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Oct 8, 2014

Title-starved teams battle for World Series berth

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The title-starved Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals both seek to end decades of frustration when they battle for a World Series berth in a best-of-seven series starting on Friday.

The once-proud franchises and their fans, who enjoyed great success in the past with such Orioles stars as Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken Jr. and Kansas City’s George Brett, relish a return to glory in the American League Championship Series that opens in Baltimore.

Sep 29, 2014

Regional rivals could decide World Series winner

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – From the East Coast to the West Coast and points in between the Major League Baseball postseason starting on Tuesday provides tantalizing possibilities of a regional rivalry determining the World Series champion.

From a possible “Freeway Series” in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and cross-town rival Angels, to a “Beltway Series” by the nation’s capital featuring the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, local fans dream of a territorial skirmish.

Sep 29, 2014

Jeter closes career with hit against Boston rivals

BOSTON (Reuters) – Derek Jeter fittingly ended his Major League Baseball career with a hit, chopping a high-hopper and beating it out for a third-inning, RBI-single on Sunday in the last at-bat of a 20-year career with the New York Yankees.

Jeter, who strained a hamstring legging out an infield hit on Saturday, was replaced by slow-footed pinch runner Brian McCann and given a thunderous send-off with the Fenway crowd chanting “De-rek Je-ter” and the Red Sox players applauding him.

Sep 29, 2014

Jeter farewell turns fierce rivalry into love-in

BOSTON (Reuters) – The final word on the stellar career of Derek Jeter came at Fenway Park on Sunday where baseball’s fiercest rivalry turned into a love-in with the Boston Red Sox bidding the New York Yankees captain a fond farewell.

Jeter, 40, was surprised by the classy pre-game ceremony laid on by the Red Sox, with whom he had waged many bitter battles over two decades in Major League Baseball and the outpouring of affection from rival players and Fenway fans.

Sep 28, 2014

Jeter closes career with hit against rival Red Sox

BOSTON (Reuters) – Derek Jeter chopped a high-hopper and beat it out for a third-inning, RBI-single on Sunday in the last at-bat of a 20-year career with the New York Yankees that will surely carry him to the Hall of Fame.

Jeter, who strained a hamstring legging out an infield hit on Saturday, was replaced by slow-footed pinch runner Brian McCann and given a thunderous send-off with the Fenway crowd chanting “De-rek Je-ter” and the Red Sox players applauding him.

Sep 26, 2014

Jeter loses poker face in emotional farewell

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Derek Jeter’s stoic, all-business approach to baseball almost disintegrated in front of 48,000 fans to the point he was on the verge of asking his manager to replace him in his own final hoorah at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

“I don’t know how I played,” said 40-year-old Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season, his 20th in the majors.

Sep 26, 2014

Jeter repays Yankee sendoff with storybook finish

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees fans bid an emotional farewell to “the Captain” on Thursday and Derek Jeter responded with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth in his last home game.

The retiring 20-year veteran was serenaded throughout the game with chants of “Der-ek Je-ter” that nearly moved the shortstop to tears as he played in his 1,391st and last game at Yankee Stadium as he contributed to a fairytale send-off.

Sep 23, 2014

Jeter, beloved as symbol of what is good in the game

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From an era of muscle-bound sluggers tarnished by doping scandals, Derek Jeter emerged as a symbol of what is good in baseball, the ultimate winner of his generation.

Jeter will play his last regular season home game in the Bronx on Thursday in what is sure to be an emotional night for a player about to take his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats alongside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Sep 21, 2014

Tanaka passes test with win in return from injury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Yankees and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka both breathed sighs of relief on Sunday as the right-hander came back from a two-month layoff for an elbow injury to win at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka, making his first appearance since complaining of elbow pain on July 8, threw all his pitches without discomfort, going five and one-third innings and allowing one run in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he improved to 13-4.

Sep 20, 2014

Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America’s most popular sports league.

Goodell has been under fire since the NFL’s slow and fumbled response to the domestic violence incident involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, whose knock-out punch to his then-fiancee was captured in a video that went viral last week.