10/10/2013 | Chen has successful right knee surgery
Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen had surgery to remove small bone spurs in his right knee, the Orioles announced Thursday night.
10/10/2013 | Dodgers trio has substantial ties to Cardinals
Somewhere along the way in their respective careers, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Scott Van Slyke underwent successful transfusions of faith. They currently bleed Dodger Blue, as they should. But Thursday, they easily summoned the days when Cardinal Red figuratively ran through their veins.
10/10/2013 | Machado to undergo surgery on left knee
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his left knee on Monday, a procedure that will require a four-to-six month rehab and potentially delay his readiness next spring.
10/10/2013 | McGwire's imprint on both Cardinals and Dodgers
Mark McGwire spent three years helping build the Cardinals into an elite offensive unit but will now try to point the Dodgers' pitching staff toward those hitters' holes.
10/10/2013 | Greinke no stranger to facing Cardinals in NLCS
Zack Greinke was on his best behavior Thursday, which is to say the Dodgers right-hander got through the day before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series (Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT on TBS) without providing the Cardinals any bulletin-board material, like he did while with the Brewers during the 2011 NLCS. Greinke will pitch opposite the Cardinals' Joe Kelly in the teams' first NLCS matchup since 1985.
10/10/2013 | Fan celebrations better off staying in the stands
Sometimes, the good ol' days really weren't. Take those "celebrations" on the baseball diamond in times gone by ... please. I'm referring to the loud and colorful ones involving fans hurdling fences before sprinting like maniacs toward nowhere in particular on the field after their Major League team clinched a series during the playoffs.
10/10/2013 | Game 1 starter Kelly embodies Cards' philosophy
Joe Kelly's understanding of the team concept -- taking his lumps and working hard at whatever role the club asked of him -- and his knack for pouncing on the opportunity to shine once it was presented to him embodies what this Cardinals team has done in reaching the postseason and advancing to a third consecutive NLCS.
10/10/2013 | Child's play: Victorino always goes all-out
Put Shane Victorino on a big stage like the postseason and viewers all over the map quickly take note of the relentless way he plays. Just don't be fooled into thinking the energetic right fielder for the Red Sox changes his effort level with the calendar.
10/10/2013 | Adjustments at plate ongoing for Middlebrooks
Regardless of the numbers he has posted since mid-September, Will Middlebrooks feels good about his swing heading into the American League Championship Series.
10/10/2013 | Cards have elite manager to match first-class franchise
Mike Matheny makes a persistent effort to deflect attention from himself. This effort is frequently successful. But the success of his team, the St. Louis Cardinals, is going to make that an increasingly difficult task.
10/10/2013 | Blanco declines Minors assignment from Mariners
Veteran catcher Henry Blanco has elected for free agency after declining to be outrighted to the Minor Leagues by the Mariners, the club announced Thursday.
10/10/2013 | Seeking hot hitter, Melvin starts Callaspo
Hoping for an improved offensive showing against Tigers righty Justin Verlander, A's manager Bob Melvin elected to give Alberto Callaspo the start at second base over Eric Sogard on Thursday for Game 5 of the ALDS.
10/10/2013 | Melvin reluctant to use Colon out of bullpen
Less than three hours before his club was set to take the field against the Tigers for Game 5 of the American League Division Series, A's manager Bob Melvin remained reluctant to use righty Bartolo Colon out of the bullpen.
10/10/2013 | Bogaerts has shown he can handle postseason stage
The Red Sox are planning no changes to their roster for the American League Championship Series, which begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, against the Tigers. That means base-on-balls machine Xander Bogaerts could get another chance to impact a playoff game off Boston's bench.
10/10/2013 | Three keys for Cardinals vs. Dodgers in NLCS
After facing a familiar opponent in their National League Division Series, the Cardinals are now preparing to face a franchise with a similarly storied postseason history for the opportunity to move on to the World Series.
10/10/2013 | As Red Sox roll on, Cherington proving worthy architect
There were good vibes around these Boston Red Sox from the earliest days of Spring Training. At the time, general manager Ben Cherington wasn't sure what to make of the things he was seeing and hearing.
10/10/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Tigers-A's, Game 5
Here is a look at Thursday's starting lineups for Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Athletics.
10/10/2013 | Carpenter eager for hits to start falling
Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has struggled offensively during the postseason, but he's confident things will turn around in the National League Championship Series.
10/10/2013 | Cards to stay with same roster for NLCS
The Cardinals will maintain the same active roster for the National League Championship Series, leaving injured first baseman Allen Craig off once again as he continues to rehab his sprained left foot.
10/10/2013 | Peralta given start at shortstop in Game 5
The Tigers have stayed alive in this American League Division Series in no small part by getting Jhonny Peralta back into their lineup, putting their Opening Day shortstop in left field. For Thursday's winner-take-all Game 5, manager Jim Leyland took his chances with Peralta back at short.
10/10/2013 | Farrell stays course with ALCS roster
The Red Sox will roll into the American League Championship Series with the same 25-man roster they used for the AL Division Series. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that he doesn't anticipate any changes for the next round.
10/10/2013 | Making the case for Ripken's managerial potential
I would hire Cal Ripken as manager in a heartbeat. Is it a slam dunk he'll succeed? Absolutely not. Guess what? Mike Matheny wasn't a slam dunk, either. Neither was Don Mattingly or Robin Ventura.
10/10/2013 | Trout's father figures in baseball development
The baseball world is captivated by what Mike Trout does on a baseball field at such a young age. But those who know him best are just as impressed by how the 22-year-old superstar conducts himself off the field. For that, Trout credits his upbringing -- particularly his baseball-playing dad.
10/10/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Hamilton's a ballplayer
Some think Billy Hamilton will be another Vince Coleman, a guy who can run but never really hit. But Hamilton knows how to use his plus tool well in today's game. He's a baseball player. Coleman, on the other hand, may have been more of a track star who played baseball.
10/10/2013 | Dodgers' return to NLCS 'special' for Colletti
He has assembled four playoff teams, survived a change in ownership and taken the brunt of criticism from fans -- fair or not -- during the down years. Now, general manager Ned Colletti again has the Dodgers within four wins of the World Series.
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