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  1. Olney: Dodgers offered Clayton Kershaw a $300 million contract concept earlier this year

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    With starter Clayton Kershaw set to enter his third and final year or arbitration eligibility this off-season, the Dodgers are expected to offer their ace a long-term contract extension. Kershaw is the presumptive NL Cy Young award winner. If he should earn the hardware, it would be his second such honor in three years. As…

  2. Cardinals manager and former catcher Mike Matheny supports a ban on home plate collisions

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Earlier, D.J. Short informed us that Major League Baseball is considering banning collisions at home plate in an effort to better protect catchers. There have been quite a few incidents that have been the impetus of the call for change, most notably when Buster Posey and Scott Cousins collided on May 25, 2011. Posey was…

  3. Carlos Beltran will finally get his chance to play for a championship

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran Getty

    After 199 post-season plate appearances, he is finally there. Carlos Beltran will play in the World Series for the first time. The 36-year-old had been to the National League Championship Series three times before and three times played in a Game 7, only to go home unsatisfied. Had the Cardinals not finished the job tonight…

  4. Michael Wacha is your NLCS MVP

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    Wacha will go home as the MVP of the National League Championship Series, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The 22-year-old rookie tossed 13.2 shutout innings over two starts against the Dodgers in Games 2 and 6, allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out 13. Wacha, of course, pitched seven crucial innings…

  5. Cardinals await conclusion of ALCS as World Series will be a rematch of 2004 or 2006

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    With a thorough 9-0 drubbing of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Cardinals clinched a World Series appearance for the first time since, uh, last week. At least it feels that way, anyway. They won the World Series in 2011 against the Texas Rangers in seven games. The Cardinals are anxiously waiting…

  6. The Cardinals clinch their ticket to the World Series with Game 6 victory over the Dodgers

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals provided starter Michael Wacha with a big ol’ pile of runs but he sure didn’t need it. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to show poise and dominance with seven shutout innings, out-dueling presumptive NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the process. Wacha finished with a line that read: 7 IP, 0 R,…

  7. Apparently, Yasiel Puig ticked off the NLCS umpiring crew

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Getty

    When you’re as exuberant as Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, you’re bound to rub some people the wrong way. According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick and Lyle Spencer, Puig ticked off the NLCS umpiring crew with some of his reactions to balls and strikes: Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at…

  8. Cardinals put Game 6 out of reach with a fifth-inning outburst

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After going up 4-0 in the third inning, the Cardinals continued to tack on runs in the fifth. In doing so, they chased Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after 98 pitches. The lefty did not record an out in the fifth. The inning started off with Yadier Molina singling to right field. Yasiel…

  9. The Cardinals pull ahead in Game 6 with a big third inning

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Matt Carpenter

    Post-season legend Carlos Beltran staked the Cardinals to an early lead in the top of the third with a line drive RBI single to center against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. The opportunity was set up by Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, who worked an 11-pitch at-bat — including seven consecutive foul balls — against Kershaw…

  10. Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig embrace their inner mouse and squirrel

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Hours before the start of Game 6 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cardinals, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig had some fun in front of the cameras. Gonzalez was presented with a poster portraying himself with Mickey Mouse ears riding atop Dumbo the elephant, with the caption “Dumbo and Dumber” at the bottom. Puig…

  11. Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa signs with the Red Sox

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have signed Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa to a Minor League contract, reports Baseball America. Hinojosa was cleared as a free agent back in July after defecting from Cuba in February. Baseball America expects the Red Sox to utilize the 27-year-old Hinojosa as a reliever. Their scouting report on the right-hander: Hinojosa, 27, throws around…

  12. Hanley Ramirez will start Game 6 of the NLCS after all

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    In the words of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, shortstop Hanley Ramirez is “worse today”, tweets Jayson Stark. Ramirez has been playing with a cracked rib caused by a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball in the first inning of the first game of the NLCS. Ramirez has just two hits (both singles) in 16 trips to…

  13. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  14. Sonny Gray had thumb surgery, should be ready for spring training

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Sonny Gray Getty

    Athletics starter Sonny Gray underwent thumb surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, per Susan Slusser. The right-hander had a screw inserted to stabilize the fracture, suffered in his Game 5 loss to the Tigers in the ALDS. Slusser says Gray should be ready to go when spring training arrives in February. Gray became one of the…

  15. Red Sox mount improbable comeback, walk off winners in Game 2 to even ALCS at 1-1

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Has the sleeping giant risen from his slumber? The Red Sox led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and (of course) OPS during the regular season, but between Game 1 and the fifth inning of Game 2, they looked more like the Miami Marlins. They were no-hit through eight and two-thirds innings in…

  16. David Ortiz puts the Red Sox back in the game with a game-tying grand slam

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The narrative of the ALCS through nine innings of Game 1 and seven innings of Game 2 was all about the Tigers’ pitching dominance and the Red Sox offensive futility. That came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Sox mounted a potentially series-altering rally against the Tiger bullpen.…

  17. Red Sox end Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid, get on board in the sixth

    Oct 13, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    It took nearly 15 innings, but the Red Sox are finally on the board in the ALCS. After the Tigers put up a four-spot in the top half of the sixth, the Red Sox mounted a two-out rally against Max Scherzer to end his no-hit bid and keep hope alive in Game 2 of the…

  18. Tigers break out the lumber in the sixth inning, take 5-0 lead in ALCS Game 2

    Oct 13, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Through the first 14 innings, the ALCS had been a pitcher-dominated affair. Anibal Sanchez and the Tiger bullpen held the Red Sox hitless through eight and two-thirds innings in Game 1 and Scherzer has held the Sox hitless through five in Game 2. To their credit, the Sox pitching has been nearly as good —…

  19. Alex Avila puts the Tigers up 1-0 early against the Red Sox in ALCS Game 2

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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    The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. Victor Martinez hit a one-out double to left-center off of Sox starter Clay Buchholz. He advanced to third on Jhonny Peralta‘s line drive single to left, then came home when Alex Avila ripped a single up the middle.…

  20. Shane Victorino ties post-season record with ninth HBP

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino moved into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for the most post-season HBP’s in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Tigers starter Max Scherzer drilled Victorino in the left shoulder with a 91 MPH fastball, his ninth career in the post-season. The errant pitch put a runner…

  21. Hanley Ramirez says he will play in NLCS Game 3 if he can withstand the pain

    Oct 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez sat out Game 2 of the NLCS after taking a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball to the ribs in the first inning of Game 1. X-rays were negative and he is still awaiting the results of a CT scan taken today, but he told the media that he will play in…

  22. Daniel Nava breaks up Tigers’ no-hit bid, but Tigers win to take 1-0 ALCS lead

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    Daniel Nava

    Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit took the hill at Fenway Park in the ninth inning tonight asked not only to successfully wrap up Game 1 of the ALCS by the narrowest of margins (1-0), but to wrap up what could have been baseball’s first post-season combined no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, and Drew Smyly…

  23. Jose Veras and Drew Smyly help bring no-hitter into the ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Jose Veras

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez tossed six no-hit innings and Al Alburquerque was responsible for one himself as Jose Veras took the mound at Fenway Park in the bottom of the eighth inning attempting to preserve a potentially historic feat. The right-hander retired both hitters he faced, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, on strikeouts before giving…

  24. Al Alburquerque helps preserve Anibal Sanchez’s no-hitter, bullpen will carry it into the eighth

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings, but as his pitch count was run up so high, he could not complete the feat. The right-hander exited after tossing 116 pitches. Reliever Al Alburquerque took over for him in the bottom of the seventh, retiring the bottom of the Red Sox lineup…

  25. Anibal Sanchez hands his no-hitter over to the Tigers’ bullpen in the seventh

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings in ALCS Game 1, but he will not be allowed to complete it. Sanchez threw 116 pitches, prompting Tigers manager Jim Leyland to lift him from the game with the larger goal in mind. Reliever Al Alburquerque will be the first out of the…

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