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

Cubs' Kyle Schwarber becoming all right in left

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CHICAGO -- The first time Kyle Schwarber shed his catcher's gear in favor of an outfielder's glove for the Cubs, another player was generating attention for appearing at a different position.

"They worked me into a game when we were getting our butts kicked and David Ross pitched," Schwarber said of the July 26, 2015 contest during which the ...Read more

Cubs manager Maddon envisions entire coaching staff returning for 2018

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CHICAGO -- After surviving some choppy moments to reach the National League Championship Series for a third consecutive season, manager Joe Maddon wants his staff to return intact next season.

"The staff has done a great job," Maddon said Wednesday. "Our staff has been awesome, and they're tight, a tightly knit group. There's a lot of synergy ...Read more

Worn-out Cubs on brink of elimination after Dodgers cruise in Game 3

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CHICAGO -- After battling first-half fatigue, succumbing to the Brewers in a three-game sweep in mid-September and overcoming the Nationals in a draining five-game division series, the Cubs' 2017 season is on subsisting on fumes.

The ominous task of repeating as World Series champion reached the critical stage after the deeper and refreshed ...Read more

Dodgers one win away from first World Series since 1988

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CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish stepped outside the batter's box as his eyes registered the location of the last pitch. It was a fastball from Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr., like the three pitches before it, and it was not a strike, like the three before it. Darvish roared and chucked his bat into the grass. The trajectory of the lumber was not majestic ...Read more

Jake Arrieta plans to savor his Wrigley Field start while hoping for more

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CHICAGO -- A proverbial limb, not a fence, is where Jake Arrieta will find himself standing when this season is over.

The free-agent-to-be, along with his agent Scott Boras, both have said the 2015 Cy Young winner will test the market.

Late last week, Boras called Arrieta "a squirrel with a lot of nuts in the tree ... a big-game squirrel," ...Read more

'Bullpenning' all the rage as playoff teams yank starters earlier and earlier

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A new terminology has entered baseball vernacular: "bullpenning."

It started with a phone call ... to the bullpen.

Cubs fans got a major dose of it during the team's run to the 2016 World Series title, especially when manager Joe Maddon pulled starter Kyle Hendricks with two outs in the fifth inning of Game 7 and his team leading 5-1.

In the ...Read more

With food, water and hugs, Molina delivers help to Puerto Rico

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ST. LOUIS -- A short drive from where Yadier Molina grew up in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, and into the Mavilla neighborhood, the Cardinals catcher stood atop a blacktop road surrounded by stripped-clean and snapped trees and covered with a message that gave words to the reason he came home.

"AYUDA," it listed. "AGUA. ALIMENTO."

Translated it ...Read more

Judge's offense and defense help lift Yankees over Astros in Game 3

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NEW YORK -- Three pitches into Monday's fourth inning, Aaron Judge galloped onto Yankee Stadium's warning track and hurtled into its right-field wall to retrieve a deep drive. As ball met glove, Judge's oversized torso smashed into an advertisement that foretold the night's events.


In the bottom of the inning, Judge ...Read more

The Dodgers' bullpen has the confidence to be dangerous for the Cubs

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CHICAGO -- A baseball team must secure at least 27 outs in order to win a game, and so Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts fills the hours before each postseason contest contemplating a countdown.

He consults with his coaching staff and the analysts from the front office. He gauges the readiness of his various relievers. The group ...Read more

Back-to-back games for Kenta Maeda? No problem, Dodgers say

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CHICAGO -- After recording three outs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series with the Chicago Cubs, Kenta Maeda did not pitch for the Dodgers on Sunday night. He was warming up as Justin Turner's game-winning homer cleared the center-field fence.

Maeda had never been a reliever before this postseason, but manager Dave Roberts ...Read more

Cubs offense needs early spark from others besides Addison Russell

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The odds of the Cubs recovering from their 2-0 deficit and winning the National League Championship Series seem as long as Justin Turner's game-winning home run Sunday night.

But Addison Russell, who has played a large part in the Cubs' postseason heroics the last two seasons, provided some perspective.

"I feel like we're one swing away, one ...Read more

Despite inconsistency, Carl Edwards Jr. remains confident in self, Cubs

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LOS ANGELES -- Carl Edwards Jr. had lost his way.

But panicking wasn't an option.

The Cubs relief pitcher calmly wandered the maze of hallways outside the team's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night after a 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

He was looking for an exit.

"It's not easy to remember," he said...Read more

Cubs' World Series ring taken off auction site, scout no longer with organization

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CHICAGO -- An authentic Chicago Cubs World Series ring has been removed from an online auction, and the scout who tried to sell it is no longer with the team.

The Sun-Times first reported that auction site cooperated with the Cubs in taking the ring down about two weeks before bidding was set to close.

Team spokesman Julian Green ...Read more

Justin Turner's walk-off home run gives Dodgers a 2-0 lead over Cubs in NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- On the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's walk-off blast, the Los Angeles Dodgers added another chapter to franchise lore when Justin Turner thundered a game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb, 28, dies in Tennessee ATV accident

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Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident in Tennessee on Saturday at the age of 28.

Webb pitched in parts of four seasons with the Sox, going 7-5 with a 4.50 earned-run average in 94 games as a reliever from 2013-16.

"Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by ...Read more

Joe Maddon to meet with MLB's Joe Torre regarding NLCS Game 1 ejection, postgame comments

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he will meet with Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre before Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

Maddon said Torre reached out to him following Maddon's ejection in Saturday's night's Game 1 after Maddon voiced his displeasure with MLB's obstruction rule, in which catcher Willson ...Read more