10/17/2013 | Lannan elects to become a free agent
The Phillies outrighted left-hander John Lannan from their 40-man roster Thursday, but he refused his assignment and elected to become a free agent.
10/17/2013 | When celebrating, Cardinals represent the old school
The Cardinals and the Dodgers represent two different aspects of baseball culture. And the cultural differences here have nothing to do with ethnicity, race, or any of the arbitrary compartments into which humanity can be divided.
10/17/2013 | Astros trim roster, cutting Crowe, De Leon
Outfielder Trevor Crowe hit .218 in 60 games for the Astros this season, while right-hander Jorge De Leon posted a 5.40 ERA in 11 relief outings. Both players are eligible for free agency.
10/17/2013 | Red Sox not sweating the strikeouts
When it comes to the matter of striking out, the Red Sox were bound to play into the hands of the Tigers a little in the American League Championship Series.
10/17/2013 | Respected Uribe adding to strong playoff resume
There are more celebrated Dodgers, more valuable Dodgers, richer Dodgers. But where they live, in their clubhouse and dugout, there are no Dodgers more respected than Juan Uribe.
10/17/2013 | Farrell: Pedroia 'maybe overdoing' things
At least so far, this has not been one of Dustin Pedroia's best postseasons. His offense has been inconsistent and even his typically flawless defense showed a crack in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
10/17/2013 | Aiming to atone, Buchholz can pitch Sox to Series
Clay Buchholz will have an opportunity to secure the Red Sox a trip to the World Series when he takes the mound against the Tigers on Saturday in a crucial Game 6 at Fenway Park. After a rough outing in Game 2, Buchholz studied the approach of teammate John Lackey, who shut down the Tigers in a Game 3 victory.
10/17/2013 | Scherzer crafting new game plan for Game 6
Max Scherzer dominated the Red Sox for seven innings, striking out 13, in Game 2 at Fenway Park, but the Tigers right-hander knows he'll have to make adjustments to his strategy Saturday in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
10/17/2013 | Ellis has earned respect from Kershaw, Dodgers
Whenever the Dodgers' season ends, possibly on Friday night or Saturday night at Busch Stadium, or maybe two weeks from now, no player will have earned his postseason share more than catcher A.J. Ellis.
10/17/2013 | A Game 6 win would be good omen for Dodgers
The Dodgers are down, 3-2, in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series and face a must-win situation in Friday's Game 6, but things look promising statistically should they beat the Cardinals and force Game 7.
10/17/2013 | Dodgers looking to even series against Cardinals
Southpaw Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers try to extend their season when they take on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals on Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
10/17/2013 | No current discussions of Ryan reunion in Houston
Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, whose father, Nolan, announced Thursday he was retiring as chief executive officer of the Rangers, said he hasn't had any discussions with his dad about a possible return to Houston.
10/17/2013 | Leyland makes small tweak to Game 5 lineup
Jim Leyland couldn't stop tinkering with his Tigers lineup. This time, however, the manager's tweak was small. Omar Infante and Alex Avila flipped spots in the batting order for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, giving Leyland a right-handed hitter to place behind Jhonny Peralta in the lineup against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
10/17/2013 | Leyland not concerned about Prince's production
Prince Fielder entered Game 5 of the American League Championship Series with one extra-base hit, a double, in his 8-for-33 postseason performance.
10/17/2013 | Iglesias knows Red Sox are dangerous on bases
Besides making his usual dazzling plays in the infield with his glove, Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been aggressive with his arm to make plays against the Red Sox in the ALCS.
10/17/2013 | Smyly getting good results against Ortiz
Drew Smyly entered this series as the Tigers' lefty reliever without the strong history against David Ortiz, who was 3-for-4 with a home run off the young southpaw. There's still some potential meetings left, but in two chances, Smyly has bucked the trend.
10/17/2013 | Bullpen usage different in postseason play
The Tigers spent most of the regular season using their bullpen for specific innings. If a reliever entered the game to start the seventh, there's a good chance he'd get an opportunity to finish the inning if he retired his first and second batter.
10/17/2013 | Dodgers plan to start Hanley, Ethier in Game 6
Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier to be in the Dodgers' starting lineup Friday for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, although he sounded more confident about the outfielder with the broken leg than the infielder with the broken rib.
10/17/2013 | Old-timers illuminate rich history of NLCS clubs
The National League Championship Series is returning to Busch Stadium stocked with star power, from the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez to the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina. Not to mention Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey, Bob Gibson, Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith.
10/17/2013 | Mets lose Baxter to waiver claim by Dodgers
Mets outfielder Mike Baxter was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers, the clubs announced on Thursday. New York also lost left-hander Robert Carson to a waiver claim by the Angels, and outrighted right-hander Greg Burke and lefty Sean Henn off the roster.
10/17/2013 | A-Gone relishing every moment of playoff run
Adrian Gonzalez is relishing the Dodgers' playoff run this season, catching fire at just the right time in the National League Championship Series. This October he is having fun again.
10/17/2013 | Ryan brought credibility, Texas tradition to Rangers
To understand what Nolan Ryan has meant to the Rangers, it's important to understand his place in the hearts and minds of Texans. He's the Lone Star State's most popular sports hero ever. Actually, there's no one else even close.
10/17/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Red Sox-Tigers, Game 5
A look at Wednesday's lineups for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Red Sox at Comerica Park.
10/17/2013 | Dodgers' bullpen ready to impact NLCS in St. Louis
Behind every formidable starting rotation lies an effective bullpen. This is one of baseball's basic truths that the Dodgers almost surely will reinforce if they complete their comeback against the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.
10/17/2013 | Bogaerts gets nod over Middlebrooks for Game 5
With his team struggling to score runs in the American League Championship Series, Red Sox manager John Farrell made a switch for Game 5 on Thursday, inserting top prospect Xander Bogaerts at third base.
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