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Yanks ready to hit the road, face familiar foe in O'sIt was a bit odd for the Yankees to report for their workout under the lights on Friday at Yankee Stadium, spotting not one but two travel itineraries resting on each clubhouse chair.Share TweetThe Orioles' magical season continues. The Rangers' collapse is complete. Joe Saunders outdueled Yu Darvish in Baltimore's 5-1 wild-card victory over Texas. Next stop: The Bronx.Share TweetCarl Ripken Jr.? Of course his name is really Cal Ripken Jr. A Baltimore Orioles legend. Enshrined in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame. Maybe you heard of him. The only possible explanation is that the graphics person for TBS was eating lunch - specificaShare TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki has spent a decade of Octobers watching the baseball playoffs, shouting at his TV like so many fans.Share TweetAt age 30, the journeyman Chris Stewart will make his first postseason appearance when the Yankees open their American League division series on Sunday.Share Tweet
Clairvoyant Chipper: Jones envisioned Braves’ demise in one-game wild cardBarely two weeks ago, Chipper Jones told reporters what he thought of Major League Baseball's new one-game wild card playoff. He said it was garbage. And, as CBS Eye on Baseball pointed out, what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Jones as saying e…Share Tweet
Cliff Corcoran: Infield fly drama mars Cardinals' wild-card win, a black eye for MLBAided by a questionable infield fly call, the Cardinals eliminated the Braves 6-3 to reach the NLDS. The new wild-card format couldn't have been exposed any quicker, says Cliff Corcoran.Share TweetBOSTON (AP) -- John Farrell sat in the visitors' dugout at Fenway Park as talk intensified that he might be working in the other dugout next year.Share Tweet
Giants carry 12 pitchers as they set playoff rosterThe Giants released their 25-man postseason roster Thursday, electing to go with 12 pitchers and 13 position players.Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- A year away from managing has been enough for Terry Francona, who craves a chance to get back on the field and back inside a major league clubhouse.Share Tweet
A.L.D.S.: Detroit's Stars Against Oakland's BargainsDetroit has Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. Oakland counters with Coco Crisp.Share Tweet
Bochy prefers clinching postseason trip earlierThe Giants went 5-5 in the 10 games that were played after they clinched this season.Share Tweet
Cardinals move on to NLDS; Braves' protest deniedThe St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Friday.Share Tweet
A-Rod focused as 'real season starts now'Alex Rodriguez grades his season as "incomplete," left to wonder what might have been if a Felix Hernandez fastball hadn't shattered his left hand with a pitch back on July 24 at Safeco Field.Share TweetAndy Pettitte threw a pitch at Yankee Stadium during last October's postseason, but that was only ceremonial before Game 2 of the American League Division Series. Now out of retirement, Pettitte is back in New York's starting rotation with an opportunit…Share TweetScore and situation: In the first ever wild-card play-in game, the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NL Division Series with a wild 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Leading lads: Kyle Lohse rewarded Mike Matheny's faith with a stro…Share TweetIt only took eight innings for baseball's umpires to register the worst call of the postseason and the Atlanta Braves paid a big price for it in their 6-3 National League wild card loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With one out in the eighth inning and r…Share Tweet
Tracy, Geivett begin extensive talks on Rox futureA wide-ranging discussion about the Rockies' future between manager Jim Tracy and senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett began on Friday, but will continue, a club official told MLB.com.Share Tweet
Lopez stays sharp in more specialized roleIt's difficult for a reliever to maintain consistency when he doesn't face a lot of batters. Somehow, Javier Lopez has overcome this challenge.Share Tweet
Giants go with lefty Blanco in lineup vs. CuetoWith little fanfare, and without listing players one through nine, manager Bruce Bochy named the Giants' lineup for Saturday's Division Series opener against Cincinnati.Share Tweet
O's punch ticket to ALDS with Wild win in TexasThe Orioles -- denied a proper celebration of their postseason berth in 15 years because of plane troubles -- broke out the bubbly after punching a ticket to the ALDS on Friday in Texas.Share TweetLos Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder Friday and should be ready for Opening Day.Share TweetAfter securing the Triple Crown on the final game of the season, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been cashing in.Share Tweet
For Stubbs, it's 'refreshing' to start with clean slateFew Reds were likely happier to reset the statistics for the postseason than center fielder Drew Stubbs, who struggled at the plate much of the season. Stubbs batted .213 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.Share TweetDespite Josh Hamilton's recent struggles, the Rangers are confident that he will play a big part in their postseason success again this year.Share TweetJust two days after the sudden and heartbreaking passing of their 1-day-old son, pitcher Pat Neshek and his wife flew from their home in Florida to Detroit to rejoin the A's as they prepare to begin the American League Division Series on Saturday.Share TweetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The latest change made by the Minnesota Twins in an offseason that will be full of them was the least surprising: general manager Terry Ryan's removal of the interim tag on his title.Share Tweet
A's rookie Parker to face Verlander in Game 1One team has the reigning MVP and another player who just won the Triple Crown.Share TweetTommy Milone's strategy on the mound is typical of the classic left-hander without an electric arm. What's surprising is how quickly he has learned to use his offspeed pitches to complement an upper-80s fastball.Share Tweet
MLB.com's guide to the postseasonThe 2012 postseason is under way, and here is MLB.com's guide to popular interactive options through the World Series.Share Tweet
Tigers' interest in Cespedes was more than passingWhat if the Tigers' worry about Yoenis Cespedes was where to hit him, instead of how to pitch to him?Share TweetIt was announced Friday that Tampa Bay has officially released right-hander Matt Bush.Share TweetThe Chicago Cubs have received permission to add seats at Wrigley Field.Share Tweet
The Rosters For The Wild-Card Deathmatch Games Are Pretty WackyBig baseball games coming your way: Cardinals-Braves right now, and Rangers-Orioles at 8:37 p.m. Both air on TBS, if they're not preempted by whatever Tyler Perry show was originally scheduled. These games will, if all goes according to plan, excite you…Share Tweet
Jason Heyward Fought The Sun To Make A Spectacular Home Run-Robbing CatchThe MLB postseason is here! Our first of the two goofy-ass Wild Card games is underway, and it's already forcing us to spin up the highlight reel. Here's Jason Heyward working against the sun to rob Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina of a home run, and kee…Share Tweet
Your MLB Wild Card Death Match Open ThreadHey everyone, the playoffs start tonight! We've got two do-or-die games to watch: The Cardinals are taking on the Braves at 5:07 p.m. EDT, and the Orioles are squaring off against the Rangers at 8:37 p.m. EDT. That's like, seven straight hours of baseba…Share Tweet
Matheny willing to use late-inning relievers earlierThe sequence of Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte to preserve a narrow lead over the final three innings is a pattern that manager Mike Matheny has hardly needed to deviate from. Friday's win-or-go-home Wild Card game could test that.Share TweetAs the Braves prepared to play Friday's Wild Card playoff against the Cardinals at Turner Field, Chipper Jones did not seem the least bit fazed by the fact that he could be preparing for the final game of his storied career.Share Tweet
Second-year umpire Barry picked for Tigers-A'sScott Barry, completing just his second season as a full-time major league umpire, has been selected to work the AL division series between Detroit and Oakland.Share TweetANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Iannetta and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a three-year contract, a deal that keeps the catcher from becoming a free agent.Share TweetTigers manager Jim Leyland named his entire starting rotation for the American League Division Series against the A's on Friday with the only surprise being Max Scherzer starting Game 4, if necessary, on Wednesday in Oakland.Share TweetMore than 70 years after Lou Gehrig's death, a group of legislators have launched a bid to investigate whether the baseball icon really died of the disease that carries his name. Gehrig passed away in 1941 at the age of 37, following a Hall of Fame care…Share Tweet
Postseason anthem: Cardinals fans are Taylor Swifting their way past the Braves'Tis the season to be creating playoff parody songs for Big League Stew's enjoyment and we have to hand it to these three lovely ladies from St. Louis: It takes a lot of conviction to go through the trouble of co-opting Taylor Swift's hot new song when …Share Tweet
Dodgers will 'beautify and modernize' stadiumDodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said on Thursday that the club is moving forward with offseason plans to "beautify and modernize" Dodger Stadium.Share Tweet
10 numbers for the Orioles-Rangers wild cardAs the postseason opens with its first-ever wild-card games, Alex Remington takes a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each do-or-die contest. Next up: The American League game featuring the Baltimore Orioles visiting the Texas RaShare Tweet
Tom Verducci: One-game wild-card playoffs offer history, excitement -- and pressureThis is a historic night in baseball: back-to-back elimination games to begin the postseason, with two teams facing the cold possibility of getting booted from the postseason without ever playing a home game. The format brings guaranteed urgency to the …Share Tweet
Source Of Robinson Cano PED Rumor Says He's Sorry, TV Station Makes On-Air ApologyCharlotte reporter Dan Tordjman offered a Twitter apology yesterday and his employer, ABC affiliate WSOC, issued an on-air mea culpa in the aftermath of his spreading a false rumor about Robinson Cano being busted for performance-enhancing drugs by MLB.…Share Tweet
Decisive Game 1s Could Add to the DramaA video from MLB Productions serves to demonstrate that baseball's elimination games have often produced moments that require no introduction or explanation.Share TweetGame 1 of the Yankees' division series, which will be either at Baltimore or at Texas, will start at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. Game 2 is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. and both games will be televised on TBS.Share Tweet
10 numbers for the Cardinals-Braves wild cardAs the postseason opens with its first-ever wild card games, Alex Remington takes a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each do-or-die contest. First up: The National League game featuring the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the AtlantShare TweetThe A's are back in Detroit, home to their last postseason appearance six years ago, when the Tigers claimed victory in the American League Championship Series. For this year's squad plenty will have to go right for the A's to keep rolling in the fashio…Share Tweet
Giants debating position player-pitcher breakdownThe Giants are continuing to mull the final details of their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series, with manager Bruce Bochy saying Thursday that a final decision will likely be announced Friday.Share Tweet
Giants officially tab Bumgarner for Game 2 startThe Giants officially named Madison Bumgarner as their starter for Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Reds, with the 23-year-old left-hander following up ace Matt Cain, who will pitch for the Giants in Saturday's opener.Share Tweet
Adversity overcome speaks to A's talentCall the A's 2012 season what you want, just don't attribute the results to luck. This was a carefully constructed club built from scratch on talent, not chance.Share Tweet
The 2012 Yankee Playoff Choke Alertgrantland.com Oct 5, 2012The playoffs are finally here, and I'm thrilled to announce on behalf of pessimistic, ungrateful Yankees fans everywhere that three players have earne...Share Tweet
Wild Ending In AtlantaOct 5Curt Schilling breaks down the controversial infield fly call in Braves' 6-3 loss to Cardinals.
Kyle Lohse, Cardinals AdvanceOct 5Kyle Lohse tosses 5.2 innings to help Cardinals advance to face Nationals.
Baseball Tonight MinuteOct 5Baseball Tonight previews A's vs. Tigers and Reds vs. Giants.
Reds Vs. Giants NLDS PreviewOct 5Baseball Tonight looks ahead to game 1 between the Reds and Giants.