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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion Oct 1, 2014 6:39 AM
    It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys. On Tuesday night, they returned to the game’s grand stage in dramatic fashion.

  • Epstein: Our goal is the NL Central title next year Sep 30, 2014 9:53 PM
    While Cubs president Theo Epstein wasn't afraid Tuesday to say that the team could compete for a division title next year, he said the organization will not "bail" on its young players or abandon its long-term plan.

  • Williams: Sox aren’t that far away from contending Sep 30, 2014 8:08 PM
    Executive VP Kenny Williams says the White Sox are closer to becoming contenders than most might think. If the Sox do hope to get back to the playoffs in 2015, they have to fill multiple holes. “We’re a lot closer than the record indicates,” Williams said just before the Sox finished the current season at 73-89. “With a few tweaks here and there, you know we’ve got to shore up the bullpen, another right-hander starter wouldn’t be a bad thing. (General manager) Rick and (Hahn) I have had ongoing conversations for quite some time.

  • Renovation work begins at Wrigley Field Sep 29, 2014 4:06 PM
    Hard hats have replaced baseball caps at historic Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs prepare to start a massive renovation project. On Monday the historic ballpark began looking like a construction zone. Nothing was torn down, but chain-link fencing ringed most of the park and construction crews were at work. The first phase of the $575 million project is to include new bleachers and seven outfield signs.

  • Rongey: Konerko send off was picture perfect Sep 29, 2014 4:55 PM
    While it was a difficult year for the White Sox, Chris Rongey says the Paul Konerko ceremony on Saturday and the last goodbye on Sunday were memorable performances all the way around.

  • Cubs optimistic, but still much work to do Sep 29, 2014 10:56 PM
    Although the Cubs ended their season feeling good about themselves, their 73-89 record shows they still have work to do before thinking about being contenders. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a look at four key areas.

  • For White Sox, the good, the bad and the future Sep 29, 2014 10:41 PM
    The White Sox finished the season 10 wins better than they were in 2013, so that's a pretty good sign. Beat writer Scot Gregor looks at some other positive signs, as well as plenty of bad things that hampered the Sox.

  • Kasper: Young Cubs showed us a lot this season Sep 29, 2014 11:50 AM
    In his Cubs Insider column, Len Kasper offers his assessment of what Cubs fans learned about the team this season.

  • Cubs see bigger, better things for 2015 Sep 28, 2014 8:04 PM
    The Cubs capped off their 2014 season with a 5-2 victory at Milwaukee. Although they finished with a losing record of 73-89, it marked improvement over last year, and it had first baseman Anthony Rizzo talking about big things for next year.

  • Konerko’s 16-year run with Sox comes to an end Sep 28, 2014 6:41 PM
    Paul Konerko played his final game for the White Sox Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. After 16 seasons with the Sox, Konerko is retiring from baseball.

  • Jeter hits RBI single in last at-bat Sep 28, 2014 3:27 PM
    Derek Jeter tacked one last hit onto his remarkable career, then waved his helmet in a final farewell to the major leagues. Successful to the very end, the New York Yankees captain hit a high chop in the third inning that bounced off the right hand of leaping Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini. Jeter reached first without drawing a throw, and after a few seconds Brian McCann trotted from the dugout to pinch run. Jeter got a standing ovation as he slowly ran off the field to complete his 20th big league season, pointed to the Boston dugout and embraced pitcher Clay Buchholz. Approaching the Yankees dugout after the team’s last at-bat by a player with single-digit uniform number, the 40-year-old who has worn No. 2 since his rookie season lifted his helmet to recognize the cheers and was hugged on the warning track by Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner. Boston players stood in their dugout and applauded. The ovation continued as others in his dugout congratulated their leader. Jeter’s parents watched from the stands. The final hit, Jeter’s 3,465th, left him with a .310 career batting average, raising it from 30945 to .30951. And it came at Fenway Park, the same field where Mickey Mantle played his finale exactly 46 years earlier. Jeter had lined out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in the first inning. The last active member of the Core Four that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, Jeter led the Yankees to 13 AL East titles, seven AL pennants and five World Series championships. He broke an ankle in the 2012 AL championship series opener and was limited to 17 games the following season. He dropped off this year to a .256 average with four homers and 50 RBIs. Before the game, Jeter was congratulated by former captains of local pro teams. During a half-hour ceremony, Carl Yastrzemski and Jason Varitek of the Red Sox, Bobby Orr of the Bruins, Troy Brown of the New England Patriots and Paul Pierce of the Celtics came out of the Boston dugout, one after the other. They shook hands with Jeter, standing on the grass just behind the dirt at shortstop. At the start of the ceremony, the date “SEPTEMBER 28 2014” was removed, one character at a time, from the hand-operated scoreboard on the left-field wall and replaced by “WITH RESPECT 2 DEREK JETER.” Then the “S” in “RESPECT” was replaced by the No. 2. Jeter waved his cap as he left the dugout for his 153rd game at Fenway, including the playoffs, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig and Mantle for most by a Yankee. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia presented a base with a No. 2 and blue pinstripes on it to Jeter. He also received a green sign with white characters like those on the Green Monster scoreboard saying “RE2PECT.” A video was shown of Jeter being doused in the Yankees clubhouse as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” inspired by former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a condition Frates is afflicted with. Then Frates rode onto the infield grass in his wheelchair and Jeter came in to greet him. Michelle Brooks Thompson, a Massachusetts native from the Voice TV show, sang “Respect” on the infield dirt then Jeter shook hands and hugged her. Jeter sat out Friday’s series opener to recover from his emotionally draining final home game when his single in the ninth inning gave the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles and unleashed a wild celebration as teammates poured from the dugout to embrace him between first and second base. The 14-time All-Star returned to the lineup as designated hitter on Saturday and went 1 for 2. “The hard thing for me about this game is the relationships and how you get used to seeing people every day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, “and how abruptly it ends. “Since (he was) a young man signing, really a teenager, it’s really what he’s known. It’s what we’ve known him to be, the Yankees’ shortstop, and it’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end.” Before the game, Boston manager John Farrell praised Jeter for “a grace and a dignity, an integrity that probably is unmatched by others.” Girardi had expected Jeter to receive a warm reception in enemy territory. “Boston understands what Derek has meant to the Yankees playing him all these times,” Girardi said. “I think it will be done right.” Jeter was cheered when he took batting practice and when he ran into his dugout when it was over.

  • Oakland A’s clinch wild card berth Sep 28, 2014 5:51 PM
    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Oakland Athletics finally clinched their third consecutive playoff berth — on the last day of the regular season after a prolonged slump. Sonny Gray threw a six-hitter to win for the first time in five September starts, Josh Reddick had an RBI triple and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the American League’s second wild card. The A’s lost 30 of their previous 45 games before winning game No. 162. They play the win-or-go-home wild-card game Tuesday night at Kansas City, which won five of the seven games in the season series against Oakland (88-74). After winning the AL West title the past two seasons, Oakland went into its game Aug. 10 with a 72-44 record that was the best in the majors. That was good for a four-game lead in the AL West and an 11-game edge in the wild-card standings. Adam Dunn, acquired by the A’s on Aug. 31, is going to the playoffs for the first time after playing his 2,001st career game — the most by any active player before getting to the postseason. The 34-year-old Dunn is in his 14th season and has said he plans to retire after this season when his contract is set to expire. He waived his no-trade clause for the Chicago White Sox to complete the deal, and previously played for Cincinnati, Arizona and Washington. Gray (14-10) was 12-3 at the end of July, but was 1-7 in his 11 previous starts before Sunday. The right-hander struck out five with no walks in his second career complete-game shutout, both this season against Texas. Nick Martinez (5-12) finished his rookie season allowing two runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings. He struck out two without a walk. Brandon Moss led off the Oakland second with a double to center, and Reddick followed with a triple over the head of center fielder Leonys Martin. Reddick scored on Stephen Vogt’s bloop single to make it 2-0. Texas had two runners on with no outs in the fifth after Tomas Telis doubled and Ryan Rua got an infield single on a ball that ricocheted off Gray’s left foot. Trainers checked on Gray, who then got out of the inning by striking out Luis Sardinas before Adam Rosales grounded into a double play. Oakland lost five of seven down the stretch to the Rangers, who finished 67-95 overall for their most losses since 99 in 1985. But they were 14-8 under interim manager Tim Bogar after Ron Washington resigned Sept. 5 for personal reasons. UP NEXT Athletics: Midseason addition Jon Lester (16-11 overall, 6-4 in 11 starts for Oakland) is set to start Tuesday night at Kansas City. Rangers: For the first time in five seasons, the Rangers are done after 162 games. Next is the offseason, when the first order of business will be to determine if Bogar will be their manager next season. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin didn’t even check with 3B Josh Donaldson before putting him in the lineup. Donaldson is still sore after awkwardly banging his left knee diving for a ball Friday night, but stayed in that game and played Saturday, when he homered and had a nice defensive play. “There is a lot of character involved in that,” Melvin said. Rangers: Texas used the disabled list 26 times this season for 21 different players who missed a combined 2,011 games. Among the players on the 60-day disabled list that will have to be added back to the 40-man roster are Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish and Shin-Soo Choo.

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