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  • Cardinals sink Kershaw again, head to another NLCS Oct 7, 2014 7:47 PM
    The St. Louis Cardinals tagged Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Matt Adams’ go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series.

     
  • Mueller resigns as Cubs hitting coach Oct 7, 2014 2:53 PM
    The Cubs are looking for another hitting coach. Bill Mueller resigned Tuesday after only one year on the job. Sources say family concerns and the Cubs' decision to not bringing back Mike Brumley as his assistant played roles in Mueller's decision. The new coach will be the Cubs' fourth in four seasons.

     
  • Nationals stay alive in NLDS with win over Giants Oct 6, 2014 7:32 PM
    Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Madison Bumgarner’s one off-target throw, staving off elimination in the NL Division Series with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Fister dazzled again in San Francisco, this time in a sensational pitcher’s duel with Bumgarner until the Nationals finally delivered after they were held scoreless for 21 innings. Washington scored two runs on Bumgarner’s throwing error and Bryce Harper punctuated the victory with a solo home run in the ninth. Drew Storen allowed to the first two batters to reach in the ninth but shook off his postseason struggles, allowing a run in closing it out as Washington forced a Game 4 on Tuesday night. Now, the 96-win Nationals will send left-hander Gio Gonzalez up against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

     
  • Cubs claim lefty reliever from Rangers Oct 6, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Cubs on Monday claimed left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Ortiz pitched in 32 games for the Rangers in 2013 but spent this year in the minor leagues after recovering from a broken foot.

     
  • Royals beat Angels to finish off ALDS sweep Oct 5, 2014 10:24 PM
    Alex Gordon hit a bases-clearing double in the first inning, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Sunday night to finish a sweep of their AL Division Series. Back in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, the wild-card Royals will face the Orioles in the AL Championship Series beginning Friday night in Baltimore. Kansas City went 4-3 against the O’s this year. The Royals’ James Shields allowed homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols over six otherwise solid innings. C.J. Wilson failed to escape the first for Los Angeles, giving up all three runs on Gordon’s tone-setting double. The Angels are the second team in the divisional era to have the majors’ best record and get swept from the playoffs. The Yankees were also swept by the Royals in 1980 ALCS.

     
  • Orioles sweep Tigers, earn spot in ALCS Oct 5, 2014 6:47 PM
    Nelson Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest big postseason hit, and the Baltimore Orioles swept aside Detroit’s Cy Young Award winners to hold off the Tigers 2-1 Sunday and reach the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997. Bud Norris outpitched David Price in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. The Tigers scored in the ninth and put the tying run on second with no outs, but Orioles closer Zach Britton escaped the jam and lifted Buck Showalter into his first ALCS in 16 seasons as a big league manager. Cruz’s homer was the 16th of his postseason career, including eight against the Tigers. He was the MVP of the 2011 ALCS for Texas in a six-game victory over Detroit. Cruz spent much of this past offseason without a team after serving a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball’s drug agreement.

     
  • Who will be White Sox’s next leader? Oct 5, 2014 7:45 AM
    Paul Konerko was a great hitter for the White Sox, and he became the team leader in 2002 after standing up to Frank Thomas. Now that Konerko is retired, the Sox need to find a new leader.

     
  • Belt’s HR in 18th lifts Giants over Nats, lead 2-0 Oct 5, 2014 12:02 AM
    Brandon Belt homered off Tanner Roark in the 18th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to their 10th consecutive postseason victory, edging Washington 2-1 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in the NL Division Series.

     
  • Kemp’s HR lifts Dodgers over Cards, NLDS tied at 1 Oct 5, 2014 12:42 AM
    Matt Kemp yanked the Dodgers from the depths of despair with one swing. Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting Los Angeles to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night and evening their NL Division Series at a game apiece.

     
  • Korean celebrities coming to Schaumburg ballpark Oct 3, 2014 2:33 PM
    A gathering of famous South Korean actors, singers and a comedian will be at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12 for the Korean All-Star Baseball Game and a concert in the spirit of R’October. The South Korean celebrities will be playing against the Chicago Korean American Baseball team at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the baseball stadium at 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.

     
  • Royals top Angels 4-1 in 11 innings, lead ALDS 2-0 Oct 4, 2014 12:53 AM
    With three extra-inning wins in four remarkable days, the long-downtrodden Kansas City Royals have climbed from the depths of a 29-year playoff absence to the brink of the AL Championship Series. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

     
  • Cardinals beat Dodgers 10-9 after Kershaw wilts Oct 3, 2014 10:16 PM
    Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener Friday. It was 92 degrees at gametime, and things quickly got more heated during a surprising slugfest. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hit Puig with a pitch leading off the third, triggering a bench-clearing scrum.

     
  • Peavy, Giants edge Strasburg, Nats in NLDS opener Oct 3, 2014 6:55 PM
    Never much of a postseason performer, Jake Peavy sure outpitched Stephen Strasburg in the former No. 1 pick’s playoff debut. Guess that October aura the San Francisco Giants proudly own has rubbed off on Peavy. The intense right-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, San Francisco’s bullpen barely held onto a lead, and the wild-card Giants won their ninth consecutive postseason game by beating Strasburg’s Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday in an NL Division Series opener.

     
  • Orioles rally past Tigers 7-6, take 2-0 ALDS lead Oct 3, 2014 6:48 PM
    Down by three runs in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles had every reason to believe they could rally against the Tigers. Not only because the Orioles are capable of scoring in bunches, but more importantly, they were going up against Detroit’s leaky bullpen. Delmon Young drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double, and Baltimore used a four-run eighth to pull out a 7-6 victory Friday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series.

     
  • Jackie Robinson West fall team in Rosemont Saturday Oct 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    Little leaguers hoping to become the next champions in the Jackie Robinson West program will play this weekend at Rosemont’s Dome at the Ballpark. Nearly 100 members of the Chicago-based baseball program’s fall league will play against each other and participate in a clinic conducted by coaches with the Illinois Baseball Academy.

     
  • Moustakas’ HR in 11th puts Royals past Angels, 3-2 Oct 3, 2014 12:25 AM
    Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night. Moustakas hit the first extra-inning homer in postseason history for the Royals, a high shot off Fernando Salas that barely reached the elevated right-field stands at Angel Stadium.

     
  • Cruz, Hardy HRs carry Orioles past Tigers 12-3 Oct 2, 2014 9:14 PM
    The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys. Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and the Orioles hammered out 12 hits in defeating Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Thursday in the opener of their AL Division Series.

     
  • Rozner: Cubs, Girardi might be a match in fall of 2015 Oct 1, 2014 5:22 AM
    Joe Girardi loves managing the Yankees, his family's happy and he's making huge dollars. The timing was simply wrong in the fall of 2013. But the way things are shaping up, the math might produce a different result in the fall of 2015.

     
  • Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls Oct 1, 2014 6:18 AM
    For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason. This is the first October in which skippers can contest an umpire’s call. Nearly everything is subject to replay review, except for balls and strikes, but managers only get one challenge per game if they’re wrong.

     
  • Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance Oct 1, 2014 10:58 PM
    Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.

     
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