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Friday Rockpile: Morneau in a tight race for the batting title

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Justin Morneau is in a dogfight with a couple of Pirates to take home the batting crown

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Rockies Justin Morneau battling to win his first batting title - Denver Post

Sure batting average isn't the best stat in the world, and sure Rockies players get a huge advantage in this race, but it's always fun when a Rockie succeeds. Justin Morneau has a solid chance of picking up the Rockies second batting title in a row, following up fellow former Twin Michael Cuddyer's .331 mark in 2013. In a year that has gone wrong, at least the Morneau signing has gone right.

Morneau will have to go all Captain Phillips on everyone and fend off a couple of Pirates to accomplish it. Right now he trails Josh Harrison's .319 mark by two points, and Andrew McCutchen is lurking with a .314 average. Patrick Saunders looks at the pitching matchups each player will face in the final days of the season. Hopefully Justin nails it down.

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Have you heard of this Derek Jeter guy? Apparently in his last game at Yankee Stadium he pulled off some heroics. Overblown though the Jeter Retirement Tour may have been, it's still pretty cool that he capped off his career with a bang.

Giants squeeze out win after clinching Wild Card - MLB.com

Grrr.