Cubs eliminate Cardinals from playoffs with 6-4 victory

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CHICAGO -- What often seemed impossible has become reality.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been booted -- no, blasted -- from the postseason by the Chicago Cubs.

After setting a major league record with six home runs in their Game 3 win on Monday night, the heavy-hitting Cubs crushed three more homers as they eliminated the Cardinals from the ...Read more

Double life: Many players have been on both sides of Cubs-Cardinals rivalry

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Carlos Villanueva is one of the hundreds of major-league players to experience the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry from both sides, and the 31-year-old reliever crossed over at an interesting time.

Villanueva pitched for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014, when the team amassed 185 losses. He then signed as a free agent with the Cardinals this year, when the ...Read more

Johnny Cueto will start Wednesday night, but Royals could use quick hook in Game 5 of ALDS

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Sweat blotted the brow of Johnny Cueto as he clambered over a railing and landed on the warning track along the first-base line at Kauffman Stadium. He had just completed running the ballpark's steps, his ordinary exercise before a start that is anything but ordinary, Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

After a tumultuous 13 weeks, ...Read more

Manfred exploring changes to takeout slide rule

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After the success of the so-called Buster Posey rule to protect catchers from home plate collisions, baseball is now looking to alter the rule on takeout slides.

"We started talking to the union about this," commissioner Rob Manfred said before Game 4 of the Cubs-Cardinals NLDS at Wrigley Field. "It is another example of player safety, which is...Read more

Eddie Vedder says no future Pearl Jam concerts in October because of Cubs

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Forget Addison Russell and Starlin Castro. Cubs superfan Eddie Vedder was all over TV Monday night during the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The Pearl Jam frontman told Fox Sports Midwest before Monday's game that this Cubs season has been a surprise and he likely won't be able to attend games in the coming weeks because the...Read more

For Rangers in Game 5, it's 'In Cole we trust'

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers aren't paying Cole Hamels more than $70 million the next three seasons to speak to the media, so the left-hander on Tuesday balked at the postseason custom of the next game's pitcher talking about his start.

It might be a first, and it didn't go over too smoothly with some members of the fourth estate.

The...Read more

Dodgers' Utley doesn't play in Game 3

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This might have been the first time fans anywhere did not want to see Yasiel Puig. As Puig emerged and was introduced as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning Monday, the chant erupted from every corner at Citi Field: "We Want Utley!"

The fans here wanted Chase Utley's hide during pregame introductions. The boos were long and loud and merciless, ...Read more

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha on the loss to the Cubs: 'You have to be careful with these guys'

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CHICAGO -- Michael Wacha walked to the visiting dugout with his head down Monday night as fans at Wrigley Field roared and violently twirled their white towels over their heads.

The Cubs were just the latest in a string of opponents who have soured Wacha's October appearances.

With a healthy wind blowing out, the Cubs scored four runs on three...Read more

Cubs' record-setting six homers help top Cardinals, take 2-1 lead in NLDS

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs set a team playoff record with six home runs Monday night to power their way to a 8-6 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

With the 2-1 series lead, the Cubs have a chance to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2003 on Tuesday in Game 4 at Wrigley Field.

Six...Read more

Eric Hosmer's bat wakes up just in time for Royals

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HOUSTON -- Eric Hosmer stood in the batter's box in the eighth inning having failed in 15 of his 16 previous plate appearances against the Astros in the American League Division Series.

If he didn't come through here and contribute to a rally, it's possible that the series would have ended with the solitary single on his 2015 postseason resume,...Read more

Utley can play in Game 3 as he awaits appeal; doesn't start

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NEW YORK -- The horde of photographers, television cameramen and iPhone-wielding reporters turned its attention toward the tarp covering the first-base line at Citi Field at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

Chase Utley had taken the field, clad in Los Angeles Dodgers blue, to stretch alongside his teammates. In the hours leading to first pitch of Game 3...Read more

Dean Chance, All-Star who won Cy Young Award with Angels in 1964, dies at 74

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Dean Chance, a two-time All-Star who won baseball's Cy Young Award as a 23-year-old right-hander for the Angels in 1964, died Sunday at his home in Wooster, Ohio, the Los Angeles Angels confirmed. He was 74.

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Chance, who was traded from the Washington Senators to the Angels in ...Read more

On brink of elimination, Royals stun Astros, win 9-6 in Game 4

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HOUSTON -- On the brink of an epic disappointment, the Royals saved their season with a ferocious, five-run rally to top the Astros, 9-6, in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

The debates will rage in the day-long interval until Game 5 on Wednesday, when Johnny Cueto takes the ball for Kansas City. Which comeback was better: The ...Read more

Chase Utley appeal will not be heard before Game 3

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The appeal hearing for Dodgers infielder Chase Utley will not be held Monday and is "unlikely" to be held Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Utley remains eligible to play pending the hearing, so he would be available for the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League division series...Read more

Dodgers' Chase Utley is suspended two games for slide; plans to appeal

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NEW YORK -- Screaming tabloid headlines were awaiting the Los Angeles Dodgers when they landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"SCREWED!" the back page of the New York Post cried. "UT-TER DISGRACE!" the New York Daily News shrieked.

The furor over Dodgers infielder Chase Utley's violent takeout slide of shortstop Ruben Tejada only ...Read more

Rangers miss ALDS sweep in 5-1 loss to Blue Jays

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- No team in the major leagues scored more often in 2015 than the Toronto Blue Jays, and no team hit more home runs.

The Blue Jays also led baseball in walks, so a lineup that was already good enough became even better and their biggest hitters got more at-bats when opposing pitchers where handing out free passes.

Martin ...Read more

As good as he has been, it's not good enough for Jake Arrieta

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As dominant as Jake Arrieta has pitched over the last 3 1/2 months, the Cubs' 22-game winner is aware of the recent failures of All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and David Price in the playoffs.

"It's kind of a red flag when they aren't as successful as we're used to seeing them be," Arrieta said. "But there are good teams in October right now, and you...Read more

Cardinals' Reynolds breaks Cubs fan's window with BP blast

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CHICAGO -- Mark Reynolds had not shattered glass playing ball since he was about 8 years old.

"I remember playing stickball, and I swung, and the broom stick slipped out of my hand and went right through a window," Reynolds recalled.

Now the Cardinal has a new story to tell.

So does David Brown.

A strong wind blowing out of Wrigley Field on ...Read more

Chase Utley suspended for Games 3, 4 of NLDS after controversial slide

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NEW YORK -- On the eve of Game 3 of the National League division series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, Major League Baseball announced that it has suspended Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4.

Utley, the longtime Phillies star now playing for the Dodgers, was at the forefront of a controversial slide in Saturday's Game 3, a 5-2 ...Read more

Royals can't solve Astros ace Dallas Keuchel in 4-2 loss in Game 3 of ALDS

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HOUSTON -- The volume increased with each pitch, as the decibel level at Minute Maid Park swelled thanks to the voices of fans starved by a decade without playoff baseball and the hollow thunk of inflatable noisemakers. A game hung in the balance, and with it, the momentum of a five-game sprint.

In the seventh inning of a 4-1 loss in Game 3 of ...Read more