10/18/2013 | Pipeline Inbox: Powerful Baez on course for Cubs
How do Cubs shortstop Javier Baez's Minor League stats compare to Manny Ramirez's? Who has the brighter future, Chris Archer or Yordano Ventura?
10/18/2013 | MLB Notebook: Xander breaks one of Babe's records
At 21 years and 16 days old for Thursday's ALCS Game 5 win over the Tigers, Xander Bogaerts became the youngest Red Sox starter in a postseason game. The previous youngest was Babe Ruth, who took the mound at the age of 21 years and 246 days in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
10/18/2013 | Winter League roundup: Pederson productive at plate
Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with one triple and one RBI as Caribes topped Lara, 7-5 on Thursday in the Venezuelan Winter League. Second baseman Jose Castillo picked up two RBIs. Dodgers top prospect Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and two walks in the loss.
10/18/2013 | Miggy's out at home in first inning looms large
On a night when the Tigers struggled to string hits together, Miguel Cabrera's aggressive baserunning in the first inning led to an out at the plate that killed a potential rally in Game 5 of the ALCS.
10/18/2013 | Red Sox are unaffected by proximity to Series
For six months, the Red Sox have impressed with their work ethic, focus and preparation. To think they would do otherwise now that they're on the threshold of returning to the World Series is foolish.
10/18/2013 | Mistakes derail Sanchez despite improved command
Despite throwing six no-hit innings to win the ALCS opener, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez figured he needed to improve his command for Game 5. True to his word, he didn't walk anyone Thursday night, but he didn't come away with the result he wanted.
10/18/2013 | Fearless Ross weathers pair of collisions
If there were any doubts about Red Sox catcher David Ross' toughness despite the fact that he sustained a concussion earlier this season, they were erased during Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, when he was involved in a pair of hard collisions at the plate.
10/18/2013 | Red Sox seek Series berth as Tigers try to stay alive
With two chances to secure a trip to the World Series, the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound Saturday in Game 6 at Fenway Park. The Tigers, aiming to send the ALCS to a decisive Game 7 on Sunday, will send AL Cy Young Award front-runner Max Scherzer, who struck out 13 in a Game 2 no-decision.
10/18/2013 | Napoli's hot streak coming at perfect time for Sox
The Red Sox have been talking about how a well-timed Mike Napoli streak could be just the thing to kick their offense into gear. With Boston now just a victory from the World Series, he's picking the perfect time to get hot.
10/18/2013 | Stunning grab caps Iglesias' reel-worthy night
After making some of the best defensive plays in the Majors throughout the regular season, Jose Iglesias, the Tigers' shortstop, added to his reputation on Thursday night by taking away a third-inning single from Ortiz with a remarkable over-the-shoulder grab in shallow left field.
10/18/2013 | Not his best work, but Lester gets the job done
The Red Sox have leaned on Jon Lester this October and in postseasons past. Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday was no different.
10/18/2013 | Oct. 17 John Farrell postgame interview
Manager John Farrell talked about the Red Sox being one victory away from returning to the World Series.
10/18/2013 | Abreu would revitalize aging lineup on South Side
Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, 26, projects to be an All-Star-caliber run producer and maybe even an MVP candidate. The White Sox were closing in on a six-year deal with Abreu, pending a physical.
10/17/2013 | Tigers knocked into a corner in quest for pennant
The Tigers nearly rallied back from a four-run deficit, but they will head to Boston for the rest of the American League Championship Series needing two wins to claim the pennant after dropping a 4-3 decision Thursday night at Comerica Park in Game 5.
10/17/2013 | Miggy's health putting Tigers in tough spot
The reality of a hobbling Miguel Cabrera caught up with the Tigers in a big way in their 4-3 loss in Game 5 of this American League Championship Series.
10/17/2013 | White Sox said to be deep in talks with Abreu
The White Sox aren't talking about their potential impending association with Jose Abreu, but many others around Major League Baseball are picking up the slack.
10/17/2013 | Avila day to day following collision at home plate
The Tigers are headed to Boston down 3-2 in the American League Championship Series and they are unsure if catcher Alex Avila will be ready on Saturday night for Game 6 after he strained the patellar tendon in his left knee in a collision at home plate with Boston's David Ross.
10/17/2013 | Nats interview Williams, Ausmus for skipper
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept the process of selecting a new manager close to the vest, but MLB.com has confirmed that the team interviewed D-backs third-base coach Matt Williams and Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus this week.
10/17/2013 | Koufax comparisons aside, Kershaw in class of his own
Comparisons to Sandy Koufax aside, Clayton Kershaw is certainly in a class of his own among his contemporaries, having become as consistently dominant as anybody in the game.
10/17/2013 | Morris continues Tigers' parade of '84 champs
Jack Morris, who became a Tigers legend pitching at Tiger Stadium, took the mound at Comerica Park to throw out the first pitch prior to Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night.
10/17/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 18, 2013
As the Road to the World Series enters its final days, the teams that claimed the No. 1 seed in their respective leagues will be leaning on that advantage this weekend, needing to win one out of two at home to reach the Fall Classic.
10/17/2013 | Dodgers pushing past parade of injuries
Although they are two wins away from reaching the World Series, the overriding storyline of the Dodgers for much of 2013 has been, and continues to be, how endless injuries could keep them from getting there.
10/17/2013 | Kershaw lauds connection with batterymate Ellis
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw affirmed that his rapport with catcher A.J. Ellis enhances his effectiveness.
10/17/2013 | Dodgers pick up Baxter off waivers from Mets
The Dodgers claimed outfielder Mike Baxter from the Mets on Thursday and designated outfielder Alex Castellanos for assignment.
10/17/2013 | Closing in: Sox one win away from trip to World Series
After an early offensive outburst -- including Mike Napoli's mammoth homer -- the big three of Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Koji Uehara provided relief both literally and figuratively, and the Red Sox pulled through with a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night that leaves Boston one win away from going to the World Series.
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