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Billy Beane

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If you've read Moneyball (and if not, why not?) you'll know about Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics General Manager who's trick is to build very successful teams without spending much money. He's doing it again this year: the A's are the best team in baseball; their payroll is 25th out of 30.

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Braves Lose, Collapse Complete

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Wow. The Atlanta Braves looked assured of a spot in the 2011 baseball playoffs just a few weeks ago. But after losing on Wednesday, the Braves completed a tumble all the way out of the playoffs. Their 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 13 innings handed the postseason spot to Chris Carpenter and the St.

Chris Carpenter Catapults Cardinals

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The St. Louis Cardinals needed a win to guarantee at least a tie for a spot in the 2011 baseball playoffs. With all the cards on the table, Chris Carpenter was a true ace as the Cardinals won by a final count of 8-0.

Carpenter pitched a two-hit shutout while striking out 11 batters and giving up only one walk.

Matt Diaz Traded Back to the Braves

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Welcome back, Matt Diaz. The Atlanta Braves sent a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Matt Diaz. The 33-year-old played for the Braves from 2006 through 2010. He signed with Pittsburgh last offseason.

So far this season, Diaz has been a bust. He's hitting .259 with no homers and 19 RBIs.

Michael Bourn to Braves – Fantasy Baseball Impact

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The Atlanta Braves have been aggressive during this year's trade deadline in an attempt to add a big name to their team. On Sunday, the Braves finally got their man. Michael Bourn was dealt to the Braves in return for four minor league prospects: Brett Oberholzer, Paul Clemens, Juan Abreu and Jordan Schafer.

MLB Power Rankings - Spring Training Edition

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Spring Training is here. That means baseball is around the corner. It also means we need to post our MLB Power Rankings of the best teams in baseball. Yeah, it's early. That said, chances are good that the 2011 World Series champion will be in the group below. Without further ado, here are our MLB Power Rankings of the best ten teams in baseball:

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Ten Best Baseball Prospects in 2011

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Every baseball fan is excited by their team's best prospect. There's something magical about dreaming about a baseball prospect coming in and blossoming into the game's next big star. Which players are the best prospects in all of baseball. Here is the official EveryJoe breakdown of the top ten baseball prospects:

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2010 Baseball Playoffs Schedule

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The Major League Baseball regular season is a thing of the past. On Wednesday, the 2010 baseball playoffs begin. In the American League, the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays made the playoffs. The National League playoff teams are the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves.

Video: Matt Diaz Trips Costumed Phillies Fan

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Earlier this season, a Philadelphia Phillies fan was Tased when he ran onto the field. Another Phillies ran onto the field on Monday. But instead of getting Tased, this costumed Phillies fan was tripped by Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz. To see the video of Matt Diaz tripping the Phillies fan in a red bodysuit, scroll down to the end of this article.

How Braves Blew Nine Run Lead

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Every game is important for the Atlanta Braves right now. As it stands, the Braves hold a 2.5-game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. That's why Wednesday's loss stings so much. After holding a nine-run lead over the Colorado Rockies, the Braves fell asleep. The Rockies stormed back to win by a final count of 12-10.

Video: Roy Oswalt Plays Left Field

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It took 16 innings for the Houston Astros to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies. But the biggest storyline of the game wasn't the score, rather it was the fact that Roy Oswalt played left field for part of the contest. You can see the video of Oswalt playing in the outfield below.

The Phillies needed Oswalt to play left field after Ryan Howard was ejected by the third base umpire.

Derrek Lee Traded to the Atlanta Braves

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After the Atlanta Braves lost Chipper Jones to an ACL injury, they needed to make a move if they hoped to stay in front of the streaking Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. By trading with the Chicago Cubs and acquiring Derrek Lee, the Braves did just that. If Lee stays healthy and continues to swing the bat well, he could more than make up for the loss of Chipper Jones.

Chipper Jones Tears ACL

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Chipper Jones was having a sub-par season by his standards. In August, he finally started to heat up. However, his season is now over. The third baseman for the Atlanta Braves tore his ACL while fielding a grounder in a game against the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer may decide to retire rather than make a comeback.

New York Yankees

12 Championship Rematches of the NBA, NFL and MLB

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As soon as the Boston Red Sox had finished off the Detroit Tigers, announcer Joe Buck was hailing the St. Louis Cardinals/Red Sox World Series as a rematch of the 2004 battle between the same teams that resulted in a sweep in favor of the BoSox.

Maybe, if Albert Pujols was part of the Cardinals, I could see some of the logic because there is David Ortiz still around from that Sox team.

Who Is America's MLS Team?

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Cowboy vs. Cowboy in the Alamodome/Training Camp 2011Arguably, the NFL Dallas Cowboys are the most popular sports franchise in the country. They're followed closely by the national media all year long. Training camp is dissected and scrutinized every year by the national media more sharply than any other team by the national media.

Andruw Jones Signs with Yankees

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The New York Yankees signed a potential future baseball Hall of Famer. However, this one didn't cost an arm and a leg. Andruw Jones, whose best days are obviously behind him, signed with the Yankees. The contract could be worth as much as $3.2 million for one season with Jones guaranteed to make at least $2 million.

Rafael Soriano: New Yankees Setup Man

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Rafael Soriano was one of the most dominating closers in baseball last year. On Thursday, he signed a deal with the New York Yankees to become the Yankees setup man in front of closer Mariano Rivera. Soriano's deal is reportedly worth approximately $35 million over three seasons.

Last year with the Tampa Bay Rays, Soriano was 3-2 with 45 saves and only three blown saves.

Stoppage Time

Houston Dynamo Highlight: Dixon's Joy and Yardley's Delight

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Ideally sports provide us with an escape from our day to day lives, a chance to see friends, support our team and have fun. Every once in awhile, sports can give us a moment that sticks with us and we can look back to year and year and say, wow, that was a really great moment.

I remember a number of moments like that from my childhood.

The 12 Craziest On Field Meltdowns Of All Time

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In the world of sport, sometimes athletes let their emotions get the best of them. When this happens, it can produce some shocking, violent, or even hilarious results. Athletes are a volatile bunch, so I'm sure there are many meltdowns we've forgotten, but here are 12 of the craziest we've found:

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Washington Nationals

2011 NL Rookie of the Year

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We've already named our 2011 NL MVP and 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner. Now, let's go young. Here are the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year candidates and the winner.

3. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa was great in the first half of the year. In fact, he earned a spot on the All-Star team.

Shut Down Stephen Strasburg

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What are the Washington Nationals thinking? Prized rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg is undergoing a second MRI to determine why he has pain in his forearm. With the Nationals sitting at 53-72 and 20 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, it should be an easy call to shut down Strasburg for the season.

San Francisco Giants

Video: Goodbye to Bobby Cox

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Bobby Cox, arguably the best manager of his generation, managed the final game of his career on Monday. His Atlanta Braves were eliminated by the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 by a final score of 3-2. After the game, Braves fans chanted his name as they thanked Bobby Cox for his Hall of Fame career.

Video: Brooks Conrad's Errors Doom Braves

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Brooks Condrad, meet Bill Buckner. The Atlanta Braves would have beat the San Francisco Giants on Sunday if it wasn't for their second baseman, Brooks Conrad, who had thee errors. Yes, three errors. Due to Brooks Conrad, the Giants were able to beat the Braves by a final count of 3-2.

Brooks Conrad most costly error was in the ninth inning when a Buster Posey liner went through his legs.

Video: Rick Ankiel Home Run Wins Game

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Rick Ankiel has seen the lowest of lows in baseball. On Friday night, Rick Ankiel felt the thrill of a game-winning home run in the playoffs. His homer in the top of the 11th inning gave his Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. The series is now tied 1-1 and headed to Atlanta.

For anyone who likes a good story, you must watch the Rick Ankiel video below.

The Rest

Prematurely pressing the panic button: MLS Week 31

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They say the dice have no memory, and that Fate is impartial. Watching the Dynamo's match last Saturday, I feel like we have sufficient evidence to argue otherwise. I'm not going to argue the call, but I will question the consistency of MLS referees - especially after the previous week, when Columbus was gifted a goal that was even more offside than the would-be match winner from Brian Ching.

Indians Trade for Derek Lowe

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Derek Lowe has been traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deal where the Atlanta Braves get rid of arguably their most overpaid player. In return, the Braves received minor leaguer Chris Jones. In addition to Lowe, the Indians got $10 million toward the $15 million Lowe is due next season.

The Indians are obviously hoping Lowe can bounce back.

What is Soccer's Equivalent to Baseball's Hitting Streak?

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#26, 2nd Baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Dan UgglaDan Uggla, a journeyman second baseman for the Atlanta Braves, is in the midst of a quality hit streak. He reached 33 games on Saturday. The streak is allowing him to become a household name among sports fans.

The hit streak was made famous by Joe DiMaggio, who was able to hit safely in 56 games.

Atlanta Chiefs vs Manchester City, 1968: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos features a very rare video of a Manchester City from 1968 against the Atlanta Chiefs played at Atlanta's Fulton-County Stadium, home to the baseball team the Atlanta Braves.

The friendly match was played just a few weeks after Manchester City had won the league championship under manager Malcolm Allison.

Lou Piniella Suddenly Retires

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Lou Piniella was expected to step down at the end of the baseball season. Instead, the Chicago Cubs manager decided to retire on Sunday. He said that spending time with his mother is his main motivation.

Said Piniella: "My mom needs me home and that's where I'm going."

Managing his final game, the Cubs lost to the Atlanta Braves by a final count of 16-5.

An Encounter at Clacket Lane

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Saturday's coach journey to Welling included a fifteen minute stop at Clacket Lane services on the M25. As the coach pulled into the car park I noticed that we were pulling in alongside another coach with the exact same livery. It took a moment for the penny to drop, but eventually it did. My deduction was confirmed by the exclamation of a fellow passenger: 'It's the players' coach!