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Wainwright throws complete game in 6-1 win 10-09-2013
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright threw an eight-hit complete game as the Cardinals topped the Pirates 6-1 in Wednesday's NLDS Game 5. For the series, Wainwright threw 16 innings, allowing two runs with a 0.75 WHIP over two starts. On Wednesday, Wainwright's only run allowed came on three consecutive hits that didn't leave the infield. It was Wainwright's fourth career playoff win but his first-ever complete game in postseason play. It was also his third-straight postseason start allowing one run, dating back to last season's NLCS against the Giants.
Alvarez delivers lone RBI in Pirates defeat 10-09-2013
Pedro Alvarez DH BAL
Pedro Alvarez had the Pirates' lone RBI as they fell to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday. The Pirates didn't get it done, but it wasn't for lack of trying on Alvarez' part -- he finished the series batting .353/.421/.941 with six RBI. He became the first player in baseball history to record a run batted in in each of his first six postseason games, as he also had an RBI in the Wild Card win over the Reds.
Freese's two-run homer leads Cards to victory 10-09-2013
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese hit a two-run home run that proved to be the game-winning run as the Cardinals beat the Pirates in Game 5 on Wednesday. It didn't have the dramatics of some of his previous postseason hits, but Freese did what he does best in October, launching a Gerrit Cole hanging curveball for a two-run homer into the visitor's bullpen in left field. Despite the heroics, it was Freese's only hit in three at-bats and he finished the division series batting .188/.278/.375.
Cole doomed by two-run homer in Game 5 loss 10-09-2013
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Gerrit Cole allowed only a two-run home run in his five innings of work but took the loss against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday. Cole was nearly as good as he was in a Game 2 win, allowing just three hits and a walk on the night. But he made one two-out mistake that David Freese deposited in the visitor's bullpen for a two-run home run. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after five innings and 75 pitches. Unfortunately for Cole, the Pirates managed only one run off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright en route to the loss. Still, for his first major league postseason, the 23-year-old showed very well in two starts.
Athletics name Sonny Gray as Game 5 starter 10-09-2013
Sonny Gray P OAK
Sonny Gray will start Game 5 of the ALDS for the Athletics on Thursday.
Bartolo Colon is rested and was presumed to be the starter, but with the way Gray dominated the Tigers' lineup in Game 2 A's manager Bob Melvin decided to go with the 23-year-old in the winner-take-all game instead. Gray will square off against Justin Verlander, who matched him pitch for pitch in that Game 2 matchup that the A's ended up winning 1-0. Colon will likely be the starter for Game 1 of the ALCS if the A's advance.
Liriano available out of 'pen in NLDS Game 5 10-09-2013
Francisco Liriano P TOR
Francisco Liriano will be available out of the bullpen in Wednesday's NLDS Game 5 with the Cardinals.

Stan McNeal on Twiter
Liriano will be the safety net for the Bucs in case Game 5 starter Gerrit Cole gets himself into early trouble. Liriano allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings in a strong NLDS Game 3 start versus St. Louis.
Kozma starting at SS in Game 5 vs. Pirates 10-09-2013
Pete Kozma SS NYY
Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop in NLDS Game 5 on Wednesday night against the Pirates.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
That's now three straight starts for Kozma, who sat often toward the end of the regular season in favor of Daniel Descalso. Descalso is on the bench. The full St. Louis lineup: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Pete Kozma SS, Adam Wainwright SP.
Yankees extend Joe Girardi through 2017 10-09-2013
Joe Girardi C NYY
Yankees signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year contract extension.

New York Yankees on Twitter
Girardi's contract was set to expire at the end of the month, but he'll now be locked up through the 2017 season. While the exact terms aren't yet known, but he's expected to become one of the highest-paid managers in the sport. There was some speculation about Girardi possibly having interest in managing the Cubs, but the Yankees moved quickly to make sure such a scenario wouldn't become a reality.
Bucs stick with Walker in No. 2 spot for Gm 5 10-09-2013
Neil Walker 2B NYM
Neil Walker will bat second again in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter
Walker is 0-for-16 with a walk and four strikeouts during the series, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle isn't making any changes. The full Pittsburgh lineup: Starling Marte LF, Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Justin Morneau 1B, Marlon Byrd RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Russell Martin C, Clint Barmes, Gerrit Cole P.
Rangers designate Jeff Baker for assignment 10-09-2013
Jeff Baker 1B MIA
Rangers designated INF/OF Jeff Baker for assignment. The move clears a spot for Matt West on the 40-man roster. It's mostly a procedural move, as Baker was due to be eligible for free agency after the World Series. The 32-year-old batted .279/.360/.545 with 11 homers in 175 plate appearances this season and should latch on somewhere as a right-handed bench bat.
Rangers activate West from 60-day DL 10-09-2013
Matt West P LAD
Rangers activated RHP Matt West from the 60-day disabled list. West, 23, didn't pitch at all this season because he was in rehab mode from Tommy John surgery. He'll attempt to get his career back on track next year.
Jays considered moving Cecil back to rotation 10-09-2013
Brett Cecil P STL
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday that the club considered moving Brett Cecil back to the rotation during the season.
"We never talked to Brett about it, but we kicked it around for a brief moment because obviously he had success and we had holes that had come up," said Anthopoulos. After years of scuffling as a starter, Cecil found a home in the bullpen this season, posting a 2.82 ERA and 70/23 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings prior to going down with elbow inflammation. The Blue Jays plan to prioritize starting pitching this winter, so ideally Cecil will stay where he is.
Lucas Duda will not play winter ball 10-09-2013
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Lucas Duda will not play winter ball.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Duda was mulling over playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he has opted against it. The 27-year-old batted .223/.352/.415 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI over 384 plate appearances this season. He didn't do much with a late-season audition at first base, so his future with the Mets is a legitimate question, but he does have an option remaining.
Cubs activate Neal, outright him to Triple-A 10-09-2013
Thomas Neal RF CIN
Cubs activated OF Thomas Neal from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Iowa. Neal suffered a dislocated right shoulder in early August which ended his season. The 26-year-old appeared in six games at the major league level this season between the Yankees and Cubs.
Cubs outright RHP Putnam to Triple-A 10-09-2013
Zach Putnam P CWS
Cubs activated RHP Zach Putnam from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Iowa. Putnam had season-ending surgery in August to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. The 26-year-old allowed seven runs over 3 1/3 innings with the Cubs prior to the injury.
Cubs outright J.C. Boscan to Triple-A 10-09-2013
J.C. Boscan C LAD
Cubs sent C J.C. Boscan outright to Triple-A Iowa. Boscan is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster. The 33-year-old backstop appeared in six games at the major league level this year.
Cubs outright OF McDonald to Triple-A 10-09-2013
Darnell McDonald LF CHC
Cubs sent OF Darnell McDonald outright to Triple-A Iowa. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. McDonald, who turns 35 in November, batted .302 (16-for-53) with one home run and five RBI in 25 games with the Cubs this season.
Dolis activated; outrighted to Triple-A 10-09-2013
Rafael Dolis P SF
Cubs activated RHP Rafael Dolis from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Iowa. Part of some housecleaning on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Dolis appeared in five games with the big club this season prior to going down with a forearm strain in late May.
Indians want Jason Giambi back in 2014 10-09-2013
Jason Giambi DH CLE
The Indians would love to have Jason Giambi back for the 2014 season.

92.3 The Fan
"We would like to continue our relationship with `G' probably as long as he would like to," said manager Terry Francona. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti shares Francona's sentiment and would like Giambi to stick around as a coach once his playing career is over. Giambi, who turns 43 in January, batted .183/.282/.371 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 216 plate appearances this season and is highly-respected in the clubhouse.
Red Sox advance to ALCS after downing Rays 10-09-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
Jake Peavy lasted just 5 2/3 innings but held the Rays in check Tuesday, yielding just one run on five hits in the 3-1 victory. Peavy cruised through five scoreless frames but ran into some trouble in the sixth, giving up a double and then an RBI single. He retired the next batter, but Red Sox manager John Farrell decided it was time to go to the bullpen at that time. It wound up looking smart after the club's relievers put up 3 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one baserunner. The Red Sox will begin the ALCS against either the Tigers or A's on Saturday, with Jon Lester getting the ball.
Jeremy Hellickson only goes one inning 10-09-2013
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI
Jeremy Hellickson didn't allow a run but pitched just one inning in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox. Rays manager Joe Maddon made it clear going into the elimination game that he wouldn't be shy about going to his bullpen early, and he sure meant it. Hellickson got through a clean first inning but was then pulled after two walks and a single to start the second. Jamey Wright managed to escape the frame without a run scoring. Maddon ended up using every one of his relievers and also starter Matt Moore, but it wasn't enough.
Shane Victorino drives in run for Red Sox 10-09-2013
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino had a go-ahead RBI single and reached base three times in Tuesday's victory over the Rays. Offense was hard to come by in this one, as the two teams combined for just 12 hits and four runs. Victorino's infield single in the seventh pushed home what turned out to be the winning run, and he also got on base a couple more times with a hit by pitch. Boston didn't have an extra-base hit on the night, but they scraped together enough offense and won with some great pitching.
David DeJesus drives in a run in loss 10-09-2013
David DeJesus LF LAA
David DeJesus drove in the Rays' lone run with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox. DeJesus' single to drive in Yunel Escobar in the sixth inning got the scoring going, but, unfortunately for the Rays, they were outscored 3-0 the rest of the way. Tampa managed just six hits on the night, with Escobar getting three of them. Just one of them went for extra bases.