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On Baseball: Dodgers Are on the Edge of Forgotten Territory: The World Series

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:50:24 GMT

Kenta Maeda, center, has pitched three perfect innings in the playoffs so far as a part of the Dodgers’ bridge to their closer, Kenley Jansen.Thanks to a bullpen that has been immaculate, Los Angeles needs just one victory to capture its first pennant since 1988 and then go for it all.

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Dodgers 6, Cubs 1 | Los Angeles leads series, 3-0: Dodgers’ Yu Darvish Confounds the Cubs With a Dominant Outing and a Bat Flip

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:14:36 GMT

Yu Darvish during the first inning of the Dodgers’ win over the Cubs in Game 3 of the N.L.C.S. on Tuesday.Darvish led the Dodgers to the brink of the World Series with a strong performance on the mound, and even drove in a run with a walk of his own.

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Aaron Judge Carves Out a Zany Footnote to His Heroics

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:44:50 GMT

Aaron Judge slid into first against Yulieski Gurriel during a wild play in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.It felt as if Abbott and Costello had invaded the Bronx when the Yankees and Astros both contested the same baserunning play for different reasons in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S.

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Yankees 6, Astros 4 | Series tied, 2-2: Yankees Feast on the Astros’ Bullpen in a Comeback Victory

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:19:15 GMT

Aaron Judge, right, celebrated his solo home run with Didi Gregorius in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ win over the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.The Yankees were held to one hit through six innings but put together a rally against the Astros’ relievers and seized momentum in the series.

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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig Is an Object of Affection Once More

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:08:27 GMT

Yasiel Puig’s bat is not the only thing he has kissed this season, his best for the Dodgers.Puig, Los Angeles’s talented and sometimes maddening outfielder, is getting key hits in the playoffs, giving kisses to a coach and gaining fans’ approval.

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In the Cage and at the Plate, Aaron Judge Is Still Trying to Figure It Out

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:57:24 GMT

Aaron Judge batting during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night. He hit a home run and made several outstanding plays in the field.Reggie Jackson has been keeping a watchful eye on Judge and thinks the young Yankee slugger needs the benefit of more major league at-bats.

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Yankee Fans Take Another Poll: This Time They Like Joe

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:47:37 GMT

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi during pregame introductions in the Bronx on Monday night. He was cheered by Yankees fans, after being booed in the previous round of the playoffs.Girardi, the Yankees manager, was excoriated by the team’s fans after he blundered in the first round of the playoffs. But now it’s the second round, and all is forgiven.

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Yankees 8, Astros 1 | Houston leads series, 2-1: Aaron Judge Lifts Yankees Past Astros With His Bat and His Glove

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:19:57 GMT

Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning on Monday that gave the Yankees an 8-0 lead in their rout of the Houston Astros.Todd Frazier hit a home run, and Judge contributed a homer and a spectacular catch as the Yankees narrowed their deficit in the A.L.C.S. with a win at home.

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On Baseball: A Nasty Slider Unites Houston Closers Old and New

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:15:22 GMT

Ken Giles of the Houston Astros started his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is the reverse career path of Brad Lidge. The two share a mastery of the slider.Ken Giles and Brad Lidge share a bond as relievers to star for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies, but what truly unites them is the ability to command a wicked slider.

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No Verlander and No Keuchel, So the Yankees Look Forward to Game 3

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:48:17 GMT

Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who will start against the Yankees on Monday, is a journeyman having a renaissance year, with a career-best 14 wins.After being shut down in Houston by the Astros’ two aces, the Yankees will face Charlie Morton, a pitcher who is less intimidating.

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When Was the Phrase ‘Walk-Off Home Run’ First Used?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:14:03 GMT

Justin Turner forced the Cubs to walk right off the field on Sunday night while he and his Dodgers teammates stuck around to celebrate.Dennis Eckersley is credited with coining the phrase about a game-ending homer, but now there are walk-off errors, balks and even field goals.

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Dodgers 4, Cubs 1 | Los Angeles leads series, 2-0: Dodgers’ Justin Turner Delivers a Walk-Off Homer to Topple Cubs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:48:28 GMT

Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ first postseason game-ending home run since Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.Cubs Manager Joe Maddon tried to get through the bottom of the ninth in a tie game without using his closer, Wade Davis. It didn’t work.

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On Baseball: How the Astros Went From Nowhere to the Brink of the World Series

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:32:49 GMT

Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros after driving in the winning run against the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Correa was the No. 1 pick in baseball’s 2012 amateur draft.Jeff Luhnow, Houston’s general manager, used savvy draft strategies to turn around a club that was among baseball’s worst five years ago.

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Dodgers 5, Cubs 2 | Los Angeles leads series, 1-0: Dodgers Begin Their Revenge Against the Cubs as Yasiel Puig Steps Up

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:58:14 GMT

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrating his home run against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.The Dodgers lacked shortstop Corey Seager, who has a back injury, and starter Clayton Kershaw was not at his best. But Puig’s double and homer helped them to an early lead in a rematch of last season’s N.L.C.S.

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On Baseball: 21 Years Later, Jeff Maier Gets to Relive His Big Moment

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:22:21 GMT

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge pursuing a home run by the Astros’ Carlos Correa in the fourth inning on Saturday. The ball went in and out of the glove of a 12-year-old Astros fan, Carson Riley.He is now the father of three. And yes, he was keeping tabs on the Yankees on Saturday when another 12-year-old fan got involved in a postseason home run.

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Astros 2, Yankees 1 | Houston leads series, 2-0: Jose Altuve’s Mad Dash Gives the Astros Another Win Over the Yankees

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:31:24 GMT

The Astros’ Jose Altuve scoring the winning run in Game 2 of the A.L.C.S. as Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez reached for the ball.Altuve scored from first on Carlos Correa’s hit to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning, making a winner of Justin Verlander, who threw a complete game with 13 strikeouts.

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Ready or Not (and They’re Not), the Weary Cubs Take On the Dodgers

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:02:43 GMT

Willson Contreras of Chicago celebrated after Bryce Harper of Washington struck out to end Game 5 of their National League division series.A Game 5 on Thursday that lasted nearly five hours. A cross-country flight that was delayed. A closer who needs a breather. Starters who just pitched. Play ball!

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Astros 2, Yankees 1 | Houston leads series, 1-0: Astros Edge Yankees, Who Are Confounded Again by Dallas Keuchel

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:15:50 GMT

The Yankees’ Greg Bird was tagged out at home by Astros catcher Brian McCann in the fifth inning of Houston’s Game 1 win in the American League Championship Series.Keuchel, who beat the Yankees in a 2015 wild-card game, threw seven shutout innings against them Friday to win the opening game of the American League Championship Series.

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On Baseball: Still a Workhorse but Now an Astro, Justin Verlander Gets Set for Yankees

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:32:40 GMT

Justin Verlander was traded to Houston from Detroit on Aug. 31 in deal that had overwhelming significance. Jose Altuve, Houston’s star second baseman, said he could barely wait “to see Justin with the Astros uniform.”In effect, Verlander is a holdover from an earlier era of baseball, when starting pitchers took pride in piling up a huge amount of innings.

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David vs. Goliath Gets an Update: It’s Now Altuve vs. Judge

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:04:24 GMT

Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve during a game in July. Judge, at 6-foot-7, is one of the tallest players in baseball. Altuve, at 5-foot-6, is one of the shortest.The height discrepancy in the Astros-Yankees playoff showdown is a reminder that baseball is a sport that traditionally comes in all sizes.

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Keeping Score: A Cubs Fan Admits: We’re No Longer the Lovable Losers

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:56:41 GMT

A once-rare sight — Cubs celebrating — has become commonplace.The Cubs are no longer pathetic or cursed. In fact, they are extraordinarily talented and extremely fortunate. It’s time to pass the torch.

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On Baseball: Amid Yankees’ Jubilation, Relief for Joe Girardi and Aaron Judge

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:44:33 GMT

Aaron Judge swinging and missing in Game 5 of a division series against the Cleveland Indians. He struck out 16 times over all in the series, setting a postseason record.Girardi, the Yankees’ manager, and Judge, their top slugger, were grateful for another chance after enduring struggles in the division series.

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What Happened to the Cleveland Indians?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:19:51 GMT

The Cleveland Indians watched as the Yankees wrapped up their division series win in the ninth inning of Game 5 Wednesday night.Poor play derailed the team after it led the Yankees in the division series, two games to none, and after a regular season featuring 102 wins and a 22-game win streak.

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On Baseball: Ahead of Schedule, Yankees Push Toward World Series

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:06:28 GMT

David Robertson, a veteran of the 2009 Yankees, pitched two and two-thirds innings of hitless ball in Game 5.This was the Yankees’ bonus year, when nobody thought they would win very much — maybe not even the players. How could we all see this coming?

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Yankees 5, Indians 2 | Yankees win series, 3-2: Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:21:01 GMT

Didi Gregorius after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning on Wednesday. Gregorius had two homers in the Yankees’ win over the Cleveland Indians.Gregorius had two homers, and Aroldis Chapman closed out the Game 5 victory for the Yankees, who advanced to their first league championship series since 2012.

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Nationals 5, Cubs 0 | Series tied, 2-2: Strasburg Stifles Cubs, and Controversy, as Nationals Even Series

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:27:07 GMT

Stephen Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of a National League division series.A day after the team announced he was too ill to pitch, Strasburg ended up taking the mound after all and leading Washington to a crucial victory.

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Red Sox Fire Manager John Farrell

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:32:50 GMT

Red Sox Manager John Farrell, left, argued with the umpire Mark Wegner on Monday in Game 4 of their American League division series against the Houston Astros, in Boston.Farrell, who won a World Series in 2013, his first season in charge of the Red Sox, was fired after the team’s second straight loss in the American League division series.

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Indians’ Secret Weapon May Be Yan Gomes, Their Catcher From Brazil

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:13:45 GMT

Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League division series against the Yankees. He ended up as the star of the game.Because of his birthplace and his family’s tennis pedigree, Gomes has an unusual baseball biography. Regardless, he is a battler on the field.

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