10/7/2013 | Keeping A's in the ballpark no easy task for Tigers
The most powerful offense in the Major Leagues this season is found in ... Oakland? A convincing case can be made for the American League West champions and their jackhammers. Anibal Sanchez would have a hard time voicing dissent.
10/7/2013 | Tempers flare as V-Mart, Balfour exchange words
Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday ended with an A's 6-3 win and a flourish. Leading off the ninth, Tigers DH Victor Martinez fouled off a 1-2 pitch from Grant Balfour and stared down the A's closer. Words were exchanged and Martinez headed toward the mound. No punches were thrown and Martinez flied out on the next pitch.
10/7/2013 | Gamble on Peralta pays off for Tigers in Game 3
All things considered, Jhonny Peralta in left field paid off in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday at Comerica Park. The Tigers lost, 6-3, but Peralta came through with a big base hit to drive in two of Detroit's runs in the fourth.
10/7/2013 | Shaky Anibal an unusual sight for Tigers
Anibal Sanchez returned to Detroit before the rest of the team on Saturday, so that he could prepare for possibly the most important game of the season on Monday. However, the pitcher who dominated the league, without the hype or attention of Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander, couldn't be found.
10/7/2013 | Season on line, Fister ready for crucial Game 4 start
Doug Fister is a Bay Area native who grew up dreaming of playing for the Athletics or Giants, so facing Oakland as the Tigers' Game 4 starter on Tuesday -- with Detroit's season on the line -- has added meaning for him.
10/7/2013 | One good inning not enough for Tigers' offense
The Tigers, the team that finished second in the big leagues in runs scored crossed the plate three times in the first inning of Game 1 at Oakland's O.co Coliseum. They scored three in the fourth on Monday. In 25 of the other 27 innings they've batted, they haven't managed a single run, never mind a crooked number.
10/7/2013 | Rays force Game 4 with walk-off win over Red Sox
Evan Longoria's three-run homer tied it, and Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Price 'deeply sorry' for Twitter comments
David Price offered an apology on Monday for comments he posted on Twitter on Saturday after losing Game 2 of the ALDS. "It's not the way anybody should handle themselves at any time. It's not the way anyone, especially myself, should handle something of that nature," Price said
10/7/2013 | Breaking down Red Sox-Rays ALDS Game 3 lineups
A look at Monday's starting lineups for Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Rays.
10/7/2013 | Kershaw gives top-notch performance on short rest
Clayton Kershaw added another accomplishment to his resume on Monday, pitching on short rest for the first time in his career -- and pitching well, at that. Though he ultimately settled for a no-decision, Kershaw limited the Braves to just two runs, both unearned, off three hits while striking out six over six innings of work in the Dodgers' 4-3 National League Division Series-clinching victory over Atlanta.
10/7/2013 | Beltran's greatness creating dilemma for Bucs
Any time your name and accomplishments can be mentioned in the same breath as Babe Ruth, it commands attention and respect.
10/7/2013 | Matheny considered Wainwright to start Game 4
In confirming that Adam Wainwright will start a potential Game 5 in St. Louis, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also revealed that his ace nearly started Game 4 of the NLDS vs. the Pirates on Monday.
10/7/2013 | A conversation with Bucs president Coonelly
MLB.com sat down for an exclusive conversation with Frank Coonelly, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates, between games of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
10/7/2013 | Montero undergoes surgery for finger infection
D-backs catcher Miguel Montero underwent surgery over the weekend on his left index finger to clean up an infection.
10/7/2013 | Breaking down Cards-Bucs NLDS Game 4 lineups
A look at Monday's starting lineups for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and the Pirates.
10/7/2013 | Breaking down A's-Tigers ALDS Game 3 lineups
A look at Monday's starting lineups for Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and the Athletics.
10/7/2013 | Formula for making playoffs: There's not one
There's no set formula for building a playoff team. The eight clubs that advanced to the Division Series followed different blueprints and different budgets, relying to varying degrees on homegrown players, trades and free agency to build their rosters.
10/7/2013 | Baseball's best prospects set to compete in AFL
When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the rosters will once again be stocked with exciting prospects, including Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, who is ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list.
10/7/2013 | MLB Notebook: Braves have no answer for Hanley
From 1995-99, the Atlanta Braves steamrolled their way through the postseason's initial round, winning 15 of the 17 National League Division Series games they played. This unchecked cruise came to an abrupt halt in 2000, however, when the Cardinals and Jim Edmonds got involved. Savoring his first taste of the postseason, the St. Louis center fielder battered the Braves like no other player. Until Hanley Ramirez this year.
10/7/2013 | Oct. 6 Don Mattingly postgame interview
Manager Don Mattingly spoke to the media after the Dodgers' Game 3 victory.
10/7/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 7, 2013
We're well into October, and the drama that we've come to expect on a nightly basis has returned. On Monday, the Road to the World Series gets its last four-game day of the year, and it should be unforgettable.
10/7/2013 | Shoddy defense seals Braves' fate in NLDS defeats
Strong defensively all season, the Braves repeatedly hurt themselves in losses in Games 1 and 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, including Sunday's 13-6 Game 3 loss in Los Angeles.
10/7/2013 | Minor available if Garcia falters in Game 4
Heading into Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, Atlanta's pitching staff appears fresh -- or at least as fresh as a relief corps could possibly be the day after working 5 1/3 innings -- and Mike Minor could be available if Freddy Garcia falters.
10/7/2013 | Gattis shows why he's in lineup with three hits
While the Braves would rather forget Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Dodgers, one of the few bright spots proved to be left fielder Evan Gattis. He was the only player in the Braves' lineup to record three hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
10/7/2013 | Teheran's best effort not enough for Braves
By the second inning Sunday, in manager Fredi Gonzalez's words, Braves starter Julio Teheran was playing near "a gas tank with a lighted match." Teheran's fastball command, such a point of emphasis heading into the game, was scattered. And the Dodgers took advantage in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
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