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10/4/2013 | Free-swinging Alvarez making hits count
Quite often, the sound and fury of Pedro Alvarez's swing signify an empty at-bat, but the results are truly special when he connects. Alvarez went 2-for-4 Friday -- much better than his usual success rate against the Cardinals -- but he continued a pattern of doing damage with his hits.

10/4/2013 | Late-season adds Byrd, Morneau making impact
Six weeks ago, Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd were both bright spots on scuffling ballclubs -- Morneau with the Twins and Byrd with the Mets. On Friday, the two, anchored in the heart of the Pirates' playoff lineup, helped fuel Pittsburgh to a victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium.

10/4/2013 | Pujols files suit against radio host for PED comments
Albert Pujols wasn't bluffing when he threatened to sue former All-Star Jack Clark for calling him "a juicer" on St. Louis airwaves nearly two months ago. On Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Pujols' legal team officially filed a defamation lawsuit against Clark, as first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

10/4/2013 | Rodriguez loses battle with Green Monster
Sean Rodriguez showed why Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted him in the lineup for Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday with a home run and a diving grab in the first couple of innings.

10/4/2013 | NLDS even as Lynn labors in Game 2 defeat
Giving up more runs (five) in 4 1/3 innings than he had in his last four regular-season starts combined, Lance Lynn and some suspect defense played around him sunk the Cardinals' chances of taking a commanding lead in the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium. Instead, Friday's 7-1 loss essentially turns this intradivisional matchup into a best-of-three series.

10/4/2013 | Gyorko named to Baseball America's rookie team
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko was named to Baseball America's 2013 Major League All-Rookie Team on Friday.

10/4/2013 | Lucchino has 'enormous' pride for turnaround
In an extensive conversation with MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino discusses among other things the club's remarkable turnaround this season, last year's blockbuster trade and his thoughts about baseball parks.

10/4/2013 | Cole confounds Cards, sends NLDS back to PNC tied
Gerrit Cole brought serenity back to the Pirates' postseason early Friday, firing two-hit ball for six innings in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals that squared the National League Division Series at one game apiece.

10/4/2013 | Orioles' Jones to join TBS show as special guest
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will join the TBS crew as a special postseason guest from Oct. 8-10. Jones will follow Gary Sheffield as a studio host for the network.

10/4/2013 | Inbox: What offseason moves could the Nats make?
What offseason moves could the Nationals make? Nationals beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

10/4/2013 | Looking to even things up, Rays turn to Price
The Red Sox and Rays added yet another chapter to their playoff history in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, as Boston cruised to a 12-2 victory. With both teams returning to action at 5:30 p.m. ET on TBS on Saturday, Game 2 is as close to do-or-die for the Rays as you can get at this juncture.

10/4/2013 | Opportunity knocks: Five-run frame jump-starts rout
Equal parts relentless and opportunistic -- and backed by a vociferous home crowd -- the Red Sox didn't merely beat the Rays soundly in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon at Fenway Park. En route to a 12-2 victory, Boston at times even seemed to break Tampa Bay's spirit.

10/4/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Braves, Game 2
A look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 2 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and the Braves.

10/4/2013 | Sox pay tribute to bombing victims, first responders
With "B Strong" freshly manicured into Fenway Park's outfield grass, the Red Sox put on a touching tribute to the victims, heroes and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 prior to Game 1 of the ALDS.

10/4/2013 | Lackey looks to give Sox commanding 2-0 ALDS edge
A year removed from Tommy John surgery, John Lackey will take the ball for the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday at Fenway Park.

10/4/2013 | Rays carrying all five starters on ALDS roster
The Rays unveiled their 25-man roster for the American League Division Series on Friday morning, and it contains few surprises and only minor changes from the group that played in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.

10/4/2013 | Marlins attend workout in pursuit of free agent Abreu
Miami representatives attended the two-day workouts of Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu, who recently was declared a free agent.

10/4/2013 | Kelly takes Cards' confidence into Game 3 start
Joe Kelly went 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA in his last 15 outings after joining the rotation on July 6. Now the Cardinals are counting on him again, on a much bigger stage, as they send Kelly to the mound Sunday in Pittsburgh to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series (3:30 p.m. CT on TBS).

10/4/2013 | Jocketty: Search for new manager to begin soon
With the decision made to dismiss Dusty Baker after six years as manager, the Reds hope to move quickly to find his replacement.

10/4/2013 | Prolific at PNC, Liriano primed to contain Cardinals
PNC Park will be dressed in black and booming for Sunday's Game 3 (4:30 p.m. ET on TBS) of the National League Division Series, with the series tied. But when the Pirates' Francisco Liriano stands 60 feet, six inches from home plate, you wonder if he'll hear a sound. The pitcher's mound in his home park is Liriano's quiet effective place.

10/4/2013 | Cards hand ball to Carp for ceremonial pitch
Longtime Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, whose 10 career postseason wins and 18 starts top St. Louis' all-time list, was on hand and in uniform for Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

10/4/2013 | Hellickson on tap to start Game 4, if necessary
Jeremy Hellickson knew that he wasn't necessarily guaranteed a chance to pitch in the postseason, not after a frustratingly inconsistent season. But he found his name on the ALDS roster, and if the series against Boston goes beyond three games, he'll find himself on the mound starting Game 4.

10/4/2013 | A-Rod files lawsuits against MLB, doctor
Alex Rodriguez has filed suit against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of conducting a "witch hunt" and engaging in "tortious interference" with his contracts and business relationships. MLB called the suit "a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement."

10/4/2013 | Kershaw continues building case as game's best
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had 12 strikeouts in Game 1 vs. the Braves on Thursday, becoming just the fifth pitcher in Division Series history to notch at least a dozen K's.

10/4/2013 | Baker's dismissal comes as tough news for players
Most Reds players woke up Friday morning having no idea that a big change had happened with their team. The Reds dismissed manager Dusty Baker on Thursday afternoon and announced the decision late Friday morning.


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