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SAN FRANCISCO — The odds are slimmer than slim, but the San Francisco Giants have not been eliminated from playoff contention yet. The Giants’ 10-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night — along with a Milwaukee Brewers win and Philadelphia Phillies loss — kept alive their season. That the second game of the Phillies’ double-header on Friday was rained out helped a bit, too. But ...

Where are all the people who wanted to know why nobody was going to Phillies games this summer? This. This is why. This is why Citizens Bank Park had all the energy of a larvae convention. This is why a Friday night in the upper deck looked like a Tuesday night at the zoning board. This is why the Phillies couldn’t attract a crowd if they were topless in church. A month ago, they were 17 games ...

With the first month of the college football season over, let’s take a step back to evaluate where some of the state’s major programs are entering October. Here are five of the most pressing questions from across the state: 1. Is Florida State for real? The No. 23 Seminoles are 4-0 and absolutely deserving of their ranking. FSU has blown bad teams (Duquesne, Boston College), beaten Louisville ...

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been more than a month since the Giants’ wins last equaled their losses, but continuing their hot stretch to end the season Thursday, they moved one step closer to finishing the season at .500. The Giants deployed a bullpen game for the 10th time this month and, in an increasingly common outcome, got stellar showings from all five pitchers to limit the Rockies to five ...

Maybe it was the “show-and-go” philosophy of their Little League days that helped them remember that no matter the grind and pressure of the marathon season, baseball is still supposed to be fun. Maybe it was the calming presence of 1,089 dogs in attendance for the last “bark in the park” night of the season. The Mariners by in-large are dog folks and perhaps those hounds provided some ...