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Playoff-bound clubs faced plenty of bumps, bruises

Updated: October 4, 2012, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JANIE McCAULEY

AP Baseball Writer

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a perfect playoff world, Stephen Strasburg might be on the mound in the nation's capital, Mariano Rivera closing it out in the Bronx and Melky Cabrera delivering a timely hit by the bay.

Bartolo Colon would be starting for Oakland, Ryan Madson pitching the ninth in Cincinnati.

Call this the depleted postseason. ...

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