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It was Clayton Kershaw’s night, but he was happy to share it – SweetSpot

CHICAGO — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been so good for so long, it’s easy to forget about how young he still is. It’s also easy to understand why his teammates seemed as happy about the fact that Kershaw was going to the World Series as they were for themselves. It was a day a long time coming in Los Angeles. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, behind a sterling outing from Kershaw, and an unbelievable three-homer explosion from Enrique Hernandez, the Dodgers hammered the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in…

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Ron Gardenhire will be next manager of the Detroit Tigers

Ron Gardenhire will be the next manager of the Detroit Tigers, sources tell ESPN, confirming a report by The Athletic. Gardenhire, who spent this past season as the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ bench coach, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins, leading them to six postseason appearances. He was fired after the 2014 season. Gardenhire, 59, brings a reputation as a players’ manager and was a help to first-year Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. Ron Gardenhire led the Minnesota Twins to six postseason appearances in 13 years at the helm before…

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Yankees finally conquer Dallas Keuchel

NEW YORK — Of the opposing athletes who have inspired New Yorkers to feel an overwhelming sense of postseason doom, Michael Jordan remains the modern-day standard. Dallas Keuchel was never Michael Jordan, but this much was clear: When Keuchel threw the baseball, the New York Yankees often took swings that were reminiscent of Jordan’s minor league cuts with the 1994 Birmingham Barons. Let’s face it, if Keuchel shaved off his “Duck Dynasty” beard, he might’ve been confused with Hal Steinbrenner. The Houston Astros starter owned the Yankees, after all, terminating…

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Dodgers’ missed sweep gives Clayton Kershaw chance to close out the Cubs – SweetSpot

CHICAGO — Maybe it had to happen this way. Maybe for the Los Angeles Dodgers to finally get over that hump to win another National League pennant, it has to be Clayton Kershaw to push them over the top. The Dodgers certainly had their chances to put a bow on the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs before a jubilant gathering at Wrigley Field. They had their chances right up to the end, when Cody Bellinger stepped to the plate as the potential…

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Baby Bombers top Keuchel, Astros; Yankees within a win of World Series – Yankees Blog

NEW YORK — When the Baby Bombers — Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird — were in in the minor leagues together, they dreamed about nights like Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. However, they never could have predicted the details of beating someone like the New York Yankees‘ nemesis, Dallas Keuchel, as they did Wednesday. Really, no one could have imagined this trio, which makes up part of the new Core Four (there are a lot of applicants for the fourth spot, with Luis Severino currently…

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Keuchel breathes deep before his task — Take back the Astros’ ALCS advantage in Game 5

NEW YORK — Before every start he makes for the Houston Astros, in those precious seconds prior to throwing his first pitch, Dallas Keuchel steps off the mound, gazes around the ballpark, takes a deep breath and slowly exhales. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Ultimate playoff guide » | Picks »• Taylor stars, L.A. takes 3-0 NLCS lead »• Cubs bullpen hits a wild low in loss »• Judge arrives as an October hero »• Astros reflect on crushing Game 4…

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Bases-loaded walk of Darvish the new low in Cubs’ free pass-haunted October – Chicago Cubs Blog

CHICAGO — Four pitches. It took exactly four pitches in the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS to define the Chicago Cubs‘ season. Mega-talented — and ultra-inconsistent — reliever Carl Edwards Jr. walked Dodgers starter Yu Darvish on four pitches with the bases loaded and two outs. “Just couldn’t get down in the zone,” Edwards said after an ugly 6-1 loss. Darvish, who spent his entire MLB career in the American League until July 31 of this year, had 31 career at-bats and only one…

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Aaron Judge seals decision, powers Yankees’ series-tying win – SweetSpot

NEW YORK — There were the 52 regular-season home runs. There was the Home Run Derby. And there was possibly an MVP season as a rookie. But if you are going to be the new face of baseball, a potential legend, it really happens in the cool air of October. For everything the 6-foot-7, nearly 300-pound rookie Aaron Judge has accomplished in 2017, none of his performances were bigger or better than in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, when he and the New York Yankees took some more…

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From Little League champ to October hero, another epic Bronx moment for Frazier

NEW YORK — Todd Frazier had a much better home run swing as a 12-year-old, and the evidence is found in the YouTube clips of the 1998 Little League World Series. Frazier was a 5-foot-2 leadoff hitter for his New Jersey team, Toms River East, a boy who took a man’s cut on a pitch from the Japanese starter and sent the ball sailing high over the left-field fence. On Monday night, Frazier was a 6-foot-3 man who took a boy’s cut in his first at-bat against Houston Astros starter…

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Houston, we have an unexpected problem — offense – SweetSpot

NEW YORK — The Houston Astros entered the postseason with the luxury of knowing they were a threat to win every game because of the quick-strike, potent, multifaceted nature of their lineup. Regardless of what city they’re in, the Astros wake up with an offense that doesn’t sleep. Three games into the American League Championship Series, that premise is suddenly being tested. The Astros are never out of any game — provided they have Justin Verlander or Dallas Keuchel crafting Cy Young-caliber magic on the mound. The Astros have a…

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