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April 1, 2015
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Red Sox fans mock Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, Blonde masks, red soxLinda Cataffo/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox fans taunt New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez by wearing masks of a blonde woman as he stands on deck in the second inning of a game at Fenway Park. Earlier that week, Rodriguez had been spotted at a club with a blonde, not his wife, setting off allegations about his extramarital activities. The Yankees, however, beat their long-time rival 9-5.

Gum cup on the helmet

Jeff CoxAP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox has no clue this prank has been pulled on him with a cup stuck to his helmet with gum as he delivers the starting line up before a baseball game in Chicago. Watching, and slightly amused, at his left is third base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Tom Brady and his GQ photo

Tom BradyAP Photo/Stephan Savoia

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play in the huddle during normal Tuesday practice at Patriots summer camp in Foxboro. And to poke fun of the QB, offensive lineman Matt Light tapes a page of Brady's GQ photo shoot to the back of his jersey, left. Let's be honest though, Brady is married to a super model and has four rings, so were pretty confident he was able to brush this one off, even if the magazine spread was a little bizarre.

Green Guys and the penalty box

Green Guys, CanucksJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

The Green Men, two Vancouver fans, taunt Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks who took a penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game in Vancouver. Oduya doesn't seem to be phased, probably because Chicago got the win, 5-2.

Eric Thames and some bubble gum

Eric ThamesTom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames reacts to the impressive bubble of chewing gum placed perfectly on his ball cap by teammate Henderson Alvarez during a ball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Thames was able to laugh it off and the Blue Jays were able to get the win, 9-2.

Matt Harvey and the old 'ball tied to a string'

Matt Harvey, ball on stringJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets teases fans with a ball tied to a string before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Yes, it's a little mean but also brilliant.

Kings Mascot trolls ref

Kings MascotRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings mascot Monty goofs around during a game between the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs. What are sports if you can't have a little fun? It looks like this ref didn't find it as cute.

Phanatic Popcorn

Phillie PhanaticMatt Brown/Getty Images

Phillie Phanatic loves his humor and everyone loves attention on their birthday, right? The Phanatic wished Mark Gubicza a happy birthday with a lot of popcorn as booth-buddy Victor Rojas watched during a broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels game.

Lowrie Pie Face

Jed Lowrie, Pie faceBrad Mangin/Getty Images

Not one pie, but TWO pies to the face for A's Jed Lowrie from teammate Josh Reddick while doing an interview on the field after Lowrie drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.

Popcorn Car

Matt KempDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

We wouldn't want to be the teammate who got a front seat full of popcorn from Matt Kemp before the game against the Chicago Cubs. Wonder if he's still finding those little packing peanuts in his car.

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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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Red Sox trade Lester to A's

Billy Beane may be going all-in this season. The A's have just acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox, in exchange for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins a stellar A's rotation, recently bolstered by the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija, but will he be enough to bring Beane and the A's a coveted World Series title?

  • Which side got the better of the Jon Lester trade?

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      33%
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      39%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 88,934)

  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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      40%
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      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 292,446)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      6%
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      36%
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      17%
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      15%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 127,018)

  • Who was a bigger acquisition for the A's?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 17,463)

  • How will Yoenis Cespedes fare with the Red Sox?

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      43%
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      51%
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      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,987)

  • Which team will Jon Lester be playing for next season?

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      27%
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      73%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,825)

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AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Tony La Russa in the Hall of Fame?

Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, albeit with some of the same criticisms and questions that surrounded the Hall of Fame campaign of his most prodigious player, Mark McGwire.

There is no debating that La Russa perfected the art of managing in leading three different teams to World Series titles (the A's in 1989, Cardinals in 2006 and 2011) while racking up 2,728 wins, the third-most all time. But 43 percent of those wins came via the likely chemically induced home run output of McGwire -- the same McGwire who has been denied entry into the Hall of Fame by voters who believe his accomplishments are tainted.

La Russa has said he believes steroid-tainted players should be in the Hall of Fame, but with an asterisk, and that managers should perhaps have the same fate. Do you agree?

Should the fact that Tony La Russa achieved 43 percent of his 2,728 wins as a manager with admitted steroid user Mark McGwire affect his Hall of Fame credentials negatively?

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    23%
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    77%

Discuss (Total votes: 15,019)

  • Should Tony La Russa (2,728 wins as a manager, three-time World Series champion) be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      83%
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      11%
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      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,405)

  • What do you make of Tony La Russa's suggestion that both proven and suspected steroid users be inducted into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk?

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      23%
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      42%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,900)

  • Tony La Russa says "I know 100 percent that our program was absolutely clean for everything that we could control" in regard to his time managing the A's and Cardinals. Do you believe him?

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      48%
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      52%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,578)

  • Have you ever been to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      19%
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      57%
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      24%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,843)

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