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Running diary: King Felix vs. Darvish
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We don’t see these matchups as often you may expect, ace versus ace, best in the game versus best in the game. For the third time in their careers, Felix Hernandez faced Yu Darvish.

SweetSpot TV: King Felix vs. Yu Darvish
We have a good one tonight: Felix Hernandez versus Yu Darvish in Texas. With that matchup in mind, Eric and myself discuss the pitching matchups we'd most like to see.

The list: 10 things that caught my eye
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1. Back in spring training, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish admitted he was working on a few minor tweaks on his mechanics in an attempt to avoid a recurrence of the nerve problem in his lower back and buttocks area that arose last September.

Darvish the Cy Young favorite in AL
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One thing you can say about Yu Darvish: He isn't just a thrower, a guy with a million-dollar arm and five-cent head.After struggling with command and location in Sunday's spring training game against the White Sox, Darvish went down to the bullpen to work a bit on his mechanics.

No surprise with Kershaw and Scherzer
As expected, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer easily won the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday, with Kershaw capturing 29 of 30 first-place to win his second Cy Young Award, and Scherzer collecting 28 of 30 first-place votes to win his first.

SweetSpot TV: Cy Young preview
Eric and myself preview the Cy Young Award races. It seems pretty clear who will win but should it be so obvious?

SweetSpot's 2013 AL All-Star team
Here are my choices for the 2013 American League All-Star team:Catcher: Joe Mauer, Twins (.324/.404/.476, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs, 5.2 WAR)There's not a real clear choice, as Mauer played just 75 of his 113 games behind the plate, but he's the best hitter among the catchers and threw out a league-leading 43 percent of base stealers.

Cole outduels Darvish for Pirates' 82nd win
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What a 82 Buccos Victory, love these guys! You know #21 Roberto and #8 Pops are smiling down on us, now lets go get the division!— Neil Walker (@NeilWalker18) September 10, 2013 Neil Walker is a local kid, went to high school in Gibsonia, Pa.

Playoff watch: Rivera to the rescue
Some quick thoughts on the most important results and plays of the day, and a look forward to Thursday.Key at-bat of the day: Well, besides Matt Adams' two extra-inning home runs for the Cardinals, how about this one: Mariano Rivera versus Alejando De Aza .

SweetSpot TV: Most exciting player
As part of our Best Tools package, Eric and myself discuss the most exciting players in baseball. We disagree on one pitcher but I think we're in agreement with the top guy.

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