10/19/2012 | Giants take talents for survival back to San Francisco
Maybe these Giants do have some special aura. Maybe they are just lucky. Or, as Hunter Pence put it, "Maybe we are procrastinators." There is no maybe about the fact that so far these Giants have shown an impressive ability to survive in the regular season, the NL Division Series and now the NLCS.
10/19/2012 | Wilson has first post-surgery catch session
An exultant Brian Wilson tested his arm for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in April by playing catch Friday.
10/19/2012 | Coolbaugh out in Texas, Boston's Magadan in
The Rangers, looking for a way to improve their offense in general and their situational hitting in particular, have dismissed hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and hired Dave Magadan away from the Boston Red Sox.
10/19/2012 | Giants revert to usual batting order for Game 5
After a one-day experiment, Giants manager Bruce Bochy resumed using the batting order he typically employed this season against right-handed starting pitchers.
10/19/2012 | Lincecum available in relief for potential Game 6
The Giants would first have to get there, obviously. But manager Bruce Bochy has indicated that Game 4 starter Tim Lincecum would be able to bounce back in time to resume his relief chores if there is a Game 6 in the NLCS.
10/19/2012 | Zito leads the way as Giants stay alive in NLCS
The Giants relied on a four-run fourth inning and Barry Zito's masterly 7 2/3-inning effort to stun the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0, in Friday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
10/19/2012 | M. Carpenter takes full advantage of opportunity
With Carlos Beltran returning to the Cardinals' lineup for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Matt Carpenter makes his way back to the bench.
10/19/2012 | Schoendienst a 'treasure' for Matheny, Cards
As the carousel of franchise icons passes through this Cardinals postseason, the constant presence of Red Schoendienst quietly continues.
10/19/2012 | Cardinals have well-rested bullpen for Game 5
The Cardinals had a rested relief corps entering Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a chance to close out the Giants, thanks to Adam Wainwright's marvelous seven-inning start and an offensive breakout in an 8-3 Game 4 victory.
10/19/2012 | Carpenter has history of nailing down series wins
Chris Carpenter gets the opportunity to erase his Game 2 start and build on his exemplary playoff record as he goes for his fourth career win in a playoff clincher when the Cards and Giants meet in Game 6.
10/19/2012 | Zito exceeds expectations with sensational start
Having your $126 million arm on the mound in an elimination effort is one of those things that sounds good in theory, looks good on paper. But of course we knew better about Barry Zito.
10/19/2012 | Cardinals no strangers to extended series battles
If you haven't figured it out by now, you haven't been paying attention. These St. Louis Cardinals don't play short series. You sign up to follow them, you're going to get your money's worth. And then some.
10/19/2012 | Fourth inning again proves to be Lynn's undoing
The five days leading up to Lance Lynn's start were completely different. The game itself was all too familiar.
10/19/2012 | Tigers learned valuable lessons from '06 Series
Now that the Tigers are back in the Fall Classic, Detroit fans might be best off staying away from 2006 World Series highlights the next couple days. It's no prettier now than it was then.
10/19/2012 | Beltran singles, swipes base in return to lineup
Carlos Beltran, who sprained his left knee in Game 3, played all nine innings of Game 5 without incident.
10/19/2012 | Trembley, Mallee join Porter's coaching staff
The Astros on Friday named the first four members of the 2013 coaching staff that will work alongside new manager Bo Porter.
10/19/2012 | Steinbrenner proud of Yanks despite ALCS loss
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner delivered his postmortem on Friday, making clear that ownership doesn't treat the close of the 2012 season callously.
10/19/2012 | Sandberg thrilled to make return to Majors as coach
Ryne Sandberg is happy to return to the big leagues as the Phillies' new third-base coach. While his main goal is to become a manager in the Majors, Sandberg is pleased with his current position in Philadelphia.
10/19/2012 | Leyland to have Tigers scrimmage Minor Leaguers
The Tigers are one Cardinals win away from a rematch of the 2006 World Series. They are not going to reprise the way they spent waiting for that World Series to actually get under way.
10/19/2012 | MLB Notebook: Tigers never trailed Yanks in ALCS
In their four-game sweep of the Yankees, the Tigers joined the 1984 Detroit club as just the second team to go though an LCS without trailing at any point.
10/18/2012 | Tigers thrilled to celebrate at home for a change
When Phil Coke forced Jayson Nix to pop out to an eagerly awaiting Prince Fielder at first base, sealing the Tigers' 8-1 victory, chaos ensued.
10/18/2012 | Leyland sets tone for Detroit's rise to Series
Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave the fans at Comerica Park a glimpse into his unselfish nature when he spoke to a packed house after Detroit clinched the AL pennant on Thursday.
10/18/2012 | How to use Valverde a big question mark for Tigers
The Tigers didn't need Jose Valverde in order to sweep the Yankees and get to the World Series, with Phil Coke finishing out their last three games. What happens from here, however, is an open question, and likely the biggest the Tigers will face in the days leading up to Game 1 of the Fall Classic, on Wednesday night in either St. Louis or San Francisco.
10/18/2012 | Paulino enjoying fall colors of his new year-round home
Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino came out of Kauffman Stadium in a white T-shirt and white pants, looking as if he were heading toward the beach.
10/18/2012 | A-Rod vows to remain with Yanks next season
There are many potential stumbling blocks to a trade involving Alex Rodriguez, but perhaps none bigger than this: Rodriguez must approve any potential trade, and he said on Thursday that there is no way he will not be a Yankee in 2013.
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