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Flashback Part 2): The Wrecking of the 1978 Indians

Note: This is part two of a three-part piece. Here’s part 1 and part 3.

The arbitrator’s ruling blew a hole in the Indians’ plans for 1978. 1,714 more words


Flashback (Part 3): "There But For The Grace Of God..."

Note: You are about to read part three. To read what has come before, try part 1 and part 2.

Sane people have a saying: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. 2,422 more words


Garnatxa Blanca and Terra Alta

Grenache Blanc has never been a favorite of mine. I’ve always found it a little flabby, slightly oily and lacking in the acid department. There is a special place in this universe however, called Terra Alta, Catalunya, where Garnatxa Blanca changes shape (is more fun to spell), and becomes a mineral, salty, slightly voluptuous little vixen that makes you understand why wine is a thing of place, and why we can thank our lucky stars somebody put it there. 311 more words

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Modern closer 'evolved' as Oakland's Eckersley (2000)

The modern closer’s role can be traced directly back to Oakland, circa 1987. Then-A’s pitching coach Dave Duncan would love to say he had some grand plan for its creation, opening the door for 50-save seasons. 499 more words


Rick Porcello Has Chance To Make History Vs. Rays With 22nd Win Of Season

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Rick Porcello can join some elite company Saturday night when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Boston Red Sox right-hander has a chance to earn his 22nd win of the season, which is an accomplishment 22 pitchers have reached in team history. 32 more words

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