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Jake Bauers on Hitting (It’s Pure Reaction)

What type of hitter did the Cleveland Indians get when they acquired Jake Bauers as part of yesterday’s three-team trade with Seattle and Tampa Bay? From a biographical perspective, the answer is a 23-year-old left-handed-hitting first baseman who came into this year ranked fourth in the Tampa Bay...

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Top needs for all 30 clubs after Winter Meetings

With the Winter Meetings in the books, it’s a great time to take stock of each club’s offseason to this point, as well as what its needs are for the remainder of the offseason. With the help of each MLB...

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Philip Rivers leads LA Chargers to last-gasp comeback win over Kansas City Chiefs

Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a questionable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the final touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a two-point conversion.

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Reminder: Automatic Home Game for Division Winners is a Dumb Rule

The NFL has given all division winners home games, and made all wildcards go on the road regardless of record, since the league changed the division format in 2002. I’ve been banging on this drum for a long time, and write about it every few year...

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Mike Williams rescues Chargers, reminds NFL he’s a big-time playmaker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philip Rivers knew Mike Williams had it in him.

He’d seen the acrobatic grabs and run-after-catch ability from the second-year pro.

But with the Los Angeles Chargers‘ top receiver Keenan Allen out with a hip injury, Rivers and the rest of his teammates needed to see i...

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JAWS and the 2019 Hall of Fame Ballot: Fred McGriff

The following article is part of Jay Jaffe’s ongoing look at the candidates on the BBWAA 2019 Hall of Fame ballot. Originally written for the 2013 election at, it has been updated to reflect recent voting results as well as additional research...

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The NFL’s odd offensive holding blip: What happened

In the days leading up to Week 13, the NFL sent a video to its on-field officials...

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Wagner’s controversial blocked field-goal helps Seahawks beat Vikings

Bobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. It was Seattle’s fourth straight victory.

Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a two-yard TD run ...

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Thor to Yanks in 3-team megadeal for Realmuto?

LAS VEGAS — For teams seeking catching help, there is J.T. Realmuto and there is everybody else.

On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen remained engaged with the Marlins on Realmuto, a source confirmed, discussing scenarios as unorthodox as a three-way dea...

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AP Voter Refuses to Include Kansas, Tennessee, and Duke in His Rankings Because Reasons

Graham Couch is an Associated Press voter with the Lansing State Journal who is on a personal crusade to make sure teams play in opposing gyms with loud fans (because we know that’s what gyms are like in early December).

And he’s willing to g...

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