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In 1st comments since season's end, Nats GM Rizzo stays mum (The Associated Press)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:14:28 PDT

Whether discussing where Bryce Harper or Trea Turner might play next season, whether assessing the Washington Nationals' performance or his priorities for the offseason, general manager Mike Rizzo avoiding saying much Thursday. Rizzo broke little new ground during a 15-minute conference call with reporters, his first comments since Washington's season ended with an NL Division Series loss for the third time in five years. A big part of that is Turner, who had a breakout rookie season, including 13 homers and 33 steals, while transitioning to center field from the middle infield.

Finalists announced for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Big League Stew)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:26:01 PDT

Much like the Hollywood awards season, baseball has its own awards season. With the World Series already at Game 3 and the end of baseball staring everyone in the face, that means awards time is upon us. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given for defensive excellence, got an early jump on things, announcing the three finalists for every American League and National League position on Thursday afternoon.

Max Scherzer's second no-hitter jersey was nearly a housecleaning casualty (Big League Stew)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:21:59 PDT

Not Erica May-Scherzer though. The wife of Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was determined to start the offseason with an organized home, and that determination nearly cost her husband one of his prized possessions. Perhaps this is Mrs. Scherzer’s idea of a good joke. Max Scherzer is one intense dude.

Daily Dose: Cubs Win, Cubs In (Rotoworld)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:59:00 PDT

Nate Grimm recaps the Cubs' ascent to the World Series and the likelihood of Kyle Schwarber to contribute in the Fall Classic in Sunday's Daily Dose.

Three reasons we shouldn't count out the Dodgers in the NLCS (Big League Stew)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:59:32 PDT

As the first pitch of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series nears, almost all of the focus is on the Chicago Cubs opportunity to make history, reverse curses and reach the franchise’s first World Series since 1945. If any team has needed a 48-hour break to clear its mind and perhaps even allow the pressure to shift to the other side, it’s this Dodgers squad.

Cubs close, but Sarge knows what can happen in a hurry (The Associated Press)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:17:39 PDT

Once in a while, Gary Matthews relives how close his Chicago Cubs came to reaching the World Series. With his former team just one win from its first World Series trip since 1945, fans everywhere already are envisioning the excitement at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NL Championship Series and can clinch the pennant in Game 6 on Saturday night.

Dose: Salazar Making Strides (Rotoworld)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:05:00 PDT

Nate Grimm covers Danny Salazar's potential World Series availability and reports of the Tigers "listening on everybody" in Saturday's Dose.

LEADING OFF: Day off for Dodgers, Cubs before NLCS Game 6 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:14:27 PDT

It's a day off in the NL Championship Series before the Chicago Cubs try to earn their first World Series trip since 1945. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for Los Angeles on an extra day of rest. ''Haven't had that in a while, so it's good.'' Kyle Hendricks , who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA this season, goes for the Cubs.

Dodgers save Kershaw for Game 6, and now they'll need him (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:27:13 PDT

Clayton Kershaw gripped a baseball in his left hand and grimaced while he watched Game 5 of the NL Championship Series from the dugout. The Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitcher was ready and eager, and he was sitting on three days of rest. Manager Dave Roberts could have deployed him Thursday night in Chavez Ravine and probably again in relief at Wrigley Field.

Nationals bring back all 7 members of coaching staff for '17 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:21:06 PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- All seven members of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's major league coaching staff will return to the team for the 2017 season.

Dodgers push back Kershaw; Maeda to start Game 5 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:52:08 PDT

The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to Kenta Maeda to start Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Maeda (0-1), and not ace Clayton Kershaw, will get the baseball in a crucial contest of the series, which is tied at two games apiece. Maeda gets the call despite his inability to deliver so far in the postseason.

In NLCS Game 4, elder Lackey faces youngster Urias (The Associated Press)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:57:00 PDT

John Lackey, the 37-year-old Chicago Cubs pitcher, was asked Tuesday what it might be like for 20-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Julio Urias, Lackey's counterpart in Game 4 on Wednesday. "Sometimes, it's good to be young," said Lackey, who was 24 when he started Game 7 for the victorious 2002 World Series champion Anaheim Angels. Urias (1-0, 0.00 in the postseason) will become the youngest pitcher to start a playoff game when he and Lackey square off at Dodger Stadium, with the Dodgers up 2-1 in the series.

Cubs-Dodgers Preview (The Associated Press)

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:09:58 PDT

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers the last time he pitched at Dodger Stadium. Although Arrieta isn't banking on duplicating the feat, which occurred Aug. 30, 2015, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner believes he can use it to his benefit when he and the Cubs face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. "You try to tackle them accordingly," Arrieta said Monday.

Adrian Gonzalez wouldn't stay with Dodgers at a Trump hotel in Chicago (Big League Stew)

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:01:23 PDT

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, home run hero of the National League Championship Series Game 2, made special accommodations when his team went to Chicago to play the Chicago Cubs back in May. See, the team usually stays at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which they’ve been doing for years. Gonzalez didn’t spell out exactly why he didn’t want to use that particular hotel, which is owned by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President. “I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed.

Column: Nobody buys a baseball ticket to see managers manage (The Associated Press)

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:28:27 PDT

For those keeping score at home, Maddon used three relievers in the seventh inning, two more - including regular closer Aroldis Chapman - in the eighth and Hector Rondon to close out the ninth. The Dodgers began the eighth with right-hander Joe Blanton, then had him load the bases with two intentional walks, and left him in to face Cubs left-handed pinch-hitter Miguel Montero.

Kershaw, Hendricks duel as Dodgers face Cubs in Game 2 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:20:42 PDT

For the fourth time in their seven games this postseason, Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for the Dodgers, while Chicago Cubs' right-hander Kyle Hendricks is merely glad to be back on the mound. Kershaw won Game 1 of the National League Division Series, then started Game 4 on short rest and came in to close Game 5, earning one win and a save against the Washington Nationals. Three nights after the seven-pitch, series-clinching save at Washington, Kershaw gets the call Sunday night after the Cubs' rode a Miguel Montero grand slam to a 8-4 win in Game 1 of the NLCS the night before.

Montero's PH slam lifts Cubs over Dodgers 8-4 in NLCS opener (The Associated Press)

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:26:22 PDT

Miguel Montero delivered a memorable swing, Javier Baez stole home with his daring dash down the line and Jon Lester turned in another steady performance on the mound. It all added up to another dramatic victory for the Chicago Cubs, who are off and running in the NL Championship Series. Montero snapped an eighth-inning tie with the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history, and Chicago beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in the opener Saturday night, moving the Cubs a step closer to their first pennant in 71 years.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:36:11 PDT

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at the Chicago Cubs. Kershaw will face the Cubs three days after he wrapped up the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals, getting the final two outs in relief in the decisive Game 5. The Dodgers also announced Saturday that left-hander Rich Hill will get the start in Game 3 when the best-of-seven series shifts to Los Angeles.

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS (Big League Stew)

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:26:01 PDT

The baseball world’s suspicions that Clayton Kershaw would start Sunday’s Game 2 of the NLCS started to gel around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Kershaw will start against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks, on Sunday extending a busy week that saw him start Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday and earn the final two outs of the Dodgers’ clinching Game 5 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Kershaw, who missed more than two months of the season with a back injury, said he will be pitching under no restrictions.

LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Cubs open NLCS; Indians go for 2-0 lead (The Associated Press)

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 01:09:53 PDT

The Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at 8:08 p.m. EDT. Four wins from their first pennant in 71 years, the Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound against rookie Kenta Maeda. Lester limited the Dodgers to one run over 15 innings in two starts this year, and Los Angeles batted .213 against left-handers overall.

Column: Kid does it all, even with one eye on back home (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:57:28 PDT

A single sheet of paper sat on Willson Contreras' chair in front of his locker when the Chicago Cubs rookie showed up for practice on Friday. Someone asked Contreras who would be picking up his. Baseball provided Contreras a path out of the tough times back home in Venezuela and swept him to the top of the major leagues.

Nationals C Ramos has knee surgery; rehab to take 6-8 months (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:43:47 PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had surgery on his right knee and his rehabilitation is expected to take six-to- eight months.

Boosted by Dodgers, Cubs, NLDS outdraws ALDS on TV (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:16:27 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, the NL Division Series outdrew its AL counterpart on television.

Column: Dodgers-Nats shows baseball at its best - and worst (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:12:14 PDT

It was one of the most compelling postseason games in baseball history. Simply put, the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the Washington Nationals in the decisive contest of the NL Division Series epitomized everything that's great about the playoffs - and everything that's wrong with a national pastime that drags on far too long. When Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw improbably ended the interminable classic with a strikeout for his first career save, Thursday had become Friday.

For 3rd time in 5 years, Nats must move on from NLDS exit (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:56:29 PDT

Jayson Werth knew this season's NL Division Series defeat following a division title felt different from the same scenarios that played out for the Washington Nationals a couple of other times recently. ''I don't know,'' the team's left fielder said, then repeated that phrase in a silent, somber clubhouse in the early hours of Friday after a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5. For the third time in five years, Werth and Washington won the NL East.

Nationals fans saved loudest boos for their public transit (Big League Stew)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:11:52 PDT

At 10:52 p.m. on Thursday night, about an hour and a half before the Washington Nationals would be eliminated from the playoffs, boos and chants were ringing out at Nationals Park. 43,000+ boo as Nats Park announces the last Metro train. There were more than 43,000 fans at Nationals Park.

Newly retired Vin Scully has grade-school speaking gig (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 01:05:13 PDT

Vin Scully is keeping busy in retirement, joking with Jimmy Kimmel that he's been to the hardware store since ending his 67-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first television interview since calling his last game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco, Scully told the late-night talk show host Thursday that he has a ''very important engagement'' on Monday. ''I'm lecturing at the sixth-grade school at Saint Mel's,'' Scully said, referring to the Catholic elementary school in Woodland Hills where his grandson and granddaughter attend.

Nats' season ends with bad decisions in NLDS Game 5 loss (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 01:04:10 PDT

When third-base coach Bob Henley sent Jayson Werth home on a double down the left-field line, the Nationals seemed to be in control. Max Scherzer was dealing some of the finest stuff in the biggest start of his career, and Washington was nine outs from winning an NL Division Series. Werth was out by 30 feet at the plate , Scherzer lost the lead on his next pitch and the decisive Game 5 unraveled as the Nationals lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Thursday night, their third first-round exit in the past five years.

Five reasons Dodgers-Nats Game 5 was the best playoff game thus far (Big League Stew)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:50:44 PDT

The 2016 Major League Baseball postseason is officially insane. One wild-card game ended on a walk-off home run by Edwin Encarnacion, the other featured a historic performance by Madison Bumgarner. In the Division Series, we saw a walk-off slide push the Toronto Blue Jays forward, some incredible bullpen management by Terry Francona and a dramatic ninth-inning comeback that inched the Chicago Cubs one step closer to breaking their 108-year drought.

LEADING OFF: Blue Jays-Indians open ALCS, Dodgers-Cubs set (The Associated Press)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:57:48 PDT

Jose Bautista and wild-card Toronto hit eight home runs in their three-game sweep of Texas in the AL Division Series. Kluber was magnificent in his postseason debut, pitching three-hit ball for seven shutout innings as Cleveland swept Boston. The Dodgers will be working out at Wrigley Field, fresh off winning the deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series in Washington.