American League Division Series
The Royals have a six-game winning streak in the 2014 MLB postseason. And now they head back to Kansas City with a 2-0 lead over the Orioles in the ALCS.
The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are both in the ALCS, with unlikely sweeps in their respective ALDS matchups.
The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels each find themselves in an 0-2 hole. Can either team recover?
All four League Division Series are well underway now in the 2014 MLB Playoffs, and as usual, there are plenty of surprises.
It’s down to the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels in the American League as the Division Series begin.
Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Oakland Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their AL Division Series.
Brian Cashman usually stresses patience in the offseason, and that seems to be the course he’s taking again this year, even as his team has more glaring needs than normal.
“I think there’s a little bit of a question (if he’ll be ready for Opening Day), but I think he’ll find a way,” Girardi said on Thursday. “That’s who he is.”
“To get 43 home runs from a center fielder isn’t easy,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “And I don’t think one series erases that.”
“I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said in regard to A-Rod’s situation. “I can’t imagine that. I just feel bad for A-Rod, man. I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.”
“I just have to go out there and pitch, that’s all it boils down to,” Hughes said. “(I can’t) really worry about being down 0-2 or that Verlander is on the mound or that we don’t have our captain. Those sorts of things are going to be wasted energy.”
Jeter reportedly first experienced left ankle issues in early September, and he exacerbated the area with the foul tip in mid-September. He was also said to have injured the same ankle, in a different place, in the last game of the regular season.
“This is a very easy place to play now,” said Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry, according to a report. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.”
Alex Rodriguez started the Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Most of us have a slice of sadism in us, so giving at least a little grin while A-Rod flops around the batter’s box like a marlin is understandable. But we’ve now reached redundancy, overkill and adolescent behavior. Let’s leave that to those more qualified.