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Leading off: 3 MLB playoff spots open, 1 day left on schedule

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A GIANT DAY San Francisco holds a one-game lead over St. Louis for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season. Matt Moore starts at home for the Giants vs. the Dodgers, and a win gives them the second NL wild-card slot. In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to beat Pittsburgh and hope for a Giants loss to force a one-game tiebreaker. COULD BE CHAOS Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit all have…

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Study: MLB teams could do better hiring minorities, women

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Major League Baseball teams could do a better job of hiring minority candidates for managing and GM posts or women for VP and other administrative positions, according to an annual report released Wednesday. The study is overseen by Richard Lapchick of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida and is similar in scope to those he conducts examining other leagues. Baseball teams were given a grade of C-plus for racial hiring practices for…

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