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KANSAS CITY — Color Kansas City blue. Royal blue. Folks could paint the town — not red, but blue — to D.J. Swearinger Jersey for Sale celebrate the biggest baseball boom in nearly three decades after their Royals swept the American League Division Series from the Angels in three games.

The Royals eliminated the Angels, 8-3, to the immense delight of the 40,657 full-throated fans at Kauffman Stadium and an entire Missouri-Kansas community on Sunday night. Now they will take on the Orioles in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series starting on Friday night at Baltimore.

Cowtown hasn’t seen such excitement over the ol’ cowhide ball since 1985, the year the Royals beat the Cardinals in the World Series. Now they’re one step away from another Fall Classic.

“I’m more happy for the fans than anyone else, because they waited a long time to get to this point,” owner David Glass said, drenched in champagne in the clubhouse celebration. “But listen, we’re not at the end. We’re at the beginning of something that could be really good.”

The Royals wiped out the Angels with Alex Gordon‘s three-run double, homers by Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, three hits from Nori Aoki and assorted other contributors.

James Shields worked the first six innings, giving up two runs on solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. The bullpen did the rest.

Kelvin Herrera came back from an arm ailment throwing 101 mph and pitched a perfect seventh. Wade Davis gave up one run in the eighth, then shut things down. Greg Holland worked a 1-2-3 ninth, and the party was on.

“This is exciting. I think we’re all kind of in shock that it went three games like that,” Davis said. “I am. I expected Men’s Nike Houston Texans 36 D.J.Swearinger Elite Navy Blue Team Color NFL Jersey it to be a pretty tough series, and it was — the first two games went extra innings.”

Not this one, though.

When Trout broke his utter silence in the series with his homer in the first inning, you might have thought you could have heard a pin drop. D.J. Swearinger Jersey Cheap You would have thought wrong. There was no silencing this Cowtown posse, brandishing their blue and white towels.

One solo home run — nothing. Or so it seemed after the Royals completed their half of the first inning.

Not only did Gordon pound a three-run double to the wall in left-center, he knocked out Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the process. Yes, Wilson, who had never lost to the Royals in his career, was D.J. Swearinger Merchandise dismissed forthwith by manager Mike Scioscia.

Wilson got in trouble Women’s Nike Houston Texans 36 D.J.Swearinger Elite Alternate Battle Red NFL Jersey by giving up one-out singles to Aoki and Lorenzo Cain, which, of course, raised the pulse rates of the bluebloods in the stands. Hosmer was called out on a third strike that he viewed dubiously, then Billy Butler walked on four straight pitches. Gordon crashed a 2-2 slider into the gap, and all three runners scampered madly, including the not-so-speedy Butler, who slid dramatically across home plate just ahead of the throw.

“Trout hit that home run, and it was good for us to respond like we did,” Gordon said. “Good job by the guys getting on base and making something happen and putting me in a good situation.”

That set the tone for the evening.

By that point, Kauffman Stadium was rocking, and the roar surely could be heard from Lake Jacomo down to the Plaza. Butler and the boys pumped fists and made their merry way to the dugout.

“We love each other in here, and we’re playing like it, too,” Butler said.

The Angels began a parade of eight pitchers, but the Royals just kept going.

Left-hander Hector Santiago was on the mound when Aoki started the Royals’ third with a walk. After an out, up came Hosmer, the home-run hero of Game 2. In came a 2-0 fastball, and out it went in a 418-foot journey just shy of the waterfall deep into the stands in left-center. The home run made it 5-1.

Now the Royals were really feeling spunky. Butler walked and stole — yes, stole — second base on lefty Santiago and kicked away the ball as he slid into the bag. That didn’t result in more scoring, but the sight of big Billy imitating Jarrod Dyson, his longtime pinch-runner, certainly entertained the throng. D.J. Swearinger Jersey After all, Butler hadn’t pilfered a sack since July 5, 2012.

“It’s the first time I’ve had the green light,” Butler said, smiling.

Just to settle things down a bit, Pujols — a product of Kansas City schools and ballyards — opened the Angels’ fourth with a home run into the left-field seats.

In a retaliatory strike, Moustakas, the homer hero of Game 1, launched his own shot off reliever Mike Morin over the right-field bullpen. More pandemonium.

“It’s an unbelievable atmosphere,” Shields said. “This is a special time in this city right now, and they’re enjoying this as much as we are.”

Shields got some help from the defense, which was already spectacularly on display in this series. Cain put on a one-man show with two on and one out in the fifth with two diving catches — first on Pujols and then on Howie Kendrick.

If those liners had fallen in?

“I think it’s a whole new ballgame, I think it is,” Scioscia said. “You’re probably looking at a one- or two-run game if both those hits drop in, but they didn’t.”

Rain tried to dampen things. Drops fell briefly in the fifth inning, then returned in a heavier form in the bottom of the seventh. But Mother Nature gave up; she couldn’t stop the Royals, either. They were headed for a champagne shower.

“The momentum is through the roof right now,” Cain said. “We’re having a blast.”

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They’re two teams with rich histories and passionate followings, yet they haven’t played deep into October since a current generation of fans was in preschool, if even that. That leads you to believe we’re in a refreshing and entertaining Brian Cushing Apparel American League Championship Series.

The Baltimore Orioles, coming off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, and the up-and-coming Kansas City Royals, who polished off an unlikely three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, are set to collide beginning Friday in an ALCS that should anyone make who grew up in the 1980s feel as comfortable as slipping on a pair of parachute pants.

The O’s, who will play host to Game 1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, are looking for their first trip to the Fall Classic since 1983, which was two years before the Royals’ previous trip to the World Series in ’85. Simply put, the new kids on the block in the AL are as welcomed to the party as old friends, and as you can see from the playoff atmospheres at their respective ballparks, the fans are ready to enjoy every last moment of this October bash.

“The crowd, it’s an unbelievable atmosphere,” said Royals pitcher James Shields, who won Game 3 on Sunday. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere. This is a special time in this city right now, and they’re enjoying this as much as we are. To be able to win in front of the home crowd is nice. I mean, this is the best atmosphere I’ve ever been a part of. To be able to do it in front of our fans is great.”

Baltimore’s Brian Cushing Texans Jersey White orange-clad fans are no strangers to postseason baseball, and it should make for an electric atmosphere in Game 1 on Friday as the O’s try to snap the Royals’ Brian Cushing Uniforms seven-game postseason winning streak that goes back to Game 5 of the 1985 World Series.

“These [teams] are the best the world has to offer,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “So everybody is very capable. Everybody’s got strengths and weaknesses, and we’re just excited and honored to be a part of it.”

Eleven different teams have represented the AL in the World Series since the Royals beat the Cardinals in the I-70 series in 1985. (In comparison, it’s been 12, including the Astros, in the National League.) It’s been an excruciating 29-year wait for Royals fans who have sat through more than their share of losing seasons to return to the playoffs this year.

The Orioles, who lost to the Yankees in the 2012 ALDS, lost in back-to-back ALCS in 1996 (Yankees) and ’97 (Indians). Baltimore finished in third place last year in the rough-and-tumble AL East, 12 games out, but won the division by 12 games this year.

The series sets up as two teams with vastly different styles. The Orioles hit the most home runs in the AL (211) in the regular season, and the Royals hit the fewest (95). The Royals stole the most bases in the AL (153), and the Orioles stole the fewest (44).

“We’ll bunt, we’ll hit and run, we’ll do it any way we can,” Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said. “We don’t really care how we win ballgames, just as long as we get a ‘W’ at the end of the night. And I think I speak for 25 guys in that clubhouse [who] will say the exact same thing. We go out every night with intentions to do whatever we can do to win.”

Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, who led the Majors with 40 homers, has 16 postseason home runs in the past five years, so keeping him in the park will be crucial. He hit two homers and struck out 10 times in Brian Cushing Jersey for Sale seven games against Kansas City this year.

Still, for Baltimore it could come down to a starting rotation that’s pitched well despite the lack of an ace.

“I think what takes us here is the pitching,” said Cruz, who won Sunday’s clinching game in Detroit with a two-run homer. “The pitching has been unbelievable.”

The Orioles, having bested three former Cy Young Award winners to beat the Tigers, won’t have room to let up against the Royals, who have gotten huge home runs from homegrown products Eric Hosmer and Moustakas — who has Youth Nike Houston Texans 56 Brian Cushing Elite Away White NFL Jersey two homers in October after hitting two in August and September combined.

“These kids are all stepping up big time and putting us in the position that we’re in now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I mean, we’re going to go to Baltimore and fight for the American League. There’s two teams left standing and it’s going to be a great series. Both teams coming in with a lot of momentum, both teams very, very good baseball teams. It’s going to be a great series.

And you can’t help but think there’s Brian Cushing 10th Anniversary Jersey a certain sense of destiny on both sides. The Brian Cushing Jersey Orioles, after dominating the AL East, have begun October like a team that won’t be denied. The Royals, after fighting tooth and nail to make the playoffs, upset Oakland in the AL Wild Card Game — after trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning — and then swept the team Brian Cushing Jersey White with the best record in baseball.

The Royals took four of seven games from the Orioles in the regular season, but this is October. As we’ve found out in the last week, this is different.

“You dream of the opportunity to pitch in a postseason game and get to the World Series,” said Orioles pitcher Bud Norris, who threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday.

You don’t need to remind these two fanbases, who have both been waiting for this moment for a very long time.

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WASHINGTON — The longest playoff game in Major League history came down to Brandon Belt‘s monster home run in the 18th inning as the Giants edged Washington, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 44,035 on Saturday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

The Nationals are now down, 0-2, in the best-of-five NLDS as it moves to San Francisco for Monday’s Game 3. 

The game was the longest, in terms of time, in postseason history at six hours and 23 minutes, and it tied the longest postseason game by innings, equaling Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS between the Braves and Astros.

Washington used 22 players in the game, the 22nd being right-hander Tanner Roark, who allowed Belt’s homer on a 3-2 pitch. The blast went over the right-field wall to give the Giants a one-run lead.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who started the game, didn’t pitch a no-hitter this time around, but he was dominant nonetheless. It didn’t take long for the Giants to collect the first hit of the game, a single to left JJ Watt Jersey Youth field by Buster Posey in the first. But Zimmermann otherwise proved to be too much for San Francisco. He had nine ground-ball outs and six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

Before the ninth inning, the only time the Giants had runners in scoring position occurred in the third. Travis Ishikawa led off with a single to center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Giants starter Tim Hudson. But Zimmermann was able to get Gregor Blanco on strikes and Joe Panik to ground out to end the threat.

Zimmermann retired 20 of the next 21 hitters he faced, using mostly fastballs. After walking Panik in the ninth inning with two outs, manager Matt Williams decided to take Zimmermann, at 100 pitches, out of the game in favor of Drew Storen. J.J.Watt Youth Jersey Cheap  

Storen then allowed a single to Posey to put runners Youth Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Elite Navy Blue Team Color Captain Patch Jersey on first and second. Pablo Sandoval was the next hitter, and he doubled down the left-field line, scoring Panik, but the Nationals were able to throw Posey out at the plate, a call reviewed and ruled to stand by replay officials.

In thr 10th, the Nationals started having problems with the strike J.J.Watt Jersey Kids calls made by home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning and struck out looking. Cabrera disagreed with the call and was ejected, soon to be followed by Williams after the manager came out to step in for Cabrera in the disagreement.

Zimmermann’s counterpart, Hudson, was just as good, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing one run on seven hits. The one run scored in the third inning. Cabrera led off and doubled down the left-field line. After Denard Span grounded out, Anthony Rendon singled to left field, scoring Cabrera.

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You want a summation in the face of prognostication? Adam Jones has it for you.

“Due process will happen,” the Orioles’ center fielder said.

And here it comes.

Jones’ Orioles and the Tigers begin a Personalized Minnesota Vikings Jersey best-of-five American League Division Series on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET that, to the naked eye, looks as even as any October matchup. And good luck forecasting the result.

After all, we began this season with such projection providers as Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs.com giving the Tigers a better-than-60-percent chance of winning another AL Central title, Personalized Minnesota Vikings NFL Jersey with the Orioles given a less-than-6-percent chance of winning the AL East.

So, naturally, the O’s lapped the East field, whereas the Tigers had to fight until the final day of the regular season to outlast the Royals in the Central.

Yeah, probably best not to bother making any predictions on this one.

The O’s had the benefit of a big division lead to get their regulars rested and ready, they have home-field advantage, they have a lineup that can bash and a deep bullpen that can protect leads for a starting staff low on starpower. They also have a venerable, veteran manager manning the switches in Buck Showalter.

The Customized Vikings Youth Jersey Tigers, meanwhile, have ample postseason experience on their roster, a rotation loaded with AL Cy Young Award winners and the most feared middle-of-the-order threesome (Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez) in the game, all of which could offset the questions about their ‘pen or how rookie skipper Brad Ausmus will handle his first October entry.

In some ways, then, this is a clash of contrasts. And it really could come down to which club puts its best foot forward in Game 1.

Here, the Tigers have the edge in esteem, with pending free agent Max Scherzer getting the starting nod on the heels of a convincing effort in his Cy Young follow-up. Before 2014 began, Scherzer rejected a contract extension offer worth $144 million. That was quite bold, given the threat of regression or injury, but Scherzer backed it up with an 18-5 record and 3.15 ERA in 220 1/3 innings over 33 starts.

Scherzer was pretty darn good both in the regular season and postseason last year, taking two tough-luck defeats in the Tigers’ AL Championship Series loss to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox. From a pure pitching standpoint, he feels he’s even better positioned for this year’s pennant push.

“I really do, because I feel like I’m executing pitches at a higher level than I was, say, last year,” Scherzer said. “In my eyes, I wasn’t quite as consistent this year as I was last year. … But overall, I still did a heck of a job this year. In some ways, I pitched, from a numbers perspective, pretty much the same. But from a pitching standpoint, I’m able to execute pitches Customized Women’s Vikings Jersey at a higher level. I have a much more consistent curveball, and that allows me to really pitch with four pitches.”

The O’s ace and Game 1 starter, Chris Tillman, isn’t quite as well known as Scherzer (and, to date, nobody’s offered him a $144 million contract), but when it comes to execution, Tillman was second to none down the stretch for an Orioles team putting the finishing touches on its first AL East crown in 17 years.

Tillman had a 4.11 ERA at the All-Star break, and he went through a nearly two-month stretch — from May 11 to July 2 — in which he walked more batters Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings Customized Elite Away White Football Jersey (30) than he struck out (27).

Look at Tillman’s second-half performance, though: a 6-1 record, a 2.33 ERA, a .218 opponents’ average and 76 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 89 innings across 14 starts. The O’s went 11-3 in those 14 games.

Two years ago, when the Orioles made their run to an AL Wild Card spot and wound up pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination in the AL Division Series, Tillman didn’t log a single postseason inning. Showalter opted to give veteran Joe Saunders the ball over Tillman in Game 4.

Now, Tillman is the obvious choice of tone setter for this series.

“There’s a lot of people with good stuff,” center fielder Adam Jones said of Tillman. “But he has it between his ears. That hunger, that want. I can see it in his eyes. Especially the second half, there’s a look in his eye. He wants the ball, and when a Custom Made Vikings Football Jersey pitcher has that, has that confidence, the only thing that can slow him down is himself.”

Tillman will be making his first postseason start, while Scherzer will make his 10th. The Orioles, surprisingly, coasted to a division crown, while the Tigers, surprisingly, won theirs by the skin of their teeth.

The Division Series is, indeed, a clash of contrasts, and the clash begins Thursday night in Baltimore.

Tigers: Drama in the ninth?
Opponents have a .290/.354/.447 slash line against Tigers pitchers in the ninth inning this season, and, obviously, much of that is attributable to the difficulties endured by veteran closer Joe Nathan in his first season with Detroit (though Nathan nailed down the save in the division-clinching season finale).

All of this has made Ausmus’ handling of the ninth one of the central storylines going into October. Will he continue to trust Nathan with the closing duties, no matter what? Or might there be opportunity for midseason acquisition Joakim Soria, who recently returned from a month-long absence that was due to an injured left oblique muscle? Furthermore, will temporarily converted starter Anibal Sanchez be given any high-leverage opportunities out of the ‘pen?

When Ausmus opted to ride starter David Price in the ninth inning of a game against the White Sox last week — even as a 3-0 lead got quickly cut to 3-2 — Nathan said he understood.

“Manager’s preference,” Nathan said. “Brad’s got to go with his gut.”

We’ll see what his gut tells him in October.

Orioles: Homers the key
Some people will paint the O’s supposed “reliance” on the home run (they were the only Major League team to hit at least 200 of them this year) as a negative going into the October environment, where, conceivably, pitching is prominent and advanced scouting rules the day. Others will counter that having a lineup with the ability to go deep — as the O’s, even without Chris Davis, undoubtedly do — is a strength at any time of year.

Both sides might have a point. For now, what we can say for certain is home runs accounted for 14.7 percent of the O’s hits this season, so it’s definitely a major part of their offensive repertoire.

Where the O’s might find encouragement is in the fact that their home run/fly ball ratio has gone up in September, from a full-season mark of 13.3 to 15.1. This is not totally unlike 2012, when the mark was 14.2 for the full season and 17.2 for September/October. Last year’s Red Sox had their fly ball/homer percentage rise from 11.4 for the season to 17.3 in September/October, and that obviously turned out very well for them.

Worth noting
This is the first postseason meeting between these two franchises. The Tigers won five of the six in-season meetings with the O’s this year.

The Orioles played Custom Made Vikings Jersey an AL-high 55 one-run games this season and went 32-23. The Tigers played 43 one-run games and went 23-20.

The O’s were 14-6 in extra innings this season, while the Tigers were 6-6.

Both clubs had similar records on the road this season (the O’s were 46-34, while the Tigers were 45-36). The bigger difference is that the O’s were 50-31 at Camden Yards, while the Tigers were 45-36 at Comerica Park.

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PITTSBURGH — After two days of plots, subplots and plotting, Giants shortstop Garrett Graham Nike Elite Jersey Brandon Crawford boiled the National League Wild Card Game down to a one-act drama. He took Edinson Volquez out of PNC Park, and took that notorious PNC Park crowd out of the game.

Crawford’s fourth-inning grand slam Wednesday night also took the Pirates out of the 2014 postseason, dooming them to an 8-0 loss on Madison Bumgarner‘s four-hit masterpiece.

So while the Pirates try to get over a more inglorious end to their quest for October glory than last fall’s five-game NL Division Series loss to the Cardinals, the Giants move on to Washington to meet the Nationals in the ’14 NLDS.

“It’s a game,” manager Clint Hurdle said of baseball, echoing an oft-heard sentiment, “designed to break your heart.”

Hurdle was not speaking of this specific game, too lopsided to smart, matching the Bucs’ largest losing margin since May 31. But rather of the hopes squashed.

Making an early departure from a ballpark that had buzzed with the electricity plugged in by a record crowd, fans were already second-guessing Hurdle’s decision to start Gerrit Cole in Sunday’s regular-season finale rather than save his 97-mph heat for this game. However, the Wild Card defeat was not about Pittsburgh’s pitcher, but about San Francisco’s.

Figuratively speaking, the Pirates were asking, “Who was that guy?” It wasn’t the one they had faced and defeated on July 28 in AT&T Park, or the one they had more recently scouted and discussed in their pregame meeting.

“It was a different game that Mens Nike Houston Texans 88 Garrett Graham Elite Away White Jersey he pitched, a different game than we’d scouted,” Hurdle said, alluding to Bumgarner’s pitching style. “He used all of his pitches. He was able to get his fastball in tight with the right-handers. He was able to spin the ball late. He also knew how to elevate. I mean, he had it working tonight.”

“He was a little different than what we had on him,” said Josh Harrison, who did have two of the four singles off Bumgarner — not quite matching his 2-for-3 with a home run in that late-July meeting. “That’s the name of the game … making adjustments. In postseason baseball, he’s not going to be the same as in the regular season.”

“To me,” said Jordy Mercer, the Bucs’ biggest regular threat against left-handers, “he felt like a completely different pitcher. He was getting ahead and then throwing all his offspeed pitches where he wanted, keeping us off balance.”

“Come Oct. 1, it’s all thrown out the window,” Harrison stressed. “It’s totally different. It’s almost like a chess match.”

The Pirates got checkmated, and Bumgarner got knighted. The author already of an impressive playoff resume, Bumgarner turned in his first postseason complete game, walking one, striking out 10 and not letting the Bucs get a man as far as third base until it did not matter.

“Just knowing that you’ve been there before and knowing the success that we’ve had, it made a big difference for me,” Bumgarner said.

The Giants doubled up on the scoring, after Volquez exited with no outs in the sixth, to save the Pirates from the Mens Nike Houston Texans 88 Garrett Graham Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey sting of a one-swing exile from the playoffs. But with that one swing, producing the first grand slam by a shortstop in Major League postseason Mens Nike Houston Texans 88 Garrett Graham Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey history, Crawford turned PNC Park from an airplane hangar into a library.

A park record of 40,629 wore black clothes and rose-colored glasses through three innings, as Volquez and Bumgarner matched zeros.

And then, the trap door out of October opened swiftly.

The heart of San Francisco’s lineup set up Crawford by delivering on the threat implied by its track record against Volquez, who has made nine regular-season starts against the Giants since last beating them in 2008. Pablo Sandoval led off with a single — his second hit of the game and eighth in 15 at-bats against Volquez. Hunter Pence, who has nine career RBIs against Volquez, also singled. Brandon Belt, a lifetime .474 hitter against Volquez, walked to load the bases.

Volquez attested to having intended to “go across the plate” on the 1-2 pitch to Crawford, “but the ball kept going to find his bat.”

“Big swipe,” Hurdle said. “Four‑run swipe right there. That one put us in the hole that eventually just got bigger.”

Having to agree, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, “It was huge. We’re facing a guy [Volquez] that’s been throwing the ball very well. You’re looking for a timely hit, and we couldn’t have gotten a bigger one there.”

Bumgarner kept turning away the Bucs before and after Crawford’s silencer. Through 5 1/3 innings, their only hit was a second-inning single by Russell Martin. They didn’t get a Garrett Graham Jersey man to second until they were already in a 4-0 hole, or a man to third until it was 8-0.

“We got outplayed,” Neil Walker Garrett Graham Texans Jersey for Sale said. “Bumgarner went out there, he did what he wanted to do. He filled up the strike zone. He made it tough on us. He was good from the first pitch to the last pitch.”

“We pushed the whole year. Fought and battled,” said Volquez, long after having taken his walk off the mound still smiling over the roars that escorted him into the dugout. “I think we let the city down tonight. But it made me very happy and proud to get to pitch in front of everybody here.”

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DETROIT — The Tigers still own the American League Central. It just took them a little longer to deliver the final installment.

It wasn’t quick, and it wasn’t easy, but the Tigers have gone the easy route before and come up short. With 7 1/3 shutout innings by David Price and two RBIs from Ian Kinsler, the Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive division title by the slimmest of margins, taking a 3-0 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

They’re back in the postseason with a chance at the World Series they’ve been pursuing for four years. They’ll take it.

“Battle-tested teams are always better,” Kinsler said. “To be able to put up with those things and to overcome what we’ve overcome definitely makes Women’s Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Limited New Pink Be Luv’d Jersey us a tougher team. Now the goal’s just to prove it.”

The Tigers’ 90th win of the season was one more than the Royals, who held on to beat the White Sox in Chicago with their spot in the AL Wild Card Game sealed by game’s Women’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Pink Fem Fan Fashion Jersey end.

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It’s the step expected from the Tigers all along. Make what you want about the long wait, but with the sense of urgency at its peak, the Tigers again delivered, thanks in large part to two players who weren’t around for the previous three division titles.

All of those were clinched on the road. Twenty-seven years had passed since the Tigers clinched at home. That, too, came on the final day of the regular season, when another Tigers left-hander, Frank Tanana, won a division title in Detroit by shutting out the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium.

Price couldn’t duplicate Tanana’s shutout, but he came close. The one opponent that kept him from it was his pitch count. Considering how well the Twins had chewed up one Tigers pitcher after another over the last few weeks, it was an accomplishment.

Five days after taking a shutout bid into the ninth inning and losing a 3-0 lead, Price was again at his best, changing speeds and holding down a Twins lineup that pounded Tigers pitching for much of the season — including Price a week and a half ago at Target Field — and scored 23 runs over the previous two nights to take Detroit’s division hopes to this point.

There wasn’t a major change in game plan, catcher Alex Avila suggested.

“It’s about getting ahead and executing,” Avila said.

There was one pitch in particular that Price executed on the Twins to frustrate them.

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen him command every pitch in and out, but especially his cutter,” Brian Dozier said. “It was sharp. It wasn’t just a little baby cutter. It was moving pretty good. When he commands that 93-94 [mph] with a backdoor cutter, he’s tough.”

Price (15-12) allowed four hits over 7 1/3 innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts. He retired the side in order in just two innings, and faced a runner in scoring position in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, the latter two with less than two outs. Each time, however, he got a clutch strikeout.

Dozier, who homered each of the previous two nights, whiffed on a 94-mph fastball to end the third. Oswaldo Arcia fanned in the fourth before Eduardo Escobar grounded out. Aaron Hicks doubled with one out in the fifth, but Price sent down Danny Santana with a changeup, fastball and cutter before retiring Dozier on a flyout.

It was the kind of big-game outing that prompted the Tigers to trade for Price at the July 31 Trade Deadline. They just weren’t counting on needing it quite so soon.

“You can’t pitch a better game than what he did,” Kinsler said. “He could’ve gone 1 2/3 more, but I think that’s just getting greedy.”

Kinsler’s 17th homer of the season was the Tigers’ first hit off Kyle Gibson, who made his first trip through the Tigers’ lineup allowing only a walk. A hanging breaking ball on a 1-0 pitch was one of the few mistakes Gibson (13-12) made all afternoon.

“I was lucky enough to get a hanger from him,” Kinsler said. “He didn’t make a lot of mistakes today. To be able to capitalize was just big.”

The pitch that added on runs in the eighth wasn’t so much a mistake as a credit for Kinsler. Gibson tried to go inside for a fastball, but Kinsler anticipated it, sending a ground ball through the left side as Andrew Romine sped into third base.

Third-base coach Dave Clark aggressively waved Romine home, challenging left fielder Chris Herrmann to make a play. Romine Texans Pink Jersey not only beat the throw, but allowed Ezequiel Carrera to take third base and set up Torii Hunter’s sac fly off Lester Oliveros.

All that was left was the ninth inning, and closer Joe Nathan turned in one of his best of the year. And once Avila secured Arcia’s popup in his mitt for the final out, the Tigers stormed the field.

For all the celebrating they’ve done the last few years, it could have been subdued. For all they’ve been through this year, it was not.

“I understand that the fans were frustrated,” Victor Martinez said, “but there was nobody more frustrated than ourselves. We know what kind of talent we have here. We really were frustrated, and you know what, I’m really proud of this group today. We stayed together, and Houston Texans Women’s Pink Jersey here we are.”

 

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Ace-off: Lester, Shields meet in AL Wild Card Game

KANSAS CITY — It took two of the biggest blockbuster Garrett Graham Texans Jersey for Sale trades of the last couple of years to put together tonight’s marquee mound matchup in the American League Wild Card Game, and this is just the type of game those swaps were made for in the first place.

When James Shields pitches the Royals into the postseason for the first time since 1985 against A’s left-hander and well-established postseason star Jon Lester, the starting pitchers will be fulfilling a destiny their teams hoped would come to fruition when they acquired them, and now that day has arrived for both.

With the pitching duel taking center stage, the Royals and A’s will meet in an 8:07 p.m. ET start for the right to advance to the AL Division Series, where the AL West champion Angels await their opponent.

Simply put, the Shields-Lester matchup figures to tell the tale of which of these two teams will play on and which will go home. And the huge trades that brought them here will be put to their stiffest test.

In December 2012, the Royals went all-in to improve their starting rotation by acquiring Shields and Wade Davis, sending top outfield prospect Wil Myers to the Rays. This past July 31, the A’s acquired Lester from the Red Sox along with Jonny Gomes for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

As his club prepared to face Shields in the winner-take-all affair, A’s manager Bob Melvin couldn’t help but notice how the two career paths have intersected for this game.

“I think it’s real similar to the Lester situation for us,” Melvin said. “[Shields has] been here for a while longer, where Jon was kind of a hired gun brought in, he and Jonny Gomes with a couple of months left.

“I think their feeling amongst their team is probably going to be similar to the way that we feel based on his history in pitching in those games. There are certain guys that step up and embrace the pressure and embrace being in that situation, and you’re talking about both the starting pitchers [Tuesday].”

Even before Shields was acquired in the franchise-changing trade two winters ago, he earned the moniker Big Game James — but this game is the biggest of his career. Shields notched his eighth straight 200-inning season with 227 innings this season, and now it’s time for him to make the start Royals fans have been anticipating the last two years — or three decades, take your pick.

“When I came over here, I knew exactly what was going on,” said Shields, whose six postseason starts (2-4, 4.98 ERA) came with the Rays. “I knew that this city’s been wanting a championship team for a long time, and a playoff team. Hopefully we did the city proud. We’ve got a long way to go still, but we’re going to keep grinding.”

Lester, meanwhile, owns one of the most impressive postseason resumes around, going 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 starts and two relief appearances in October. That includes two starts in the World Series last year in which he allowed one earned run in 15 1/3 innings.

And Lester has done everything the A’s had hoped so far, going 6-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 starts for Oakland to finish with career bests in ERA (2.46), innings pitched (219 2/3) and several other categories.

The Royals took the season series 5-2, with all seven games played in the first two weeks of August, just after the Lester-Cespedes swap. Lester won both games for the A’s, allowing three runs each time while getting a lot of offensive support in 8-3 and 11-3 victories. Shields, meanwhile, went 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts vs. the A’s this season, both wins for the Royals.

Since those August days, Garrett Graham Jersey both teams have been through a lot, some good and some bad — but both winding up with a champagne shower, and that’s the bottom line.

“You have to find a way to get in, whatever,” Lester said. “Obviously the path we took wasn’t what we drew up, but everything happens for a reason. Maybe it will make us a little bit strong, a little bit better on Tuesday.”

Athletics: Donaldson key at hot corner
Battling hip, hamstring and knee injuries all year, third baseman Josh Donaldson still managed to Garrett Graham Jersey Nike put up big power numbers — a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBIs, both team highs — while providing eye-popping defensive plays at third.

So it was with a collective lump in their throat the A’s watched him grab Mens Nike Houston Texans 88 Garrett Graham Elite Away White Jersey his knee Friday night, in obvious pain. He played through it, and was back in there for Saturday’s game — hitting a homer in his first at-bat — and Sunday’s, and he’s ready to go for Tuesday.

“That’s the guy that that clubhouse looks to,” Lester said of Donaldson. “Obviously we can see him running around the bases isn’t too comfortable, but he continues to go out there and grind and give us quality at-bats and give us really, really good defense at third for us.”

Royals: Blockbuster benefited bullpen, too
While Shields has done everything the Royals could have expected as a front-line starter since his acquisition from Tampa Bay, Davis has undergone a change in role — for the better. Brought over as a starter, Davis has transformed into a reliever, posting one of the more dominant setup seasons in recent memory with a club strikeout record for relievers of 109, good for 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

With an ace in Shields and a premium setup man in Davis, the trade that sent a package including Myers to the Rays is paying dividends.

“It’s everything that we hoped it would be,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “When you make deals, you hope and expect them to work for both organizations. I think it’s turned out that way. It strengthened our pitching to a point where we were able to play competitive baseball from the first day to the last.”

Worth noting
• The A’s and Royals actually met once before in the postseason, during the 1981 Garrett Graham Nike Elite Jersey Division Series, when they each won a half in a season split by a work stoppage. The A’s took the best-of-five series, outscoring Mens Nike Houston Texans 88 Garrett Graham Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey Kansas City 10-2 in a three-game sweep.

• The Athletics played in Kansas City from 1955-67 before moving to Oakland for the 1968 season. The Royals’ franchise began in 1969, joining the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres, the Montreal Expos and the Seattle Pilots, who became the Milwaukee Brewers the next year.

• The last postseason game played at Kauffman Stadium, then known as Royals Stadium, was an 11-0 victory for the Royals over the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series, clinching the title. The Royals were in the playoffs seven times in a span of 10 seasons from 1976-85 before their drought.

• Since the Royals’ last time in the postseason, the A’s have reached the playoffs 11 times, winning the World Series in 1989 and last reaching the AL Championship Series in 2006 — their one time advancing in seven times reaching the ALDS since 2000.

• The Royals took the season series 5-2, but the A’s outscored the Royals in those seven games, 26-24.

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STL@ARI: Cards clinch NL Central after Bucs' loss

PHOENIX — The champagne sat chilled in the Chase Field visiting clubhouse, simply awaiting the outcome of a game that had lost all significance by the time the first pitch was thrown. Win or lose in their regular-season finale, the title of National League Central champs could not be plucked away from the Cardinals.

As it was, the Cardinals went on to beat the D-backs, 1-0, behind a handful of plug-in players that were a part of manager Mike Matheny‘s last-minute switcheroo once a Pirates loss eliminated any meaning from the outcome of Game 162. In a season where they did not hold sole possession of the division lead until September, the J.J.Watt Jersey Red Cardinals finished two games ahead of Pittsburgh.

“I’m going to Men’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey try not to get personal about it, but for me personally, this is the most special [of the last four postseason berths] because there was nothing about this season that was easy,” Matt Carpenter said amid a postgame celebration. “We had so many guys either get hurt or not live up to their own expectation of what we put out and it just wasn’t easy. … But we never quit. We never gave up on each other. And we never stopped fighting.

“At the end of the day, we ended up winning the NL Central, which is a really good division. It wasn’t pretty, but it is something to be very proud of.”

It marked the ninth time since 2000 that the Cardinals have finished first in the NL Central and the second straight year in which they had to fend off the Pirates for that division title all the way up to the final weekend of the regular season. The margin of error this season can be pared down to something as simple as the Cardinals winning 11 of their 19 head-to-head games against the Pirates.

With Johnny Cueto helping pitch (and hit) the Reds to a victory over the Pirates, St. Louis was able to pull Adam Wainwright as he was about halfway through his warmup in order to give him extra rest before he starts Friday against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Division Series. He had started his pregame routine just after the Reds had taken a three-run lead, and as he threw in the bullpen, he glanced regularly at the out-of-town scoreboard.

“I actually threw a pitch without throwing at the catcher,” Wainwright admitted. “It was the final out when [Aroldis] Chapman struck him out. I was throwing and watching that.”

Nick Greenwood, with about 10 minutes warning that he’d be the fill-in starter if the Reds held on, took Wainwright’s pregame place in the bullpen and, on his 27th birthday, made his first career start.

“I would say it’s the best birthday ever,” Greenwood said. “At the end of the day, we won the game, 1-0. I think that’s kind of special. It was a bullpen day; hats off to everyone in the bullpen there. I think that’s a credit to how deep our staff is there. I think we’re going in the right direction going into the playoffs.”

He was the first of five pitchers the Cardinals would use to navigate through nine innings. Greenwood covered three scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Justin Masterson, in his first appearance since Sept. 9, retired six of the seven batters he faced. Kevin Siegrist, Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez held the shutout, which, as the 23rd of the season, marked the franchise’s most since 1968

It was also the first time since ’68 — a season since titled as the Year of the Pitcher — that more than 25 percent of the Cardinals’ wins were shutout ones.

“We’ve had our hiccups, but I think if you look at our pitching this year, it’s been very, very good,” Wainwright said. “I think the most special thing is to know that so many people had a key part in this.”

Fitting it was, too, that the Cardinals ended this offensively challenged season with minimum run support and a one-run win. Both have come to define this team, which has been anchored by its pitching from start to finish. It was the Cardinals’ 32nd (third-most in the Majors) one-run J.J.Watt Merchandise win in a season where they played 55 one-run games, the most in any year since 1998.

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“I think the pitching has really come through and in the tough times kept us in games,” principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “But at the end of the day, we scored enough runs to win 90 games, which is a nice accomplishment.”

The Cardinals manufactured their lone run off Josh Collmenter on Sunday Women’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Limited Battle Red Alternate Jersey after Pete Kozma, J.J.Watt Stitched Jersey one of those late lineup additions, opened the sixth with a double. JJ Watt Jersey White He moved to third on a groundout and home on another, giving Kolten Wong an RBI in his second start as a leadoff hitter.

St. Louis, with 90 victories for the eighth time in the last 15 years, became just the third NL team to reach that benchmark this year. The other two were also division champs, Washington and Los Angeles. It took a 19-9 finish to the regular season for the Cardinals to leapfrog the Brewers and stave off the Pirates.

“We know that Pittsburgh had a good run, but we had a better run,” Yadier Molina said. “We played better baseball than them, so right now we enjoy and we’ll see what happens.”

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NYY@BOS: Jeter discusses the final game of his career

BOSTON — In one of several thoughtful moments over the past several days, Derek Jeter reflected on his storied career and noted that though he shared the field with many athletes who possessed more talent, he believes Brian Cushing Jersey White that no one ever gave more of an effort.

With that in mind, Jeter’s season-long goodbye ended in fitting fashion on Sunday afternoon, running hard down the first-base line to notch the 3,465th hit of his career. He signaled for a pinch-runner and waved Brian Cushing Jersey his batting helmet as he left the field, exiting a game that the Yankees went Brian Cushing Jersey for Sale on to win, 9-5.

“I felt like the time was right,” Jeter said. “My emotions were so all over the place on Thursday in New York. When I got here, I was ready. I was ready for my career to be over with. I’m happy I had an opportunity to come and play here in a couple games, but I’m ready for this to be the end.”

After a stirring on-field ceremony that included several stars from the Boston sports scene, which Jeter called “unbelievable,” the Yankees captain’s final at-bat came against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Connecting with a 93-mph two-seam fastball on a 1-2 count, Jeter chopped it high in the air to third baseman Garin Cecchini, who attempted to barehand the ball but could not. Ichiro Suzuki crossed the plate on what was immediately scored an infield single.

“I wasn’t trying to give him a hit, I was trying to make the play,” Cecchini said. “You don’t think about that. But after the fact of what happened, you think, ‘Oh, man, that was Jeter’s last hit of his career, and you were a part of it.'”

Playing on a pair of tight hamstrings after legging out an infield hit on Saturday afternoon, Jeter signaled to manager Joe Girardi that he Brian Cushing 10th Anniversary Jersey was ready to come out.

“I knew that was Brian Cushing Apparel my last at-bat,” Jeter said. “I was trying to get a hit. Facing Buchholz, we know how good he is. I was just happy that I ended my career with a hit.”

Girardi sent Brian McCann to first base to pinch-run; McCann hugged Jeter and said that he told him, “Congrats on everything, you’re the best.” Jeter then crossed the infield and surprised Buchholz by offering a handshake.

“I said, ‘I know this is kind of odd but I just wanted to say I’ve enjoyed competing against you over the years and good luck,'” said Jeter, who then waved his batting helmet a few more times to an extended standing ovation before descending into the dugout.

“He didn’t have to come up to me,” Buchholz said. Brian Cushing Football Jersey Shirts “He’s a class act. That’s how everybody knows him throughout baseball. Now he gets to start another chapter. Definitely the classiest person I’ve ever met.”

Girardi said he thought the weekend-long lovefest showed that respect for Jeter is larger than even Yankees-Red Sox.

“I don’t know how many people could really unite a crowd like he did today,” Girardi said. “Such big rivals, so much history between the teams, but you would have thought it was one team in a sense today.”

Jeter finished the afternoon 1-for-2, having lined to shortstop his first time up, and owns a lifetime batting average of .310. He said that he felt it was the right decision to play his last two games in Boston, even though Thursday’s walk-off hit in his Yankee Stadium finale seemed like a Hollywood ending.

“You can’t take that memory away,” Jeter said. “I don’t care if I played for another three weeks, that memory is going to be there and it’s never going to go anywhere. I played out of respect for this rivalry and the fans here.”

Jeter’s hit came in a four-run inning off Buchholz. Ichiro, likely also in his final game as a Yankee, opened the scoring with a two-run triple that scored Francisco Cervelli and Jose Pirela. Mark Teixeira also had a sacrifice fly in the frame.

Michael Pineda completed his season with a strong performance, holding the Red Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 as the Yankees notched their 84th win of the year, one fewer than last year.

Buchholz allowed five hits and four runs over six innings, and the Yankees pulled further ahead with five runs in the seventh, with Pirela, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine and Chase Headley all driving in runs.

With Jeter watching from the top step of the dugout, Boston cracked back with five runs in the seventh off Pineda and Esmil Rogers before Adam Warren and David Phelps logged the last Youth Nike Houston Texans 56 Brian Cushing Elite Away White NFL Jersey seven outs of the Yankees’ season.

“The only way it could have worked out better is if Brian Cushing Camo Football Jersey we were playing next week,” Girardi said.

The end came enveloped in a quirky tribute to Jeter. With a 2-2 count and two outs, Phelps got Dan Butler — whom the scoreboard showed batting .222 with two outs — to stamp the official ending on Jeter’s career with a fly ball to left field.

“I’m happy being known as a Yankee. That’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, the shortstop of the New York Yankees, and I had an opportunity to do that for 20 years,” Jeter said. “Being remembered as a Yankee is good enough for me.”

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ARLINGTON — With just one regular-season game to play, a spot in the American League Wild Card Game still eludes the A’s, whose magic number remained Brooks Reed Jersey Cheap 1 following a 5-4 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Saturday evening.

There the A’s sat afterward, still in game-worn clothing, gathered past midnight CT around the television willing the Mariners to lose to the Angels, as that would’ve clinched it for the A’s, who roared in sheer relief when Seattle loaded the bases in the ninth with none out in a tie game and failed to score. Alas, the Mariners pulled through against the Angels in the 11th, leaving the A’s to fend for themselves come Sunday behind Sonny Gray.

Considering they put themselves in this position, it’s rather fitting that they will have to handle business on their own.

“For sure,” said 14-year veteran Adam Dunn, vying for his first postseason appearance. “I think that’s the way I think everyone would want it.”

Just months ago, the A’s were considered a postseason lock, and for good reason, with baseball’s best record mounted on their shoulders for weeks. Now, they may have to go through a potential Game 163 just to get there. For that to happen, they would have to lose Sunday and the Mariners, starting ace Felix Hernandez, would need to pull out another victory against the Halos.

“I’ll tell you what, you just gotta be extremely fortunate to have the opportunity,” said Jonny Gomes. “That’s half the battle, is having the opportunity. You just gotta capitalize on that. We have the opportunity tomorrow. Destiny is in our hands. We don’t scoreboard watch. It’s on us.”

The A’s could’ve taken matters into their own hands much sooner, though, and liked their chances to do so Saturday after tough lefty Derek Holland was scratched less than an hour before game time because of a migraine headache. But they managed just two runs off fill-in Scott Baker, and Jeff Samardzija, who had not allowed an earned run in his previous 23 innings, coughed up five in his first loss since Sept. 5.

Now there’s a chance Holland will start Sunday if he’s feeling better.

“We were pumped despite Baker having great numbers against us,” said Josh Reddick. “We were excited. I was really pumped. We all knew he had a short leash if he got in trouble, but got to give him credit, he pitched a great game, he did his job on short notice. Things didn’t work out for us. We have to come ready tomorrow.”

Samardzija allowed two home runs, and eight hits total, in seven innings of work, wiping away a 1-0 lead gained on Josh Donaldson‘s first-inning homer by surrendering back-to-back RBI hits to Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre in the bottom half of the inning.

Jake Smolinski‘s one-out solo homer in the fourth extended Texas’ lead, and though the A’s plated Brooks Reed Jersey a run in the fifth, the Rangers distanced themselves again via the long ball in the seventh, this one a two-out, two-run shot to Robinson Chirinos.

The A’s staged a comeback in the eighth but fell one run short, getting back-to-back RBI singles from Reddick and Jed Lowrie with two outs. Alberto Callaspo‘s ensuing fly ball appeared to be headed out, but fell just short at the warning track in right field, denying the A’s a lead and a chance to wipe away their magic number.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Reddick. “I think Brooks Reed Merchandise words can’t describe it. We climb back, climb back and right when we get there, we can’t get that one big hit we need. We all thought Callo got it with that hit, and just our luck, Brooks Reed Texans Shirts a ball goes to the wall that is going to put us up by two, and same old story it seems like, very frustrating and beyond it.”

“The Men’s Nike Houston Texans 58 Brooks Reed Elite Away White Jersey lineup battled today,” said Samardzija. “They did a great job, did everything they needed to do. I’d just really like to have a shutdown inning in the seventh and get our guys back in there with a one-run deficit, and we’re probably looking at a different outcome right now.”

Oakland’s loss also ceded home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game to either Kansas City or Detroit, whichever club doesn’t win the AL Central. That’s the least of the A’s worry at the Men’s Nike Houston Texans 58 Brooks Reed Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey moment.

“We know where we stand, hold our own destiny, so hopefully we come out tomorrow and get it done,” said Dunn.