Royals rookie Yordano Ventura looked up to Pedro Martinez as a kid, but now he must tap into some Pedro World Series magic, writes Jerry Crasnick.
After several setbacks, Steve Pearce considered quitting baseball. But he endured, and is now thriving in his role as the Orioles' starting first baseman.
The Tigers threw a knockout punch in the ALCS, and now they're in the World Series.
Phil Coke is enjoying every minute of his newly found fame in his role as the Tigers' closer.
In their loss in Game 3, the Yankees showed they simply can't hit. They're also running out of explanations and time.
Justin Verlander, arguably baseball's best pitcher, will pose a huge challenge for Yankees' struggling lineup in Game 3.
Anibal Sanchez gave the Tigers a lift in Game 2, but the team's bullpen issues still need to be solved.
Losing Derek Jeter for the remainder of the postseason is a major hit to a suddenly fragile Yankees team.
Once the pain of falling to the Yankees in five games eases and perspective takes hold, the Orioles players can take gratification in restoring a sense of pride in Baltimore baseball.
The Orioles showed their grit by winning yet again in extra innings to force a Game 5 against the Yankees in the ALDS.
The Orioles were two outs from a series lead until Raul Ibanez showed up late in Game 3. Now they're fighting for their playoff lives.
Justin Verlander should become the first back-to-back AL Cy Young winner since Pedro Martinez of the 1999-2000 Red Sox.
The Tigers are confident, knowing they'll have their ace on the mound in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
Game 5. In the Bronx. Against a franchise with 27 titles. The Tigers survived it all, edging the Yankees 3-2 to advance to the ALCS.
The Yankees hadn't planned on having A.J. Burnett start a game in this ALDS, but there he was in a win-or-go-home Game 4 and he delivered to save New York's season.
Rain didn't just force the Tigers and Yankees to suspend Game 1 of their ALDS, but it also cost them their aces, Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia.