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Braves 'never quit,' walk off LA AGAIN in G2

3:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Ian Anderson lasted just three innings, Freddie Freeman matched a career-long strikeout skid and the Braves issued nine walks. But thanks to Eddie Rosario and a stubbornly stingy bullpen, the city of Atlanta is still loving everything about Joctober. Rosario experienced the thrill of a storybook performance when

Aggressive sends by Wash key Braves' rally

Third-base coach: 'We've been aggressive all year'
2:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Eddie Rosario was only a few steps off second base when Braves third-base coach Ron Washington began windmilling his right arm, imploring him to race home on an Ozzie Albies single. No matter that Rosario had a late start from second base. No matter that there was only

In 1st start since save, Max's 'arm was dead'

2:12 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Three days ago, Dave Roberts sat at a podium in San Francisco, victorious after five grueling games against the Giants in the National League Division Series. Having deployed ace Max Scherzer for the first save of his career in the finale, the Dodgers manager made an admission. "There

Legend of Joctober grows with booming HR

Former Dodger crushes longest homer of 2021 postseason off Scherzer
1:45 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Joc Pederson paraded from one end of the Braves’ dugout to the other, punching each fist into the air with indiscretion, seeking out fist bumps from wherever and whomever. He shouted complimentary words about himself. He ranted and raved in all the best ways possible. Pederson knew what

Dodgers head home in 2-0 NLCS hole

Roberts calls Urías to protect lead in 8th, but Braves stage rally
2:40 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Throughout the regular season, left-hander Julio Urías thrived. After bouncing back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen early in his career, Urías became the Major Leagues’ only 20-game winner in 2021, his first season as a full-time starter. But during the postseason, the Dodgers have asked

Dodgers finding clutch hits elusive in NLCS

2:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- The quickest fix to all those pitching questions surrounding the Dodgers these days has nothing to do with pitching at all. For the second consecutive night, the Dodgers found themselves locked in a low-scoring game, in which their pitching staff unraveled late. For the second consecutive night, the

Astros-Red Sox Game 3 FAQ (8 ET, FS1)

2:18 AM EDT

The American League Championship Series is tied at one game apiece as it shifts to Boston for Game 3 at Fenway Park on Monday night, with the Astros and Red Sox having split the first two games of the best-of-seven series at Minute Maid Park.

Acuña on hand to support Braves in NLCS

October 17, 2021

ATLANTA -- Ronald Acuña Jr. will have to wait at least six more months before reintroducing himself to the thrill of playing in a game. But in the meantime, he’ll do whatever he can to help his Braves teammates, who were happy to have him around for Games 1 and

Teams that came back from 0-2 deficits

14 teams have rebounded from losing 1st 2 games of 7-game series
October 17, 2021

Teams that win the first two games in a best-of-seven postseason series have history on their side. Those clubs have prevailed in 73 of 87 instances, but all isn't lost for the team facing an 0-2 deficit. The 14 teams that overcame those long odds have proved, time and again,

MLB to improve housing for Minor Leaguers

October 17, 2021

As Major League Baseball continues its commitment to a first-class development system, the league’s 30 owners are closing in on an announcement for a new housing policy at all levels of the Minor Leagues. “MLB is engaged in a multi-year effort to modernize the Minor League system and better assist

Padres to interview Shildt (report)

October 17, 2021 is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager and general manager changes around the Majors. Here is a running list of the job openings that have emerged heading into the offseason: Manager: Mets, Padres, Cardinals GM/president of baseball operations: Mets (president of baseball operations)

One of the best ever? Astros INF has a case

Awards, accomplishments continue to pile up for foursome after 5 years together
1:00 AM EDT

BOSTON -- On Sept. 3, 2016, former Astros manager A.J. Hinch wrote out a lineup card that had Yuli Gurriel at first base, Jose Altuve at second, Carlos Correa at shortstop and Alex Bregman at third for a game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. It was the first time

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

October 17, 2021

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

Freeman's weekend: NLCS and Little League

Home-field advantage vs. LA lets slugger watch 5-year-old son crush a homer
October 17, 2021

ATLANTA -- Although the Dodgers have long been one of the National League’s most formidable teams, Freddie Freeman was rooting for them to advance to the NL Championship Series for a highly personal reason. Freeman’s Braves held home-field advantage over the Dodgers, meaning they hosted NLCS Game 2 on Sunday.

True to his roots, Dugie winning Boston over

12:01 AM EDT

BOSTON -- Take one glance at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, and you’ll quickly realize the diversity of Latino players in baseball. The ginger-red hair. The fair skin complexion. Speaking English as a first language. Growing up in Tucson, Ariz., -- a city heavily populated by Hispanics -- with a

Cito on longtime pal Dusty: 'So proud of him'

1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston calls Astros manager Dusty Baker one of his best friends. Besides playing and managing the game of baseball, they both love to fish. Their friendship dates back to 1967, when they were playing with Double-A Austin, then a Braves affiliate. “We

E-Rod gets G3 nod: 'It's really big for me'

12:02 AM EDT

BOSTON -- With a couple of good choices at his disposal to start Monday night’s Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Red Sox manager Alex Cora decided to give the nod to veteran lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.

ATL-LAD NLCS G3 FAQ (Tuesday, 5 ET, TBS)

3:28 AM EDT

Throughout his young career, Walker Buehler has delivered with big postseason performances when the Dodgers have needed him the most. In order for Los Angeles to avoid a daunting 3-0 series deficit, its ace will need to come through with another one of his signature outings.

Could Astros tab Greinke for ALCS Game 4?

1:01 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The Astros could turn to veteran right-hander Zack Greinke to start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Fenway Park. Astros manager Dusty Baker was hoping to start Jake Odorizzi in Game 4, but Odorizzi was tasked with throwing four innings in relief of

Longest postseason homers since 2015

October 17, 2021

Hitting is tougher than ever in October. Teams deploy their best pitchers, and the pressure on every pitch ramps up to max intensity. But that hasn't stopped baseball's biggest sluggers from crushing some monster postseason home runs -- take, for instance, Joc Pederson's game-tying 454-footer in Game 2 of the

Sox energized by rabid Fenway Park crowd

12:01 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The game hadn’t even started and the Fenway faithful were already on their feet. Nathan Eovaldi was warming in the bullpen ahead of his start in the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees on Oct. 5.

Jake, Chas keep CF a strength for Astros

Post-Springer, Meyers, McCormick have provided in-house defensive solution
1:00 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The Astros knew all along that they’d likely lose George Springer in free agency last offseason. What they perhaps didn’t know was that their center-field situation wouldn’t be a total overhaul. Sure, there was an envisioned drop-off replacing a three-time American League All-Star with 30-plus-homer production. But Jake

Kiké is 'en fuego' for Red Sox this postseason

Hernández continues dominant playoff performance
12:02 AM EDT

This is how it still happens in October. This is the enduring magic of the month within baseball. The face of the game right now -- joyful and sometimes even full of wonder about what he’s doing for the Red Sox, is Kiké Hernández. He is the biggest name in

A rare sight, J. Turner not in NLCS G2 lineup 

October 17, 2021

ATLANTA -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup for Los Angeles' 5-4 loss to the Braves in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday due to a stinger on the right side of his neck. Manager Dave Roberts said Turner felt pain

How will these '22 option decisions play out?

October 16, 2021

The first major offseason milestone will come not long after the final out of the World Series is in the books, with 2022 option decisions due within five days of the end of the Fall Classic. This includes contracts with opt-out clauses, player options, club options and mutual options. Depending