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Atlanta Braves base runner Ronald Acuna walks off the field after the final out in a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)
October 06, 2018 - 6:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers head to Atlanta full of confidence after consecutive shutouts gave them a commanding 2-0 lead over the Braves in their National League Division Series. Now the Braves must win the first postseason game in their new ballpark to extend their season. And they face some...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun celebrate after Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series baseball game Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee.The Brewersb won 4-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
October 06, 2018 - 5:45 pm
DENVER (AP) — Christian Yelich feels like he's not really locked in — no more than usual, anyway. "Just taking it day by day," the Milwaukee outfielder said. He and the Brewers are certainly dialed in, though. They have won 10 straight and seized a 2-0 lead against Colorado in the NL Division...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw watches a pitch to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 05, 2018 - 10:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers' Game 1 starter. He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of two-hit ball in his team's second straight...
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Houston Astros' George Springer celebrates his solo home run against Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber during fifth inning in Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 05, 2018 - 10:40 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: SPRINGTIME Astros leadoff man George Springer has a chance to tie the postseason record for most consecutive games with a home run. Springer connected for the fifth game in a row Friday as Houston beat Cleveland 7-2 to open their AL Division...
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Fans cheers as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale leaves the baseball game against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
October 05, 2018 - 10:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale left the mound to a standing ovation and then waited along with anxious Red Sox fans while the Boston bullpen frittered away most of a five-run lead. Bases loaded in the sixth inning. Two runs. Bases loaded, nobody out in the seventh. The Yankees scored another. A leadoff...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks, left, is helped off he field after getting hurt during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball team's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
October 05, 2018 - 7:43 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks has left Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Boston Red Sox with tightness in his right hamstring. Hicks exited in the fourth inning Friday night after he came up limping at first base following a leadoff single. He was replaced by Brett...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress reacts after getting Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon to ground out and end the ninth inning of Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series baseball game Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee.The Brewersb won 4-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
October 05, 2018 - 6:41 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — It turns out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich. The rest of this Brew Crew can play, too. Especially those guys in that loaded bullpen. Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike Moustakas contributed two more big hits and...
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Houston Astros' George Springer celebrates his solo home run against Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber during fifth inning in Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 05, 2018 - 4:32 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — It's October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win. A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber listens to a question during a baseball news conference Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Houston. The Indians play the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 04, 2018 - 10:47 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: NO OPENERS NEEDED Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber will start the AL Division Series between the Astros and Indians at Minute Maid Park in a matchup that figures to buck the October trend of bullpen "openers." Verlander, a...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to an Atlanta Braves batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 04, 2018 - 10:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers made a surprising and much dissected decision to start Hyun-Jin Ryu over Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NL Division Series. Swell choice. The South Korean left-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Los Angeles launched three home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves...
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