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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

- Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) stands during the National Anthem before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Matt Williams excels as rookie manager with everything he doesn’t do

- The Washington Times

For every time Williams leaves those dugout steps, there are dozens of other times in which he chooses not to act. There are the substitutions he does not make, the pitching changes he ponders and forgets, the conversations he considers but does not have. “I trust,” Williams said. “Part of my job is to step aside sometimes and say, ‘Go get ‘em, fellas.’”

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The Orioles won 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)

Orioles enter playoffs with confidence despite what they’re missing

- Associated Press

They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager A. J. Hinch and coach Matt Williams, right, sit in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, June 4, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A.J. Hinch hired as Houston Astros manager, replacing Bo Porter

Associated Press

Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is seen in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ron Gardenhire fired by Twins after 13 years as manager

- Associated Press

Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round of the postseason once in those six trips.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams throws batting practice before the a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

How the Nats plan to maintain momentum over four-day lull

- The Washington Times

The Nationals have scheduled a series of fast-paced, full-team workouts to stay sharp in the days leading up to Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “Baseball is not like riding a bike,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Rhythm and timing play a huge part.”

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF

- Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion.

Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series

- Associated Press

Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series.

FILE - This Dec. 18, 2008 file photo shows New York Yankees co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner during a news conference in New York.  Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs

Associated Press

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract.

Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland celebrates after the Royals' 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in 12 innings in the AL wild-card playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion

- Associated Press

It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason - nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys.