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A Royal Flush In The AL Wild-Card Game

The MLB playoffs started in about as dramatic a fashion as you can get, with the Kansas City Royals rallying multiple times—from 2-0 down in the first, 7-3 down in the eighth and finally 8-7 down in the 12th when they scored twice and beat the Oakland A’s 9-8. In the short history of the wild-card game, this is easily the best one played and will likely hold the designation for a while.

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Sizing Up The MLB Wild-Card Games

The one-and-done battles of the baseball playoffs go the next two nights, with MLB wild-card games on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday. The Bay Area is going on the road, with the Oakland A’s traveling to Kansas City for Tuesday night, and the San Francisco Giants packing up for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Here’s some thoughts on each game…

Oakland-Kansas City (Tuesday, 8 PM ET, TBS): This is the game Jon Lester was brought to Oakland to pitch. Well, maybe not literally, as the A’s acquired the lefty from Boston when it was hoped that Oakland would be rolling into October as a #1 seed (can I tell how weird it still feels to use the term “1-seed” in baseball?), rather than a barely surviving wild-card.

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2014 MLB World Series Betting Odds

The baseball postseason gets rolling tonight and tomorrow with the AL & NL wild-card games, and then it starts going full steam when Division Series play kicks in on Thursday. Let’s have a look at the 2014 MLB World Series betting odds, each team’s price to win it all.

THE THREE FAVORITES
Detroit Tigers: 9-2
Los Angeles Dodgers: 9-2
Washington Nationals: 9-2

You can tell how much bettors love the Tigers’ talent, as they have each of the past two postseasons. It’s not hard to see why. Even with Justin Verlander struggling, now David Price is added to the equation. And if Verlander can right himself in October? A trio of Price-Verlander-Scherzer is pretty well unstoppable.

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2014 MLB Season Wrap-Up

The 2014 MLB regular season is in the books and the playoffs begin with wild-card games on Tuesday and Wednesday night. TheSportsNotebook has wrapped up the regular season with award selections that are covered in four different posts below.

I’ve always felt that baseball has missed the boat in not selecting an All-Star team from each league at the end of the regular season. Why have the only All-Star teams on record be ones chosen at the halfway point, or in some cases sooner, as voting starts in May?

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Why Is Andrew Luck The Media’s Anointed One?

The Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck is pretty much the poster-boy of young quarterbacks in today’s NFL, with a Sports Illustrated cover to his credit, one that assures us by year’s end we’ll be acknowledging him as the best quarterback in football. I think Andrew Luck’s pretty good—in fact, I’d even make the compliment stronger and say I think he’s pretty tough. He’s competitive and he keeps his confidence up when things go wrong.

But is Andrew Luck really “all that”? This morning on First Take, ESPN’s Skip Bayless, who normally goes completely over-the-top on questions, asked one that was measured and reasonable and it summed up my thoughts perfectly—“why does this guy get a pass?”

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