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10/4/2013 | Tough day for Myers in ALDS opener
Wil Myers went back a few steps, got his glove ready and put out his hand to signal that the play was his. But he suddenly stopped, and David Ortiz's routine fly ball dropped and skipped over the wall in right-center for a ground-rule double that helped set the stage for a pivotal five-run fourth inning in the Rays' tough 12-2 loss in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday.

10/4/2013 | Moore can't get helping hand in five-run inning
Starter Matt Moore wouldn't blame the Rays' uncharacteristically and inexplicably poor defense in a five-run fourth inning that led to a 12-2 loss to the Red Sox on Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

10/4/2013 | Gray has skipper's confidence heading into Game 2
Due to injury and circumstance, Sonny Gray, a 23-year-old rookie right-hander, will be making his 11th Major League start on Saturday for the A's against veteran Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum.

10/4/2013 | Improved outfield 'D' has been key for Tigers
The Tigers mixed and matched a lot in the outfield in 2013. Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry, Delmon Young and Ryan Rayburn each started at least 15 games in left. The offseason addition of Torii Hunter changed that dynamic. He solidified right. Dirks started 95 games in left while Austin Jackson remained in center.

10/4/2013 | Otero figures to play key role in ALDS
Dan Otero isn't as well known as closer Grant Balfour or setup men Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook, but the rookie right-hander figures to be a significant piece of the A's bullpen during his first postseason.

10/4/2013 | Fielding miscues hurt Moore, Rays in Game 1 of ALDS
After surviving elimination for three consecutive games, Tampa Bay could not recover from a five-run Boston fourth, taking a 12-2 loss in the first game of the American League Division Series on Friday at Fenway Park.

10/4/2013 | Lester comes out firing on all cylinders
Jon Lester came out firing Friday afternoon, tying a Red Sox postseason record by striking out the first four batters he faced with an uncharacteristically zippy fastball in the upper 90s and the Fenway Park crowd roaring with every pitch.

10/4/2013 | Price focused only on Saturday, not the future
Could Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday be David Price's last start with Tampa Bay? As much as he's thought about this in the past, the subject hasn't been on his mind lately. In fact, he won't allow himself to think about it. His focus is solely on getting the Rays as deep into the postseason as possible, and everyone around him says that's resulted in him pitching with a different energy than he's ever had.

10/4/2013 | D-backs claim Sanabia off waivers from Marlins
Alex Sanabia, who opened the season in the Marlins' rotation, was claimed off waivers on Friday by the D-Backs.

10/4/2013 | Ousted Dusty unable to lift Reds to full potential
"Usually my teams finish stronger than most teams." That's what Dusty Baker said in early September, when the Reds were in the midst of taking three of four from the first-place Cardinals. They'd go on to sweep the Dodgers in their next series. Things were looking up for the defending NL Central champs.

10/4/2013 | In Cole, Bucs could have their own Verlander
Gerrit Cole's effort in the Pirates' Game 2 win on Friday may have surprised some, but not Greg Smith, who pushed the Bucs to pick Cole in the 2011 Draft the way he pushed the Tigers to select Justin Verlander years earlier.

10/4/2013 | No mystery: Cole's effectiveness bested Cards
The Cardinals faced Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole for the first time, as Cole made his postseason debut. He stifled the St. Louis bats, limiting the Cards to one run on two hits and a walk through six innings of work. Cole also fanned five batters.

10/4/2013 | Verlander feels he's rounding into form at right time
Justin Verlander wasn't Detroit's best starter this season. Max Scherzer was. And Verlander is the first to admit it. But in his last two starts, Verlander didn't allow a run. His September ERA was 2.27. Sometimes it's not how you start, it's how you finish. And he believes it might all be coming together for him heading into Game 2.

10/4/2013 | Braves' resiliency comes as no surprise
For those who have been paying attention to the Braves all season, it wasn't much of a surprise that they kept discovering ways throughout the evening to go from their ghastly 6-1 home loss to the Dodgers in Thursday's opener of this National League Division Series to Friday night's gutsy 4-3 victory.

10/4/2013 | Going by the book sinks Mattingly, Dodgers
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was flipping through the pages of "The Book" in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Braves on Friday night, and before he got to the last page, he realized it was more of a horror story than a fairy tale.

10/4/2013 | Braves regain poise in classic postseason drama
A dazzling display of defense, a seventh-inning sequence loaded with questionable managerial maneuvering and, best of all, a one-run result in the Braves' 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday brought us to that place on the edge of the seat that ought to be well-worn by Halloween.

10/4/2013 | NLDS starts anew with clash of rookies in Los Angeles
The Braves' National League Division Series against the Dodgers shifts to the beautiful backdrop of Dodger Stadium on Sunday and the even more beautiful thought of a clash of titans that is just getting off the ground. In the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Braves' Julio Teheran, we'll be witnessing two of the game's more promising -- and somewhat unheralded -- rookies from the 2013 season.

10/4/2013 | Fans at PNC Park watch Pirates' Game 2 road win
As Game 2 of the National League Division Series unfolded roughly 600 miles away in St. Louis on Friday afternoon, a crowd of about 2,000 Pirates fans watched the game on the massive video board above the left-field bleachers at PNC Park.

10/4/2013 | Dodgers keep eye on Ryu in bullpen session
The Dodgers still list Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco as starting pitchers for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles Sunday and Monday, even though their recent work pattern hints at some uncertainty.

10/4/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Tigers-A's, Game 1
A look at Friday's starting lineups for Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Athletics.

10/4/2013 | Cards may have been too quick to start Lynn
The St. Louis Cardinals don't make many mistakes in this area, but it is possible that they overestimated the recent resurgence of Lance Lynn, who struggled in his Game 2 start against the Pirates on Friday.

10/4/2013 | Future uncertain, McCann focusing on present
Brian McCann has spent the past couple of months attempting to avoid questions about his future. But as he drove to Turner Field on Friday afternoon, he could not overlook the fact that he would be preparing for what could potentially be his last home game with the Braves.

10/4/2013 | Cespedes starts ALDS Game 1 in left field
Despite dealing with an ailing right shoulder in recent weeks, Yoenis Cespedes was deemed healthy enough to start Game 1 of the American League Division Series in left field on Friday.

10/4/2013 | Harvey elects to undergo Tommy John surgery
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team announced Friday.

10/4/2013 | Red Sox take advantage of Rays' fourth-inning miscues
The Rays entered the bottom of the fourth with a 2-0 lead on the Red Sox in Game 1 of their Division Series at Fenway Park. By the time the fourth inning was over, the Red Sox had taken advantage of Tampa Bay's miscues and scratched their way into a 5-2 lead.


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