10/12/2013 | Greinke provides sterling start in Dodgers' loss
Before Carlos Beltran and Kenley Jansen played their roles in a 13-inning classic at Busch Stadium Friday night, there was Zack Greinke. Greinke, the starting pitcher who nearly silenced the Cardinals entirely, sucking the early momentum from a sold-out crowd.
10/12/2013 | On NLCS stage, Cardinals' young bullpen shines
Six St. Louis relievers combined to throw seven shutout frames in the Cardinals' Game 1 victory on Friday. After a 13-inning affair, Lance Lynn was rewarded with his fourth postseason win.
10/12/2013 | Block-tober in St. Louis
Depending on the angle, the slow-motion replays and the still photos showing a crucial play at the plate, opinions on Yadier Molina's tag -- or non-tag -- of Mark Ellis in the 10th inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series vary.
10/12/2013 | Strong run by Dodgers' bullpen ends at Jansen
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, pitching in a non-save situation, served up a walk-off single to Carlos Beltran in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 victory and leaving the Dodgers with a sour taste in their mouths.
10/12/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 12, 2013
With the ALCS between the Red Sox and Tigers not set to begin until Saturday night, the Cardinals and Dodgers took center stage and put on quite a dramatic show.
10/12/2013 | Beltran's October heroics continue in NLCS opener
You don't tug on Superman's cape, but it is perfectly acceptable to tear off Carlos Beltran's jersey. And make no mistake about it, when it comes to October baseball, Beltran is a superhero. Beltran drove in all three of the Cardinals' runs in the 3-2, 13-inning win over the Dodgers, and he also made a game-saving play on defense.
10/12/2013 | 'Amped up' Kelly settles down for solid start
Even for the typically unflappable Joe Kelly, the emotions of starting Game 1 of the National League Championship Series can be unnerving on the mound. As the excitement crept in, Kelly battled command issues early in the game, leading to four hits, a wild pitch, a hit batsman and two walks as the Dodgers took a two-run lead in the third inning on Juan Uribe's single.
10/12/2013 | Hanley bruises rib to add to laundry list of injuries
Hanley Ramirez was drilled in the ribs by a 95-mph Joe Kelly fastball in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. But no bones were sticking through the skin, so the Dodgers shortstop played the remaining 12 innings of a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers squander chances, drop Game 1 in 13th
Carlos Beltran's RBI single against closer Kenley Jansen with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday night gave the Cardinals a 3-2 walk-off win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
10/11/2013 | Jay's difficult night bailed out by Beltran
At the plate, on the bases and in the field, Game 1 of the National League Championship Series was not a pleasant night at the office for Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay.
10/11/2013 | World Series finishers honored with first pitches
Jason Motte, Adam Wainwright and Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who each recorded the final out of a Cardinals World Series championship, threw out ceremonial first pitches before Friday's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
10/11/2013 | To pull even with Cards, Dodgers count on ace
It would appear that almost anybody coming up against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of the NLCS would be seriously mismatched. But if you have seen Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha's recent work, you would not be making the mistake of underestimating him in any way.
10/11/2013 | Mattingly doesn't regret gamble of pulling Adrian
Don Mattingly went for the jugular in the top of the eighth inning Friday, pulling cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez for a pinch-runner, and that decision allowed the Cardinals to twice take the bat out of Hanley Ramirez's hands en route to a 3-2 victory in 13 high-wire innings.
10/11/2013 | Cardinals thrive in really big game vs. Dodgers
For the Cardinals, that 3-2, 13-inning victory they pulled out in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium as Friday night turned into Saturday morning was just about as big as a postseason game can be.
10/11/2013 | Solid Cardinals get it done vs. splashier Dodgers
What you saw in Game 1 of the NLCS may be indicative of a larger truth. The Dodgers may have the more talented individuals. But the Cardinals may be the better baseball team.
10/11/2013 | Ricketts discusses Cubs' progress in letter to fans
In a letter to season ticket holders and Cubs fans, team chairman Tom Ricketts called the 2013 season a "challenging" one, and said it was a difficult decision to dismiss manager Dale Sveum but a necessary move to fulfill the long-term vision.
10/11/2013 | Magic has great respect for Cards' organization
As Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson came to learn the ins and outs of running a baseball team, he gained a keen appreciation for his National League Championship Series opponent. Earning seven playoff berths and winning three pennants and two World Series titles over the past decade, all while maintaining a strong farm system, has earned the Cardinals a reputation as one of the game's premier franchises.
10/11/2013 | Kershaw to be formidable Game 2 challenge for Cards
Asked Friday if he recalled anything noteworthy about the two regular-season games he lost to the Cardinals this year, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw concluded his brief reply by saying, "No, not really." Kershaw will start against St. Louis in Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT (Watch on TBS).
10/11/2013 | Pressure? Rookie Wacha won't be rattled by NLCS
Not much has changed in Michael Wacha's world over the last six weeks. The perception of Wacha throughout the baseball industry, though, has certainly shifted. No longer is he a rookie with a world of promise. Instead he is regarded as someone far advanced for his age, both in terms of his stuff and with his ability to pitch in pressure situations.
10/11/2013 | Marlins finalize '14 coaching staff with two new faces
The Marlins finalized manager Mike Redmond's 2014 coaching staff on Friday, adding Brett Butler and Frank Menechino to a group that includes four coaches from last season. Butler will serve as the third-base/outfield coach, while Menechino will be the hitting coach.
10/11/2013 | Fire to win burning hotter than ever for Hunter
There were times late into last season when Torii Hunter would just sit there -- dirty uniform on his back, tired body plopped on the leather recliner in front of his locker -- and zone out for a few minutes. He was doing all he could for a star-studded Angels team that was headed nowhere, his shot at a World Series title continuing to elude him, and frustration was spewing out. These are better times for Hunter.
10/11/2013 | Fister an option to pinch-run in late innings
If the Tigers and A's were locked in a close game in the late innings of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, right-handed pitcher Doug Fister was available as a pinch-runner
10/11/2013 | Iglesias not surprised to see old teammates in ALCS
Jose Iglesias doesn't have to worry about what's at stake financially during the American League Championship Series. He's due for a World Series paycheck no matter what happens. That's what happens when both your teams reach the ALCS.
10/11/2013 | Peralta ready for challenge of Green Monster
Outfield novice Jhonny Peralta faces a big challenge in his new role. He is expecting to play left field for the Tigers in Game 1 on Saturday, and that means standing in the shadow of the Green Monster.
10/11/2013 | Judge dismisses antitrust claims in San Jose lawsuit
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte dismissed several claims Friday in a suit filed by the city of San Jose against MLB, alleging that antitrust laws had been violated over a proposed move of the Oakland Athletics to the largest city in the affluent Silicon Valley.
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