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Share TweetJohnny Cueto left the game after eight pitches with back spasms, but that did not derail the Reds. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce both homered as Cincinnati beat the Giants 5-1 in Game 1.Share TweetIn a lot of ways, Doug Fister and Tommy Milone are mirror images of one another. Neither has a blazing fastball. Neither throws it more than half the time most games. Instead, they're a reminder that pitching is still about movement, location and changi…Share TweetThis was one of those nights when Justin Verlander reminded the world that he's about as good anyone has ever been.Share TweetOn another night and against another pitcher, it very well could have ended up being the biggest hit of a big victory.Share TweetCincinnati's Johnny Cueto has left his Game 1 start against the San Francisco Giants with back spasms.Share TweetAlex Smith's loyalty to his favorite baseball team was never in question, but until recently, few knew his allegiances came close to costing him a small fortune.
Belt tumbles over railing to make amazing grabUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetIn the second at-bat of Game 1 of the NLDS, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart popped a ball into foul territory down the first-base line, and the Giants' Brandon Belt made the catch as he went head over heels into a premium seating area.Share TweetJustin Verlander shut down Oakland after a leadoff homer, and Alex Avila went deep in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics 3-1 in the opener of their AL playoff Saturday night.
Huff's improvement afforded Giants extra pitcherUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetManager Bruce Bochy's satisfaction with first baseman Aubrey Huff's mobility proved to be a primary factor in the shaping of the Giants' Division Series roster.
O's 'pen lacking big names, but getting big outsUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetSo you're wondering how they did it. How a team goes from 69-93 to 93-69 in the space of one season. How a team with a plus-seven run differential finishes with the seventh-best record in the Major Leagues.
Lolich an ironman of a different eraUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetDetroit's Justin Verlander is considered baseball's new ironman pitcher, leading the league in innings and pitches the past two seasons. But even for Verlander, it's nothing compared to what former Tiger Mickey Lolich threw in his career.Share TweetIn a small yet significant gesture, the A's will wear a "GJN" patch on their uniforms through the postseason to honor Gehrig John Neshek, the son of reliever Pat Neshek who passed away Wednesday, just 23 hours after being born.
Renewed cries for more replay after disputed callUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetATLANTA (AP) -- The NFL replacement refs are not there to kick around anymore.
Chipper gone, Braves' offseason focus on 3B, CFUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetATLANTA (AP) -- Item by item, Chipper Jones' shirts and pants were folded and stacked neatly for the final time in his Braves travel bag.
Hard to say the Yanks are a Goliath vs. O'sUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetThe New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles were 9-9 in the 2012 regular season. It is difficult to see from those numbers which team is the obvious Goliath, which is the natural David.
Cardinals, With Edge in Experience, Consider Themselves UnderdogsUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetWashington, making its first postseason appearance since the franchise was revived in 2005, faces defending champion St. Louis, which survived a play-in game to advance to the N.L.D.S.Source: nytimes.com
Chen, Gonzo tabbed to face Yanks in Games 2, 3Updated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetThe Orioles will tab rookie starters Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez to start in Games 2 and 3, respectively, in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.Share TweetReliever Al Alburquerque has not pitched on consecutive days since August, but the right-hander may be put to that test during the Tigers' ALDS against the A's.
Hammel healthy and ready for Game 1 startUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetJason Hammel will make his first start in nearly a month on Sunday, as the Orioles will call on the right-hander for Game 1 of their American League Division Series clash against the Yankees in Baltimore.Share TweetThe New York Yankees will send the winningest pitcher in postseason baseball history to the mound for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles
N.L.D.S. Preview: A Fractured Timeline From Senators to Expos to NationalsUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetThe Nationals, who won the N.L. East, will play the first postseason game in Washington since October 1933.Source: nytimes.com
Free agency decisions abound on bench, in 'penUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetWhile much of the Braves' core remains under contract for next year, their bench players don't have the same assurances. Key members of the bench and bullpen including utility player Eric Hinske, outfielder Reed Johnson, catcher David Ross and right-han…Share TweetDuring the Orioles' 14 straight seasons of missing the playoffs, their opponents in the A.L. division series, the Yankees, made it 13 times and won 18 postseason series.Share TweetWith the 2012 postseason underway, Alex Remington takes a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each of the four first-round series. Next up is the NLDS featuring the NL West champion San Francisco Giants against the NL Central champi
Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: Derek Jeter enters another postseason on top of the world, and his gameUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetA prominent member of the Yankees organization recently was sizing up the 2012 season, addressing a point about Derek Jeter’s day-to-day brilliance that he thought would be best made anonymously.Source: nydailynews.com
Yankees vs. Orioles ALDS: The window of opportunity is closing for Yankees, who need Robinson Cano to be the man now and in theUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetAt 29, Robinson Cano is not only the Yankees’ “man” now, he’s also their “man” of the future. With A-Rod and Derek Jeter both in their late 30s, and Nick Swisher likely to be gone as a free agent this winter, the window of opportunity is rapidSource: nydailynews.com
Answer Man: Gio Gonzalez talks getting traded, Cy Young, Strasburg shutdown and the Chevy GeoUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetIt is likely that no major leaguer has more fun being a major leaguer than Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. Yes, he won 20 games for the team with the best record in the league and is a leading Cy Young contender in the NL. But beyond that, his…
Seeding the 2012 postseason: Washington leads the way in a competitive fieldUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetWith baseball's postseason now whittled to its usual eight teams, I asked my fellow Yahoo! Sports friends to help seed the field from top to bottom, regardless of league. The following are those results from the rankings of Jeff Passan, Tim Brown, Les C…
Chipper Jones Predicted The Way The One-Game Playoff Would End Two Weeks AgoUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetAs many have noted, two weeks ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Chipper Jones what he thought of the one-game playoff. He said he thought the new double-wildcard, play-in game system was "stupid," because it potentially puts the seco…Source: deadspin.comShare TweetRick Porcello and Drew Smyly are on the roster for the Detroit Tigers for their AL division series against Oakland.Share TweetYour browser does not support iframes. When all the Turner Field trash throwing and Internet outrage had subsided on Friday night, MLB Network's Harold Reynolds offered a detailed and measured explanation of why he thought left field umpire Sam Holbrook…
Anderson included on A's ALDS rosterUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetThe A's on Saturday morning released their American League Division Series roster, which notably includes starter Brett Anderson, a decision that reflects confidence in the team's belief that the lefty will indeed pitch in the series.
10 numbers for the ALDS: Tigers vs. A’sUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetWith the 2012 postseason underway, Alex Remington takes a look at the statistics that might make a difference in each of the four first-round series. First up is the ALDS featuring the AL West champion Oakland A's against the AL Central champion DetroShare TweetFacing Cain, Reds seek first playoff win since '95
Booed Hamilton open-ended on free agencyUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetTexas Rangers fans showered Josh Hamilton with boos during his 0-for-4 performance in what might have been the five-time All-Star's last game with the franchise.Share TweetThe opportunity was there for Josh Hamilton. In the very first inning, he was gift-wrapped a first and third situation that could have put himself and the Texas Rangers back on track to another extended postseason run. That crucial at-bat didn't last lo…
Orioles-Yankees can't be viewed as mismatchUpdated Oct 6, 2012 Share TweetThe central issue here becomes not whether this is an improbable meeting. The central issue is that there is reason to expect that Orioles vs. Yankees should be a terrific Division Series.Share TweetLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder on Friday and should be ready for opening day.Share TweetJoe Saunders pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers 5-1 in the wild-card game playoff Friday night.Share TweetAtlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones made a crucial throwing error and never hit a ball out of the infield Friday, his brilliant career ending with a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pat Neshek ends inning, taps armOct 6OAK@DET: Pat Neshek ends inning, taps sleeve
Infante scores on errorOct 6OAK@DET: Infante score go-ahead run on error
Verlander All Tigers Needed In Game 1Oct 6Terry Francona breaks down Tigers' 3-1 win over A's in Game 1 of ALDS.
Verlander, Tigers Shutdown A'sOct 6Justin Verlander strikes out 11 over seven innings to lead Tigers to Game 1 win over Athletics.