10/14/2012 | Veteran ace Carpenter relishes role as Cards' leader
When Chris Carpenter takes the mound in Game 2 of the NLCS on Monday, he will do so as a talisman for a city, a leader in his clubhouse, and the heart of a battle-tested roster.
10/14/2012 | Cain virtually assured of NLCS Game 3 start
Though manager Bruce Bochy declined to name his starting pitcher for Wednesday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at St. Louis, all signs pointed to Matt Cain receiving the assignment.
10/14/2012 | Struggling MadBum might not garner next start
He was wearing a camouflage hat during the postgame postmortem, which did nothing to disguise the fact that Madison Bumgarner has a problem. Which means that the Giants also have a problem. Or at least a difficult decision to make.
10/14/2012 | La Russa content watching Cards from stands
Tony La Russa is one year removed from managing the St. Louis Cardinals, but that doesn't mean he's any less intense about the game. He's a consultant for Major League Baseball now, and in that capacity, the longtime skipper says he has to be neutral.
10/14/2012 | Beltran adding to postseason legend with Cards
Lance Berkman shrugs his shoulders when someone mentions that Carlos Beltran is bashing his way through another postseason. Berkman has seen it before.
10/14/2012 | Descalso, Kozma lurk at bottom of Cards' lineup
They have the big bats in the middle of the lineup, but the little bats at the bottom of the order have also done a marvelous job for the Cardinals the last few games.
10/14/2012 | Cano's hitless skid sets new postseason mark
Robinson Cano is the only player in big league history to go hitless as long as he has -- 26 straight at-bats -- in one postseason, but he stood at his locker after Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS and insisted he remains positive.
10/14/2012 | Former catchers excel in managerial roles
Maybe the catching gear should be called the Tools of Intelligence, not the Tools of Ignorance. All four managers in the LCS are former catchers
10/14/2012 | Giants make no roster changes for NLCS
The Giants will go with the same 25-man roster in the NLCS vs. the Cardinals that helped them to get past the Reds in the NLDS.
10/14/2012 | Girardi hesitant to turn to Soriano, Robertson
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is concerned about the heavy workloads he has had to ask of closer Rafael Soriano and setup man David Robertson, acknowledging that both right-handers may be unavailable for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers.
10/14/2012 | Listless offense has Yankees in 0-2 hole
Hiroki Kuroda came back on short rest for the first time in his career and summoned the energy to provide an 11-strikeout effort, but it was the Yankees' hitters who once again appeared fatigued in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
10/14/2012 | Nix goes hitless while taking over shortstop role
Jayson Nix started and hit ninth for New York against Detroit in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday, a day after Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle diving for a ground ball that cost the Yankees Game 1 and Jeter three months.
10/14/2012 | Fracture confirmed; Jeter won't travel with team
Yankees captain Derek Jeter will not travel with the team when the American League Championship Series shifts scenes to Detroit's Comerica Park for Tuesday's Game 3. Jeter had an MRI exam and CT scan on Sunday that confirmed the initial diagnosis of a left ankle fracture.
10/14/2012 | Verlander hopes to put Detroit on cusp of Series
Justin Verlander, fresh of setting the Division Series strikeout record, will take the hill in Game 3 of the ALCS with a chance to put the Tigers one win from the World Series.
10/14/2012 | Anibal's gem gives Tigers 2-0 ALCS lead
Hiroki Kuroda was perfect for five innings, but Anibal Sanchez was better, shutting down the Yankees in a 3-0 victory to give the Tigers a two-game lead as the ALCS heads to Detroit.
10/14/2012 | Yanks' lineup undergoes shuffle without Jeter
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had to tinker with his lineup for Sunday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, in the wake of Derek Jeter's season-ending ankle injury on Saturday night.
10/14/2012 | Leyland going with committee to close games
Jose Valverde is still the Tigers' closer, at least in title. For now, however, manager Jim Leyland said he's going with a bullpen by committee.
10/14/2012 | MLB Notebook: ALCS off to a memorable start
After blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning Saturday, the Tigers bounced back for a 6-4 win over the Yankees in 12 innings in the longest League Championship Game 1 since the first LCS game in 1969.
10/14/2012 | Swisher loses track of go-ahead double in lights
Some bright lights led to a right-field whiff for Nick Swisher and the go-ahead run for the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
10/14/2012 | Young sets Tigers' postseason HR record
With his solo homer Saturday in the Tigers' 6-4, 12-inning win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Delmon Young has claimed one bit of Tigers history. He now owns the franchise career postseason home run record with six.
10/14/2012 | With Jeter out, Yanks ask Kuroda to knot up ALCS
Anibal Sanchez takes the ball in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series for Detroit, with Hiroki Kuroda going for the Yankees on only three days' rest for the first time in his Major League career.
10/14/2012 | Yankees gain some history, but lose their heart
Until Derek Jeter's ankle betrayed him in the 12th inning, Ibanez and the ghosts Jeter often references had put the Yankees in position to win Game 1. Not even Babe, Lou, Joe D., Yogi and Mick operated as Raul Ibanez has of late.
10/14/2012 | Fister's Houdini act sets tone for Tigers
With ace Justin Verlander unavailable until Game 3 of the American League Championship Series after pitching Detroit past the A's in the AL Division Series on Thursday, Doug Fister stepped up with a strong opening performance.
10/14/2012 | Jeter fractures ankle in loss, out for postseason
Derek Jeter is out for the rest of the postseason after fracturing his left ankle in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday night.
10/13/2012 | NLCS promises to be worth price of admission
In Northern California, the last two World Series champions will play against each other. And if this series is anything as dramatic as the first round of the playoffs, it will be worth the price of admission.
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