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Harvey excited to be a part of Mets' futureMatt Harvey is excited to contribute to the future of the Mets after a strong showing in his rookie season.Upvote Share TweetIf the Athletics are going to advance, they'll have to get past Justin Verlander and the Tigers. The winner of tonight's Game 5 will advance to the AL Championship Series.Upvote Share Tweet
Five keys for Nationals in Game 5The Nationals will find themselves in another must-win contest when they take the field at Nationals Park late Friday night for Game 5 of the NLDS with a spot in the NL Championship Series against the Giants on the line. What must they do to keep their …Upvote Share TweetNationals principal owner Mark Lerner was at a loss for words after Jayson Werth hit the game-winning home run to give Washington a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.Upvote Share Tweet
Matheny turns to Lynn in ninth with game tiedWanting to save closer Jason Motte for a potential save situation in extra innings, Mike Matheny called on Lance Lynn in the ninth inning Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Lohse does everything except get the winCardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse didn't get the win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Thursday at Nationals Park. For one thing, the score was tied when he exited the game after seven innings. For another, his team didn't win the game…Upvote Share Tweet
Nats in the zone; Cardinals' lineup, not so muchAfter a few close calls at first base in the Cardinals' Game 3 win, players and managers took note of the wider-than-usual strike zone Jim Joyce called from behind home plate in Washington's 2-1 win in Game 4 on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetKerry Wood is just 35 years old, but he already has a field named after him. Or at least he will when it's done being built.Upvote Share Tweet
The Reds need someone to blame, so let’s blame the Sorry-Looking Broom from Game 3We hate to tell the Cincinnati Reds fan who was waving around the Sorry-Looking Broom a few days ago that we told her so. But, well, we did tell her so. To recap, here's a list of some of the things that happened since she was wielding the broom with th…Upvote Share Tweet
Human teddy bear witnesses thrilling Nationals victory in Game 4 (Photo)At first I was, like, "Why did this dude bring a teddy bear to a baseball game?" I know the Washington Nationals are known for their Presidents Races, where Teddy Roosevelt has started to clean up of late, but c'mon. What kind of prop is that …Upvote Share TweetJoe Saunders was asked to keep the Orioles' season alive on Thursday night with the team down, 2-1, in its matchup with the New York Yankees.Upvote Share Tweet
Starting to jog, Rivera continues to improveA day after he threw out the first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the American League Division Series, injured Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said that his right knee has healed well enough that running has entered the picture.Upvote Share TweetWhile they failed to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them in the National League Division Series, the Reds were not hard-pressed to give credit where credit was due.Upvote Share Tweet
Posey's grand slam helps Giants advance to NLCSCNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012With their 6-4 win, the Giants are the first team to lose the first two games of a best-of-5 and then win three straight on the road. Buster Posey's grand slam was the big blow.Upvote Share TweetThe Orioles and Yanks are in the 12th inning as they decide Game 4 in the Bronx. Nate McLouth's home run had given Baltimore the lead, but Robinson Cano and New York countered in sixth.Upvote Share Tweet
Adjustments key as Wainwright gets pivotal startBefore he started the opener of the Cardinals' National League Division Series against the Nats, right-hander Adam Wainwright talked like a man who was just happy to be there.Upvote Share Tweet
Ibanez's heroics prompt social media eruptionThe bedlam that broke out in the Bronx on Wednesday with Raul Ibanez's pair of home runs to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win in 12 innings over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series spilled over into social media.Upvote Share Tweet
O's will give ball back to Johnson in save situationIf the Orioles are in a save situation for Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night, closer Jim Johnson will get the ball.Upvote Share Tweet
Sticking with Crawford pays off for GiantsGiants manager Bruce Bochy chose the steady Brandon Crawford over the hot Joaquin Arias at shortstop for Game 5, and Crawford rewarded that choice with two fine defensive plays and an RBI triple.Upvote Share TweetReds starter Mat Latos left no room for nuance when discussing the team's season-ending loss to the Giants in the National League Division Series.Upvote Share TweetOakland announced that the team will remove the tarps that covered the seats on the third deck of the main grandstand for Games 1 and 2, opening up 11,698 new seats for a potential ALCS matchup against the Yankees or Orioles.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Slumping Alex Rodriguez has been dropped to fifth in the New York Yankees' batting order and ailing Derek Jeter has been shifted to designated hitter for Game 4 of the AL division series.Upvote Share TweetIn the relatively few words he spoke regarding his father -- who passed away last week -- and his mother, Joe Girardi showed a depth of feeling that many could not have otherwise seen. He was doing the very best a man could do in his job at Yankee Stadi…Upvote Share Tweet
Backs against the wall, O's lean on experienceNo team ever wants to be on the brink of elimination, but being there before -- and coming out alive -- certainly can't hurt should the situation arise again.Upvote Share TweetObviously humbled by his own performance in Game 4 of the ALDS and a devastating loss for the team, Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde reportedly answered every question sent his way by reporters. He was being a stand-up guy. But, as the audio above sh…Upvote Share Tweet
The Reds' Season Ended With Scott Rolen Whiffing On A Hanging SliderThe Reds have officially crapped away the 2-0 series lead that they at one point held over the Giants, but only after the Giants almost crapped away the 6-0 lead they had throughout the majority of today's game. It's a tough way for the Reds' season to …Upvote Share Tweet
"Now I Know What Chicks Feel Like," Tim Lincecum Responds After Being "Hit In The Fucking Face With A Fucking Cork"It's standard to see baseball players celebrating a playoff win adorning scuba masks or swim goggles while spraying various beverages around the clubhouse. You know, because that stuff can mess your eyes up. Even worse, an errant champagne cork might fi…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Oct 11, 2012The Red Sox will interview Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus for their vacant managerial job.Upvote Share TweetIndians outfielder Michael Brantley has had successful surgery to repair a sports hernia.Upvote Share TweetNationals manager Davey Johnson was not planning to let Game 4 of the National League Division Series get out of hand, and he said that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was available out of the bullpen for the game against the Cardinals if starter Ross De…Upvote Share Tweet
Postseason legend Stewart likes A's chancesDave Stewart won three rings with three different clubs and made it to five Fall Classics. On Thursday, "Stew" came to the MLB Fan Cave in Greenwich Village as part of Major League Baseball's "Legends are Born in October" postseason marketing campaign.Upvote Share Tweet
Bortnick using Fall play to prove he belongsIn his short life as a professional baseball player, Tyler Bortnick has learned nothing is a surprise.Upvote Share TweetFour baseball games yesterday, four baseball games today. We all win! Game five of Reds-Giants is underway, with game four of Nats-Cards (4:07 p.m.), game four of O's-Yanks (7:37 p.m.), and game five of Tigers-A's (9:37 p.m.) scorching at you afterward …Upvote Share Tweet
Boston will interview Ausmus for manager vacancyNew England native Brad Ausmus, who spent 18 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher, will interview for Boston's managerial opening, likely at some point next week.Upvote Share Tweet
Miguel Cabrera draws criticism from teammate for not talking after Game 4”²s lossWhen Albert Pujols blew off the media after a loss in the World Series last season, his supporters countered the criticism by saying the controversy was a media creation and that no one inside the clubhouse cared. Well, here's proof that some players do…Upvote Share TweetTim Lincecum probably threw his last pitch of the National League Division Series, but two of his fellow starters were deemed available as relievers by Giants manager Bruce Bochy as Thursday's Game 5 showdown with the Cincinnati Reds approached.Upvote Share TweetWell, this is just depressing. While his on-the-brink Washington Nationals are facing pitching troubles in the NLDS, the only way shutdown ace Stephen Strasburg can get any press for his actual play this October is to grant an interview about his deep l…Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs hitting coach Ritchie takes reins at GWGregg Ritchie, who was the Pirates' hitting coach the past two seasons, accepted the head coaching position at George Washington University on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Kobe Bryant Is Not Happy About Alex Rodriguez Being Yanked From Last Night's GameSo we all know the story by now. An embattled Alex Rodriguez gets pinch-hit for by a 40-year-old Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-1 game. Ibanez homers to tie the game, A-Rod does his part by looking joyous, and then Ibanez hits another hom…Upvote Share Tweet
All The Other GMs Hate The Washington NationalsEven though major-league general managers are grown men with facial hair, ugly shirts, and mistresses, we've always imagined them secretly behaving like a handful of high-school cliques. Anytime one commits a faux-pas-Chuck LaMar, late of the Tampa BayUpvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: Playoff home runs take center stageEven though the first postseason leadoff home run came 46 years before the first postseason walk-off home run, there have now been exactly 44 of each.Upvote Share Tweet
48 ours: Clinch me? Dream days 4 fans againFollowing a 12-hour playoff bonanza that featured spectacular individual performances, two walk-off wins and two teams staving off elimination, Major League Baseball's postseason brings pretty much the perfect day Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Adam Jones’ bubble-blowing habit finally goes prime time -though not in a good way (Video)It was easy on Wednesday night to tell the people who are new to watching the Baltimore Orioles from those of us who have watched their games the past few years. There were those who saw Adam Jones as he pursued Derek Jeter's triple in center field and …Upvote Share Tweet
Leading Off: Coast to Coast, Comeback Fevernytimes.com Oct 11, 2012Ninth-inning comebacks by the A's and the Yankees on Wednesday night provided sportswriters with many story lines.Upvote Share TweetThe MLB playoff coverage on TBS has suffered the arrows of critics for years, and it hasn't really shown any signs of improvement. How the same company that can produce the brilliant Inside the NBA drops the ball so terribly with MLB coverage is a myste…Upvote Share Tweet
Grant Balfour rages to A’s teammates before comeback: ‘Believe it’ (Audio)Hunter Pence isn't the only major leaguer who can give a rousing speech that precedes a big win. Closer Grant Balfour of the Oakland Athletics didn't even play Wednesday night in his team's stunning 4-3 comeback victory against the Tigers in Game 4 of t…Upvote Share TweetBaseball comebacks like the one the Oakland Athletics pulled off Wednesday night are fun for players and for fans (of the winning side). For sportswriters working on a deadline, or for clubhouse workers anticipating a series clincher, games that suddenl…Upvote Share TweetSomething special is going on for the A's in 2012, and Coco Crisp is usually in the thick of it.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Oct 11, 2012Manager Joe Girardi said right-hander Phil Hughes would start Game 4 against the Baltimore Orioles even if the New York Yankees were facing elimination.Upvote Share Tweet
Ninth-inning rallies are nothing new to plucky A'sDown two runs going into the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night, their incredible season possibly down to their final three outs, the A's to a man weren't concerned or thinking the worst.Upvote Share Tweet
Baltimore Orioles headed up by Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter may not have enough to beat Yankees, but they are on right tracknydailynews.com Oct 11, 2012When he was named Oriole GM a little less than a year ago - the last man standing after a half-dozen execs declined to be interviewed, and one, Toronto Blue Jays scouting director Tony LaCava, turned down the job - Dan Duquette knew what he had to do.Upvote Share TweetPinch-hitting for A-Rod, Raul Ibanez forced extras with a homer. In the 12th, Ibanez struck again, lifting New York past Baltimore 3-2. And a Yankee legend was born, writes Ted Keith.Upvote Share Tweet
Double walk-offs a rare feat in postseason playMore than 3,000 miles apart, Raul Ibanez and Coco Crisp walked off for their respective clubs on Wednesday night. They also walked off straight into the record books.Upvote Share Tweet
ALDS Game 4: A’s rally in ninth to stun Tigers, keep their amazing season aliveScore and situation: The Oakland A's Cinderella season continues thanks to an exhilarating ninth inning rally off Tigers closer Jose Valverde that resulted in a 4-3 victory. That forced a deciding Game 5 on Thursday night at the O.co Coliseum. Leading l…Upvote Share Tweet
Loss ends Orioles' extra-innings win streak at 16The Orioles entered the ALDS with a 74-0 record when leading after seven innings and, more appropriate for Wednesday night, as winners of 16 straight extra-inning games. Both streaks are now over.Upvote Share Tweet
The Oakland A's Force Game 5 With An Epic, 9th-Inning Comeback Win Over DetroitCoco Crisp's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth capped off an incredible comeback Wednesday night, which doubled as a gut-wrenching collapse from Tigers closer Jose Valverde, who had nothing working in a game that could've sent the Tigers to…Upvote Share Tweet
Rauuuuuuuuul times two! IbaÃ±ez goes deep twice, joins Yankees folkloreWith just two swings of the bat in Game 3 of the ALDS, slugger Raul IbaÃ±ez turned in one of the greatest performances in postseason history and entered the immortal pantheon of New York Yankees folklore. And he didn't even enter the game until the nint…Upvote Share Tweet
Jones 'not satisfied' that misplay cost O's runOrioles center fielder Adam Jones said making excuses about missing Derek Jeter's RBI triple in Game 3 on Wednesday wouldn't be his style.Upvote Share Tweet
Win deserved but elusive for strong KurodaIt had been a week since Hiroki Kuroda last took the mound but more than a month since he delivered a performance like he did on Wednesday in the Yankees' 3-2 win in 12 innings over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Playoff Wrap: A Quadruple-Header for the Agesgrantland.com Oct 11, 2012Four games. Twelve hours of glorious playoff baseball. Here's what went down: THE BINDER GETS IT RIGHT If you ever want to drill down to the essence...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Oakland Serves Up Hot Cocograntland.com Oct 11, 2012In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday. Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the Oakland A's saved their...Upvote Share Tweet
Werth The HeroOct 11Jayson Werth talks to Tim Kurkjian after propelling Nationals to decisive Game 5.
Werth, Nationals Walk Off To Force Game 5Oct 11Jayson Werth's solo homer in the ninth lifts Nationals to 2-1 win over Cardinals.
Nationals Not Going AwayOct 11Doug Glanville breaks down the Nationals' Game 4 win and looks ahead to Friday.
Posey's grand slamOct 11SF@CIN: Posey's grand slam
John Clayton's Last CallOct 11Upsets. Crazy plays. Debatable play calls. Incredible kicks. Week 6 had it all, writes John Clayton.
Peter King: Week 6 PicksOct 11Last week: 12-2, .857. Year to date: 43-34, .558 Pittsburgh 27, Tennessee 14. The talk in Pittsburgh will be about Ben Roethlisberger?s shot at breaking Terry Bradshaw?s record for career passing yards?he needs a 300-yard game in Nashville to do it?but …
Biggest NFL games of Week 6 -- John Clayton's First & 10Oct 11It's a crucial weekend for three slumping NFC teams, writes John Clayton.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickOct 11The Tennessee Titans have been outscored 88-181 through five weeks, which means they're giving up an astonishing 36.2 points per game. They're on pace...