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Giants Advance to World Series

San Francisco crushes Cardinals, 9-0

(Newser) - Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October as the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series. The Giants return to the World Series two years after... More »

Benched A-Rod Was Flirting With Cute Fans

Alex Rodriguez apparently more concerned with the ladies...

(Newser) - As the Yankees were losing to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS opener Saturday night, Alex Rodriguez had just one thing on his mind: procuring the phone number of one of the lovely ladies sitting behind the dugout. Witnesses tell the New York Post that A-Rod, after being pulled from... More »

Cardinals Might Be 'Most Clutch' Team Ever

Down to the final strike again? No problem: Ryan Bothmann

(Newser) - What the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Washington Nationals last night has Ryan Bothmann at Bleacher Report wondering whether this might be the "most clutch" team in sports history. If you missed it, the Cards once trailed 6-0 in the game but scored four in the bottom of... More »

It Just Got Easier to Make the Playoffs in Baseball

MLB is adding two wild-card teams

(Newser) - That soul-crushing loss by the Red Sox on the last game of the season this year might have been just another game had this been in effect a little earlier: Major League Baseball is adding two-wild card teams to the playoffs, maybe next year but by 2013 at the latest,... More »

Cable Fight May Leave Fans in Philly, NYC in the Dark

Fox, Cablevision dispute could black out baseball, football games

(Newser) - Hey, no rush or anything, but suits from Cablevision and News Corp's Fox have about 7 hours to hash out a deal or baseball fans in Philly aren't going to be able to watch a playoff game tonight, reports AP . Fox pulled its channels from Cablevision when a contract expired... More »

Yankees' Bank Finally Defeats the System

We're all tired of talking about NY payroll, but it stifles baseball hope

(Newser) - Yes, writing about the New York Yankees’ ginormous payroll is “like writing about the heat in Phoenix. We all know it’s there, and we don’t really want to talk about it anymore,” Joe Ponanski says in what he admits is a “screed.” And though... More »

A-Rod Sheds Choke-Artist Rep

Onetime postseason washout comes through in, yes, the clutch

(Newser) - For years, the rap on Alex Rodriguez has been that despite his gaudy regular-season stats, he folded in the playoffs. His October performance nearly dispelled that rep, and his ninth-inning homer in last night's World Series Game 4 took him to a new level, Will Leitch writes: "He has... More »

Phillies Grab 3-1 Lead on 9th-Inning Rally

Rollins' two-run double brings home tying, winning runs against LA closer Broxton

(Newser) - Jimmy Rollins doubled with two out in the ninth inning to drive home the tying and winning runs as the Philadelphia Phillies stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven National League Championship Series. The visiting Dodgers had clawed out of an early 2-0... More »

Angels Win in 11, Trim Yankees' Lead

Mathis' RBI double delivers 5-4 victory; New York now up 2-1

(Newser) - Jeff Mathis hit a two-out double in the 11th inning to drive home the winning run, and the Los Angeles Angels survived a second consecutive thriller for a 5-4 victory over the Yankees today, trimming New York's lead in the American League championship series to 2-1. Howie Kendrick homered, tripled... More »

A-Rod, Yanks Top Angels in 13th

Slugger comes through with clutch homer in chilly Game 2

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez is putting all those playoff failures behind him, and the LA Angels are turning the AL championship series into a defensive debacle. Coming through under pressure once again, Rodriguez hit a tying homer in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees edged Los Angeles 4-3 last night... More »

Phillies Outslug LA in Game 1

Three-run shot from Ibañez in eighth stands up as winner in 8-6 win in NLCS opener

(Newser) - A three-run home run from Raul Ibañez in the eighth inning tonight gave the visiting Philadelphia Phillies the margin they needed to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-6, and take the first game in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. The defending-champion Phillies twice saw the Dodgers eat into... More »

Yankees, Angels Wrap Up Series Sweeps

With Dodgers in NLCS, only Philly-Colorado remains up in the air

(Newser) - The Yankees wrapped up a sweep of the Twins tonight in Minneapolis, getting homers from Jorge Posada and suddenly clutch Alex Rodriguez in a 6-1 win. They advance to face the Angels, who mounted an unlikely ninth-inning comeback this afternoon, scoring off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon three times and... More »

Dodgers Stun Cardinals, Grab 2-0 Lead

Los Angeles scores twice with two out in ninth to beat St. Louis 3-2

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers, trailing by one run and down to their final out, rallied tonight to stun the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five National League playoff series. After Ronnie Belliard tied it with an RBI single off Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, pinch-hitter... More »

Lee Pitches Phillies Past Rockies in Game 1

Left-hander strikes out five as Philadelphia cruises to 5-1 victory

(Newser) - Left-hander Cliff Lee pitched a six-hitter today as the Philadelphia Phillies opened the defense of their World Series title with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of their National League playoff series. Lee, a mid-season acquisition given the start over World Series MVP Cole Hamels, got... More »

In Classic, Twins Clip Tigers for Final Playoff Spot

Minnesota earns right to face Yankees with 6-5 victory in 12 innings

(Newser) - The Minnesota Twins rallied twice tonight, including in extra innings, to beat the Detroit Tigers in a one-game playoff to decide the American League Central division, winning 6-5 in 12 innings and grabbing baseball’s final postseason spot. It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Twins, who begin their... More »

Tip Your Hats to Tampa

Rays' talent rises to occasion, avoids epic collapse in beating Boston to seal Series trip

(Newser) - The improbable has happened. The Tampa Bay Rays have ousted the defending champion Red Sox. Sportswriters, start your fawning:
  • The Rays won this thing with “talent, talent, talent,” which trumps experience every time, writes Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe. “The best team in the American League
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Sox Fans Curse Themselves for Missing Comeback

(Newser) - Red Sox nation is secretly grieving. Sure, the Sox pulled off one of the most incredible comebacks ever on Thursday, but precious few were actually watching. Many among the Fenway Faithful didn’t exactly live up to their name, the Boston Globe reports. “It was 7-0,” laments one... More »

Us Can't Wait for World Series

Fan unintentionally coins rallying cry for first Series berth since '93

(Newser) - When a delirious Phillies fan called in to a radio show after Philadelphia's NLCS win, he inadvertently coined the team's new rallying cry. "Boston did it. The White Sox did it. Why can't us?," he asked. While waiting to see which AL team they'll face, Phillies fans have... More »

Obama Ad to Delay World Series Game

If there is a Game 6, MLB agrees to push start back 18 minutes so Fox can air spot

(Newser) - The GOP is crying foul after Fox announced it would delay a possible World Series Game 6 to air a 30-minute Barack Obama spot, CNN reports. Obama has bought airtime from Fox, CBS, and NBC for Oct. 29. “Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he’s putting... More »

Rays Rip Red Sox, 9-1, for Series Lead

(Newser) - B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays are bashing their way through their first trip to the playoffs, the AP reports. Upton and Longoria homered off a suddenly shaky Jon Lester, and the power-packed Rays cleared the Green Monster four times to beat the... More »

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