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Who will be the next Chicago White Sox manager? Here are 12 potential candidates.

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The Tony La Russa 2.0 era is ending. So who will be the next Chicago White Sox manager?

It’s hard to speculate without knowing whether general manager Rick Hahn will return or if Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf once again will make the decision on his own, as he did in hiring La Russa after the 2020 season.

The Sox job no doubt will draw plenty of...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols represent St. Louis with pride and passion

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They say St. Louis English teachers used to write in and complain about Cardinals broadcaster Dizzy Dean, who sometimes would butcher the language, such as describing a player who “slud into third.”

With that in mind, consider my apologies to St. Louis math teachers as I share this:

4+5=314

Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols are St. Louis. ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The SF Giants are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They still need an offseason overhaul.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants closed September on a tear, winning 10 of their final 11 games of the month and providing a bit of positivity to cap a season that has seen far too little of it.

Ultimately, it was an up-and-down team that will miss the postseason and finish with roughly 25 fewer wins than last season.

But I fear that the Giants ...Read more

Gerry Dulac: Kenny Pickett provided a spark, but Steelers still fizzled at the end

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Mike Tomlin got the spark he wanted and the crowd got the player they have so fervently wanted when the hometown hero, Kenny Pickett, was sent into the game after halftime to rescue the Steelers.

And he didn’t disappoint either one.

He ran for a pair of touchdowns, made quick decisions like a crafty veteran and repeatedly got the ball to his...Read more

SF Giants end home slate same way as it started -- a walk-off win

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SAN FRANCISCO — Six months ago, on Opening Day, the Giants were still riding high from their 107-win season. Brandon Belt was still “The Captain,” riding in on a boat along the warning track. Logan Webb looked the part of staff ace. Darin Ruf was on the move.

In their home finale Sunday afternoon, it was Wilmer Flores on the move, ...Read more

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Padres celebrate reaching playoffs for seventh time in franchise history

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SAN DIEGO —At the end, it was easy.

The Padres didn't even need to win to get in.

As they came to bat in the seventh inning Sunday at Petco Park, in what ended up a 2-1 loss to the White Sox, the Padres were guaranteed a playoff berth by virtue of the Brewers losing in 12 innings to the Marlins in Milwaukee.

Josh Bell was batting at the ...Read more

Mariners close out historic series with thud, dropping 10-3 decision to A's

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SEATTLE — A weekend full of celebrations, smiles and good vibes ended in disappointing fashion for the Seattle Mariners on Sunday at T-Mobile Park. A crowd of 42,465 fans witnessed a subpar outing from Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray, and a nearly nonexistent performance from the Mariners offense in a 10-3 loss that weakens their chances ...Read more

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As Chicago Cubs fans again say goodbye to Willson Contreras at Wrigley Field, Marcus Stroman finishes the season on a high note

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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs players and coaches gathered along the foul line near third base, clapping in unison while “Go Cubs Go” blared across Wrigley Field for the final time this year.

The celebration after an 8-1 win Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds continued the team’s postgame tradition throughout the season, a sing-along to the ...Read more

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'That's what we live for': Braves' Kenley Jansen gearing up for postseason run

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As the postseason nears, Kenley Jansen is thinking about one thing.

“That feeling that I had in 2020,” Jansen said, “I want to feel it again.”

That season, Jansen won the World Series with the Dodgers, who eliminated the Braves before defeating the Rays. The Braves are in position to defend their title, and Jansen is their closer. He ...Read more

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German Marquez's pitches gem as Rockies snap slump, beat Dodgers

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Sure, it was Game 159 of a long, disappointing season, but the Rockies really needed a win.

Against the mighty Dodgers. In Los Angeles. ASAP.

They got it, 4-1 by riding an excellent start by German Marquez, timely hits, and a two-inning save by closer Daniel Bard.

Colorado snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak and won for the first ...Read more

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Angels ride early outburst to seventh straight victory

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ANAHEIM, Calif. —The Angels’ forgettable season is ending with a too-little-too-late hot streak.

Mike Trout hit his 39th homer of the season and Trout, Livan Soto and Taylor Ward each had three hits as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon.

The Angels have won seven in a row for the first time since April 2018. With ...Read more

Pirates get clutch performances, beat Adam Wainwright to spoil Cardinals' Sunday coronation

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Sunday in St. Louis had a festive feel and was supposed to be about a coronation of Cardinals stars, the formal feting of Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina in their final regular-season home game.

Apparently, nobody told the Pirates.

With an occurrence that feels about as frequent as Halley's Comet when you consider how this ...Read more

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Pablo Lopez caps season with 7 inning gem in Marlins' extra-innings win over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — Pablo Lopez’s final pitch of the season, a 96.1 mph four-seam fastball, whizzed near the top of the strike zone, just close enough for Andrew McCutchen to chase for an inning-ending strikeout. Lopez spun around on the mound, clapped his fist into his glove and made his way back to the Miami Marlins’ dugout, where he was greeted...Read more

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Blue Jays complete historic season-long dominance of Red Sox in 6-3 win

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The Red Sox made history.

The Blue Jays owned the Red Sox all year. And on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre, they finished up what they started.

With three more towering home runs, the Jays handled the Sox in a 6-3 win that completed the three-game sweep.

It’s the third consecutive three-game series in which the Jays won every game, as...Read more

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Rays lose game to Astros, chance to play first round at home

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HOUSTON — The Rays’ long road to the postseason won’t bring them home for the opening-round Wild Card Series that starts Friday.

A 3-1 loss to Houston on Sunday, combined with Toronto’s win over Boston, eliminated the possibility for Tampa Bay to finish atop the three-team American League wild-card field and host the best-of-three, one-...Read more

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KC Royals' Max Castillo gives up a 6-run inning ignited by local product Will Brennan

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The Kansas City Royals didn’t have the type of historic rally in them like the one they put together a week ago. Instead they took a drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Guardians as the teams reached the midpoint of their season-ending series.

Royals pitcher Max Castillo gave up seven runs, including a six-run second inning that featured a...Read more

Mariners promote Justin Hollander to general manager

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As a self-described no-talent Little League right fielder growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Justin Hollander officially gave up any dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team in 1988.

Instead, his career plan shifted after watching an ESPN segment from veteran baseball journalist Peter Gammons on Sandy Alderson building the Oakland A’s into ...Read more

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Orioles secure winning season, keep Yankees' Aaron Judge at 61 home runs in 3-1 victory

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NEW YORK — Kyle Bradish shrugged toward first base umpire Dan Merzel, then put his right hand in his glove to mimic the check-swing New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had taken moments earlier. Baffled that Merzel had ruled Judge didn’t swing despite thrusting his bat forward to dodge an up-and-in fastball with two strikes, the Orioles’ ...Read more

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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, 77, reportedly will announce his retirement Monday

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SAN DIEGO — Tony La Russa returned to the Chicago White Sox after the 2020 season looking to take a young and promising team to the next step.

Instead, the second season of his second stint will end with the Sox missing the playoffs and, reportedly, a managerial change.

La Russa plans to announce his retirement Monday, USA Today’s Bob ...Read more

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Phillies splash past National, 8-1, reduce magic number to two

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WASHINGTON — As it drizzled outside Sunday morning, Phillies officials gathered in the visiting clubhouse for multiple meetings with representatives from the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball. Everyone agreed on the objective.

“If we’ve got a window for a couple hours,” interim manager Rob Thomson said shortly before 11:30 ...Read more