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    Division series studs, duds
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We saw a number of firsts in the first round of the 2012 postseason -- all four divison series went to five games and a National League team came back from a 2-0 deficit in the NLDS -- and some repeats -- the Cardinals came back after being down to their final strike twice in an elimination game and two former Cy Young Award winners dominated in the decisive Game 5.

    Talk about drama.

    With New York facing Detroit in a rematch of the ALDS last season and the last two World Series Champions, San Francisco and St. Louis, opposing each other in the NLDS, the next round is shaping up to be just as entertaining.

    Here are some fantasy notes from the division series:

    Detroit's Justin Verlander and New York's CC Sabathia both went 2-0 in the ALDS and threw a complete game in Game 5. Verlander allowed just one earned run on seven hits and struck out 22 batters in 16 innings against Oakland, while Sabathia gave up three earned on 12 hits in 17 2/3 innings versus Baltimore.

    But San Francisco's Matt Cain, Washington's Gio Gonzalez, St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and Cincinnati's Mat Latos each had difficulty matching their regular season success in the division series. Cain went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA during the season but he failed to go more than 5 2/3 innings in either of his two starts. Gonzalez, the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young Award, had 21 wins and a 2.89 ERA this season but he walked seven batters in five innings in Game 1 and failed to go deep into Game 5 even after Washington staked him to a 6-0 lead (St. Louis ultimately came back and scored four runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Drew Storen to win 9-7 and move on to the NLCS).

    The man on the other side of that 6-0 lead was Wainwright. The St. Louis hurler gave up three homers and six extra-base hits in 2 1/3 innings in Game 5. Meanwhile, Latos lost Game 5 by giving up five earned on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings after pitching four strong innings in relief in Game 1 following Johnny Cueto's first inning exit.

    Speaking of Cueto, the Reds ace only pitched to one batter in the division series due to an ill-timed oblique strain. Cueto went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA this season so his loss was a major one. The right-hander would have missed the NLCS too had the Reds advanced.

    Cincinnati didn't make it past San Francisco however, losing three straight games at home after going up 2-0 in the series. Don't blame Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips for that, though. Ludwick led all players with three homers and also hit .333 (6-for-18) with four RBIs and four walks while Phillips batted .375 with a homer and seven RBIs, most in the majors in the first round.

    Over in the American League, the Orioles' best hitter in the ALDS was ... Nate McLouth? Believe it or not, McLouth led the AL with five RBIs in the division series, collecting at least one hit in all five games. McLouth was a former fantasy darling due to his power-speed combo but his career flamed out after he hit .203 in 566 at-bats with Atlanta and Pittsburgh from 2010 to May 2012. Baltimore gave him a chance, and he hit .268 with seven homers, 18 RBIs, 12 steals and a .777 OPS in 55 games with the team.

    McLouth's success made up for the struggles of Chris Davis (.208 postseason average), Adam Jones (.077), Mark Reynolds (.136), Matt Wieters (.125) and J.J. Hardy (.185).

    The Yankees had some big-time slumpers as well; Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano combined to go 9-for-75 (.120) with six RBIs and 26 strikeouts in the division series.

    A-Rod was pinch-hit for in Game 3 and 4 and benched in Game 5. He looked abysmal at the plate against Baltimore's right-handers. The 37-year-old still has five years left on his contract. Yikes. Fantasy owners should stay away from this guy next year; he's played an average of 124 games over the past five seasons and hasn't homered in his last 22 games.

    There's nothing wrong with 38-year-old Derek Jeter's bat, though. Jeter led The AL with eight hits in the first round after leading the big leagues in the regular season with 216.

    Forty-year-old Raul Ibanez looked pretty good too. The outfielder only got nine at-bats in the series but he pinch-hit for A-Rod in Game 3 and hit a game-tying homer in the ninth before belting a walk-off blast in the 12th. The heroics didn't end there; Ibanez started Game 5 and put the Yankees ahead 1-0 in the sixth, a lead New York would never relinquish.

    Bryce Harper will turn 20 on Oct. 16, but he won't be able to celebrate with an NLCS berth because of St. Louis' comeback. Harper was heavily involved in Washington jumping out to a 6-0 lead in Game 5 as he had an RBI triple and a solo homer early but he ended up stiking out twice and finished 3-for-23 (.130) with zero walks and eight strikeouts in his first postseason action.

    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a member of all those miserable Nationals teams that allowed Washington to get Harper and starter Stephen Strasburg via the draft so it was good to see him have success in his first taste of playoff competition. Zimmerman went 8-for-21 (.381) with two homers and four RBIs in the NLDS.

    Playing in his first postseason since he struck out looking to end the 2006 NLCS against current teammate Adam Wainwright, Carlos Beltran was back to his old tricks. He went 9-for-22 (.409) with two home runs and four RBIS and now possesses a .375 batting average with 13 home runs, 23 RBIs and a 15/23 K/BB ratio in 104 career playoff at-bats.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Friday, March 6 2015 8:04 AM EST2015-03-06 13:04:11 GMT
        A slow-moving cold front brings clouds and cooler temperatures to Tampa Bay. There's only a 20% chance of a shower.
        A slow-moving cold front brings clouds and cooler temperatures to Tampa Bay. There's only a 20% chance of a shower.
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