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10/8/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Gray is class of 2013 Draft
Though the Rockies haven't had much success in developing pitching in recent years, they now have a potential No. 1 starter who should reach Coors Field in a hurry. Jonathan Gray's ceiling may be as high as the expectations are for him, and he's off to a promising start in reaching both.

10/8/2013 | Dodgers writing their own script for success
Somebody used the phrase "West Coast Yankees" in the presence of Ned Colletti, and from the look on the Dodgers general manager's face, you would have thought somebody had insulted his mother or, at the least, swiped the last cannoli from out of his grasp.

10/8/2013 | Predictable formula cost Atlanta latest series
At the very least, the Braves were supposed to spend Tuesday afternoon working out at Turner Field along the way to a decisive Game 5 at home Wednesday night in the National League Division Series. Instead, it happened ... again.

10/8/2013 | D-backs announce changes to coaching staff
The D-backs announced Tuesday that manager Kirk Gibson and some of his coaching staff were asked to return for the 2014 season. Charles Nagy and Steve Sax will not return.

10/8/2013 | Tigers and A's return to Oakland for decisive Game 5
In a decisive Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night, the Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the hill and the A's will turn to either Sonny Gray or Bartolo Colon as the two clubs try to punch a ticket to the ALCS.

10/8/2013 | Rockies keep lefty De La Rosa for 2014
The Rockies on Tuesday exercised their 2014 club option on left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, worth $11 million. De La Rosa, 32, enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013, going 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 starts.

10/8/2013 | Leyland OK with added scrutiny in postseason
More people paying more attention. More, much more, on the line. A big difference between the regular season and the postseason, Jim Leyland said Tuesday, is that everybody has an opinion on lineup changes, how the pitching should be handled and in-game strategy.

10/8/2013 | Hunter's shoulder good enough for Game 4 action
There was little doubt that Torii Hunter would be in the Tigers' lineup for Game 4 of their American League Division Series against the A's on Tuesday, despite the bruised shoulder he suffered on a diving attempt at a catch in Game 3. The only question would be how healthy he'd be.

10/8/2013 | Miggy sets postseason record for reaching base
Miguel Cabrera's health has left him limited at the plate for a while. Even at less than full strength, however, he has reached a postseason record.

10/8/2013 | Mad Max shows mad skills in crucial eighth
Bases loaded with A's, the Tigers leading by a run and nobody out in the eighth inning. In a season of extraordinary achievement, Max Scherzer, in the unfamiliar role of relief pitcher, was being challenged as perhaps never before.

10/8/2013 | Peralta grateful for opportunity to help Tigers
In the last few days of the regular season, Jhonny Peralta wasn't sure whether he would be on the Tigers' postseason roster. After Tuesday's Game 4 victory, it seems like they may not be contending without him.

10/8/2013 | Scherzer comes out of 'pen, earns win in Game 4
Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't give serious consideration to starting Max Scherzer on short rest Tuesday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the A's. Pitching him in relief on three days' rest was another matter.

10/8/2013 | V-Mart's tying homer upheld after video review
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez's solo shot in the seventh inning of Game 4 took a replay review to figure out after fans reached over Comerica Park's right-field railing to try to grab it. In the end, the ruling stood, giving Detroit new life in a must-win game.

10/8/2013 | Season on the line, Jackson has look of a winner
When Austin Jackson's seventh-inning, go-ahead single fell into short right field, the remnants of his bat left in pieces around home plate as the sellout crowd rose to its feet and roared, Jackson looked right to the dugout. Just as he fed off teammates at the worst of his struggles, he wanted to see their reaction when everything turned.

10/8/2013 | Bowa returns to Phillies to be bench coach
Former Phillies Larry Bowa and Pete Mackanin joined the team's coaching staff on Tuesday, while it also was revealed that Steve Henderson will return as hitting coach next season and Wally Joyner has declined to return as assistant hitting coach.

10/8/2013 | Time to give Rays their due as model franchise
Listen, people, the Tampa Bay Rays are one of the most efficient, best-run businesses in this country. They're not just one of the best-run baseball teams. That's too narrow. The Rays can stand alongside businesses in almost any industry.

10/8/2013 | Acta, Renteria candidates to be Cubs skipper
Former Indians manager Manny Acta and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria are the latest candidates added to the list for the Cubs' managerial vacancy. The team also may find out soon if Joe Girardi is available.

10/8/2013 | MLB Notebook: Big flies rise to the forefront
The long ball was in vogue across baseball on Monday, with the latest set of Division Series contests producing -- among other things -- a homer to lead off the first, another to turn a deficit into a lead in the eighth, one to offer a team's only scoring in a win-or-get-knocked-out scenario, another to end a no-hit bid in the eighth inning, yet another to mark a birthday, and finally, one to end a game and stave off elimination.

10/8/2013 | Dodgers sitting pretty as they await NLCS foe
Winning their National League Division Series against Atlanta in four games gives the Dodgers an opportunity to rest, get healthier and line up their starting rotation as they wait to learn the identity of their opponent in the NL Championship Series.

10/8/2013 | Kimbrel not in action as Braves stick to plan in eighth
Juan Uribe's towering home run into the Dodgers bullpen will forever define the end of the Braves' 2013 season, and all Craig Kimbrel could do -- after another historic year as the club's closer -- was watch. Instead of trying to fashion six outs from Kimbrel, who led the National League in saves and posted a 1.21 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP during the regular season, manager Fredi Gonzalez stuck with what had gotten him there.

10/8/2013 | Garcia holds his own in do-or-die game vs. Kershaw
Plenty of doubt surrounded Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez's decision to stick with veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia on Monday for Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Did he have what it takes to help the Braves in a must-win game? Could the 37-year-old's arm hold up? Would he be able to match Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw? All of the answers to those questions, even after a crushing 4-3 loss, were an emphatic yes.

10/8/2013 | Heyward focuses on positives of taxing year
After the Braves' crushing defeat in Los Angeles on Monday night, Jason Heyward -- who battled back from an appendectomy in April and a fractured jaw in August -- was quick to point out the deep respect he had for the group of players in the Atlanta clubhouse.

10/8/2013 | Constanza's go-ahead single short-lived
Jose Constanza's pinch-hit single in the seventh inning gave the Braves a 3-2 lead in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, but it didn't turn out to be enough to keep Atlanta's season alive.

10/8/2013 | Braves have plenty to look forward to in 2014
It was a glum affair, though there was at least some cause for optimism. When asked to look back at their accomplishments, the Braves pointed to a 96-win team that will retain the vast majority of its key players next season. Another playoff run in 2014 seems probable. Another October seems almost inevitable.

10/8/2013 | McCann facing whole new ballgame in free agency
The Atlanta Braves is the only franchise that Brian McCann, a Georgia native, has ever known. But with the likelihood of big-market teams making a run at the catcher when he enters free agency next month, "there's definitely a chance" McCann could find a new home.

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