10/8/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 8, 2013
The postseason in Major League Baseball is all about arriving, striving, thriving and surviving. And on one magic Monday, with games in each of the four Division Series, fans found brilliant examples of these qualities everywhere.
10/8/2013 | Crawford's power sets tone right off bat for Dodgers
Carl Crawford continued his power surge Monday night with a pair of solo home runs that helped the Dodgers win the National League Division Series with a 4-3 victory over the Braves in Game 4.
10/8/2013 | Oct. 7 Don Mattingly postgame interview
Oct. 7 Don Mattingly postgame interview
10/8/2013 | Ownership marvels at how far Dodgers have come
A couple of key members of the ownership group converged in a happy home clubhouse at Dodger Stadium following the Dodgers' series-clinching 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
10/8/2013 | Dodgers savor chance to celebrate at home
With a 4-3 victory over the Braves in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers advanced to the NL Championship Series and had reason to party for the second time in three weeks.
10/8/2013 | Braves' season ends with crushing NLDS defeat
After Freddy Garcia held his own in a matchup against Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 of the NLDS on Monday night, the Braves were doomed by their bullpen, which had been one of their greatest strengths throughout the season. Juan Uribe's eighth-inning two-run home run off David Carpenter provided the Dodgers a lead they would not relinquish on the way to ending their series against the Braves with a 4-3 victory.
10/8/2013 | Rays are at their best with their backs against the wall
These Rays do nothing easily. They like to play with one arm tied behind their backs, with those backs to the wall. They're at their best when they're down for a 10 count, and they don't get up until it reaches nine. That's their trademark this autumn.
10/7/2013 | Buchholz: Tide turned on non-foul ball call in fourth
For Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz the moment Game 3, which ended on a walk-off homer from Jose Lobaton, started to shift in the Rays' favor wasn't Evan Longoria's game-tying three-run homer in the fifth, but a would-be foul popup in an inning that yielded no runs.
10/7/2013 | Asked to bunt, Uribe ups the ante with decisive homer
With the Dodgers trailing by a run and down to their final six outs in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, all manager Don Mattingly wanted Juan Uribe to do was drop down a bunt in order to move the potential tying run over to third base. Uribe did his skipper one -- or two -- better.
10/7/2013 | Peavy looks to extinguish Rays' must-win magic
The never-say-die Rays improved to 4-0 in elimination games this year, but the Red Sox are still in control of this Division Series with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five set. On Tuesday night, Boston looks to clinch behind veteran Jake Peavy, who matches up with Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
10/7/2013 | Oct. 7 Joe Maddon postgame interview
Manager Joe Maddon spoke about the Rays' walk-off win against the Red Sox to force a Game 4.
10/7/2013 | Nagy says he's out as D-backs pitching coach
Charles Nagy confirmed Monday night that he has been dismissed as the D-backs' pitching coach.
10/7/2013 | Dodgers honor Garvey with ceremonial first relay
About an hour before game time, Steve Garvey hinted that the ceremonial first pitch he was scheduled to throw was going to have an interesting twist.
10/7/2013 | Peavy looks to punch Sox's ticket to ALCS
Jake Peavy has a chance to secure a series win, in his first start since Sept. 25, and end Tampa Bay's season when he takes the hill in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Chance at sweep brushed aside in walk-off loss
Jose Lobaton ended a tense and long-winding contest by belting a two-out walk-off homer to right-center in the bottom of the ninth against Koji Uehara to give the Rays a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the ALDS.
10/7/2013 | Back end of 'pen clamps down for Dodgers
Despite another quality start from Clayton Kershaw, who pitched on short rest and left after six innings with the score tied at 2, Monday's Game 4 of the NLDS was decided by the bullpens.
10/7/2013 | Grilli, Hurdle reward each other's trust
Jason Grilli and Clint Hurdle's relationship grew from a meeting in 2008, when Hurdle managed the Rockies, who had just received Grilli in a trade with the Tigers. Hurdle came over and stood with Grilli in short right field at Coors Field. After the pleasantries, Hurdle reached deep.
10/7/2013 | Calm, cool Mattingly has earned right to celebrate
Don Mattingly's job security has been a constant source of speculation, with his modest $1.4 million contract option for 2014 still dangling in front of him. Mattingly, though, has handled his twist in the wind with class and professionalism.
10/7/2013 | Braves find October futility hard to believe
In the last 23 years, the Atlanta Braves have won more regular-season games than any other team in baseball. Yet not only have they manage to win just one World Series in that stretch, but with their elimination by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series on Monday night, the Braves have lost their last eight postseason series.
10/7/2013 | Maddon says Myers should be fine for Game 4
Wil Myers left the Rays' 5-4 walk-off win against the Red Sox on Monday before the eighth inning because of cramping in both of his legs, but manager Joe Maddon expected Myers to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
10/7/2013 | Triumphant triumvirate: Rookies save Cards' season
And so it was that three rookie arms saved the Cardinals' season. Michael Wacha flirted with history, Carlos Martinez shut things down in the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal closed the door in a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Monday.
10/7/2013 | Longo adds to long list of game-changing hits
Like he's done so many times before, Evan Longoria sparked the Rays when they appeared down and out. His fifth-inning three-run homer off Clay Buchholz tied the score en route to a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Short series plays into decision to skip Nolasco
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said the Dodgers' decision to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest instead of Ricky Nolasco in Game 4 of the NLDS does not show the club has lost confidence in Nolasco.
10/7/2013 | Cashner caps year with Performance of Month Award
Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner won the Head & Shoulders Pitching Performance of the Month award for September.
10/7/2013 | Pirates heap high praise on rookie Wacha
It took an inning or so Monday afternoon for the record PNC Park crowd to harness its enthusiasm for taunting Cardinals rookie right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha. By the second inning, the singsong "Waaaaaa-kaaaa" was ringing pretty well. Pirates hitters, however, struggled to a much greater degree -- almost at a historic level -- to solve Wacha in their 2-1 loss.
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