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Chris Sale hospitalized with stomach illness

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale reported a stomach illness Sunday and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation, the club announced. He will be kept overnight for evaluation and any further updates will be released when available.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Price destined for no-decision after leaving in 5th

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David Price’s search for his elusive first postseason win as a starter will continue, as the Red Sox left-hander was lifted one out shy of qualifying for a victory in Sunday’s Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers grinding out Brewers' vaunted bullpen

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The Dodgers felt they would beat the Brewers’ bullpen in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park, if presented another opportunity. They fell short in Game 1, but they took their hacks as Milwaukee’s relievers showed fissures in the foundation. The Dodgers felt good about those Game 1 efforts. In fact, they sounded remarkably upbeat following the loss.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cain atones for G1 drop with HR robbery

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Lorenzo Cain was displeased with himself on Friday after coming up short on what would’ve been an exceptional play in right-center field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sale labors in ALCS opener, exits after 4 IP

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Chris Sale desperately wanted a second crack at the Astros, one year after they spoiled his postseason debut. Granted that opportunity against the defending World Series champions, the Red Sox ace didn’t last long in the opening game of the American League Championship Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Springer stays hot in October with 2-run single

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There’s something about October that brings out the best in George Springer. The Astros center fielder continued his assault on opposing pitching Saturday night, lacing a two-run, bases-loaded single in the second inning against Chris Sale to give Houston a 2-0 lead in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kershaw chased in 4th as Brewers pounce

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The Brewers grinded down Clayton Kershaw into the shortest start of his postseason career on Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pitcher Woodruff homers off Kershaw to spur Crew

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A half-inning after replacing starter Gio Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon Woodruff got Milwaukee on the board in the most unlikely of ways — with a game-tying solo home run off Clayton Kershaw.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Machado's latest HR puts LA on NLCS board 1st

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Manny Machado got the Dodgers off to a quick start in the National League Championship Series against the Brewers, lining a solo homer off lefty Gio Gonzalez in the second inning of Game 1 on Friday night to open the scoring.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Betts, Kemp enjoying friendly ALCS rivalry

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For Tony Kemp and Mookie Betts, sharing this big postseason stage only a handful of years after sharing a summer dugout is a bit surreal.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ryu gets Game 2 nod; Buehler, Hill to follow

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The Dodgers were mulling Hyun-Jin Ryu or Walker Buehler for Saturday’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers, but manager Dave Roberts announced on Thursday that it’ll be Ryu in Game 2 and Buehler will get the home opener in Game 3.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Facing hometown Dodgers 'a dream' for Yelich

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The whole season has been a dream for Christian Yelich, really, and it keeps getting better. It’s about to continue with a National League Championship Series against his boyhood team.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers-Brewers G1: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

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The National League Championship Series will pit a pair of well-rested teams when the Dodgers meet the Brewers at Miller Park for Game 1 on Friday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Each team's greatest postseason moment

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To kick off the first week of postseason play, this week we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn’t a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that’s even better.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew not shying away from underdog label

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They are in a final four with last year’s World Series teams (the Astros and Dodgers) plus the 108-win Red Sox. So are the Brewers — despite leading the National League with 96 victories and rocking the best bullpen in baseball since the start of September — underdogs as their NL Championship Series against the Dodgers gets underway Friday?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

7 potential candidates for Angels manager

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Less than two weeks into their offseason, the Angels remain busy searching for the right candidate to replace Mike Scioscia, whose 19-year tenure as manager of the club officially came to an end last month. Here are seven names to watch as the Angels’ managerial search unfolds.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nats get Barraclough in deal with Marlins

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The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international slot value on Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Boone sticks with CC too long as Sox lead

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CC Sabathia labored on the mound Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium during the third inning, as the Red Sox scored three runs in the frame to seize the first lead in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

LA-MIL season series an NLCS preview?

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If the best-of-seven National League Championship Series is as compelling as the seven games the Dodgers and Brewers played in the regular season, it will be a good one.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Astros, Dodgers flex their muscles at right time

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As popular as it’ll be to pick the Brewers or Red Sox or Yankees, the Astros and Dodgers reminded us on Monday that these are two very good teams, two teams with talent up and down the roster and two teams with lots of confidence and a touch of swagger.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Confused Sevy warms up late, leaves early

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Luis Severino’s roller-coaster second half took another dip on Monday night. Working with a fastball that was more than one mile per hour slower than it was in Wednesday’s American League Wild Card Game, Severino struggled to find a groove against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the AL Division Series at Yankee Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Freese clutch, delivers in Game 4 vs. Braves

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Looking to book a trip to the National League Championship Series vs. the Brewers, the Dodgers got a big-time pinch-hit from David Freese in the sixth inning against the Braves in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers oust Braves, to meet Crew in NLCS

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David Freese’s two-run, pinch-hit single turned the game around and Manny Machado’s three-run homer iced it as the Dodgers advanced to their third consecutive National League Championship Series with a 6-2 Game 4 victory over the Braves that clinched the best-of-five NL Division Series at SunTrust Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Machado breaks open G4 with 3-run shot in 7th

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Manny Machado got the fastball he wanted from Braves reliever Chad Sobotka in the seventh inning of a one-run game Monday evening. He sent it into the first row beyond the left-field bullpen, giving Los Angeles a 6-2 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Revamped lineup revs Red Sox in 7-run 4th

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Andrew Benintendi hit a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning to give the Red Sox a 7-0 lead over the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Taylor, Muncy mash Dodgers back in 3-run 5th

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Chris Taylor and Max Muncy have had their careers revived with the Dodgers over the past two seasons. On Sunday night, they helped revive the Dodgers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Aguilar goes deep as Crew bats find rhythm

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Jesus Aguilar picked the perfect time to collect his first postseason hit, smashing a solo homer in the fourth inning in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies on Sunday. His solo shot to left field off German Marquez proved to be the first of many signs that Milwaukee’s lineup is rounding into form at the right time.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hometown kid Freeland doesn't pitch in NLDS

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A sellout Coors Field crowd watched the Rockies fall, 6-0, to the Brewers and be swept in three games in the National League Division Series. But it didn’t get to see its favorite son — left-hander Kyle Freeland — pitch in the postseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Acuna's slam punctuates Braves' big 2nd inning

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Ronald Acuna Jr. passed Mickey Mantle to become the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the postseason as the Braves erupted to take a 5-0 lead on the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday night at SunTrust Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cole dominates, Astros rally for 2-0 ALDS lead

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Allowing only Francisco Lindor’s third-inning solo home run, Gerrit Cole struck out 12 Indians in seven dominating innings to lead the Astros to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. Marwin Gonzalez, who recorded four hits, drilled a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth off Andrew Miller, who had just entered in relief of Carlos Carrasco, before Alex Bregman hit his second homer of the ALDS in the seventh, off Trevor Bauer. Roberto Osuna sealed the victory with a four-out save.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tribe in 0-2 hole after Miller's untimely stumble

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It was not that long ago that the image of Andrew Miller emerging from the bullpen in October was an intimidating one for opposing hitters. Two years ago, the Indians’ relief ace hoisted his team’s injury-riddled pitching staff on his back and led Cleveland to an American League pennant. This year has been a different story. When Miller walked across the Minute Maid Park infield en route to the mound on Saturday, the tall lefty carried with him baggage from this trying season. And in a critical sixth inning, Miller’s trials persisted at the worst possible time against the Astros, sending the Tribe to a 3-1 loss in Game 2 of the AL Division Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Marwin's 4-for-4 day, Bregman's HR jolt Astros

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Left-hander Andrew Miller entered Game 2 of the American League Division Series — a 3-1 Astros win — in relief of Carlos Carrasco in the sixth inning intending to turn the switch-hitting Marwin Gonzalez around to the right side of the plate, and perhaps induce a double-play ball.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Machado lights up LA sky with 2-run homer

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A night after Joc Pederson went deep in the opening frame, Manny Machado hit a two-run homer off Braves starter Anibal Sanchez in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hicks exits Game 1 with tight right hamstring

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Aaron Hicks opened the fourth inning of the ALDS opener with a single to right field off Chris Sale and jogged gingerly down the first-base line. After Giancarlo Stanton fouled off a pitch, manager Aaron Boone and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue went onto the field to check on Hicks, who was then removed from the game. He was later diagnosed with a tight right hamstring and is being evaluated.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Astros erupt for 4 HRs in Game 1 victory

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For three innings on Friday afternoon, both starting pitchers involved in the opening game of the American League Division Series looked to be on their way to justifying the hype surrounding this matchup. By the time it was over, however, only one of those starters — Houston’s Justin Verlander — had pitched well enough to earn the win. The other, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, had become a victim of the Astros’ vaunted offense, allowing three of Houston’s four homers on the day in a game the defending World Series champs won handily, 7-2.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

With pain of WC still fresh, A's set sights on '19

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The recovery period can only last so long before A’s decision-makers regroup and conquer the next task at hand. A Wild Card matchup with the Yankees in the Bronx didn’t end in their favor, but business must continue in Oakland, and several critical decisions will be in play in the coming weeks. A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst and manager Bob Melvin reunited at the Coliseum on Friday to discuss those decisions with local media.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dansby disappointed but keeps sense of humor

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Dansby Swanson’s hope of making a quick recovery and being available for the NLDS essentially died on Saturday, when he continued to feel discomfort while taking a dry swing. He made the trip to Los Angeles and will be with his teammates throughout this best-of-five series, but he is now just hoping to be available if the Braves advance to the NLCS.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Folty burned by HRs in brief playoff debut

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Mike Foltynewicz’s first career postseason appearance proved to be much shorter and a lot more frustrating than he could have ever envisioned. Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled Foltynewicz after the right-hander allowed two homers and the Dodgers to carry a 4-0 lead into the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yelich homers, scores winning run to lift Crew

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Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich spent their first season in Milwaukee powering the Brewers, from the top of the lineup, to their first postseason berth in seven years. It was only fitting that they teamed up to provide Milwaukee’s first two runs of October.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew shrugs off Rox rally, walks off on Moose hit

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After a two-run lead slipped away from Jeremy Jeffress in the top of the ninth inning, Joakim Soria dealt a scoreless 10th to extend the game for Mike Moustakas, who gave the Brewers a dramatic 3-2, NLDS-opening win over the Rockies on Thursday with a two-out single. Christian Yelich, whose third-inning two-run homer accounted for all of the scoring until the ninth, scored the winning run after leading off the 10th with a seven-pitch walk.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Arenado-Holliday friendship goes back years

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The request earlier this season brought a smile to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and sparked a buzz among teammates. Matt Holliday, thought by much of the baseball world to be concentrating on a burgeoning broadcasting career, wanted Arenado to look at his hitting in a cage and maybe share it with some of the guys. And let him know if, you know, maybe a comeback was possible.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sevy blanks A's, finds Wild Card redemption

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Luis Severino may not be eligible for the win in Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game against the A’s, but with four-plus gutsy innings, the right-hander preserved the Yankees’ 2-0 lead before exiting with four walks, two hits and 87 pitches on his ledger.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog