Carlos Beltran’s 15th postseason home run led the host St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 defeat of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won 6-1 in Atlanta as the two National League division series opened.
The New York Yankees’ chances of avoiding a 3-1 hole in the American League Championship Series will hinge in large part on A.J. Burnett , who hasn’t pitched in 17 days and has one victory since the start of August.
A.J. Burnett will get a chance to pitch for the New York Yankees during the American League Championship Series after being left out of the team’s starting rotation in the opening round of the playoffs.
Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee hasn’t made many mistakes on the pitcher’s mound this postseason, allowing just two runs in 16 innings. He has, however, repeatedly goofed in postgame interviews, reminding the world -- and one confidence-challenged opponent in particular -- that playoff pressure exists only if you let it.
Major League Baseball, more than any other big-time U.S. sport, has its history passed from old to young, from grandparent to child. It’s a veritable story time in the bleachers and clubhouses, where players with plenty of prep time tell tales shared by those who came before.