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MLB Playoff Picks: the Wiz vs. the Professor

Baseball's regular season is 162 games long. Most playoff games start after 8:30 at night and stretch deep into the next morning. It all takes a whole lot of time. Me and the Wiz have decided to go in the other direction with our first-round baseball playoff preview - we are speeding things way up with our turbo guide to the first round. We were both assigned to sum up each series in one least that's what was supposed to happen. Instead, the Wiz made his picks based on super in-depth analysis that went on forever and almost put me to sleep. In any case, keep reading to see who we picked and then make your own predictions in the comments below! 

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Christina M. Tapper

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez Urges Kids to Eat Right and Exercise

A broken nose and tough loss to the Oakland Raiders couldn’t keep New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez from encouraging middle school students to stay fit and eat healthy. Sanchez joined GENYOUth, an organization aiming to stamp out childhood obesity, and Discovery Education, at Central Park East Middle School in Manhattan on Tuesday for a webinar promoting the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which urges kids to improve nutrition and physical activity.

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Rays clinch AL wild card with stunning rally

  • September 29, 2011, 9:09 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season.

And yet somehow, these Tampa Bay Rays made it to the playoffs.

Evan Longoria capped a startling comeback by hitting his second home run of the game, hooking a drive barely inside the left-field foul pole in the 12th inning Wednesday night and giving the Rays the AL wild-card spot with an 8-7 win over the New York Yankees.

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Red Sox lose to Orioles 4-3

  • September 29, 2011, 9:07 AM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jon Lester stood in front of a pack of reporters and cameramen, wearing a sharp suit with nowhere to go but home.

Someone asked the Boston Red Sox pitcher what he will remember most about this season, and without hesitation he whispered a one-word answer.


The Red Sox completed their late-season collapse in horrific and historic fashion Wednesday night, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles .

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Cards win, earn NL wild card when Braves lose

  • September 29, 2011, 9:05 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tony La Russa clicked photos with his cell phone as the St. Louis Cardinals danced, yelled and doused each other with beer and champagne in a celebration none of them envisioned less than a month ago.

Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals completed one of baseball's greatest comebacks on Wednesday night, clinching the NL wild card with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.

The Cardinals got their playoff spot when the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings.

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Red Sox beat Orioles 8-7, stay tied for wild card

  • September 28, 2011, 12:57 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox celebrated a rare September victory for about 20 minutes before turning their attention toward their next game - the last and most important of the 162-game schedule.

The Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season.

The skidding Red Sox were 6-19 this month before rebounding to edge the last-place Orioles. The win, combined with Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees , kept Boston and the Rays tied with one game left.

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Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Bills 3-0! Lions 3-0! What more can I say that sums up this NFL season through Week 3? Let’s just get down to it to see where everyone landed after another unpredictable weekend. As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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