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  1. Sloppy defense allows Braves to tie, but Dodgers quickly retake lead in third

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    Carl Crawford delivered a gut-punch to the Braves in the bottom of the second, sending a three-run home run over the fence in right field to put the Dodgers up 4-2, but starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and some sloppy defense allowed the Braves to quickly tie the game at four apiece in the top of the…

  2. Carl Crawford blasts a three-run home run to put the Dodgers on top 4-2 in the second

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Braves starter Julio Teheran found himself in hot water in the bottom of the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe. After striking out Skip Schumaker, A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases for pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Puig. With runners on…

  3. Braves get to Hyun-Jin Ryu early, take 2-0 lead in NLDS Game 3 after one

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    The Braves got the offense going early. Outfielder Justin Upton doubled with one out in the top of the first inning against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Evan Gattis promptly knocked him in with a line drive single to center, putting the Braves up 1-0. After getting ahead in the count 0-2 to Brian McCann, Ryu…

  4. The Marlon Byrd trade has worked out well for the Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    If you had Marlon Byrd as a trade acquisition making the biggest impact in the post-season, please step forward to claim your prize. Everything about the 35-year-old’s 2013 season has been unlikely, from the 21 home runs and .848 OPS he posted in five months with the Mets, to the three homers and .843 OPS…

  5. Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning RBI single helps Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez finished the 2013 regular season with a .180/.252/.286 line against left-handed pitching. Not exactly his cup of tea. But he came through in a big spot against lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist, delivering a tie-breaking RBI single to right, putting the Pirates up 4-3 in the eighth inning. Siegrist, by the…

  6. Carlos Beltran takes Mark Melancon deep in the eighth to knot Game 3 at 3-3

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    The legend of Carlos Beltran is growing to epic proportions. The 36-year-old entered the 2013 post-season with a 1.154 OPS in 151 post-season plate appearances. He hit his 15th career playoff home run in Game 1 on Thursday, tying Babe Ruth for the eighth-most all-time. Beltran passed the Bambino with his 16th career playoff home…

  7. Pirates retake lead in NLDS Game 3 on Russell Martin’s sacrifice fly

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    The Pirates put a bunch of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning and in doing so, chased Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a walk. Following a lazy fly out by Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd continued his torrid hitting with a double to left, putting runners…

  8. Carlos Beltran continues post-season dominance, ties up NLDS Game 3 at 2-2 in the 5th

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, Russell Martin

    Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran added to his post-season legend┬áby coming through for his team in the fifth inning against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning of Game 3. Jon Jay singled and Pete Kozma walked to put runners on first and second with no outs, but it appeared they were on their way…

  9. Sonny Gray debunks need for playoff experience with stellar outing

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    The ALDS Game 2 narrative between the Tigers and Athletics involved the experienced ace in Justin Verlander and the rookie in Sonny Gray. Verlander, with over 70 post-season innings under his belt, would be calm, cool, and collected with all the TV cameras pointed in his direction. Gray, who spent most of the year with…

  10. Athletics walk off victorious after hard-fought pitcher’s duel in Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two

    The Tigers and Athletics played what could very well end up being the best game of the entire post-season tonight as starters Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray took the hill in opposition. The two right-handers traded zeroes through seven innings, each allowing just four hits, each walking two or fewer, each striking out at least…

  11. Tigers and Athletics still knotted up at 0-0 through seven innings in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two

    Folks, if you’re not watching this game, flip over to TBS on your TV. If you’re not the TV-owning type, head to your nearest sports bar because you’re not going to want to miss the conclusion of this game, as it’s been a complete pitcher’s duel through the first two and a half hours. Tigers…

  12. Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander trading zeroes through four innings in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 5, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    It’s a pitching duel between a 23-year-old rookie and a 30-year-old veteran in Game 2 of the ALDS between the Athletics and Tigers. A’s rookie Sonny Gray has shut out the Tigers through four innings, using a mid-90′s fastball and a knee-bending curve to keep Tiger hitters at bay. Thus far, he has struck out…

  13. David Price thought David Ortiz watched his second home run a bit too long

    Oct 5, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    David Ortiz had himself quite a ballgame in Game 2 of the ALDS, hitting two solo home runs off of Rays starter David Price. The first was a no-doubter to right-center that increased the Red Sox lead to 2-0 in the first inning. The second home run came in the bottom of the eighth that…

  14. Red Sox left-handed hitters were the key to overcoming David Price

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    During the regular season, Rays left-handed starter David Price was murder on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .489 OPS, the sixth-best OPS allowed to lefties among qualified starters. (The others: Chris Sale, Matt Harvey, Clayton Kershaw, C.J. Wilson, and Madison Bumgarner.) You wouldn’t have known it if you watched the left-handed side of the…

  15. Behind David Ortiz’s two-homer night, Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The Red Sox will head down to Tampa Bay happy campers. After a thorough 12-2 dismantling of the Rays in Game 1, the Sox scored seven runs against 2012 AL Cy Young award winner David Price in seven-plus innings, just enough run support for John Lackey. The scoring started early, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off…

  16. Red Sox continue moving the goalposts against the Rays

    Oct 5, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    To their credit, the Rays have remained competitive throughout Game 2 against the Red Sox despite starter David Price looking not-so-sharp as well as some defensive miscues by the Tampa Bay defense. After the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first, the Rays scratched back for a run in the second on a…

  17. Red Sox continue attacking, tag David Price for two more runs

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The Rays managed to get one of the runs back after starter David Price surrendered two in the first inning to the Red Sox. However, the Sox offense has proven to be relentless, adding an additional two runs in the third inning. Leading off the frame, David Ross hit a high fly ball off of…

  18. Legs of Ellsbury, bat of Ortiz put Red Sox ahead early in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    David Price may have pitched the Rays past a treacherous Game 163 to get into the Wild Card playoff, but the Red Sox clearly aren’t impressed. The Rays’ lefty, who led the league with a 5.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and four complete games, was tagged for two runs in the first inning due to two of…

  19. Max Scherzer’s strong effort leads Tigers to victory in Game 1 of ALDS

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer led the league in wins with 21 and WHIP with 0.97. He also logged the second-most double-digit strikeout games with eight, trailing the 12 of Yu Darvish. Among Game 1 starters on the American League side of the playoffs, Scherzer had to be the scariest and the Athletics saw exactly why tonight. The…

  20. Steve Lyons doesn’t want your filthy, rally-killing home runs

    Oct 5, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Remember a while ago, some had the idea that having slow runners on base was a bad idea because they “clogged up the bases“? Even though having runners on base directly leads to scoring runs? It took a bit of work (and ridicule) to get that idea out of the zeitgeist. Now, thanks to Steve…

  21. Tigers get to Bartolo Colon to take an early 3-0 lead

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Athletics starter Bartolo Colon got off to a very shaky start to kick off Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers. Austin Jackson doubled to right to lead off the inning. Colon then hit Torii Hunter with a pitch, and followed it up with a first-pitch meatball to the hobbled Miguel Cabrera, who drove…

  22. Dodgers squandered plenty of opportunities against the Braves

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Despite making it close, the Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to score but came up empty plenty of times following Hanley Ramirez‘s RBI double in the first inning. They couldn’t get the big hit against Braves starter Mike Minor from the second through the sixth innings, nor relievers Luis Ayala or Luis Avilan in the…

  23. Mike Minor pitches in as Braves bring the NLDS to Los Angeles at 1-1

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    We knew going into the playoffs that the Braves’ biggest strength was their pitching and it shone through tonight against the Dodgers. Starter Mike Minor held the Dodgers to one run over six and one-third innings of work on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. The Dodgers’ lone run against him came…

  24. ALDS Game 1: Tigers vs. Athletics lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    The American League’s number two and three offenses will go at it shortly. Can each team’s respective ace limit the offense? Grab your popcorn. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 PM EDT start. Tigers: Austin Jackson, CF Torii Hunter, RF Miguel Cabrera, 3B Prince Fielder, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Alex Avila, C Omar Infante,…

  25. Joe Girardi drawing a lot of interest from Yankees, Cubs, Nationals

    Oct 4, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi AP

    Free agent manager-to-be Joe Girardi is a very popular man right now, drawing interest from the Yankees, Cubs, and Nationals. The Yankees have already made Girardi an offer according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, though the specifics are not yet known. In Marchand’s words, the offer is “expected to be significant”. Yankees GM Brian Cashman is…

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