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Despite the MVP hitting of Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals fans have been clamoring for more power in their lineup. Friday night, they just wanted actual power in the stadium.

Three times during the Dodgers-Nationals game, a bank of lights went out at the park. And after the third electrical problem, the umpires called the game.

That got some players wondering: What could have caused this electrical outage? The logical answer: the last person to use the facility.

Then all was cleared up by Harper, who reminded us about his lengthy hair routine.

"Bad Blood" or not, Swift's camp experienced a mechanical malfunction during her show at Nationals Park earlier this week, so we might never know the real source of the power failures. Let's all "Shake It Off." The game will resume Saturday.

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We knew Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was good at drawing walks, but this is ridiculous.

Yes, during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Votto took a ball to reach a 3-2 count ... but was awarded a walk and, as a result, headed to first base. No one seemed to notice the error.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this stemmed from an extra ball being added to the stadium scoreboard. It even had the TV play-by-play crew fooled.

And although it likely didn't influence the final outcome too much -- the Reds won 8-2 -- it did come as part of a six-run seventh inning. So ... perhaps Votto's otherworldly walk-drawing did give Cincinnati an edge?

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2014 MLB playoff predictions

The regular season is done. The wild-card games are over. The division series are underway. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers? (Tied 1-1)

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      12%
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      29%
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      19%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,095)

  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Giants and Nationals? (Giants lead 2-0)

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      33%
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      38%
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      13%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 29,233)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      19%
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      44%
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      16%
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      21%

    Discuss (Total votes: 71,730)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      16%
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      25%
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      14%
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      12%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 562,934)

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Early MLB playoff predictions

MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and later locked up the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?

How will the Angels fare in the playoffs?

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    16%
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    35%
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    24%
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    25%

Discuss (Total votes: 116,726)

  • How will the Nationals fare in the playoffs?

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      33%
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      39%
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      17%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 75,009)

  • How will the Orioles fare in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      43%
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      12%
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      13%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,680)

  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      67%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,341)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      20%
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      62%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,064)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      68%
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      13%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,882)

  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      39%
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      20%
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      18%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,443)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      18%
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      45%
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      8%
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      21%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,932)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      20%
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      27%
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      8%
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      12%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,162)

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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
  •  
    10%

Discuss (Total votes: 30,047)

  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,773)

  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,790)

  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,473)

  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,717)

  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,539)

  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,095)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,861)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
    •  
      14%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 284,300)

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