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  1. Umpire admits bad call, Joe Girardi calls for more replay

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Umpire Jeff Nelson admitted after Sunday’s game that he botched the call at second base that aided the Tigers in a two-run eighth inning against the Yankees. Omar Infante was attempting to return to the bag after rounding second on a single, but he was clearly tagged out by Robinson Cano on the play. Nelson…

  2. Madison Bumgarner gets lit up, Cards take 6-0 lead in fourth

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    David Freese, Yadier Molina

    If the Giants are going to prevail tonight, they’ll have to duplicate the Cardinals’ comeback from Game 5 of the NLDS. David Freese and Carlos Beltran homered Sunday as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead over the Giants in the NLCS opener. Freese’s two-run homer was the only scoring through three innings, but the Cardinals…

  3. Alex Rodriguez gets a hit, but not against a righty

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez came up with his first hit since Game 4 of the ALDS when he singled off reliever Phil Coke in the ninth inning Sunday against the Tigers. But hitting left-handers hasn’t been a real problem for him at any point this season. In his three at-bats against righty Anibal Sanchez today, Rodriguez struck…

  4. Phil Coke shows that anybody can pitch the ninth

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Did you ever notice that when baseball broadcasters start talking about the ninth-inning mentality and about all the setup men who couldn’t handle the closer’s role, they never go on to name names? Moments after John Smoltz went on his little spiel about how not everyone can pitch the ninth Sunday, Phil Coke finished shutting down the…

  5. Jeff Nelson made one of the worst safe calls you’ll ever see

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Omar Infante, Robinson Cano

    My belief isn’t that we need more instant replay in baseball because umpire’s are incompetent. My belief is that it’s needed because a lot of things happen in baseball that are way too tough to call at normal speed. This, however, was not one of those plays. In the eighth inning of Sunday’s ALCS Game…

  6. Anibal Sanchez dominates, Yankees sleepwalk through loss to Tigers in Game 2 of ALCS

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez yielded just three hits over seven shutout innings and third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Tigers rolled to a far-too-easy 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday evening in Game 2 of the ALCS. Yankees fans might choose to pout about a blown call at second…

  7. Robinson Cano sets postseason record with 0-for-26 skid

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano has a way of making baseball look effortless. Which is all well and good when he’s batting his usual .310 with very good power. When he slumps, his usual manner makes him look lackadaisical and disinterested, even though he might be anything but. Cano went hitless in a fifth straight game Sunday in…

  8. Tigers take 1-0 lead in seventh inning of ALCS Game 2

    Oct 14, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and has fanned nine Tigers batters without issuing a walk through his first seven frames. But the Yankees currently trail in this ALCS Game 2. Quintin Berry opened the top of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double to center field then scored from third…

  9. Roberto Kelly won’t be on field for NLCS Games 1 & 2

    Oct 14, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly suffered a concussion on Saturday afternoon when he was struck in the back of the head with a ball during batting practice. He is expected to make a complete recovery, but doctors have advised him to rest up for the next couple of days and he’s going to cooperate.…

  10. Derek Jeter will not travel with Yankees to Detroit

    Oct 14, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provides the update: Yankees captain Derek Jeter will not travel with the team when the American League Championship Series shifts to Detroit’s Comerica Park for Game 3. Jeter had an MRI and CT scan on Sunday that confirmed the initial diagnosis of a left ankle fracture. He is in a splint…

  11. NLCS Game 1 lineups: Giants vs. Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for NLCS Game 1 between the Giants and Cardinals. First pitch is 8:00 p.m. ET. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Buster…

  12. Joe Torre, 72, has no plans to return to managing

    Oct 14, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote in his Sunday notes column that “talk is strong” around the baseball world that Joe Torre might want to manage again. But it seems really doubtful to happen. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the 72-year-old Torre said Sunday afternoon that he is enjoying his current gig in…

  13. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS, set for a 4:00 p.m. ET first pitch in New York: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4.…

  14. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland keeping Jose Valverde at closer

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Jose Valverde coughed up four runs in less than inning of work in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium and now has a brutal 8.79 career postseason ERA. But the Detroit coaching staff is apparently not ready to make a change. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, manager…

  15. Jason Giambi “remains a candidate” for Rockies’ managerial opening, likely to interview soon

    Oct 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Jason Giambi, who hasn’t even officially retired from baseball, might be a candidate to fill the Rockies’ managerial vacancy following Jim Tracy’s sudden resignation. And now that suggestion by Renck has morphed into more of an actual report. Renck writes in a Sunday column…

  16. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Giants have in store for us in the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in San Francisco: Lance Lynn vs.…

  17. Jayson Nix will take over as the Yankees’ shortstop

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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    There was some thought after Derek Jeter was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle late Saturday night that the Yankees might try Alex Rodriguez at shortstop at some point during the remainder of this 2012 postseason. But that will not be happening. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made it clear to reporters in his postgame press…

  18. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal receives threats after tweeting in support of Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Bradley Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, was born in St. Louis, grew up there, and became the best high school basketball player in the city’s recent history at Chaminade College Prep. Like most St. Louisans, his love for the Cardinals runs deep. Even while at the University of Florida for…

  19. Roberto Kelly released from the hospital and could be on the field for Game 1 of the NLCS

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly was struck in the back of the head by a line drive during batting practice at AT&T Park on Saturday. He went down hard, immediately losing consciousness, and had to be taken to a local hospital on a stretcher. But it sounds like he’ll make a full recovery. According to Janie…

  20. It’s just not the postseason without Derek Jeter

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    The Yankees were already going it without Mariano Rivera this month, a strange sight to everyone who has followed baseball since the mid-1990s. But then Rivera was only out there for one or two innings per night. Derek Jeter was the immovable object. The Yankees have played in 158 postseason games since 1996, and Jeter…

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