Boswell: Hard truth is Nationals are not yet a match for the poised, traditional powers of the NL - Oct 9, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO The party is over for the Nationals. Sorrowful though it may be for Washington to hear, it should be. Using a five-game series, just a blink in baseball time, to decide which team advances toward the World Series is preposterously imprecise. The unworthy or the lucky can prosper. Clayton Kershaw can lose twice in four games and be the central reason his Dodgers are done. The last th

craig stammen "It doesn’t matter how well you do in the regular season, You have to be absolutely on top of your game in the playoffs. The margin of error is so small. If you don’t do all the little things absolutely correctly, you’re probably not going to win anything."
tyler clippard "It’s tough to digest, kind of an eerie feeling. We played well enough to win all four games, It doesn’t seem like it should be over. But it is."

Giants notebook: Morse eager for return - Oct 8, 2014

Michael Morse says he's 100 percent healthy and eager to return to the Giants lineup. He likely would be on the roster if the Giants advance to the National League Championship Series.

Pence's critical catch a Cove Classic - Oct 8, 2014

All-Star slams against wall, giving 'Knothole' fans an up-close thrill

ryan vogelsong "I can't tell what you I said because you'll have to bleep out half of it, But that's what he's supposed to do. He makes a great catch every time I'm pitching in the postseason at some point. I knew it had to show up at some point and it did and thank goodness he did 'cause that's probably a triple if he doesn't catch that ball. He's the man."

Purdy: Giants take advantage of Nationals' inexperience - Oct 8, 2014

sergio romo "It definitely fits the kind of game we were able to play, where we're tested and we're pushed and kind of see who wants it a little bit more. No knock on them, but maybe we wanted it just a little bit more tonight."

Giants beat Nationals, reach NLCS - Oct 8, 2014

San Francisco Giants beat Washington Nationals in National League Division Series, advance to N.L. Championship Series against St. Louis Cardinals in quest for third World Series title in five years

hunter pence "I never do anything cool, So this is weird for me."

Kawakami: Weird, wonder win is San Francisco Giants in their postseason glory - Oct 8, 2014

San Francisco Giants get past the Washington Nationals, but it isn't always pretty and it was far from overpowering.

buster posey "Whatever it takes, man, Whatever it takes."
hunter pence "You scratch a few runs, you put up some good at-bats, find a way to score,"
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Bieksa bounces back, but unsure if he’ll play - Oct 8, 2014

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa emerged from the team’s infirmary Tuesday and made it through a full practice, indicating he is close to playing again. Perhaps even as soon as Wednesday’s National Hockey League curtain-raiser in Calgary.

Kevin Bieksa "I’m boarding the airplane, but there is no real need to speculate right now."

It’s Miller’s time to fan Flames (with video) - Oct 8, 2014

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Ryan Miller "I think the more we talk, the more we find we have similar ideas,"

Flyers move further into analytics - Oct 8, 2014

Although his work is shrouded in secrecy, Ian Anderson is on board as 'manager of hockey analytics.'

Luke Schenn "We've never really discussed much about it internally, I'm not even sure which stats [the coaching staff] is looking at."

Gunnarsson could be ready as early as next week - Oct 8, 2014

doug armstrong "He’s out there skating again today, He looks stronger today. There are some more hurdles he has to go through with the doctors in order to play, but he is certainly closer than further."
Carl Gunnarsson "It’s better, It’s getting better. Progress is slow, but it’s getting there."
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Clippers' Blake Griffin shows he's at home from range - Oct 8, 2014

Lest his more public appearances led you to believe otherwise, Blake Griffin did not spend all summer modeling for magazine covers and performing slam poetry.

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Four-man pass rush adds up to sacks for Eagles - Oct 8, 2014

The Eagles defense has eight sacks in the last two games, and while sacks don't tell the entire story, they have, in this case, signified an improved pass rush.

brandon graham "I think about it, man, all the time, I just do what I can, man. Sometimes you've just got to be a team player and do what they ask of you, and whenever your opportunity comes, just be ready. And I promise you, I'm going to be ready."
connor barwin "We're going to need to be at our best to get to Eli, But also we're going to need the [defensive backs] to be at their best, as well. If they give us a second where Eli holds the ball, we'll make sure we'll be there to get him."
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D-Backs seem long on trade options at short - Oct 8, 2014

A case could be made that shortstop is the position from which the team could not only afford to swing a deal but could actually benefit from it.         

Danny Trevathan's return a big boost for defense - Oct 8, 2014

Danny Trevathan did not start in his season debut Sunday. It was all he didn't do.

von miller "It was great having him back. His leadership at times when you really needed it, the stuff that he says, it is perfect timing for everything, I really appreciate having Danny back."
danny trevathan "I was just trying to play. I was a little rusty, but I got in the groove of things and my defense helped me, I'm not going to lie, I need a little bit of work. But that's nothing. Especially when you feel like you can get there. When you've got guys that are right with you, it helps. The type of guy that I am, I'm going to be ready to play for my team because I'm going to have their backs just like they're going to have my back."
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Foles driving a high-powered machine, but he's still just a kid - Oct 8, 2014

Expectations have been unjustfiably high for a relatively inexperience quarterback such as Nick Foles.

nick foles "People are going to have expectations, I zone it out. I'm not worried about the stats. It's not about the stats."
nick foles "I'm learning a lot, You don't want a couple of games where you feel like you don't play like you can get too big. Because I'm going to continue to grow. You can't teach that on a practice field: The adversity you face is in the game. You have to continue to grind through it."
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Cards adjust as injuries, issues deplete roster - Oct 8, 2014

The injuries to Carson Palmer, Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett are among the many troubling spots heading to Week 6. So how well are the Cardinals are prepared to respond?         

Kershaw is not Mr. October against Cardinals - Oct 8, 2014

Dodgers ace is 0-4 in postseason play against them the last two years after giving up game-deciding home run to Adams.

clayton kershaw "The season ended and I was a big part of the reason why,"
clayton kershaw "It doesn’t feel good regardless of how you’ve pitched. I can’t really put it into words right now. It’s just bad déjà vu, all over again."
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Ryan Braun cleared to swing a bat - Oct 8, 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers’ rightfielder returned Monday for a follow-up visit with physician Vernon Williams, who performed a cryotherapy procedure on Braun’s ailing right thumb last Thursday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

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Ryans' injury hits Eagles where it hurts - Oct 8, 2014

Already thin at inside linebacker, the Birds have to hope that DeMeco Ryans' groin injury has subsided by Sunday.

demeco ryans "I want to just see how I feel throughout the week, From Sunday to today I feel like I've made some strides and I'm feeling better. If it keeps going like it's going, by the end of the week, I'm feeling good and hopefully I can go."
demeco ryans "Casey's stepped in, he's done a really good job, he's progressed over the past couple of weeks, I think last week, he played his best game."
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Opening day roster is set, Gunnarsson stays off IR - Oct 8, 2014

He won't be available first weekend; move will save money against salary cap.

doug armstrong "Part of the reason, in the salary cap era, you want to preserve as much salary cap space as possible and the longer we can keep the roster at 23, that money grows as the season goes on and I want to be prudent with our dollars."
doug armstrong "We think he’s very close to being an NHL player, I think it’s a great decision that really shows where his mindset is at. It shows how close we think he is to being an NHL player."
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