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Miguel Sano narrative changes: No charges in Dominican accident

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Miguel Sano will not face charges following an accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic in which a police officer suffered a broken leg.

The officer said it was an accident, that he and Sano were friends from school, and that Sano took him to the hospital for treatment, ESPN reported.

The Twins third baseman backed up his truck ...Read more

Freeman, Acuna revive Braves offense, force Game 4 with Dodgers

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ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman annihilated a ball into the Chop House. While jogging to first base, he clinched both fists, looked over to the Braves dugout and unprecedentedly let out a celebratory cheer.

He'd waited five years for the chance to restore hope to the Braves faithful. His visually emotional moment came against Dodgers pitcher Alex ...Read more

Brewers sweep their way into series for the National League title, defeat Rockies, 6-0

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DENVER -- The skies were gray. Rain was on the way. An eerie silence had fallen upon the grounds. This was the kind of foreboding you get in a bad novel.

But the performance of the home team had been so futile that a fan felt compelled to heckle his Colorado Rockies, with a voice that rang out loud and clear: "You're playing the Brewers, for ...Read more

Reports: Twins' Miguel Sano detained after traffic altercation in Dominican Republic

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Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was involved in a traffic altercation with a police officer in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning, according to newspaper reports in that country, and was detained at a police station.

The report, in the Spanish-language El Nuevo Diario, said the police officer suffered a fractured left leg in the ...Read more

Dodgers' Hernandez made it to majors with versatility, but he's much more now

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ATLANTA--While the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated a sixth consecutive National League West title Monday that appeared improbable a few days earlier, manager Dave Roberts heaped lofty praise on one of the players who powered their September push.

"When you're talking about MVP of the ballclub," Roberts said, "he's right there at the top of the ...Read more

Indians' Miller gives up two-run double in sixth as Astros take 2-0 series lead with 3-1 win

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HOUSTON -- The Indians are returning home with their backs firmly planted against the wall.

Carlos Carrasco turned in a strong postseason performance in a duel with Gerrit Cole, but the Indians unraveled in the sixth inning and lost, 3-1, Saturday afternoon to the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid ...Read more

Sean Newcomb will start Game 3 for Braves

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ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb will start Sunday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers.

On Friday, Braves manager Brian Snitker said that Kevin Gausman would start Sunday, pending his availability after Friday's game, but Saturday afternoon Snitker announced that Newcomb will start.

Gausman has not ...Read more

Dodgers' Kershaw, backed by two home runs, shuts down Braves

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LOS ANGELES--Clayton Kershaw ripped a pair of towels off his left arm and hopped from the bench. He scooped his glove and tucked his sweat-matted hair behind his ears. He spoke to no one as he bounded up the stairs.

A roar from the Dodger Stadium faithful greeted Kershaw as he reached a personal milestone at 9:01 p.m. on Friday. For the first ...Read more

Brewers stymie Rockies again, take 2-0 series lead

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MILWAUKEE -- The first time he struck out, Nolan Arenado flipped his bat into the air, then caught it. The second time, Arenado threw his bat to the ground in disgust. His helmet, too, and his batting gloves.

Arenado is one of the elite players in the National League. He has endured long and lean years in Colorado, frustrated by his team's ...Read more

Astros blast four home runs, rough up Corey Kluber for 7-2 win in Game 1

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HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander was his familiar, Cy Young-level self but Corey Kluber couldn't follow suit, and the Indians lost a matchup of two of the game's best pitchers and Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 7-2, to the Houston Astros on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros launched four home runs -- three of them off ...Read more

Ryu, home runs propel Dodgers to win over Braves in NLDS opener

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LOS ANGELES--Max Muncy watched only a handful of Los Angeles Dodgers games last October. He had spent the season as a member of the Dodgers organization, but not a day as a Dodger. Unable to earn a promotion from triple-A Oklahoma City, Muncy was unsure if he would re-sign over the winter. If the playoffs aired early in the day, he caught ...Read more

Christian Yelich does it all for Brewers in Game 1 win over Rockies

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MILWAUKEE -- The home team started the playoffs without a starting pitcher, by design.

The performance of their starting pitchers had been so spotty this season that the Milwaukee Brewers decided to do away with the position, at least on Thursday. Their relief pitchers had been outstanding, so the Brewers simply loaded up on them.

The closer ...Read more

LGBTQ donation drive gives fans an out to root for Cubs, not Daniel Murphy

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CHICAGO -- When Daniel Murphy went to bat during the Cubs' wild-card game Tuesday night, no one at or around Wrigley Field seemed fixated on anything other than a win.

But for some fans in the LGBTQ community and their allies, Murphy's past comments about "disagreeing" with homosexuality made the second baseman's August move to the Cubs ...Read more

Expect a reduced workload for Dodgers' Kenley Jansen

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen's standing on the Dodgers remains cemented. He is the team's undisputed closer entering Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. His teammates and manager insist they are confident in him even after a turbulent regular season. Jansen has maintained his confidence has not ...Read more

After late collapse, Theo Epstein says Cubs will shift emphasis from evaluating talent to analyzing production

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The one extra victory they needed that eluded the Cubs likely occurred well before they scored only one run in each of their final three losses that kept them from advancing to the National League Division Series.

And it was more than just an offense that went on a siesta after the All-Star break that led to their shocking elimination and a ...Read more

Dan Duquette out as Orioles executive vice president as club announces leadership changes

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Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who helped build three playoff teams after arriving in Baltimore in 2011 and in July took on the public face of the team's rebuild by trading the club's top stars away during the worst season in franchise history, won't be around to see the rest of the transition.

The Orioles announced Wednesday ...Read more

Confident Walker Buehler stopped messing around early

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LOS ANGELES -- The big-league baptism of Walker Buehler -- the moment when the potency of his talent intersected with the urgency of its advent with the Dodgers -- occurred April 28 inside the dugout at AT&T Park.

Mired midway through its worst 40-game opening stretch since arriving in Los Angeles, the team had done something relatively rare ...Read more

A closer look at Brewers-Rockies NLDS matchup

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MILWAUKEE vs. COLORADO

At first glance

The Milwaukee Brewers, 2 1/2 games back in the National League Central with seven games to play, closed with seven consecutive victories to pull even with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Milwaukee beat the Cubs 3-1 in Monday's Game 163 to win its fourth division title since 1969.

A potent offense features ...Read more

A closer look at Brewers-Rockies NLDS matchup

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MILWAUKEE vs. COLORADO

At first glance

The Milwaukee Brewers, 2 1/2 games back in the National League Central with seven games to play, closed with seven consecutive victories to pull even with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Milwaukee beat the Cubs 3-1 in Monday's Game 163 to win its fourth division title since 1969.

A potent offense features ...Read more

Tony Wolters' big moment arrives in Rockies' wild-card win

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Left knee surgery ended Tony Wolters' 2015 campaign. He was waived the following spring. He'd already bounced from the middle infield to behind the plate in search of a path forward. He'd waited 12 innings to get into his first postseason game Tuesday night.

Indeed, Wolters had been well-versed in patience when Kyle Hendricks' 1-2 change-up ...Read more