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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:35:51 PDTBy winning the AL Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. Injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer left Cleveland in a tough spot even as the Indians kept winning. Cleveland won Game 5 and the series behind a solid effort from Merritt, but the Indians would love for Bauer and perhaps even Salazar to be able to contribute at some point soon.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:43:42 PDTThe Cleveland Indians are living that reality right now. First it was pitcher Danny Salazar, who went down in early September with a right forearm strain. Then it was Carlos Carrasco, who broke a bone his hand when it couldn’t get out of the way of a line drive in mid-September.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:13:55 PDTJust in time, Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays broke out the bats to save their season. Now they have a chance to really make things interesting in this AL Championship Series. Donaldson backed up his fiery pep talk to teammates before the game, hitting a home run and turning in a timely diving stop Tuesday to help the Blue Jays avert a sweep with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDTSorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.
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.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:02:29 PDTBy Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - When blood began dripping from Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer's pinkie, manager Terry Francona went to his first-aid cabinet using six relievers to patch together a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to sit one win away from a trip to the World Series. After two tight losses in Cleveland, Blue Jays fans could be forgiven for believing fate was on their side when Bauer failed to make it out of the first inning with blood streaming from his little finger down his pant leg forming a puddle on the mound. A self-described "big nerd" with a fascination for drones, Bauer, who studied mechanical engineering at UCLA, forced Francona into making several band-aid moves when he got whacked on his pitching hand playing with one of his fleet of drones on Friday and required 10 stitches to close the gash.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:57:33 PDTBy Steve Keating TORONTO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - When blood began dripping from Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer's pinkie, manager Terry Francona went to his first-aid cabinet using six relievers to patch together a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to sit one win away from a trip to the World Series. After two tight losses in Cleveland, Blue Jays fans could be forgiven for believing fate was on their side when Bauer failed to make it out of the first inning with blood streaming from his little finger down his pant leg forming a puddle on the mound. A self-described "big nerd" with a fascination for drones, Bauer, who studied mechanical engineering at UCLA, forced Francona into making several band-aid moves when he got whacked on his pitching hand playing with one of his fleet of drones on Friday and required 10 stitches to close the gash.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:04 PDTClayton Kershaw entered Dodgers lore Thursday night, right alongside the last ace to lead the franchise to a World Series title. In 1988, Orel Hershiser came out of the bullpen for the final out of Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against the New York Mets. Hershiser, who had thrown seven innings the day before, retired Kevin McReynolds on a flyball with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, enabling Los Angeles to win the game 5-4 and even the series.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:28 PDTSorry, Texas Rangers, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that doesn’t care one iota about run differential.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDTSorry, Seattle Mariners, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And if Bowser is in that castle, it would be the most on-brand one of these we’ve done.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:31:54 PDTThe Dodgers and Nationals take a break for travel before the deciding Game 5 of their NL Division Series on Thursday in Washington. Now, they get a few days off in Chicago before resuming their quest to end a World Series championship drought that dates to 1908. Four wins from their first pennant in 71 years, the Cubs await the Dodgers-Nationals winner in the NLCS beginning Saturday at Wrigley Field.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:25:42 PDTSorry, Houston Astros, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Well, that, or maybe Colby Rasmus got there first and is off somewhere throwing an epic celebration party without you.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:43:29 PDTKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Royals pitcher Chris Young had surgery to his abdominal area, pelvis and groin on Tuesday and the veteran right-hander is expected to be ready for spring training in February.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:18:55 PDTChicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon considers managing the bullpen his biggest concern on a daily basis, and it's all magnified in October when one decision backfiring can mean the end of the line. Showalter was immediately second-guessed by everyone except his fellow managers who know their next call to the bullpen could be scrutinized just as much. ''I never question what anyone else does because you've got to make tough decisions,'' said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who got a five-out save and a six-out win from closer Roberto Osuna in the AL Division Series against Texas.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:00 PDTSorry, Kansas City Royals, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Probably the same one you left it in last year before losing the key.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 21:10:00 PDTNate Grimm discusses Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood and the Cubs' Game 2 win over the Giants, and a potential Julio Urias start in Sunday's Daily Dose.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:39:59 PDTErik Williams and Brad Knaub had seen every attempt to exorcise the Curse of the Billy Goat go awry, from intrepid Cubs fans who have smuggled more benevolent goats into Wrigley Field to that Greek Orthodox priest who once sprayed holy water on the dugout. ''The previous attempts to reverse the curse with slaughter and macabre acts are obviously only making things worse,'' Williams said.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:13:54 PDT(Reuters) - Some pitchers would be ecstatic to throw a complete game shutout in a wildcard elimination showdown but it was just another night at the office for San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. The left-hander gave up just four hits in the road game as the Giants beat the New York Mets 3-0 on Conor Gillaspie's three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to keep alive their hopes of a fourth World Series in seven seasons. The laconic Bumgarner, a North Carolina farmer who still lives on his 140-acre (56-hectare) property in the off-season, could hardly have taken the stellar performance more in his stride.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:11:55 PDTSome pitchers would be ecstatic to throw a complete game shutout in a wildcard elimination showdown but it was just another night at the office for San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. The left-hander gave up just four hits in the road game as the Giants beat the New York Mets 3-0 on Conor Gillaspie's three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to keep alive their hopes of a fourth World Series in seven seasons. The laconic Bumgarner, a North Carolina farmer who still lives on his 140-acre (56-hectare) property in the off-season, could hardly have taken the stellar performance more in his stride.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:30 PDTMadison Bumgarner. Bumgarner — he of the 1.03 ERA in seven games in the 2014 postseason — will square off with Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ young fireballer who is capable of dominating anytime he’s on the mound.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:03:04 PDTToting his outstanding October resume to the mound, Bumgarner will start for the San Francisco Giants against Syndergaard and the New York Mets in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night. ''It's going to be an exciting game,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, when both teams worked out at Citi Field. San Francisco, the top team in the majors at the All-Star break, struggled badly throughout the second half before finishing with a four-game winning streak.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:21:30 PDTThe Cleveland Indians weren't supposed to be playing in October and yet here they are: AL Central champions with a chance to end a World Series drought approaching its 68th anniversary. While many baseball fans remain fixated on the Chicago Cubs, those lovable losers trying to rewrite baseball history, the Indians have quietly overcome injuries to put themselves in position to bring another championship to Cleveland, a city still giddy after LeBron James and the Cavaliers won an NBA title this summer. ''We don't mind if we have to play the underdog,'' said second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:22:08 PDTBaseball's regular season is a novel, one that was full of melodramatic twists and turns this season for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. When the Mets host the Giants in the National League wild card game Wednesday night at Citi Field, the novel becomes a Choose Your Own Adventure, with the season hanging on every turn of the page. "Tomorrow's different -- I have not been in a one-game win-all scenario before," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who began his managerial career in 1981.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:41:54 PDTFor the first time in franchise history, a wild-card playoff game will be played in Toronto. Both the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles finished the season with a record of 89-73, but the Blue Jays won the season series between the two teams (10-9) and therefore earned the top wild-card spot in the American League and the right to host the winner-take-all match-up. Before we dive into more details, here are the basics you need to know before tonight’s game: The Basics: Place: Rogers Centre, Toronto Dome: Open First pitch: 8:08 p.m. ET Television: Sportsnet, TBS Note: For Canadians, say goodbye to Buck and Tabby. While the major league playoffs air on Sportsnet, it’s the TBS broadcast that will be simulcast on the network. That means no Buck Martinez or Pat Tabler. Instead, the TBS crew consists of Ernie Johnson doing play-by-play with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Radio: Fan 590, ESPN Radio
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:24:51 PDTFervent fans and last at-bats haven't done the home teams much good in the first eight wild-card games.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:28:36 PDTFor two decades, finishing at .500 would have given the Royals reason to celebrate. The Royals spent the first day after the regular season Monday ruing how a season full of promise went awry. ''We expected to perform much better and it just didn't happen,'' general manager Dayton Moore said.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:22:09 PDTAfter a scramble to finish the regular season, the playoffs are finally on deck. With 10 teams left, here are 10 questions to carry fans through October:
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 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.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:53:20 PDTRed Sox slugger David Ortiz's career has been filled with clutch hits and memorable moments. Here are some of Big Papi's biggest feats as he enters the finale of his regular-season career on Sunday at Fenway Park: