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Field of Links: Sogard surging in ‘Face of MLB’ contest, Sad Sochi Bear, Upton’s zero gravity photo shoot

Feb 19, 2014, 10:11 AM PST

Eric Sogard is on a collision course with Buster Posey in MLB Network’s Face of MLB competition. The improbable run of the Oakland Athletics’ second baseman has been fueled exclusively by the fan vote. They even had his name trending worldwide on Twitter at one point. A’s fans are a creative and loyal bunch, and they are doing their best to collectively thumb their nose at Major League Baseball.

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Sure, A’s fans legitimately love their bespectacled infielder, but even he’d be the first to tell you that he’s not the face of his own team, let alone the MLB. Sogard advanced past Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and crushed Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies in the second round. It will be interesting to see what happens when rival fan bases go head-to-head in the quarterfinals, as Sogard will be facing Posey.

— There’s no question that Stephen Curry is the face of the Warriors, but Andrew Bogut’s shoulder could derail their season.

The Giants avoided arbitration with first baseman Brandon Belt.

It’s a good year for the San Francisco 49ers to have a stockpile of draft picks, writes insider Matt Maiocco. He’ll be scouting the talent at the NFL Combine starting this Thursday.

Find out why Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn’t want to use the franchise tag.

Time to tag the web with some links…

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Jerry Seinfeld did his standup act on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The Olympics are basically over for Russia, after Finland bounced the Russian hockey team from medal contention.

No one took Russia’s loss harder than the Sochi Bear, though.

— Rays pitcher Alex Cobb proposed to his girlfriend with the help of a dolphin. Pretty good, right? Well, Blue Jays pitcher Casey Janssen just upped the anti:

Speaking of the Rays, they’ll have a Joe Maddon ‘Mr. Potato Head’ giveaway.

— JOB OPPORTUNITY! There’s a clown shortage in America.

Kate Upton did a zero gravity photo shoot.

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