Active Seager is glad to be back

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LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday, for the first time in almost two weeks, Corey Seager was an active baseball player. He took batting practice. He took ground balls. He took a seat before a group of reporters, happily.

"I haven't smiled in a while," Seager said. "It's nice to smile again."

The back strain that sidelined Seager for the National League ...Read more

Cubs mum on Chris Bosio firing, but explanation is needed

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There was no reason for anyone to believe Chris Bosio would be let go as Cubs pitching coach.

Joe Maddon gave all his coaches a vote of confidence last week when asked if he expected all of them to return.

"Of course, yes," Maddon replied. "The staff's done a great job. Our staff's been awesome. And they're tight. It's a tightly knit group. ...Read more

Needing one more out, Astros pitcher draws inspiration from Jose Fernandez

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Jose Fernandez never pitched in a playoff game for the Marlins. But his presence was felt in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. said he drew inspiration from Fernandez before recording the final out to send the Astros to the World ...Read more

Gibson's iconic 1988 home run might never have happened if it hadn't been for Mitch Poole

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LOS ANGELES -- You've marveled at the swing, laughed at the brake lights, cheered with the fist pumps.

During the 28 years the Los Angeles Dodgers were absent from the World Series, you think you have watched every second of the greatest moment from the last time they were here, from the video of Kirk Gibson's 1988 walk-off home run that ...Read more

Astros to face Dodgers in World Series after shutting out Yankees in Game 7 of ALCS

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HOUSTON -- Fifty feet from home plate, Jose Altuve's bat hit ground. The baseball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of the right-field seats. He had swung hard, and he had not let go. The smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his fly ball was a home run, that his Houston Astros had a two-run lead, ...Read more

Cubs reportedly fire longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio

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The Cubs have fired longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio, an apparent casualty of the 2017 bullpen disaster, according to a report.

Bosio was the first pitching coach hired by Cubs president Theo Epstein in 2011, and served under managers Dale Sveum, Rick Renteria and Joe Maddon.

The firing was reported by USA Today. The Cubs did not return ...Read more

Dodgers face short list of decisions

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LOS ANGELES -- The absence of Corey Seager felt so unpronounced in the National League Championship Series, yet his name still resounded through the Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration late Thursday night.

In the visitors batting cage at Wrigley Field, the players cradled the Warren C. Giles Trophy, the reward for winning the National League ...Read more

Astros awake from ALCS slumber to rout Yankees 7-1 and force a deciding Game 7

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros are alive. Before a sold-out Minute Maid Park on Friday night, their hitters awoke from an inconvenient slumber at a necessary time and their acquired ace turned in another gleaming performance.

The Astros staved off elimination, crushed the New York Yankees, 7-1, and forced a seventh game in this taut American ...Read more

Scioscia says '88 World Series team was special, and so are the 2017 Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES--Mike Scioscia got a good look at this year's Los Angeles Dodgers when the Angels team he manages played them to a draw in a four-game series in mid-summer, when the eventual National League champions were laying waste to the rest of baseball.

He came away impressed.

"They definitely looked like they had a lot of things going in ...Read more

Cubs assessing pitching needs through free agency, trades off roster

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CHICAGO -- After a humbling exit from the National League Championship Series, a daunting but expected mission has arrived for Cubs President Theo Epstein and his staff.

"We knew the 2017-18 offseason would be one of our most challenging," Epstein said while answering questions for more than one hour, one day after the Cubs were knocked out of ...Read more

Tigers' Avila gets his manager in Gardenhire

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DETROIT -- At long last, Al Avila got his man.

It had been more than two years between the time Avila first contacted veteran manager Ron Gardenhire, late in the 2015 season, and Friday afternoon, when he helped Gardenhire put on the Detroit Tigers home uniform for the first time.

A lot has changed in those two years: The Tigers are no longer ...Read more

Five key questions facing the Cubs this offseason

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The Cubs' elimination from the National League Championship Series showed there's work to be done. Here are five questions entering the offseason:

-- 1. Where does the starting pitching come from?

Not from the minor leagues before 2019. The Cubs won't rush their top prospects, although 22-year-old Venezuelan Adbert Alzolay was promoted to ...Read more

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Detroit Tigers are expected to make the safe play.

Faced with a number of painful rebuilding years on the horizon, the Tigers are expected to hire veteran Ron Gardenhire as the manager to guide the young team into the future, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person requested anonymity because the Tigers have not ...Read more

Life without Wade Davis could be tricky for the Cubs in 2018

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Manager Joe Maddon said he hasn't thought about life without free agent Wade Davis in 2018, but he knows the challenge of winning without a bona fide closer.

"When you have a legitimate closer, what that really means to me is it really permits you to manipulate before the ninth inning on a normal night," Maddon said.

"When you don't, you're ...Read more

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley to miss 4-to-5 months after ankle surgery

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CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley, the Indians' All-Star outfielder who has struggled with injuries the past two years, underwent surgery to stabilize his right ankle on Wednesday in North Carolina.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. Brantley is expected to miss four-to-five months, putting his status for Opening Day in 2018 in ...Read more

Free-agent-to-be Jake Arrieta: 'I did my best and I left it all out there'

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CHICAGO -- As he walked off the mound at Wrigley Field for possibly the last time in a Cubs uniform, Jake Arrieta tipped his cap to the roaring fans.

"Hopefully, it's not a goodbye; it's a thank you, obviously," Arrieta said after a sterling effort during the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night.

"I still...Read more

Dodgers could get Corey Seager back in lineup if they advance to World Series

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CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed increased confidence that shortstop Corey Seager will be ready for the World Series, should the Dodgers advance.

Seager played catch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. He is scheduled to take swings off a batting tee Thursday, which is considered a significant test of his injured lower ...Read more

Future finally arrives for Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana

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CHICAGO -- After spending the first five-plus years of his career dedicating his thoughts to retiring hitters, Jose Quintana suddenly found himself being one.

That was the left-handed-throwing, right-handed-batting pitcher's biggest fear when he was traded midseason to the Cubs from the White Sox.

"That was a little scary," Quintana said.

He ...Read more

Cubs avoid elimination with 3-2 victory over Dodgers in Game 4 of NLCS

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CHICAGO -- Alex Wood could not contain Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, the lineup could not defuse the effective wildness of Chicago starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and the Los Angeles Dodgers could not topple Cubs closer Wade Davis as they missed a chance to sweep in the National League Championship Series, falling 3-2 in Game 4 in front...Read more

Tanaka gives Yankees the edge over Astros

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NEW YORK -- This week, Dallas Keuchel mentioned two particular joys of his job as a Houston Astros starting pitcher. One is when he takes the mound for the first inning, his nerves cresting within him. He likes to take one deep breath and soak in the stadium's atmosphere. The other is when he warms up in the opposing bullpen and hears alcohol-...Read more