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The 5 best MLB plays of the last 7 days

Each season of baseball is more than 160 games, but every week players add to the growing highlight reel of great defensive plays. Here are five from the past week.

Hostess is getting slammed for this brilliantly dumb tweet

The snack food company Hostess has caused a stir with a seemingly tone-deaf tweet that celebrated the start of the baseball season with a blatant reference to football.

Arizona freshman’s night at the plate is no laughing matter Special

Tucson - J.J. Matijevic has had people mispronounce his last name for as long as he can remember, but the Arizona first baseman with Polish heritage has always had a sense of humor about it.

Baseball post season: MLB All-Stars finished year in Japan tour

Tokyo - The MLB All-Stars just finished their tour in Japan playing against the Japanese national team Samurai Japan for five games and two exhibition games. According to MLB, the MLB All-Stars lost 3 to 2 in the series with the Samurai Japan.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval enters free agency

Celebrating the San Francisco Giants' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the seventh and final game of the 2014 World’s Series was all that Pablo Sandoval was interested in.

San Francisco Giants win third World Series in 5 years

A near-perfect five innings of relief pitching by Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants a narrow Game 7 World Series win over the Kansas City Royals. Tonight the Giants won their third World Series in five years, completing a rare sports trilogy.

Rumour mill says Tampa Bay Rays could move to Montreal

St. Petersburg - It's no secret that 2014 has been a bad year for the Tampa Bay Rays — the team once again missed the playoffs, and on Friday, manager Joe Maddon abruptly left the team and became a free agent. Now sources say the team could be headed for Montreal.

Rookie Cardinals outfielder dies in car accident

San Francisco - St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras, who hit a dramatic home run two weeks ago in the National League playoffs, was killed Monday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

Spectacular game-ending catch preserves no-hitter for Zimmerman

Washington D.c. - There are no-hitters and there are no-hitters in baseball, but few have been as dramatic as a regular-season finale Sunday.

Op-Ed: Keith Olbermann's attack on Derek Jeter is despicable, undeserved

New York - No stranger to enticing people to despise him, Keith Olbermann unleashed a nearly-seven minute attack on Derek Jeter, attempting to reduce Jeter's success in the game and undermine Jeter's achievements.

San Francisco Giants CEO on MLB uniform ads: 'I think it is coming'

While attention in recent years has focused on the addition of paid advertisements to NBA uniforms, one Major League Baseball CEO says his team would support selling of ads on baseball uniforms and thinks other owners will jump on board.

Op-Ed: Which MLB team is poised to go deep in the post-season?

Oakland - It's been an interesting year in baseball. I'll start with that. No one team has been dominant over the course of the entire season.

Why Clayton Kershaw's stats are so unbelievable

Los Angeles - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is having an unbelievable season in 2014, but exactly how good are his stats? How does his season rank in Dodgers history and what kind of impact will it have this season?

This baseball game went 50 innings

On Sunday a baseball game in Japan went for 50 innings. The match was between two high-school teams that were competing in the 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament.

Giants relief pitcher 7 outs away from MLB record

A perfect game is a rarity in baseball — only 23 have happened since MLB's inception — but in a way, San Francisco Giant Yusmeiro Petit has thrown one and more.

Review: Niese, Mets beat Cubs

New York - After being swept by the Nationals in 3 games, the Mets come back to win their 2nd in a row against the Chicago Cubs thanks to bats, Niese.

Baseball manager lets fans watch his prostate exam for charity

Myrtle Beach - Andy Milovich is the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and made a very interesting bet to help a girl in need. If the "Fierce Fallon" Facebook page got 10,000 likes he would have a public prostate exam and the fans came through.

Op-Ed: SF Giants playoff aspirations face big challenges

San Francisco - Yes, I know Tim Lincecum is on the up-and-up. Yes, I realize that the Giants are currently tied for first place in the NL West. And, yes, I am painfully aware that we just signed three-time All-Star Dan Uggla to a minor league deal.

New Derek Jeter 'RE2PECT' ad will give you chills

New York - Leading up to the MLB's All-Star game, Jordan Brand has created a wonderful, moving tribute and commercial for the New York Yankees' shortstop, Derek Jeter.

2014 MLB All-Star Game preview

Minneapolis - The 2014 MLB All-Star Game should provide the people of Minneapolis with some great entertainment over the next week as the city prepares to host the event on July 15th at Target Field.

SF Giants Tim Lincecum tosses 2nd no-hitter of career

San Francisco - The Freak has gone and done it again. For the second time in his career — and the second time in less than a calender year — San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has thrown a no-hitter. Oh yeah, and he's done it against the same team too.

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn passes at 54

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn passes away at the age of 54 today. Tony Gwynn was one of the most accomplished hitters, not only in the Padres' organization, but in the history of baseball.

Op-Ed: Father's Day and Baseball

The sport of baseball has always been a sport that has been correlated with the relationship of a father and son - which is a big reason why baseball and Father's Day will always be synonymous with each other.

Report: Baseball's A's to stay in Oakland for at least 10 years

Oakland - The Oakland Athletics baseball team is expected to sign a 10-year lease to remain in the East Bay Area city it has called home for the past 46 years.

Robocop to pitch for the Detroit Tigers

Detroit - In response to the DVD/Blu-ray release of the latest Robocop reboot, June 3 has officially been declared Robocop Day. To celebrate, Robocop will appear at Comerica Park and throw the first game pitch for the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Toronto's Encarnacion ties Mantle for most AL HRs in May

Toronto - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, tying the American League record for most home runs hit in the month of May.

Review: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ stays in the strike zone Special

‘Million Dollar Arm’ is a delight in family-friendly, feel-good fair depicting the real-life story of two young men from India who win a contest that could lead to a major league baseball contract in America.

Op-Ed: How are the Toronto Blue Jays doing so far?

This year, the conversation about the Toronto Blue Jays is largely different from last year's much-hyped and ultimately ineffective run
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A scene from 'Million Dollar Arm'
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At the ballpark: Watching Astros in action
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St. Louis Cardinals at a game
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The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  A night at the ballpar...
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball, it is a family event. There are all kinds of food to eat, games for kids to play, live ostriches, and of course there's a baseball game thrown in for good measure
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Nick Franklin
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Pitcher Mark Buehrle makes an incredible play, throwing a ball between his legs for an out
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Blue Jays give each other high fives to celebrate its 3-0 victory over the Yankees
Blue Jays give each other high fives to celebrate its 3-0 victory over the Yankees
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Harmon Killebrew
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Nationals warm up on June 16, 2012 before a sold out game against the Yankees. An hour later, all those empty seats were filled. From the looks of it, today is also going to be a big crowd.
The Geico Presidents Race is a tradition at every Nationals  home game. In the June 16 game against ...
The Geico Presidents Race is a tradition at every Nationals' home game. In the June 16 game against the Yankees, there were two races, the second taking place during extra innings
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a  Gyros...
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a "Gyros" moment. (Certainly a "turn" of events as this is The Giants third World Series win in five years). Bartlett and his family were among the thousands gathered at City Hall to cheer the home team.
Courtesy of SF realtor, Ted Bartlett
LEASE: Baseball at the Oakland Coliseum could continue for at least 10 more years under a rumored de...
LEASE: Baseball at the Oakland Coliseum could continue for at least 10 more years under a rumored deal between the team, the city and Alameda County.
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The rain that fell did not deter fans from turning out in full force to greet their home team.
The rain that fell did not deter fans from turning out in full force to greet their home team.
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Cover of  The Year The Giants Won the Series   By Joseph Sutton - Mad Dog Publishing  (2011)
Cover of "The Year The Giants Won the Series," By Joseph Sutton - Mad Dog Publishing, (2011)
Taylor Jordan a pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators
Taylor Jordan a pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators
A diamond during the Little League World Series
A diamond during the Little League World Series
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Rafael Soriano  pitcher
Rafael Soriano, pitcher
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebr...
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebrating even before the winning score was made on Thursday night Oct. 29th.
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Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
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