10/9/2013 | Puig praised for maturity in first playoff series
Yasiel Puig made an impact in the middle of the Dodgers' lineup during the NL Division Series against the Braves, but manager Don Mattingly was more impressed by the outfielder's poise in his first postseason experience.
10/9/2013 | O'Neill said to be discussing Reds' skipper vacancy
Former Reds and Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill has been talking to the Reds about their managerial opening, according to a report that surfaced on Wednesday evening.
10/9/2013 | A's strive for happier end to Game 5 trend
Oakland's decisive affair with the Tigers on Thursday evening will mark the seventh time in 13 years the A's have played in Game 5 of the American League Division Series. Five of the previous six ended in a loss. Talk about heartbreaking.
10/9/2013 | Brock gets Game 5 first-pitch honors at Busch
Hall of Famer Lou Brock was on hand for Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium, where he tossed the ceremonial first pitch to pitcher Joe Kelly.
10/9/2013 | Miggy to start at third, Peralta in left for Game 5
Jim Leyland often likes to stick with a regular lineup when he can, but the Tigers manager can sometimes be a tinkerer.
10/9/2013 | Morris dishes on postseason at Fan Cave
Jack Morris used to live for this time of year. The MLB.com analyst earned four World Series rings over an 18-year career, creating indelible memories such as a 1991 Game 7 duel with John Smoltz, and helping Detroit, Minnesota and Toronto to their most recent crowns. On Wednesday, he toured the Big Apple with the World Series trophy, stopping by the MLB Fan Cave, Maxim magazine and elsewhere to talk postseason.
10/9/2013 | Liriano available for Game 5 if Pirates need him
If Wednesday night's decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series goes long, or goes wrong for the Pirates, manager Clint Hurdle wants to be able to turn to stalwart left-hander Francisco Liriano.
10/9/2013 | McCutchen pitches in for scammed softball team
Andrew McCutchen comes up with the big hits and the big plays for the Pirates, but the center fielder doesn't have to be between the lines to come through in the clutch. Pittsburgh's three-time All-Star stepped up after word got out that the 12-year-olds on a Florida girls softball team were scammed by a company that took their hard-earned money and never delivered their promised uniforms.
10/9/2013 | Call to arms: Tigers know winning formula in Game 5s
Maybe we should have expected the Tigers to be back here all along. After all, this is where the last two Detroit trips to the American League Division Series have ended up, the Tigers needing to win a Game 5 on the road to advance or go home.
10/9/2013 | Walters gives Nats versatilty at plate, infield
Zach Walters is No. 12 on Washington's Top 20 Prospects list and is on the Nationals' radar as a switch-hitting infielder with emerging power.
10/9/2013 | Weiss expected to sign new deal before World Series
Rockies owner Dick Monfort told a group of writers from MLB.com and the Denver Post Wednesday that he expects to come to an agreement with manager Walt Weiss on a new contract before the start of the World Series.
10/9/2013 | A conversation with Cardinals president DeWitt III
MLB.com sat down for an exclusive conversation with Bill DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals, hours before Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
10/9/2013 | Season a success, but Rays left wanting more
The Rays won 92 games and made it to the playoffs for the fourth time in six years. They won 90 games for the fourth straight year and the fifth time since 2008. But inside Tampa Bay's clubhouse, the expectations were higher than another quick exit in the AL Division Series, their third since 2010.
10/9/2013 | Matheny has nine relievers at disposal for Game 5
Though the Cardinals planned to watch Adam Wainwright pitch late into Wednesday night, they had a nine-man bullpen ready to assist if necessary.
10/9/2013 | Many straws stir the drink for ALCS-bound Red Sox
Perhaps overshadowed by the shaggy beards and the much-talked-about team chemistry is the true beauty of the 2013 Red Sox. This is a team that doesn't rely on one ingredient or one superstar. Instead, it does everything well.
10/9/2013 | Speculation on Price's future rampant as Rays pack up
Tampa Bay's biggest question during the offseason is whether David Price will be back with the team in 2014. Speculation about trading the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner is already rampant.
10/9/2013 | History backs road teams in decisive Game 5s
With the Tigers visiting the A's on Thursday in a decisive Game 5, Detroit fans can take heart in the fact that road teams have won 11 of 15 decisive fifth games since 2002.
10/9/2013 | Towers clarifies comments on inside pitching
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers wanted to make one thing perfectly clear Wednesday morning: He is not saying he wants his pitchers to start hitting batters on purpose next year.
10/9/2013 | Fredi stands by decision to save Kimbrel for four outs
Given time to think about all that transpired in Monday's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sticks by his decision to not give closer Craig Kimbrel a chance to record a six-out save or preserve the one-out, eighth-inning lead that David Carpenter squandered.
10/9/2013 | With Girardi off market, Cubs look at other options
Joe Girardi is off the managerial market, agreeing to a four-year extension with the Yankees on Wednesday. Cubs managerial candidates include Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Rick Renteria and others.
10/9/2013 | Girardi signs four-year extension with Yankees
Joe Girardi has decided to stay with the Yankees, agreeing to terms on a four-year contract extension Wednesday that could keep him managing the club through the 2017 season.
10/9/2013 | Strom brings St. Louis pitching model to Houston
After serving since 2007 as the Cardinals' Minor League pitching instructor, Brent Strom is back as the Astros' pitching coach for the first time since 1997, and he's looking to build off of the success he had with St. Louis' top young arms.
10/9/2013 | Ripken has itch to return to baseball, open to managing
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., told NFL Network's Rich Eisen in an interview last week that he is "starting to get an itch" to return to Major League Baseball, perhaps as a manager. While Ripken didn't report any substantive interest from big league clubs, he said he is thinking about taking an opportunity if one comes along.
10/9/2013 | Bowa, Sandberg unite, as promised, on Phillies' staff
When Larry Bowa told then-Cubs Minor League manager Ryne Sandberg that he had the look of a future big league skipper, Sandberg told Bowa that was the end goal. Sandberg also told Bowa that when the time came, he wanted the long-time baseball man to be part of his coaching staff.
10/9/2013 | Champagne on ice, ready for four straight clinches
After the Pirates and Cardinals, and Tigers and A's, conclude their Division Series on Wednesday and Thursday, it will be the fourth time in the post-1994 postseason expansion era that Major League Baseball has had a series clincher on four consecutive nights.
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