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Early MLB playoff predictions

MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and later locked up the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?

How will the Angels fare in the playoffs?

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    16%
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    35%
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    24%
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    25%

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  • How will the Nationals fare in the playoffs?

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      33%
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      39%
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      17%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 67,027)

  • How will the Orioles fare in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      44%
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      12%
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      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 68,755)

  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,654)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      22%
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      58%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,242)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      65%
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      13%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,727)

  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      39%
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      21%
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      18%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,085)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      19%
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      44%
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      8%
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      21%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,746)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      20%
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      27%
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      8%
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      13%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,684)

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It started with a couple of kids giving Hunter Pence a good-natured, sign-based ribbing when his San Francisco Giants visited the New York Mets:




Then, it became an all-out "thing," as other fans followed suit and the hashtag #HunterPenceSigns was born.




How did the former All-Star respond? By turning them into memes:




Oh, and his girlfriend, Alexis Cozombolidis, did, too:



Hunter Pence


wins the Internet.

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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
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    10%

Discuss (Total votes: 30,047)

  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,773)

  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,790)

  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,473)

  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,717)

  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,539)

  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,095)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,861)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
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      14%
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      12%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 284,300)

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Tim Lincecum no-hits Padres again

For the second time in 12 months, Tim Lincecum has no-hit the San Diego Padres. The San Francisco Giants hurler also becomes the third National League West pitcher to allow zero hits in a game this season, after Los Angeles Dodgers teammates Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw did earlier this year. How many more will we see? Are they losing their glamour?

  • There have been three no-hitters so far this season. How many will be thrown in 2014?

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      9%
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      18%
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      43%
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      18%
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      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 104,797)

  • Does the recent frequency of no-hitters make them any less enjoyable/impressive?

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      10%
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      29%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 38,338)

  • Is Tim Lincecum (4.90 ERA before Wednesday) still an elite pitcher?

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      40%
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      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,404)

  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      45%
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      48%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,806)

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In November, 5-year-old Miles Scott became "Batkid," as the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped transform the city of San Francisco into Gotham to fulfill the leukemia patient's dream of becoming Batman for a day.

The Internet melted, and the city didn't forget.

On Tuesday, Scott, who is now in remission, threw out the first pitch at the San Francisco Giants' home opener, with the help of pitcher Matt Cain. The results were, well, you gotta see for yourself:


The Batmobile carrying Miles Scott, aka Batkid, before he threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, before throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, and Matt Cain before throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool


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