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KANSAS CITY — Color Kansas City blue. Royal blue. Folks could paint the town — not red, but blue — to celebrate the biggest baseball boom in nearly three decades after their Royals Men’s Nike Houston Texans 23 Arian Foster Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey 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 Houston Texans Arian Foster NFL Football Uniforms 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 it to be a pretty tough series, and it was — the first two games went extra innings.”

Not this one, though.

When Trout broke Arian Foster Jersey Nike his utter silence in the series with his homer in the first inning, you might have thought you could have heard a pin drop. 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 dismissed forthwith by manager Mike Scioscia.

Wilson got in trouble by giving up one-out singles to Aoki and Lorenzo Cain, which, of course, raised the pulse rates of the bluebloods in Arian Foster Jersey Number 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 Arian Foster Jersey for Sale 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 Arian Foster Merchandise 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 Arian Foster Jersey Cheap big Billy imitating Jarrod Dyson, his longtime pinch-runner, certainly entertained the throng. After all, Butler hadn’t pilfered a sack since July 5, 2012.

“It’s the first time I’ve had the green Arian Foster Jersey 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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SAN FRANCISCO — In the hours leading up to Game 3 of the National League Division Series, the Nats seemed to be a broken team awaiting their end. Falling into an 0-2 hole, they had not scored in 15 innings. To resurrect its World Series hopes, Washington needed to beat San Francisco’s best pitcher in his home park in front of 43,627 largely black-and-orange-clad fans.

And then the Nationals did, transforming everything. It is the Nats who have the pitching advantage on paper heading into Tuesday’s Game 4, with Gio Gonzalez scheduled to face Ryan Vogelsong at AT&T Park (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). And it is the Nats who need just a single win to send the series back to the District, with Brian Cushing Jersey White either Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmermann — two of the NL’s best and hottest pitchers — awaiting in Game 5.

“We find ourselves in the same position we were today,” manager Matt Williams said on Monday night. “If we lose tomorrow, then it’s all over.”

Yet the tenor of this Brian Cushing Apparel series has changed, prompting Williams to continue: “You know, we’ve got an opportunity to win that game tomorrow.”

It was not so long ago that Gonzalez, the Nationals’ Game 1 and 5 starter in the 2012 NLDS, was an underdog to make Washington’s playoff rotation over right-hander Tanner Roark. As recently as Aug. 16, Gonzalez was 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA, struggling to regain his form after missing Brian Cushing Uniforms a month due to left shoulder inflammation. But Gonzalez reeled off a 4-1 record and a 2.36 ERA over his final seven starts, leaving little question as to the identity of Washington’s Game 4 starter.

The left-hander will take the mound looking to erase the bad memories of the 2012 NLDS, in which he walked 11 batters in 10 innings en route to a 4.50 ERA.

“[There’s] definitely going to be some emotion,” Gonzalez said. “There’s going to be some excitement. In my Brian Cushing Jersey Nike career and my time playing, I definitely want to stay as much composed and relaxed as possible. Picking up from other pitchers, that’s the beauty about being a pitcher on the side — watching other people’s emotions and the way they go about it, the way they compete, and just staying low-key and professional as much as possible.”

The Giants will counter with the right-handed Vogelsong, a 37-year-old who struggled Women’s Nike Houston Texans 56 Brian Cushing Elite Away White Captain Patch Jersey toward the end of the regular season and who will be pitching for the first time in 11 days. Posting an 0-4 record in September with a 5.53 ERA, Vogelsong gave up three runs to the Nationals over 5 1/3 innings in an August loss. Starting position players Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos, Anthony Rendon, Denard Span and Jayson Werth are a combined .362 against Vogelsong in their careers, with a home run, two triples and eight doubles in 47 at-bats.

“Even at the end of the season, I would be rolling along in the game and then just kind of lose it,” Vogelsong said of his September struggles. “So, I mean, it’s there. I just need to be Brian Cushing Camo Football Jersey more focused at times and more concentrated on making a good pitch. Those will be the things that are on the forefront of my mind.”

Nationals: Zimmerman still a bench bat
Though Ryan Zimmerman came into Game 3 completely healthy, according to Williams, the manager chose not to start the right-handed hitter against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Williams declined to discuss the specifics of his decision, but admitted that putting the strongest possible defensive lineup behind Doug Fister played into it.

Heading into the series, Game 3 seemed like the obvious opportunity to give Zimmerman, who missed most of the regular season’s second half with a torn right hamstring, a start at either first base or left field. It is now possible that Zimmerman could go the entire series without appearing in the starting lineup. The Giants have right-handed pitchers — Vogelsong and either Jake Peavy or Tim Hudson — tentatively scheduled for Games 4 and 5, and Williams said he hoped to avoid “drastically” changing his lineup at any point this series.

“There’s lots of things that go in it, Brian Cushing 10th Anniversary Jersey but health is not a factor,” Williams said. “It’s not a question of his hamstring being bad.”

Zimmerman grounded out in his pinch-hit appearance in Game 3, dropping him to 1-for-3 in the series.

Giants: Sandoval extends streak, feels healthy and ready
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had already extended his postseason hit streak to a franchise-record 14 games by the seventh inning, when Ian Desmond took him out with a slide during the game’s key bunt play Brian Cushing Jersey in which Bumgarner’s errant throw to third led to two Nationals runs. Though Sandoval took a moment to right himself after the play, then spent several moments stretching after he made a diving catch of Fister’s bunt later in the seventh, the third baseman stayed in the game and said afterward that he was not injured.

“Part of the game,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval’s hitting streak now stands one shy of Marquis Grissom’s NL record, set from 1995-96. The big league postseason record is 17, shared by Hank Bauer (1956-58), Derek Jeter (1998-99) and Manny Ramirez (2003-04).

Worth noting
• With three runs in the seventh inning of Game 3, the Nationals snapped Bumgarner’s postseason scoreless-innings streak at 22, tied with Sandy Koufax for 11th all-time. Mariano Rivera holds the record with 33 1/3 scoreless playoff innings spanning eight series from 1998-2000.

• Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he may consider shifting Hunter Pence from fifth to batting leadoff in the Game 4 lineup, with the left-handed Gonzalez on the mound. Regular leadoff man Gregor Blanco is 1-for-14 in the series, and 0-for-his-last-10.

• With a two-hit game Monday, Rendon improved to 7-for-15 (.467) this postseason. The rest of the Nationals’ starting position players have combined to go 13-for-96 (.135).

• Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper slugged his third career postseason homer in Game 3, becoming just the fourth player to hit three playoff homers before the age of 22. Mickey Mantle, Miguel Cabrera and Andruw Jones are the others.

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ST. LOUIS — Their manager is a former catcher with a commanding presence and a track record of bringing out the best in his players when the stakes are highest. Their most valuable player is their catcher, an unquestioned field leader who handles multiple defensive assignments with intelligence and toughness while consistently driving the offense with clutch hits.

Their rotation is a fine blend of confident veterans who have been through it all, and a young gun who can blow offenses away. Their bullpen is deep and resourceful with a history of handling late-game anxieties with a cool assurance. Their offense might not look intimidating on paper, with only a few power sources, but it can erupt at any time to seize control of a game. Their defense, unspectacular but fundamentally sound, rarely makes the critical mistake that can unhinge the pitching staff and turn victory into defeat.

These are Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Gamecocks Jersey the San Francisco Giants, World Series champions in 2010 and ’12 and positioned to make it three crowns in five seasons. These also are the St. Louis Cardinals, planning to turn their fourth consecutive National League Championship Series appearance into a World Series title run to match their unforgettable 2011 journey.

This NLCS matchup unfolding with Game 1 on Saturday night at Busch Stadium at 7 p.m. CT on FOX is a rematch from 2012 that couldn’t be more compelling. Rare is the occasion when three of the past four champions and the past four pennant winners meet in a showdown to determine who gets the crack at another Fall Classic.

The Giants, enduring losses to vital personnel throughout the season yet forging on with characteristic drive and character, are manager Bruce Bochy’s masterpiece. Drawing on all the experiences of a remarkable career complete with glowing Cooperstown credentials, Bochy never lost faith in his guys and kept alive one of the most impressive runs in postseason history.

Since their most recent meeting with the Cardinals in the postseason, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to claim the final three games of the 2012 NLCS, the Giants have won 11 of 12 games in the crucible of October.

Three elimination games in that memorable 2012 NLCS were seized by 5-0, 6-1 and 9-0 counts by the Giants. The proud Cards, with their rich tradition, rarely have been so humbled, reminding fans of the 2002 NLCS when the Giants won in five en route to losing the World Series in seven games to the Angels.

The opportunity for double-barreled redemption is at hand in the “Show Me State.”

Coming off a stunning triumph over the Dodgers and the great Clayton Kershaw in the NL Division Series, the Cards are rolling in high gear behind leadoff catalyst Matt Carpenter. An offense that struggled for stretches of the season is clicking on all cylinders, fueled by the two late rallies that left Kershaw, the game’s best, wondering what hit him.

“They remind me a lot of us,” said Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. “They’ve had a lot of success in the postseason.”

One out away from elimination in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series at home, the Cards put together one of the greatest finishes in postseason history to shatter the Rangers and claim the title in Game 7. The following October, the Redbirds pulled off a stunning rally in Washington to claim the NLDS before meeting their demise against the Giants.

Driving forces remain in leadership roles, notably Yadier Molina, with his indomitable spirit, Matt Holliday, the basher in the heart of the lineup, and Adam Wainwright, the ace who gets the Game 1 call against the Giants.

While the Giants haven’t announced their Game 1 starter yet, San Francisco has a left-handed answer to Wainwright. Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ ace, will be on normal rest Saturday.

Bumgarner already has forged an impressive postseason profile for a guy who turned 25 on Aug. 1. He had dominant starts in the 2010 and ’12 World Series, winning both starts Jadeveon Clowney Jersey while allowing no runs and five hits across 15 innings.

Also ready to roll is Jake Peavy, whose arrival from Boston — where he celebrated with the 2013 champion Men’s Nike South Carolina Gamecocks Garnet Jadeveon Clowney Authentic Football Jersey Red Red Sox — gave the Giants a jolt of energy and a shot in the arm in the rotation. Peavy’s dominant seasons came as a young gun in San Diego with Bochy as his manager, and he has thrived in the company of a man he admires.

“Getting back together with Boch, with all the great players on this team, this is everything I could have dreamed of at this stage of my career,” Peavy said.

Setting aside his struggles in Boston, the intensely driven right-hander was effective as any starter in the game down the stretch. Joining Bumgarner and fellow veterans Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong, Peavy has given the Giants another superb rotation despite the loss of longtime ace and October master Matt Cain.

The Cards have their own emotion-charged version of Peavy in John Lackey, Jake’s old-school teammate in Boston last October.

Acquired at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline at considerable expense (Allen Craig and Joe Kelly), Lackey was sturdy down the stretch and held the Dodgers to one run in seven innings in taking Game 3 of the NLDS. The big Texan has the distinction of winning World Series clinching games in 2002 for the Angels and Men’s Nike South Carolina Gamecocks Garnet Jadeveon Clowney White Football Jersey Authentic last year for the Red Sox.

Lance Lynn and young gun Shelby Miller round out a St. Louis rotation that is San Francisco’s equal.

Bochy and Matheny also share an abiding faith in their varied bullpen arms and their ability to exploit matchups.

Giants: Crawford quietly shines
He gets lost at times in a star-studded cast, but shortstop Brandon Crawford has been a force for the Giants in the postseason while providing his customary superb defense and blending seamlessly with ultra-cool rookie second baseman Joe Panik.

It was Crawford’s grand slam in the Wild Card Game off Edinson Volquez that ignited the 8-0 rout in Pittsburgh behind Bumgarner’s four-hit gem. It was the first postseason grand slam in history by a shortstop.

“That’s definitely the biggest one I’ve ever hit at any level,” Crawford said. “Nights like this are why we play the game.”

Crawford caught fire when it counted down the stretch. He hit .365 with 16 RBIs in 23 games in September and continued to swing a hot bat in the NLDS against the Nationals, hitting Jadeveon Clowney Jersey for Sale .294 in the four games.

In spite of his .246 batting average, Crawford was deceptively productive in the regular season. Crawford delivered 20 doubles, 10 triples and 10 homers, finishing with career highs in slugging (.389) and OPS (.713).

“I struggled at times, but I was feeling good in September,” Crawford said, echoing the old line that it’s not how you start but how you finish that matters most.

Cardinals: The ace is rested
Getting Wainwright a few extra days after his surprisingly ineffective start in Game 1 of the NLDS against Kershaw was one of the prime benefits of closing out the Nationals in Game 4 and not needing the big right-hander for a Game 5.

Wainwright’s 508 innings, postseason included, since the start of the 2013 season lead the Majors. There are concerns that all the mileage has stripped their workhorse of some of his power, but he’s a man who has been known to rise to the moment.

Wainwright skipped a start in June with soreness around his right elbow. He later admitted to pitching with a “dead arm” in August before rebounding with a strong September. Skipping his last regular-season start, he conceded he needed the rest.

“He’s just been grinding,” Matheny said. “And when you’ve been grinding, there are just days where you can’t get it right. He was having trouble that Game 1. He’s thrown a lot of innings. He’s had a lot of work. But that’s what your ace does.”

Struggling to command his fastball, Wainwright allowed six runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers, equaling his shortest start of the season.

Not much went right for Wainwright this season against the Giants, who roughed him up in two starts. His worst outing of the year came May 30 at home when the Giants tagged him for seven earned runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Worth noting
• San Francisco won the season series, 4-3, taking three of four on the road May 29-June 1 when the Giants were in the midst of a 32-11 run. Bumgarner beat Wainwright, 9-4, in that series. St. Louis won two of three games from July 1-3 in San Francisco. Wainwright got his revenge in the middle game of that series, blanking the Giants on four hits through 7 2/3 innings.

• The similarities in the Giants and Cards are reflected in regular-season pitching numbers that are close to identical. Both teams finished with 3.50 team ERAs and eight complete games. The Cards, with 1,221 strikeouts, racked up 10 more than the Giants’ staff. Hitters batted .242 against the Cards, .241 against the Giants.

Offensively, the Giants held regular-season advantages in runs (665 to 619), home runs (132 to 105) and slugging (.388 to .369). The Cards held the edge in on-base percentage (.320 to .311) and steals (57 to 56).

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The Baltimore Orioles, coming off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, and the up-and-coming Kansas City Royals, who polished off an unlikely Pink Texans Jersey 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 Houston Texans Pink Uniform do it in front of our fans is great.”

Baltimore’s 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’ 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 Texans Pink Shirts 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 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 two homers in October after Houston Texans Women’s Pink Jersey 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 a certain sense of destiny on both sides. The 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 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 Texans Pink Jersey remind these two fanbases, who have both been waiting for this moment for a very long time.

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ST. LOUIS — After watching the pitcher who will likely beat him out for another Cy Young Award carve up the Cardinals through six innings, Adam Wainwright settled alongside Matt Carpenter near the dugout railing to see if another lucky seventh was in store for St. Louis’ offense.

Two singles, both just out of the reach of the Dodgers’ middle infielders, brought Matt Adams to the plate, and after a first-pitch strike, Wainwright turned to his right: “If he throws a curveball for a strike right now,” he told Carpenter, “he’s going to hit it out of the park.”

It was the perfect setup to the latest October magic under the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

In a series where home runs carried the Cardinals to a two-games-to-one-lead in the National League Division Series, Adams knocked Clayton Kershaw out and sent the Dodgers home with a blast in Game 4 on Tuesday. It erased a two-run deficit, sent the home dugout into a frenzy and lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 win, their fourth postseason victory in two October series against baseball’s best pitcher.

“He made me look pretty smart right there,” Wainwright said amid the postgame celebration. “It’s crazy how sometimes you just get a feeling. You just get a feeling that something great is going to happen.”

Of all the ways to advance to their fourth consecutive NL Championship Series, this had to be among the most improbable.

“To do it in the fashion that we did, it’s nothing short of incredible,” said Carpenter, whose three home runs, three doubles and seven RBIs through the first three games of the series, helped set the stage for a series-clincher in front of 46,906 at Busch Stadium. “We have something special going on right now.”

The Cardinals’ next opponent will be the Giants, to whom they lost in the 2012 NLCS. Game 1 will be played on Saturday at Busch Stadium (7 p.m. CT on FOX).

This will be the Cardinals’ ninth trip to the NLCS since 2000, and they will make it having won more playoff games during that span (63) than any other team in the Majors. They moved out of a first-place tie with the Yankees Customized Vikings Jersey Sale on that list with their latest come-from-behind win.

“That’s something that these guys should be very, very proud of,” manager Mike Matheny said. “To kind of think about that, it’s something probably for the offseason because we feel like we have a couple more things left to accomplish. But right now, you can see these guys are enjoying this, and they should.”

Tuesday’s script played out oh so familiarly, with Kershaw dominating for six innings and the Cardinals falling into an early hole. But there’s been something special about the seventh inning all series for the Cardinals, and once again, a bit of October magic brewed.

Adams, who hit .190 with three homers in 121 at-bats against lefties during the regular season, spent last winter preparing for what would become a career-defining moment. He passed a long winter in central Pennsylvania hitting off a pitching machine that simulated offspeed pitches from a left-handed pitcher. Ready to prove himself as an everyday player, it was an area in which Adams needed to improve.

He revisited the exercise leading into this series, too, aware that the Cardinals would face two lefty starters.

When he connected on Kershaw’s 0-1 curveball in Customized Vikings Youth Jersey the seventh, dropping it into the Cardinals’ bullpen, Adams started a celebration that wouldn’t stop until Trevor Rosenthal worked around a one-out walk and two-out single to seal the victory. He raised both hands upon making contact and showcased a leap that will be talked about for years.

“I don’t think I touched the ground the whole way around the bases,” Adams said afterward. “Some people are calling it the ‘Big City Leap,’ so maybe we’ll be able to go ahead and patent that. I was just super excited and really didn’t know what I was doing.”

The Cardinals built toward the seventh-inning climax just as they had in Game 1, with singles up the middle by Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta. Dodgers manager Don Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings Customized Elite Team Color Purple Jersey Mattingly, clearly wary of his relief options, stuck with Kershaw as the lefty, pitching on three days’ rest, reached the 100-pitch mark. Kershaw would throw only two more, walking off the mound after losing a seventh-inning lead for the second time in four days.

“The season ended, and I’m a big part of the reason why,” Kershaw said. “It doesn’t matter how I pitched. It’s bad deja vu all over again.”

Leading into the inning, Kershaw had blanked the Cardinals on one hit (a single) while striking out nine.

“From Personalized Minnesota Vikings NFL Jersey an offensive standpoint, we almost didn’t have a pulse for most of that game,” general manager John Mozeliak said from a beer- and champagne-soaked home clubhouse. “Then two hits and a home run and you have the lead. It was amazing.”

Kershaw, who allowed one homer to a left-handed hitter over 27 regular-season starts, was tagged for two such blasts in this series. The Cardinals, who hit an NL-low 105 homers this year, used the long ball to drive in 13 of their 18 DS runs. That included each of Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings Customized Elite Away White Football Jersey their final 11.

And of the seven home runs the Cardinals hit in the series, five were of the left-on-left variety. The club did that only eight times (over 555 at-bats) all year. Each NLDS blast was crucial, as the Cardinals won the series with a pair of one-run victories and the other by a margin of two.

The Cardinals scored 13 of their runs in the seventh innings, 11 of those coming in seventh innings Kershaw Personalized Minnesota Vikings Jersey started. It was an eight-run seventh against him in Game 1 that turned the tide of the short series.

“You wonder what we would have been able to do tonight if we had not pulled that off the first time,” Matheny said. “What that does is it gives you that confidence. Once you have a couple of those comebacks, you show yourself you can do it, especially when you show yourself against a pitcher of that caliber.”

The win was given to reliever Marco Gonzales, who threw three scoreless innings in the series, but credit Shelby Miller with matching Kershaw through most of his 5 2/3-inning outing. After waiting two years to make a postseason start, Miller came out strong after two weeks of rest. Matheny later called it Miller’s “I told you so” moment.

Miller breezed through four innings on 44 pitches, throwing fastballs by the Dodgers’ hitters early and then mixing in his reinvented curveball the second time through the order.

“I was really, really anxious the whole time, just excited to get out there,” Miller said. “You have to cope with what you have and find ways to get wins, find ways to make pitches in big situations, in this kind of game.”

He worked out of trouble in the fifth before the Dodgers nipped him in the sixth. Consecutive singles set up a run-scoring opportunity on Matt Kemp‘s double play. After hitting Hanley Ramirez and walking Andre Ethier, Miller’s day was over.

He left to a sustained ovation but watched Seth Maness allow one inherited runner to score to provide Kershaw with more of a cushion. Catcher Yadier Molina prevented further scoring by catching Ethier straying too far off third. With the help of a replay review, Molina was awarded the pickoff.

Molina then helped Rosenthal navigate through a tricky ninth, ensuring the Cardinals that they would not be making a return trip to Los Angeles. Accurate with his premonition on Tuesday, Wainwright will get the ball in the NLCS Game 1.

“In any situation, no matter what the score says, or what the media or fans think is going to happen, we in this clubhouse believe we’re going to win,” Wainwright said. “And when you have Custom Made Vikings Jersey that belief going into a series against tough teams, we have an edge.”

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants faced a new postseason opponent Monday, one that they finally couldn’t overcome: themselves.

San Francisco had mostly avoided mistakes while building its National League-record 10-game postseason winning streak. But the Giants couldn’t survive Madison Bumgarner‘s seventh-inning throwing error in Game 3 of the NL Division Series, which helped the Washington Nationals score three runs and cruise to a 4-1 triumph.

“You can’t throw the ball away,” Bumgarner said. “I screwed it up for us.”

The Giants still lead the best-of-five series, 2-1. But Tuesday’s Game 4 at AT&T Park (6 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1) is overflowing with urgency. Should the Nationals capture that game, the teams would return to Washington for the deciding contest Thursday.

“We want to win it tomorrow,” Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said after Monday’s loss. “I’m sure nobody here wants to fly back to Washington.”

Nationals starter Doug Fister blanked the Giants Nike J.J.Watt Youth Jersey on four hits in seven innings, denying them their seventh consecutive triumph in a potential series-clinching game. Giants second baseman Joe Panik, who went 0-for-3 off Fister, praised the right-hander’s repertoire.

“My first at-bat, he came in with a cutter,” Panik J.J.Watt Jersey Kids said. “Second at-bat, he got me with a pitch away. Third at-bat, a changeup. There wasn’t a set pattern.”

San Francisco couldn’t score until Crawford hoisted a ninth-inning sacrifice fly off Drew Storen that followed Pablo Sandoval‘s leadoff single and Hunter Pence‘s double.

Fister appeared vulnerable in the second inning, when the Giants had runners on first and second with one out. Bryce Harper then hauled in Crawford’s drive to deep left field. Travis Ishikawa walked to load the bases before Fister struck out Bumgarner, the NL’s top hitting pitcher.

“I think I may have swung at ball four,” said Bumgarner, who slugged two grand slams this year.

That paled alongside the lapse Bumgarner committed in the seventh. Like Fister, Bumgarner remained infallible through most of the afternoon, blanking Washington on four hits through six innings. It was as if the teams agreed to resume Saturday’s 18-inning standoff.

Ian Desmond‘s leadoff single to left field, which was struck with authority, provided the first sign of trouble for the Giants in the seventh. The sense of foreboding grew as Bumgarner walked Harper, the lone free pass he issued all afternoon.

Bumgarner then pounced on Wilson Ramos‘ sacrifice-bunt attempt between the pitcher’s mound and the first-base line and, urged by catcher Buster Youth Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Elite Navy Blue Team Color Captain Patch Jersey Posey, flung one of his 95 mph fastballs toward third base. Posey believed that Bumgarner could start a double play that would douse Washington’s threat.

“I thought the way the ball jumped off the bat that he might have a shot,” Posey said.

Bumgarner’s throw scooted past Sandoval, who was knocked sprawling by Desmond and thus couldn’t recover the ball. Ramos advanced to second base on the play and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s single to left field.

The runs ended Bumgarner’s postseason scoreless-innings streak at 22, second only to Christy Mathewson’s 28-inning streak in Giants franchise history. But the Giants didn’t dwell on that. Bumgarner expressed annoyance because he JJ Watt Jersey Youth believed that Ramos could have been retired at first base for a double play had he made a decent throw to third.

“I just threw it away,” Bumgarner said, declining to cite excuses for his error. “I feel comfortable throwing to bases. It just got away from me.”

Said Posey, “I made a mistake telling him to throw to third base. It happens.”

Harper’s ninth-inning homer J.J.Watt Youth Jersey Cheap off Jean Machi concluded Washington’s scoring. That left the Giants to rely on Ryan Vogelsong, their leading winner (3-0) in the 2012 postseason.

“It’s an honor to take the ball tomorrow,” he said about his Tuesday assignment, “and I’m going to do the best I can for all the guys in [the Giants clubhouse] and all the fans in the stands.”

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DETROIT — Amid the champagne spraying and screams of joy on reaching the American League Championship Series, there was a small picture taped along the plastic covering the Orioles’ lockers. The photo needed no words: it was of the jerseys of the last three AL Cy Young Award winners. Tigers jerseys, each crossed off.

What better way to tell the story of how Baltimore magnificently steamrolled Detroit and its vaunted starting rotation over three games in a best-of-five Women’s Adrian Peterson Pink Jersey American League Division Series? The simple X said it all. The Orioles, counted out all season and playing without All-Stars Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis, owned every inch of this ALDS: outpitching, outhitting and out-performing Detroit on baseball’s big stage. Sunday’s 2-1 series sweep, which marked the organization’s Adrian Peterson Elite Jesey first since 1971, gave manager Buck Showalter his first career postseason series ‘W’ and highlighted the skipper’s often-unorthodox style.

The ALCS begins Friday, and the Orioles will host Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 against the Royals.

“It means we won an opportunity,” said Showalter, who intentionally walked the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, setting up closer Zach Britton‘s game-ending double play. “Some of the guys were talking in there afterwards, you know, I kind of respected that they weren’t over the top. They Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Limited Pink Sweetheart Fashion Jersey got a lot to be proud of. It’s a step.

“There are different steps during the season that you have to take, and this is one of ’em. And so hard against a team like Detroit with such a great pedigree and experience, you know, at this. It’s a challenge, and it will continue to be.”

Using the superhuman offense of postseason veteran Nelson Cruz, who hit a decisive two-run sixth-inning homer off David Price, and Adrian Peterson Jersey for Kids a fantastic playoff debut from starter Bud Norris, the Orioles held off a late Tigers rally, securing their first ALCS berth since 1997. The O’s, who held the Tigers to four hits Sunday, allowed two runs over the final 13 innings of the ALDS and outscored the Tigers, 21-9, in the sweep.

But how did the O’s pull it off?

“It’s hard to say,” said Tigers ace Max Scherzer, who started Game 1. “They just outplayed us in every facet, really. They’ve got great pitching. Their offense did big things. We couldn’t contain Cruz. That’s Adrian Peterson Merchandise really what it came down to.”

The Orioles, who lost in the ALDS to the Yankees in 2012, are looking forward to playing in the ALCS.

“I feel like we have a little bit more experience than we did Adrian Peterson Football Apparel in 2012,” shortstop J.J. Hardy said of Baltimore’s ability to bear down and outdistance Detroit. “That could have paid off a lot. I felt like we were relaxed. We had to be. We went out there and played well, and I think it helped being the underdogs.”

After all, these O’s have proved doubters wrong all season. Some suggested they couldn’t win after Wieters’ season-ending injury and it was impossible after Machado went down. Davis’ suspension? Surely it spelled the end of the journey for the O’s, who were Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson New Limited Pink Be Luv’d Fashion Jersey viewed by many as the underdog in the ALDS despite being the higher seed.

“It just shows you what kind of ballclub we have here and the guys we have in this clubhouse,” said right fielder Nick Markakis. “It’s easy to throw 25 guys on the team, but to get 25 guys on the same page, to play well together and become family is different. They’ve done that here, and it’s been awesome.”

“I think we thought of it as a challenge, three Cy Young Award winners throwing against us,” Britton said of an Orioles team that also faced Scherzer and Justin Verlander. “Price was outstanding. We pitched a little bit better, and that’s what it kind of comes down to. No one gave us that much of a shot, but to come in three games and handle their lineup the way we did is impressive.”

Equally impressive was Cruz, who again showed why he’s perhaps baseball’s shrewdest free-agent signing. Inked to a one-year deal late in Spring Training, Cruz gave Baltimore the decisive blow off Price, sending a 1-1 changeup into the right-field seats to also score Jones.

“I think God blessed with me the opportunity to be a part of this organization,” said Cruz, who has fit in seamlessly with his new teammates. “We don’t care what outsiders or somebody said. What we care about is that we believe in each other and we trust what we have here.”

In nine postseason games against the Tigers split between the Rangers and Orioles, Cruz has 18 RBIs and 16 homers, which ties him with Carlos Beltran for ninth on baseball’s all-time postseason list. Cruz’s blast was all the Orioles would get off Price over eight innings, and all the O’s standout pitching staff needed.

Norris set the tone early, silencing the sold-out crowd of 43,013 at Comerica Park with 6 1/3 scoreless innings. The fantastic 100-pitch outing, which featured six strikeouts and two walks, saw Detroit not record a hit off Norris after Don Kelly‘s third-inning single.

“Again, of course, Bud was the difference,” Showalter said. “Runs were going to be at such a premium. Really happy for Bud, because he’s a guy that just because someone hasn’t had the opportunity to do something before, doesn’t mean they can’t do it.”

Norris was replaced after a one-out walk to Nick Castellanos, with lefty Andrew Miller recording the next five outs before Britton took over.

The sinkerballer allowed a leadoff double from Victor Martinez that left fielder David Lough dove and missed, allowing the ball to scoot by him for an easy two-base hit. J.D. Martinez doubled him in to close the lead to Adrian Peterson Jersey Pink one. After striking out Bryan Holaday, Showalter called for Britton to intentionally walk Castellanos, putting the go-ahead run on base. The move worked out, with Hernan Perez grounding into a double play to seal the win.

“When you put on the winning run with a free pass, that takes a lot of guts to do that,” said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. “It showed that Buck was playing to win the game.”

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WASHINGTON — One out away from absorbing a shutout defeat Saturday, the Giants instead left the nation’s capital one victory away from reaching the National League Championship Series.

Engaging the Washington Nationals in a standoff that was equal parts endurance test and fight for survival, the Giants captured Game 2 of the NL Division Series, 2-1, on Brian Cushing Jersey Brandon Belt‘s tiebreaking home run leading off the 18th inning. San Francisco forged ahead in the best-of-five series, 2-0, and needs one more victory to advance to the next postseason round.

The Giants mustered two hits in extra innings until Belt faced right-hander Tanner Roark, Washington’s eighth reliever. Belt worked the count to 3-2 before driving a fastball over the right-field barrier and into the second deck.

Yusmeiro Petit earned the decision for the Giants with six Brian Cushing Uniforms stalwart innings of relief. The right-hander permitted just one hit while walking three and striking out seven. Rookie right-hander Hunter Strickland earned the save by blanking Washington in its half of the 18th.

The Brian Cushing 10th Anniversary Jersey outcome extended the Giants’ NL-record postseason winning streak to 10 games.

This was the longest postseason game in franchise history, eclipsing San Francisco’s 3-2, 13-inning loss to the New York Mets in Game 3 of the 2000 Division Series.

Moreover, at six hours, 23 minutes in length, this was the longest game in Major League postseason history in terms of time.

The Giants figure to sustain their momentum as the series moves to San Francisco for Game 3 on Monday afternoon (noon or 2 p.m. PT on MLB Network). Game 4, if necessary, is scheduled for Tuesday night Brian Cushing Jersey Nike at AT&T Park. San Francisco’s ace left-hander, Madison Bumgarner, is scheduled to pitch Game 3 — though Washington will counter with a formidable starter of its own, right-hander Doug Fister.

Jordan Zimmermann‘s dominance was the story for much of the entire evening. The Nationals right-hander followed up his no-hitter last Sunday with another powerful effort, a three-hitter over 8 2/3 innings in which he retired 20 consecutive batters from the third through ninth innings. The Giants were so overmatched that they hit only one ball out of the infield during that stretch. They also advanced one runner as far as second base through the first eight innings.

As usual, the Giants refused to yield passively. One out from securing a complete-game, Brian Cushing Football Jersey Shirts 1-0 triumph, Zimmermann walked Brian Cushing Jersey for Sale Joe Panik on five pitches. Nationals closer Drew Storen relieved Zimmermann and surrendered Buster Posey‘s first-pitch single. Pablo Sandoval sliced a double to left field that scored Panik. Posey also hustled home, but was tagged out as relays by left fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond caught up with him. Giants manager Bruce Bochy requested a video review, but umpires Brian Cushing Camo Football Jersey ruled the call on the field stands.

Giants starter Tim Hudson made only one mistake in 7 1/3 innings, a 1-0 sinker to Asdrubal Cabrera that didn’t sink enough. Cabrera lofted it to left field for a third-inning leadoff double. Zimmermann struck out on a failed bunt attempt before Denard Span‘s groundout moved Cabrera to third base. Cabrera scored as Anthony Rendon collected his second of Brian Cushing Jersey White four hits, a ground-ball single to left field that barely eluded diving Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Otherwise, Hudson delivered one of his sharpest outings of the season, striking out eight while walking none and allowing seven hits.

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ANAHEIM — The Angels’ Jered Weaver ran into Jason Vargas of the Royals on Wednesday afternoon in the basement of Angel Stadium.

“I didn’t know if I was supposed to give him a hug and say hi or not,” said Weaver, who will start for the Angels against Vargas in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.

It was more than just a chance meeting of two opposing pitchers. Weaver and Vargas are close friends, and not just because they were teammates with the Angels last season: They were teammates on a 2004 Long Beach State squad that also featured Troy Tulowitzki and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Now they Whitney Mercilus Football Uniforms will face off on the big stage.

“We go back a while,” Vargas said. “To be able to toe the same slab in the playoffs, I know is pretty cool for a lot of other people than just us. I’m looking forward to it.”

He should be. Weaver brings out the best in Whitney Mercilus Jersey for Sale him. The two have faced each other as starters three times in their careers, and each time, Vargas has been outstanding.

The last time they faced off was on Aug. 12, 2012, in Anaheim. Vargas, then with the Mariners, allowed one run in eight innings in a 4-1 victory.

They also had a tremendous pitching duel on Aug. 11, 2011. Vargas did not allow a run in six innings, and Weaver was scoreless over nine in a game won by the Angels, 1-0, in 10 innings. On May 18, 2011, Vargas pitched seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Weaver and the Angels.

Whatever happens, they will have plenty of time to talk about it this winter, as the two have planned a vacation together.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Weaver said. “We formed a really cool and special bond at Long Beach. It didn’t take us long to become friends. He’s a mellow guy off the field. I feel like I’m a mellow guy off the field. But once we get on the field, we’re competitors, and we want to win. I think that’s shown throughout our careers; that when we do get on the mound, it’s all about winning.

“He’s one of those special guys that comes into your life, and I don’t really talk to too many people that you come in contact with away from playing baseball. You kind of lose relationships and things of that nature, but that’s one relationship that I’ve held on to through the years. It’s nice to be able to call him and talk to him.”

Both are from Southern California. Vargas pitched at Apple Valley High in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles. He started Whitney Mercilus Merchandise at LSU, transferred to junior college after one season and then ended up at Long Beach State for his junior year.

Weaver is from Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles. He went to Long Beach State for three years and was the 2004 National College Player of the Year after posting a 15-1 record to go with a 1.63 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 144 innings. He was the 12th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft that June, by the Angels.

Vargas, who also starred at the plate at LBSU (.354 batting average in 2004), didn’t go until the second round, to the Marlins. The Royals are his fifth franchise, but he did get to play with Weaver for one season, in 2013, with the Angels.

“Well, he Whitney Mercilus Texans Jersey really didn’t change much til now,” Vargas said. “The competitiveness has always been there. It’s always been the Whitney Mercilus Jersey same raw emotion on the mound, and off the mound, it’s a different person. He’s a really easygoing, easy guy to be a friend with. So he’s a tough competitor out there on the mound, and we better be ready.”

Angels: Overwhelming advantage in playoff experience
The Angels may not have been in the playoffs since 2009, but their players have a combined 253 games in the postseason. The Royals have just 110 combined games of postseason experience. That includes 17 players who made their postseason debut on Tuesday night in the Wild Card playoff win over the Athletics.

Two members of the Royals have combined for 75 of those 110 games. Raul Ibanez, who did not play on Tuesday night, has appeared in 44 games (with the Mariners, Phillies and Yankees), and second baseman Omar Infante has played in 31 games (Tigers and Braves).

The Angels’ postseason experience comes from their former Cardinals and Rangers. First baseman Albert Pujols played in 74 playoff games, third baseman David Freese played in 48 and reliever Fernando Salas appeared in 16 games during their time with the Cardinals. Outfielder Josh Hamilton played in 34 postseason games with the Rangers, and C.J. Wilson pitched in 10.

Royals: Yost shrugs off criticism
The Royals rallied twice to beat the Athletics in the Wild Card Game, but that didn’t keep manager Ned Yost from being criticized for his managing — most specifically, when he brought in rookie Yordano Ventura to replace James Shields in the sixth inning.

“Look, I’ve been criticized my whole career, right?” Yost said. “There is so much as a coaching staff and a manager that we know that they don’t know. I’m not talking about the player, I’m talking about situations, I’m talking about internal things that go on our team that help us make decisions that factor into our decisions that nobody knows. What they do is, they take something that they can Whitney Mercilus Jersey Cheap jump on and then jump on it and bark about it, and that’s fine. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it’s kind of supposed to be.

“If the manager puts in a player and he gives up a three-run homer, it’s the manager’s fault. I put him in. It’s something that we all deal with every day, and it doesn’t really bother us too much.”

Worth noting
• Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who will be in the lineup on Thursday, is 6-for-27 with three career home runs off Vargas. He is one of two left-handed hitters with three home runs off Vargas. The other is Hideki Matsui.

• Ibanez has four home runs off Weaver. The only players with more are Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson (five).

• The two teams split six games during the regular season, with each team winning two of three at home.

 

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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.”