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    Benoit open to 2014 role as Tigers' setup man

    Joaquin Benoit would like to be back with the Tigers next year, whether he'd be closing or setting up again. More >

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    MLB Notebook: Wainwright completes the job

    Adam Wainwright's win over the Pirates in Game 5 on Wednesday put the Cardinals into the National League Championship Series and marked the sixth time in team history a starter had gone the distance for a victory in a winner-take-all finale. More >

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    Rotations in spotlight as Cards clash with Dodgers

    With a 6-1 win over the Pirates in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday, the Cardinals sealed an NL Championship Series matchup against the NL West-champion Dodgers. The two teams faced each other seven times this season, though the results of those head-to-head games may not be all that accurate an indicator for what's on tap. More >

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    Cards' celebration familiar, but no less sweet

    After Adam Wainwright unleashed his 107th pitch of the night to strike out Pedro Alvarez, red and white confetti went floating in the autumn air, along with anticipation of a third consecutive appearance in the National League Championship Series for the Cardinals. More >

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    When it matters most, Waino true definition of ace

    One major difference between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Division Series can be summed up in two words: Adam Wainwright. More >

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    For McCutchen, little opportunity to play hero

    Andrew McCutchen, who batted .278 in the National League Division Series despite his 0-for-4 Game 5, was afforded the tiniest of windows to be the hero for the Pirates. More >

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    Decisions loom for Bucs, free agents like Burnett

    The Pirates' clubhouse was full of brave smiles and heartfelt hugs Wednesday night, as if players wanted to wrap up in the spirit of 2013 -- when the Bucs ended two decades of losing records and appeared in the postseason for the first time since 1992. Of course, there always comes a time to let go. This is especially true of Pittsburgh's potential free agents. More >

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    Season ends, but Pirates' revival just beginning

    Wednesday night hurt. Thursday will come with pain, too. There is actually pleasure in that, because it is the pain of privilege. And it comes with a bookmark. Managers of all postseason losers tell their teams the same thing. And now Clint Hurdle was able to tell his Pirates, "Don't forget this feeling. Come back next year and build on it." More >

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    Bucs' offense snuffed by Wainwright, double plays

    On a night when scoring was hard to come by and their only run came on a trio of fluky infield hits, the Pirates met their match. It was singularly in the form of Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, and their fate was handed down partly by way of a couple of poorly placed line drives. More >

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    Birds of praise: Wainwright, Cardinals soar to NLCS

    With the support of another elimination-game home run from David Freese and stingy defense behind him, Adam Wainwright went the distance and pitched the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over a Pirates team that had pestered them all season. It was the third victory the Cardinals needed to move out of the NL Division Series and on to a NL Championship Series showdown with the Dodgers. More >

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    NL Central rivals deliver classic Division Series

    The National League Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals proved to be a matchup of NL Central powers who probably ought to get used to seeing each other this time of year. More >

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    Cardinals set up rotation for Games 1-3

    Manager Mike Matheny announced the Cardinals' rotation plans for the first three games of the National League Championship Series, and as expected, Joe Kelly will start Game 1 on Friday, Michael Wacha will follow in Game 2 and then Adam Wainwright will toss Game 3 in Los Angeles. More >

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    Cole looks like ace despite loss in Game 5

    Gerrit Cole, who paid for a homer he allowed to David Freese by being charged with the loss in Wednesday's 6-1 decision that sent the Cardinals to the National League Championship Series and sent the Pirates home, took it the way he's done everything else since being called to the Majors in June. More >

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    Freese further cements name in October lore

    David Freese's postseason heroics in 2011 -- a walk-off homer in Game 6 of the World Series -- have enshrined him as a hometown idol. And after Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Division Series, those cheers in St. Louis may get even louder. More >

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    Stifled behind Cole, Bucs eliminated from postseason

    With David Freese's early two-run homer off Gerrit Cole propping up cool Adam Wainwright's pitching, the Cardinals prevailed, 6-1, in Wednesday night's Game 5 of the National League Division Series, and the Pirates hit the end of the road. More >

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    Alvarez sets RBI mark, downplays history in loss

    Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez wanted more, but at least he pushed across the team's first run against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright with two outs in the seventh inning of the deciding fifth game of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night. Alvarez's RBI was his sixth of the series and seventh of the postseason. He is the first player in Major League history to drive in a run in each of his first six playoff games. More >

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    Athletics hope Game 5 is Sonny's day

    For the second time in five days at O.co Coliseum, A's rookie Sonny Gray will be facing veteran Detroit right-hander and former AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who has owned the A's in his last three ALDS starts during the past two postseasons. More >

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    Tigers hoping to solve Gray second time around

    The Tigers thought they had prepared themselves for A's rookie Sonny Gray as well as they could before Game 2 of the American League Division Series. More >

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    Melvin mulling Colon, Parker for relief roles

    The choice not to start Bartolo Colon in Game 5 of the American League Division Series was difficult enough for A's manager Bob Melvin. Deciding whether to use him out of the bullpen for Thursday's elimination affair may prove even harder. More >

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    Callaspo may start at second base in Game 5

    If A's manager Bob Melvin makes a change to his postseason lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series, the change will come at second base, with Alberto Callaspo taking the place of Eric Sogard. More >