Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls

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For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason....

Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason - nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys....

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in....

A's lose 9-8 in 12-inning AL wild-card thriller

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics stumbled their way through a late-season swoon, the club that once boasted baseball's best record scratching its way into the final playoff spot on the last day of the regular season....

Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch....

Scherzer to start Game 1 for Tigers vs Baltimore

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2....

Strasburg's playoff debut, 2 years after shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way....

Soto to catch Lester for Athletics vs Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals....

Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series....

AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) -- A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success....


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