Clayton Kershaw’s historic opening day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers demonstrated why the 25- year-old left-hander, who elicits comparisons to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, might become the first $200 million pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
Buster Posey signed the most lucrative contract in San Francisco Giants history after a 2012 season in which he won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award and batting title, according to MLB.com.
The San Francisco Giants captured their second World Series title in three years with a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers that followed comebacks during the first two rounds of Major League Baseball’s postseason.
Matt Carpenter took advantage of his opportunity, coming off the bench after Carlos Beltran’s injury to hit a two-run home run that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a rain-delayed 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and won it with another homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles.