10/9/2015 | Matheny's unpopular move to bullpen pays off
Fans booed with disapproval Friday when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny emerged from the dugout to visit John Lackey on the mound. And they booed a little louder when Matheny took the ball from Lackey and called for reliever Kevin Siegrist.
10/9/2015 | Lackey leads Cardinals with fire, experience
Distinguished by his Texas drawl, a fiery nature that has been known to occasionally even put teammates on notice and an October resume longer than any other active starter in the game, John Lackey turned back the clock on Friday night, giving Cubs manager Joe Maddon flashbacks to the young right-hander he saw up close in Anaheim and the Cubs fits in a 4-0 Game 1 win for the Cardinals to open the best-of-five National League Division Series.
10/9/2015 | Murphy's HR breaks scoreless NY-LA duel
Daniel Murphy homered to christen the fourth inning and shatter a scoreless tie as the New York Mets clung to a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday night's National League Division Series opener.
10/9/2015 | 10 cool facts from Cards' NLDS Game 1 win vs. Cubs
Cardinals starter John Lackey managed to outlast Cubs counterpart Jon Lester in a Friday night pitchers' duel in the first postseason meeting between the rivals.
10/9/2015 | Oct. 9 Stephen Piscotty, Tommy Pham postgame interview
Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham postgame address the media after Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
10/9/2015 | Oct. 9 Joe Maddon postgame interview
Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Game 1 of the NLDS.
10/9/2015 | Angels claim Cunningham from Braves
In desperate need of outfield depth, the Angels claimed Todd Cunningham off waivers from the Braves on Friday. Cunningham is out of options, but the Angels can keep him in the organization by slipping him through waivers, like they did with Roger Kieschnick and Alfredo Marte early last offseason.
10/9/2015 | Lester shows worth in Cubs playoff debut
The Cubs signed Jon Lester to pitch in games like this, to perform the way he did for seven innings Friday night at Busch Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Split in KC has Hinch feeling unsatisfied
The Astros are baseball's feel-good story this October. After a combined 416 losses the four previous seasons, they made it into the postseason this year. Impressive? Darn right. Satisfying? Not a chance. Not to manager A.J. Hinch.
10/9/2015 | Kazmir puts struggles behind, sets Astros up
Scott Kazmir exited with one out in the sixth inning clinging to a two-run lead, having given his club as much as it could've hoped for in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Royals, before Kansas City scored twice in the frame en route to a 5-4 comeback victory.
10/9/2015 | Pham, Piscotty join Cardinals' rookie lore
Cardinals rookies were not intimidated by the scope of their first postseason games. Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty came up huge in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, each hitting home runs in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs.
10/9/2015 | Cueto gets stronger later, keeps KC in it
Johnny Cueto, the Royals' big acquisition at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seemingly gave Kansas City exactly what it needed -- a horse at the top of the rotation that could not only carry the team to the regular-season finish line, but also pick it up in big games in October. Like, for example, its 5-4 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Big hit for Zorilla helps KC win thriller
Ben Zobrist's clutch hit helped the Royals rally from a three-run deficit, and it proved to be the game-winner in Friday's 5-4 win, which evened the ALDS at 1-1.
10/9/2015 | Oct. 9 Mike Matheny postgame interview
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny addressed the media after Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
10/9/2015 | In tough spot, KC shows playoff mettle
It turns out that the Royals have not run out of postseason mojo, after all. Postseason play has a way of turning around within minutes, if not seconds. Welcome to Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Royals and the Astros.
10/9/2015 | Rangers' total team effort provides ALDS lead
In the dugout, the Texas Rangers looked at one another and shrugged. Surprised? Absolutely not. If a single moment could sum up an entire season, this would be it.
10/9/2015 | Texas 'pen blanks Jays, setting stage for win
Jake Diekman wanted the ball. Two multi-inning performances in less than 24 hours didn't matter to him. The Rangers' left-hander wanted to silence the boisterous sellout crowd at Rogers Centre again, and he did, in a 6-4 Rangers win against the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the best-of-five American League Division Series that gave Texas a 2-0 series lead.
10/9/2015 | Springer keeps up torrid pace in Game 2
In a season plagued by injury but still full of spectacular outfield catches and, more recently, powerful swings, George Springer continues to carry over a streaky September into October -- just when the surging Astros need it the most.
10/9/2015 | Russell ends Lackey's no-hit bid in sixth
Cardinals starter John Lackey flirted with postseason history when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning during Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday vs. the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The suspense ended when Addison Russell led off the top of the sixth with a rolling single through the middle. St. Louis topped Chicago, 4-0, to take the opener of the five-game series.
10/9/2015 | Cards' challenge goes Cubs' way in 3rd inning
Jon Lester finished off a scoreless third inning and the Cardinals lost one of two challenges in their 4-0 victory over the Cubs following a close play at first base Friday night at Busch Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Blue Jays face tall task heading to Texas
The Blue Jays have proven themselves to a resilient bunch time and time again this season, but they've never faced a challenge quite like this.
10/9/2015 | Pickoff of Gomez thwarts potential Astros rally
After sitting on the bench for eight innings, Carlos Gomez pinch-ran at first base in the ninth, and he was going to do whatever he could to get to second. Gomez's eagerness wound up getting him picked off, and the Astros' rally fizzled in a 5-4 loss to the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Astros-Royals ALDS Game 2: Did You Know?
Here are some stats and facts you should know from the Royals' 5-4 win over the Astros on Friday.
10/9/2015 | Escobar makes Astros' shallow outfield pay
It finally happened. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar burned the Astros' shift-happy, shallow defense.
10/9/2015 | Newfound health has Garcia grateful entering Game 2
As injuries brought seemingly constant attrition of key players from the Cardinals' 2015 roster, left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was well-ahead of that trend. Garcia spent the previous three seasons battling serious arm issues and spent this season proving he was healthy. It's gone so well that the Cardinals did something few might have expected when the year opened by giving Garcia the ball for Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
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