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It’s a rare day for the Mets when bad news actually can be considered good news as well, but that’s really the case here with Matt Harvey’s decision to go ahead with Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Boisterous fans make their presence feltRed 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.Upvote Share TweetThe Tigers have jumped ahead to an early lead in Oakland, going for a Game 1 ALDS win against the Athletics.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Braves didn't want to head back to Los Angeles down 0-2 to the Dodgers in the NLDS, so the Braves did the things they do well in Friday's Game 2. They got a quality start from Mike Minor, a clutch hit from Jason Heyward and then turned it ov…Upvote Share Tweet
Hustlin' Gomes epitomizes Red Sox turnaroundFrom 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Jackson denies disparaging Munson quoteReggie Jackson insists in his new autobiography that he never disparaged Thurman Munson in an attention-grabbing Sport magazine report 36 years ago, a claim the author immediately denied.Upvote Share Tweet
Rodriguez loses battle with Green MonsterSean Rodriguez showed why Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted him in the lineup for Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday with a home run and a diving grab in the first couple of innings.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves fan pens resignation letter in hopes of obtaining postseason ticketsHow much would you be willing to sacrifice to attend your favorite team's postseason game? Probably not as much as Atlanta Braves fan Chad Parham, who penned and posted a resignation letter on Twitter hoping to win two tickets to Friday night's Game 2. …Upvote Share Tweet
Opportunity knocks: Five-run frame jump-starts routEqual parts relentless and opportunistic -- and backed by a vociferous home crowd -- the Red Sox didn't merely beat the Rays soundly in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon at Fenway Park. En route to a 12-2 victory, Boston …Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Oct 4, 2013The success of the Pirates' building strategy was on display in their NLDS-tying win over the Cardinals.Upvote Share Tweet
Cole confounds Cards, sends NLDS back to PNC tiedGerrit Cole brought serenity back to the Pirates' postseason early Friday, firing two-hit ball for six innings in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals that squared the National League Division Series at one game apiece.Upvote Share Tweet
Late-season adds Byrd, Morneau making impactSix weeks ago, Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd were both bright spots on scuffling ballclubs -- Morneau with the Twins and Byrd with the Mets. On Friday, the two, anchored in the heart of the Pirates' playoff lineup, helped fuel Pittsburgh to a victory i…Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetGiving up more runs (five) in 4 1/3 innings than he had in his last four regular-season starts combined, Lance Lynn and some suspect defense played around him sunk the Cardinals' chances of taking a commanding lead in the National League Division Series…Upvote Share TweetA look at Friday's starting lineups for Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Athletics.Upvote Share Tweet
Future uncertain, McCann focusing on presentBrian 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 g…Upvote Share TweetThe Yankees have made Joe Girardi a new contract offer and are now waiting on his decision on whether he will accept, a source tells ESPNNewYork.com.Upvote Share Tweet
Pittsburgh Babies Born Into Life Of Indentured Pirates Fandomdeadspin.com Oct 4, 2013There is every possibility that this playoff appearance isn't a fluke, that a Pirates dynasty could be in the making. Perhaps one day you will resent these children with the vitriol reserved for Yankees, Heat, and United fans. Or perhaps, like a generat…Upvote Share Tweet
Did Wil Myers Blow This Play, Or Was He The Victim Of Gamesmanship?deadspin.com Oct 4, 2013Here's Rays outfielder Wil Myers, in the fourth inning of today's playoff game against the Red Sox, doing God knows what.Read more...Upvote Share TweetRookie Gerrit Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and drove in a run, Pedro Alvarez had a two-run homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their division series at a game apiece.Upvote Share Tweet
Sox pay tribute to bombing victims, first respondersWith "B Strong" freshly manicured into Fenway Park's outfield grass, the Red Sox put on a touching tribute to the victims, heroes and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 prior to Game 1 of the ALDS.Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Rangers' Maddux interested in CubsMike Maddux, the Texas Rangers pitching coach and a former managerial candidate for the Chicago Cubs, is "more interested" in the job this time after pulling out of the process before the Cubs hired Dale Sveum in 2011, according to a source.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing "vigilante justice" as part of a "witch hunt" designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates fan leaves school early after being diagnosed with ‘Bucco fever’As someone who once skipped school to attend Game 1 of the 1989 ALCS and watched Dave Stewart and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, I whole-heartedly subscribe to the theory that playoff baseball is a worthwhile reason to miss a day of s…Upvote Share TweetThe St. Louis Cardinals chose Michael Wacha over fellow rookie Shelby Miller to start a potential Game 4 of the NL division series.Upvote Share TweetThis morning, the Reds announced that Dusty Baker is out as Reds managers after six seasons. It was ostensibly a "mutual" decision, but no one bought that. Now Baker gets to tell his side of the story, and if you believe him, he threw himself …Upvote Share Tweet
Jocketty: Search for new manager to begin soonWith the decision made to dismiss Dusty Baker after six years as manager, the Reds hope to move quickly to find his replacement.Upvote Share Tweet
Prolific at PNC, Liriano primed to contain CardsPNC Park will be dressed in black and booming for Sunday's Game 3 of the National League Division Series. But when the Pirates' Francisco Liriano stands 60 feet, six inches from home plate, you wonder if he'll hear a sound. The pitcher's mound is his qu…Upvote Share TweetJoe Kelly went 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA in his last 15 outings after joining the rotation on July 6. Now the Cardinals are counting on him again, on a much bigger stage, as they send Kelly to the mound Sunday in Pittsburgh to start Game 3 of the National Le…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Network’s ‘Field of Dreams’-inspired postseason video is a thing of beautyThursday's Game 2 of the NLDS is the first postseason game broadcast on MLB Network, and before the first pitch was even throw between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB Network's coverage had already impressed. Check out the "Fiel…Upvote Share Tweet
Cards hand ball to Carp for ceremonial pitchLongtime Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, whose 10 career postseason wins and 18 starts top St. Louis' all-time list, was on hand and in uniform for Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday to throw the ceremonial first pitch.Upvote Share Tweet
Slain fan's brother: I swung chair amid fightThe brother of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was killed in a San Francisco brawl that police say was sparked by the long-running Dodgers-Giants rivalry is pushing back against claims that the stabbing was in self-defense.Upvote Share Tweet
Lineup breakdown: Cards-Pirates, Game 2A look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 2 of the NL Division Series between the Cardinals and the Pirates.Upvote Share TweetThe Red Sox named their roster for the American League Divisional Series on Friday morning, and there will be plenty of reserve options for Boston. The Red Sox will carry six outfielders and six infielders against Tampa Bay, as well as two catchers.Upvote Share Tweet
David Wright photobombed the Uptons’ Sports Illustrated cover shootThe New York Mets are only mentioned in the footnotes of Sports Illustrated’s postseason preview. An issue, by the way, that created quite a stir when its cover was unveiled as featuring Atlanta Braves outfielders Justin Upton and B.J. Upton, along with…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB PrePlay lets fans predict the futureIt could be anything from an at-bat to a pitching change to an inning gone wrong -- MLB PrePlay lets fans weigh in with predictions before, so they can brag later. Some make postseason predictions in the spring. Others make postseason predictions every …Upvote Share TweetThe Los Angeles Dodgers won't be going after second baseman Robinson Cano, likely to be among the biggest prizes on this offseason's free-agent market, Dodgers owner Magic Johnson told USA TODAY Sports.Upvote Share Tweet
Medlen unable to ride momentum into OctoberIn a reprisal of the Braves' loss in last year's NL Wild Card Game, Kris Medlen wasn't sharp enough to overcome some defensive miscues and a quiet night for the offense on Thursday at Turner Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Puig off and running in first taste of postseasonWhat was supposed to be a big day in the career of Yasiel Puig turned out to be another normal evening in the eventful life of the Dodgers' phenomenal rookie.Upvote Share Tweet
Schumaker shows value of Dodgers' depthThat Skip Schumaker was able to play a key part in the Dodgers' two-run second inning Thursday by delivering a sacrifice fly ahead of a run-scoring double from No. 8 hitter A.J. Ellis to give his team a 2-0 lead underscores what the Dodgers are all abou…Upvote Share Tweet
Is the federal government shutdown the Atlanta Braves’ good-luck charm? One fan thinks soThis sign-holding Atlanta Braves fan at Thursday night's NLDS Game 1 remembers 1995 — that's the last time the Braves won the World Series, beating the Cleveland Indians in six games. It's also the last time the federal government shut down, like it is …Upvote Share Tweet
Adrian provides pop in Dodgers' Game 1 winAdrian Gonzalez, a source of stability during an unstable Dodgers season, wasted no time making his mark on the National League Division Series with a two-run homer in the third inning of Game 1.Upvote Share Tweet
Hanley relishes first shot at postseasonHanley Ramirez has been around the game for long enough to understand, fully, how special it is to play in a postseason. So he made his first game count with an RBI double and sparkling defense.Upvote Share Tweet
Despite Game 1 mistakes, Gattis brings upsideEvan Gattis' pipe dreams never reached this far. At the height of his amateur career, or the depths of his nomadic life after quitting baseball at age 19, Gattis thought only of reaching the Major Leagues -- never the October goals that might lie beyond…Upvote Share TweetThe Dodgers and Braves continue their best-of-five National League Division Series on Friday with Zack Greinke, an ace-in-the-hole, opposing Mike Minor, an ace-in-training.Upvote Share Tweet
Road to the World Series: Oct. 4, 2013The Road to the World Series got a bit easier for the Cardinals and Dodgers, who took 1-0 leads Thursday in their best-of-five series, setting up one epic day of playoff baseball with all four Division Series in swing Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
A-Rod gives thanks to his supporters at vigilMore than a hundred Latinos have lined the sidewalk along Major League Baseball's Park Ave. offices in support of Alex Rodriguez, as the New York Yankees third baseman appeals his 211-game suspension for violating the sport's drug-testing policy.Upvote Share Tweet
Kimbreal On Braves' WinOct 4Craig Kimbrel talks after his four out save against the Dodgers.
Braves Hold Off DodgersOct 4The Braves beat the Dodgers 4-3 to even the series at one game apiece.
David Ortiz Talks Game 1 WinOct 4David Ortiz comments on the Red Sox's 12-2 victory over the Rays in Game 1 of their division series.
Red Sox Rout Rays To Take Game 1Oct 4The Red Sox tagged Rays starter Matt Moore for seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings en route to a 12-2 win and 1-0 lead in their division series.
The Redemption of RiversOct 4Philip Rivers is on pace for the best season of his career. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Everyone wondered how Philip Rivers would respond to a new coach, Mike McCoy, coordinator and quarterback coach (Ken Whisenhunt and Frank Reich) this year, after spen…
Bill Simmons on the Jaguars, Week 5 picksOct 4The Sports Guy wraps up the current state of the Jaguars in 20 depressing realities and makes the Week 5 picks.