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Column: MLB’s big spenders could learn from Rays’ frugality

In recent years, the Tampa Bay Rays have been very successful, reaching the playoffs in three of the last four years and winning the American League Pennant in 2008. The San Francisco Giants have not been as consistent yet were able to win the World Series in 2010.

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Column: Ryan Braun wins appeal, but reputation still not cleared

On Thursday, Major League Baseball arbitrator Shyam Das overturned National League MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

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Son of former Reds, Mets closer inspired by Major League lineage

Son of former Reds, Mets closer inspired by Major League lineage

JJ Franco spent much of his childhood in Shea Stadium, watching his father, John Franco — who will be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame this summer — pitch for the Mets.

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Cespedes’ deal with Oakland Athletics raises draft issues

Since late last summer, hype has followed Cuban sensation Yoenis Céspedes and his imminent arrival in the United States.

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Column: Fielder, not Pujols, real ‘Prince’ of 2012 free agent class

On Dec. 10, news broke that shook the baseball world to its core: Albert Pujols had signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Column: If Braun’s test holds, MLB’s image remains tarnished

The 50 home run seasons are down, the moonshots into the upper deck are less common, but if the allegations against Ryan Braun are true, Major League Baseball may not be as clean as once thought.

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Baseball legend Hank Aaron focuses on charity

Baseball legend Hank Aaron focuses on charity

On the baseball field, Hank Aaron opened new doors for African-American players. After retiring in 1976, he continued to expand opportunities for others through entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.

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LSU-Alabama ‘the ticket of the century’ in Tuscaloosa

LSU-Alabama ‘the ticket of the century’ in Tuscaloosa

Most Alabama students paid $5 for a ticket to Saturday’s game against LSU, but for some fans, the cost of attendance may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Statewide website AL.com reported there were two tickets for sale on Stubhub.com for a seat in row 25 of the lower level north end zone for $10,423.14 each. The tickets are no longer available.

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Cardinals come from behind to beat Rangers, force Game 7

The St. Louis Cardinals rallied from their last strike twice to befeat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in game six of the World Series Thursday. The Cardinals played from behind for most of the game, twice coming down to their last strike, but third baseman David Freese’s game-winning homerun evened the series at 3-3 and forced a game seven at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Column: Dominican ‘Moneyball’ exploits an unfair game

The story of “Moneyball,” which opened in theaters this weekend, is, for the most part, the story of Billy Beane. Appointed as general manager of the Oakland Athletics in 1998, Beane inherited a 65-win team that, because of the limited market, had little payroll flexibility. Just a few years later, the team was winning with such relentless consistency that Michael Lewis had already begun researching and writing his best-selling book that would serve as the basis for the movie.

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