A's general manager Billy Beane is standing behind both of his July blockbuster trades, particularly the one that gave him 12 starts from Jon Lester. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," he said.
Wednesday night's 8-0 loss to the Giants was a rough way for the Pirates to end their season, but they didn't lose sight of the successes they had together along the way in 2014, when they finished second to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central for the second consecutive year.
After two days of plots, subplots and plotting, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford boiled the National League Wild Card Game down to a one-act drama. He took Edinson Volquez out of PNC Park, and took that notorious PNC Park crowd out of the game. Crawford's fourth-inning grand slam Wednesday night also took the Pirates out of the 2014 postseason, dooming […]