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9/29/2014 | Melvin to stack up lefties vs. Shields

A's manager Bob Melvin made out 138 different lineups in the regular season, a reflection of this team's many moving pieces. But in determining which of those are best suited for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game matchup against Royals right-hander James Shields, expect Melvin to turn to a familiar formula.


9/29/2014 | In moments like this, Lester wants the ball

Don't look at the calendar, don't look at the uniforms and don't check the ticket stub. It doesn't matter that Jon Lester is pitching in a tense postseason elimination game Tuesday, because he doesn't need to turn it up a notch -- ever.


9/29/2014 | Plouffe has arm surgery, will be ready for spring

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured left forearm on Monday but will be ready for Spring Training next year, general manager Terry Ryan said. Plouffe sustained the injury on Wednesday, when he tried to tag A.J. Pollock as Pollock slid into third base on a stolen-base attempt, with Pollock's knee colliding into Plouffe's left forearm.


9/29/2014 | After a 2,001-game drought, Dunn finally reaches postseason

When Adam Dunn steps in to face Kansas City's James Shields in the first inning of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium, he'll end his career-long drought of never playing in a postseason game.


9/29/2014 | A's opt for flexible 'pen, bench on Wild Card roster

Outside of Jon Lester, the A's are expected to carry just one other starter on their 25-man roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Royals, ensuring plenty of flexibility in their bullpen and on the bench.


9/29/2014 | Righty Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS

Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the first round.


9/29/2014 | GM Ryan back with Twins; Gardy mulls future

Terry Ryan confirmed he'll be back as Twins general manager next season, but Ron Gardenhire's future with the organization still remains undecided after being offered an undisclosed job with the Twins despite being dismissed as manager on Monday.


9/29/2014 | Donaldson soldiers on while playing with injuries

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson might be slowed on the basepaths because of a sore left knee, but don't expect it to hinder his performance otherwise in the postseason. If Donaldson can walk, he plays. That's essentially the message he's sent to manager Bob Melvin.


9/29/2014 | Twins, Ryan open up managerial search

The Twins have lost at least 92 games in four straight seasons, but with a loaded farm system on the way and the emergence of several young players, general manager Terry Ryan believes it'll still be an attractive job. He said he'll look both inside and outside the organization for the 13th manager in Twins history.


9/29/2014 | Zimmerman aware his future is likely at first base

There has been talk that Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman could be playing first base on a regular basis next year. If that's the case, it would mean Adam LaRoche may not be back with the team. LaRoche and the Nationals have a mutual option after this season, worth $15 million.


9/29/2014 | Royals need to solve nemesis Lester to advance

By earning their first postseason berth since 1985, the Royals turned the previous 28 years of unpleasant history into background noise. For the season to continue, Kansas City must overcome more unpleasant history, this time against Oakland starter Jon Lester.


9/29/2014 | Big games have brought out best in Blanco

Anything can happen, the pundits say, in a one-game matchup. This makes Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco a prime candidate to make a difference in Wednesday's Wild Card Game at Pittsburgh, because he can do almost anything (watch on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT).


9/29/2014 | Banister interviews, doesn't get Astros job

Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, a finalist for the Houston managerial job that went to A.J. Hinch on Monday, thanked the Astros organization for the opportunity to realize dream job No. 2. But Banister was also grateful to still have dream job No. 1.


9/29/2014 | Finnegan, Gore are living dream rookie seasons

Even in their wildest fantasies, Royals rookies Brandon Finnegan and Terrance Gore could never have foreseen their meteoric, unfathomable rise through the organization.


9/29/2014 | DS start times through Sunday announced

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. Start times will vary based on the winners of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game between the Royals and A's and Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Giants.


9/29/2014 | Royals feeling need for speed in Wild Card lineup

Putting speed at the top of the lineup has worked well for the Royals in the last 15 games of the season, so manager Ned Yost figures he'll stay with it for the Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night.


9/29/2014 | Umpires set for Wild Cards, Division Series

Major League Baseball announced the umpiring crews for the upcoming Wild Card and Division Series games, with Joe West, Gerry Davis, Ted Barrett, Jeff Kellogg, Dale Scott and Mike Winters set to serve as crew chiefs.


9/29/2014 | Position-by-position breakdown for Giants-Pirates

It's often said that experience plays a pivotal role come October. This year's National League Wild Card Game (Wednesday night at 8:07 ET) between the Giants and Pirates presents an interesting twist on that traditional concept.


9/29/2014 | Assistant general manager Miller leaving Reds

Reds assistant general manager Bob Miller will be leaving the club in October when his contract expires.


9/29/2014 | Fire to win burning stronger than ever in Kinsler

Ian Kinsler wasn't around for previous Tigers' playoff runs, but the second baseman has become a key element of the current incarnation of the club thanks to his timely hitting and spectacular defense.


9/29/2014 | Attendance in '14 seventh highest in history

After a big finish that amounted to the most-attended final weekend of a season since 2008, Major League Baseball wound up with a total of 73,739,622 fans in the 2014 regular season, marking the seventh-highest total in the history of the sport.


9/29/2014 | Royals' Wild Card roster likely to be bench heavy

The Royals haven't set their roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game yet, but it's sure to be a bit light on pitchers and heavier than usual on bench players.


9/29/2014 | Astros hand managerial reins to Hinch

At a news conference at Minute Maid Park this evening, the Astros named A.J. Hinch their next manager.


9/29/2014 | Zimm nets NL Player of the Week after no-no

Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann, who threw his first career no-hitter in Sunday's season finale against the Marlins, was named the National League Player of the Week for the second time this season.


9/29/2014 | Farrell, Cherington take responsibility for rough season

Last year at this time, Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington were receiving well-deserved accolades for a magical season that would end in championship glory. This year, both men are more than willing to take their share of accountability for a title defense that went bad early.




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