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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.

Kershaw stands in the way of Cubs' chance to make history (The Associated Press)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:55:23 PDT

All 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.

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.

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.

Mike Hazen leaves Boston for more control in Arizona (The Associated Press)

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:06:46 PDT

Mike Hazen seemingly had the perfect job, working in his hometown as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. ''There are some great players here and my job is to help bring this franchise to the next level,'' Hazen said during his introductory news conference Monday. With the addition of Hazen, Tony La Russa will shift from chief baseball officer into an advisory role.

This Week in 'Pitch': The All-Star Game and a zero-star dinner (Big League Stew)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:57:47 PDT

Welcome to our new weekly coverage of the Fox TV show “Pitch.” We’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode and reviewing what happens on the field, off the field, in the past (there are always flashbacks on “Pitch”), and we’ll even be taking a look at what happens behind the scenes. It’s time for the All-Star Game, and the San Diego Padres are hosting (just like in real life!). Thanks to an unprecedented fan campaign, Ginny is chosen to represent the Padres despite winning just three starts and barely spending any time in the majors.

Daily Dose: Dodgers Move On (Rotoworld)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:48:00 PDT

In Friday's Daily Dose, D.J. Short recaps the Dodgers dramatic and unconventional win over the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS.

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.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:32:06 PDT

The Washington Nationals won't have right-hander Stephen Strasburg available if they advance to the National League Championship Series, according to manager Dusty Baker. Strasburg suffered a setback in Monday's bullpen session and his return this season remains uncertain. - - Corey Kluber will start Friday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series for the Cleveland Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays.

LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Nats in Game 5; Indians set rotation (The Associated Press)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:50:06 PDT

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

Dose: Dodgers-Nationals Game 5 (Rotoworld)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:07:00 PDT

Matthew Pouliot looks at the choices the Dodgers face for the finale of the NLDS against the Nationals.

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.

Mike Dee out as Padres president following miserable season (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:30:04 PDT

Mike 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.

Padres part ways with president and CEO Mike Dee (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:17:44 PDT

A messy season for the San Diego Padres seems to be turning into a messy offseason, as the Padres have decided to part ways with their president and CEO Mike Dee. This was Dee’s second stint with the Padres.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aces aren't the only pitchers who can dominate in October (The Associated Press)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:43:03 PDT

October isn't just for aces.

Nationals' Trea Turner brings blast of speed into October (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:19:33 PDT

Trea Turner knows things will speed up during the postseason. Since bursting into the majors in June, the Washington Nationals rookie has hit .342 with 14 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 73 games.

McGwire, Selig, Steinbrenner on new Hall of Fame ballot (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:09:25 PDT

Mark McGwire is getting another swing at the Hall of Fame. The former slugger who admitted using steroids joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December. The announcement was made Monday by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Losing seasons expected to continue for rebuilding Padres (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:14:47 PDT

It 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.

Old rookies Bush, Barnette took unique paths to AL playoffs (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:30:37 PDT

Matt Bush and Tony Barnette took drastically different and quite unconventional paths to becoming 30-something rookie relievers and locker mates with the AL West champion Texas Rangers. When the Rangers were in the playoffs last October, former No. 1 overall pick Bush was in the final month of a 3 +-year stint in prison for a drunken driving accident that nearly killed a man. The 32-year-old Barnette was finishing a record-setting season as a closer who helped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows reach the Japan Series.

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.

D.J. LeMahieu wins NL batting title after spending weekend on bench (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:57 PDT

With regular season baseball over, we finally know who won the very close race for the National League batting title. LeMahieu, who batted .348, won the title by the slimmest of margins. Weiss didn’t start LeMahieu in Saturday or Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he didn’t appear as a pinch hitter either.

How Ortiz's final season stacks up with the best ever (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:13:44 PDT

No 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's wins above replacement stat, belongs to Sandy Koufax, who was worth 10.3 WAR in 1966.

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.

Tigers eliminated with 1-0 loss to Teheran, Braves (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:59:11 PDT

The 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.