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Are Indians adding to list of great postseason bullpens? (The Associated Press)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:35:51 PDT

By 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.

Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDT

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.

Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale returns to Athletics (The Associated Press)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:10:45 PDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.

The Blue Jays are going to have a tough time winning the ALCS (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:27:55 PDT

On 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.

Game Over: The 2016 Texas Rangers (Big League Stew)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:28 PDT

Sorry, Texas Rangers, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that doesn’t care one iota about run differential.

Game Over: The 2016 Seattle Mariners (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDT

Sorry, 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.

Game Over: The 2016 Houston Astros (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:25:42 PDT

Sorry, 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.

Manfred: Likely news on A's ballpark situation within year (The Associated Press)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:04:49 PDT

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expects news within a year regarding potential plans for the Athletics to build a new ballpark in Oakland. Major League Baseball is monitoring weekly calls the A's are holding to plan for a new stadium, and the low-budget franchise is exploring several potential locations. ''I have spent more time with the A's, on their stadium situation, than I have spent with any other franchise over the last two years,'' Manfred said Monday before the San Francisco Giants hosted the Chicago Cubs for NL Division Series Game 3 .

No rotation changes for Red Sox, Indians after rainout (The Associated Press)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:52:17 PDT

Both managers say they are sticking with their scheduled Game 3 starters after Sunday's American League Division Series game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park was washed out by an all-day rain. Josh Tomlin will try to finish off a three-game sweep for the Indians, and Clay Buchholz will attempt to extend the Red Sox's season, but it is the bullpens that more likely will be affected by a rainout that creates the potential for games three straight days. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber was able to cruise to a 6-0 win in Game 2, but Indians manager Terry Francona had to use Andrew Miller and Cody Allen a combined 3 2/3 innings in the opener.

Game Over: The 2016 Kansas City Royals (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:00 PDT

Sorry, 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.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Yankees (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:56:10 PDT

Sorry, New York Yankees, your World Series trophy is in another castle. A castle likely owned by Derek Jeter.

Indians not overconfident heading to Boston (The Associated Press)

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:31:04 PDT

BOSTON - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona made a simple observation after his team went up 2-0 in the five-game ALDS series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Game Over: The 2016 Baltimore Orioles (Big League Stew)

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDT

Sorry, Baltimore Orioles, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Maybe call the bullpen to see if your lonely closer has seen it.

Dodgers' Hill climbs back to postseason (The Associated Press)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:06:27 PDT

Late in the summer of 2015, Rich Hill made two starts for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League. Earlier that year, the well-traveled left-hander pitched 25 games for Triple-A Syracuse -- the top farm team of the Washington Nationals. Hill's journey takes him to Nationals Park, where he starts Game 2 of the National League Division Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers against host Washington on Saturday afternoon.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Mets (Big League Stew)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:57:07 PDT

Sorry, New York Mets, your World Series trophy is in another castle. In fact, rumor has it that it’s receiving treatment in the trainer’s room.

Cubs' Russell says playoff taste last year invaluable (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:49:33 PDT

While the Chicago Cubs were waiting to find out if they would play the New York Mets or San Francisco Giants in the NL Division Series, Addison Russell thought about the experience he gained in last year's playoffs. ''It's pretty important,'' Russell said Wednesday. ''I kind of got to see the atmosphere a little bit, especially in that wild-card game and the first games against the Cardinals as well.

Blue Jays vs. Orioles: Breaking down the American League wild-card game (Eh Game)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:41:54 PDT

For 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

Diamondbacks fire Stewart, Hale after another losing season (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:57:57 PDT

The additions of pitchers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller had the Arizona Diamondbacks facing upgraded expectations this season. General manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale will not be back. Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa will be, though it's unclear in what role.

Injury-plagued Athletics win one more game, still last place (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:13:48 PDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sonny Gray showed up at spring training eight months ago with big aspirations for himself and the Oakland Athletics this season.

MLB managers on the hot seat: Walt Weiss and Chip Hale fired, who's next? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDT

The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart.

Braves plan manager interviews with Black, Washington (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:07:31 PDT

The Atlanta Braves are thrilled with the job that interim manager Brian Snitker did this season. Less than 24 hours after the Braves finished a last-place season with a flourish, team president John Hart said former managers Bud Black and Ron Washington would be interviewed for the job, and other outside candidates may be considered as well.

Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:46:38 PDT

Highlights 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.

Manaea, Vogt lead Oakland to 3-2 win over Seattle (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:16:54 PDT

During the final few weeks of the season, Sean Manaea provided the Oakland Athletics a glimpse of what they hope to see over a longer haul starting next season. Manaea continued his solid close to 2016 by throwing six innings and allowing two runs as Oakland finished the year with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Since coming off the disabled list in mid-September, Manaea allowed three runs in 24 innings, striking out 20 and allowing 15 hits.

Baseball-Highlights of Saturday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:55:43 PDT

Mets 5, Phillies 3 New York's James Loney got all of a 3-1 pitch in the sixth inning and sent a tiebreaking two-run homer over the fence in right field. The Mets never relinquished the advantage and clinched a 2016 National League wild-card berth with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. New York hosts the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

With playoff hopes gone, Mariners wrap up season against A's (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:53:29 PDT

Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez hasn't gotten to pitch in many truly meaningful games in his impressive career, having never been to the postseason, and that won't change Sunday afternoon. A game that looked like it might carry more weight than any of Hernandez's 358 previous starts became painfully, familiarly irrelevant when the Mariners lost to Oakland on Saturday night. "We'll play hard," disappointed Seattle manager Scott Servais said after Saturday's 9-8 loss to Oakland in a 10-inning classic.

Mariners' playoff drought reaches 15 years with loss to A's (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:17:44 PDT

Manager Scott Servais was not prepared to give the season-ending speech to his team. After 10 wild innings that personified their season, the Mariners playoff hopes ended on Saturday night, extending baseball's longest postseason drought to 15 years with a 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Weeks of living on the edge of playoff contention finally caught up with Seattle in game No. 161.

Game Over: The 2016 Miami Marlins (Big League Stew)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:51:59 PDT

Sorry, Miami Marlins, your World Series trophy is in another castle.

Which stadiums were used for less time than Turner Field? (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:19:46 PDT

There are a handful of stadiums in Major League Baseball's modern era that were used for fewer seasons than Atlanta's Turner Field, which has been home of the Braves since 1997. Sick's Stadium, Seattle (1969) - A minor-league park that opened in 1938, it hosted the only season of the expansion Seattle Pilots, who moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became the Brewers. Merely intended as a temporary home until a new domed stadium was built, Sick's Stadium was expanded to hold around 25,000 for the Pilots.

Cano hits 2 homers, Mariners tighten wild-card race, top A's (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:52:55 PDT

Robinson Cano made sure the Seattle Mariners upheld their end of the wild-card equation. Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and the Seattle Mariners moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Friday night. ''You want the other teams to lose, but at the same time you've got win,'' Cano said.

Mariners still alive as they play Game 161 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:44:31 PDT

The dimming postseason hopes of the Seattle Mariners gained a spark of light Friday night, and they'll get at least one more chance to play a meaningful game. Baltimore is two games ahead of Seattle, although the Mariners could force a tie with them with two wins and two Baltimore losses. All that the Mariners know is that they need to keep winning.