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Max Scherzer will not start for Dodgers in NLCS Game 6 against the Braves

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ATLANTA — Max Scherzer was scheduled to speak to the media via Zoom soon after the Dodgers landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday night. News conferences are customary for starting pitchers the day before scheduled playoff outings and Scherzer has been slated to start Game 6 of the National League Championship ...Read more

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Deesha Thosar: Mets should be all-in on Brian Sabean, winning Giants executive, to run front office

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NEW YORK — As the Mets’ search for a chief of baseball operations continues, the latest name to surface is Brian Sabean.

The 65-year-old is currently acting as a special assistant for the Giants after being their winning GM for 18 seasons from 1997 to 2014. Under his leadership, the Giants won three World Series titles and had a winning ...Read more

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Minor leaguers 'standing in solidarity' prompts MLB to provide housing for players starting in 2022

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BALTIMORE — When minor leaguers celebrated the news of Major League Baseball’s decision to provide housing for their farm players beginning in 2022, they did so not only for themselves.

“Something that has been really great to see is the way that players have been talking about how they are making it better for the next generation of guys...Read more

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David Price to replace injured Joe Kelly on the Dodgers' NLCS roster

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ATLANTA — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Friday that left-handed veteran David Price will join the team's National League Championship Series roster, replacing reliever Joe Kelly a day after he left a Game 5 start with right bicep tightness.

Roberts also said left-handed reliever Justin Bruihl's status for the rest of the series is ...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Wild NLCS tilts back as championship window reopens for Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers won on Thursday night. Of course they did.

Nothing in this National League Championship Series has made sense.

Including Game 5. Especially Game 5.

Why wouldn’t Chris Taylor replace the sidelined Justin Turner at third base and pay tribute to him with a three-homer game?

Why wouldn’t slumping AJ Pollock ...Read more

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Chris Taylor fuels Dodgers with three home runs in Game 5 win over Braves

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LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor was late heeding to the roaring crowd’s pleas. The spotlight isn’t for him. The soft-spoken Los Angeles Dodger prefers to sidestep flattery. But pleas from 51,363 people are difficult to ignore, and his teammates urged him to absorb the adulation. Not every day do you hit three home runs in seven innings in a ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Chris Taylor revives Dodgers' NLCS lives with a jolt of 'C-T-Three!' power

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers were deflated, decimated and desperate for one reason, any reason, to continue clutching to the fraying fringes of a season.

Chris Taylor gave them three.

Second inning, fastball, boom. Fifth inning, sinker, boom. Seventh inning, change-up, boom.

Heard enough? The Atlanta Braves certainly have.

Seen enough? The ...Read more

Braves can't finish NLCS in L.A., return home for Game 6 vs. Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES – The National League Championship Series is headed back to Atlanta, where the Braves need one win to secure a World Series spot - and avoid the same outcome as last season.

The Braves couldn’t close the series in Los Angeles, losing Game 5 to the Dodgers 11-2 on Thursday. The Braves maintain a 3-2 advantage in the NLCS and will...Read more

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Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler are finalists for MLBPA Awards. Could MVP and Cy Young be next?

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler will have to wait a bit longer for the voting results of the MVP and Cy Young awards but Thursday provided some indication of where they stand.

They were both named finalists Thursday for the Players Association’s Players Choice Awards, which are voted on by their peers. Harper is one of four ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Dodgers look like a broken team. Can they get it together for Game 5?

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LOS ANGELES — What likely will be Justin Turner's last appearance on the field for the Dodgers this season ended with a sad and memorable grimace of pure anguish.

Their sparkplug third baseman pulled up suddenly while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning against Atlanta on Wednesday and grabbed the back of his left leg, the classic...Read more

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Column: What happened? Dodgers go from miracle comeback to three hours of collapsing cringe

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Momentum? Couldn’t find it.

Inspiration? Never had it.

Season? About to lose it.

One night after one of the most emotional comeback playoff victories in franchise history, the Dodgers inexplicably strolled into Chavez Ravine on Wednesday night without focus or fight.

They followed one game’s miracle with nine innings of nothingness.

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Frustrated Dodgers facing elimination in NLCS again after Game 4 loss to Braves

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Julio Urías couldn’t hide his frustration anymore. He couldn’t keep his steely composure together. He couldn’t pretend.

When he watched Gavin Lux, an infielder-turned-outfielder for all of six weeks, fail to catch a ball major league center fielders are expected to catch, the pitcher’s instincts surfaced without a filter in the Dodgers...Read more

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Column: An absence of offense during postseason could be Dodgers' undoing

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He used to turn moments like these into memories.

People standing. Towels waving. Man on first.

Justin Turner didn’t spread his arms and fly around the bases on this Wednesday night. His first name wasn’t chanted over and over by a Muppets character on the video scoreboard.

In what was the Dodgers’ final opportunity to reduce a three-...Read more

Braves bounce back to win Game 4, need one more win to make World Series

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LOS ANGELES – The Braves have shown their resilience time and again throughout the 2021 season. They provided another reminder of their mental fortitude Wednesday in Southern California, and they’re one win from a World Series berth as a result.

After a devastating defeat Tuesday, the Braves bounced back in Game 4 of the National League ...Read more

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Houston takes 3-2 lead in ALCS

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BOSTON — What a difference 24 hours can make in October baseball.

Not long ago, it felt like the Red Sox were within touching distance of a fifth World Series appearance this century. Now it seems Boston has too long a road to travel following a second consecutive crushing loss to the Astros.

Houston has officially turned this American ...Read more

Jesse Chavez will start Game 4 of NLCS for Braves

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LOS ANGELES — Reliever Jesse Chavez will be the Braves’ starting pitcher in a bullpen game for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

Right-hander Huascar Ynoa was scheduled to start, but was scratched because of shoulder inflammation. Ynoa was replaced with lefty Dylan Lee on the NLCS roster.

Chavez pitched...Read more

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Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco undergoes successful surgery on his right elbow

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NEW YORK — Carlos Carrasco underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow, the Mets announced on Wednesday.

The surgery was successful, but the Mets did not provide a timeline on his return. “Carrasco will resume baseball activities later this winter,” the team said in a statement. The procedure was performed in ...Read more

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How do you explain Aaron Nola's down season? Bad luck, for starters.

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Let’s be clear: Aaron Nola didn’t have a good year.

Among 22 pitchers who worked enough innings to qualify for the National League ERA title, Nola ranked 20th with a 4.63 mark. He gave up 82 two-strike hits, most in the league and tied with Texas’ Jordan Lyles for the most in baseball. He yielded 26 home runs, 12 in two-strike counts, 11 ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Spending 'intelligently' is the new mantra for Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer. But what does it really mean?

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Former Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein has an interesting philosophy on how to get ahead in the world, no matter what line of work you’re in.

“Whoever your boss is, or your bosses are, they have 20% of their job that they just don’t like,” Epstein said on David Axelrod’s podcast. “So if you can ask them or figure out what that ...Read more

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Column: Dodgers were finished until epic Game 3 comeback. Now it's the Braves who are done

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It was over.

The game, the series, the season, it was over.

The Dodgers trailed by three runs that felt like 30, they were down to their final five outs, the Atlanta Braves were on the verge of a three-games-to-none lead in a nightmare was skidding toward a sweep.

Then it happened.

Crack…roar…crack…roar.

Cody Bellinger happened. ...Read more