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Crew tabs Miley for Game 5; Gio for Game 4

The Brewers still weren’t ready on Monday afternoon to name their initial out-getter for tonight’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.MORE

‘We just didn’t hit’: LA comes up empty in G3

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…MORE

Brewers-Dodgers G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

The Brewers will seek a commanding series lead while the Dodgers will be looking to even the best-of-seven NLCS in Game 4 tonight at Dodger Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know.MORE

Chacin up to task, gives Crew 2-1 NLCS lead

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.MORE

Jeffress closes out LA, rewards Crew’s faith

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.MORE

Messy Game 3 puts Dodgers behind in NLCS

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…MORE

Machado slide-rule violation results in DP

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…MORE

Arcia boosts Brewers with 3rd postseason HR

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.MORE

Astros turn to Keuchel, Morton for Games 3, 4

The Astros will throw 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel in Tuesday’s Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park and 15-game winner Charlie Morton in Wednesday’s Game 4.MORE

Astros’ production at home surging in October

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.MORE

3 keys for Astros to take control of ALCS in G3

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.MORE

Astros may put Altuve at DH for ALCS Game 3

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.MORE

Energized James flashing high velo in ALCS

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…MORE

Red Sox-Astros G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

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…MORE

Postseason Picture: LCS twin bill tonight

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.MORE

Red Sox take care of business, knot ALCS at 1-1

The Red Sox did what they desperately needed to do in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday, as they pulled out a gritty victory to send the series back to Houston in a 1-1 tie. Boston’s bullpen — a source of uncertainty entering the playoffs — came up large for manager…MORE

Betts giving fans ‘something they’ll remember’

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,…MORE

Giants reportedly interested in Cubs’ McLeod

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.MORE

Given wings, Adames helps Rays soar

Freshly anointed as the Rays’ starting shortstop, Willy Adames responded with a solid performance, driving home the Rays’ second run, then hitting a solo home run in the sixth that put the Rays up, 4-2.MORE

Five hitters who might have deserved better

Were you to look at Jackie Bradley Jr.’s traditional stat line, you’d probably say he’s having a poor year. He’s hitting just .215, with a .300 on-base percentage and a .363 slugging percentage, and every single one of those numbers are below the Major League non-pitcher averages of .252/.323/.417. Put that all together, and it…MORE

Marlins may explore trades during waivers period

As one trade window closes, another opens. Through Aug. 31, Major League clubs can continue to make trades, but only after the player first clears waivers. Wednesday started the revocable waivers trade period. What this means for the Marlins is they can continue to explore trade options even after the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed.MORE

Dodgers decision looming with Turner set to return

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts agonized over sending Alex Verdugo down last week when Yasiel Puig came off the disabled list, so imagine the angst of making room for Justin Turner, who is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday.MORE

Hamels impresses, records hit in Cubs debut

Cole Hamels gave the Cubs exactly what they wanted on Wednesday night in his Cubs debut, and he even got his first at-bat before he took the mound. The lefty topped off his outing with his first hit since 2016.MORE

Marwin hits 2 of Astros’ 4 HRs to beat Mariners

The Astros clubbed four home runs — including two by second baseman Marwin Gonzalez — and got seven solid innings from lefty Dallas Keuchel to best the Mariners in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale. Nelson Cruz hit his 26th homer of the season, but Wade LeBlanc allowed seven runs over 4 1/3 innings as Seattle fell…MORE

Marwin hits 2 of Astros’ 4 HRs to beat Mariners

The Astros clubbed four home runs — including two by second baseman Marwin Gonzalez — and got seven solid innings from lefty Dallas Keuchel to best the Mariners in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale. Nelson Cruz hit his 26th homer of the season, but Wade LeBlanc allowed seven runs over 4 1/3 innings as Seattle fell…MORE

Rockies put faith in Rusin returning to form

After throwing well in a simulated game Wednesday at Busch Stadium, Rockies lefty Chris Rusin will soon begin a Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque that will double as a test.MORE

A’s sweep Jays to tie for AL Wild Card spot

The A’s finished off a sweep of the Blue Jays behind another game of consistent offense. Jonathan Lucroy knocked in four runs on a three-hit day, tying his season high for RBIs. Franklin Barreto also had a three-hit game, including a solo home run in the eighth. Sean Manaea was charged with just one run…MORE

A’s sweep Jays to tie for AL Wild Card spot

The A’s finished off a sweep of the Blue Jays behind another game of consistent offense. Jonathan Lucroy knocked in four runs on a three-hit day, tying his season high for RBIs. Franklin Barreto also had a three-hit game, including a solo home run in the eighth. Sean Manaea was charged with just one run…MORE

Cueto to undergo Tommy John surgery

The Giants announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure at the Kerlin Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.MORE

Cueto to undergo Tommy John surgery

The Giants announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure at the Kerlin Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.MORE

Cueto to undergo Tommy John surgery

The Giants announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure at the Kerlin Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.MORE

Deadline sets up Preller for busy offseason

Speaking after the Trade Deadline, general manager A.J. Preller seemed to indicated that he views the Padres as active players for the biggest names available. They own the sport’s best farm system, and — although they’re not eager to part with their best young talent — if the right deal (or deals) arise, Preller won’t…MORE

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