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With aces on the mound and two strong bullpens, the AL Wild Card Game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair -- one favorable matchup might be enough to swing the outcome. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the numbers that could make an impact, including some good signs for Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick.
New Astros manager A.J. Hinch might not be a name many of the players he'll inherit next year know much about, but relief pitcher Chad Qualls knows the new skipper well, having played for Hinch during his managerial stint with the D-backs.
Alex Gordon is the embodiment of the Royals' toughness. In addition to being an excellent player, he's the spiritual leader of a team that has finally reached postseason status. "I try to go about my business in the most professional way and I think guys notice that," he said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
At Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Wash., Jon Lester was a three-time MVP -- including in his freshman season -- and a three-time All-Area selection. For good measure, he was Gatorade's Player of the Year for Washington in 2000.
A's manager Bob Melvin made out 138 different lineups in the regular season, a reflection of this team's many moving pieces. But in determining which of those are best suited for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game matchup against Royals right-hander James Shields, expect Melvin to turn to a familiar formula.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson might be slowed on the basepaths because of a sore left knee, but don't expect it to hinder his performance otherwise in the postseason. If Donaldson can walk, he plays. That's essentially the message he's sent to manager Bob Melvin.
Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the first round.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the club is interested in discussing a contract extension with Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.
There has been talk that Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman could be playing first base on a regular basis next year. If that's the case, it would mean Adam LaRoche may not be back with the team. LaRoche and the Nationals have a mutual option after this season, worth $15 million.
The New York Mets finished up their season on Sunday with win over the Astros, ending the season with a record of 79-83. Although there aren't any more Met games to be played for quite a while, we still have injury updates to bring to you concerning Jon Niese and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Jon Niese does not need to see a doctor, according to Adam Rubin, of ESPN. Niese was expected to see a doctor after...
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice on Saturday for the first time since fracturing his hand, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Adam Lichtenstein of MLB.com adds that shortstop Chris Owings was still bothered by soreness in his left shoulder over the final weekend of the season: #453143704 / gettyimages.comGoldschmidt fractured his hand after being hit by a pitch...
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will undergo minor surgery on his right knee, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Pete Abraham of TheBoston Globe adds that first basemen Mike Napoli will receive treatment for sleep apnea, while third basemen Will Middlebrooks will not play winter ball in an attempt to get healthy, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe:Buchholz will undergo minor...
At the beginning of the baseball season, no one in Baltimore was prepared for the Orioles to have two devastating injuries and still make it to postseason play; no one, that is, except for the men in the home clubhouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Serious injuries to All-Stars Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, as well as various injuries to many in the lineup throughout the season, forced...