Crawford first shortstop to hit slam in postseason history

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford broke open a scoreless game in grand fashion, becoming the first shortstop to hit a postseason grand slam as he crushed an Edinson Volquez pitch into the right-field seats in the fourth inning on Wednesday night at PNC Park in the National League Wild Card Game.

Giants fans come from near and far for rally

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

Several hundred Giants fans gathered at AT&T Park for a rally an hour before Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game and stayed after to watch the game on the park’s videoboard.

Steinbrenner, Cashman working on new deal

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner apologized to fans for his team not making the playoffs for a second consecutive season and confirmed that the organization is working on a new contract with general manager Brian Cashman.

Tekulve gets PNC crowd pumped up with first pitch

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

Greeted by a standing ovation, and less than a month removed from a heart transplant, Kent Tekulve was back in a No. 27 Pirates jersey on Wednesday night. The man who threw the final pitch the last time the Bucs won the World Series tossed the first pitch of their 2014 postseason.

Ryu tosses 45-pitch sim game in bid for Game 3 start

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game on Wednesday, according to the Dodgers, who closed their Dodger Stadium workout to the media.

Blue Jays Outright Munenori Kawasaki, Dan Johnson

Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

The Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first baseman Dan Johnson, according to the team’s official transactions page. Kawasaki, 33, batted .258/.327/.296 in 274 plate appearances in his second season with the Blue Jays. The Japanese infielder’s outgoing nature and quirky sense of humor have made him popular with both fans and teammates, but he hasn’t hit much in either of his two seasons in the Majors. He does grade out as a solid defender at shortstop, and both Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved gave positive reviews to a small sample of work at third base this season.

Hosmer the key middle man in Royals’ quest

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer’s triple, a soaring shot off the left-center wall, ignited the Royals’ winning two-run surge in the 12th inning of Tuesday’s AL Wild Card Game.

Duquette has made the most of second chance in game

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments

Dan Duquette, sporting a black hoodie sporting the word “October,” can wear this item proudly. He’s earned it, just as he’s earned the right to an “I told you so” directed at the many in and around the industry who questioned the O’s decision to pluck him out of the Major League ether and install him in the general manager’s chair three years ago.

Wacha heads to ‘pen as Cards set NLDS rotation

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments

After aggressively pushing Michael Wacha through the month of September, hopeful that the right-hander would be ready to be an impact piece in the postseason, the Cardinals have settled on using him out of the bullpen during their National League Division Series matchup against the Dodgers.

Tale of the tape: Game 1

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments

The Tigers and Orioles will have their respective aces on the mound when Game 1 of the American League Division Series starts Thursday at Camden Yards.