The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 9, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pirates’ Run Ends As Wainwright Pitches Cardinals Into NLCS

Adam Wainwright went all the way on the mound Wednesday night, pitching the Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 and into the NL championship series for the third straight season.


Chipper Jones throws out the first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on October 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Report: Unhappy Braves Boycotted Chipper Jones’ 1st Pitch

Jones threw out the first pitch in Atlanta prior to Game 1 of the NLDS, but didn’t get to uncork it to a player. Instead he delivered to the Braves’ mascot behind home plate. Why?


A.J. Ellis #17, Hanley Ramirez #13, Dee Gordon #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after the Dodgers defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

On To The NLCS! Dodgers Advance Past Braves, Await Either Bucs Or Cards

The NL West champions open the next round Friday against St. Louis or Pittsburgh. The Cardinals host the wild-card Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday.


ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 9: Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals steals second base against Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium on August 9, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Coutinho: NLCS Will Be A Battle Of Wills

I learned a long time ago in baseball to never underestimate the value of being “a team of destiny.” But the problem in handicapping the 2012 NLCS is which of these 2 “destiny teams” will be going to the World Series?


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New MLB Playoff Format Could Hurt Top Teams On The Field, In The Pocket

Regardless of where you stand on the new MLB playoff schedule, one thing is for sure: The new format could hurt the teams with the best records, both on the field and in the pocket


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LCS TV Ratings Down Significantly From Previous Year

With small markets and bad weather, baseball’s league championship series drew far fewer television viewers than last year.


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Keidel: Tony La Russa – The Pope And His Cardinals

At some point we praise the man who made this happen. No matter the players, there’s one wallpaper behind every moment – Tony La Russa, who seems to make miracles his rite of autumn.


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Brewers’ K-Rod: Return To Mets Could Be In Future

K-Rod would rather close games — and hey, you never know. He could have that opportunity again in New York.


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Brewers Beat Cardinals 9-6 In NLCS Opener

Needing a rally in the NL championship series opener, Milwaukee turned to its power duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, then got a key hit from Yuniesky Betancourt to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6.


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Coleman’s Corner: What Is Carlos Beltran’s Mets Legacy?

Carlos Beltran is gone. Well, not officially. That will happen sometime Thursday, and when he dons a San Francisco Giants uniform at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night, the book on Beltran’s Mets era will definitively close.


Josh Hamilton (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images), Javier Lopez (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Lopez-Hamilton Is World Series Matchup To Watch

Giants manager Bruce Bochy might have a better alternative than simply walking Josh Hamilton in key spots during the World Series.


Jeter (L), Pettitte (R) (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

TV Ratings Hold Steady For LCS Games

Major League Baseball said Sunday that the 12 games averaged 8.6 million viewers, up from 8.43 million last year. The 5.3 rating was the same.


San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

Giants Head To First World Series Since 2002

San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL championship series to reach the World Series for the first time since 2002.


Phillies-Giants Game 5

Halladay, Phillies Push NLCS To Game 6

Roy Halladay pitched through a groin pull, outdueling Tim Lincecum and keeping the Philadelphia Phillies alive in the NL championship series with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.


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Halladay Vs. Lincecum With Giants On Verge Of Pennant

Facing elimination, Roy Halladay and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies look to prevent Tim Lincecum and the Giants from reaching the World Series in Game 5 on Thursday.