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Will the Yankees chase Machado this winter? (Today)
With the Yankees idle for their ninth consecutive World Series, the framework for their offseason will be constructed beginning on Monday, as general manager Brian Cashman prepares to head the club's annual professional scouting meetings at Yankee Stadium.

Marlins announce signings of Mesa brothers (Today)
After nearly two decades of not dabbling significantly in Latin American prospects, the Marlins on Monday announced the signings of Cuban outfield prospects Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr., sending a signal to the industry that Miami intends to be active on the international front.

Who has the edge? WS position by position (Sunday, October 21)
The goal here is to do a position-by-position analysis of this World Series, but that will naturally be difficult to do with so many wonderful players involved.

Nine comeback stories for this Fall Classic (Sunday, October 21)
If someone had tapped Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy on the shoulder a year ago and told him he would be playing in the 2018 World Series, he might have needed a minute to get his mind around those words. Even his dreams hadn't gotten that far. Same thing with Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier.

Dodgers weighing Kershaw, Hill for G1 starter (Sunday, October 21)
The Dodgers on Sunday were not quite ready to commit the World Series Game 1 start to Clayton Kershaw, who made the final 15 pitches in Saturday night's pennant clincher against Milwaukee.

World Series Game 1: Lineups, bullpens, FAQs (Sunday, October 21)
Two of baseball's most historic teams -- the Red Sox and Dodgers -- are set to meet in what should be a thrilling World Series.

Rangers' list of managerial candidates narrows (Sunday, October 21)
The Rangers pool of managerial candidates is being reduced as the Reds announced the hiring of David Bell as their new manager. An industry source said Joe Girardi is no longer in the running for the Rangers position and is expected to remain with the MLB Network.

Wright making case to be on Sox's WS roster (Sunday, October 21)
Knuckleballer Steven Wright's mission over these next couple of days is to prove to the Red Sox that he is healthy enough to pitch in the World Series.

Cora faces familiar foe in 'relentless' Dodgers (Sunday, October 21)
The Red Sox already had to get through two ultra-talented teams in the Yankees and Astros to get to the World Series, and they know another big challenge awaits against the Dodgers.

MLB's Breakthrough Series advances at WWBA (Sunday, October 21)
All week, Major League Baseball's Breakthrough Series squad has shown it can compete with the elite at Perfect Game's talent-rich World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championship at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex.

Fun facts about only other Red Sox-Dodgers WS (Sunday, October 21)
The Dodgers have won the National League pennant 23 times. The Red Sox have been kings of the American League 14 times. But surprisingly, for all that success, the teams have only met once before in the World Series -- all the way back in 1916, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (named after manager Wilbert Robinson) in five games for the club's fourth championship.

World Series Game 1: Lineups, bullpens, FAQs (Sunday, October 21)
Two of baseball's most historic teams -- the Red Sox and Dodgers -- are set to meet in what should be a thrilling World Series.

Red Sox-Dodgers Series is the one we deserve (Sunday, October 21)
So we get Boston against Los Angeles now in the World Series, the way it used to be the Celtics against the Lakers in all those NBA Finals. But this time, it's Boston against Los Angeles for the first time in baseball history. If you want to go through all the reasons why the World Series we've got is the one we should have been rooting for all along, start there.

Brad Ausmus named Angels manager (Sunday, October 21)
The Angels completed their first managerial search in nearly two decades on Sunday, announcing that Brad Ausmus has been hired to replace Mike Scioscia.

Reds name David Bell new manager (Sunday, October 21)
Completing a process that began in April, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager on Sunday and signed him to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

Red Sox to start Sale in Game 1 of World Series (Sunday, October 21)
The Red Sox will open the Fall Classic with Chris Sale on the hill. Boston will start the ace left-hander vs. the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

For Crew, Game 7 not an end but a beginning (Sunday, October 21)
One of the most memorable of the 50 seasons in franchise history ended on Saturday short of the goal on Saturday with a loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS. For the Dodgers, it's on to the World Series. For the Brewers, it's wait 'til next year -- and they think they will be pretty good again next year.

Sox, Dodgers wait 102 years for Series rematch (Sunday, October 21)
The Red Sox and Dodgers are storied franchises on opposite coasts that have long and rich histories. It's somewhat surprising that they haven't met in a World Series in 102 years -- it was back in 1916 that the Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins in five games for Boston's fourth World Series title.

Here's what happened in Saturday's AFL action (Saturday, October 20)
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

Bullpen of the Week: Dodgers (Sunday, October 21)
Dodgers relievers combined to post a 1.45 ERA over 31 innings to earn the title of Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the 2018 League Championship Series round of the postseason.

Rookie Buehler delivers with 7 K's in NLCS G7 (Sunday, October 21)
The Dodgers punched a ticket to their second straight World Series on Saturday night, with Walker Buehler playing a big role in their 5-1 win over the Brewers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park.

'Battle tested' Dodgers ready for Red Sox (Sunday, October 21)
The Dodgers won't have the home-field advantage in the World Series as they did last year, but they do have an advantage over last year's World Series appearance.

Sox, Dodgers wait 102 years for Series rematch (Sunday, October 21)
The Red Sox and Dodgers are storied franchises on opposite coasts that have long and rich histories. It's somewhat surprising that they haven't met in a World Series in 102 years -- it was back in 1916 that the Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins in five games for Boston's fourth World Series title.

5 key storylines for the 2018 World Series (Sunday, October 21)
The World Series is finally set, and what a showdown: Red Sox vs. Dodgers -- a 108-win Boston team that was MLB's best team in the regular season against a Los Angeles squad returning to the World Series for a second straight season after falling just short in Game 7 a year ago. If we're lucky, this Fall Classic will be exactly that -- a classic. But before the World Series kicks off on Tuesday in Boston, here are five key storylines to watch.

Kershaw closes out NLCS G7 with 1-2-3 9th (Sunday, October 21)
Manager Dave Roberts said that not only is Kershaw available for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, but also Los Angeles' ace is expected to pitch. The left-hander would be going on two days' rest after an outstanding start in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

Machado shakes off boos, sparks LA rally (Sunday, October 21)
Manny Machado loved every second of this. The supremely talented shortstop-turned-villain in the National League Championship Series capped his often-controversial series with the last laugh in a 5-1 victory over the Brewers in Game 7 on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Bellinger's turnaround results in NLCS MVP honor (Sunday, October 21)
A career .160 postseason hitter at the start of this seven-game set, Bellinger left it an MVP. The Dodgers outfielder was named Most Valuable Player of the NLCS after Los Angeles clinched its second straight World Series berth Saturday.

Puig, Bellinger power Dodgers in NLCS Game 7 (Saturday, October 20)
Yasiel Puig silenced Miller Park and gave the Dodgers an enormous boost in their push to clinch the National League pennant on Saturday night, driving a two-out, three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 5-1 win in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.

Teams that lost WS and returned the next year (Saturday, October 20)
In fact, there have been 27 clubs that lost a Fall Classic, only to return the next year, including three that lost two in a row before qualifying for a third.

Crew's thrilling run ends in heartbreak in G7 (Sunday, October 21)
The Brewers' World Series hopes turned on two line drives. One was caught. One was not. And because of those outcomes -- a Christian Yelich drive that found Chris Taylor's glove at the warning track in the fifth inning before a laser beam of a three-run home run for Yasiel Puig in the sixth -- a surprising season that carried a Milwaukee team two years removed from rebuilding to within one victory of the Fall Classic came to a close. The 2018 Brewers went down with a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on Saturday night.

Taylor robs Crew of tying run with must-see grab (Saturday, October 20)
Chris Taylor started Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at second base, but he made a fantastic, run-saving catch in deep left-center field to end the fifth inning on Saturday at Miller Park.

Bellinger's turnaround results in NLCS MVP nod (Saturday, October 20)
A career .160 postseason hitter at the start of this seven-game set, Bellinger left it an MVP. The Dodgers outfielder was named Most Valuable Player of the NLCS after Los Angeles clinched its second straight World Series berth Saturday.

Key HRs clinch LA's return trip to Fall Classic (Saturday, October 20)
With rookie starter Walker Buehler poised under pressure, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig launching crowd-silencing homers at Miller Park and Chris Taylor pulling off a sensational catch in left field, the Dodgers eliminated the Brewers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, 5-1, on Saturday and will play the Red Sox in the World Series starting Tuesday night in Boston.

Gio bringing positivity to Crew despite injury (Saturday, October 20)
How tough was it on Gio Gonzalez after an ankle injury relegated him to observer status in the National League Championship Series? "It's not tough anymore. Are you kidding? This is awesome," Gonzalez said after the Brewers forced a Game 7 and a chance to go to the World Series. "That's what I was kicking myself about. I didn't want to be that distraction."

Yelich homer opens scoring in Game 7 (Saturday, October 20)
Looking to lift the Brewers to the World Series with a win in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, Christian Yelich got Milwaukee off to a quick start, drilling a solo first-inning homer off the Dodgers' Walker Buehler. Yelich's drive just cleared the right-center-field wall and the glove of right fielder Yasiel Puig.

You won't believe what kind of ring sidelined Sale (Saturday, October 20)
Perhaps no member of the Red Sox benefited more from the team wrapping up the American League Championship Series in five games than ace Chris Sale. And for the first time since being hospitalized a week ago, Sale got back on the mound on Saturday and threw a bullpen session in preparation for his expected start in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Dodgers expecting to use Kershaw in Game 7 (Saturday, October 20)
Manager Dave Roberts said that not only is Kershaw available for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, but also Los Angeles' ace is expected to pitch. The left-hander would be going on two days' rest after an outstanding start in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

Bellinger follows Machado's rare bunt with HR (Saturday, October 20)
Brewers fans might despise Manny Machado a little more after he bunted for a single on a 3-2 pitch in the second inning and Cody Bellinger followed with a two-run home run to right-center field.

Sources: Marlins set to sign Mesa brothers (Saturday, October 20)
The Marlins are expected to announce the signings of Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr., sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez on Saturday. Victor Victor is expected to sign for more than $5 million, and Victor Jr. is expected to receive a bonus near $1 million.

Sox want J.D. in each WS game; Betts to 2B? (Saturday, October 20)
When the Red Sox get to the National League park for Game 3 of the World Series next weekend, they'll have to lose a key position player from the starting lineup.

Source: Bell appears to be fave for Reds skipper (Saturday, October 20)
David Bell is the front-runner to be offered the Reds' managerial position, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Saturday.

Buehler joins lineage of Game 7 rookie starters (Saturday, October 20)
When Walker Buehler takes the mound for the Dodgers tonight in Milwaukee with the National League Championship Series on the line, he will become just the 10th rookie to start a decisive Game 7 (or, in one case, a Game 8) in any playoff series.

As rumors swirl, Marlins to hold news conference (Saturday, October 20)
Without giving specifics, the Marlins have announced a news conference for Monday with chief executive officer Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill in attendance.

Altuve undergoes right knee surgery (Saturday, October 20)
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery on his right knee, a source told MLB.com. The team has not confirmed.

Milwaukee ready for its 1st Game 7 in 60 years (Saturday, October 20)
This city has been waiting for a moment like this forever. Game 7, with a trip to the World Series on the line. It is happening Saturday night at Miller Park, and it should be fun.

Knebel right in middle of Counsell's maneuvers (Saturday, October 20)
There comes a point in some baseball games at which recording outs is more important than scoring runs. When that moment arrived Friday, it meant Corey Knebel found himself striding to home plate with a bat in his hand with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

Four X-factors to decide who wins NL pennant (Saturday, October 20)
A complicated, fascinating National League Championship Series reaches the only logical conclusion on Saturday, when the Dodgers and Brewers play the first NLCS Game 7 since 2012. MLB.com's crew at the series presents four questions that we believe will determine the outcome of Game 7.

Dodgers-Brewers G7: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Saturday, October 20)
The Dodgers and Brewers are taking this National League Championship Series the distance with a decisive Game 7 on Saturday at Miller Park, the winner going to the World Series, the loser going home. Eight months of work boiled down to one night.

Ryu, Dodgers' bats struggle, setting up Game 7 (Saturday, October 20)
They were hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu would again live up to his big-game reputation, but he allowed four two-out hits in a four-run first inning, and the Dodgers couldn't recover in a 7-2 loss that forces a winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday.

Hader rested, ready to help Brewers advance (Saturday, October 20)
Just as important as the events that transpired in the Brewers' 7-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night was one event that didn't. Josh Hader never emerged through the bullpen door.

Which team will the Red Sox be pulling for? (Saturday, October 20)
The Red Sox shouldn't fear any team. Boston proved that, not only by winning 108 games in the regular season, but also by cruising past the 100-win Yankees in the American League Division Series and the 103-win Astros in the AL Championship Series. But, when it comes to Boston's World Series opponent, there is reason to believe the AL champs should have a preference.

Machado looks past G6 boos: 'I just want a W' (Saturday, October 20)
Manny Machado was not interested in acknowledging Brewers fans or their boos in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park.

Aguilar sparks Crew's tone-setting rally in G6 (Saturday, October 20)
A homer by the Dodgers' David Freese to open Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday didn't discourage the Brewers for long. Needing a win to force a seventh game, Milwaukee broke through for its biggest inning of the series in the bottom of the first at Miller Park, plating four off Hyun-Jin Ryu to take a 4-1 lead.

Bauer enjoys stint as MLB Network analyst (Friday, October 19)
Indians All-Star righty Trevor Bauer got a crash course in being a baseball analyst and looked like a natural.

Brewers cruise after early push, force Game 7 (Saturday, October 20)
Brewers manager Craig Counsell wanted energy from the Miller Park faithful. The Miller Park faithful wanted more baseball. Everybody got their wish. Shedding the offensive funk induced by the Dodgers' quality pitching in the first five games of the National League Championship Series, the Brewers busted loose for four runs in a nine-batter opening inning of Game 6 on Friday night and closed out a 7-2 win to stay alive another day.

Ex-Phillies Utley, Kratz laud analytical approach (Friday, October 19)
There is a familiarity to this National League Championship Series, isn't there? Some of the moves might sound familiar to Phillies fans. Some of them might have bothered Phillies fans.

Cards eye left-handed relief help ahead of 2019 (Friday, October 19)
After watching the bullpen atrophy at the most inopportune time, the Cardinals are cognizant of the need to reinforce their relief corps. Some of that will be done as it was last July -- by plucking starters squeezed from the rotation and sliding them into the 'pen. There will also be a search for outside help.

Breakthrough Series squad continues to impress (Friday, October 19)
Major League Baseball's Breakthrough Series squad continues to show it not only belongs, but it can also enjoy success against some of the best competition at the prestigious Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championship this weekend at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex.

Source: Girardi out of running for Reds' job (Friday, October 19)
Joe Girardi has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Reds' managerial job, a source has told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Here are the greatest LCS Game 6's of all time (Friday, October 19)
Game 6 in a League Championship Series always means the stage is set for a thriller. One team being so close to a pennant and a trip to the World Series, the other battling to stave off elimination and force a winner-take-all Game 7, is a recipe for must-watch October baseball. Even though the LCS has only been played in a best-of-seven format since 1985, there have been plenty of classics in Game 6. MLB.com ranks the top 10.

Freese continues G6 heroics with leadoff HR (Friday, October 19)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a hunch about David Freese in Game 6. He hit Freese leadoff for just the fourth time in his 10-year career and the first time since 2016 -- ostensibly with matchups on his mind, but maybe history, too. Freese promptly crushed a home run to right-center field against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley to hand the Dodgers a 1-0 lead at Miller Park.

Backs to wall, Brewers erupt with 4 in 1st inning (Friday, October 19)
A homer by the Dodgers' David Freese to open Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday didn't discourage the Brewers for long. Needing a win to force a seventh game, Milwaukee broke through for its biggest inning of the series in the bottom of the first at Miller Park, plating four off Hyun-Jin Ryu to take a 4-1 lead.

The latest on Davidson's 2-way dream (Friday, October 19)
Matt Davidson has had a passion for pitching since he was a young player who loved watching Randy Johnson in action. And after throwing three scoreless innings in three appearances in 2018, Davidson is working toward adding pitching to his offseason preparation.

World Series FAQ: Red Sox in, who's next? (Friday, October 19)
Before knowing who the Red Sox will play, we will answer other questions you might have in advance of the first World Series at Fenway Park in five years.

These teams have never won the World Series (Friday, October 19)
The last two postseasons have paved way for the end of some of the Majors' lengthiest title droughts. Could another end this October?

Cora earning spot in Sox history with smarts (Friday, October 19)
Alex Cora, always among the smartest in the clubhouse, has started to follow Terry Francona's path to Red Sox history.

First-round GM interviews end; 5 still in running (Friday, October 19)
Barring the emergence of an 11th-hour candidate, the Mets have wrapped up their first round of general manager interviews, a source said Friday, with plans to commence the second round early next week.

It's official: No repeat champ for 18 seasons (Friday, October 19)
Parity is running paramount in MLB. At least in terms of a different champion hoisting the Commissioner's Trophy after winning the World Series for now 18 consecutive seasons.

Start times set for World Series games (Friday, October 19)
Major League Baseball today announced FOX's broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series, which is set to begin on Tuesday at Fenway Park and is presented by YouTube TV.

Each team's most exciting postseason win (Friday, October 19)
The Thirty takes a look at the most exciting postseason win of the divisional era (since 1969) for each MLB team.

Best Hot Stove value may come via trade (Friday, October 19)
When we talk about the Hot Stove, we tend to focus on free agency, and there's plenty of good value to be had there. But we're starting to see that teams may prefer to focus on trades, so let's look at the upcoming offseason's best trade targets.

Will Machado's bumpy week affect his value? (Friday, October 19)
Over the past several days, Manny Machado scored the winning run in the 13th inning of a National League Championship Series game, told Ken Rosenthal that hustling to first base is not his "cup of tea," slid impermissibly into second base, and was described as "a dirty player" by the presumptive National League MVP Award winner. Will fresh evidence of Machado's flaws -- particularly his admission to Rosenthal that he should "[give] a little more effort" on the field -- cost him in free agency this offseason?

Cora's birthday party is one for the ages (Friday, October 19)
It's difficult to imagine Alex Cora having a happier birthday. The Red Sox manager guided his team to a 4-1 victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, winning the franchise's 14th pennant and its first since winning the World Series in 2013.

Time change for possible NLCS Game 7 (Friday, October 19)
As a result of two competitive League Championship Series, we have two "if necessary" games currently scheduled for Saturday. That means that game times could shift depending on how many games need to be played.

McCullers, Altuve injuries may require surgery (Friday, October 19)
Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. could both be headed for offseason surgery.

Verlander falls victim to short LF porch in defeat (Friday, October 19)
Justin Verlander, though still relatively new to the Astros, has pitched at Minute Maid Park enough to know how the Crawford Boxes play in left field.

Red Sox cut above with another AL pennant (Friday, October 19)
That's four American League championships in 15 seasons for the Boston Red Sox if you're keeping track. Think about that for a moment. Baseball has never had more parity than right now, but the Sox constantly restock and roll on, making the playoffs this season for the 10th time since 2003. No other franchise can match Boston's four pennants in this stretch. This isn't one generation of players, either. It's at least three, maybe four, and that's the thing that separates some franchises from others.

Phillies great Utley chimes in on Machado (Thursday, October 18)
Chase Utley is one of the most revered athletes in Philadelphia history, not only because he put up borderline Hall of Fame numbers and helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, but because he played hard every single day. Utley's current teammate is Manny Machado.

3 keys to Brewers' pennant quest in Game 6 (Thursday, October 18)
So far, the National League Championship Series is following a familiar pattern to Brewers fans, which is either discouraging or a reason for hope, depending on how far back one has followed the team. Here are three things that will get the Brewers back to the World Series for the first time since 1982.

Astros' title defense ends with ALCS loss to Sox (Friday, October 19)
After the Astros charged into Fenway Park and stole Game 1 of the AL Championship Series, the Red Sox stopped the back-to-back tour cold in its tracks with the kind of dominating pitching and relentless offense that Houston hoped would be its ticket into the Fall Classic. Behind six scoreless innings from an overpowering David Price and homers from J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers off ace righty Justin Verlander, the Red Sox eliminated the defending champs with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, ending the Astros' reign as World Series champs.

Counsell: Yelich 'right there,' will stay in 2-hole (Thursday, October 18)
The September narrative as Milwaukee stormed to the National League Central crown and Christian Yelich made a strong closing argument for the NL MVP Award was something like, "As Yelich goes, so go the Brewers." Is it fair to say the same is true in the opposite sense during the NL Championship Series?

Brewers fans flock for free burgers (Thursday, October 18)
George Webb restaurants give away free burgers any time the Brewers win 12 consecutive games. It happened for just the second time in the promotion's history when the Brewers won their final eight games of the regular season, including a one-game playoff over the Cubs, before winning three games over the Rockies in the NLDS and Game 1 against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

Devers, J.D. HRs power Sox's pennant clincher (Thursday, October 18)
J.D. Martinez's third-inning homer off Justin Verlander started the scoring, and Rafael Devers' three-run homer off the Astros' ace in the sixth inning on Thursday night gave the Red Sox a 4-0 lead as they try to wrap up the American League Championship Series and return to the World Series for the first time since 2013.

Bradley's 3 big hits earn ALCS MVP honors (Friday, October 19)
Three big hits earned Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday night.

Price pitches Red Sox into World Series (Friday, October 19)
Behind David Price's first win in 12 career postseason starts -- and home runs by J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers -- Boston dethroned the defending World Series champion Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS to advance to the World Series.

Astros' Bukauskas displays dominant stuff in AFL (Thursday, October 18)
Forrest Whitley, baseball's best pitching prospect, has been the talk of the Arizona Fall League in the early season. But he's not the lone Astros first-rounder who looks ready to make an impact at the big league level in the near future. Fellow right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, the 15th overall pick in 2017 out of North Carolina, also has dominant stuff. He put it on display Thursday afternoon, throwing four shutout innings to lead the Scottsdale Scorpions to an 8-0 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.

These are the most clutch pitchers in history (Thursday, October 18)
As he toes the rubber Thursday with the Astros' season on the line, Justin Verlander could earn his fifth win in a potential elimination game for his club. That total would pass legends Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and John Smoltz for the most by any starting pitcher.

MLB Network hosts sweepstakes to see CMAs (Thursday, October 18)
Two lucky sweepstakes winners will attend the CMAs, courtesy of the MLB Network, as special guests of two of the Network's most popular hosts -- Millar and former Major League pitcher Al Leiter.

Roberts' key to Dodgers' NLCS lead? Bullpen (Thursday, October 18)
Coming into the National League Championship Series, the Brewers seemed to have a clear advantage over the Dodgers in the bullpen. So guess why manager Dave Roberts thinks the Dodgers are leading the series, 3-2.

LA's in-season adds fulfilling October mission (Thursday, October 18)
At the Aug. 31 deadline to acquire postseason-eligible players, the talent-rich Dodgers acquired a 38-year-old relief pitcher with a 5.28 ERA that nobody else wanted because he cleared waivers. What in the world were they thinking?

3 keys for LA to secure 2nd straight pennant (Thursday, October 18)
After winning two of three at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers return to Miller Park with a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series and need one win for back-to-back World Series appearances. Here are three keys that the Dodgers will need to win.

Crew gone cold? 3 reasons behind quiet bats (Thursday, October 18)
Whether or not the Brewers sprint from behind and into their first World Series in 36 years, they'll be remembered this October for proving one thing: Bullpening can work. At least with the right relievers. At least in a short series. But like any other run-prevention strategy, it can't work without the bats.

Hinch: Altuve would otherwise be on DL (Thursday, October 18)
The sore right knee that has plagued Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for the second half of the season is so debilitating that manager AJ Hinch admitted prior to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday that Altuve would be on the disabled list if this were the regular season.

Cora: Sale 'doing well,' ready to start Game 6 (Thursday, October 18)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale played catch on Thursday and went through everything else in his normal between-starts ritual, but he did not throw a bullpen session.

Zobrist mourns season in Instagram music video (Thursday, October 18)
If Cubs fans are having a tough time adjusting to life without baseball after the team's abrupt ending in the National League Wild Card Game, they should know the players also are struggling to cope. Ben Zobrist expressed his frustrations in a clever music video that included a note to fans.

With Didi out, Yanks expected to pursue Machado (Thursday, October 18)
Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.

Best catches in postseason history (Thursday, October 18)
Andrew Benintendi is the latest in a long line of players to make incredible, memorable catches in the postseason. Here are 17 of the best catches in MLB playoff history leading up to Benintendi's.

Chapman undergoes left thumb surgery (Thursday, October 18)
A's third baseman Matt Chapman underwent left thumb surgery and is expected to make a full recovery ahead of Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

Utley weighs in on Machado's 'villain' role (Thursday, October 18)
Chase Utley is one of the very few people in baseball who knows what Manny Machado might feel on Friday when he steps onto the field at Miller Park for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Utley has been the villain, too.

Nats set to make strong push to retain Harper (Thursday, October 18)
After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is set to become a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

Chapman undergoes left thumb surgery (Thursday, October 18)
The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on third baseman Matt Chapman:

Potential LCS game time changes on Saturday (Thursday, October 18)
As a result of two competitive League Championship Series, we have two "if necessary" games currently scheduled for Saturday. That means that game times could shift depending on how many games need to be played.

MLB shows support for Spirit Day (Thursday, October 18)
Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs will again support Thursday's Spirit Day -- a worldwide, largely social media-based anti-bullying effort targeting LGBTQ youth -- as part of National Bullying Prevention Month

These 10 qualifying-offer choices won't be easy (Thursday, October 18)
Here are 10 examples in this offseason's free-agent class in which there are good arguments for and against a club extending the offer, along with guesses as to what will go down.

These teams came back from 3-1 deficits (Thursday, October 18)
There are few things more imposing for a team than being down three games to one in a seven-game series. Through 2017, only 13 teams out of 84 had come back to win a best-of-seven series after dropping three of the first four contests. Here's a look at each of those 13 "miracle" clubs and how they came all the way back to win.

Cora shows faith in 'our guy' Kimbrel in Gm 4 (Thursday, October 18)
Manager Alex Cora has remained steadfast in his confidence in Craig Kimbrel, who recorded the six-out save in Wednesday's Game 4 ALCS victory, despite a shaky postseason.

Red Sox-Astros G5: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Thursday, October 18)
The Astros' backs are against the wall. The Red Sox are one win away from the World Series Coming off a thrilling 8-6 win in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Red Sox will look to David Price to try to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic in Thursday's Game 5 at Minute Maid Park.

Top 10 thrills from Sox-Astros instant classic (Thursday, October 18)
You will never watch a better baseball game than the one played Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. In the Red Sox's 8-6 victory in Game of the ALCS, at-bats were tense and long, and a line of relievers -- 10 in all -- paraded in from the bullpens.

Champs' season on line after topsy-turvy Game 4 (Thursday, October 18)
The Astros faced incredible adversity but couldn't quite overcome it all, and now their season is on the line. The Red Sox again showed the resiliency of a team that won 108 games in the regular season and pushed the defending World Series champions to the brink of elimination on Wednesday, beating the Astros for the third time in a row, 8-6, to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Dodgers-Brewers G6: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Thursday, October 18)
The Dodgers can clinch their second consecutive National League championship on Friday with a win over the Brewers in Game 6 at Miller Park. The last time the Dodgers won back-to-back pennants was 1977-78. The Brewers will be looking to force a Game 7 and keep their hopes alive for a first pennant in 36 years.

Postseason close calls involving fans in the stands (Thursday, October 18)
Here's a look at several instances of close calls that involved potential fan interference in the postseason.

Red Sox outlast Astros, take 3-1 ALCS lead (Thursday, October 18)
The Red Sox rode Jackie Bradley Jr.'s latest game-changing home run and a game-saving, game-ending catch by left fielder Andrew Benintendi to an 8-6 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. With a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series, Boston is one win from advancing to the Fall Classic.

Benny Ballgame: Catch puts Sox a W from Series (Thursday, October 18)
Andrew Benintendi needed to cover 45 feet in 3.2 seconds, or the American League Championship Series would be tied at two games apiece. He made the play.

Woodruff K's 8 but falters 3rd time through order (Thursday, October 18)
Part of the strategy that got the Brewers to the National League Championship Series has been to deny opponents a third look at a pitcher, which is what made Brandon Woodruff's third turn through the Dodgers' lineup in the sixth inning of a tied Game 5 -- when he wasn't even the starting pitcher -- one of the surprising parts of a surprising day.

Puig makes impact off bench in Game 5 victory (Wednesday, October 17)
Yasiel Puig paused for a moment and contemplated a satisfying Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. He smiled.

Morton off mark after long layoff, exits in 3rd (Wednesday, October 17)
Astros right-hander Charlie Morton, who last pitched in an abbreviated three-inning outing in Baltimore on Sept. 30, had another early exit, this time in his start Wednesday against the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Dodgers use small ball approach in Game 5 win (Wednesday, October 17)
Max Muncy bristled a bit earlier this week at Dodger Stadium when somebody suggested the Dodgers' offensive philosophy consisted of swinging hard and trying to hit home runs.

Red Sox score 2 in 1st for 3rd straight game (Wednesday, October 17)
You don't get a second chance at a first impression. For the third consecutive game, the Red Sox have made the most of theirs. Boston scored a pair of runs in the first inning of Game 4 in the American League Championship Series, jumping out to a quick two-run lead over the Astros in front of an anxious home crowd at Minute Maid Park.

Kemp's HR softest tracked in postseason (Wednesday, October 17)
Minute Maid Park has produced some instant classics recently, and Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 was another one that featured a ton of lead changes and close calls near the outfield fences, including Tony Kemp's solo shot in the fourth inning.

Miley removed after 1 batter, will start Game 6 (Wednesday, October 17)
Brewers manager Craig Counsell pulled the latest surprise maneuver in what's been a constant chess match of a National League Championship Series on Wednesday by removing starter Wade Miley after one batter in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.

Fan interferes with Betts on potential Altuve HR (Wednesday, October 17)
It took less than 30 minutes into Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park for the first controversy to rain down on the Astros and Red Sox.

JBJ delivers another big homer with 2 outs (Wednesday, October 17)
Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't wait long to capitalize on an RBI opportunity in the top of the sixth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.

Inbox: Will Nats' staff change in the offseason? (Wednesday, October 17)
Beat reporter Jamal Collier answers questions from fans about the Nationals' staffing decisions, potential additions to the 2019 roster and more.

Ozuna vows accountability, big year in 2019 (Wednesday, October 17)
Hours after the Cardinals' season had ended with a loss at Wrigley Field, Marcell Ozuna walked mostly unnoticed through St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Yet, the proclamation he made as he neared the airport exit on that final day of September wasn't as inconspicuous. "I'm going to get right," Ozuna boldly promised. "Big year. You watch. Big year for me next year."

10 longest postseason games in MLB history (Wednesday, October 17)
MLB.com looks back at the 10 longest games, by number of innings, in the history of the Major League Baseball postseason.

Oh may leave Rockies to pitch in Korea again (Wednesday, October 17)
Should Seunghwan Oh leave, the Rockies would gain one more question with regards to a bullpen that already faces several.

Unconventional pitching decisions in playoffs (Wednesday, October 17)
The Brewers have flipped conventional pitching methods for just about all of 2018, and in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Brewers manager Craig Counsell showed he still has more tricks up his sleeve.

Cagey Crew stifled in Game 5, face 3-2 deficit (Wednesday, October 17)
Craig Counsell took a heel turn, but Dave Roberts and the Dodgers won the bout. Counsell's surprise use of Wade Miley for only one batter stretched the old rules of baseball etiquette and worked beautifully into the sixth inning, but there were no tactical tricks to spark the Brewers' offense against a vintage Clayton Kershaw in a 5-2 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

Verlander proposes tech to avoid sign-stealing (Wednesday, October 17)
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has an idea about how to perhaps eliminate the opposition stealing signs.

Behind Kershaw, LA takes 3-2 NLCS lead to MIL (Wednesday, October 17)
Until there's a World Series ring on his finger, Clayton Kershaw will do just about anything to put one there, as he showed the Brewers on Wednesday.

Greiner to undergo surgery on right wrist (Wednesday, October 17)
Catcher Grayson Greiner will have a bone chip removed from his right wrist on Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday on Twitter.

MLB statement on sign-stealing concerns (Wednesday, October 17)
Before the postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment. The concerns expressed related to a number of Clubs, not any one specific Club. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms.

Bell, Girardi, Ausmus advance in manager search (Wednesday, October 17)
Three Reds managerial candidates have cleared the first hurdle and have reached the second round of interviews with the club, MLB.com learned on Wednesday via sources. Joe Girardi, Brad Ausmus and David Bell have all moved through for stronger consideration.

Roberts surprised Crew didn't load bases in 13th (Wednesday, October 17)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected the Brewers to issue two intentional walks, loading the bases and bringing up pitcher Julio Urias, instead of having Junior Guerra pitch to Cody Bellinger with two outs and Manny Machado on second base in Game 4 on Tuesday night, because of where the Dodgers' bullpen was at.

Crew, Dodgers eager to move past G4 incident (Wednesday, October 17)
Following a night when the benches cleared and tensions ran high after Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar got tangled up on a play at first base in the 10th inning, both the Brewers and Dodgers appeared eager to put the incident behind them prior to Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

Cora: Sale needs more time, will start Game 6 (Wednesday, October 17)
Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that ace left-hander Chris Sale will start against the Astros in Game 6 in Boston on Saturday. The club had originally hoped Sale would be ready to start Game 5 at Minute Maid Park as planned on Thursday.

Miley removed after 1 batter, will start Game 6 (Wednesday, October 17)
Brewers manager Craig Counsell pulled the latest surprise maneuver in what's been a constant chess match of a National League Championship Series on Wednesday by removing starter Wade Miley after one batter in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.

Q&A: No. 1 prospect Singer talks pitching, food (Wednesday, October 17)
MLB.com sat down with right-hander Brady Singer, the Royals' No. 1 prospect, to talk offseason, movies, food and more.

Here's how David Phelps is looking at free agency (Wednesday, October 17)
When David Phelps hits free agency for the first time in three weeks, he'll do so with little in the way of bargaining power. But the reliever is staying positive, and he has his sights set on a full recovery from Tommy John surgery by Spring Training.

Tommy John surgery goes 'as expected' for Didi (Wednesday, October 17)
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday, the team announced, adding that the surgery "went as expected."

Pirates to consider Barkett for hitting coach job (Wednesday, October 17)
Pittsburgh plans to interview former Triple-A Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett, now serving as the Red Sox assistant hitting coach, according to a report from ESPN's Enrique Rojas. Barkett will also interview with the Rangers, according to the report.

Davies replaces injured Gio on Brewers roster (Wednesday, October 17)
Zach Davies, welcome to the postseason. Major League Baseball on Wednesday approved the Brewers' request to replace injured left-hander Gio Gonzalez with Davies prior to Game 5 of the National League Championship Series after Gonzalez suffered a left high ankle sprain in Game 4. By rule, Gonzalez is ineligible for the World Series should the Brewers advance.

Why Angels are banking on 2-hour manager test (Wednesday, October 17)
Many baseball observers reacted with curiosity this week, following an MLB.com report that the Angels have administered two-hour written tests to managerial candidates during interviews this month.

Inbox: Will Rays eye familiar free-agent faces? (Wednesday, October 17)
Will the Rays target free agents Wilson Ramos and Nathan Eovaldi this offseason? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers fan questions about potential offseason moves.

Corbin's slider-heavy approach about to pay off (Wednesday, October 17)
Patrick Corbin looks like the headlining starting pitcher of this year's free agent class -- and he got there thanks to his dominant slider. That makes him a perfect representative of today's pitching trends.

This reliever will be in high demand this offseason (Wednesday, October 17)
Adam Ottavino won't blow you away with saves or a pristine win/loss record, but that isn't what teams are looking for in 2018. As we head into the offseason, Ottavino is going to be one of the most valuable relievers available.

How Yelich vs. Kershaw may go down in Game 5 (Wednesday, October 17)
Christian Yelich has a .500/.550/.889 line against Clayton Kershaw, the highest OPS any hitter has against the Dodger ace. But because of how he got to that mark, it doesn't guarantee that success is going to follow in NLCS Game 5.

Urias unlikely G4 hero in Dodgers' bullpen (Wednesday, October 17)
Julio Urias pitched only four innings in the regular season, but he found himself in a huge spot as the last man standing in the Dodgers' bullpen late Tuesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.

Cain, Yelich look to get timing right in NLCS (Wednesday, October 17)
The offensive struggles of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich go a long way toward explaining why the Brewers' lineup stalled for 13 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Brewers-Dodgers G5: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Wednesday, October 17)
There's no time to be tired for the Brewers and Dodgers, who departed after midnight following a 13-inning marathon in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series and will be back on the field this afternoon for Game 5 to decide which team moves within one victory of the World Series.

Machado called out as 'dirty' after eventful G4 (Wednesday, October 17)
Manny Machado is making a name for himself in ways both welcome and unwanted in this National League Championship Series.

Bellinger delivers walk-off in 13th to tie NLCS (Wednesday, October 17)
Three innings after his spectacular outfield catch saved Game 4 for the Dodgers, Cody Bellinger won it Tuesday in the bottom of the 13th inning with a two-out RBI single that scored Manny Machado from second base as the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 2-1, in a thrilling and bullpen-exhausting walk-off to even the National League Championship Series at two games each.

Longest stretches between WS appearances (Wednesday, October 17)
Here's a quick look at the few fanbases who had to wait longer than Brewers' to see their club make it back to the game's biggest stage.

Troubles cashing in cost Crew in walk-off loss (Wednesday, October 17)
The Brewers got solid pitching throughout Game 4; what was missing in an exhausting 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in 13 innings was the big hit. The Dodgers finally found it with two outs in the 13th, when Cody Bellinger roped a single into right field and tied the series at two games apiece.

Astros' proven bats kept quiet in Game 3 loss (Wednesday, October 17)
Select Houston batters continued to add to their already record-setting statistics with more hits in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox on Tuesday. But collectively, the timely hit eluded Houston -- and the club lost big, 8-2, at Minute Maid Park.

Red Sox-Astros G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Wednesday, October 17)
Now that the Red Sox have taken control of the American League Championship Series after beating the Astros in Game 3 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead, it will be up to Charlie Morton to keep Houston's back from being against the wall. Morton will face former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello in Game 4 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Troll at your own risk: Sox responding with routs (Wednesday, October 17)
Perhaps the Astros should institute a social media blackout for the remainder of the American League Championship Series. And if Boston manages to advance to the World Series, the higher-ups in the Brewers and Dodgers front offices might think about doing the same. Meet the Red Sox, the team that simply cannot be trolled.

Benches clear after Machado-Aguilar incident (Wednesday, October 17)
Things got testy when Manny Machado hustled down the first-base line in the 10th inning Tuesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium. Machado hit a routine ground ball to Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base for the inning's second out. But Machado clipped Aguilar's back leg with his left foot as he crossed the base. Aguilar hobbled away and Machado and Aguilar shortly thereafter exchanged words.

Dodgers tie NLCS on Bellinger's walk-off in 13th (Wednesday, October 17)
Three innings after his spectacular outfield catch saved Game 4 for the Dodgers, Cody Bellinger won it Tuesday in the bottom of the 13th inning with a two-out RBI single that scored Manny Machado from second base as the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 2-1, in a thrilling and bullpen-exhausting walk-off to even the National League Championship Series at two games each.

Kemp makes amazing grab at wall in Game 3 (Tuesday, October 16)
Astros left fielder Tony Kemp made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to end a Red Sox rally and save at least one run in the third inning of American League Championship Series Game 3 on Tuesday.

Bullpen's stumble puts Astros in 2-1 ALCS hole (Tuesday, October 16)
A bullpen that was supposed to be a strength faltered badly. An offense which had been so potent at home in the postseason the last two years scuffled. And now the Astros find themselves two losses away from elimination. The Red Sox wrestled control of the American League Championship Series away from the defending champs, getting a tiebreaking homer from Steve Pearce in the sixth inning and a grand slam from Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth to thump the Astros, 8-2, in Game 3 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Schoop joins Brewers' lineup for Game 4 (Tuesday, October 16)
After a 10-for-51 September, two hitless at-bats during the NLDS and being absent from the box scores in the first three games of the NLCS, Jonathan Schoop found himself starting at second base for Game 4 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams (Tuesday, October 16)
An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

Nagging ankle injury impacting Nunez at third (Wednesday, October 17)
After third baseman Eduardo Nunez legged out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning of the Red Sox's 8-2 win over the Astros in Tuesday's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Rafael Devers came on to pinch-run for him.

Hernandez apologizes for criticism of LA fans (Tuesday, October 16)
Enrique Hernandez apologized on Tuesday for his criticism of Dodgers fans following a 4-0 loss in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night.

In hindsight, Dombrowski's Deadline deals a hit (Tuesday, October 16)
This game was a reminder of why the Red Sox wanted Dave Dombrowski running their baseball operation in the first place. Guy spends 40 years in the business, he's going to pick up a few things along the way.

Gio exits in 2nd with apparent ankle injury (Tuesday, October 16)
Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez departed Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers after injuring his left ankle on an awkward landing while trying to field a comebacker.

Marlins HR sculpture to be relocated (Tuesday, October 16)
The Marlins will remove the seven-story "Homer" sculpture from Marlins Park. The Art in Public Places board of Miami-Dade County unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of the Marlins' plan to relocate the colorful, mechanical artwork to a location outside the ballpark.

Yankees give $100k to hurricane relief efforts (Tuesday, October 16)
The Yankees have made a $100,000 donation to support the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Michael, the team announced on Tuesday. The contributions include $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army.

Wakamatsu, Wathan interview for Rangers job (Tuesday, October 16)
The Rangers added two more candidates to their managerial search by interviewing interim manager Don Wakamatsu and Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan.

Here are 4 options the Padres have with Myers (Tuesday, October 16)
There's no denying Wil Myers' potential, but he's coming off a frustrating year, and the Padres seemingly have four options as to how they proceed.

Angels opt out of stadium lease with Anaheim (Tuesday, October 16)
The Angels announced Tuesday that they have opted out of their stadium lease with the city of Anaheim, a move that will open the door for the team to explore venue options outside of its longtime home.

Mozeliak: Ankiel 'very much committed' to return (Tuesday, October 16)
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed that he "had a nice discussion" with Rick Ankiel a few weeks ago about the left-hander's future plans. The two plan to touch base again this winter.

Kemp saves at least 1 run with remarkable grab (Tuesday, October 16)
Astros left fielder Tony Kemp made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to end a Red Sox rally and save at least one run in the third inning of American League Championship Series Game 3 on Tuesday.

Ball finds Devers after replacing Nunez (Tuesday, October 16)
After Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez legged out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning in Tuesday's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Rafael Devers came on to pinch-run for him. Nunez grimaced as he sprinted down the line at a speed of 29.6 feet per second, according to Statcast™, which was actually well above his season average of 27.5.

JBJ slam, Pearce 1st postseason HR seal G3 (Tuesday, October 16)
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, after Steve Pearce's first career postseason home run gave the Red Sox the lead in the sixth, lifting Boston to an 8-2 win and a 2-1 advantage in the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Sox ride Eovaldi's gem, JBJ's slam to ALCS lead (Tuesday, October 16)
With Nathan Eovaldi pumping in fastballs between 95.5 and 101 mph, the Red Sox took an 8-2 victory and a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.

Melvin named AL Manager of the Year by TSN (Tuesday, October 16)
Bob Melvin, who led the upstart A's on an improbable run to the postseason, was named American League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News on Tuesday.

Coaching staff changes made; Oquendo out (Tuesday, October 16)
A coaching staff that endured a summer shakeup will undergo another wave of change this offseason as the Cardinals deal with the domino effect of losing long-time third-base coach Jose Oquendo for a second time.

Blue Jays making headway in manager search (Tuesday, October 16)
The Blue Jays' search for a new manager appears to have reached the next stage, with in-person interviews set to begin in the near future.

Berkman opens ALCS Game 3 with 1st pitch (Tuesday, October 16)
The further the Astros advance in the postseason, the more star power they pack into their ceremonial first pitches. The Astros opened the first of three home games in the ALCS on Tuesday with an appearance by one of their most popular former players -- outfielder/first baseman Lance Berkman.

Sale to throw bullpen session with eye on Game 5 (Tuesday, October 16)
The tentative plan is for Chris Sale to throw a side session while Game 3 is going on to determine his readiness to start Thursday's Game 5. Sale was hospitalized overnight on Sunday with a stomach ailment before doctors cleared him of any serious health issues.

Red Sox come out swinging with 2-run 1st in G3 (Tuesday, October 16)
The first inning has been a problem for Dallas Keuchel all season. Tuesday proved to be no different. The Red Sox pounced on Keuchel in the opening frame of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, taking a quick lead while quieting -- at least temporarily -- what had been a loud, raucous crowd at Minute Maid Park.

Astros start Altuve at DH for ALCS Game 3 (Tuesday, October 16)
A year ago, Jose Altuve was in the middle of everything, capping an American League MVP Award-winning regular season by continuing to post other-worldly offensive numbers in October. It's been quieter this time around for the 28-year-old Altuve, who has one hit in eight at-bats through the first two games of the AL Championship Series.

Inbox: Who's on list to lead O's into new era? (Tuesday, October 16)
What's the latest on the Orioles' front-office searches? Brittany Ghiroli updates fans in the latest Inbox.

Inbox: Who is on the White Sox offseason radar? (Tuesday, October 16)
The White Sox know a more experienced type of starting pitcher is needed in the group. They will probably go after a couple of starters, but one might be more of the bridge variety for now.

Inbox: Is Senzel destined for Reds' outfield? (Tuesday, October 16)
Why did the Reds try Nick Senzel in the outfield? Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

Marlins pass O's in int'l bonus money after trade (Tuesday, October 16)
With their sights set on signing three coveted Cuban prospects, the Marlins on Tuesday made yet another trade to increase their chances, dealing Minor Leaguers Adonis Giron and Brayan De Paula to the Astros for $500,000 in international bonus pool money, according to a source.

Whitley named AFL Pitcher of the Week (Tuesday, October 16)
The depth of the Rays' farm system was on display during Monday's Arizona Fall League game between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas, with five Rays participating.

Guerrero named AFL Player of the Week (Tuesday, October 16)
One week into the Arizona Fall League and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has lived up to the hype. It was announced Tuesday that Guerrero won the league's Player of the Week after batting .643 and recording six RBIs in his first three games with the Surprise Saguaros.

A free-agency lesson the LCS teams can teach us (Tuesday, October 16)
Is free agency really the way to build a championship-quality bullpen? Should teams open up their wallets for these guys?

Rehman to join Rangers as an assistant GM (Tuesday, October 16)
The Rangers are hiring Shiraz Rehman as an assistant general manager, according to an industry source.

Keuchel, Eovaldi to make free-agent cases (Tuesday, October 16)
In an October increasingly consumed by the bullpens, make sure to pay close attention to the pair of arms who will be starting Tuesday's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Houston, if only for the differences in style, background and approach.

If Yanks don't sign Machado, here are some options (Tuesday, October 16)
After the surprising Didi Gregorius Tommy John surgery news was reported, the dot-connecting between Gregorius' injury and Manny Machado's pending free-agent availability was instant and obvious, and the Machado-to-the-Bronx chatter isn't likely to die down anytime soon.

Machado discusses his lack of hustle (Tuesday, October 16)
Whether the Dodgers can make it back to the World Series for a second straight season, and whether they can flip last year's script and win it, will depend heavily on Manny Machado.

'We just didn't hit': LA comes up empty in G3 (Tuesday, October 16)
The Dodgers could not hit the starter they crushed the last time they faced him at Dodger Stadium. They could not KO the reliever they clobbered two days ago in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. It left them frustrated following a 4-0 loss on Monday night in Game 3, in which they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Brewers-Dodgers G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Tuesday, October 16)
The Brewers will seek a commanding series lead while the Dodgers will be looking to even the best-of-seven NLCS in Game 4 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Here's everything you need to know.

Jeffress closes out LA, rewards Crew's faith (Tuesday, October 16)
It wasn't the sort of dominant inning that Jeremy Jeffress delivered time after time during the regular season. Far from it. But when the zero appeared on the Dodger Stadium scoreboard, it was progress.

Grandal benched for G4 after struggles in G3 (Tuesday, October 16)
The Dodgers cost themselves a big run with a couple defensive plays in the sixth in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night.

Keuchel questions sustainability of bullpenning (Monday, October 15)
Dallas Keuchel, a soon-to-be free agent, said he understands the concept of bullpenning in the short term, but he questioned its sustainability over the course of a full season.

Distractions not swaying Eovaldi from G3 task (Tuesday, October 16)
Nathan Eovaldi will be pitching in the comforts of the city he was born in when he takes the ball for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Cora thrilled to represent Latinos, PR in MLB (Tuesday, October 16)
On the eve of the American League Championship Series opener, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora sat in his office at Fenway Park and reflected on his position as a Latin-born Major League manager.

Messy Game 3 puts Dodgers behind in NLCS (Monday, October 15)
Walker Buehler was outpitched by Jhoulys Chacin, the Dodgers couldn't rally against Milwaukee's bullpen after giving away a run on defense and they generally made a mess of the 30th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's legendary home run in Monday's 4-0 loss at Dodger Stadium that put the Brewers back in charge of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, 2-1.

3 keys for Astros to take control of ALCS in G3 (Monday, October 15)
The Astros dropped their first game of the 2018 postseason with their loss in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on Sunday, but Houston accomplished its goal of seizing home-field advantage, sending the series home to Minute Maid Park with an opportunity to take control.

3 keys for Sox to regain home-field advantage (Tuesday, October 16)
As the ALCS shifts to Minute Maid Park, how can the Red Sox regain home-field advantage with a win in Tuesday's Game 3? Here are three keys for Boston.

Postseason Picture: LCS twin bill tonight (Tuesday, October 16)
Game 3 of the National League Championship Series saw Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin outduel Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, as Milwaukee claimed a pivotal 4-0 road win behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from Chacin to take a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Machado slide-rule violation results in DP (Tuesday, October 16)
The Brewers benefited from the "Chase Utley" slide rule in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Cody Bellinger grounded into a 3-6 force play with no outs in the fourth, with Manny Machado out at second. But the Brewers immediately challenged, arguing that Machado had violated the slide rule into second base. Machado raised his arm as he slid into Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. He also slid to the left of the bag.

Dodgers' defensive miscues aid Crew in 6th (Monday, October 15)
The Dodgers cost themselves a big run with a couple defensive plays in the sixth in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night.

Arcia boosts Crew with 3rd postseason HR (Monday, October 15)
One of baseball's lightest hitters in the regular season, Orlando Arcia continued to emerge as an October hero at the plate on Monday night, when his two-run homer provided the Brewers with critical insurance in their victory in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Chacin up to task, gives Crew 2-1 NLCS lead (Monday, October 15)
Jhoulys Chacin teed it up with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings and the bullpen finished off the five-hit shutout, with Jeremy Jeffress escaping a bases-loaded scare in the ninth, as the Brewers defeated the Dodgers, 4-0, on Monday night in Los Angeles to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.

Energized James flashing high velo in ALCS (Monday, October 15)
While Major League players get their own hotel rooms, and in some cases hotel suites, Minor Leaguers have roommates and shared spaces. Astros rookie pitcher Josh James got his first taste of travel in The Show last month when he was called up to make his Major League debut, but it was a Minor League roommate who helped vault his career.

Giants reportedly interested in Cubs' McLeod (Monday, October 15)
The Giants are reportedly showing interest in Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod for the vacancy in their front office that was created when former general manager Bobby Evans was dismissed last month.

Ways to Play youth tourney tries new pace rules (Monday, October 15)
MLB and Perfect Game hosted a unique baseball experience over the weekend at Perfect Game Park South in Emerson, Ga., with the second annual Ways to Play tournament.

Astros commit to anti-domestic violence cause (Monday, October 15)
The Astros have made a long-term commitment to help combat domestic violence, announcing a partnership on Monday with more than a dozen local and state agencies that advocate for the cause. At a morning press conference at Minute Maid Park, the Astros Foundation revealed a partnership with the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and introduced several initiatives to raise awareness and educate the Houston community to prevent family violence.

Mariners statement on passing of Paul Allen (Monday, October 15)
Seattle Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen.

Astros may put Altuve at DH for ALCS Game 3 (Monday, October 15)
A year ago, Jose Altuve was in the middle of everything, capping an American League MVP Award-winning regular season by continuing to post other-worldly offensive numbers in October. It's been quieter this time around for the 28-year-old Altuve, who has one hit in eight at-bats through the first two games of the AL Championship Series.

Astros' production at home surging in October (Monday, October 15)
Something unexpected -- or maybe it's completely expected -- has happened to the Astros at Minute Maid Park the past two Octobers. They've morphed into a great offensive team. Not an OK team. Not even a good team. Better than that. Actually way better than that.

Roberts not concerned with Machado's hustle (Monday, October 15)
Don't like the look of Manny Machado coasting down the first-base line after hitting a routine grounder, especially in the postseason? OK, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hears you, but now probably isn't the optimal time to play disciplinarian with one of the most-feared hitters still playing this year.

Iapoce returning to Cubs as hitting coach (Monday, October 15)
The Cubs are bringing back Anthony Iapoce to be the hitting coach, as he returns to an organization where he was the Minor League hitting coordinator for three seasons.

Crew tabs Miley for Game 5; Game 4 still TBD (Monday, October 15)
The Brewers still weren't ready on Monday afternoon to name their initial out-getter for Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, but manager Craig Counsell did have a starter in mind for Game 5: Lefty Wade Miley on short rest.

First-time dad Joc to lead off in Game 3 (Monday, October 15)
Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson spent the off-day becoming a first-time father. Pederson and wife, Kelsey, welcomed a baby girl on Sunday evening. Poppy Jett Pederson was born at 6:27 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, the club announced.

J.D.: 'Release by Astros made me who I am' (Monday, October 15)
Fittingly, the journey that J.D. Martinez is on as he tries to win a World Series for the first time in his career will take him to Minute Maid Park this week.

Sale out of hospital, returns to Sox on Tuesday (Monday, October 15)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital and will rejoin the team in Houston on Tuesday.

For Paxton, 2018 provides blueprint for '19 (Monday, October 15)
Without question, 2018 seemed like a tale of two seasons for James Paxton. And it's no coincidence that Paxton's early success and second-half struggles closely mirrored those of his Mariners.

Wild Card Game format is rewarding division champs (Monday, October 15)
Wild Cards were shut out of baseball's final four for the second straight year, and as the game closes toward the first decade of its new double-Wild Card era, the message is becoming clear: It's more important than ever for teams to win their divisions if they want a serious shot at the title.

Betts giving fans 'something they'll remember' (Monday, October 15)
Mike Trout wasn't the best all-around player in baseball this year. Mookie Betts was. That is saying plenty, just because there is so little left to say about Trout. And when the Red Sox needed Betts to show up on Sunday night at Fenway Park and turn Red Sox vs. Astros into a best-of-five series, that is exactly what Mookie Betts did.

Snitker signs two-year extension with Braves (Monday, October 15)
A little more than two years after being named Atlanta's interim manager, Brian Snitker can proudly say he remains the man tabbed with the responsibility of leading the Braves into the next decade.

Ranking the 6 managerial openings for 2019 (Monday, October 15)
Come Opening Day 2019, seven teams will have a different manager than the one they employed on Opening Day 2018. That will be the highest degree of turnover since 2011 (also seven).

Every club's best individual playoff performance (Monday, October 15)
We look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

Red Sox-Astros G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQs (Monday, October 15)
After the Red Sox earned a home split with a crucial 7-5 win over the Astros in Game 2 on Sunday night at Fenway Park, the stage is set for the type of classic American League Championship Series many expected from the teams that finished the regular season with the top two records in the Major Leagues.

Bregman walking in October at record pace (Monday, October 15)
Third baseman Alex Bregman was Houston's best hitter in the regular season, and while he's yet to record a hit in this series, he's made a big impact nonetheless.

Price satisfied to help Sox find victory column (Monday, October 15)
David Price's search for his elusive first postseason win as a starter continues, as the left-hander was lifted one out shy of qualifying for the victory in the Red Sox's 7-5 triumph over the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday at Fenway Park.

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