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2011 MLB Playoffs Recap

Links and more, compiled daily from the 2011 postseason

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Updated October 29, 2011

A look at the schedules, results and coverage of the 2011 Major League Baseball playoffs:

DIVISION SERIES ROUND (best of five)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: TBS

Schedule/results


Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: TBS

Schedule/results

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: TBS

Schedule/results

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: TBS

Schedule/results


CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ROUND (best of seven)

American League

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: Fox

National League

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Inside the Matchups: Series Preview

TV: TBS

WORLD SERIES (best of 7)

Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Inside the Matchups: World Series Preview

Position by Position Breakdown

TV: Fox

THE CONTENDERS

American League

New York Yankees: Perhaps the last hurrah for a core group that's led the Yankees to five championships since 1996.

Texas Rangers: The 2010 pennant winners let Vladimir Guerrero and Cliff Lee go in the offseason, but still became back-to-back winners of the AL West, picking up third baseman Adrian Beltre to go with a solid cast of hitters and a still-underrated pitching rotation. All five starters had 13 wins or more.

Detroit Tigers: No team was hotter for a stretch in the second half than the Tigers, who blew past the Indians and White Sox in the AL Central to win a division title for the first time since 1987, and their first-ever AL Central title. Justin Verlander won the AL pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250).

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays came back from nine games behind Boston on Sept. 4 to win the AL wild card and qualify for the postseason for the third time in four seasons.

National League

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies surpassed 100 wins in the regular season for the first time since 1977 behind one of the best-assembled pitching staffs in history.

Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers went for broke in the offseason, building a team around Prince Fielder in the final year of his contract, and it paid off nicely with the Brewers' first division title since winning the American League pennant in 1982. The acquisition of Zack Greinke gave the Brewers a formidable rotation, and getting Francisco Rodriguez from the Mets has made the bullpen a big key to the team's success.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks were the surprise team in the postseason party. They finished in last place in the NL West in 2010, but pulled away in the second half under second-year manager Kirk Gibson.

St. Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals rallied past the Atlanta Braves in the final week, coming back from three games down with five to play to take the wild card.

- Top 10 Teams in Each Playoff Franchise's History

Yankees: Ruth and Gehrig set the standard in 1927.

Rangers: Pennant-winning breakthrough in 2010.

Tigers: Morris, Gibson, Trammell and company won it all in 1984.

Phillies: 38-year drought ended in 2008.

Brewers: Harvey's Wallbangers came one game away in 1982.

Diamondbacks: Johnson, Schilling and a Game 7 bloop in 2001.

Rays: First winning season, first pennant.

Cardinals: A gritty group called the Gas House Gang.

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