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'That was some game': Astros up 1-0 on Sox

2:20 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Missed chances on offense early in the game were set to haunt the Astros. An abbreviated outing by starting pitcher Framber Valdez could have spelled doom. A costly fielding error by Jose Altuve was looming larger by the inning. None of that wound up mattering to the Astros,

'Special relationship' binds Altuve, Correa

Astros' superstars each homer in ALCS Game 1, move up postseason home run leaderboard
@DKramer_
2:36 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- They’ve been the Astros’ heart and soul through the best and worst of times, through the 2017 championship parade and the boos in visiting venues that followed. Thick and thin are the waters Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have navigated in their now 64 postseason games together, the

LA's NLCS pitching plans hinge on Scherzer

@juanctoribio
3:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- The Dodgers planned on starting Max Scherzer in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves tonight.

Kiké reaching historic heights: 'It's October'

Boston's hottest hitter launches pair of HRs in four-hit showing, makes key plays in CF
@MartinJGallegos
2:29 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Kiké Hernández stole the show with a monster performance for the Red Sox in their American League Division Series victory over Tampa Bay. So it should come as no surprise that in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Astros, it was Hernández who kicked things

Dusty on Kiké's 1st HR: 'I blame FOX'

@MannyOnMLB
2:55 AM EDT

"All's well that ends well," the saying goes. So the Astros' 5-4 win to take a 1-0 lead in the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox on Friday night certainly alleviated any angst over a contest that Boston led for most of the first 5 1/2 innings. But

Dodgers-Braves Game 1 FAQ (8 ET, TBS)

@juanctoribio
3:02 AM EDT

The Dodgers’ path toward a second straight World Series title will reintroduce them to a Braves club that knows how close it was to competing in last year’s Fall Classic. Atlanta and Los Angeles will meet in the National League Championship Series for a second straight year. The Braves owned

BOS-HOU G2 lineups, FAQ (4 ET, FOX/FS1)

@IanMBrowne
3:17 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The Astros, who got homers from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa and 6 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen to beat the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, will try to take a commanding 2-0 lead in Saturday’s Game 2 at Minute Maid

Breaking down Dodgers-Braves by position

@mike_petriello
3:01 AM EDT

Just like last year, the NLCS will feature the Braves against the Dodgers, except it’s really not like last year at all. You won’t see Ronald Acuña Jr. or Marcell Ozuna or Clayton Kershaw or Kiké Hernández, like you did last year. Joc Pederson will be there again, but this

Altuve ties Jeter with 20th postseason HR

@AndrewSimonMLB
October 15, 2021

To rack up a lot of home runs in the postseason, a hitter needs plenty of chances and the ability to come through on the biggest stage. These 12 elite October performers have had both, each producing at least 17 big flies in their playoff careers. Here is a look

Sox don't fret G1 loss: 'No quit in this team'

@IanMBrowne
2:35 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The misfires by Tanner Houck and Hansel Robles that were deposited high and deep into the seats by those seasoned veterans of October -- Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa -- are the type of moments that can sting or even deflate a team this time of year.

What would WS win mean to each LCS team?

12:48 AM EDT

Obviously, whichever of the four teams in the League Championship Series ends up winning the World Series, it will be a breakthrough moment for them and their fanbase. You never forget a World Series title. But what exactly would it mean to each team? Historically? Personnel-wise? Emotionally? Here’s a look

4 keys for the Braves-Dodgers NLCS

@AJCassavell
October 15, 2021

ATLANTA -- For the second consecutive October, the Dodgers and Braves will square off in the National League Championship Series, which begins tonight at Truist Park. Can these teams possibly top last year's seven-game thriller? We’re about to find out. Here are four things that might decide this year’s rematch.

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

12:18 AM EDT

The 2021 MLB postseason began with the Red Sox and Dodgers winning the AL and NL Wild Card Games, respectively. Now there are only four teams left standing, as the Red Sox, Astros, Braves and Dodgers have all punched their tickets to the League Championship Series. ESPN Radio will provide

Every possible World Series matchup, ranked

October 15, 2021

No matter who plays in the World Series, it’s going to be compelling and eternal. But let’s face it: Some matchups are inherently more compelling than others. There isn’t a single World Series matchup that would be an absolute dud. But which ones would melt your face off? Here are

Got relief? Astros banking they have enough

@DKramer_
an hour ago

HOUSTON -- Dusty Baker quickly found himself working backwards with his pitching staff Friday, and much earlier than the Astros' manager would’ve liked. Framber Valdez struggled to find the strike zone early in counts, hanging his best pitch to Kiké Hernández, who crushed it 448 feet, before Houston’s oft-reliable lefty

Snitker has earned status as beloved skipper

12:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- As the Braves prepared to play their final game of the 2017 season in Miami, Ron Washington was asked what he thought would happen. He immediately pointed toward Brian Snitker and said, “That man deserves the job.”

Minute Maid Park feels like home for Eovaldi

@IanMBrowne
October 15, 2021

HOUSTON -- If you can’t pitch at home in the playoffs, you might as well pitch in a place that feels like home. That’s how Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi looks at the situation heading into his start against the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series

Roundtable: LAD? ATL? Who has NLCS edge?

@feinsand and @castrovince and @alysonfooter
October 15, 2021

Alyson Footer, editor/moderator: A Dodgers-Braves NLCS may not have been what we THOUGHT was going to happen, but here it is. I guess the most obvious thing that stands out to me heading into the NLCS is the strength of the starting pitching. Is there one team that has the

'Pen gets workout after brief Sale start

Red Sox need length from Eovaldi in Game 2 after using 7 relievers in opener
@MartinJGallegos
an hour ago

HOUSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora knew the risk that came with tabbing Chris Sale as the starter for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros.

Muncy looking 'unlikely' to play in NLCS

Dodgers first baseman still sporting brace on left elbow; LA set to face Joc
@juanctoribio and @AJCassavell
3:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it’s “still unlikely” that first baseman Max Muncy will be available for the National League Championship Series against the Braves as he continues to recover from a left elbow injury that he sustained during the regular-season finale. Though unlikely, the Dodgers aren’t quite

LA-ATL NLCS among top October rematches

@paul_casellaMLB
October 15, 2021

The Braves have had a full year to wonder about what could have been in the 2020 postseason. They were in prime position to end their National League pennant drought, taking a 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. The Braves, however, dropped three straight games

Fried's breaking pitches; Dansby to lead off?

@AnthonyDiComo
12:01 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Of the 565 players to throw a pitch in the National League this season, only four struck out more batters on breaking balls than Max Fried. In one respect, that may come as little surprise, considering the extent to which Fried’s curveball has defined him since he debuted

Iconic moments in LA-ATL playoff history

3:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Hank Aaron had great memories of those years when he, Eddie Mathews and the Milwaukee Braves would travel to California to be challenged by the Dodgers’ iconic pitching duo of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

Players with best postseason performances

These stars enjoyed Octobers that will never be forgotten
@MannyOnMLB and @mattkellyMLB
12:25 AM EDT

Some were already established stars. Some were virtually unknown to the baseball world before instantly becoming household names. But the common thread connecting them all is that they delivered some of the greatest postseason performances in baseball history. Whether by dominating on the mound or catching fire at the plate,

Here are 9 bold LCS predictions

@castrovince
3:01 AM EDT

A friend and former umpire has a phrase he likes to use when ordering another round of drinks: “Sprinkle the infield!” This is a “sprinkle the infield” kind of League Championship Series round. Astros-Red Sox, which begins tonight at Minute Maid Park, is a rematch of the 2018 ALCS and