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diamondvisiondude asked: So I figured out where Kyle Orton is and why we didn't know. He is in Buffalo. Probably taking the starting job from EJ Manuel this week too. Lmao.

holy shit!

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

Too bad they won’t be wearing these in the playoffs.

Too bad they won’t be wearing these in the playoffs.

Baseball

Josh Reddick’s a baller. 

Josh Reddick’s a baller. 

sfgiants:

Is it time for the postseason? 

sfgiants:

Is it time for the postseason? 

(via pattykaz)

Jordan Zimmerman fired the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter on the last game of the season, striking out 10 in 104 pitches Sunday to defeat the Miami Marlins, 1-0. 

Zimmerman allowed two base runners — walking 1B Justin Bour before allowing RF Garrett Jones to reach first on a throwing error following a swinging strike.

Defensive replacement Steve Souza Jr. preserved the no-hitter in the game’s final at bat, catching Christian Yelich’s liner to left field. By the end of the game, all but Zimmerman and C Wilson Ramos had been replaced by subs. 

Henderson Alvarez, starting opposite Zimmerman, no-hit the Detroit Tigers in last season’s final game. Zimmerman became the fifth pitcher to finish the regular season with a no-no. He’s the first starter to accomplish the feat since the Washington Nationals took over the Montreal Expos franchise in 2005. Dennis Martinez threw the Expos’ last no-hitter in 1991. The Expos’ Bill Stoneman threw two no-hitters between 1969-1972. The late Charlie Lea no-hit the San Francisco Giants in 1981. The late Hall of Fame C Gary Carter was behind the plate. 

Washington Senators lefty Bobby Burke was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter for a team representing the nation’s capital in 1931 against the Boston Red Sox. It was the first and up until Sunday, the only, no-hitter thrown in D.C. The Senators’ linear history is synchronized with the Minnesota Twins. 

Sonny Gray fired a six-hit shutout for his first September win as the Oakland A’s clinched its third consecutive postseason berth Sunday, defeating the Texas Rangers 4-0 to avoid a Game 163 playoff against the Seattle Mariners. 

After 2,001 games spread over 14 seasons, DH Adam Dunn will see his first postseason game. Acquired Aug. 31 from the Chicago White Sox, Dunn had three extra base hits over 24 games before going 0-3 in Oakland’s final regular season game. 

The injury-depleted Rangers took five of its last seven games against the A’s. Oakland starter Jon Lester will face the Kansas City Royals for the one-game Wild Card Tuesday on the road. 

Three farewells

Yankees SS Derek Jeter, Mets OF Bobby Abreu and White Sox 1B Paul Konerko played for the final time Sunday.

Jeter reprised Mickey Mantle’s finale 46 years ago, ending a storied Yankees career at Fenway Park with an RBI-single for his 3,465th career hit. Jeter drew a standing ovation from a fan base he’s tormented the last 20 seasons after being pulled for pinch runner Brian McCann.

Abreu started for the first time since July 25, notching a walk before completing his final at bat with a hit. He was pulled by Mets manager Trry Collins for pinch runner Eric Young, Jr. Collins was Abreu’s first manager when he debuted for the Houston Astros in 1996. The Mets thumped the Astros, 8-3, as Abreu watched his Venezuelan countryman Jose Altuve secure his first batting title. 

Konerko went 0-3 against the Kansas City Royals and was pulled for Andy Wilkins. Konerko is the 10th first baseman to total at least 400 home runs and 400 doubles for his career. The White Sox lifer with an ALCS MVP and a World Series ring was traded twice — by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds — before finishing the rest of his 16-year-career in Chicago.