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Oct 13, 2012

Cardinals stun Nationals to reach the NLCS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals erased a six-run deficit and scored four runs in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals 9-7 on Friday and advance to the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma each had two-out, two-run singles in the ninth for the Cardinals to silence the record Nationals Park crowd of 45,966 and win the best-of-five N.L. Division Series 3-2.

Oct 12, 2012

Werth’s blast keeps Nationals alive against Cardinals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jayson Werth drilled a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday and set up one-game showdown in the National League Division Series.

On the 13th pitch of his at-bat, Werth lined a shot off reliever Lance Lynn into the Cardinals’ bullpen in left field to touch off a Mardi Gras-type celebration for the 44,392 at Nationals Park.

Oct 10, 2012

Cardinals rout Nationals to take 2-1 series lead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals moved to the cusp of National League Championship Series by routing the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Wednesday, spoiling the first home postseason game in the nation’s capital since 1933.

St. Louis leads the best-of-five National League Division Series 2-1 and can advance to the next round with a victory on Thursday at Nationals Park.

Oct 9, 2012

Yankees’ Martin an unsung player behind the plate

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Russell Martin’s contribution to the New York Yankees goes well beyond his batting average, manager Joe Girardi says.

It is a good thing, too, since the seven-year big-league catcher had a career-low .211 batting average during Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2012 regular season.

Oct 9, 2012

Orioles edge Yankees to even series at 1-1

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore rookie pitcher Chen Wei-yin outdueled postseason maestro Andy Pettitte to guide the Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday and tie their American League Division Series at one game each.

Chen gave up eight hits over 6 1/3 innings while surrendering two runs, only one of them earned, on a chilly night in front of more than 48,000 raucous fans at Camden Yards.

Oct 9, 2012

Ichiro finds comfort in new role with the Yankees

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Ichiro Suzuki loves playing for the New York Yankees so much that even getting jeered is music to his ears.

The future Hall of Famer no longer possesses the skills he had when he broke into the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 but is playing with the enthusiasm of a rookie.

Oct 8, 2012

Yanks rain on O’s parade at soggy Camden Yards

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The New York Yankees left it late to dampen the Baltimore Orioles’ first post-season appearance in 15 years with a 7-2 victory in the rain-delayed opener of their American League Division Series on Sunday.

New York erupted for five runs in the ninth inning, snapping a tense 2-2 tie and spoiling the party for the 47,841 orange-clad fans on a chilly night at a sold-out Camden Yards.

Oct 8, 2012

Pettitte gets the call for Yankees in game two

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The New York Yankees will turn to 40-year-old postseason guru Andy Pettitte on Monday in the pivotal second game of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

New York won the opening game of the best-of-five series 7-2 and will oppose playoff novice Chen Wei-yin at Camden Yards.

Oct 5, 2012

Nationals insist regular season in rear-view mirror

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals insist their remarkable turn-around from bottom feeder to big wig will be wasted without a deep run into the playoffs.

Just three years after losing a big-league worst 103 games the success-hungry Nationals enter the postseason with the best record in baseball, buoyed by a top-shelf pitching staff.

Oct 2, 2012

Nats’ Johnson gives hope to success-hungry Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Depending on who you ask on the Washington Nationals, Davey Johnson can be painfully blunt, a little goofy, or explosive.

But whatever tag the players want to place on their 69-year-old manager, they all agree that the club would not be the champions of the National League East without him.