10/5/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 5, 2013
The postseason slate was packed from early afternoon to late night on Friday, and the two clubs that took early series leads the prior day found themselves reeled in by their opponents.
10/5/2013 | Aiming to even series, A's face another ace
On the heels of Max Scherzer's dominating Game 1 effort in the Tigers' 3-2 win over the A's, here comes Justin Verlander. In Game 2 on Saturday night, Oakland rookie Sonny Gray, in his 11th career start, engages Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.
10/5/2013 | Cespedes is lone bright spot as A's bats struggle
Yoenis Cespedes' homer provided the A's their only runs in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers, and they know they will need others to contribute to come back in the American League Division Series.
10/5/2013 | Colon recovers after three-run first, but A's can't
Bartolo Colon lacked his normal pinpoint accuracy in the top of the first inning of Friday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
10/5/2013 | With Benoit closing, it's substance over style
Gone are the days of the dizzying Motown amusement park rides orchestrated by Fernando Rodney and Jose Valverde. Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit turns out the lights emphatically, without any dance moves, in the Valverde fashion, or imaginary arrows piercing the sky, Rodney style.
10/5/2013 | Miggy feels good, says 'no time to complain or worry'
Going into Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Oakland, there had been some question about how nagging groin and abdominal injuries would impact one of baseball's best hitters and, by extension, the Tigers' postseason chances. If Detroit's 3-2 win over the Athletics is any indication, he should be just fine.
10/5/2013 | Scherzer validates Tigers' choice to give him Game 1
As well as Max Scherzer pitched in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday, he probably didn't need any help.
10/5/2013 | C. Johnson continues to rake with RISP
Chris Johnson's uncanny knack for driving the ball through holes in the defense nearly won him a National League batting title in 2013, and it has translated into postseason play in helping the Braves chip away at the Dodgers' top starters in the first two games of the National League Division Series.
10/5/2013 | A's puzzled by Tigers' Scherzer in Game 1
Yoenis Cespedes' homer in the seventh inning wasn't enough to offset the A's struggles against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who held Oakland to three hits and struck out 11 in Detroit's Game 1 victory on Friday night at O.co Coliseum.
10/5/2013 | Scherzer superb as Tigers top A's for Game 1 victory
This is the Tigers' postseason plan: Score early runs for their starting pitcher, then let him carry it to the back end of their bullpen to close it out. One game into Detroit's playoff drive, it worked pretty well to script, as Max Scherzer's seven innings and 11 K's led the Tigers to a 3-2 win over the A's in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
10/5/2013 | Oct. 4 Jim Leyland postgame interview
Game 1 postgame interview with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
10/5/2013 | Jim Leyland Oct. 5 postgame interview
Game 2 postgame interview with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
10/5/2013 | Minor stays course for first postseason win
Southpaw Mike Minor overcame a shaky first inning to nail down his first postseason victory as the Braves earned a 4-3 decision over the Dodgers on Friday in Game 2 of the NL Division Series.
10/4/2013 | Heyward aces test in the clutch against lefty
If there were any lingering doubts about Jason Heyward's confidence when facing left-handed pitching, he erased them with a clutch two-run hit in the Braves' Game 2 victory Friday over the Dodgers in the Division Series.
10/4/2013 | Greinke grinds, but Braves clutch when it counts
Though the numbers may indicate Zack Greinke turned in yet another quality start on Friday night, the right-hander's Game 2 performance in the National League Division Series seemed to lack some of the dominance that has become so typical of his outings.
10/4/2013 | Emerging Teheran gets the Game 3 call for Braves
Julio Teheran struggled in his first taste of the Majors, which is not uncommon for a pitcher his age. But his issues melted into the following season as he worked through mechanical issues. Just as suddenly, Teheran reemerged this year as the top-flight talent he always was. His reward? A date with Los Angeles in Game 3 of the NLDS, starting opposite Hyun-Jin Ryu in an 8 p.m. ET game on TBS at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, with the series tied, 1-1.
10/4/2013 | Offense subdued as Dodgers fall into NLDS tie
Hanley Ramirez homered, doubled twice and drove in all three runs for the Dodgers, but Clayton Kershaw's dominating Game 1 win was neutralized with a 4-3 loss to the Braves in Game 2 on Friday.
10/4/2013 | Called on for four outs, Kimbrel keeps cool
Summoned with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth inning of National League Division Series Game 2 on Friday, Craig Kimbrel further frenzied the home crowd by retiring Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe on a 101-mph fastball. He then worked around two walks in the ninth, hitting triple digits on eight of his 25 total pitches.
10/4/2013 | Gordon says replays show he was safe
Slow motion replays from several different angles in the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Braves in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Friday suggested Dee Gordon, in to pinch-run for A.J. Ellis in the ninth inning of a one-run game, just may have been safe.
10/4/2013 | Avilan, Heyward come up clutch in pivotal seventh
Luis Avilan induced a critical double play that he helped turn in the top of the seventh inning before the Braves then scored twice in a bizarre bottom half to extend their lead over the Dodgers, tightening their grip around a Game 2 that they went on to win, 4-3, on Friday night.
10/4/2013 | Oct. 4 Fredi Gonzalez postgame interview
Game 2 postgame interview with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
10/4/2013 | Dodgers unable to lend Hanley helping hand
The Dodgers could not cash in on a number of opportunities early in Friday's Game 2 of the NLDS, ultimately resulting in a one-run loss despite out-hitting Atlanta, 10-6, and a stellar night at the plate from Hanley Ramirez.
10/4/2013 | Boisterous fans make their presence felt
Red Sox fans were slow to make noise at the start of Game 1 of the American League Division Series, but they more than came to life during a five-run rally in the fourth inning.
10/4/2013 | Brave new series: Minor, Atlanta even NLDS
Mike Minor erased any doubt about his ability to pitch in big games, and Luis Avilan induced the most significant of the three double plays the Braves turned while getting back on track with Friday night's 4-3 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
10/4/2013 | Hustlin' Gomes epitomizes Red Sox turnaround
From the very beginning of this magical season, these Red Sox have prided themselves on their hustle and grit and all that other good stuff, and Jonny Gomes is at the center of that mentality.
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