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Indians edge Blue Jays to take 2-0 lead in ALCS

Oct 16, 2016

Indians edge Blue Jays to take 2-0 lead in ALCS

They don’t have a true superstar, an embarrassment of All-Stars or a celebrity following. That’s the NBA champion Cavaliers, who play next door. The Indians, though, have depth, chemistry, one of baseball’s best managers and quite possibly the most dominant bullpen weapon in the ...

Passionate fans revel in Carp's success

Oct 16, 2016

Passionate fans revel in Carp's success

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Having waited nearly as long for their seventh pennant as they did for their first, Hiroshima Carp fans proved to be a force to be reckoned with this season, Hall of Famer Koji Yamamoto said Saturday. “The Hiroshima fans feel like we are part ...

Indians blank Jays in opener

Oct 15, 2016

Indians blank Jays in opener

When the ball disappeared over the outfield wall, Francisco Lindor raised his right fist and took off. Smiling with every stride, Cleveland’s superstar-in-the-making shortstop sprinted around the bases like he was being chased. He and the Indians aren’t slowing down for anything this October. ...

Red Sox face tough decision with Uehara

Oct 12, 2016

Red Sox face tough decision with Uehara

The Boston Red Sox sound convinced that 41-year-old Koji Uehara can pitch, but the question is how they go about keeping the free agent right-handed reliever. “Koji’s done an unbelievable job for this organization,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told a news conference ...

Cubs rally past Giants to reach NLCS

Oct 12, 2016

Cubs rally past Giants to reach NLCS

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. Pure revelry and a sigh of relief, all at once. World Series favorites since opening day, ...

Utley comes through as Dodgers stay alive

Oct 12, 2016

Utley comes through as Dodgers stay alive

Clayton Kershaw was out of the game, his head down in the dugout, the Los Angeles bullpen faltering and the season slipping away. Chase Utley plucked the Dodgers from the brink, singling home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the eighth inning. Suddenly, ...

Giants outlast Chicago in 13

Oct 11, 2016

Giants outlast Chicago in 13

They piled on Joe Panik at home plate in celebration, and just as has been the case so many times before with everything on the line in October, San Francisco’s season was extended another day. Panik doubled off the wall in right-center field to ...

Reliever Wood lifts Cubs with bat, arm in Game 2

Oct 9, 2016

Reliever Wood lifts Cubs with bat, arm in Game 2

Travis Wood took over when starter Kyle Hendricks got hurt and became the first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a postseason home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night for 2-0 NL Division Series lead. Ben Zobrist ...

Oct 8, 2016

Braves part ways with McDowell

The Atlanta Braves have dismissed pitching coach Roger McDowell. The team announced Friday it had declined the 2017 option on McDowell’s contract, ending his stay with the organization after 11 seasons. The Braves have not made a decision on who will manage the team ...

Marlins exercise option on Ichiro

Oct 6, 2016

Marlins exercise option on Ichiro

The Miami Marlins have exercised a club option to retain Ichiro Suzuki through the 2017 season, the team announced Wednesday. Ichiro, who in August became the 30th player ever to reach 3,000 career hits in the majors, will reportedly earn about $2 million for ...

Bumgarner, Gillaspie lead Giants past Mets in thriller

Oct 6, 2016

Bumgarner, Gillaspie lead Giants past Mets in thriller

Nobody takes to October like Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter for his latest postseason gem, outlasting Noah Syndergaard in a classic duel between aces, and injury substitute Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning that ...

Encarnacion ends thriller with walk-off homer in 11th

Oct 5, 2016

Encarnacion ends thriller with walk-off homer in 11th

Edwin Encarnacion sent Toronto to the AL Division Series in the Blue Jays’ familiar manner — with a big home run. Encarnacion hit a three-run drive in the 11th inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday night’s AL ...