10/7/2013 | Hurdle's decision to go with Cole the right one
Despite what A.J. Burnett has meant to the Pirates, it's the correct call by Clint Hurdle to send Gerrit Cole to the hill in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Tigers try to extend ALDS as A's eye series win
For Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday in Detroit, the A's will try to punch their ticket to the AL Championship Series, while the Tigers hope to avoid elimination from the playoffs.
10/7/2013 | Juan and done: Uribe powers Dodgers to NLCS
Juan Uribe became part of franchise lore Monday night with a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Dodgers clinched the best-of-five National League Division Series with a stirring 4-3 comeback win over the Braves.
10/7/2013 | Padres to retain all of skipper Black's coaches
The Padres announced on Monday that all seven members of manager Bud Black's coaching staff will return for the 2014 season.
10/7/2013 | Blue Jays make two changes to coaching staff
Hitting coach Chad Mottola and first base coach Dwayne Murphy will not return for the 2014 season, the club announced Monday. The other coaches will remain with the Blue Jays in their current roles.
10/7/2013 | In-season challenges prepared Bucs for this moment
The Pirates have been battling their way through ups and downs for more than three months now, and after Monday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at PNC Park, they'll have to keep on battling -- in St. Louis, to be precise.
10/7/2013 | Braves prepared for Kershaw this time around
This time around, Atlanta believes it is better prepared against Clayton Kershaw. Before Thursday night, the Braves hadn't faced Kershaw since Sept. 4, 2011. Now, they will see him twice in one week and on three days' rest, something the left-hander has never done before.
10/7/2013 | Dodgers remain confident in struggling Rodriguez
Paco Rodriguez has seen a drop in production recently, but the Dodgers still have confidence in the rookie reliever going forward.
10/7/2013 | Unlike Dodgers, Braves stick with their starter
When the Dodgers opted to start Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Monday night, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez stuck with his plan to send Freddy Garcia to the mound with the season on the line.
10/7/2013 | Despite lost no-no, Wacha's effort no less impressive
One loss from being pushed over the cliff into the abyss of playoff elimination, the Cardinals started Michael Wacha in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Monday. And judging by the 22-year-old rookie's effort -- taking a no-hitter into the eighth in the 2-1 win -- it's safe to say St. Louis knew what it was doing.
10/7/2013 | Rays use Trop's quirks to stave off elimination
With a little help from their quirky field and its loud, sold-out crowd, the Rays staved off elimination Monday as things went back to normal at Tropicana Field -- or at least the kind of normal to which the Rays have grown accustomed -- in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS.
10/7/2013 | Holliday's resounding homer makes Pirates pay
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insisted his club wasn't pitching around postseason force Carlos Beltran, and Matt Holliday would have been shocked if the Bucs were. Still, it was unmistakable that in a game without many scoring opportunities on either side, Holliday had some of the best. In his third at-bat Monday, he cashed in.
10/7/2013 | A's belt three homers to take 2-1 ALDS lead
The A's tagged Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez for three home runs, including two in a telling three-run fifth inning, in a 6-3 victory that gave them a 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | After big year, Tribe still sees room for improvement
The Indians wanted more than a taste of the postseason. After everything the club went through this season and after exceeding all the external expectations, reaching the American League Wild Card Game only to head home served as a bitter ending for Cleveland.
10/7/2013 | Cespedes extends playoff hit streak to eight
With his fifth-inning single off Detroit's Anibal Sanchez on Monday in Oakland's 6-3 win at Comerica Park, Yoenis Cespedes has hit safely in each of his first eight playoff games, dating back to last year's Division Series -- also against Detroit.
10/7/2013 | Zobrist's wife, Julianna, sings anthem at Trop
The last time Julianna Zobrist sang the national anthem at Tropicana Field her husband, Ben, took center stage, blasting a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th inning. She hoped that magic carried over into Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Oct. 7 Michael Wacha postgame interview
Game 5 winner Michael Wacha spoke about his near-no-hitter against the Pirates in the NLDS.
10/7/2013 | Red Sox-Rays drama enhanced by riveting twists
Facing yet another elimination game, the Rays refused to go down to their AL East rivals without a fight, winning Game 3 -- a game both teams saw the beauty in -- to extend the Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Braves-Dodgers, Game 4
A look at Monday's starting lineups for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and the Dodgers.
10/7/2013 | Cards ready to follow Wainwright to NLCS in Game 5
That the Cardinals are heading back to St. Louis after forcing a Game 5 is an indisputable coup. That they get another chance to give Adam Wainwright the ball is certainly an added bonus.
10/7/2013 | Pirates call on calm Cole for do-or-die Game 5
The towel-waving bedlam during player introductions at PNC Park grew several octaves higher and many decibel points louder on Sunday when the crowd heard, "No. 45, pitcher Gerrit Cole." On Wednesday, Busch Stadium will likely be every bit as loud when Cole's name is announced as the Pirates' starting pitcher in the deciding fifth game of the NLDS. But it'll be the booming rumble of boos and catcalls.
10/7/2013 | Hunter tweaks shoulder, says he's 'good' for Game 4
Coco Crisp's leadoff double past Torii Hunter's diving attempt wasn't just a good break for the A's offense in Game 3 of their American League Division Series. It was a bad break for Hunter, who spent the rest of the game playing through an injured left shoulder.
10/7/2013 | No no-no? No problem: Cards survive to force Game 5
Supported by Matt Holliday's sixth-inning homer, Michael Wacha tossed 7 1/3 hitless innings before allowing a home run, extending the Cardinals' season by dazzling in a 2-1 Game 4 win over the Pirates. The victory sends this National League Division Series back to St. Louis for a decisive Game 5.
10/7/2013 | Oct. 7 Bob Melvin postgame interview
Oct. 7 Bob Melvin postgame interview
10/7/2013 | Parker has just enough in tank for Game 3 win
If A's fans were wondering why manager Bob Melvin yanked starter Jarrod Parker on Monday after only five innings and 73 pitches in Game 3 of their American League Division Series, wonder no more. "He just wasn't feeling right," Melvin responded to a quick question before leaving his office at Comerica Park.
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