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Two entries appear for MLB 2K11’s million-dollar “Perfect Game” challenge

Were only all console games so generous as to award a player $1 million for accomplishing a difficult feat of gaming.

Two entrants have surfaced on YouTube for Take-Two Interactive's million-dollar contest, a challenge that tasks players with throwing a perfect game in the recently released Major League Baseball 2K11 title for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3—the only two consoles allowed to participate in the challenge, we should note.

So what does it take to win a million bucks? In last year's similarly themed contest, 24-year-old Wade McGilberry was able to take home the prize on his sixth attempt—the same day the game was released, mind you. It's taken a little while longer for gamers to accomplish the same feat in MLB 2K11: The game was released on March 8 of this year, but the contest itself didn't start until April 1, and the two YouTube videos in question were posted on April 7 and 8.

The timing is an important distinction, as Michael Manna—otherwise known as professional wrestler Stevie Richards—already uploaded a video to YouTube of the perfect game he threw on the game's release day. But don't assume that throwing a perfect game is just that easy. Not only did he not fall within the correct timeframe to win the prize, but he also allegedly didn't have the game on the correct settings (like All-Star difficulty) to even qualify for the million-dollar award.

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Follow your favorite baseball team on Opening Day the geeky way

Spring has sprung, and the best thing about spring isn't the warmer weather or the allergies—it's the baseball. The 2011 MLB season begins Thursday, taking over the lives of fantasy owners and fans alike for the next seven to eight months (depending on how good your team is). Whether you're at work, at home, on on the road, here are a few ways to track your favorite team.

MLB at Bat 11
MLB at Bat 11 is the sanctioned-by-the-league option for following your favorite team throughout the year. It's an app for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Mac OS, Windows, and other platforms, and it lets fans watch out-of-market games (crucial if your team isn't your local team), track every statistic you can think of, and see "Live Look-Ins" whenever something critical is happening in another game.

MLB at Bat

There's a lot packed into the MLB at Bat app, but it comes at a cost: the app itself is $14.99 (there's also a very stripped-down version that's free), but if you want to watch live games you'll need a subscription to MLB.tv, which starts at $99 for the season. Luckily, thanks to a deal MLB made with Volvo, you won't need a subscription for the first month of the season, so you can try before you buy.

MLB.TV on Roku and Apple TV
If you own a Roku box ($69 at Amazon) or an Apple TV ($99 at Amazon), you're already almost all set up to watch baseball this season. With an MLB.tv subscription (the same one you'll need for the MLB at Bat app), you get access to live-streaming games via your Roku box or your Apple TV, along with plenty of other features like fantasy player tracking, DVR controls, and even on-demand access to local games (which you can't watch live) 90 minutes after the game ends.

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Injured Twins poised for Opening Day return

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB,

Joe MauerWhen the Minnesota Twins arrived in Florida in mid-February, they put a new spin on the purpose of the preseason. The point of Spring Training is to get back into shape after the winter, but for the Twins, it was an opportunity to recover from some serious injuries to key players. All of catcher Joe Mauer, first baseman Justin Morneau and closer Joe Nathan are back in action and look like they’ll be ready to play come Opening Day.

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Apple TV adds live MLB and NBA streaming

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, HDTV, Home Entertainment,

Apple TV MLB.tv

Thanks to a software update for Apple TV announced Wednesday, owners can now stream live and archived U.S. NBA and MLB games. The Apple TV update version 4.2 also adds 5.1 Dolby audio to Netflix streaming.

Starting at $64.95 a year, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) "League Pass Broadband" lets you follow seven teams, while a $99.95 option lets you watch games from all 30 teams, amounting to more than 40 games a week during the season. However there is a location-based blackout period, meaning that you'll only be able to access your subscription in the state or zip code in which you purchased it.

Meanwhile Major League Baseball's "MLB.TV" streaming package, also available on Roku and PlayStation 3, starts at $19.99/month or $99.99/year for the Standard package; $24.99/month or $119.99 a year for the Premium package. Premium adds the ability to choose home or away team video broadcasts, DVR functionality, and split-screen viewing.

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Justin Bieber Video to Debut During World Series

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Music Videos, Pop,

Justin BieberWorld Series fans will have their sport interrupted by the same crashing wave of pop that has swept up the rest of the country: Justin Bieber.

The singer’s new music video for “Never Say Never” will premiere during Game 3’s pre-game show on Saturday.

Original American Idol champ -- and native Texan --  Kelly Clarkson will also be on hand in Texas to sing the national anthem.

“Never Say Never” is on Bieber’s new album, which hits shelves November 23. (The teen's concert film -- Justin Bieber: Never Say Never -- will then hit theaters on February 11.)

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TV on DVD: October 5, 2010

Bones Season 5 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • All in the Family (Season 7)
  • Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
  • Blue Mountain State (Season 1)
  • Bones (Season 5)
  • Cake Boss (Season 2)
  • Caprica (Season 1.0)
  • Gunsmoke (Season 4, Vol. 1)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 7)
  • Medium (Season 6)
  • Monk (Complete Series)
  • SGU: Stargate Universe (Season 1)
  • Survivor: Africa (Season 3)
  • Survivor: Marquesas (Season 4)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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The Washington Nationals choose Bryce Harper with the first pick of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Drafts, MLB,

Bryce Harper

As many thought would happen, the Washington Nationals selected baseball phenom Bryce Harper with the first pick of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.  Harper has been highly-touted since last year thanks to his prodigious power and lightning-quick bat speed.  He played mostly catcher in his baseball career, as well as pitched, but the Nats will use Harper as an outfielder in right field, in order to utilize his athleticism and strong arm.  The 17-year-old, 6-foot-3, 205 pound also known as “Baseball’s Chosen One” according to a Sports Illustrated cover last year is represented by Scott Boras who also repped last year’s first overall pick, Stephen Strasburg, with the very same Nats team.  The Nats faithful are hoping both players will lead the charge in turning things around for the organization and if they can live up to both their hype and upside, that time will come.

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Woes for the O’s

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB,

Ty WiggintonWho needed a day off more than the Baltimore Orioles? Perhaps the rest of baseball. MLB’s worst team by record sat Monday after being swept for the second time this season by the Toronto Blue Jays, the team who many thought would finish behind the O’s in the standings for the first time since 2004. Instead two months into the season, the Jays are 14.5 games ahead. It’s not looking too good for the fortune-telling community.

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Today is Jackie Robinson Day

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jackie RobinsonFollowing the yearly tradition, baseball will honor the memory of Jackie Robinson today as every player league-wide will suit up wearing his famed number 42 on their backs. Today is the 63rd anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. The number was retired throughout baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig on the 50th anniversary when Robinson when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. You won’t be able to walk into a stadium today without being reminded of Robinson’s fantastic achievement.

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Tigers get Damon, ending long offseason

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

DescriptionJohnny Damon’s offseason has likely come to an end. MLB.com is reporting that Damon will soon likely be announced as the new left fielder of the Detroit Tigers. They won’t make the announcement until Monday or Tuesday, but by then Damon will be the proud new owner of a Tigers cap and will be paid $8 million over the next year to wear it. Damon will also find himself nicely slotted into the leadoff or second spot in the lineup.

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