10/17/2013 | Cardinals offense finally showing signs of life
Missed opportunities spoiled the Cardinals' attempts to wrap up the National League Championship Series in five games. But the fact that the club had offensive opportunities at all was at least a step in the right direction for a club still hitting below the Mendoza Line this postseason.
10/17/2013 | A resurgent Adams could spark Cards' offense
Matt Adams is hitting .237 with one homer this postseason, and his struggles at the plate have mirrored the Cardinals' offensive woes in the NLCS.
10/17/2013 | Ryan announces retirement from Rangers' CEO post
Nolan Ryan is stepping down as chief executive officer of the Rangers, effective at the end of the month.
10/17/2013 | Craig to face live pitching on Friday in St. Louis
With the Cardinals' decision not to hold a workout at Busch Stadium on Thursday, Allen Craig will wait until Friday to face live pitching for the first time since suffering a left foot injury on Sept. 4.
10/17/2013 | After narrowing list, Abreu may be near deal
Not long after narrowing his list of possible destinations to three teams on Thursday, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu appeared close to finalizing a six-year, $68 million deal with a team believed to be the White Sox, according to an industry source.
10/17/2013 | In familiar place, Cards embracing sense of urgency
They play for a manager that preaches the importance of the moment, and perhaps there has never been a more appropriate time for the Cardinals to resist looking back.
10/17/2013 | Brass ring may finally be in reach for Beltran
Seven times, Carlos Beltran has played a game in which a win meant a trip to the World Series. Seven times, his team has lost, including the Cardinals' 6-4 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday.
10/17/2013 | Joyner to return to Phillies coaching staff in '14
The Phillies announced Thursday that Wally Joyner will return as assistant hitting coach in 2014, working alongside Steve Henderson.
10/17/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Peterson on his way up
Of those not on the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list, Mariners third baseman D.J. Peterson, one of the best pure, advanced hitters in this year's Draft, is the most likely player to enter it next year.
10/17/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Bell ready to join Top 100
Injuries have kept Pirates prospect Josh Bell out of the spotlight since he signed a $5 million bonus as a second-round pick in 2011, but the outfielder is ready to take his place among the best young players in the game.
10/17/2013 | What's up, Doc? Quantifying Boston's playoff fever
In the spirit of Sabermetrics, fans in Boston might want to keep an eye on IOV this month. It's a stat that I made up after talking to Dr. Aditi Nerurkar. She is the assistant medical director at the Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. IOV is a fan statistic. It stands for "Increased Office Visits." With the Red Sox in the hunt for another World Series, I expect the number to jump.
10/17/2013 | Iconic '68 Series play reenacted at Tiger Stadium site
On Wednesday afternoon, history was relived at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in Detroit, on the grounds of old Tiger Stadium, with a reenactment of an iconic play at the plate from Game 5 of the 1968 World Series.
10/17/2013 | MLB joins nationwide attempt to stop bullying
On Spirit Day, MLB and its 30 clubs are again taking a united stand against bullying and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
10/17/2013 | Miggy claims Tigers' postseason RBIs lead
Miguel Cabrera spent most of the regular season earning comparisons to Hank Greenberg for his run production. His two-RBI game on Wednesday earned him a mark all his own, as he took the Tigers' postseason RBI mark from Greenberg's ledger.
10/17/2013 | Leyland's lineup maneuvering gets offense in order
Tigers manager Jim Leyland put Torii Hunter in the leadoff spot and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the two-hole on Wednesday for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. It was unconventional and desperate, but it was genius.
10/17/2013 | Trouble comes early, often for Peavy
After a sparkling first inning in Wednesday's Game 4 at Comerica Park that included an impressive freezing of Miguel Cabrera for a called third strike, everything unraveled for Jake Peavy in the telltale second.
10/14/2013 | Puig both dazzles, frustrates with run-scoring triple
Yasiel Puig didn't just hit a two-out RBI triple in Monday's fourth inning, which contributed heavily to the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS. He turned his hit into a Disneyland ride, an emotional catharsis, an outpouring of pure joy, a senseless showboating act -- take your pick.
10/14/2013 | Stoic Ryu silences doubts with stellar NLCS outing
In many ways the Dodgers' last line of defense, Hyun-Jin Ryu challenged St. Louis' hitters throughout Monday evening to win his first career playoff game, leading the Dodgers to a 3-0 National League Championship Series Game 3 victory that shaved the series deficit to 2-1.
10/14/2013 | Oct. 14 Don Mattingly postgame interview
Don Mattingly spoke with the media after the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the Cardinals in the NLCS.
10/14/2013 | Solid Waino lacks support from Cards' bats, gloves
While there would be no official error charged in the Dodgers' 3-0 win over the Cardinals in Game 3 on Monday night, it was a pair of mental errors by St. Louis that helped Los Angeles climb right back into this best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
10/14/2013 | Freese exits Game 3 with right calf tightness
Cardinals third baseman David Freese was forced to leave Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night after feeling tightness in his right calf, and his availability for Game 4 (Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT on TBS) is in question.
10/14/2013 | Veteran MLB umpire Bell, 48, dies of heart attack
Wally Bell, a Major League umpire since 1993 who was a member of this year's crew for the Pirates-Cardinals NLDS, has died of a heart attack. He was 48.
10/14/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 15, 2013
As the Road to the World Series took another abrupt turn amid the maze of freeways in Southern California, the route became a bit less certain, with each of the four teams now having claimed a victory in the LCS round.
10/14/2013 | Dodgers say Nolasco will get Game 4 start
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mostly affirmed Monday night that Ricky Nolasco will start Tuesday's Game 4 (5 p.m. PT, TBS) of the National League Championship Series for Los Angeles. But it might be wise to continue to refer to Nolasco as a "probable" starter.
10/14/2013 | Ryu man group: Lefty leads Dodgers to Game 3 win
Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier played with fractured bones while starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu looked plenty healthy, outdueling Adam Wainwright on Monday night in the Dodgers' 3-0 win over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, which St. Louis leads, 2-1.
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