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Dueling droughts: Cubs, Indians to meet in World Series

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At long, long last, it’s true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year – next century, really – is finally here. A classic Fall Classic, for sure. Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny…

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Baseball has good chance to draw big playoff ratings

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Major League Baseball should be happy. The table is set for stronger post season television ratings. The playoffs got off to a great start Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game, 5-2 in 11 innings. Better yet, it was a walk-off home run by the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion that sent his team to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. But exciting games have not been the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.3.16 – The Tampa Bay Rays long, bad 2016 comes to an end

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We’ve had Brexit and Donald Trump; now we have the nation of Colombia rejecting a landmark peace agreement between the government and the former rebel group FARC — a deal that took over four years to negotiate and would have formally ended five decades of war. Who can predict anything with accuracy these days? Closer to home, for the second straight Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their game extended more than an hour over lightning strikes. Coincidentally, it was their second straight 4:05…

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67-year broadcasting career of Vin Scully drawing to close

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. Holding hands with wife Sandi, he walked slowly from the dugout along a blue carpet dotted with the team’s logo to a stage set up in front of home plate for the pre-game ceremony honoring his 67 years…

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Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, Jay Bruce among 18 traded by deadline

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Jonathan Lucroy got a deal he liked, Carlos Beltran joined him in Texas and Jay Bruce and Rich Hill also moved Monday during an 18-swap frenzy at the trade deadline. Matt Moore, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith found new homes, too, as playoff contenders stocked up for the stretch. “That’s what we play for. Those are the moments we want to be in,” Moore said after NL West-leading San Francisco got the lefty from last-place Tampa Bay. “For someone to…

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MLB average salary $4.4M after 4.4 percent rise

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Baseball’s average salary rose 4.4 percent to $4.38 million on opening day, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped spending for the third straight season. The Chicago Cubs boosted payroll by $51 million, adding Jason Heyward, John Lackey and Ben Zobrist in an effort to win their first title since 1908. After beating the Cubs in the NL Championship Series and losing to Kansas City in the World Series, the New…

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Will Don Mattingly have the time to turn Marlins into winners?

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With the first two games of the World Series in the books, the annual baseball manager shuffle intensified late this week. The practice of hiring “retreads,” or managers fired in one place only to wind up in another, is alive and well. San Diego, disrupted that pattern this week by hiring Arizona Diamondbacks’ third base coach Andy Green. Green replaces the fired Bud Black, who takes over in Washington. The Nationals fired Matt Williams shortly after a monstrously disappointing season…

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