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'Pure joy' for Braves: 1st pennant since '99

Series MVP Rosario helps Atlanta overcome loss of star outfielder Acuña
3:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- As his team was concluding the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 win in Game 6 on Saturday night at Truist Park, Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos was in manager Brian Snitker’s office, nervously organizing old media guides while watching the television broadcast. “When we

Dealt to destiny, Rosario MVP of epic NLCS

After Game 6 HR, Braves OF becomes 8th player to win LCS award after midseason trade
2:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Eddie Rosario’s son, Lucas, bounded back and forth between the front edge of the podium and the spot where his father was standing a few feet away. Lucas wore a blue-and-red jacket over a blue-and-red T-shirt, and he clutched a pop-it toy in one hand. He looked around

Who else? Minter, Matzek fuel ATL 'pen in G6

Pair of Braves left-handers caps NLCS with more stellar relief vs. Dodgers
3:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Tyler Matzek was electrically charged, the moment coursing through him. For all of three steps he held it inside, held it together, as the third-largest crowd in Truist Park history roared around him. Then, the 31-year-old clenched his left fist and screamed, disburdening himself of emotion. Matzek leaped

'On a different planet': Rosario bests Buehler

NLCS MVP delivers decisive three-run homer against Dodgers starter in G6
3:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- How else to settle a series like this one? In the batter’s box for the Braves was Eddie Rosario, the out-of-nowhere hero who wouldn’t be denied, especially not in a moment this big. On the mound for the Dodgers was Walker Buehler, one of three Los Angeles aces

Dodgers' quest to repeat ends in NLCS

2:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- When the Dodgers arrived at Camelback Ranch in February, everyone looked at the collection of talent inside the room and had a clear vision of how they thought their season would end. That image included a massive dogpile on the mound after the final out of the season.

LA's unconventional pitching moves snowball

Dodgers lean heavily on Scherzer, Urías and Buehler in taxing postseason
2:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- One aggressive pitching decision led to another. And then another. And another. And suddenly, with their season on the line in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers could not turn to Max Scherzer. They could only ask a fatigued Walker Buehler to gut his

Top Astros-Braves playoff moments

12:10 AM EDT

The Braves and Astros are set to meet in the World Series for the first time, beginning with Game 1 on Tuesday night in Houston. But this is not the teams’ first postseason clash. In fact, for a short time in a previous era, the two became frequent foes in

'22 or no, Pujols' legacy has few equals

1:59 AM EDT

You just knew. That was the thing. You knew even before he came to bat. It could be the 10th inning, and Albert Pujols would be slated to hit in the 11th, and you still knew he was ending the game. If Pujols is done, that should be his legacy

Underdogs? Don't tell these playoff teams

A look at the 10 biggest postseason upsets in MLB history
12:10 AM EDT

Regular-season showings affect the seedings for the postseason. But once you cross that threshold into October baseball, you’re on your own. In a short series, anything can happen -- and quite often does. One can never be sure which players will run hot or cold and which surprise stars seize

Who gets home field in the World Series?

12:43 AM EDT

After the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic created a once-in-a-lifetime situation in 2020, home-field advantage rules for the World Series are back to its recent status quo. Hosting privileges for the 2021 Fall Classic will go to the team with the best regular-season winning percentage. That means the American

The top 25 free agents this offseason

October 22, 2021

This will be a fascinating winter in the baseball business world, as the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement just so happens to coincide with one of the deepest and most talented free agent classes in years. It is anybody’s guess as to how this will all play out --

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

October 23, 2021

The 2021 MLB postseason began with the Red Sox and Dodgers winning the AL and NL Wild Card Games, respectively. In the League Championship Series, the Astros defeated the Red Sox in six games for the AL pennant and the Braves vanquished the Dodgers in six games in the NL.

Soler 'really missed' not being with Braves

October 23, 2021

ATLANTA -- Having been on the COVID-19 injured list for the decisive game of the National League Division Series and a majority of the NL Championship Series, Jorge Soler wishes he had been vaccinated. “I feel way different now,” Soler said with Braves special representative Eddie Perez serving as his

With LA loss, no repeat champ in 21 years

Nobody has done it since the 2000 Yankees
October 23, 2021

Winning the World Series once is a difficult enough task. But to repeat? That’s a hill no team has been able to climb for quite some time. With the Braves taking down the Dodgers in the 2021 National League Championship Series, that made it 21 consecutive seasons in which MLB

Buehler lasts 4 innings on short rest in G6

@juanctoribio and @AJCassavell
October 23, 2021

ATLANTA -- As the Dodgers attempted to stay alive and force a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, they needed one ace to come up big in the absence of another. The Dodgers scratched Max Scherzer from his Game 6 start on Saturday because of

Astros reach 3rd World Series in 5 seasons

October 23, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros had just suffered a blowout loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Boston, putting their season in peril. Boston had outplayed them every way possible for two consecutive games, crushing three grand slams and feasting on a short-handed

ATL-HOU WS Game 1 FAQ (Tue., 8 ET, FOX)

3:51 AM EDT

It took both great talent and resilience for the Braves and Astros to reach the 2021 World Series, which begins on Tuesday night with Game 1 at Minute Maid Park.

MVP Alvarez (.522) unstoppable in ALCS

October 23, 2021

HOUSTON -- At this time last year, Yordan Alvarez was building back his strength from surgery on not one, but both of his knees. Because of health and safety protocols, he couldn’t even be with the Astros as they marched their way through the American League playoffs, falling one win

What is Li'l Ron Washington up to today?

Ron Washington's twin is back
October 22, 2021

Ron Washington went viral once again this week. The former Rangers manager and current Braves third-base and infield coach has always been a player and fan favorite for his gregarious and laid back nature, hilarious quotes -- both in "Moneyball" and in life -- and enthusiasm for the sport. He's

He's back! 7 incredible facts on Dusty in WS

October 23, 2021

He’s back, at long last. Nineteen years after Dusty Baker guided the Giants to a World Series berth in 2002, the storied manager is finally back in the Fall Classic, this time with the Astros.

Maldonado fires LASER to stop Sox cold

October 23, 2021

HOUSTON -- One heave from home plate Friday night made up for everything catcher Martín Maldonado had struggled through in the American League Championship Series to that point, and his epic throw essentially ended the Red Sox’s season. The Astros clung to a two-run lead in the seventh inning of

Rally Nun imitates Correa's 'My Time' move

October 22, 2021

A little heavenly intervention never hurts in search of a World Series berth. Before Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, Sister Mary Catherine of the so-called “Rally Nuns” -- a group of Houston nuns who cheered on the Astros in Game 1 -- threw out the first pitch

Sox ousted: 'It didn't end the way we wanted'

Eovaldi turns in stellar start, but offense held to just two hits in Game 6 loss
October 23, 2021

HOUSTON -- The same bats that rocketed the Red Sox through most of their postseason run went stone cold at the most inopportune time, and that is the main reason why manager Alex Cora's team was stopped two wins short of the World Series. In Game 6 of the American

Baker feeling 'very fortunate' to return to WS

Astros manager seeking first championship after falling short with Giants in '02
October 23, 2021

HOUSTON -- Dusty Baker was doubtful of his chances of getting another shot. Four years ago, after a deflating and disappointing early postseason exit with the Nationals, the longtime skipper was let go in a move that was criticized by many at the time, yet it still sent him into