10/20/2012 | Posey's bat far from first to bust in playoffs
Buster Posey, without debate the Giants' best player and possibly the National League's most valuable, hasn't done anything to help his club extend their postseason run.
10/20/2012 | If Cards advance, Westbrook could be available
Cards righty Jake Westbrook threw another bullpen session on Friday and spoke optimistically about his chances of being healthy enough to contribute by the start of the World Series.
10/20/2012 | Cards weigh whether to use Wainwright in relief
The Cardinals are still mulling whether they'll make starter Adam Wainwright available out of the bullpen for the remainder of the NLCS.
10/20/2012 | 'Everything is good' after Beltran gets knee treated
Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran reported to AT&T Park on Saturday to receive treatment on his left knee, which responded well the day after returning to action.
10/20/2012 | A's bolster outfield depth with deal for Young
Though Billy Beane forecast an unusually quiet winter just last week, the A's general manager was back to his old ways on Saturday, swinging an early offseason deal with the D-backs that brought him veteran center fielder Chris Young.
10/20/2012 | Miggy's move molded dynamic duo
Miguel Cabrera may be lauded as one of the game's best hitters but it was his move to third base that opened the door for the Tigers to sign Prince Fielder and create one of the more feared lineup combinations.
10/20/2012 | Marlins swap Bell for infield prospect Cabrera
The Marlins on Saturday acquired Minor League infielder Yordy Cabrera from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Heath Bell and cash.
10/20/2012 | D-backs make deals for Bell and Pennington
The D-backs on Saturday made deals with the A's for shortstop Cliff Pennington and with the Marlins for relief pitcher Heath Bell.
10/20/2012 | In supporting role, Prince vital to Tigers' success
Prince Fielder knew he wouldn't be the focal point in Detroit. The Tigers had the AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner in Justin Verlander, and the AL batting champion in Miguel Cabrera. But rather than approach it hesitantly, he approached it like a kid in his first day at a new school.
10/20/2012 | Three keys for Giants to beat Cards in NLCS
The Giants, who became the first team to win three straight road games to close out a postseason series, now have two home games to win in order to reach the next level and participate in a second World Series in three years.
10/20/2012 | Three keys for Cards to win Game 6 and NLCS
The National League Championship Series gets down to the nitty gritty on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX) when the scene switches back to AT&T Park for Game 6 between the Cardinals and the Giants.
10/20/2012 | Mendoza wants to don No. 55 for Panama
Veteran Panamanian pitcher Ramiro Mendoza recently reported for the first day of training with his team. After a tiresome day in the sun and heat, the right-hander still had enough enthusiasm to express a love for his country and a desire to wear its uniform in the qualifying round for the World Baseball Classic, which will take place from Nov. 15-19.
10/20/2012 | Farrell returns to Boston as next manager
The Red Sox got their man on Saturday night, agreeing to a deal with the Blue Jays that brings John Farrell back to Boston as manager, MLB.com has confirmed.
10/20/2012 | Jeter has fractured ankle surgically repaired
Yankees captain Derek Jeter underwent surgery Saturday to repair a left ankle fracture. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Complete recovery is expected to take four to five months.
10/20/2012 | Farm system key to Cardinals' winning culture
The Cardinals flew back to San Francisco as Friday night morphed into Saturday morning, without their fourth National League pennant in nine years and still seeking their third World Series championship in seven seasons. But this team, that is deep into October without Tony La Russa, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman or Rafael Furcal, once again showed the baseball world that the culture that is the Cardinal tradition withstands exiles and injuries.
10/20/2012 | D-backs pick up closer Putz's option for 2013
The D-backs have picked up closer J.J. Putz's $6.5 million option for 2013. The right-hander has converted 77 of 86 save opportunities over the past two years.
10/20/2012 | MLB Notebook: Zito's zeros help to extend NLCS
With the Giants' season on the line, veteran southpaw Barry Zito tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings Friday in Game 5 of the NLCS vs. the Cardinals.
10/20/2012 | Giants regain momentum as NLCS heads west
With the AL champion Tigers lying in wait, the Giants made a resounding statement in St. Louis on Friday night in Game 5 of the NLCS.
10/20/2012 | Giants try to extend NLCS to the max back home
The San Francisco Giants got what they wanted. They are heading home -- and not to clean out their lockers. They'll be back in action at AT&T Park in Game 6 on Sunday, with Ryan Vogelsong taking the ball opposite St. Louis righty Chris Carpenter.
10/19/2012 | Crawford again shows the knack for the big hit
Brandon Crawford's two-run single was the pivotal moment of the Giants' staying-alive 5-0 win over St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night at Busch Stadium.
10/19/2012 | With Giants on brink, Zito hurls game of his life
If ever there was a tale of redemption, Barry Zito told it on the mound for the Giants on Friday night.
10/19/2012 | Vogelsong hopes to play similar tune in Game 6
Ryan Vogelsong, author of the National League Championship Series Game 2 outstanding start, will get another one in Game 6 for the Giants, who clearly did not leave their heart in San Francisco. It was beating in their chest Friday night, in the 5-0 win over the Cardinals that sent the NLCS back to the Bay Area.
10/19/2012 | Giants' fielders complement contact pitcher Zito
Barry Zito was doing his best work of the season, perhaps the best of his six San Francisco seasons. He is not a blow-away fireballer, however, but a contact pitcher who relies on the leather surrounding him.
10/19/2012 | Little things add up to biggest inning of Game 5
Needing three straight wins to keep their season alive, San Francisco scored four unearned runs in the top of the fourth, giving starter Barry Zito all the support he'd need.
10/19/2012 | Sandoval shrugs off pain to deliver big hit
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been playing in pain for most the season, so when he fouled the ball off the top of his right foot in the first inning at Busch Stadium on Friday night, it was more of the same.
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