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    A's strive for happier end to Game 5 trend

    Oakland's decisive affair with the Tigers on Thursday evening will mark the seventh time in 13 years the A's have played in Game 5 of the American League Division Series. Five of the previous six ended in a loss. Talk about heartbreaking. More >

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    Brock gets Game 5 first-pitch honors at Busch

    Hall of Famer Lou Brock was on hand for Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium, where he tossed the ceremonial first pitch to pitcher Joe Kelly. More >

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    Leyland ready to let Verlander loose vs. A's

    Don't expect Tigers manager Jim Leyland to put more starters in the bullpen for Game 5 of the American League Division Series vs. the A's. It worked in Game 4, but a Justin Verlander start is another story. More >

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    Miggy to start at third, Peralta in left for Game 5

    Jim Leyland often likes to stick with a regular lineup when he can, but the Tigers manager can sometimes be a tinkerer. More >

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    First number, last word

    The National League's collective batting average off Gerrit Cole's offspeed pitches in his last six starts entering Wednesday night's Game 5; it reflects a 1-for-58. More >

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    Worth noting

    Cole followed Seattle's Andy Benes (1995 American League Division Series) and Tampa Bay's David Price (2010 ALDS) as the third overall No. 1 selection in the First-Year Player Draft to start a winner-take-all postseason game. Price lost both of his starts, while Benes had a pair of no-decisions in two games that went into extra innings. More >

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    Liriano available for Game 5 if Pirates need him

    If Wednesday night's decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series goes long, or goes wrong for the Pirates, manager Clint Hurdle wants to be able to turn to stalwart left-hander Francisco Liriano. More >

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    McCutchen pitches in for scammed softball team

    Andrew McCutchen comes up with the big hits and the big plays for the Pirates, but the center fielder doesn't have to be between the lines to come through in the clutch. Pittsburgh's three-time All-Star stepped up after word got out that the 12-year-olds on a Florida girls softball team were scammed by a company that took their hard-earned money and never delivered their promised uniforms. More >

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    Rookie Cole impresses with 'edge' on the road

    When Gerrit Cole took the mound in Wednesday night's ultimate Game 5 of the National League Division Series, his repertoire included something in addition to a fastball, curveball and changeup. More >

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    Call to arms: Tigers know winning formula in Game 5s

    Maybe we should have expected the Tigers to be back here all along. After all, this is where the last two Detroit trips to the American League Division Series have ended up, the Tigers needing to win a Game 5 on the road to advance or go home. More >