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10/18/2013 | 'Go crazy' homer still fresh with Ozzie on hand
Ozzie Smith appropriately threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Cardinals and Dodgers on Friday at Busch Stadium. It was relevant given that his famous home run 28 years ago came against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

10/18/2013 | Playful standoff opens Game 6 in St. Louis
Who would blink first when the Dodgers and Cardinals reconvened at Busch Stadium on Friday night for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series? Apparently not Scott Van Slyke or Joe Kelly.

10/18/2013 | NLCS umpiring crew not pleased with Puig
Why were Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre in a heated conversation during batting practice before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series? It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source.

10/18/2013 | Winter League roundup: Texas prospect fuels rally
Andy Wilkins and Rangers prospect Luis Sardinas each knocked RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie and give La Guaira the win.

10/18/2013 | No Hollywood ending for Kershaw, Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw hasn't beaten the Cardinals in four starts this year, and if Kershaw can't beat a team in a best-of-seven series, neither can the Dodgers. Their wild season ended in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night with a staggering 9-0 blowout loss.

10/18/2013 | NLCS victory a tribute to 'The Cardinal Way'
No Tony. No Albert. No sweat. The Cardinals used organizational depth to punch their ticket to their fourth World Series trip in the last 10 years with Friday's 9-0 blowout of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium.

10/18/2013 | Robinson, not Jay, starts in center vs. Kershaw
After starting Jon Jay in center field against the first three left-handed starters the Cardinals faced this postseason, manager Mike Matheny chose instead to go with right-handed-hitting Shane Robinson against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night.

10/18/2013 | Craig takes next step toward return, faces live pitching
Allen Craig estimated that he stood in the batter's box for an estimated 10 simulated at-bats early Friday afternoon. The live batting practice session "went well," the first baseman said afterward, and it is the latest step in Craig's efforts to be cleared to return if the Cardinals advance to the World Series.

10/18/2013 | Garvey's chance encounter leads to lifelong friendship
Dodgers legend Steve Garvey met Annie Ruth in August 1977 when she was a paralyzed teen, and the two have remained friends since. Garvey even met his wife due to a connection with Ruth.

10/18/2013 | Mattingly expects more offense in rematch of Game 2
Due to more favorable conditions for hitters, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly felt the offenses had a better shot of solving pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Michael Wacha in Friday's Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, after both dominated in Game 2.

10/18/2013 | Ailing Avila's status for Game 6 up in the air
Tigers manager Jim Leyland returned to town Friday afternoon still not sure whether he will have catcher Alex Avila available to play Saturday in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series vs. the Red Sox.

10/18/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 6
Here is a look at Friday's starting lineups for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cardinals.

10/18/2013 | Hanley joins Dodgers' Game 6 lineup at last minute
Injured Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was added to the starting lineup 30 minutes before first pitch Friday after not being in the original lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.

10/18/2013 | Few home fields give greater advantage than Fenway
Home-field advantage is something any team wants this time of year, but the Fenway factor is something the Red Sox and their rabid fans crave, because they know what a difference-maker it can be.

10/18/2013 | Bogaerts not wilting under stage's harshest lights
Xander Bogaerts finds himself under a powerful microscope, as he has suddenly emerged as a viable starting position player in the ALCS vs. Detroit. His chance came in Game 5, when he received the start at third base over the struggling Will Middlebrooks.

10/18/2013 | Struggling Fielder trying to stay the course
The bubbling frustrations over Prince Fielder's postseason finally made themselves audible at Comerica Park on Thursday night, when a sold-out crowd frequently booed the slugger they've known since his toddler days.

10/18/2013 | On the arms: Hits hard to come by in ALCS
The right-field bullpen at Fenway Park was vacant as the sun faded from view on Friday, but in your mind's eye, it was easy to flick on the lights and call back the images from when we last saw the American League Championship Series underway here.

10/18/2013 | Boston up 3-2, but Detroit has pair of aces to deal
If you're selling hope for the Detroit Tigers, you begin with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. There you go. What could be simpler than that? If Tigers fans don't have just a little bit of optimism, they haven't thought things through.

10/18/2013 | Class is in: Tipping the cap to an opponent
Maybe the classiest moment of this postseason occurred Thursday night just after Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias sprinted from a spot to the right of second base all the way into shallow left-center field to make an astonishing, swipe-of-the-glove, back-to-the-infield grab of a David Ortiz fly ball.

10/18/2013 | Peralta's production only surprising part of his return
In the here and now, Jhonny Peralta is a man who served his time under the terms of his negotiated suspension -- remember, he didn't fail a drug test, but his name appeared in documents from the Biogenesis clinic -- and was welcomed back into the Detroit dugout because of the teammate he is and the performance he can provide.

10/18/2013 | Uncertain offseason awaits after Ryan's departure
There will be baseball in Arlington in 2014 without Nolan Ryan, and eventually chatter must give way to the real business of putting together a championship team on the field.

10/18/2013 | Dobbs embraces leadership role in Miami
The record showed the Marlins lost 100 games in 2013, but the big picture tells Greg Dobbs a different story. A veteran presence on a youthful squad, Dobbs sees plenty of reasons for optimism as the Marlins move forward. The raw talent, the quality pitching and the players' camaraderie are reasons the 35-year-old wanted to stick around.

10/18/2013 | Wives of DeJesus, Getz make surprise move on 'Race'
After years of traveling to husbands' road games, the wives of big leaguers can learn the tricks of airport travel. It came in handy on last week's episode of "The Amazing Race," which features Kim DeJesus and Nicky Getz as the "baseball wives" team.

10/18/2013 | Wren recognizes need to add experience to rotation
After the Braves were eliminated from the NLDS, GM Frank Wren concluded that his team was never able to fully recover from the season-ending injuries to Tim Hudson or Brandon Beachy. He also recognized that Atlanta's young rotation is in need of veteran experience and leadership moving forward.

10/18/2013 | One of seven Tribe free agents, Smith wants to return
Veteran sidearmer Joe Smith -- one of seven potential free agents for Cleveland this offseason -- has made it clear that he wants to keep pitching for the Indians.


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