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With pennant in sights, J.D., Devers go deep

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J.D. Martinez launched a home run against Justin Verlander with one out in the third inning on Thursday night, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead on the Astros as they try to advance to the Fall Classic with their fourth win of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers fans flock for free burgers

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George Webb restaurants give away free burgers any time the Brewers win 12 consecutive games. It happened for just the second time in the promotion’s history recently when the Brewers won their final eight games of the regular season, including a one-game playoff over the Cubs, before winning three games over the Rockies in the National League Division Series and Game 1 against the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

3 keys to Brewers' pennant quest in Game 6

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So far, the National League Championship Series is following a familiar pattern to Brewers fans, which is either discouraging or a reason for hope, depending on how far back one has followed the team. Here are three things that will get the Brewers back to the World Series for the first time since 1982.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Phillies great Utley chimes in on Machado

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Chase Utley is one of the most revered athletes in Philadelphia history, not only because he put up borderline Hall of Fame numbers and helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, but because he played hard every single day. Utley’s current teammate is Manny Machado.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fan interferes with Betts on potential Altuve HR

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It took less than 30 minutes into Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park for the first controversy to rain down on the Astros and Red Sox.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cagey Crew stifled in Game 5, faces 3-2 deficit

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Craig Counsell took a heel turn, but Dave Roberts and the Dodgers won the bout. Counsell’s surprise use of Wade Miley for only one batter stretched the old rules of baseball etiquette and worked beautifully into the sixth inning, but there were no tactical tricks to spark the Brewers’ offense against a vintage Clayton Kershaw in a 5-2 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Red Sox score 2 in 1st for 3rd straight game

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You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. For the third consecutive game, the Red Sox have made the most of theirs. Boston scored a pair of runs in the first inning of Game 4 in the American League Championship Series, jumping out to a quick two-run lead over the Astros in front of an anxious home crowd at Minute Maid Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gio leaves in 2nd inning after injuring ankle

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Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez departed Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers after injuring his left ankle on a comebacker.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bullpen's stumble puts Astros in 2-1 ALCS hole

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A bullpen that was supposed to be a strength faltered badly. An offense which had been so potent at home in the postseason the last two years scuffled. And now the Astros find themselves two losses away from elimination. The Red Sox wrestled control of the American League Championship Series away from the defending champs, getting a tiebreaking homer from Steve Pearce in the sixth inning and a grand slam in the eighth from Jackie Bradley Jr. to thump the Astros, 8-2, in Game 3 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sox ride Eovaldi's gem, JBJ's slam to ALCS lead

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With Nathan Eovaldi pumping in fastballs between 95.5 and 101 mph, the Red Sox took an 8-2 victory and a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kemp saves at least 1 run with remarkable grab

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Astros left fielder Tony Kemp made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to end a Red Sox rally and save at least one run in the third inning of American League Championship Series Game 3 on Tuesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers' defensive miscues aid Crew in 6th

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The Dodgers cost themselves a big run with a couple defensive plays in the sixth in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cora thrilled to represent Latinos, PR in MLB

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On the eve of the American League Championship Series opener, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora sat in his office at Fenway Park and reflected on his position as a Latin-born Major League manager.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Iapoce returning to Cubs as hitting coach

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The Cubs are bringing back Anthony Iapoce to be the hitting coach, as he returns to an organization where he was the Minor League hitting coordinator for three seasons.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Distractions not swaying Eovaldi from G3 task

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Nathan Eovaldi will be pitching in the comforts of the city he was born in when he takes the ball for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Machado slide-rule violation results in DP

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The Brewers benefited from the “Chase Utley” slide rule in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Cody Bellinger grounded into a 3-6 force play with no outs in the fourth, with Manny Machado out at second. But the Brewers immediately challenged, arguing that Machado had violated the slide rule into second base. Machado raised his arm as he slid into Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. He also slid to the left of the bag.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
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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.
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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