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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Adam Dunn trekked 14 seasons and 2,001 games just to get to the postseason. But when his one and only playoff chance arrived Tuesday, he never got off the bench, and afterward he said he will retire. The Oakland Athletics designated hitter, 34, told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that he has played his final game. "I guess the computer got me," Dunn said, referring to the A's "Moneyball" tactics. Long past midnight, after the Athletics' 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League wild-card game, Dunn refused to take off his uniform, sitting in a back room instead of the clubhouse with most of his teammates. He seemed to be soaking in the atmosphere one last time, even as the air around him was laced with disappointment. When Dunn was traded to the A's in August from the Chicago White Sox, he said the final five weeks of the season would be his last hurrah. In the...
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals crammed 29 years of drama into one night of baseball with goats turned into heroes in every direction and a brand of small ball that was cringe-worthy at times. They laid down four sacrifice bunts and recorded seven stolen bases during a most improbable 9-8 victory that took 12 innings to turn back the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game. Their eventual hero, Salvador Perez, looked so bad on a strikeout with one out in the eighth inning and the tying run at third that his feeble effort figured to end his team's season. Their manager Ned Yost (rhymes with roast) was getting torched at every turn for turning a rookie starter into a reliever in the sixth inning and then watching the kid pour gasoline on the fire that was a five-run uprising that gave the A's a commanding 7-3 lead with just three innings to play. The Royals overcame it all with the kind of clutch hitting that comes from...
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant said he felt like himself after his first team practice in about 10 months as the Los Angeles Lakers opened training camp on Tuesday under new coach Byron Scott. "I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing." Bryant practiced for the first two hours and 15 minutes of the Lakers' three-hour practice. He sat out the final 45 minutes and sat alongside Steve Nash, who practiced for the first 90 minutes. Both players said they felt good after their first practice but will have their minutes monitored in camp and during the season. When the Lakers go through their first two-a-day practice on Wednesday, Bryant and Nash will only participate in the morning session, which will include a scrimmage. Bryant played in only six games while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and then suffered a fracture in his left knee when he returned. Nash played in only 15 games due to...
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