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Bochy Clutch in Playoffs With Giants

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the championship trophy after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the championship trophy after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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