10/15/2012 | Lohse has been steady force in Cards' rotation
On a team that features a pair of postseason heroes in the starting rotation, one of them a former National League Cy Young Award winner and the other a two-time serious contender for pitching's top award, the rock of the starting rotation in 2012 was someone else entirely.
10/15/2012 | Carpenter: 'I wasn't very sharp' in Game 2 defeat
For the first time on his remarkable journey back from midseason surgery, the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter ran into a road block.
10/15/2012 | Matheny, Cardinals frustrated by disputed call
On Monday, a day after Yankees manager Joe Girardi argued for expanded use of replay after a key call at second base went against his club in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was similarly frustrated about a call near first in Game 2 on the National League side.
10/15/2012 | Play, durability of Reyes a bright spot for Marlins
No matter how rough the season was for the Miami Marlins, Jose Reyes remained a constant with his effort and energy.
10/15/2012 | Minor League senior director Rantz to retire
Jim Rantz, who has been with the Twins since the organization's arrival from Washington in 1961, announced Monday he will retire at the end of the year from his post as senior director of Minor League operations.
10/15/2012 | Mariners enter offseason with questions at catcher
Some of the most intriguing questions facing the Mariners heading into next season revolve around the catching position. Including if Jesus Montero is ready to increase his role behind the plate or if he is destined to remain more of a designated hitter or even play some first base.
10/15/2012 | Playoff teams faring better away from home
Playing at home in the bizarre world that is the 2012 postseason simply hasn't been as cozy as it should be.
10/14/2012 | Hughes feels no pressure matching up vs. Verlander
To give his team legitimate hope in the American League Championship Series, all Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has to do in Tuesday night's Game 3 is outpitch the great Justin Verlander.
10/14/2012 | Peralta known for bat, but 'D' is making mark in ALCS
Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has quietly put his own stamp on the ALCS as Detroit has taken a 2-0 advantage over the Yankees.
10/14/2012 | Scuffling bats holding back Yanks' strong pitching
The danger here is not only the New York Yankees losing the American League Championship Series. There is also the potential for the Yankees' pitchers to sustain hernias from carrying this entire operation all by themselves.
10/14/2012 | Services for Girardi's late father set for Monday
Yankees manager Joe Girardi will attend the funeral services of his father, Jerry, in Tampico, Ill., on Monday -- an off-day after Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS were played at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
10/14/2012 | Swisher hurt by jeers from Yankees faithful
Stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd during the Yankees' Game 1 loss to the Tigers, Nick Swisher acknowledged that he offered just a lackluster wave when he heard his name chanted.
10/14/2012 | Broadcaster Buck hustles for NFL-NLCS double dip
A jogging Joe Buck made his way into AT&T Park around 10 minutes before the start of the National League Championship Series opener, ready to take on the second part of his unusual Sunday doubleheader.
10/14/2012 | Yanks greeted by Verlander as ALCS hits Detroit
The Tigers will turn to ace Justin Verlander on Tuesday night in Detroit as they go after a 3-0 lead over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
10/14/2012 | Nothing doing for Yanks without No. 2 in Game 2
Game 2 was played without No. 2, and yes, that did seem odd. The Yankees have played dozens of games without Derek Jeter over the years, rarely though has his absence been so conspicuous as it was Sunday afternoon.
10/14/2012 | Kuroda fans 11, but offense can't pick him up
Hiroki Kuroda blew past expectations in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Too bad most of the Yankees' lineup can't get past the Mendoza Line.
10/14/2012 | Trying to stay sharp, Schumaker a vocal leader
During the regular season, Skip Schumaker, when healthy, never went more than five days in a row without a start. Now, he has none since the start of the postseason on Oct. 5, a span of 10 days and counting.
10/14/2012 | Carpenter has high praise for batterymate Molina
As if this National League Championship Series did not come preloaded with enough praise for the Cardinals' and Giants' sensational starting catchers, St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter heaped some more on Yadier Molina on Sunday.
10/14/2012 | If it ain't broke: Matheny riding postseason lineup
The Cardinals' rookie manager, Mike Matheny, employed 122 different starting lineups during the 162-game regular season. In seven postseason games, Matheny has employed only one.
10/14/2012 | Bottom of Giants' lineup keys four-run fourth
With the Cardinals limiting the Giants' big-name hitters in Sunday's NLCS opener, the Giants got their offensive production from the bottom of their lineup.
10/14/2012 | No-hit relief ensures game within reach for Giants
Following the early departures of both starters on Sunday, both bullpens ruled for 5 1/3 innings. Cardinals relievers brilliantly allowed two hits while throwing shutout ball. Giants relievers were even more brilliant: No hits at all.
10/14/2012 | Lincecum learns from fellow former phenom Zito
Tim Lincecum gets it. He got a crash course in the real world this season. And he has handled it well, thanks in no small part to the counseling of Barry Zito.
10/14/2012 | Giants-Cards NLCS an unprecedented matchup
This year's National League Championship Series is historic in more ways than the comebacks that got the competitors here. Turns out, this is only the fifth postseason series to pit winners of the previous two World Series.
10/14/2012 | Vogelsong set to feed off playoff home cooking
Ryan Vogelsong's 2.86 ERA in 15 regular-season home starts ranked 10th in the National League and was a full run lower than his road ERA, so it's with that background that he takes the ball Monday for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series, meeting an all-time postseason star in the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter.
10/14/2012 | Missed call upsets Yanks, benefits Tigers
A missed call on Omar Infante left New York with additional frustration following a 3-0 loss that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. It also left Joe Girardi pleading for expanded use of instant replay as soon as possible.
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