10/13/2013 | Sox playoff hero Roberts returns for Game 2
The return of former Red Sox outfielder Dave Roberts to throw out the ceremonial first pitch provided an emotional lift to the capacity crowd at Fenway Park prior to Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday.
10/13/2013 | Scherzer's effort furthers dominance of Tigers' starters
Though the tone of the game would eventually change, the dominance displayed by the Tigers' pitching staff through the early stages of the American League Championship Series reached historic proportions on Sunday night.
10/13/2013 | Salt and Papi! Red Sox storm back late, knot ALCS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia ended the Red Sox's stirring 6-5 victory over the Tigers Sunday night by punching a walk-off single to left with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth to score Jonny Gomes and even the ALCS at one win apiece.
10/13/2013 | Cardinals focused on work ahead not what's done
In taking a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series without Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals have put themselves in position to advance to the World Series, but don't tell manager Mike Matheny or his players that. They simply won't fall for it.
10/13/2013 | Oct. 13 John Farrell postgame interview
Red Sox manager John Farrell addresses the media after Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
10/13/2013 | Dodgers keep door open for Greinke in Game 4
Zack Greinke's bullpen session Sunday lasted only 12 pitches, leaving him fresh enough to pitch Game 4 of the National League Championship Series if the Dodgers choose.
10/13/2013 | Pitching-dominated NLCS echoes 1966 World Series
The Dodgers-Cardinals National League Championship Series is following the path of another postseason matchup involving Los Angeles: the 1966 World Series, which featured a historic lack of scoring.
10/13/2013 | Hanley, Yadier the driving forces in NLCS
While Hanley Ramirez's ribs are the primary storyline with the National League West champs, it's fundamentally about the beautiful mind of Yadier Molina for the NL Central kings.
10/13/2013 | On October stage, Cards rookies shine bright
In many ways, it's the kid pitchers who are stealing the postseason show in St. Louis -- Michael Wacha flirting with no-hitters; Trevor Rosenthal saving games with 100-mph fastballs; Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness serving as a shutdown relief bridge.
10/13/2013 | Wainwright, Kershaw throwing hitters for a curve
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw are considered to possess the game's top curveballs, but their effectiveness only comes in relation to the rest of their repertoires.
10/13/2013 | Lackey familiar with pitching in unfavorable conditions
As a whole, it's probably safe to throw Red Sox right-hander John Lackey's home/road splits out the window this time. Simply looking at those and suggesting that gloom lies ahead against the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on Tuesday might be shortsighted.
10/13/2013 | Gomes, Carp in; Nava, Napoli out of Game 2 lineup
Manager John Farrell's lineup shuffling for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX had more to do with the man on the mound for the Tigers than the fact his Red Sox had just one hit in Game 1.
10/13/2013 | While poised for breakout, Cardinals realistic
The Cardinals own a 2-0 National League Championship Series lead over the Dodgers without having duplicated the level of offensive success they produced during the regular season. That bodes well for St. Louis for the remainder of the series.
10/13/2013 | Gomes knows Boston can wipe the slate clean
The Red Sox have bounced back from adversity through the 2013 season, and they're ready to do it again Sunday night in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, according to left fielder Jonny Gomes. He believes that this team has a winning makeup, and they know how to wipe the slate clean after a tough loss.
10/13/2013 | Peralta gets nod at short over Iglesias
Tigers manager Jim Leyland does not believe in personal catchers for pitchers, preferring that his pitchers grow comfortable working with everybody behind the plate. To some degree, though, he has two shortstops he can tailor to his starting pitcher, if he wants.
10/13/2013 | Verlander's down year fading amid playoff dominance
The regular season is fading from view. Justin Verlander looks like the best pitcher in the Major Leagues again after dominating the A's in the American League Division Series.
10/13/2013 | Craig progresses, takes BP with Cardinals
Allen Craig took another small step forward in his rehab process on Sunday, when he took batting practice during the Cardinals' workout at Dodger Stadium.
10/13/2013 | Candid Torii holds court about making World Series
With only three more wins to go, Torii Hunter is getting closer to his career-long dream of playing in the World Series. Hunkered down in the interview room on the mezzanine level of Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, Hunter answered a vast array of questions, entertaining and educating the audience as always.
10/13/2013 | Dodgers ready for challenge of facing Wainwright
If Monday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series were a prizefight, one corner would be occupied by Adam Wainwright, St. Louis' formidable right-hander. In the other corner would be something intangible: the Los Angeles Dodgers' collective attitude, which must remain relentlessly positive if they're to break through against the Cardinals' ace.
10/13/2013 | Dodgers unsure if Hanley, Ethier will play Game 3
The Dodgers, down 2-0 in the National League Championship Series, are preparing to play Monday night's Game 3 without Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier in the starting lineup.
10/13/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Tigers-Red Sox, Game 2
A look at Sunday's lineups for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Red Sox at Fenway Park.
10/13/2013 | Cashman: A-Rod is 'by far the best option' at third
Alex Rodriguez's future remains in question while his appeal is heard, but Brian Cashman said on Sunday that the team would "absolutely" be better with A-Rod on the field in 2014. The GM also said that he hopes the Yankees can retain Robinson Cano, but the second baseman has earned the right to test the free-agent market.
10/13/2013 | Rojas, Andrade smooth path for Bucs' Hispanic players
For the Pirates' Hispanic players, bullpen coach Euclides Rojas and bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade play invaluable roles in helping them adapt to life in the Major Leagues.
10/13/2013 | 'Smartest man in baseball' knows how to pitch, too
In the Red Sox's clubhouse, Craig Breslow tries to blend in, to just be another ballplayer, and he looks the part, from his long pants to his beard. He does his best to keep his baseball IQ and his sky-high regular IQ separate, and subscribes more to the "Keep it simple, stupid" school of baseball thought.
10/13/2013 | Edge-of-your-seat Game 1 sets high bar for ALCS
If the Tigers' 1-0 margin over the Red Sox seems like a nice, tidy score at the end of a nice, tidy game, guess again. Game 1 of the ALCS was a game of nooks and crannies, a game that offered everything a close postseason game is supposed to offer.
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