Players get shot at redemption in MLB playoffs

...walk-off homer. In the, Washington led 6-0 in the third, then 7-5 with two outs and one on in the ninth. For five pitches, Storen was one strike away from the save. On all five, the batters ?Yadier Molina and David Freese ? took a ball...

Gutsy trades bring Lester, Shields together for AL wild-card game

...his part. He is 6-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 starts since he arrived in the Bay Area.Now, he gets another opportunity to pitch in the postseason."We have a great opportunity ahead of us," said Lester, who some thought should have been the MVP of...

Atlanta Braves' Aaron Harang latest example of adjusting with age

...then velocity."PITCHf/x plots pitch movement by inches. For straighter pitches, the closer to zero a pitch is, the more vertical movement it has...and movement can also help secondary pitches be more effective. Harang's changeup...

Jordan Zimmerman throws Nationals' first no-hitter

...Justin Bourn on a full-count pitch with two outs in the fifth inning...he swung and missed on a wild pitch. Zimmermann leaned over and...Zimmermann needed only 104 pitches to record 27 outs, and his...085 was roaring with every pitch by Zimmermann.On Sunday...

Page: Georgia's Gurley has heart of champion

...Tennessee could have gotten the stop, could've taken one more crack at that shoddy Georgia secondary.It was a tense moment. But not for Gurley, who took a pitch and converted for the win."I knew I got it before the play," he said.

Lincoln County pitches shutout in region opener

Lincoln County forces three turnovers in shutting down First Presbyterian Day triple-option offense in Region 7-A opener.

Braves top Pirates, snap five-game skid

...the lineup because of illness.Gattis will be matched up with spot starter David Hale, who is expected to throw about 75 pitches as he takes Mike Minor's turn in the rotation. Gonzalez said he plans to replace Gattis at the same time as Hale.Gonzalez...

Derek Jeter stars in home finale

...leadoff single in the bottom half against Evan Meek (0-4) and advanced on Brett Gardner's sacrifice. Jeter lined the next pitch through a wide hole on the right side, and pinch-runner Antoan Richardson slid home ahead of Nick Markakis' throw.An elated...

State of the Braves, part 1

...average on fastballs in the zone. His contact percentages on pitches in the strike zone since becoming a Brave are 77 and 79 percent...makes up for it by destroying left-handers and off-speed pitches over the plate. I don't think his profile will age well...

Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

...individuals and small businesses. It enjoyed a surge in U.S. popularity over the past two weeks as executives made sales pitches centered on Alibaba's strong revenue and big ambitions."There are very few companies that are this big, grow this fast...