(Reuters) – LeBron chasing the ghost of Michael, Superman taking his talents westward, and a soft-spoken teenager ready to revitalize Big Easy basketball are just three of the provocative plotlines ready to play out in the upcoming NBA season.
Throw in a new team in Brooklyn, Steve Nash wearing purple and gold, and a new setting for Linsanity, and you have the most anticipated NBA campaign in years.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Minutes after the San Francisco Giants concluded their 8-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers in the opening game of the World Series, Austin Jackson began thinking about Round Two on Thursday.
“It’s been that way the whole season,” the Tigers centerfielder told reporters after Wednesday’s clubbing. “And now it’s no different. It’s not the time to hang your head on one game.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Justin Verlander conceded he was “out of sync” in the opening game of the World Series but the Detroit Tigers ace was unable to pinpoint the exact cause of his rare off night.
Whatever the reason, the right-hander widely considered to be the game’s best pitcher gave up two of Pablo Sandoval’s three homers in the San Francisco Giants’ 8-3 rout at raucous AT&T Park on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has been around long enough to know what he likes about baseball and what he can do without.
Daily meetings with the media are not on the top of the 67-year-old’s fun things to do list.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Bruce Bochy is considered a player’s manager and the clubhouse demeanor of the popular longtime skipper is paying dividends, with the San Francisco Giants seeking their second World Series crown in three years.
Bochy’s players speak glowingly of him, a 57-year-old former big-league player who has been in the Giants’ dugout since 2007.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Pitcher Barry Zito has been both brilliant and awful during his career, been the toast of the town and nearly run out of it.
Lauded as nearly unhittable when winning the Cy Young Award in 2002 with Oakland, Zito’s $126 million switch to San Francisco looked like a massive mistake as he struggled to find top form and was even subjected to jeers from Giants fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.