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Were a little over two months until the start of 109th World Series, so its as good a time as any to think about some of the match-ups wed like to see. For starters, how about the Red Sox and Dodgers? This would be the perfect match-up in the wake of last years massive nine-player deal that brought L.A. the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford and saved the retooling Red Sox $250 million in salaries. The Dodgers, after a terrible start, now lead the NL West and are the hottest team in baseball. And after dropping all that payroll, the BoSox were able to overhaul themselves in the offseason - bringing in John Farrell as manager and adding players such as Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Shane Victorino. These teams havent met in the World Series since 1915, when the Sox beat the olf Brooklyn Dodgers. How about Pittsburgh and Detroit? The Pirates have gone from a 20-year playoff drought to having the best record in baseball. The Tigers, meanwhile, havent won the World series since 1984 and have dropped their last two appearances - in 2006 to St. Louis and 2012 to the Giants. It would also be a full circle World Series for Tigers skipper Jim Leyland who managed the Pirates in 1992 - the last time they made the playoffs. Atlanta and Boston would have some great historical overtones. Before Atlanta and before Milwaukee, the Braves were based in Boston. In fact, they came within a game of meeting Boston in the 1948 World Series. Trouble was, Cleveland knocked off the Sox in a one-game sudden death playoff for the American League title. Then Cleveland went on to beat the Boston Braves in the World Series, the last time the Indians won the "Fall Classic." Texas against St. Louis could be special. It would be a re-match of their epic seven-game duel just two years ago. Texas was twice within a strike of winning its first World Series, only to have the red birds rally to pull it out. The As and the Dodgers? Why not? Its the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibsons iconic home run off Dennis Eckersley that propelled the Dodgers to that 1988 World Series victory. A meeting this time around would also feature the two Cuban sensations, The Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Oaklands Yoenis Cespedes. Why not Arizona vs. Tampa Bay? It might already be too late for the D-Backs, but if nothing else youd have the novelty of the last two expansion teams playing each other. Arizona won its only Fall Classic in 2001 over the Yankees in that emotional series in the wake of 9-11. The Rays made it to the World Series in 2008, but lost to the Phillies. The Reds vs. the Red Sox would feature a rematch of one of the greatest World Series of all time - the 1975 classic of 38 years ago. The Reds - one of the greatest teams ever - won the series in seven, but it will forever be remembered for Carlton Fisks home run down the left field line in Game 6. Cleveland and Cincinnati would feature an all-Ohio matchup, while Cleveland and Pittsburgh would feature two teams on long futility streaks. If Washington wasnt so far out, it would be great to see the Nationals play Baltimore, because the two cities are so close and their fans have such a rivalry. At the start of the season, I predicted a Detroit-Washington World Series. Then as recently as a couple of weeks ago, I did a reset and picked the Dodgers and the Rays, But after watching L.A. take Tampa apart over the weekend, Im hoping that doesnt happen. So I can go back to my pick at the top of the column - the Dodgers and the Red Sox. Watching John Farrell win a World Series in his first year in Boston might be a little too tough for Blue Jays fans to take. So it must be the Dodgers to win, with skipper Don Mattingly finally getting his due after nearly getting fired earlier this year. If you didnt catch it live or on the net, Ken Griffey Jr. gave an incredibly heart-felt speech when he was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday Night. He spoke for 25 minutes and the entire ceremony went on for about an hour. One line in particular caught my attention. Griffey noted how proud his was, that one man, the Mariners late great play by play voice Dave Niehaus called his very first home run and his last. That is a team milestone that would seem unlikely ever to be touched. Another milestone of note - the Yankees Alfonso Soriano came up with his 2,000th hit on Sunday. It was a home run off the Tigers Justin Verlander. Soriano is th 274th player in history to get 2,000 hits. The man immediately ahead of him now is former Blue Jay Shawn Green at 2,003. Colorado Rockies Jerseys .7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million. Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6. Trevor Story Jersey . 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Jason Motte Jersey .DeMarco Murray got his 20th carry late in the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, not long after Dez Bryant made his final catch of the day.Sure enough, a 44-17 win over Washington didnt change Dallas post-season position.LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse. Even Hollywood couldnt have made this up. California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths. In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentuckys bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the worlds most famous race with their one-horse stable. "This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present," said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday. California Chrome ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut colt was sent off as the 5-2 favourite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derbys 140-year history. His trainer, Art Sherman, became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, 59 years after he travelled from California as an exercise rider for Derby winner Swaps. He watched that race from the barn area; this time he smelled red roses in the winners circle. Sherman was all smiles after the race. "He gave me the biggest thrill I ever had in my life," he said. California Chrome has the unlikeliest pedigree for a Derby champion. His mother, named Love the Chase, won just one race. She was purchased by Coburn and Martin, a move that prompted a trainer to call them "dumb asses" for getting involved in racing. Feeling inspired, they named their operation DAP Racing, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. Their silks include an image of a donkey. Coburn lives near Reno, Nevada, rising at 4:30 a.m. for his job as a press operator at a 13-employee company that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and driver licenses. Martin lives on the California side of the border near Reno, running a laboratory that tests high-reliability equipment, like car air bags and medical equipment. Coburn and Martins partnership is based on a handshake, and their wives are friends who enjoy the sport, too. The group came up with California Chromes name by drawing it out of a hat. The horse hadnt even been out of his home state until this week. "Sometimes you dont get a lot of respect," Sherman said. "Were in Kentucky and you know most of the Derby winners are bred here and few outside of Kentucky." Sherman visited Swaps grave near the Derby museum earlier in the week and whispered a prayer: "I hope hes another Swaps." He suree was.dddddddddddd California Chrome extended his winning streak to five races, won by a combined 26 lengths. It was the second Derby win for Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in 2002. "I thought he rode him perfect," said Sherman, a former jockey. "I was riding the last 70 yards with Victor, so I think he was riding two. He had a lot of weight on him, I can tell you that." We Miss Artie, bred by Richard Lister of Toronto, placed 10th. Espinoza had California Chrome sitting comfortably in third in the 19-horse field as Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the early pace. California Chrome made his move on the final turn in tandem with Samraat. It looked like those two would decide the outcome, until California Chrome sped away to become the first California-bred to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962. "This horse has so much talent," Espinoza said. "By the three-eighths pole I knew that was it. I could see other horses struggling a little bit, and he was just smooth." Dale Romans, who trained eighth-place Medal Count, quickly changed his tune about California Chrome after believing the colt had no chance to win. "Im very impressed the way he came into it, the way he looked, the way he was prepared and the way he ran," Romans said. "Now he has a new fan." Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth and Samraat finished fifth. Commanding Curve returned $31.80 and $15.40, giving trainer Dallas Stewart his second straight runner-up finish with a double-digit longshot. Danza, named for actor Tony Danza of "Whos the Boss?" fame, paid $6 to show as the 8-1 third choice. Trainer Todd Pletcher came up empty with his four starters, finishing third with Danza, 10th with We Miss Artie, 12th with Intense Holiday, and 17th with Vinceremos. Wicked Strong, the 6-1 second choice, was fourth. Samraat was fifth, followed by Dance With Fate, Ride On Curlin, Medal Count, Chitu, We Miss Artie, General a Rod, Intense Holiday, Candy Boy, Uncle Sigh, Tapiture, Harrys Holiday, Vinceremos, and Wildcat Red. Vicars In Trouble, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, finished last. Before the Derby, Coburn had told anyone who would listen that California Chrome "would go down in history." He remains just as unabashed. "I believe this horse will win the Triple Crown," he said, something that hasnt been done since 1978, when Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in a five-week span. "Thats where were going." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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