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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:27:26 PDTFor the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. Now all that stands between them and ending a 108-year championship drought is four wins against the Cleveland Indians. Then again, nothing seemed more improbable than the Cubs actually winning a pennant to begin with.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:53:30 PDTDETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.
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.
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.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:26:22 PDTMiguel 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:27:47 PDTLike too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. Chapman's game involves throwing 100-plus-mph fastballs past hitters, rarely for more than an inning. In Chicago's 5-2 win Saturday night against the Giants, 12 of the 16 pitches he threw registered three digits on the radar gun.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:56:10 PDTSorry, New York Yankees, your World Series trophy is in another castle. A castle likely owned by Derek Jeter.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 22:26:55 PDTThe 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.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDTSorry, Baltimore Orioles, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Maybe call the bullpen to see if your lonely closer has seen it.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:57:07 PDTSorry, 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.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:23:52 PDTAfter grinding for months to get back into the playoffs, the New York Mets didn't last long. A postseason matchup against Madison Bumgarner spelled their demise, just as it did for other talented teams in recent years. Noah Syndergaard fired zeros for seven pressure-packed innings, but the Mets mustered only four hits.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:03:40 PDTJust before noon Tuesday, Dusty Baker strolled out of the Nationals Park home dugout and made his rounds during his club's first workout ahead of its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baker ambled toward the infield and spoke to first-base coach Davey Lopes.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:19:35 PDTThe rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers tried to make up for any deficits in talent by staying aggressive, especially on the base paths. It's a tone that manager Craig Counsell wants to maintain as the roster reshaping continues, with more young players expected to arrive at Miller Park in 2017. The Brewers led the majors with 181 stolen bases, 42 more than second-place Cincinnati.
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
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:47:24 PDTMike Trout has an MVP problem: He needs more help. Widely considered baseball's best all-around player, with modern metrics consistently supporting that assertion, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder has been runner-up in the American League three of the past four years. The only time he took home the prize was 2014, when the Angels won 98 games and the AL West.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDTThe 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.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:25:24 PDTDuring the fifth inning of the Reds' final game, their new general manager held an impromptu session with reporters at the back of the press box. Dick Williams listed the items on their must-do list. The bullpen was at the top.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:13:35 PDTThe San Francisco Giants are back in the National League wild card game thanks to a 7-1 victory over arch-rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants booked a cross-country trip to New York where they'll face the Mets in the NL wild card game on Wednesday. On a nail-biting final day of the Major League Baseball regular season, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays booked an American League wild card showdown as the Detroit Tigers were finally eliminated from the race.
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 16:30:39 PDTMatt Szczur doubled home two runs with two outs in the ninth inning, and Miguel Montero followed with a homer as Chicago finished one of its most successful seasons with a flourish, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Sunday. ''It's a perfect example of why we've won so many games this year,'' Montero said. With victory No. 103 in the books, the Cubs headed back to Wrigley Field for their first playoff game on Friday against the winner of the NL wild-card game.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:55:43 PDTMets 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.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:30:10 PDTRather than entering the season’s final day with more scenarios than solutions, we enter with two straight-forward resolutions: If the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles win, they are in. As of Sunday morning, Toronto and Baltimore are tied with matching 88-73 records. The Seattle Mariners, as a result of their loss to the Oakland A’s, were officially eliminated. Of course, if one or both of the Blue Jays and Orioles lose, then the door remains open for Detroit, which would also need a win in Monday’s makeup game against the Cleveland Indians to force a tiebreaker or perhaps two.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:46:07 PDTJon Lester's late-summer surge put him in position to get 20 wins for the first time in his career. Lester struggled for the first time since mid-July as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to a 7-4 victory on Saturday against what is likely to be Chicago's lineup for its opening game of the playoffs. Asked before the game if he'll open the playoffs with the same lineup - including Lester on the mound - manager Joe Maddon said, ''There's a shot.'' The Cubs will host the NL wild-card playoff winner on Friday at Wrigley Field.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:35:28 PDTWhen Joe Maddon points at Dexter Fowler and says "It's true," the Chicago Cubs center fielder knows what his manager means. Fowler is batting .333 (19-for-63) with 13 runs scored in his last 17 games. The Cubs are 52-13 when Fowler scores at least one run and are 14-1 when he scores at least twice.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:51:59 PDTSorry, Miami Marlins, your World Series trophy is in another castle.