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It was easy to see when A.J. Burnett's outing began to spiral out of control on Thursday. Only minutes later, it ended. The Pirates starter ran into trouble when Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran crushed a hanging 2-1 breaking ball in the third inn…Upvote Share Tweet
Adam Wainwright tossed seven dominant innings, and Carlos Beltran hit his 15th postseason home run in a seven-run third as the Cardinals posted a 9-1 victory over the Pirates in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Chipper, Magic add to Game 1's festive atmosphereChipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night at Turner Field, while on the other side of the field, Magic Johnson caused a stir as he attempted to get settled into his seats ne…Upvote Share TweetBraves second baseman Dan Uggla, a three-time All-Star, was "disappointed and upset" to be left off the NL division series roster.Upvote Share Tweet
Co-ace Greinke feeds off Dodgers' successZack Greinke spent much of the regular season proving to be the elite pitcher the Dodgers hoped he would be when they signed him in the offseason. Now, the Dodgers are hoping their prized offseason acquisition can carry that success over into the postse…Upvote Share TweetCarlos Beltran came up big in the playoffs again as the Cards blew past the Pirates in St. Louis.Upvote Share Tweet
The Red Sox's Best Reliever Once Aspired To Be A Gym TeacherKoji Uehara was, by any measure, the Red Sox's best relief pitcher this season. Indeed, only two Boston starters accumulated a higher WAR than Uehara, who finished the regular season with a 1.09 ERA in 74.1 innings pitched—mostly as the third-string clo…Upvote Share Tweet
Magic Johnson promises to wear a Dodger Speedo if his team wins World SeriesJay Leno sat down with Magic Johnson earlier this week, talking about, among other things, the Los Angeles Dodgers' "poolgate" celebration. We're not exactly keen on more poolgate talk, but the interesting part here is the next potential swimm…Upvote Share Tweet
Sources: Feds take lead in Bosch probeFederal law enforcement officials have asked Florida investigators to "stand down" in their investigation of Tony Bosch, MLB's lead witness in a South Florida-based doping scandal involving Alex Rodriguez and more than a dozen other players, s…Upvote Share TweetAt one point this season, you could have made the argument that the Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in baseball. The same goes for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves were in first place in the NL East pretty much the entire season, carving a lead big…Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers' Peralta on roster for divison seriesJhonny Peralta is on the Detroit Tigers' roster for the AL division series against the Oakland Athletics.Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound to start Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday at Busch Stadium (noon CT on MLB Network), but there was a point not long ago that Lynn might have been the odd man out of the Cards' rotati…Upvote Share Tweet
Curtis sentencing: 'Predator' gets 7-15 yearsFormer major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced Thursday to seven to 15 years in prison for inappropriately touching teenage girls.Upvote Share Tweet
‘Mo Tie’ — Cards GM John Mozeliak rocks fancy bow tie for NLDS Game 1ST. LOUIS — John Mozeliak seemed to understand why he didn't rate better than No. 16 on The Stew's Sexiest GMs List."You didn't know how much I worked out," Mozeliak said Thursday before Game 1 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium.It's true; With a li…Upvote Share Tweet
Holland earns Delivery Man honors for SeptemberGreg Holland was named the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for September after the Kansas City closer converted 11 of 12 save opportunities.Upvote Share TweetA look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 1 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and the Braves.Upvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Royals hired Dale Sveum to handle infield instruction and other coaching duties, three days after he was fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs.Upvote Share TweetJon Lester knows what it feels like to open a postseason series for his team, but this marks the first of his three career Game 1 starts that will be at Fenway Park, with a packed house roaring on every strike.Upvote Share Tweet
Chad Curtis Gets 7 To 15 Years For Sexual Abuse Of Teenage GirlsFormer MLB outfielder Chad Curtis, convicted in August of six counts of criminal sexual conduct against three teenage girls, was sentenced today by a judge in Barry County, Mich., to seven to 15 years in prison.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Big League Stew’s 2013 MLB playoff predictionsWe've already had thrilling week of baseball with two wild-card games and a tiebreaker game. But Thursday, things in the MLB postseason get even more serious. Both NLDS series begin. Then on Friday, both ALDS series begin. So it's time for your Big Leag…Upvote Share TweetAs Robinson Cano and his advisers prepare to seek a big money free-agent contract, he is part of an increasingly bitter child-support case in which the anticipated windfall is not lost on either side.Upvote Share Tweet
Pete Rose gambling checks head to auctionFour checks written by Pete Rose, which were used as evidence of his betting history that resulted in his being banished from baseball, will go up for auction Friday.Upvote Share TweetTexas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had an injection on Wednesday for a nerve issue in his lower back and will be re-evaluated when he returns from Japan in November.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers manager worthy of new deal, GM saysTexas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday it's his preference that manager Ron Washington's contract be extended past the 2014 season.Upvote Share TweetA big part of the NFL's appeal is all that "any given Sunday" stuff—a team like the Chiefs can come out of nowhere and look like world-beaters, while a team like the Giants can spend the first quarter of the season playing like the last reel o…Upvote Share Tweet
At age 40, Colon shows no signs of slowing downBartolo Colon didn't expect to be pitching at age 40. Not in the postseason, and certainly not as a Game 1 starter, a title last reserved for him eight years ago. But the righty is still thriving with a calm, cool and collected demeanor, and he's ready …Upvote Share TweetThe Pirates and Cardinals have been rivals for decades. They've never met in October -- until now.Upvote Share TweetChase Headley flew home to Tennessee on Thursday, two days removed from having surgery on his left knee. He'll be on crutches for a few weeks, but will be able to start his offseason workout routine on time, or possibly one week late, in about six weeks…Upvote Share Tweet
Start ‘em young! Pittsburgh hospital is dressing up newborn babies like PiratesPostseason fever has hit Pittsburgh. Just ask Johnny Cueto. Or you can look at these pictures from St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, where staff has started dressing up newborn babies in Pittsburgh Pirates gear. Oh, and little bandanas too. When your ba…Upvote Share Tweet
Stan the Man's mementos on auction blockHe's considered the greatest St. Louis Cardinal of them all, and fans of Stan "The Man" Musial have a chance to own a piece of his personal collection, ranging from game-worn jerseys to championship rings -- even his legendary harmonicas.Upvote Share Tweet
A's, Tigers set to clash in rematch of '12 ALDSWhile the Tigers have bigger names in their lineup and rotation than the A's do, the numbers and reputations won't matter when Detroit's Max Scherzer opposes Oakland's Bartolo Colon in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday night at O.c…Upvote Share TweetAfter winning two straight elimination games, the Rays' postseason run continues Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, where they'll face off against Jon Lester and the AL East champion Red Sox.Upvote Share Tweet
NLDS quartet bound by more than just rich traditionsA quartet of tradition-rich teams make up the NLDS field, but they're bound by more than their pasts.Upvote Share Tweet
LA lists Ethier on NLDS roster, with Gordon to pinch-runAndre Ethier and Chris Capuano were included, but veterans Jerry Hairston, Brandon League, Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez were excluded from the 25-man roster the Dodgers submitted Thursday for their National League Division Series against the Braves…Upvote Share Tweet
Postscript on Rivera, Almost the 1.0000 and Onlynytimes.com Oct 3, 2013If Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had gotten one more out in his career, he would have finished with an immaculate WHIP measurement of 1.0000.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves’ Kimbrel Is King of Remaining Closersnytimes.com Oct 3, 2013Craig Kimbrel, 25, Atlanta’s statistical marvel, would have to be a great closer for many years ahead to compare to the retired Mariano Rivera.Upvote Share Tweet
Position breakdown: A's, Tigers pretty evenly matchedOn paper, the postseason series between the Tigers and A's might be the toughest to predict. Oakland had a 4-3 advantage in the season series, scoring 42 runs while allowing 40 to Detroit. Here's how it breaks down heading into Game 1 Friday at 9:30 p.m…Upvote Share Tweet
Martinez signs deal to publish his memoirsPitching great Pedro Martinez has a success story to share -- his own.Upvote Share Tweet
The System carries Rays back to ALDS and maybe beyondStrong defense and shut down starting pitching has carried Tampa Bay back to another ALDS.Upvote Share Tweet
Tribe trio faces uncertain future following playoff exitAfter providing valuable contributions to the Indians on and off the field during a remarkable 2013 season, Jason Giambi, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir head into the offseason with question marks surrounding their futures in Cleveland and in the game.Upvote Share Tweet
Salazar displays poise far beyond his yearsIt didn't take long for Danny Salazar to show why the Indians handed him the ball in the do-or-die AL Wild Card Game. From the very beginning, he handled this giant moment with the poise Cleveland expected.Upvote Share TweetAfter six years of missing the postseason, the Indians earned the right to host the AL Wild Card Game, but the script took an unexpected turn. Danny Salazar started strong before running into trouble, and Rays right-hander Alex Cobb had his way with the…Upvote Share Tweet
Local bar owner retrieves Ron Santo memorabilia the Cubs say they threw away accidentallyAccording to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, local bar owner Beth Murphy played hero on Monday when she spotted and retrieved a pile of Ron Santo memorabilia the Chicago Cubs say they threw away accidentally. The memorabilia, which included a card …Upvote Share Tweet
Young continues playoff swagger with RaysDelmon Young, who rejoined his original organization on Aug. 22 after being released by the Phillies, ignited the Rays with a third-inning homer in the AL Wild Card Game, the outfielder's Major League-leading ninth postseason home run since 2011.Upvote Share Tweet
This offseason we'll find out if Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner cares more about winning or making moneynydailynews.com Oct 3, 2013The perception is that Hal Steinbrenner, the new boss, cares more about making money than winning. Is it true? This offseason figures to provide plenty of ammunition to formulate an answer.Upvote Share Tweet
Indians fan attempts to distract David DeJesus by throwing partially filled cupCleveland Indians fans were happy and vocal early in their 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday's AL wild card game. Unfortunately, by the end, their mood had changed completely. In fact, one fan was frustrated enough to throw a partially filled …Upvote Share Tweet
Derek Jeter's Diary: A Captain's Tears, a Centaur's Haunchesgrantland.com Oct 3, 2013The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captai...Upvote Share Tweet
Five Takeaways From Indians-Raysgrantland.com Oct 3, 2013The Tampa Bay Rays are off to Boston for a 2008 ALCS rematch after shutting out the Indians, 4-0, Wednesday night in Cleveland. This was a classic Ray...Upvote Share Tweet
Wainwright Stellar On The MoundOct 3Adam Wainwright struck out nine over seven strong innings in the Cardinals' NLDS Game 1 win.
Beltran Continues Postseason SuccessOct 3Carlos Beltran hit his 15th career postseason home run in the Cardinals' Game 1 win.
Big Third Powers Cards In Game 1Oct 3The Cardinals scored seven runs before recording an out en route to a 9-1 win over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Gonzalez After Game 1Oct 3Adrian Gonzalez talks to Tim Kurkjian after the Dodgers win Game 1.
Don't fault Michael Jordan for his opinion on LeBron James, Kobe BryantOct 3We should applaud -- not criticize -- Michael Jordan's honest opinion on beating LeBron James in one-on-one.
Passers in Need of ProductionOct 3Passers in Need of Production
Don Banks: NFL Week 5 picksOct 3It's Week 5 in the NFL and strange stuff abounds. The Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968, the year before Chuck Noll took over and began Pittsburgh's climb to greatness. And is this possible, a Dick LeBeau-coached defense has no takeaways in…
Biggest NFL games of Week 5 -- John Clayton's First and 10Oct 3John Clayton's First and 10: Russell Wilson versus Andrew Luck highlights the season's most intriguing weekend so far.