10/13/2013 | With chance to break through, Drew strikes out
There was still a zero hanging in the home team hit column out on the Green Monster, but that didn't figure to hold for much longer. A trio of Red Sox clogged the bases and the Fenway Park crowd smelled an opportunity, as Anibal Sanchez's control had seemed to evaporate in the sixth inning.
10/13/2013 | Carp expected to replace Napoli for Game 2
After the Red Sox were held without a hit until the ninth inning of Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Boston is shaking up the lineup.
10/13/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 13, 2013
Two historic gems on the postseason stage. One message, sent loud and clear on Saturday: Pitching rules, especially in October.
10/13/2013 | Scherzer, Buchholz have tough act to follow in Game 2
Game 1 of the ALCS will be a tough act to follow. No, make that an impossible act. It's very, very likely that in Game 2, which pits Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer against Boston righty Clay Buchholz and is slated for 8 p.m. ET on FOX, there will not be a no-hitter going until there's one out in the ninth inning.
10/13/2013 | Leyland sits ailing Miggy late for defense
With Miguel Cabrera clearly hobbled at third base, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was forced to make a tough decision in the waning moments of Saturday night's game against the Red Sox.
10/13/2013 | Nava denies no-no, but Tigers snuff out Red Sox rally
The Red Sox were held hitless by the Tigers for 8 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night. In the ninth, Daniel Nava stepped up against Joaquin Benoit having gone 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against Benoit in his career. And yet it was Nava who singled to make sure Boston wasn't no-hit for the first time since 1993.
10/13/2013 | Red Sox credit Tigers, aim to revive offense in Game 2
The quiet of the Boston clubhouse after Game 1 of the ALCS -- a 1-0 loss to the Tigers -- matched the quiet in the stands after the final out and the quiet of the team's bats throughout nine innings over almost four hours. This was about as atypical an evening as you could find for the powerhouse offense of the 2013 Red Sox.
10/13/2013 | Tigers' relief corps brilliant behind Anibal
Four Tigers relievers could not complete a bid for Major League history on Saturday. Instead, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit -- despite coming up two outs shy of the third no-hitter in postseason history -- happily settled for a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
10/12/2013 | Peralta rewarding Tigers in chance at redemption
A few weeks ago, Jhonny Peralta wasn't sure if he'd ever play another game in a Tigers uniform after serving a 50-game suspension. On Saturday night, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in the only run in Detroit's ALCS-opening victory.
10/12/2013 | Saturday's 1-0 nail-biters make history
The Cardinals' victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS and the Tigers' triumph over the Red Sox in the ALCS opener made Saturday the first day in postseason history with multiple 1-0 games.
10/12/2013 | Red Sox narrowly avoid being no-hit, drop Game 1
The Red Sox went from nearly being no-hit in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series to needing just one big hit to pull off what could have been a memorable comeback, but there was no magic in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
10/12/2013 | Dodgers see opportunity as NLCS goes west
The Dodgers are well-acquainted with the adversity they currently face, so they can cope with trailing St. Louis, 2-0, in the National League Championship Series as they head to Los Angeles for Game 3.
10/12/2013 | Lester delivers another strong Game 1 performance
On Saturday night, in front of a packed house at Fenway Park, Jon Lester started his fourth postseason Game 1 and lowered his ERA in those four games to 2.00 with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. The Red Sox lost, 1-0, as they were held without a hit until the ninth. But the club could take comfort knowing its ace is still an ace.
10/12/2013 | Oct. 12 Jim Leyland postgame interview
Tigers manager Jim Leyland addresses the media after Game 1 of the ALCS.
10/12/2013 | Jay bounces back to provide Game 2 lift
Jon Jay's fifth-inning sacrifice fly supplied the only run in the Cardinals' Game 2 win over the Dodgers, the first time that had happened in a postseason game since St. Louis beat the Giants in Game 6 of the 1987 National League Championship Series.
10/12/2013 | Despite vintage effort, Kershaw handed loss
Clayton Kershaw, who surrendered just an unearned run and two hits in six innings, was impressive on Saturday, but that was hardly enough for the Dodgers in their 1-0 loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.
10/12/2013 | Anibal's four-K frame just the beginning of big night
Anibal Sanchez now shares a piece of history after striking out four batters in one inning during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.
10/12/2013 | For Wacha brothers, winning runs in the family
While Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was busy defeating the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday, younger brother Lucas was taking part in his own athletic endeavor as a starting outside linebacker for the University of Wyoming, which defeated New Mexico, 38-31.
10/12/2013 | ALCS opens at electric Fenway Park
Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell received the prestigious honor of singing the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Fenway Park because of her work following the tragic events at this year's Boston Marathon.
10/12/2013 | Offense comes up empty on scoring threat in sixth
Though the Dodgers created more than a single scoring chance in Game 2, nothing was as promising as what unfolded in the sixth, when a bases-loaded opportunity against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha ended with a pair of strikeouts.
10/12/2013 | Rosenthal takes control of Cardinals' closer's role
When Edward Mujica was replaced as the Cardinals' closer last month, manager Mike Matheny said he would be approaching the ninth by committee, intending to compensate for Mujica's team-leading 37 saves with a host of relievers. But seven games into October, it's clearly a committee of one.
10/12/2013 | At 22, Wacha just scratching the surface
A lot of people may be surprised at what right-hander Michael Wacha has been able to accomplish over the last six weeks. None of them, though, reside in the Cardinals' clubhouse.
10/12/2013 | Sure-handed Ellis laments costly passed ball
Over the course of the regular season, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis received thousands of pitches over hundreds of innings. What he could not have envisioned was that his passed ball in Game 2 of the NLCS would play a critical role in the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the Cardinals.
10/12/2013 | Oct. 12 Mike Matheny postgame interview
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny addresses the media after Game 2 of the NLCS.
10/12/2013 | Feeling good, Buchholz aims to tame Tigers in Game 2
Three months on the sidelines, and another month spent rebuilding arm strength and pitch count -- he finally passed the 110-pitch mark on Sept. 27, more than four months since the last time he hit 110 -- and it's led Clay Buchholz to this: A Game 2 start against the Tigers, at Fenway Park, in the AL Championship Series on Sunday.
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