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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:55:23 PDTAll that's left for the Chicago Cubs to do is make history. The Cubs came home to Wrigley Field with a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series and a chance Saturday night to end a more than seven-decade wait to return to the World Series. The Cubs led the majors with 103 wins and ran away with the NL Central title.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:54:20 PDTDETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:53:06 PDTBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 'cursed' Chicago Cubs, who have gone 108 years without a World Series title, gave their long-suffering fans a massive jolt of optimism on Thursday as their batters erupted for a second straight game on the road. Twenty-four hours after they had pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 at a stunned Dodger Stadium, they crushed their opponents 8-4 at the same venue to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Game Six will take place on Saturday in Chicago where another win by the Cubs would earn them a coveted place in the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians, and the chance to end a lengthy dry spell marked by "The Curse of the Billy Goat".
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:48:28 PDTBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The 'cursed' Chicago Cubs, who have gone 108 years without a World Series title, gave their long-suffering fans a massive jolt of optimism on Thursday as their batters erupted for a second straight game on the road. Twenty-four hours after they had pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 at a stunned Dodger Stadium, they crushed their opponents 8-4 at the same venue to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Game Six will take place on Saturday in Chicago where another win by the Cubs would earn them a coveted place in the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians, and the chance to end a lengthy dry spell marked by "The Curse of the Billy Goat".
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:10:43 PDTThe Chicago Cubs are trying to do something that hasn't happened in the lifetime of anyone born in the last 108 years: win a World Series. If you didn't know Chicago was once home to scores of celebrities, you do after tuning into the game. Here, then, are some Cubs fans who are better known for what they do for a living than who they root for.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:24:13 PDTThe humble workhorse in a wipeout bullpen, Andrew Miller was selected AL Championship Series MVP after his latest spotless outing sent the Cleveland Indians to their first pennant since 1997. Miller tossed 2 2/3 innings in a 3-0 victory Wednesday over Toronto, capping a five-game series in which the lanky left-hander overpowered the dangerous Blue Jays. Miller gave up three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings against Toronto and earned a four-out save in Game 3.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:27:55 PDTOn Monday night, the Cleveland Indians managed their third straight win in the American League Championship Series. They beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2, and they did it using their bullpen almost exclusively — starter Trevor Bauer left the game after getting just two outs when his stitched-up pinky began to gush blood like a geyser. It was an insane, unlikely win, and it means that it’s reality check time for the Blue Jays. Cleveland has the momentum, too, and on Tuesday they’re sending their ace, Corey Kluber, out to the mound.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:41:07 PDTThere’s no denying that Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has the numbers, the no-hitters, the Cy Young, even the contract. He’s probably going to win another Cy Young in November too.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:31:07 PDTBest in the majors this season, the Chicago Cubs cleared their first big October hurdle. Game 1 is at Wrigley Field on Saturday. ''I think it validates on a lot of different levels the job that we have done to this point,'' manager Joe Maddon said.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:30:04 PDTMike Dee is out as president of the San Diego Padres, who were embroiled in a major controversy toward the end of another miserable season. Managing partner Peter Seidler offered little insight into Dee's departure Wednesday. Seidler said Dee's contract wasn't set to expire until August 2018.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:12:21 PDTJustin Verlander would like to have that one back. Justin Verlander’s Twitter account has revved up for the offseason. Since the Detroit Tigers aren’t playing, their ace has been tweeting up a storm, mostly about baseball but a little about his golf game too.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:15:13 PDTDETROIT (AP) -- Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner is not returning in 2017.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:36:12 PDTWashington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said he learned a lesson from his first postseason start, which came on Oct. 2, 2011, at Yankee Stadium when he played for the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer entered that game with a different mindset than he used in regular-season games, and he proceeded to walk two batters in the first inning and four overall in six innings. Scherzer won the game but from then on tried to have the same approach for every outing.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:28:09 PDTMax Scherzer remembers being urged to try to slow everything down for his postseason debut five years ago. Not exactly what he needed to hear, Scherzer quickly discovered. Scherzer, who starts Game 1 of the NL Division Series for the Washington Nationals against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, was fed those frequently heard words of wisdom way back when.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:43:13 PDTThe Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians have come full circle. On April 5, they played at Progressive Field on Opening Day and six months later, with both teams having won their respective divisions, they will meet in Game 1 in the American League Division Series. The Indians, with a record of 94-67, won the Central Division by eight games over second-place Detroit.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:23:25 PDTThe Detroit Tigers weren't about to make a change for the sake of change. Brad Ausmus will return next year for a fourth season as Detroit's manager after the team announced Wednesday it was exercising the 2017 option on his contract. The Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, but a 12-game improvement from 2015 was enough for Ausmus to keep his job.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:30:08 PDTIt was 2007 last time the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central. They went to the playoffs and faced the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, the whole series coming down to a Game 7 in which Indians pitching disintegrated on the mound, allowing eight runs in last two innings. The Red Sox were on their way to another World Series win while the Indians had a tough few years ahead of them. They meet for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, and it’s clearly time for a sequel.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:51:56 PDTNick Paolella knows the date by heart and he knows the Chicago Cubs lost. It was Game 4 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, and Paolella's first game with his father, Angelo, a restaurant owner and brick mason. Nick Paolella, born and raised in Chicago, lived near Andy Pafko when he was a kid, and he thinks his father got the tickets from the Cubs outfielder.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:47:24 PDTMike Trout has an MVP problem: He needs more help. Widely considered baseball's best all-around player, with modern metrics consistently supporting that assertion, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder has been runner-up in the American League three of the past four years. The only time he took home the prize was 2014, when the Angels won 98 games and the AL West.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:32:40 PDTWhen the Detroit Tigers spent millions last offseason to sign Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Upton, it appeared they extended their window of opportunity to challenge for a championship for another couple of years. The Tigers were eliminated from the AL wild-card race on the final day of the season, missing the playoffs for a second straight year. It was a bitter disappointment for a team that came into 2016 with a payroll around $200 million and a roster still built around Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander - two stars who had very productive seasons but are now in their mid-30s.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:14:47 PDTIt was a rough year for the San Diego Padres, and things will probably get worse before they improve. The Padres are missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season and finished last in the NL West at 68-94. It was the Padres' sixth straight losing season.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:37:00 PDTA look at the American League wild-card game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays:
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:57:03 PDTIt opens Tuesday night when the Orioles visit Toronto in the AL wild-card game. ''All we asked for is an opportunity, and right now, we have an opportunity,'' Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones said after a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:23:14 PDTBaseball fans get a one-day break before the postseason begins Tuesday with the AL wild-card game, when the Orioles will travel to Toronto to determine who gets to face the Rangers in an AL Division Series. Baltimore is expected to pitch ace Chris Tillman and the Blue Jays will likely throw Marcus Stroman, although both teams had yet to announce starting pitchers as of Sunday night. The San Francisco Giants' quest for a fourth-straight even-year World Series title hits the road in the morning, when the team flies to New York.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:13:44 PDTNo matter what happens in the postseason, David Ortiz is capping his career with quite a slugging display. Boston's 40-year-old designated hitter finished the regular season with a .315 average and 38 home runs, and he tied for the American League lead with 127 RBIs. The best final season of any player in the modern era, as measured by Baseball-Reference.com's wins above replacement stat, belongs to Sandy Koufax, who was worth 10.3 WAR in 1966.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:13:35 PDTThe San Francisco Giants are back in the National League wild card game thanks to a 7-1 victory over arch-rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants booked a cross-country trip to New York where they'll face the Mets in the NL wild card game on Wednesday. On a nail-biting final day of the Major League Baseball regular season, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays booked an American League wild card showdown as the Detroit Tigers were finally eliminated from the race.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:46:38 PDTHighlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 Troy Tulowitzki singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays clinch an American League wildcard berth with the win over the Boston Red Sox. Toronto (89-73) claimed the top American League wildcard spot despite the Baltimore Orioles' win over the New York Yankees.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:12:57 PDTWalter Banks posed for pictures, caught up with old friends and turned a bit wistful as he remembered all the good times as an Atlanta Braves usher. The Braves played their final game at Turner Field on Sunday, ending a run that lasted a mere 20 seasons with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. A sellout crowd of 51,220 turned out for the occasion, while Banks manned his usual position in the box seats near the Atlanta dugout, not far from former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:59:11 PDTThe Detroit Tigers needed a lot of things to go right on the final day of the regular season. Julio Teheran matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, and Freddie Freeman drove in the lone run with a first-inning sacrifice fly off Justin Verlander. Detroit missed the playoffs for the second year in a row after four straight postseason appearances that included a trip to the World Series in 2012.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:37:03 PDTFrancisco Lindor hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, Josh Tomlin dazzled in his final tune-up for the postseason and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Sunday. Tomlin (13-9) dueled with Ian Kennedy (11-11) into the eighth before the new AL Central champs pulled ahead. Santana drew a walk off Kennedy to start the inning, Jason Kipnis followed with a double and Lindor hit a fly ball deep enough to right field for the lead.