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10 Unlikely Baseball Playoff Heroes

It seems like every postseason, some previously unknown or under-appreciated player plays a major role in his team playoff victory. This year’s winner so far is Raul Ibanez, who helped propel the Yankees to a stunning win on Wednesday after he pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and homered to tie the game against Baltimore. Then it was Ibanez again in the 12th, this time homering to win the game for New York.

Here’s a look back at some of the most unlikely star company Ibanez now keeps in the annals of baseball history:

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The 5 Most Lopsided Trades in Sports History

General managers are paid huge salaries to crunch numbers, rate prospects, and work out deals that will put their teams in a better position to win. Unfortunately, even a transaction that looks great on paper can have disastrous (and potentially hilarious) consequences.

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Winning Streak Ends At Five As Rockies Fall To Cubs 5-3

The Colorado Rockies (50-74) bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth along with the lead, and saw their five game winning streak end as the Chicago Cubs (48-76) earned the 5-3 win yesterday in the Windy City. Game 2 of the three-game series is this morning at 11:05 MT at Wrigley Field (TV: Root Sports).

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5 Managers Who Have Somehow Never Won a World Series

Every major sport has its share of hard luck losers — the players and coaches who routinely outperform their competition, only to fall just short when it matters most.

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Rockies Win 4th Straight, Beat Mets 5-2

With last night’s 5-2 win over the New York Mets (57-67), the Colorado Rockies (49-73) have won four in a row and eight of their last ten. Colorado starter Jeff Francis delivered five quality innings after giving up a run in the first. The Rockies will go for the four-game sweep of the Mets today at 11:10 ET at Citi Field (TV: none).

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Rockies Win Again in NY, Top Mets 6-2

Pitching for the first time since May 1st, starter Jhoulys Chacin threw six strong innings in his return from the DL, leading the Colorado Rockies (48-73) to a 6-2 road win over the New York Mets (57-66). Game 3 of the four-game series is tonight at 5:10 MT at Citi Field (TV: Root Sports).

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Rockies Top Mets 3-1

The Colorado Rockies (47-73) kept things close enough to be able to take advantage of a pair of eighth inning mistakes by the New York Mets (57-65), to earn the 3-1 win last night in the Big Apple. Game 2 of the three-game series is tonight at 5:10 MT at Citi Field (TV: Root Sports).

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Three Run Fourth Enough To Lift Rockies Over Marlins 3-2

Rookie Jordan Pacheco blasted a two-run homer as part of a three-run fourth inning to propel the Colorado Rockies (46-73) to a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins (55-67) yesterday in Denver. The win earned the Rockies a series split, and now travel to face the New York Mets (57-64) tonight at 5:10 MT at Citi Field (TV: Root Sports).

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