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2012 MLB Playoffs Central

A one-stop look at schedules and coverage of the playoffs

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Updated October 29, 2012

A look at the schedules, results and coverage of the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs:

WILD-CARD GAMES

American League

Friday, Oct. 5: Baltimore Orioles 5, Texas Rangers 1 - Orioles detrhone two-time defending AL champs

National League

Friday, Oct. 5: St. Louis Cardinals 6, Atlanta Braves 3 - Cardinals let pop-up drop, but get reprieve

DIVISION SERIES ROUND (best of five)

American League

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

Results

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics

Results

  • Game 1: Oct. 6, Tigers 3, A's 1 -- Verlander dominates A's
  • Game 2: Oct. 7, Tigers 5, A's 4 -- Detroit goes up 2-0 on Kelly's walk-off sac fly
  • Game 3: Oct. 9, A's 2, Tigers 0 -- Anderson shuts down Tigers
  • Game 4, Oct. 10, A's 4, Tigers 3 -- Oakland's incredible rally in ninth knots series
  • Game 5: Oct. 11, Tigers 6, A's 0 -- Verlander throws shutout as Tigers head back to ALCS

National League

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Results

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants

Results


CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ROUND (best of seven)

American League

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

National League

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals


WORLD SERIES (best of seven)

San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers


THE CONTENDERS

American League

New York Yankees (95-67): They lost Mariano Rivera early in the season, but an improved rotation and solid seasons from veterans Derek Jeter and others led the Yankees to their second consecutive AL East title and their 17th playoff berth in 18 seasons.

Oakland Athletics (94-68): Came out of nowhere to win the American League West on the season's final day thanks to emerging hitters Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes and an overachieving pitching staff. Oakland was 13 games out of first place on June 30 and was in first place for just three days.

Detroit Tigers (88-74): Pulled away from the Chicago White Sox in the final week of the season and repeated as the American League Central champs, led by Miguel Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and ace pitcher Justin Verlander.

Texas Rangers (93-69): Led almost wire to wire, but the two-time defending AL pennant winners were swept by the A's in the final three-game series of the season to give up the division as they were sent to a one-game wild-card playoff. Led by former MVP Josh Hamilton, who finished second in the league in home runs and RBI.

Baltimore Orioles (93-69): Emerged from a dark period to become a surprise contender, and were in contention for the AL East title until the final day of the season, led by center fielder Adam Jones and closer Jim Johnson.

National League

Washington Nationals (98-64): The future came early as a young team led by pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg and 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper took the No. 1 overall seed and the best record in baseball, sending the franchise to its first-ever division title and into the playoffs for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in 1981.

Cincinnati Reds (97-65): Bounced back from one year out of the playoff race to have the best record in baseball for much of the season and winning the NL central by nine games, the biggest cushion in baseball. Former MVP Joey Votto missed much of the season but still hit .340, and a solid young pitching staff was steady.

San Francisco Giants (94-68): Matt Cain threw a perfect game early in the season and catcher Buster Posey won the batting title as the 2010 champions were one of the hottest teams in baseball in the second half and pulled away from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Atlanta Braves (94-68): In slugger Chipper Jones' final season, the Braves got back to the playoffs, which is something that was a given earlier in Jones' career. Young ace Kris Medlen emerged in the second half and closer Craig Kimbrel was almost unhittable as the Braves clinched a wild-card berth in mid-September.

St. Louis Cardinals (88-74): The defending World Series champions took the final wild-card spot late in the season as Carlos Beltran hit 32 homers and Kyle Lohse (16-3) and Lance Lynn (18-8) picked up the slack on the mound.


Top 10 Teams in Each Playoff Franchise's History


All-Time Lineups (from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup)

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