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2012 MLB Division Series, The Final Chapter: Orioles/Yankees, Cardinals/Nationals

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The Orioles and Yankees, and Nationals and Cardinals, have played tight, tense, exciting games. Two of these teams will continue to the LCS round. Two will go home after today.

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This is the 18th season of the wild-card era; we have had the Division Series round every year since 1995.

This is the first year of the 18 in which all four division series went the distance, to a deciding fifth game. Since we had one regular-season winner-take-all game (of a sort -- the last Rangers/Athletics game decided the AL West winner), two wild-card play-in games, and now four Game 5's in the division series round, that makes seven elimination games in the last ten days (including the two today), several of which have been excruciatingly exciting, or controversial.

Baseball is living right. We've had an outstanding postseason so far, and we still have two rounds to go.

This will be the first Yankees postseason game not played in the evening this year. Will their players even know what to do?

MLB.com Gameday for Yankees/Orioles. Series tied 2-2. Game time: 4 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken Jr. and Craig Sager.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Jason Hammel 8-6 20 20 1 1 0 0 118.0 104 48 45 9 42 113 3.43 1.24


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - CC Sabathia 15-6 28 28 2 0 0 0 200.0 184 89 75 22 44 197 3.38 1.14

MLB.com Gameday for Nationals/Cardinals. Series tied 2-2. Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly and David Aldridge.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Adam Wainwright 14-13 33 32 3 2 0 0 198.2 196 96 87 15 52 184 3.94 1.25


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Gio Gonzalez 21-8 32 32 2 1 0 0 199.1 149 69 64 9 76 207 2.89 1.13

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

This will be the only thread for today's games; if it gets too slow, post another one in the fanshot area. Discuss amongst yourselves.