10/12/2013 | Confident Scherzer rested and ready for Red Sox
Max Scherzer will start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Sunday, his first time on the mound since his two innings of relief work against the Athletics in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers' bats neutralized behind Kershaw in duel
The Dodgers played .800 ball for two months this season. Now they must do it over the next five games: win four of five or be eliminated. They haven't dropped their first two games and gone on to win a best-of-seven postseason series since the 1981 World Series, but that's the assignment after a 1-0 Game 2 loss Saturday to the Cardinals, who took a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series that now moves to Los Angeles.
10/12/2013 | Scherzer focused on controlling running game
Tigers pitchers have had more than their share of struggles holding baserunners this season. Max Scherzer isn't one of them. His efforts to hold down the opposing running game, however, is an example of what manager Jim Leyland and his coaches have been trying to preach to other pitchers on the staff.
10/12/2013 | Blanks a lot: Near no-no keys Tigers' shutout of Sox
After Detroit fell two outs shy of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history following Anibal Sanchez's 12-K effort and stellar work by the bullpen, Joaquin Benoit induced the last out with the potential tying run on second to give the Tigers Game 1 of the ALCS with a 1-0 win at Fenway Park.
10/12/2013 | Peavy available out of bullpen if needed
Though Jake Peavy has pitched just once out of the bullpen in his career, he will have his spikes on for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and be ready if needed on Saturday night.
10/12/2013 | Napoli continues to grind through plantar fasciitis
During the last couple of months, as Mike Napoli has battled plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he has often come back strong after getting some rest.
10/12/2013 | Cardinals, Wacha flock to LA with 2-0 NLCS lead
After helping St. Louis stave off elimination in the National League Division Series, Michael Wacha pitched the Cardinals to a 2-0 advantage in the NLCS by silencing the Dodgers' offense and outdueling arguably the game's top pitcher. With Jon Jay's sacrifice fly as his only support, Wacha delivered 6 2/3 scoreless innings to send the Cards to a 1-0 win in front of 46,872 at Busch Stadium.
10/12/2013 | Tigers' ALCS roster set with return of Coke
The Tigers made their 25-man roster official Saturday morning for the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, with only one change, returning left-hander Phil Coke to the bullpen for right-hander Luke Putkonen.
10/12/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Tigers-Red Sox, Game 1
A look at Saturday's lineups for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Red Sox at Fenway Park.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers know how to stage comebacks
As improbable as overcoming an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-seven series might seem, it's not impossible. And the Dodgers even had to stage a major in-season comeback of their own to get where they are today. So no, that doesn't mean any concession or victory speeches are in order.
10/12/2013 | Cardinals delivering championship-level pitching
With the way the Cardinals are pitching in the clutch, they could be favored not only over the Dodgers, but over the 1927 New York Yankees.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers looking uncomfortably familiar vs. Cards
The Dodgers are looking like they did in May, when no one knew if they'd get their act together. That's bad. But after a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, the reality is the urgency is actually worse than it was in May, at least in terms of their potential shelf life.
10/12/2013 | From rookie year on, Wainwright prolific in big games
Adam Wainwright got a brief cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2005, and he was used in relief in '06, finally moving into the closer's role where he finished off the clinching game of the World Series. Wainwright moved into the rotation the following year and has been a mainstay ever since.
10/12/2013 | Mattingly wouldn't change strategy from Game 1
Disbelief and skepticism lingered Saturday over Don Mattingly's eighth-inning strategy in Friday night's 3-2 loss in the National League Championship Series opener against St. Louis. But the Dodgers' manager remained cool and composed.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers expect Ryu to rise to occasion in Game 3
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles' starter for Monday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against St. Louis, has the confidence of his teammates.
10/12/2013 | Hanley to have CT scan on ribs after X-rays negative
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had X-rays taken on his ribs during Game 2's 1-0 loss to the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series on Saturday, and they came back negative, but he said he will undergo a CT scan on Sunday because of the pain he felt trying to swing a bat.
10/12/2013 | Lynn to start Game 4; Miller remains in bullpen
Pitching in relief, Lance Lynn picked up the Game 1 win in the Cardinals' 3-2, 13-inning victory over the Dodgers on Friday. On Tuesday, he'll take the mound at Dodger Stadium with a chance to also win Game 4 of the National League Championship Series (7 p.m. CT on TBS).
10/12/2013 | Rosenthal gets pitching tip from Hall of Famer Gibson
Maybe it was fitting that before his first multiple-inning outing of this postseason, Trevor Rosenthal was spotted chatting during batting practice with a Cardinals pitcher who worked many, many innings in the postseason.
10/12/2013 | Jay in lineup vs. Kershaw, with Matheny's confidence
Despite his fielding gaffe and struggles at the plate in Friday's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, Jon Jay was right back in the lineup in a left-on-left matchup with the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on Saturday.
10/12/2013 | Bunt not out of question for Adams to beat shift
The strategy may be unorthodox for a middle-of-the-lineup power threat, but manager Mike Matheny said he won't discourage first baseman Matt Adams from considering laying a bunt down the third-base line if teams continue to shift their defense against him.
10/12/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 2
A look at Saturday's starting lineups for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cardinals
10/12/2013 | Ethier sits Game 2 after playing 13 innings in opener
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was not in the starting lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.
10/12/2013 | Prescription for Cards: More Car-Bel in 13
Having already delivered the game-tying hit and having already made the tie-preserving throw, Carlos Beltran -- Mr. October 2.0 -- put the finishing touches on a 3-2 Cardinals win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series by also providing the walk-off hit in the 13th inning.
10/12/2013 | Red Sox's playoff roster remains unchanged for ALCS
For the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox will stick with the roster that worked so successfully against the Rays in the Division Series.
10/12/2013 | Speed that burns: Berry wreaking havoc on the bases
Boston's Quintin Berry has never been caught stealing as a Major Leaguer. In the ALCS, his speed will be put to the test against the Tigers, a club that is well aware of what Berry brings to the table.
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