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