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March 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies went into the season two years ago with four aces and a sense that something special was about to happen. And they were right. The special wasn't quite as special as they had hoped, and they had no idea that Vance Worley, not Roy Oswalt, would be the fourth ace. Worley didn't even get to pose as one of the five aces when it was inexplicably decided that Joe Blanton should be the ace of something, too. Two years later, the...
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January 7, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - The right leg of Robert Griffin III buckled into the ground Sunday, unable to pivot with the rest of his body. The star rookie who led the Washington Redskins to their first NFC East title since 1999 already had issues with his knee, but this injury appeared more serious. It forced Griffin to leave the game in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins' hopes disintegrated. The Seattle Seahawks came away with a 24-14 win in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs. "I'm the quarterback of this team - my job is to be out there if I can play," Griffin said.
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November 15, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the more fascinating pianists of international stature because he meets the conservative world of dead composers halfway, but with an iconoclastic streak that promises a wild card - or three. At his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital Tuesday at the Kimmel Center, Aimard began by reversing the order of his program (the second half came first), and programmed an early work by oboist Heinz Holliger ( Elis ) that was particularly obscure and an encore by Elliott Carter ( FraTribute )
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October 22, 2012 | By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NL Championship Series. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong, a former star at Octorara High and Kutztown, struck out a career-best nine batters in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night.
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October 22, 2012 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NLCS. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night. Marco Scutaro delivered a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.
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October 19, 2012 | Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat. Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. The defending World Series champions can wrap up their second straight pennant as a wild card with a victory at home Friday night in Game 5. Lance Lynn faces Giants lefty Barry Zito, and a Cardinals win would set up a 2006 World Series rematch with Detroit.
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October 5, 2012 | By Ben Walker, Associated Press
By sometime Friday night, either Chipper Jones will be out of baseball or the defending World Series champion Cardinals will be out of the playoffs. One and done. A pair of wild-card matchups - St. Louis at Atlanta, then Baltimore at Texas - to decide which teams advance to the next round. Part of the new, expanded postseason format, where 162 games, six months of grinding, and upward of 50,000 pitches get boiled down to nine all-or-nothing innings. Dramatic? Certainly. Fair?
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October 4, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox, 14-2, on a raucous Wednesday night in New York, giving the Bombers their 13th AL East title in 17 years. In front of fans poised to party from the first pitch, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Red Sox to win their second consecutive division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay was completed.
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October 3, 2012
The Yankees, Orioles, Rangers, and A's have wrapped up postseason spots. Now it's just a question of who takes the wild-card berths. New York has a one-game lead on Baltimore in the AL East. If the Yanks and O's are tied after Wednesday, they would play one game for the AL East title Thursday in Baltimore. The loser would play in the wild-card game. Oakland trailed Texas by one game for the AL West lead entering Tuesday's game. The A's still had a chance to win the division title.
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