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Bat flips: Stop with the morality play

By Will Leitch

Published: Oct 15, 2015, 10:55 am EDT

I keep being told there are millions of people who hate bat flips. Lord knows, Thursday morning, in the wake of Jose Bautista's all-time bat flip, there are plenty of people telling me how awful those sticks-in-the-mud who hate bat flips are. Who are these people?

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The greatest Division Series Game 5's

By Anthony Castrovince

Published: Oct 15, 2015, 12:29 am EDT

The phrase "Game 5" doesn't engender the same spine-tingling, hair-raising sensation as does "Game 7," but it's produced some gems through the years -- including Blue Jays-Rangers Wednesday. Here's a look at the 10 best Game 5s in the Division Series era.

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Why Bautista's Bat flip Is Everything

By Tim Healey

Published: Oct 14, 2015, 9:55 pm EDT

Amidst the wacky goings-on during the seventh inning at the Rogers Centre Wednesday, Jose Bautista's bat flip following his ALDS-winning home run was perhaps the most dramatic, and will be a moment to remember.

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The Jays' Perplexing Starter Moves

By Alex Wong

Published: Oct 12, 2015, 10:03 pm EDT

With a big lead and an effective R.A. Dickey, John Gibbons chose to use David Price in relief for three innings in the Jays' 8-4 win against the Rangers in Game 4 of their ALDS. Now, Marcus Stroman will start Game 5. And many are scratching their heads.

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Knuckleballer Ready For His Moment

By Andrew Simon

Published: Oct 12, 2015, 9:00 am EDT

R.A. Dickey gets the start on Monday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Rangers. Given that the Jays face elimination, Dickey's leash figures to be short, but it's still a golden opportunity for the knuckleball artist.

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Jays Battle Back Against Rangers

By Alex Wong

Published: Oct 12, 2015, 1:30 am EDT

The Blue Jays headed to Texas needing to win three straight to advance to the ALCS, and looking for their usual big offensive outburst. Sunday. They got their first win of the ALDS, thanks to timely power from Troy Tulowitzki.

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Postseason Price vs. Regular Price

By Ross Benes

Published: Oct 8, 2015, 10:21 pm EDT

Given how talented of a pitcher David Price is, it's a bit surprising to see him keep struggling in the playoffs, losing each of his six career starts. How do his postseason-vs.-regular-season numbers match up against those of other Cy Young Award winners?

Added: Oct 8, 2015, 11:15 pm via

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What Life is Like In Blue Jays Nation

By Alex Wong

Published: Oct 8, 2015, 12:42 am EDT

It's been a little while -- a lifetime for some -- since the Blue Jays were last in the postseason. After decades of disappointment and broken promises of contention, Toronto is back in the playoffs, with a pretty good chance to win it all to boot.

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ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays

By Will Leitch

Published: Oct 8, 2015, 12:37 am EDT

For all the talk that the Blue Jays are the obvious team to beat in the American League, they weren't even the AL's best team this season. Contrast that with the Rangers, who won the AL West after being left for dead. Here's the lowdown on their ALDS.

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Looking For the Next MadBum

By Anthony Castrovince

Published: Oct 5, 2015, 12:10 am EDT

It's fun to ask, "Who will be this year's Madison Bumgarner on the postseason stage?" While no one will probably achieve those stats, there are a few clear candidates to at least establish themselves as Bumgarner Lite, starting with David Price and Clayton Kershaw.

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Sports on Earth is a joint venture between USA TODAY Sports Media Group and MLB Advanced Media and features writers such as Joe Posnanski and Will Leitch.

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