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Bumgarner tames Cards as Giants take NLCS opener

Oct 12, 2014

Bumgarner tames Cards as Giants take NLCS opener

Madison Bumgarner once again put the San Francisco Giants well on the road to a playoff victory. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive flubs by St. Louis to beat the ...

Royals take 2-0 lead in ALCS

Oct 12, 2014

Royals take 2-0 lead in ALCS

The Kansas City Royals prefer to simply savor their exceptional performance at Camden Yards rather than ponder the historical ramifications of where it’s gotten them. Alcides Escobar doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas extended his home run-binge and Kansas ...

Royals outlast O's in opener

Oct 11, 2014

Royals outlast O's in opener

Alex Gordon had already compiled a career’s worth of playoff memories when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. Given the Kansas City Royals’ success rate in extra innings this postseason, what happened next was almost inevitable. Gordon ...

Oct 10, 2014

Orioles give shortstop Hardy a three-yaer deal

J.J. Harrdy signed a $40 million, three-year contract with the Orioles on Thursday night, the eve of Baltimore’s first appearance in the AL Championship Series since 1997. The contract, which comes with an option for 2018, goes into effect after his current deal expires ...

Oct 9, 2014

Butler, Gordon relish newfound success

They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led ...

Giants finish off Nationals, advance to NLCS

Oct 8, 2014

Giants finish off Nationals, advance to NLCS

The San Francisco Giants are on another October roll in their every-other-year pattern of postseason success. Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch, and the Giants edged the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night to return ...

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Oct 8, 2014

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn’t really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter’s box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base. ...

Fister's strong outing keeps Nationals' hopes alive

Oct 7, 2014

Fister's strong outing keeps Nationals' hopes alive

Bryce Harper screamed out in delight as he crossed the plate with Washington ahead at last. After all those extra innings and a subdued cross-country flight, the Nationals had broken through — with a little help from Madison Bumgarner. Doug Fister pitched seven shutout ...

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

Oct 7, 2014

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

John Lackey was as advertised for the St. Louis Cardinals. Their postseason power surge, on the other hand, has been a big surprise. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and ...

Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Oct 6, 2014

Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They ...

Cruz home run helps O's sweep by Tigers

Oct 6, 2014

Cruz home run helps O's sweep by Tigers

A runaway title in a division of behemoths, then an unexpected sweep against a trio of Cy Young winners. For Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and this unheralded bunch from Baltimore, the question now is: What’s next? Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest ...

Belt homers in 18th to give Giants 2-0 lead in NLDS

Oct 5, 2014

Belt homers in 18th to give Giants 2-0 lead in NLDS

Brandon Belt, Yusmeiro Petit and the rest of the San Francisco Giants did what they do so well in October: They never give in, never give up, and win. Simple as that. No matter what it takes — or how long. Even 18 innings. ...