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  1. UPDATE: Delmon Young left off ALCS roster due to oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    UPDATE: Not only is Delmon Young not playing tonight, but the Tigers have ruled him out for the entire series. According to Dave Hogg of FOXSportsDetroit.com, Young has been left off the ALCS roster due to his recent oblique injury. Danny Worth will replace him on the roster while Ryan Raburn should get most of…

  2. None of the top-nine payroll teams are still alive in the playoffs

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

    Money Bag

    Just a quick update on something Aaron mentioned yesterday. With the Phillies eliminated, we can now say that none of the top-nine payroll teams made it through the first round of the playoffs. In fact, the Tigers and Cardinals are the only teams left with a payroll north of $100 million. Here are the payroll and…

  3. Skip Schumaker may miss NLCS with oblique injury

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    Skip Schumaker didn’t last long in last night’s win over the Phillies, but he made quite the impact. Getting the surprising nod over Jon Jay in center field for the deciding Game 5, Schumaker drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double off Roy Halladay in the first inning. However, he…

  4. Andy MacPhail opts to step down as Orioles’ president

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Andy MacPhail AP

    UPDATE: The Orioles have confirmed that Andy MacPhail has decided to walk away. 11:02 AM: This flew a little bit under the radar with all the excitement of the Diamondbacks-Brewers and Cardinals-Phillies yesterday, but Andy MacPhail will indeed step down as Orioles’ president. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is leaving the team…

  5. ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Rangers

    Oct 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Rangers have in store for us during the American League Championship Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Texas: Justin Verlander vs. C.J. Wilson Game 2 Sunday…

  6. What they’re saying about the Phillies’ first round exit

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    We did this with the Yankees yesterday, so it’s only appropriate that we check out some of the reaction to the Phillies’ surprising first round exit. Here’s a quick sampling: Charlie Manuel: “Right now, I’ve just got some anger. I just feel very empty.” Roy Halladay: “The hard part is, you think about all the work you…

  7. Ryan Howard believes he may have torn Achilles’ tendon

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:30 AM EST

    Ryan Howard

    As if Ryan Howard making the final out of the season for a second straight year wasn’t painful enough for Phillies fans, there’s a chance he could be sidelined when his five-year, $125 million extension kicks in next season. According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, Howard believes he may have torn his…

  8. Dramatic Cards-Phillies contest shows why five games isn’t enough

    Oct 8, 2011, 1:54 AM EST

    Cardinals' Pujols reacts to making an out on Phillies' Rollins to end the eighth inning of their MLB baseball playoff game in Philadelphia

    It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. Roy Halladay versus Chris Carpenter in a dramatic game that was 1-0 almost the entire way. It was enough to make one wish there was a Game 6 between the Cardinals and Phillies and maybe even a Game 7 on the way. But there isn’t, and…

  9. Cardinals continue Cinderella run, will meet division-rival Brewers in NLCS

    Oct 8, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 5

    Do you know where the Cardinals were exactly one month ago? Oh, just 6 1/2 games behind the shoo-in Braves in the Wild Card race. Yet in the space of one month, not only did they leapfrog the Braves to win the National League Wild Card, but they also earned a trip to the NLCS…

  10. Destiny denied: The Phillies learn that pitching isn’t enough

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:54 PM EST

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Someone tell me when I can breathe. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Phillies was the best pitching matchup I’ve witnessed since Morris vs. Smoltz.  Not when you figure in the stakes involved. Not when you appreciate just how brilliant Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter each were.…

  11. Plucky Diamondbacks can’t count on a repeat performance

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Justin Upton celebrates his solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers with teammate Roberts in Milwaukee

    They were the comeback kids of 2011: the Diamondbacks won a major league-high 48 games in which they were trailing on their way to the NL West crown. Too bad that’s not the kind of thing a team can count on carrying over from year to year. Ian Kennedy, Miguel Montero, Ryan Roberts, Josh Collmenter, Gerardo…

  12. Yovani Gallardo’s emergence as ace helps Brewers advance

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:08 PM EST

    Yovani Gallardo

    It was hardly a given that the Brewers should start Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of their series against the Diamondbacks. The pitching stats of their top three starters were eerily similar: Yovani Gallardo: 17-10, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP Zack Greinke: 16-6, 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP Shaun Marcum: 13-7, 3.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP Gallardo, though, was Milwaukee’s Opening…

  13. NLDS Game 5 Live Chat: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    It all comes down to this. Another win-or-go-home game in the division series, this time between the Cardinals and the Phillies. Chris Carpenter will take on Roy Halladay tonight, which is pretty much one of the sweetest matchups you can ask for in a deciding game. Looking for lineups? We have you covered right here.…

  14. Brewers beat Diamondbacks in 10, advance to NLCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    8:49 p.m.update: Nyjer Morgan singled in Carlos Gomez with one out to advance the Brewers to the NLCS. Gomez singled off J.J. Putz and stole second to get into scoring position before Morgan hit a groundball single up the middle. Chris Young’s throw from center field wasn’t nearly in time. 8:40 p.m. update: Axford rebounded from…

  15. Report: Rangers to make big run at Yu Darvish

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale tweets the following: Rival teams are predicting that the Rangers will be the winners in the [Yu] Darvish derby, with every scout predicting stardom. It’s certainly an interesting thought. Once the posting fee is factored in, Darvish figures to be about as expensive as the Rangers’ own free-agent-to-be, C.J. Wilson, and if that’s the…

  16. Chris Young is making the LDS his highlight reel

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Chris Young

    It wasn’t a banner regular season for the center fielder, but with three homers against Milwaukee and now the defensive play of the month so far, Chris Young is making a name for himself in October. With Brewers on first and second, Young ran down a long Jerry Hairston Jr. drive in the sixth inning to momentarily keep…

  17. Scratch that: Tigers alter ALCS rotation

    Oct 7, 2011, 6:55 PM EST

    Max Scherzer

    Just a few hours after announcing their rotation for the ALCS, the Tigers adjusted it Friday, moving Max Scherzer up to Game 2 and Rick Porcello to Game 4. Scherzer certainly would have been the No. 2 starter originally if not for his relief appearance in Thursday’s Game 5 against the Yankees, but the Tigers originally…

  18. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels both available in relief tonight

    Oct 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies would prefer that Roy Halladay take care of business tonight against the Cardinals, but he has some pretty good reinforcements if needed. According to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said this afternoon that both Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are available in relief for Game 5. Lee…

  19. Enjoy your Joe West-less and Angel Hernandez-free LCSs

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    The umpiring crews for the League Championship Series have been announced, and as prescribed, Joe West and Angel Hernandez will get a welcome respite. ALCS: Tim Welke (crew chief), Larry Vanover, Jim Wolf, Fieldin Culbreth, Jeff Nelson and Tom Hallion NLCS: Gary Darling (crew chief), Tim Timmons, Sam Holbrook, Mike Everitt, Bill Miller and Mike Winters Umpires…

  20. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonight: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Skip Schumaker, CF 2. Chase Utley, 2B 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF 4. Lance Berkman, RF 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Shane…

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