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Mike Schmidt: Where Have The October Hitters Gone?

The playoffs have followed the regular season trend back to pitching dominance. Not that aces haven’t done this in past postseasons, it’s just that their supremacy this year stands out.


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Playoff Teams Get Boost From Midseason Makeovers

Everywhere you turn in these playoffs, late pickups and midseason acquisitions are playing important roles on the field.


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Hot Topic: October 21

The Bombers head to Texas down 3-2, and their fate now rests on the shoulders of Phil Hughes. Will Phil rise to the challenge, or wrinkle like a cheap suit?


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Giants Move Within 1 Win Of World Series

Juan Uribe, sore left wrist and all, made his mark on this NLCS in a matter of moments — a great play with his glove, then one swing that put the San Francisco Giants within one win of the World Series.


Bengie Molina #11 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Nelson Cruz #17 after hitting a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning against A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hot Topic: October 20

It was another long night for Yankee fans in the Bronx, and this time our guys Boomer & Carton were on hand to witness the debacle.


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Shout Outs For Shutouts: Pitchers Rule Postseason

With pitchers ruling these playoffs, Matt Cain made it six shutouts — a half-dozen, count ’em! — in only 22 games this postseason.


Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Matt Cain #18 in the middle of the seventh inning of Game Three of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 19, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cain Beats Phillies, Giants Take 2-1 NLCS Lead

Matt Cain pitched seven impressive innings and outdueled 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels for his first postseason win, and the Giants beat the Phillies 3-0 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series.


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Giants, Phillies Gear Up For Another NLCS Pitching Duel

Once again, the pitching matchup is drawing most of the Game 3 pregame attention: Cole Hamels vs. Matt Cain.


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Oswalt, Rollins Help Phillies Even NLCS At 1-1

Roy Oswalt pitched eight dominant innings, Jimmy Rollins drove in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 Sunday night.


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Lincecum Outduels Halladay

Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay, Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in Game 1 of the NLCS.