MLB Playoffs

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler walks to the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Philadelphia. The Phillies fired Kapler Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
October 10, 2019 - 4:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its...
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. St. Louis will face the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 10, 2019 - 2:40 pm
A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually mild-mannered skipper — and while he was sorry Thursday that his colorful language got leaked, he did not feel bad about...
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up back-to-back home runs to the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 10, 2019 - 12:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success — dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget. Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night when the three-time Cy...
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle celebrates after the Nationals' 7-3 win in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 09, 2019 - 11:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals got down again but were never out — and they finally ended their streak of playoff series futility in grand fashion. Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and the Nationals, boosted by a lightning rally against...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to fans as he leaves during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the baseball team's American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 09, 2019 - 4:01 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — All those regular season wins for Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros have manager AJ Hinch feeling just fine entering a winner-take-all game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. "They've got to come into our house and beat us again," Hinch said. "With Cole on the mound, I don't...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman doubles to score teammates Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina during the first inning of Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 09, 2019 - 2:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have scored a record 10 runs in the first inning of the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. The biggest first inning in MLB playoff history stunned the crowd at SunTrust Park on Wednesday and put the Braves on course to tie a...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 09, 2019 - 1:33 am
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: NOW OR NEVER A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series. First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it's the Washington Nationals at the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning at 8:37 p...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five American League Division Series baseball game in Houston, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 08, 2019 - 6:14 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: RESTED ENOUGH Justin Verlander will start on three days of rest as the Astros try to put away the Rays in Game 4 of their AL Division Series at Tampa Bay. It will be Verlander's second career start on short rest — the other came after a one-inning...
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In this multiple-exposure photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the third inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 08, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg's 2012 shutdown is a distant memory by now. This sort of setting and stakes — Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the outcome of the NL Division Series on the line — is exactly why the Washington Nationals protected the pitcher they drafted No. 1 overall...
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, right, celebrates with teammate Gary Sanchez after their team's 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
October 08, 2019 - 12:21 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step closer to that elusive trophy. Torres got New...
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