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LA-ATL Game 2 lineups, FAQ (7:30 ET, TBS)

@juanctoribio
4:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- While the Braves might have gained an early series lead in this year’s National League Championship Series, the defending World Series champion Dodgers have confidence, as they have their top three starting pitchers lined up for the next three games. The Braves owned series leads of 2-0 and

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

@juanctoribio
an hour ago

ATLANTA -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series due to a stinger on the right side of his neck. Manager Dave Roberts said Turner felt pain in his neck during batting practice on Saturday, though

Freeman's weekend: NLCS and Little League

Home-field advantage vs. LA lets slugger watch 5-year-old son crush a homer
@AnthonyDiComo
an hour ago

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.

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

@IanMBrowne
34 minutes ago

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.

True to his roots, Dugie winning Boston over

@MartinJGallegos
12:29 PM 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

Hernández 'en fuego' for Sox this postseason

Hernández continues dominant playoff performance
11:03 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

Jake, Chas keep CF a strength for Astros

Post-Springer, Meyers, McCormick have provided in-house defensive solution
@DKramer_
3:50 PM 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

Dodgers pitcher rocks cat cleats on Caturday

October 16, 2021

The baseball world was reminded of a very important fact during Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday: Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin loves cats. When the right-hander entered the game against the Braves in the fourth inning, the TBS broadcast was quick to highlight his amazing custom cleats, which featured

Astros-Red Sox G3 FAQ (Monday, 8 ET, FS1)

@IanMBrowne
5:19 PM 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.

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

@ladsonbill24
2:05 PM 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

9 incredible facts from Boston's white-hot G2

@mattkellyMLB
October 16, 2021

The tone was set as soon as the ball left J.D. Martinez’s bat for a first-inning grand slam in the Red Sox’s 9-5 victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series: Boston wasn’t going to roll over after narrowly dropping Game 1.

How will these '22 option decisions play out?

@HarriganMLB
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

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

October 16, 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

Taylor's baserunning blunder looms large

@AJCassavell
3:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- The Dodgers, tied in the ninth inning for the second time in as many games, were building themselves another rally on Saturday night. Cody Bellinger’s two-out single sent Chris Taylor to second base. Mookie Betts was due up, with two men aboard. The Dodgers were in business. And

Muncy off NLCS roster: 'I've had better days'

@juanctoribio and @HarriganMLB
October 16, 2021

ATLANTA -- It was always a long shot, but the Dodgers will officially be without injured first baseman Max Muncy for the National League Championship Series against the Braves. Los Angeles released its roster Saturday morning and left off Muncy, who hurt his left elbow on a play at first

Riley plays G1 hero with HR, walk-off knock

'You dream of that as a little kid,' Braves third baseman says after win over LA
1:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Six months after having to prove he deserved to be the Braves’ third baseman, Austin Riley is being serenaded by “MVP” chants and creating lasting postseason memories. Riley extended this year’s power barrage with his latest home run and then delivered the game-ending single that gave the Braves

Michigan standout wins Jennie Finch Award

Alma Tatem recognized by an MLB blue-ribbon panel for leadership in her community
11:14 AM EDT

Vero Beach, Fla. -- The look on Alma Tatem’s face when softball legend Jennie Finch announced her name told the whole story. Tatem, a 17-year-old high school senior and West Bloomfield, Mich., native, was named named 2021's final recipient of the Jennie Finch Empowerment Award at the Jackie Robinson Training

Despite walk-off loss, LA's 'going to be fine'

@juanctoribio
3:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- After finally getting past the Giants in a thrilling five-game National League Division Series, it was easy to assume that the hardest part of the Dodgers’ quest for a repeat was behind them. They had eliminated the only team with a better record than theirs in the postseason

What would WS win mean to each LCS team?

October 16, 2021

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

Latest on Mets' search for baseball ops head

October 16, 2021

MLB.com 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),

Garcia injury puts Astros' pitching in flux

Game 2 starter exits in second inning because of right knee strain
@DKramer_
October 16, 2021

HOUSTON -- As if the Astros’ rotation wasn’t already going to be tested enough without its best arm, it’s quite possible Houston could be down another starter for the rest of the American League Championship Series. Hours after Lance McCullers Jr. spoke for the first time since being left off

2 innings, 2 slams: Sox make playoff history

@MartinJGallegos
October 16, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Red Sox weren’t sweating their loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. They knew they had the firepower to bounce back.

Saturday's top AFL prospect performers

@Steph_Sheehan
1:31 AM EDT

Here's a look at Saturday's top performers in the Arizona Fall League from each team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Sox regain swagger, even ALCS: 'It's huge'

Martinez, Devers belt slams; Kiké homers again to back stellar Eovaldi
@IanMBrowne
October 16, 2021

HOUSTON -- A split decision is what the Red Sox left Minute Maid Park with on Saturday night. But it is a big one that puts swagger back in their step as this American League Championship Series heads back to Fenway Park. Needing a quick bounce-back from a tight loss

Castoff to clutch: Matzek's mettle key in G1

@AnthonyDiComo
2:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Back in the summer of 2018, Tyler Matzek was traveling around to locales like Grand Prairie, Texas, Fargo, N.D., and Winnipeg, Manitoba; the left-hander was walking roughly one out of every six batters he faced while pitching in front of smatterings of local independent league fans. His future