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10 Reasons to Look Forward to Fall

With Labor Day just around the corner, many are mourning the end of summertime. Don't fret — just remember these things that make fall great, from baseball to apple pie.

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Did Former Baltimore Orioles Great Mike Flanagan Commit Suicide Because the Team Is Terrible?

The Baltimore Orioles received awful news late Wednesday night amid word that former pitcher Mike Flanagan had been found dead. Local affiliate WBAL is reporting that Flanagan was so despondent over the poor performance of the organization in recent years that it drove him to suicide.

Flanagan, the 1979 American League Cy Young Award winner, was a pivotal part of the Orioles’ 1983 World Series team, going 12-4 that season. After his career ended in 1992, Flanagan stayed in baseball as an executive. In the 2000s, he found his way back to Baltimore, holding the top baseball executive position in the organization.

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Little League Pitcher Saved by His Cap [VIDEO]

In a Friday game at the Little League World Series, Huntington Beach, California pitcher Braydon Salzman was almost smacked in the forehead with a line-drive ball. It would’ve surely been a scary event (just ask this minor leaguer) — were it not for the brim of his ball cap.

While the impact did knock Salzman to the ground, slow-motion replay shows his cap’s bill took the brunt of the impact, leaving a noticeable dent.

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Security Guards Being Investigated for Accepting Roger Clemens’ Baseballs During Trial

Roger Clemens may have inadvertently gotten some security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC into trouble after it was revealed they accepted signed baseballs from the former pitcher Roger Clemens after his criminal trial. Guards are prohibited from receiving gifts of any kind from criminal defendants.

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Teenagers Learn Science By Playing Baseball

Summer school has met the national pastime in Boston.

The tuition-free summer MIT Science of Baseball program teaches 30 inner-city teenage boys “baseball-related math and physics” during morning classes and then show the players how to translate those lessons to the diamond during afternoon games, reports The Boston Globe.

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Five Trades That Will Have the Most Impact on the Major League Baseball Playoffs

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline has come and gone, which means it’s time to dust off the infield dirt and see which moves could have a significant effect on those teams eyeing deep October runs. Here’s a look at five of them:
RP KOJI UEHARA & RP MIKE ADAMS, TEXAS RANGERS

Perhaps no team read this year’s trade market better than the Rangers. Texas general manager Jon Daniels was focused on one thing leading up to July 31 — improve the pitching staff. With few rotation arms available at a reasonable cost, Daniels turned his attention to solidifying a bullpen that unraveled in the Rangers World Series’ loss to San Francisco last year.

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Can You Identify These Photos of Sports Stadiums Taken from Space?

These aerial photos of famous sports stadiums, taken by NASA, bring a whole new meaning to “best seat in the house.” Assembled by Wired’s Playbook blog, the bird’s eye photos give a mile-wide perspec

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Fan Who Gave Back Ball from Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Could Face Between $5,000 and $13,000 in Taxes

When Christian Lopez caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit last week, he gave the historic ball to the Yankee's shortstop without asking for any money, even though it may have fetched over $100,000 on the open market.

The taxman isn't being so generous with Lopez.

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Company for Derek Jeter? Here Are Five Players With a Shot At 3,000 Hits

So, who's next?

When Derek Jeter became just the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 hits Saturday, he cemented a legacy already encased in stone. For the New York Yankees captain, his resume had already passed inspection by baseball's Hall of Fame.

Now that he's crashed the 3,000-hit party, we can focus our attention on who might one day join this fraternity. It's an achievement within arm's length of several big league bats. The question remains, however -- is time on their side?

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Derek Jeter Scores 3000th Hit, Fan Returns Ball [VIDEO]

Playing in front of a sold-out hometown crowd on Saturday, Derek Jeter sent his record-setting 3,000th hit deep into left-field, making him the 28th major leaguer and first New York Yankees player to reach the hitting milestone.

And who caught the potentially money-making ball? Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old fan whose girlfriend gave him tickets to the game as a birthday present.

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Nationals Super Prospect Bryce Harper Called Up to Double-A

The slow and steady rise of Bryce Harper is gaining speed.

The highly-touted number one overall pick of the Washington Nationals in last year’s draft was called up to Double-A Monday where he made an immediate splash by going 2-for-3 for the Harrisburg Senators.

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Devoted Baseball Dad Quits Job To See Son Play In College World Series

Some dads teach you to ride a bike. Some help you with your homework. And then there are dads who quit their jobs to watch you play baseball.

David Roth did just that. His son, Michael, is a pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks, which won the 2010 College World Series — and David wasn’t there to see it. He vowed that wouldn’t happen again.

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