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Kershaw struggles; Dodgers search for 1st title since 1988 (The Associated Press)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:24:21 PDT

Clayton Kershaw's playoff renaissance is over, at least for this year. Kershaw's postseason resume took another hit in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, finishing off the reeling Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs battered the three-time Cy Young Award winner on their way to a 5-0 victory Saturday night, making it 28 years and counting since the Dodgers last won the World Series.

Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon, Leon Durham as hitting coaches (The Associated Press)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:53:30 PDT

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.

Cubs on brink of World Series return after 71 years (AFP)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:01:18 PDT

One victory from their first trip to the World Series in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs have long-suffering supporters excited about the prospects for their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs were one win from the World Series in 1984 before San Diego rallied to win the final three games to take the series and advance to the Major League Baseball final.

He is risen: Tim Tebow ends slump with first professional hit (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:14:18 PDT

And during the 14th at-bat, he singled. It may have taken a little while, but former quarterback turned New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow finally picked up his first hit in the Arizona Fall League.

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.

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.

ESPN scout: There’s absolutely no baseball justification for Tim Tebow (Big League Stew)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:26:04 PDT

Tim Tebow hasn’t yet mustered a hit in the Arizona Fall League, where this week he started the second step in his attempt at a baseball career in the New York Mets farm system. Tebow’s baseball turn got ripped apart by ESPN’s lead scout Keith Law, who called the entire thing a “farce” and wrote that there’s “absolutely no baseball justification for Tebow.” Ouch.

Kershaw's relief appearance brings back fond LA memories (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:04 PDT

Clayton 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.

Cubs to start Lester in NLCS Game 1 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:45:21 PDT

Jon Lester is all set for Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday night. The rest of the Chicago Cubs' rotation depends on the health of Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks left Game 2 of the Division Series against San Francisco when a comebacker went off his right forearm in the fourth inning.

Bryce Harper honors Harambe with special bat knob before Game 5 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:09:37 PDT

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has come a long way in his support of Internet memes. Prior to Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Harper honored the memory of Harambe, the gorilla who was tragically killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May. Yup, that’s a bat knob that features a picture of a gorilla and the letters “RIP.” It’s a clear nod to Harambe.

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.

MLB free-agent qualifying offer price up to $17.2 million (The Associated Press)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:43:41 PDT

The price of qualifying offers for Major League Baseball free agents will be $17.2 million this year. It was determined by the average of the top 125 major league contracts this year by average annual value.

This time, Giants fall short in an even year, lose to Cubs (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:01:37 PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bruce Bochy has often been bleary-eyed and exhausted going through it all this year. His once-reliable bullpen hit bump after bump and an offense that appeared so powerful way back in spring training regularly faltered when it mattered most.

Cubs wait to see who they'll meet after reaching NLCS again (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:31:07 PDT

Best 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.

One ace standing: Nats' Scherzer to face Dodgers in Game 5 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:15:22 PDT

Who will start Game 5 for the Dodgers? ''I know Kershaw isn't pitching,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. While there will be no Kershaw and LA manager Dave Roberts still has not named his starter, the Nationals will hand the ball to Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer in the decisive Game 5 at home Thursday night.

Cubs heading to their 2nd straight NLCS, ready for more (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:47:31 PDT

Donning fresh postseason victory gear, the Chicago Cubs gathered on the mound and posed for a group photo. Chicago is headed back to the NL Championship Series for a second straight year, eager to erase the memory of a four-game sweep to the New York Mets a season ago. Once Matt Moore's stellar night was complete for San Francisco, the Cubs rallied with a four-run ninth in a 6-5 victory Tuesday that eliminated the Giants in Game 4 of their NL Division Series.

Cubs rally for 4 runs in 9th, beat Giants 6-5 to win NLDS (The Associated Press)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:15:14 PDT

Kris Bryant tossed his glove high in the air, Jake Arrieta jumped over the dugout railing and the rest of the Chicago Cubs rushed to join the celebration. World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs took another step in their championship chase Tuesday night by rallying for four runs in the ninth inning of Game 4 to beat San Francisco 6-5 and win their NL Division Series. Javier Baez's tiebreaking single capped the comeback against a beleaguered bullpen that sabotaged the Giants one last time.

Tebow aids ill fan after 1st Arizona Fall League game (The Associated Press)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:03:20 PDT

Tim Tebow comforted a fan who was having a seizure, praying and talking college football with the man after the former NFL quarterback played his first baseball game in the Arizona Fall League. ''I just remember just being very disoriented,'' Brandon Berry told The Associated Press by phone. Berry had the seizure Tuesday following a game in Glendale, Arizona, held at Camelback Ranch, the spring training home for two major league teams.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:32:07 PDT

Oct 12 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Sunday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 93 69 .574 - 2. Baltimore 89 73 .549 4 3. Toronto 89 73 .549 4 4. NY Yankees 84 78 .519 9 5. Tampa Bay 68 94 .420 25 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 94 67 .584 - 2. Detroit 86 75 .534 8 3. Kansas City 81 81 .500 13 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 78 84 .481 16 1/2 5. Minnesota 59 103 .364 35 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 95 67 .586 - 2. Seattle 86 76 .531 9 3. Houston 84 78 .519 11 4. LA Angels 74 88 .457 21 5. Oakland 69 93 . ...

Tim Tebow tends to fan who had a seizure after his baseball game (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:18 PDT

Tim Tebow, the ex-quarterback turned New York Mets minor-leaguer, may have performed a miracle Tuesday, and no, it has nothing to do with his attempt at a baseball career. Following Tebow’s Arizona Fall League debut, the outfielder reportedly came to the aid of a man who suffered a seizure. Tebow reportedly placed his hands on the man and said a prayer before emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

Tim Tebow’s first game in the Arizona Fall League? Not so great (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:28:02 PDT

Remember when Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first pitch of his professional career in New York Mets instructional camp? Well, Tebow made his debut in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Tebow went 0-3 at the plate for the Scottsdale Scorpions with three groundouts.

Dodgers bringing Kershaw back on short rest for Game 4 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:41:23 PDT

Both teams finally announced a starting pitcher for Game 4 of their National League Division Series on Thursday. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to bring back ace Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest, while the Washington Nationals chose right-hander Joe Ross when the series resumes Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers, who are in a must-win situation and trail the Nationals 2-1 in the best-of-five series, went with Kershaw on short rest despite the back issues that caused him to miss more than two months of the season.

Tim Tebow is making his Arizona Fall League debut and you can bet on it (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:25:36 PDT

In this chapter we find Tebow, New York Mets minor leaguer and erstwhile NFL quarterback, getting ready for his Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday. “Hey,” you might say, “wasn’t Tebow in the Mets’ instructional league not too long ago?” In fact he was! Tebow played just three games in instructional ball before being promoted to the Arizona Fall League.

Bumgarner's shutout streak ends on Arrieta's 3-run homer (The Associated Press)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:41:27 PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner's 24-inning postseason scoreless streak ended in startling fashion Monday night when Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hit a three-run homer off the San Francisco Giants ace.

Tebow works out for first time in Arizona Fall League (The Associated Press)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:24:37 PDT

Tim Tebow hit a ball through the left side of the infield, looped another to the same area. Swinging inside-out, Tebow lined a hard shot toward the line in left field. Tebow's journey from star quarterback to budding baseball player made its latest stop in the desert Monday night, when he worked out for two hours with the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions.

The Cubs and their sleepy bats have to beat Madison Bumgarner (Big League Stew)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:09:04 PDT

Monday’s NLDS Game 3 between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants is a big one. With the Cubs up 2-0 on the Giants, both teams need to win this game — but for very different reasons. The Cubs can lock up an NLDS sweep, put a stop to the Giants’ even-year magic, and get ready for the NLCS against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals.

No relief for managers on when to use closers in postseason (The Associated Press)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:18:55 PDT

Chicago 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.

Lobaton's HR, Murphy's RBIs lift Nats past LA 5-2; NLDS tied (The Associated Press)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:31:12 PDT

Leave it to little-used, light-hitting Jose Lobaton to change the complexion of the Washington Nationals' NL Division Series with one big swing. Getting a rare chance to play because of starting catcher Wilson Ramos' late-September injury, backup Lobaton hit a three-run homer through a strong wind to erase an early deficit Sunday. Daniel Murphy provided more-expected production with two RBIs, and Washington's bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, leading the Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in a rain-postponed Game 2 to even the series at 1-all.

Giants pinning hopes on Bumgarner for Game 3 vs. Cubs (The Associated Press)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:38:45 PDT

In describing what the Chicago Cubs are up against Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, manager Joe Maddon spared no hyperbole. "I was a Cardinal fan growing up, and seeing Bob Gibson do what he did in the 60s and then Mr. Koufax, what he did. This guy of which Maddon speaks is San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who once again is tasked with pitching in a win-or-die environment.

Buster Posey's Giants remain realistic: 'We've got our work cut out for us' (Big League Stew)

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 22:26:55 PDT

The quiet and cramped visitors clubhouse at Wrigley Field on Saturday night featured a steady stream of the traditional cliches used by a team staring at elimination with a loss in Monday’s Game 3 back in San Francisco. Catcher Buster Posey, however, led off his talk with an assessment that seemed a little more honest as his San Francisco Giants looked at an offseason that’s just one loss away. “Realistically, we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Posey said after a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs dropped the Giants into a 0-2 series hole.