no one ruled a sport like Woods. He won 64 tournaments, including 12 major championships. He hoisted a trophy on every continent where golf is played. And those 56 titles in one decade on the PGA Tour? Consider that only four of golf's greatest players won more in their entire careers. Even as a shocking sex scandal changed the way people look at Woods, his performance could not be ignored.
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November 2, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Yankees may have scored the go-ahead run on Alex Rodriguez's ninth-inning double. But if you ask Rodriguez, they won Sunday's game two batters earlier, when Johnny Damon fouled off three two-strike pitches before blooping a single to left to start the game-winning rally. "For me, the whole key of that whole inning was an unbelievable, tenacious at-bat by Johnny Damon," Rodriguez said. "This guy is just a great competitor. Put us in a position to get a big hit there in the ninth."
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October 29, 2009 | Dave van Dyck
Wednesday night marked the beginning of a 40th World Series for the New York Yankees, but the first played at the sprawling, sparkling new ballpark in the Bronx, next door to where it seems the Fall Classic was born and raised. But ghosts of glory past stayed behind, even though Yogi Berra waddled out to deliver the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1 at new Yankee Stadium. The christening was a disaster as Cliff Lee out-dueled CC Sabathia and the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies broke home-field advantage with a 6-1 victory.
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October 28, 2009 | Wire Reports
The first time they met was seven years ago. Cliff Lee was a September call-up with a cocksure attitude, and his new teammate was immediately impressed. "He was the Cliff that he is now. He went out and pounded both sides of the plate, attacking, real aggressive in the strike zone," CC Sabathia said. "He goes right after you." Lee lost his major league debut that day for Cleveland, despite pitching well against Minnesota. The two pitchers soon struck up a friendship, however, and it's still going strong.
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October 20, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Bow-WOW! I thought we were past this, but now we've got the Choking Dogs showing us a new trick, rolling over and playing dead. The Phillies have the momentum, the home-field advantage for the clincher, last year's World Series MVP Cole Hamels on the mound, and Cliff Lee ready to go next if needed. OK, so things are looking a bit bleak. "They'll show up," Manager Joe Torre countered, and if he's talking about George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton , forget it, the Dodgers are goners.
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October 19, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
On a blustery night featuring timid Dodgers offerings and furious Phillies hacks amid an angry stadium awash in blue blood, you know what I would have liked to see? I would have liked to see those Dodgers prospects whom they liked more than Cliff Lee. Now that would have been ugly. Who are those guys? Where were those guys? They needed to stand amid the ruins of Sunday's 11-0 Philadelphia Phillies victory to witness what the organization sacrificed to keep them. They need to be part of this Dodgers tumble into the ropes in the National League Championship Series, the team falling behind two games to one after the franchise's worst postseason loss in 50 years.
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October 19, 2009 | DYLAN HERNANDEZ
Hiroki Kuroda pursed his lips and craned his neck. He scratched the back of his head and grunted. "I'll replay this in my head," he said Sunday as he dressed in a nearly empty clubhouse. There wasn't much for him to replay. On a night when the Dodgers were held to three hits in eight innings by Cliff Lee in a crushing 11-0 Game 3 defeat that tilted the National League Championship Series in favor of the Philadelphia Phillies, Kuroda retired only four batters. Kuroda made the kind of history he never envisioned making when he took the mound for the first time since Sept.
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