10/3/2013 | Cole shows maturity amid Pirates' pandemonium
At the height of the party Tuesday night, with Pirates players skipping and hugging on the field, rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole dug his spikes in the dirt in front of the pitching rubber on the bullpen mound. He ignored the party long enough to coolly execute a throwing session, the way he has between his starts since making his Major League debut June 11.
10/3/2013 | Burnett's short start sets tone as Bucs drop Game 1
Coming out heavy-handed and characteristically clutch, the St. Louis Cardinals took out the Pirates, 9-1, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night. A.J. Burnett vividly showing up without his stuff on a day Adam Wainwright and his swinging mates clearly had theirs was an unfortunate combination, as the Cards drubbed the Bucs in front of 45,693 at Busch Stadium.
10/3/2013 | Lynn overcomes adversity to earn Game 2 start
The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound to start Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday at Busch Stadium (noon CT on MLB Network), but there was a point not long ago that Lynn might have been the odd man out of the Cards' rotation.
10/3/2013 | Gold Glove defense factored into postseason berth
If any one area showed the most improvement for the Rays this season, the work they have done in the field would be it. They posted a .990 team fielding percentage, good for second in the Majors.
10/3/2013 | Holland earns Delivery Man honors for September
Greg Holland was named the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for September after the Kansas City closer converted 11 of 12 save opportunities.
10/3/2013 | Despite rough end to year, Middlebrooks confident
Will Middlebrooks struggled as the regular season came to a close, but that hasn't shaken the third baseman's confidence.
10/3/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Braves, Game 1
A look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 1 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and the Braves.
10/3/2013 | Feeling energized, Doubront excited to pitch out of 'pen
It looks like Felix Doubront will be on the Red Sox's postseason roster after all.
10/3/2013 | Cardinals select Kelly to start Game 3 of NLDS
Manager Mike Matheny on Thursday officially announced Joe Kelly as his starter for Game 3 in Pittsburgh -- scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT on TBS -- but will wait at least another day before revealing who he intends to pitch in a Game 4, should one be necessary.
10/3/2013 | Cards to face rookie Cole for first time in Game 2
For all this talk about familiarity between the Cardinals and the Pirates, St. Louis will actually be facing an unknown in Game 2 on Friday (noon CT on MLB Network). Despite being on the Pirates' roster for the final four series (14 games) between the two National League Central division foes, rookie Gerrit Cole never drew a starting assignment against the Cardinals.
10/3/2013 | Brewers lose Gamel to Cubs via waiver claim
Mat Gamel, who has missed most of the past two seasons while recovering from knee surgeries, was claimed off waivers from the Brewers by the Cubs on Thursday.
10/3/2013 | Lester no stranger to pitching on big stage
Jon Lester knows what it feels like to open a postseason series for his team, but this marks the first of his three career Game 1 starts that will be at Fenway Park, with a packed house roaring on every strike.
10/3/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Cards-Pirates, Game 1
A look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 1 of the NL Division Series between the Cardinals and the Pirates.
10/3/2013 | Ex-big leaguer Curtis sentenced for sexual assault
Former big league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to 7-15 years in prison Thursday after being found guilty on six counts of criminal sexual conduct earlier in the summer.
10/3/2013 | Cubs claim infielder Gamel off waivers
Infielder Mat Gamel, who missed the 2013 season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Thursday.
10/3/2013 | Stars set for Postseason Survivor Competition
Every day, a panel of celebrities will make one pick until they're eliminated by choosing the wrong team. The person who survives the longest will win $10,000 toward the charity of their choice.
10/3/2013 | Ex-Cubs skipper Sveum joins KC coaching staff
Dale Sveum, who was dismissed as the Cubs' manager earlier this week, was added to the Royals' coaching staff on Thursday. The Major League coaching contracts of Chino Cadahia and Eddie Rodriguez were not renewed.
10/3/2013 | Announcers reflect on calling Alvarez's no-hitter
Seeing history unfold at Marlins Park on Sunday was one thing. Putting Henderson Alvarez's walk-off no-hitter into words was another. On Sunday, the Marlins radio and television broadcasters didn't mask what they were watching.
10/3/2013 | Pirates going with 11 pitchers on NLDS roster
The addition of two starting pitchers for the National League Division Series knocked catcher Tony Sanchez and outfielder Travis Snider off the Pirates' 25-man roster that will take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
10/3/2013 | Braves out to snap their long postseason skid
When the Braves host the Dodgers on Thursday in Game 1 of the NLDS, Atlanta will be looking to help put an end to its streak of seven straight playoff series losses dating back to 2001.
10/3/2013 | Headley hopes September carries into '14 after surgery
Chase Headley flew home to Tennessee on Thursday, two days removed from having surgery on his left knee. He'll be on crutches for a few weeks, but will be able to start his offseason workout routine on time, or possibly one week late, in about six weeks.
10/3/2013 | Cardinals carrying 12 pitchers on NLDS roster
There were no surprises when the Cardinals announced their National League Division Series roster on Thursday morning, just hours in advance of Game 1 against the Pirates.
10/3/2013 | LA lists Ethier on NLDS roster, with Gordon to pinch-run
Andre Ethier and Chris Capuano were included, but veterans Jerry Hairston, Brandon League, Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez were excluded from the 25-man roster the Dodgers submitted Thursday for their National League Division Series against the Braves.
10/3/2013 | At age 40, Colon shows no signs of slowing down
Bartolo Colon didn't expect to be pitching at age 40. Not in the postseason, and certainly not as a Game 1 starter, a title last reserved for him eight years ago. But the righty is still thriving with a calm, cool and collected demeanor, and he's ready for Friday's matchup against the Tigers in Oakland.
10/3/2013 | Position breakdown: A's, Tigers pretty evenly matched
On paper, the postseason series between the Tigers and A's might be the toughest to predict. Oakland had a 4-3 advantage in the season series, scoring 42 runs while allowing 40 to Detroit. Here's how it breaks down heading into Game 1 Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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