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Tigers rally to force Game 5 vs. A's
Uh-oh. The Oakland Athletics seemed pretty safe while up 3-0 in Game 4. But multiple Detroit Tigers rallies -- one aided by a controversial home-run call -- allowed the home team to force a decisive game back in the Bay Area. Can Oakland recover?
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How will MLB playoffs play out?
The division series are set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays earning best-of-five shots at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Meanwhile, we'll see two meetings between division winners -- Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers. How will it all play out?
A's, Braves to go deep in playoffs?
Not many expected this. Sure, the Atlanta Braves and Oakland A's got plenty of wild-card love in ESPN's preseason predictions. But with the seemingly stacked Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers in their respective divisions, few saw the Braves and A's as sure Division Series participants. You know where we're going with this -- those prognostications proved incorrect, as Atlanta and Oakland clinched titles Sunday. Each is guaranteed a best-of-five showdown in the postseason. Will either use that to launch a long run?
Baseball races reach the stretch run
With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?
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