Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will return next season

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who has been heavily criticized in the aftermath of the club's season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, will return next season, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Roberts, 47, has three years remaining on his contract after agreeing to a new deal...Read more

Dave Roberts' baffling NLDS Game 5 bullpen decisions raise questions

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LOS ANGELES -- After the carnage, after his decisions blew up in his face, after the Los Angeles Dodgers' season came to a stupefyingly abrupt conclusion in a season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Dave Roberts maintained he understood the cresting surge of criticism.

"If the blame falls on me, I've got ...Read more

Padres pitcher Jacob Nix arrested

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Padres pitcher Jacob Nix was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing Sunday after entering a home near the team's training complex in Peoria, Ariz.

According to news reports, the 23-year-old Nix entered a home through a doggie door and was confronted by the homeowner. When Nix attempted to leave the premises, the homeowner used a taser ...Read more

The Cubs are interviewing David Ross for their managerial vacancy. Will the search end with him?

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David Ross is expected to interview with team President Theo Epstein on Thursday before his presumed coronation as Cubs manager.

While Epstein already interviewed three other known candidates, including former Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Wednesday, consensus opinion is the job is Ross' if he wants it.

Whether that's true, one Cubs player ...Read more

Gabe Kapler fired as Phillies manager after team misses playoffs for second straight year

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Gabe Kapler Era is over.

The Phillies fired their manager on Thursday, a source said, after they missed the playoffs following an offseason in which they invested nearly a half-billion dollars in their roster. The Phillies announced the decision later Thursday morning. Kapler, hired before the 2018 season, was under contract...Read more

Dodgers' season ends in loss to Nationals in Game 5 of NLDS

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LOS ANGELES -- The fans remaining at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, the loyal ones who had stuck around to witness the stunning end of the Los Angeles Dodgers' season, booed Dave Roberts when he finally emerged from the dugout in the 10th inning. They echoed their feelings on his walk back after the manager finally took the ball from Joe ...Read more

Braves cut back on 'tomahawk chop' after Cardinals complaint

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ATLANTA -- Early in the National League Division Series, St. Louis Cardinals reliever of Cherokee descent Ryan Helsley expressed disappointment at the Atlanta Braves for encouraging fans to swing a foam tomahawk and chant. The Braves heard the complaint about their decadeslong tradition and took action to address it.

Sort of.

The Braves ...Read more

Braves' Brian McCann announces his retirement after playoff exit

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ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Brian McCann announced Wednesday night that he has played his last game.

In the Braves' clubhouse after the team's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series, McCann said he made the decision about a month ago and cherished playing his final season in a Braves ...Read more

Buck Showalter and John Farrell join Joe Maddon as candidates for Angels job

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LOS ANGELES -- Joe Maddon is not the only experienced candidate being considered for the Los Angeles Angels' managerial opening.

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and World Series champion John Farrell are also among their four candidates, according to people close to the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly on the ...Read more

Cardinals bury Braves with 10-run first; clinch NLDS in 13-1 romp

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ATLANTA -- The Cardinals had qualified for 13 National League Championship Series before Wednesday night. And then they scored 13 runs, a postseason record 10 of them in the first inning, as they punched their ticket for a 14th LCS by dismantling the Atlanta Braves 13-1 to win the decisive fifth game in the National League Division Series.

The ...Read more

Twins thinking aggressively when assessing roster needs, free-agent market

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Before the season began, Twins General Manager Thad Levine was asked about when the Twins' window of opportunity would be open. He replied that they were trying to jam their fingers under the window frame and get leverage.

On Wednesday, during an end-of-season session with reporters, Levine provided an update.

"I think we feel a breeze," he ...Read more

Phillies 'allergic to the real facts' over who created the Phanatic, mascot makers say

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PHILADELPHIA -- When it comes to their rights to the Phillie Phanatic, the iconic, fuzzy, green-beaked mascot's designers aren't afraid to play a little hardball.

After being accused by the Phillies in a federal lawsuit of trying to make the Phanatic a "free agent," New York-based puppet makers Bonnie Erickson and Wayde Harrison filed a ...Read more

With Buehler facing Strasburg, Dodgers and Nationals are putting their best arms forward

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have the Washington Nationals right where they want them.

The Nationals have the Dodgers right where they want them.

Both statements are valid because both teams have their most outstanding pitchers this season lined up to start the most important game of their season, the winner-take-all Game 5 of the ...Read more

Atlanta's Foltynewicz will face St. Louis' Flaherty in an NLDS that has gone back and forth

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ATLANTA -- Heroics from franchise icons and inspired performances by youngsters have turned the meeting between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series into a classic.

A tie game slipped away from the Braves' bullpen in the opener. A few days later, a vintage performance from 38-year-old Adam Wainwright...Read more

Joe Girardi to interview for the Cubs manager job Wednesday. David Ross will interview later this week.

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The Cubs are set to interview Joe Girardi and David Ross for their manager job this week.

Girardi, 54, who has 11 years of managerial experience with the Marlins and Yankees, was scheduled to meet Wednesday with team officials, two sources said.

Girardi, who spent seven of his 14 seasons as a catcher with the Cubs (1989-92, 2000-02), also has ...Read more

Showalter not favored by Padres in manager search; others from Preller's past prominent

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Amid much online speculation that Buck Showalter was possibly among the favorites to become the Padres' next manager, two sources on Tuesday said that is not the case.

The former manager of the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles is not in the mix, according to one source in the organization and one outside, both of whom spoke on the ...Read more

Flaherty on Game 5: 'Win or go home? What's not to be excited about?'

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ATLANTA -- Some would say it's winner-take-all Wednesday night when the Cardinals and Atlanta Braves contest the fifth and final game of the National League Division Series which is tied at 2-2. In truth, the ultimate winner needs to win two more rounds after this series before it can "take all," but this is the most important game of the season...Read more

Giants minor leaguer tweets meager paycheck, says he actually pays to play baseball

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Tyler Cyr is making a name for himself. The San Francisco Giants minor league relief pitcher has climbed the organizational ladder, from rookie ball in 2015, to Triple-A Sacramento -- one rung below the major leagues -- this past season.

What he is not making: Money.

In an attempt to shine a light on the plight of minor league baseball ...Read more

Warriors sign Scottie Pippen's nephew, an undrafted rookie center

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The Warriors' star-studded backcourt has NBA bloodlines. Now they've added a center with Hall of Fame pedigree.

Golden State has signed Scottie Pippen's nephew, Kavion Pippen, the team announced Monday without releasing terms of the agreement. Unlike his famous uncle, Kavion Pippen will have a much tougher road to make a regular season roster, ...Read more

Molina ties game, then wins it in 10th as Cards stay alive in NLDS

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ST. LOUIS -- A rare, less-than-sellout playoff crowd of 42,203 turned up at Busch Stadium Monday afternoon/night as the Cardinals tried to stay alive in the National League Division Series by winning Game 4. Those who didn't/couldn't make it missed something.

For a while, when Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna homered in the first, it seemed ...Read more