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Could the Pirates rebuild like the White Sox, Padres or Blue Jays?

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PITTSBURGH - As Pirates leadership held its season-ending Zoom call on Wednesday, with general manager Ben Cherington and manager Derek Shelton taking questions for the final time until potentially December, the dichotomy was striking.

While Pirates players and coaches are now busy reflecting on the 2020 season and the front office continues to...Read more

Amid pandemic, ex-Detroit Tiger Denny McLain is selling off some of his sports collection

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Nearly a year after his wife died, Denny McLain - the both beloved and bedeviled former Detroit Tiger - is holding an estate sale.

A two-time Cy Young award-winner, who also once famously claimed he drank a case of Pepsi a day and ended up in prison twice, is hoping to sell a few thousand sports memorabilia items, a fraction of what he's ...Read more

In a wild Game 2, Yankees find a way past Cleveland to advance to ALDS

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CLEVELAND – Each time the Yankees saw a path to San Diego and advancement into the next round of playoffs, the Cleveland Indians answered back Wednesday night.

But the Yankees kept charging.

Down by a run in the ninth, Gary Sanchez's game-tying sacrifice fly and DJ LeMahieu's go-ahead RBI single pushed the Yankees to a 10-9 victory, ...Read more

Dodgers bullpen holds off Brewers to take Game 1 of wild-card series

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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers' pursuit of their first championship since 1988 shifted to another gear Wednesday in a vacant Dodger Stadium against one of the worst teams ever to qualify for the postseason.

The setting for Game 1 of the best-of-three wild-card round, a layer added to the 2020 postseason to generate more revenue, against ...Read more

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Sid Hartman: Twins run into a familiar end to an unfamiliar season

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MINNEAPOLIS - In a year where nothing felt the same, it had to feel like history repeating itself for the Twins' ownership, front office, coaching staff and players Wednesday after they were swept in two games by Houston at Target Field to end their pandemic-shortened season.

Yes, this was a much different campaign than any other in Twins ...Read more

Cardinals jump off to fast start, hold off Padres 7-4 in Game 1 of wild-card series

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A Cardinals offense that, at best, had been erratic this year, put up four runs in the first inning, two of them on a homer by Paul Goldschmidt, and two more in the third at San Diego on Wednesday. Then, the offense stalled and the Cardinals bullpen and defense took over to preserve a 7-4 win over the Padres in Game 1 of the best-of-three ...Read more

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Marlins outfielder Starling Marte suffers hand fracture in win over Cubs; status unclear moving forward

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While the Marlins are riding high after Wednesday's Game 1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the team could be without one of its best hitters moving forward.

Miami outfielder Starling Marte suffered a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal after being plunked on his left hand, a source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Rocco Baldelli's quick hook for starters leads to Twins' quick exit from playoffs

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Let it be remembered that when the modern-day Twins have their backs to the wall, they hide behind drapes.

They lost their 18th consecutive postseason game and ninth elimination game in a row Wednesday, ending their season with a 3-1 loss to the average Astros at Target Field.

Do not let the oddities of this short, strange season distract you ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: With Cubs and White Sox facing elimination, Thursday could be a great day for Chicago baseball — or a total bummer

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CHICAGO - The beauty of baseball is there's always another game tomorrow, even as the Chicago Cubs and White Sox realize there will be no more tomorrows if they don't get the job done Thursday.

The Cubs blew a late lead Wednesday in a lackluster 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in their wild-card series opener at Wrigley Field, while a late Sox ...Read more

Rays advance in postseason, sweep Blue Jays in AL Wild Card Series

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For all the right things the Rays made sure to say about the Blue Jays being a tough opponent, they had no trouble with them in the first round of baseball's expanded postseason.

An 8-2 win Wednesday afternoon that was decided early made it a quick two-game sweep and sent the Rays on to San Diego for a best-of-five ...Read more

Mark Bradley: The Braves usually lose this sort of game. This time they won.

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ATLANTA - This is Atlanta, where nothing's ever over until ... well, you know. There's still a chance the Braves lose this series. It's baseball, in Atlanta, and these are the Braves. There's your disclaimer.

Here's the reality: The team that hasn't won a playoff round since 2001 took a huge step toward the National League Division Series on ...Read more

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Cubs hand Yu Darvish the ball with season on the line: 'We've got the guy we want on the mound'

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CHICAGO - Yu Darvish won five games following a Chicago Cubs loss during the 60-game season, so his teammates feel confident even as they face elimination Thursday.

"No panic," Kyle Hendricks said Wednesday after a 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in the first game of a best-of-three National League wild-card series at Wrigley Field. "We've got ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The A's slayed one playoff demon — can they take down another in Game 3?

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Is it better to be lucky or good?

How about being both?

That formula for the A's Wednesday, as they beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 in Game 2 of their Wild Card Series to save their season.

It was stressful in the end - demons like the kind the A's have don't go away easily - but Oakland avoided a seventh-straight postseason loss, setting up a...Read more

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Twins streak of misery continues with 3-1 loss to Houston

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MINNEAPOLIS - Carlos Correa belted a 430-foot opposite field home run in the seventh inning, the tiebreaking blow in Houston's 3-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field.

The Astros won the best-of-three American League wild-card series 2-0, extending the Twins' postseason losing streak to a major pro sports record 18 games.

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Alcantara carries Marlins to a series-opening win over Cubs

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CHICAGO - Sandy Alcantara made it clear he wanted the ball Wednesday.

Simple as that.

He was the Miami Marlins' opening day starter. He was on the mound the night they clinched their first playoff appearance in 17 years. He's the team's ace and closed the season on a strong note after missing a month as one of 18 players who tested positive ...Read more

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Chris Bassitt, Marcus Semien lead A's to 5-3 victory against White Sox, help force Game 3

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If the Oakland A's recover from their series-opening dud against the Chicago White Sox to advance deep into October, the theme of their postseason run will be revenge.

Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, shortstop Marcus Semien and the Houston Astros guaranteed that with their performances in critical games on Wednesday.

Bassitt tossed seven ...Read more

Anaheim City Council approves $150 million cash stadium sale to Angels owner

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim City Council voted early Wednesday to approve a revised deal with Angels owner Arte Moreno, selling Angel Stadium and the surrounding land for $150 million in cash in return for the team's commitment to stay in Anaheim through 2050.

The council had voted last December to sell the 150-acre site to Moreno's company, ...Read more

Braves win in 13 innings on Freeman's walk-off hit

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ATLANTA - The Max Fried vs. Trevor Bauer duel lived up to the hype, which meant nine innings weren't enough to settle Game 1.

In the first contest of the best-of-three wild-card series Wednesday, Freddie Freeman's walk-off RBI single in the 13th pushed the Braves past the Reds 1-0. It was the third-longest postseason game in Braves history.

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Clevinger, Lamet left off Padres' postseason roster

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Neither of the Padres' top starting pitchers – Dinelson Lamet nor Mike Clevinger – are available to pitch in the club's first postseason in 14 years.

Both Clevinger and Lamet were left off the wild-card postseason roster, which had to be submitted by 10 a.m. today. Both, however, were included in the Padres' postseason player pool, leaving ...Read more

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Texas Rangers' plan to streamline rebuild could cost two veterans playing time

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General manager Jon Daniels didn't pull any rabbits out of his hat or anything out of the blue Tuesday afternoon when looking mostly forward rather than back at the dismal season the Texas Rangers finished off Sunday.

The Rangers will still be rebuilding in 2021, with ownership's blessing, and won't be spending much money this off-season, at ...Read more