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FAQ: Green, Peacock to open G6 (8 ET, FS1)

@brianmctaggart and @BryanHoch
5:17 PM EDT

With no remaining margin for error, the Yankees’ first goal was to get to the airport, avoiding the task of packing their lockers in favor of continuing to battle for the American League pennant. As they soared above the 1,400 or so miles that separate Yankee Stadium from Minute Maid

Peacock set for playoff feat not done in 95 years

@RichardJustice
5:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Brad Peacock will start Saturday’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Whether he pitches one inning or multiple will depend on how the game plays out, manager AJ Hinch said.

'You can call us old. That's fine. We don't care'

National League champions feature Majors' oldest roster
@JamalCollier
October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- It was the 14th anniversary of Ryan Zimmerman’s Major League debut, and it was time to dance in the dugout.

Astros now must 'take care of business at home'

@dohyoungpark
12:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- It would have made the Astros' lives much easier had they been able to finish off the Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. But behind a sterling effort from James Paxton and two early homers off an

Who might bid on intriguing Castellanos?

Castellanos' one-sided skill set makes for complex case
@mattkellyMLB
October 18, 2019

Nicholas Castellanos might have changed his financial future more than anyone not named Gerrit Cole after the All-Star break. Now it’s up to front offices to decide: Who is the real Castellanos? Is it the outfielder who lit the world on fire for two months with the Cubs, or the

Pros, cons for all 7 managerial openings

@castrovince
10:45 AM EDT

Like bananas, flowers and carrots, managerial openings come in bunches in MLB these days. There were six of them after the 2017 season, another six after the 2018 season and eight of them after the just-completed 2019 season. One of the eight skipper spots has been filled by Joe Maddon’s

Remember the Baha Men? The 2000 Mets do

@castrovince
October 18, 2019

Something happens to people at Nationals Park when Gerardo Parra steps to the plate. They stand at attention, they extend their arms, they clap rhythmically, mindlessly, incessantly. They do it as if hypnotized by this lovable journeyman utility guy with the .234 average and .684 OPS. It is the “Baby

Paxton outduels JV as Yanks stay alive for G6

Backed by HRs from DJ, Hicks in 1st, lefty fans 9 over 6 strong innings
@BryanHoch
12:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- James Paxton stood at the top of the Yankee Stadium mound in the sixth inning on Friday, patiently waiting as Aaron Boone covered the ground between him and the first-base dugout. Sensing an opening to dissuade the manager from raising his arm for a pitching change, the

Nats on long rest: We 'really needed a break'

Veteran club using time off before World Series to let bodies recover
@JamalCollier
3:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- It was a rare day with nothing to do Wednesday, so after Sean Doolittle woke up, he took the dogs for a walk, grabbed a Bethesda Bagel and went back to sleep. His manager, Dave Martinez, had a similar day; he slept until about 3 in the afternoon,

Bryce on Nats' run: 'You know, jealousy isn't good'

@Russ_Dorsey1
October 18, 2019

The Nationals are headed to the World Series, and they are doing it in their first season without former franchise superstar Bryce Harper. Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies this past offseason, spoke for the first time about his former team being on the precipice

Source: Two front-runners for Padres manager 

@AJCassavell
October 18, 2019

And then there were two. The Padres' managerial search has narrowed to two front-runners, according to people with knowledge of the team's thinking, and a decision looms in the near future. Jayce Tingler and Ron Washington -- whose careers and baseball backgrounds vary wildly -- are the two finalists for

Rumors: Rosario, Castellanos, Andrus, Rendon

October 18, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

World Series game times announced

October 18, 2019

The Nationals punched their ticket to the World Series, and now they wait for their American League opponent. After sweeping the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series, the Nats will play the winner of the Yankees-Astros AL Championship Series. Game 1 of the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV

For Yanks, if you can't beat 'em ... sign 'em?

October 18, 2019

Following five solid seasons with the Pirates in which he was an All-Star and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2015, Gerrit Cole reached an elite level over two seasons with the Astros. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 29-year-old right-hander,

Manager Buzz: Phils, Mets, SD, Cubs, SF

October 18, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager changes around the Majors.

Despite loss, Verlander proud to keep 'pen fresh

Gutty seven-inning effort allowed Hinch to use only one reliever
@JesseSanchezMLB
12:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- It was one inning. One long and erratic inning, but ultimately, that’s all it was for Justin Verlander. Even though it was a rough start, it was far from a bad outing. • ALCS presented by GEICO, Game 6: Tonight, 7 p.m. CT on FS1

What's Tommy Kahnle doing here?

October 18, 2019

It's 50 degrees in the Bronx. Yet here is Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle bathing himself in water before his appearance in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Astros still 'in the driver’s seat' despite G5 loss

@brianmctaggart
October 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Astros had to have known it wouldn’t be this easy. Marching into Yankee Stadium and winning three in a row to celebrate a pennant seemed extremely unlikely when the American League Championship Series shifted to the Bronx after a two-game split in Houston.

The best World Series of the decade was ...

@williamfleitch
October 18, 2019

Will Leitch’s series on the Data Decade, closing out this remarkable decade in the year of baseball, runs every other week. Today we look at the best World Series of the decade. Every World Series is amazing. Seriously. Even the blowouts, even the sweeps, even though ones from the past

LeMahieu, Hicks power Yankees in 4-run 1st

@feinsand
12:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- With two swings, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks breathed new life into Yankee Stadium on Friday night. As it turns out, they did the same for the Yankees’ season. The two belted home runs against Justin Verlander in the first inning of Game 5 of the American

Yanks' bullpen stifles Astros in must-win Game 5

Kahnle, Britton, Chapman combine for three shutout frames
@ladsonbill24
12:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- The Yankees’ bullpen did its job during the team’s 4-1 victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, giving the group and the rest of the team confidence that it can do so again in Game 6 on Saturday

Farewell, CC: Southpaw's career comes to close

@BryanHoch
October 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- As CC Sabathia accepts the reality that he has thrown the final pitch of a 19-year career in the Major Leagues, the left-hander is proud of the legacies that he has cemented, universally regarded as a terrific teammate and as a workhorse who never shied away from

One game at a time? Not for Nats' rotation plans

Kendrick misses workout because of family emergency
@JamalCollier
October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- One of the benefits of having so much time off after their National League Championship Series sweep is the Nationals have some time to give their rotation a break while aligning the order before the World Series begins on Tuesday night.

AL, NL Reliever of the Year finalists revealed

Chapman, Hendriks, Osuna, Hader, Yates, Smith make the cut
October 18, 2019

The finalists for this year's Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, both presented by The Hartford, have been unveiled. The Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, the Athletics' Liam Hendriks and the Astros' Roberto Osuna are vying for AL honors,

Scherzer drops puck, Eaton motivates Capitals

@MannyOnMLB
October 18, 2019

The Washington Capitals got a little extra motivation prior to their contest against the New York Rangers on Friday night. Two seasons after winning the Stanley Cup, the Caps were paid a visit by two members of the National League champion Washington Nationals, who are seeking their first World Series