10/11/2012 | Jackson springs into action to spark Tigers
Austin Jackson is one of the major reasons the Tigers are advancing to their second consecutive AL Championship Series.
10/11/2012 | Wood proud to attend groundbreaking of new field
Kerry Wood is just 35 years old, but he already has a field named after him. Or at least he will when it's done being built.
10/11/2012 | Verlander's ALDS showing raises already high bar
After Justin Verlander picked up his second victory of the series with an 11-K shutout that sent the Tigers back to the ALCS, there was no doubt who the unofficial MVP of this Division Series was.
10/11/2012 | DeRosa fires up Nats with pregame speech
Mark DeRosa has read Teddy Roosevelt's famous "The Man in the Arena" speech plenty of times before big games -- quietly, to himself.
10/11/2012 | Bats muffled over 13, Yanks pushed to edge
J.J. Hardy rocketed a 13th-inning double off the left-field wall to drive in the go-ahead run as the Orioles forced the Yankees to a decisive final contest in the American League Division Series, posting a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
10/11/2012 | Verlander to have long leash in Game 5
Tigers manager Jim Leyland acknowledged before Game 5 of the ALDS that "this game will probably be decided with [Justin] Verlander in the game."
10/11/2012 | Fifth game deprives Yanks-O's winner of rest
Following Friday's ALDS Game 5, the losing team will disperse. The winning team's players will have absolutely no leisure time. They'll pop some champagne, most likely, and start thinking about Game 1 of the AL Championship Series -- the very next day.
10/11/2012 | Relaxed Hammel honored to get call for Game 5
It's hard to believe -- even in his craziest scenarios -- that Jason Hammel pictured himself standing where he will on Friday: starting Game 5 of the ALDS in New York.
10/11/2012 | Storybook year ends in heartbreak for A's
Stopped by a vintage Justin Verlander, the A's were handcuffed by the Tigers righty for nine dominant frames, as a commendable effort by their very own ace, Jarrod Parker, went for naught in an eliminating 6-0 loss in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
10/11/2012 | It's simple for Nats, Cards: Win or go home
The big payoff comes now: Game 5 and everything on the line at Nationals Park, with the survivor moving on to engage the Giants in the NL Championship Series. Gio Gonzalez, Washington's 21-game winner, takes the ball for the Nationals against the Cards' Adam Wainwright.
10/11/2012 | When Yankees are involved, the news never stops
Less than 24 hours after their latest game for the ages, reality stepped and obligated the Yankees' beat guys to write stories that had nothing to do with the two prodigious pokes Raul Ibanez produced Wednesday night in Game 3.
10/11/2012 | Saunders starts, but Tillman gets taste of limelight
Joe Saunders was asked to keep the Orioles' season alive on Thursday night with the team down, 2-1, in its matchup with the New York Yankees.
10/11/2012 | Starting to jog, Rivera continues to improve
A day after he threw out the first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the American League Division Series, injured Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said that his right knee has healed well enough that running has entered the picture.
10/11/2012 | Rolen uncertain if he'll return or retire
Scott Rolen struck out to end the Reds' season. That much was certain. Whether it ended Rolen's long and productive career, that was uncertain.
10/11/2012 | Like old days, Stadium scene of playoff celebration
Just like at the original Yankee Stadium when Reggie Jackson hit three homers in a playoff game 35 years ago, there was wild celebration at the current Yankee Stadium for a pair of Raul Ibanez homers that gave the Yankees a 3-2 walk-off win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
10/11/2012 | Reds credit Giants for unprecedented feat
While they failed to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them in the National League Division Series, the Reds were not hard-pressed to give credit where credit was due.
10/11/2012 | Uncertain future in Cincy awaits Baker
"I'm not sure where my career is going here in Cincinnati," Dusty Baker said after the Reds lost, 6-4, to the Giants in Game 5. "We're going to talk about that in the next couple of days. But I'm not through managing yet. I have more to do."
10/11/2012 | Wainwright relishes chance to close out NLDS
Adam Wainwright would have preferred kicking back a little Friday night, relaxing, thinking about how he planned to pitch against the Giants in the National League Championship Series opener.
10/11/2012 | Ibanez's heroics prompt social media eruption
The bedlam that broke out in the Bronx on Wednesday with Raul Ibanez's pair of home runs to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win in 12 innings over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series spilled over into social media.
10/11/2012 | O's give ball back to Johnson, and closer delivers
The Orioles were in a save situation in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night, and they gave the ball back to closer Jim Johnson.
10/11/2012 | Cards stymied behind sharp Lohse, fall in Game 4
For the second time in one week, the Cardinals have played themselves into a win-or-go-home situation. Yet, unlike their late-season push to earn a spot in the National League Wild Card game, this was an elimination game the Cards never wanted to see.
10/11/2012 | Sticking with Crawford pays off for Giants
Giants manager Bruce Bochy chose the steady Brandon Crawford over the hot Joaquin Arias at shortstop for Game 5, and Crawford rewarded that choice with two fine defensive plays and an RBI triple.
10/11/2012 | Latos takes the blame in series-ending loss
Reds starter Mat Latos left no room for nuance when discussing the team's season-ending loss to the Giants in the National League Division Series.
10/11/2012 | If they advance, A's to remove tarps for seats
Oakland announced that the team will remove the tarps that covered the seats on the third deck of the main grandstand for Games 1 and 2, opening up 11,698 new seats for a potential ALCS matchup against the Yankees or Orioles.
10/11/2012 | Girardi does his best through triumph, tragedy
In the relatively few words he spoke regarding his father -- who passed away last week -- and his mother, Joe Girardi showed a depth of feeling that many could not have otherwise seen. He was doing the very best a man could do in his job at Yankee Stadium, doing his best in both triumph and tragedy.
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