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Beane Seeks Oscar-Winning Script

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle

Olbermann Strikes Out on Jeter Rant

Sheldon Hirsch, Out In Right Field

Distraction Alert: A-Rod Back on Radar

Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News

How Will the Next Set of Icons Go Out?

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Need a Playoff Team to Hate? Try Cards

Brian Costa, Wall Street Journal

Brad Pitt got the lead role in “Moneyball,” but who's going to star in the next movie about A’s general manager Billy Beane? Working title: “If it ain&rsquo...(full article)

Keith Olbermann makes a living out of rants. He finds something that bothers him and goes off on a diatribe. Olbermann entertains when he's on the mark, but his recent attempted ...(full article)

On Sunday, after a glorious afternoon at Fenway Park, Joe Girardi teared up discussing retiring shortstop Derek Jeter. On Monday, with another playoff-less season in the books, the...(full article)

This weekend, as you might have come across in your travels, Derek Jeter played his final games as a professional baseball player. He went 2-for-4 in two games as a designated hi...(full article)

For the second straight year, the New York Yankees have missed the playoffs, abdicating one of their most important social responsibilities: giving America an obvious team to roo...(full article)

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White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

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Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

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Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

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