10/11/2012 | Backs against the wall, O's lean on experience
No team ever wants to be on the brink of elimination, but being there before -- and coming out alive -- certainly can't hurt should the situation arise again.
10/11/2012 | Resilient O's force Game 5 on Hardy's hit in 13th
Fresh off a dramatic and excruciating extra-innings loss in Game 3, the Orioles edged the Yankees in a 2-1, 13-inning win Thursday night to force a decisive Game 5 in New York.
10/11/2012 | Cards recognize history will take them only so far
There has been so much talk about the Cardinals' experience in the postseason and all the times they've faced elimination and lived to tell about it. And all along, it was something to talk about.
10/11/2012 | Cards' bats unable to break through in nail-biter
As was the case in the regular season, the Cardinals have thrived in one-sided ballgames but struggled in close ones during the NLDS.
10/11/2012 | Jeter starts Game 4 at DH due to bone bruise
Derek Jeter's streak of consecutive postseason games played at shortstop came to an end at 155 on Thursday night.
10/11/2012 | Elimination game is nothing new for Cardinals
It will be the defending World Series champion Cardinals colliding with the National League East champion Nationals at dazzling, pulsating Nationals Park in Game 5 on Friday night.
10/11/2012 | Cards to address Garcia's status before Game 5
Accompanied by team physician George Paletta, Jaime Garcia traveled to New York on Thursday to have orthopedic surgeon David Altcheck provide a second opinion on his ailing left shoulder.
10/11/2012 | Girardi keeps managing Yanks after father's death
Jerry Girardi, the father of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, died Saturday at age 81. Joe Girardi will manage in Game 4 of the AL Division Series on Thursday.
10/11/2012 | Three keys to Game 5: Tigers vs A's
There's only one day, and one game, that matters now, as the Tigers and A's prepare for Thursday night's deciding Game 5.
10/11/2012 | Brantley undergoes surgery on sports hernia
One of Michael Brantley's goals this past season was to stay on the field as much as possible for an Indians team that has been plagued by injuries in recent years.
10/11/2012 | Postseason legend Stewart likes A's chances
Dave Stewart won three rings with three different clubs and made it to five Fall Classics. On Thursday, "Stew" came to the MLB Fan Cave in Greenwich Village as part of Major League Baseball's "Legends are Born in October" postseason marketing campaign.
10/11/2012 | Foster honored to throw Game 5 first pitch in Cincy
George Foster tossed the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants. Incidentally, Thursday also marked the 40th anniversary of his pennant-clinching run in the NLCS.
10/11/2012 | Bortnick using Fall play to prove he belongs
In his short life as a professional baseball player, Tyler Bortnick has learned nothing is a surprise.
10/11/2012 | Boston will interview Ausmus for manager vacancy
New England native Brad Ausmus, who spent 18 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher, will interview for Boston's managerial opening, likely at some point next week.
10/11/2012 | Improbable no problem for intense Giants
What the Giants did at Great American Ball Park, in the hours and days following Bruce Bochy's pregame pep talk when San Francisco trailed the NLDS two games to none, will be remembered for a long while.
10/11/2012 | Gio gets chance at redemption in Game 5
If Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez took anything out of his National League Division Series Game 1 outing, it was that the defending champion Cardinals cannot be underestimated.
10/11/2012 | Pence's rally cry brought out Giants' inner warrior
Hunter Pence's rally cry -- "Look into each other eyes! Play for each other! Win each moment! Win each inning!" -- became the Giants' rallying cry when they needed it most.
10/11/2012 | Buster grooves the knockout punch vs. Reds
Buster Posey finished the regular season with a league-best .336 batting average to go along with 39 doubles, 24 homers and 103 RBIs. So when the opportunity arose for someone to submit a season-shifting knockout punch, who better to provide it?
10/11/2012 | Year that began with promise ends in disappointment
My hometown team's prospects started plenty more promising, as the Reds went 2-0 in San Francisco, but three straight losses at home brought their season to a close.
10/11/2012 | Bullpen comes up big in Giants' comeback
San Francisco's relievers allowed two runs over the final 14 innings of the National League Division series -- all victories -- to ensure the team advanced to the next round.
10/11/2012 | Two starters, not Lincecum, available for Giants
Tim Lincecum probably threw his last pitch of the National League Division Series, but two of his fellow starters were deemed available as relievers by Giants manager Bruce Bochy as Thursday's Game 5 showdown with the Cincinnati Reds approached.
10/11/2012 | Giants slam their way to historic NLCS berth
Buster Posey's grand slam culminated a six-run outburst in the fifth inning that propelled the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Thursday's decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
10/11/2012 | Baker hopes for deep start by Latos in Game 5
When it is an elimination game, the "book" is thrown out by the managers, and they'll do anything to win and survive.
10/11/2012 | Werth plays hero in Nationals' biggest victory
Jayson Werth's walk-off homer in Game 4 transformed Nationals Park into a giant party, gave the Nats a 2-1 victory and forced a decisive Game 5 -- vindicating to many, in a single moment, the contract that Werth signed not so long ago.
10/11/2012 | Nats' home-field edge sure to be factor in Game 5
Ryan Zimmerman called Game 4 the best nine innings he has ever experienced, complete with the wildest atmosphere to blanket Nationals Park. So the Nats figure to press that home-field advantage in Friday's Game 5, with a trip to the NLCS on the line.
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