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Old 09-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #626
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The Tigers had a chance to clinch the division with a win and a loss by the Indians tonight.

The Indians were up 3-2 going into the 9th inning, the White Sox hit 2 HRs in the top of the 9th to take a 4-3 lead, and then Jason Giambi hit a 2 run walkoff HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Indians a 5-4 win.

The Tigers are up 4-2 over the Twins in the 7th inning, so they will whittle the magic number to 1 with a win, but it would have been nice to clinch the division tonight.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #627
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The Tigers beat the Twins 4-2....the magic number to win the division is now 1.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:22 PM   #628
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Todd Helton is playing well in his last games before retirement.

Nice to him getting hits and going out on a solid note.

There were only 4 milestones for him to reach this season....600 doubles 2,500 hits, 1,400 runs, and 1,400 RBIs.

Helton got to 2,500 a few weeks ago and reached 1,400 runs and 1,400 RBIs within the last week.

600 career doubles would have been nice, but Helton is at 591 doubles and won't reach that milestone.

It's nice to see him retire with the Rox and not jump around to a few different teams the last few seasons of his career. You don't see too many 17 year careers with the same team anymore.
i know people will point out the Coors Field factor, and the potential steroid issue, but man was he a terrific hitter and worthy of serious HOF consideration at least.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #629
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Todd Helton hit a HR tonight in his final game at Coors Field.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:55 PM   #631
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David Ortiz drove in his 100th run on the season tonight versus the Rockies.

Only the 2nd time Big Papi has reached the 100 RBI mark since the 2008 season.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:25 PM   #632
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The Tigers beat the Twins 1-0 tonight to clinch their 3rd straight American League Central Division title.
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God so many moments for Helton tonight. I basically grew up and started to really groom into baseball when he took over for Galarraga.
My dad got season tickets for the Rockies in 1997 to be able to get tickets to the All Star Game in Denver in 1998. He was always quiet, never spoke up about things going bad or anything, was a class act. And me and my dad growing up, we would go to games, and we would try to get autographs. That was our thing, get autographs of ballplayers and watch some baseball. And there was Todd Helton, almost always signing a few autographs before the game. A star player like that rarely signs, and it was great to see.

We'll miss you at 1B Todd Helton, you were amazing.

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congrats to the Tigers.

Angels have now taken 9 series and tied one out of the last 10 total series. Too late for anything but try to win 3 out of 4 from the Rangers to finish at .500 .

If Rangers still in it tomorrow, here is to the Angels for knocking them out of playoff contention.
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God so many moments for Helton tonight. I basically grew up and started to really groom into baseball when he took over for Galarraga.
My dad got season tickets for the Rockies in 1997 to be able to get tickets to the All Star Game in Denver in 1998. He was always quiet, never spoke up about things going bad or anything, was a class act. And me and my dad growing up, we would go to games, and we would try to get autographs. That was our thing, get autographs of ballplayers and watch some baseball. And there was Todd Helton, almost always signing a few autographs before the game. A star player like that rarely signs, and it was great to see.

We'll miss you at 1B Todd Helton, you were amazing.
Well stated, Champ.

One of my favorite baseball memories as a kid was going to a Padres/Reds game in 1986 or 1987 and walking down near the field before the game and getting Tony Gwynn's autograph. Gwynn must have signed for a good 20 minutes before the game started. Tony Gwynn was one of the good guys when he was playing and Todd Helton is in that group of good guys.
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congrats to the Tigers.

Angels have now taken 9 series and tied one out of the last 10 total series. Too late for anything but try to win 3 out of 4 from the Rangers to finish at .500 .

If Rangers still in it tomorrow, here is to the Angels for knocking them out of playoff contention.
Thanks....are the Angels going to shake things up after the season?
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Max Scherzer did what aces are supposed to do tonight....he put the team on his back when they needed it.

7 innings pitched 2 hits 0 ER 6 BB (struggled with command tonight) and 10 Ks.

Scherzer has got the American League Cy Young Award wrapped up.

21-3 on the season, 214 1/3 innings pitched, 240 K/56 BB ratio, 2.90 ERA, .198 BAA, and a WHIP of 0.97.
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BTW....awesome cartoon by Drew Litton, paying homage to Todd Helton.
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Well stated, Champ.

One of my favorite baseball memories as a kid was going to a Padres/Reds game in 1986 or 1987 and walking down near the field before the game and getting Tony Gwynn's autograph. Gwynn must have signed for a good 20 minutes before the game started. Tony Gwynn was one of the good guys when he was playing and Todd Helton is in that group of good guys.
I really, really hope Helton gets a fair critique for when his vote comes in for the HOF. He was lethal when healthy in his career, was a great defender, just an overall great teammate. Unfortunately, the Coors Field factor among others will kill his chances probably. And he meant so much to Colorado, I mean this game...sold out, and the Red Sox killed the Rockies 15-5, and yet everybody was on their feet at the end of the game to congratulate Todd.

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Max Scherzer did what aces are supposed to do tonight....he put the team on his back when they needed it.

7 innings pitched 2 hits 0 ER 6 BB (struggled with command tonight) and 10 Ks.

Scherzer has got the American League Cy Young Award wrapped up.

21-3 on the season, 214 1/3 innings pitched, 240 K/56 BB ratio, 2.90 ERA, .198 BAA, and a WHIP of 0.97.
He has it locked up, I just think it would be interesting to see how the voting would go if Darvish had a better W/L record because he was just as dominant, heck he has 20 more K's than Scherzer which is nuts.

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BTW....awesome cartoon by Drew Litton, paying homage to Todd Helton.
Isn't it? Man, I hope they retire Helton's number next year. They should.
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Thanks....are the Angels going to shake things up after the season?
We were surprised at the rookies that came up late in the season. Add Shuck who will contend for some votes as ROY and Garrett Richards pitching better the second time around will be interesting for the offseason. Bourjos might be dealt for pitching in my opinion. Vargas is a lefty and will demand some good money but I look at him as a very solid 4th pitcher. Angels need to find a 2nd/3rd pitcher for the rotation after Weaver and CJ Wilson. Next season will ride on a better bullpen (De La Rosa throws hard and did a good job as a late bring up), another pitcher and Hamilton/Pujols playing to their potential.
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Looks like revenge for Stow in San Francisco vs Dodgers:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-bi...2818--mlb.html
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Cardinals win the central and are in the playoffs for the 9th time in 12 seasons.
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Allen Craig caught the lisfranc, tho.
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MIAMI -- With the bases loaded, two outs and the score 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Henderson Alvarez stood in the Miami Marlins' on-deck circle, bat in hand, hoping to complete his no-hitter.

Alvarez had blanked the Detroit Tigers for nine innings -- and briefly, mistakenly thought he had pitched a no-hitter. But the Marlins needed a run for him to achieve the feat.

"I was nervous and anxious," he said through a translator. "I started praying, 'Please give us a run.' I was hoping for a wild pitch."

That's exactly how Miami scored. Giancarlo Stanton crossed the plate standing up when a breaking ball skipped to the backstop, and Alvarez had his no-hitter, beating the Tigers on the final day of the regular season Sunday, 1-0.
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Having been a St. Louis Cardinals fan since childhood, I am still rooting for them!!! It has been a great season, as Mike Matheny has done a great job of managing despite all the injuries!! Matt Adams has really stepped up and done a great job of replacing Craig, and hope MM can find a spot for both when Craig returns!!! The rookies and 2'nd and 3'rd year players have been great, especially the young pitching staff!!! GO CARDINALS!!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #646
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I was glad to see the Pirates beat the Reds last night.

I'd love to see them beat the Cardinals (sorry bombay)....their fans deserve it.

PNC is a pretty awesome ballpark too, I went to a game there the first season it opened up.

Beautiful stadium and sight lines....and it looked like it was a raucous atmosphere last night.
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Tampa Bay is up on Cleveland 3-0 in the 5th inning.

Delmon Young went yard for the Rays....all that dude does is produce in the playoffs.

The Tribe had a nice season and it was good to see them make the playoffs.

I was very surprised they made it to the playoffs....they don't have a ton of talent.

Props to Terry Francona, who did an excellent job managing that team this season.

I hope my Tigers get their bats going on Friday night versus Oakland.

I read an article today and it sounds like Miguel Cabrera was playing through a lot more pain down the stretch than anyone realized.

The Tigers should have probably put him on the disabled list for 2 or 3 weeks, but he is a stubborn and tough player who wanted to be out there playing as much as possible.
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Tampa Bay beats the Indians 4-0 in the one game wildcard playoff.

Meh....I'm not that impressed with the new one game wildcard format....seems like an awful long season to make the playoffs and then be eliminated in one quick game.
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Tampa Bay and Boston will be a good series....I'm glad they are playing each other, as I didn't want to see Detroit face either of them in the division series.

I like how Detroit matches up with Oakland better than those 2 teams.

Pittsburgh and St. Louis will be a great series in the National League.

Los Angeles and Atlanta doesn't get me too geeked up....for some reason Atlanta is a boring team for me to watch.

I'll predict that Detroit and Boston will play each other in the ALCS.

I'll predict that Pittsburgh and Los Angeles will play each other in the NLCS.
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Tampa Bay beats the Indians 4-0 in the one game wildcard playoff.

Meh....I'm not that impressed with the new one game wildcard format....seems like an awful long season to make the playoffs and then be eliminated in one quick game.
I agree. Should be 3 game series.
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