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10/08/2010 - 12:03am
Lincecum fans 14 to lead Giants past Braves

One night after likely 2010 National League Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter for the Phillies, two-time reigning NL Cy Young champion Tim Lincecum proved nearly as dominant in leading the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

 

Lincecum, in his first career playoff start, allowed a double to the first batter of the game, Omar Infante. From there, however, the Braves had no chance against him, allowing just one more hit (a Brian McCann double in the seventh inning) while striking out 14 and walking one in his complete game shutout. Between the first and second innings, he struck out five consecutive Atlanta hitters in one stretch.

 

Lincecum threw 119 pitches, 75 strikes. The right-hander set a Giants playoff record for the most strikeouts in a game, and he recorded the most strikeouts by a pitcher in a postseason start since Roger Clemens notched 15...

10/07/2010 - 10:08pm
Report: Vikings won't franchise Moss

According to ESPN.com, the Vikings and Randy Moss restructured the final year of the wide receiver's contract with a written guarantee that he will not be franchised following this season. Moss is in the final year of a three-year, $27 million deal he signed with the Patriots after the 2007 season.

 

With free agency pending for the 33-year-old, according to the report, the Vikings did not add any money to Moss' deal. However, the team did agree not to put a franchise or transition tag on the player they selected with their first-round pick in 1998.

 

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10/07/2010 - 9:59pm
Celtics net exhibition win in New Jersey

Led by Delonte West and Glen Davis, the self-proclaimed Celtics “bench mob” led a second-quarter surge that erased a nine-point deficit and put Boston up for good in a 96-92 victory against the Nets in the second game of the preseason.

 

In a late battle of both teams’ third units, New Jersey actually tied the score, 90-90, but Nate Robinson made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. Davis scored a team-high 20 points, while West finished with 12 points -- all in the second quarter -- along with six rebounds and three assists. Robinson (17) and Paul Pierce (15) also reached double digits in scoring.

 

Brook Lopez finished with a game-high 23 points for New Jersey.

 

The Celtics (2-0) host the Raptors on Sunday at 6 p.m. to kick off a string of five preseason games in seven days.

 

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10/07/2010 - 9:14pm
Twin killing in Minny: Yanks take 2-0 lead

For the second time in as many nights, the Yankees plated a pair of seventh-inning runs en route to a victory over the Twins. After claiming a 6-4 victory on Wednesday on the strength of Mark Teixeira's homer, New York broke a 2-2 tie when Lance Berkman cracked a two-run double to center field that scored Jorge Posada. The Yankees tacked on with a Derek Jeter single in the seventh and Curtis Granderson's RBI single in the ninth to claim a 5-2 win.

 

The late offense made a winner of Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who was masterful while allowing five hits and one walk in seven innings. The left-hander needed just 88 pitches, walking one and striking out four, to improve to 19-9 in his playoff career. The Yankees bullpen followed with scoreless innings by Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera, the latter of whom recorded the 41st save of his playoff career.

 

The New York offense against Minnesota starter Carl Pavano was spearheaded...

10/07/2010 - 6:20pm
Dave Roberts healthy, will coach for Padres

Dave Roberts, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April, is now healthy and returning to the field as the first base coach of the San Diego Padres. The 38-year-old said that radiation and chemotherapy have left him healthy and ready to return to the field.

 

"All my scans are clear," he told the Associated Press.

 

Roberts is the author of the most memorable stolen base in Red Sox history, having swiped second against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. That stolen base positioned Roberts to score a game-tying run against the Yankees' dominant closer, sending the game into extra innings, with the Red Sox winning, 6-4, on David Ortiz' walkoff home run. Roberts' stolen base is viewed by many as the beginning of the Sox' comeback from their 3-0 ALCS deficit to win the World Series.

 

Roberts was a special assistant in the Padres'...

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