MLB playoffs

Catcher Yadier Molina #4 and Pat Neshek #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals react while taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Lackey, Long Balls Help Cardinals Grab Series Edge Over Dodgers

John Lackey lived up to his big-game reputation as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series.

10/07/2014

Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals scores on a wild pitch in the eighth inning during their American League Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals Beat A’s 9-8 In 12 In AL Wild-Card Thriller

Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball’s postseason.

10/01/2014

Royals' James Shields  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images), A's Jon Lester  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MLB Playoffs Begin Tuesday With Marquee Matchup In Kansas City

All that matters now is what happens at Kauffman Stadium, between two starting pitchers — Royals ace James Shields and the A’s Jon Lester — who were brought to their teams for this moment.

09/30/2014

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Silverman: Vin Scully Leads Baseball’s Greatest National Voices

Vin Scully’s ability to paint beautiful pictures with his well-chosen words that makes him such a classic.

10/30/2013

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona speaks with umpire Wally Bell (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

MLB Umpire Wally Bell Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack

Bell, 48, had quintuple bypass surgery on Feb. 18, 1999, that left him with an 8-inch scar down the middle of his chest. His father survived two heart attacks before he died.

10/15/2013

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Miguel Cabrera Leads Tigers Into Exciting ALCS Versus Big Papi’s Red Sox

The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox have never previously met in the playoffs. Both teams are led by super sluggers in Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz.

10/12/2013

Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates hitting the game winning run in the 13th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 11, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cardinals Win NLCS Opener On Beltran Hit In 13th

Well past midnight at Busch Stadium, Carlos Beltran singled into the right-field corner with one out against the Dodgers in the 13th to finish a game that took 4 hours, 47 minutes.

10/12/2013

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Nova K’s Seven, Pitches Complete Game Shutout Against Giants

Nova pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer and the Yankees kept pace in the wild-card chase.

09/21/2013

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Silverman: Giant Edge To NL Representative In World Series

Here’s the real issue that will keep the Tigers from hoisting the trophy: the NL is slowly but surely winning the battle for superiority against the AL.

10/23/2012

A-Rod (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cashman: Expect ‘Above-Average’ A-Rod To Remain With Yankees

Brian Cashman and Yankees fans can agree on one thing: Alex Rodriguez is no longer a superstar. But then there’s the matter of his future in the Bronx.

10/22/2012

Nick Swisher can't make play in Game 2 of the ALCS (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Unnamed Yankees Player Says Team ‘Spooked’ By Boos In Bronx

Blame it on the boos? According to one anonymous player, the unhappy home vibes may have contributed to New York being swept out of the ALCS.

10/19/2012

Manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman of the Yankees. (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Sweeny: A Dose Of Reality After Yankees’ Season Ends In Whimper

The Yankees. The Celtics. The Lakers. The Canadiens. The Steelers. The Packers. Go on and on. Every sports dynasty loses. It happens.

10/19/2012

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Palladino: Tigers’ ALCS Sweep Over Yankees Was Inevitable

Go ahead. Admit it. It’s OK. You knew it was going to end like this, the Yanks and their life-support offense betrayed by ace CC Sabathia when they needed him most.

10/19/2012

A-Rod (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A-Rod: ‘I Will Be Back’ With Yankees

Many think — some even hope — that Alex Rodriguez’s time in the Bronx in over. Don’t tell that to A-Rod, who vowed to return to the Yankees after Thursday’s ALCS-ending defeat to the Tigers.

10/19/2012

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