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Rain over, but strong winds forecast for G4

@_dadler
5:19 PM EDT

It's not raining in the Bronx anymore, but the weather might still have a big impact on Game 4 of the American League Championship Series tonight. This time it's the wind.

How does Wednesday's rain affect G4 tonight?

@dohyoungpark
4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Mother Nature has been known, on occasion, to leave indelible marks on the landscape of the postseason. Just ask the Indians about Game 7 of the 2016 World Series (or better yet, ask the Cubs). Well, an already compelling American League Championship Series between the Yankees and

Stanton out of G4 lineup, close to DH option

@BryanHoch
an hour ago

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton trotted gingerly on the basepaths on Thursday prior to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros at Yankee Stadium, testing his strained right quadriceps with a workout that included several jogs from home plate to first base and one arc from

Astros-Yanks G4: Lineups, FAQ (8 ET, FS1)

@brianmctaggart and @BryanHoch
5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- When the American League Championship Series resumes with the rescheduled Game 4 on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium, the Astros will take the field hoping to build upon their 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Dodgers could make a run at Rendon

4:22 PM EDT

After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a 2014 Silver Slugger Award, a 2019 All-Star nod and two top-10 National League MVP finishes (2014 and '17), Anthony Rendon is due to hit the open market for the first time in his career. Below is a list of the

Phils appear down to Baker, Girardi or Buck

@ToddZolecki
October 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies know what they want in their next manager. They seem to know who they want, too. Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi interviewed for their managerial vacancy on Monday. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and assistant general manager Ned Rice are interviewing Dusty Baker on Wednesday. •

Much-maligned 'pen now a strength for Nats

@JamalCollier
5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' bullpen was such an obvious flaw that it threatened to derail their season at numerous points. But a trio of relievers found a groove in the National League Championship Series sweep of the Cardinals, giving the Nats hope that this could carry through the World Series.

Ohtani: 2019 season should have been better

@RhettBollinger
5:11 PM EDT

ANAHEIM -- The 2019 season was a unique one for Shohei Ohtani, who was limited to serving as a designated hitter and not a pitcher, robbing him of his two-way status after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1, 2018. Ohtani, though, proved he's still a strong hitter, batting .286/.343/.505

Is this team 'overwhelming favorite' to sign Cole?

1:56 PM EDT

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,

Rumors: J.D., Aroldis, Rendon, Price

5:35 PM EDT

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

Is Bryce evidence of ‘Ewing Theory’? Umm, no

@williamfleitch
October 16, 2019

Former sportswriter Bill Simmons, nearly two decades ago now, coined the “Ewing Theory,” a postulate that suggests certain sports teams improve once they lose their best and most high-profile player. (As it says in that piece, the theory actually was invented by Simmons’ friend Dave Cirilli, but no one remembers

Nats are better than just a 'Cinderella' story

Only one team has more wins since 2012 than Washington's 730
@mike_petriello
October 16, 2019

If the Nationals go on to beat the Yankees or Astros to win the World Series -- perhaps even if they don't, maybe just having reached the Fall Classic will be enough -- you know how the story will go. After stumbling so badly to start the year that they

Why Yanks could let Didi leave as free agent

3:07 PM EDT

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

Maddon named Angels' new manager

@RhettBollinger
October 16, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels got their man, as they hired veteran Joe Maddon to be their next manager, reportedly on a three-year contract. The hiring marks a homecoming for Maddon, who spent 31 years in the organization, including stints as interim manager of the Angels in 1996 and ’99. He

These are the best bunts in postseason history

@michaelsclair
October 16, 2019

The 2019 season saw more home runs hit than ever before. One side effect of all that power was the fewest bunts in baseball history. Now, sure, you may think home runs are more exciting than bunts -- and most of the time you’d be right. Home runs go really

Here is the updated postseason schedule

October 15, 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

8 players who may opt out to test free agency

@castrovince
October 16, 2019

It is not at all uncommon for contracts to contain option years that must be exercised or declined within five days of the end of the World Series. But in recent years, opt-outs have been in vogue, too, and those decisions could further add to the free-agent pool. Eight players

If Stanton can't start, why is he on Yanks' roster?

Slugger has missed last two ALCS games with quad strain
@mike_petriello
4:24 PM EDT

Wednesday's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series was postponed due to rain, giving us plenty of time to ponder the important things in life, such as: Why is Giancarlo Stanton still active on the Yankees' roster?

Manager Buzz: Girardi, Showalter, Baker, Espada 

43 minutes ago

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

Pros, cons, and fits for free-agent-to-be Ozuna

@castrovince
October 16, 2019

The Cardinals pivoted to Marcell Ozuna in the Fish market known as the 2017-18 offseason when another Marlins outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, made it clear he would not be waiving his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis. Dealing for Ozuna, who was coming off a splendid ’17 but had an

Nats will now look to avoid fate of '06, '12 Tigers

Long layoff before World Series backfired on those Detroit teams
@MikeLupica
October 16, 2019

The good news for the Washington Nationals is that they are in their first World Series. They beat the champions of the National League West and now they’ve swept the champs of the NL Central. They were down two games to one to the Dodgers and came back to win

Indians backstop Pérez has ankle surgery

@MandyBell02
3:14 PM EDT

CLEVELAND – When Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff sat down to address the media at the end of the Indians’ season, they ran down a list of their injured players, explaining how their offseasons would go. Guys like José Ramírez (right hamate bone)

Rainout gives Stanton an extra day to heal

Manager Boone remains uncertain if slugger will start in Game 4
@BryanHoch
12:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- From the Yankees’ perspective, one benefit of Wednesday’s postponement could be that Giancarlo Stanton will have more treatment on his strained right quadriceps, though manager Aaron Boone remains unsure if the slugger will return to the lineup when Game 4 of the American League Championship Series is

How baseball's changed since DC's last Series

@SlangsOnSports
October 16, 2019

The Washington Nationals are headed to the World Series. It’s the first World Series appearance in franchise history, leaving the Mariners as the lone remaining franchise to never reach the Fall Classic. But when thinking of just what the World Series appearance means for the Nationals, it requires a look