• Dodgers are favorites to knock off Astros in World Series

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series favorites. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened the Dodgers as -140 favorites to beat the Houston Astros in their best-of-seven series that begins Tuesday in Los Angeles. That price grew overnight, however, to -160 as of Sunday morning at the..." October 23

  • Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

    Hardball Talk "We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood. No surprise, that’s the same order the..." October 22

  • Lance McCullers used Jose Fernandez as inspiration during ALCS clincher

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. pitched the last four innings of his team’s 4-0 ALCS Game 7 win on Saturday night, and he did so with some inspiration from a fallen friend. McCullers was close friends and offseason workout partners with Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident..." October 22

  • This might be Carlos Beltran’s chance to go out on top

    New York Post "Once again, Carlos Beltran finds himself oh so close to the top of the high school gym class rope climb that is baseball’s road to a parade. Can he finally break through this time, which — let’s face it — will very likely be his last time? “It’s a blessing to be in this position, to be at..." October 22

  • Red Sox name Alex Cora their new manager, give him 3-year deal

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have a new manager, but for now, he has another job to do. Alex Cora, the Astros bench coach and former Red Sox infielder, will be the 47th manager in Red Sox history. The team announced today that Cora has accepted a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 to replace John..." October 22

  • Cubs to interview Jim Hickey for pitching coach position

    CBSChicago.com "Former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey will interview for the same position with the Cubs on Monday, sources confirmed to 670 The Score. Hickey left the Rays at the end of this past season after spending 11 years in Tampa Bay, the first eight working under Joe Maddon before the latter took over..." October 22

  • Girardi will talk with family before deciding on Yankees future

    MLB.com "Within faint earshot of the pandemonium and revelry taking place a few hundred feet away on the Minute Maid Park diamond, Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed his players on Saturday evening, telling them how proud he was and expressing his belief that even brighter days are ahead for the..." October 22

  • Corey Seager to face live pitching at workouts before Dodgers decide

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers waited 29 years for a National League pennant. Now they are waiting a couple more days to make their final roster decisions for the World Series, which begins Tuesday against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. The biggest question is the status of star shortstop Corey..." October 22

  • Yankees paying Brian McCann to beat them in ALCS

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees falling behind the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS was bad enough, but the way it happened had to be especially painful. Prior to the 2014 season, the Yankees made a big free agent splash by signing Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal. The catcher delivered..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi may have addressed Charlie Morton touching bubble gum

    Yardbarker "Charlie Morton loves his gum balls — literally. And that may be an issue for the New York Yankees. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to speak with home plate umpire Mark Carlson early in Game 7 of the ALCS, who later spoke with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. FS1’s broadcast crew..." October 22

  • Curt Young emerging as possible Callaway replacement

    Fanrag Sports "A name that has surfaced as a potential replacement for Mickey Callaway with the Cleveland Indians is former Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics pitching coach Curt Young. “Don’t be surprised if Young is reunited with Francona,” one source texted. “Very much a possibility.” The..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi to A.J. Hinch: “Go win it all”

    Hardball Talk "Following the conclusion of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night, there was a heartfelt moment between the two managers. According to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Joe Girardi hung around the clubhouse in order to congratulate A.J. Hinch. “I know it’s your first time through,”..." October 22

  • Despite Game 7 loss, the Yankees' youth movement remains well ahead of schedule

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, an otherwise stellar 2017 season came to a disappointing end for the New York Yankees. They lost to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS, falling one win short of a return to the World Series. The Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card Game and came back..." October 22

  • Reddick wanted Dodgers in WS: 'I got booed a lot as a home player'

    Los Angeles Times "Fifty feet from home plate, Jose Altuve’s bat hit ground. The baseball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of right-field seats. He had swung hard, and he had not let go. The smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his home run was a home run, that his..." October 22

  • Mets to offer manager's job to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway

    USA Today "The New York Mets have offered their managerial job to Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to a person with direct knowledge of the offer. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly speak about the offer...." October 22

  • Tanaka yet to reach decision on opt-out clause

    New York Post "Shortly after the Yankees’ season ended with a Game 7 loss to the Astros in the ALCS, Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t ready to wrestle with his contract status. Tanaka can opt out of his contract three days after the World Series ends, and if he does, he will be leaving three years and $67 million..." October 22

  • CC Sabathia wants to return to the Yankees, and Yankees should want him back

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season ended not with a bang, but with a whimper for the New York Yankees. They scored one run total in the final two games of the ALCS and lost Game 7 to the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The Astros are heading to the World Series and the Yankees are heading home. Stalwart..." October 22

  • Cora offered and expected to take Red Sox job

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who’s been linked to four teams with managerial openings, has been offered the Boston Red Sox managing job, and assuming a contract is completed is expected to be named Boston’s manager as soon as Houston’s season is over, which could be as early as Saturday..." October 21

  • Joe Girardi won’t use Masahiro Tanaka in Game 7

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees and Astros are set for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, and neither team will hold back as they seek a World Series berth. The Astros are prepared to back starter Charlie Morton with any able-bodied pitcher in their ranks — including Justin Verlander,..." October 21

  • Astros won't rule out Justin Verlander pitching in relief vs. Yankees

    CBS Sports "Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, a spot in the 2017 World Series will be on the line. The Houston Astros beat the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night to force the decisive Game 7. Winner moves on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Loser goes home. The Astros were..." October 21

  • Giants fire pitching coach Dave Righetti

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have let go of longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti, league sources tell FanRag Sports. Righetti is expected to be reassigned and have a role in the team’s front office, sources said. It’s a surprise move, given that Righetti has been with the team for 17 seasons..." October 21

  • Cubs reportedly fire pitching coach Chris Bosio

    Sporting News "Just two days after the Cubs were eliminated from the postseason, the team has reportedly fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The 54-year-old Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the majors, joined the Cubs coaching staff in 2012 and had been widely hailed..." October 21

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel to be available out of bullpen for Game 7

    ESPN "Dallas Keuchel will watch Game 7 of the American League Championship Series from a different vantage point: the bullpen. Like the rest of the Houston Astros' pitchers, save Game 6 hero Justin Verlander, Keuchel will be available out of the bullpen Saturday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton..." October 21

  • Did Astros make right move bringing in closer Ken Giles vs. Yankees?

    CBS Sports "The Astros won Game 6 of the ALCS, 7-1, Friday night in Houston's Minute Maid Park. As is the case with every postseason game, we'll be breaking down many angles (things to know about Game 6 here, for example), but one that stuck out to me in particular was the use of Astros closer Ken Giles...." October 21

  • Ric Flair to yell 'Play Ball' ahead of Game 7 in Houston

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out "Play Ball!" before the game in a video message. Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair's entrance music every time he steps..." October 21

  • Nats Reportedly Hope To Speak With Alex Cora

    CBS Boston "Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask..." October 21

  • Jose Altuve: ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’

    Yardbarker "Jose Altuve was not shy in expressing his fondness towards Justin Verlander during an interview after Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday. The Houston Astros’ superstar was clutch again for his team as he went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs in a 7-1 win to force Game 7. Verlander was similarly..." October 21

  • Ready for Game 7? CC Sabathia lives for the big moments

    ESPN "There were many times that it seemed as if CC Sabathia would never receive another chance at one more playoff game, let alone an American League Championship Series Game 7. Twice his right knee gave out and it looked as if his career could be over. Most recently, this August, his knee buckled..." October 21

  • Astros announce Charlie Morton as starter for ALCS Game 7 vs. Yankees

    CBS Sports "The Astros' 7-1 win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS ensures we'll have a decisive Game 7 back in Houston on Saturday night. The Yankees have already said veteran lefty CC Sabathia will take the mound, and now the Astros have ended the speculation by announcing their starter: 33-year-old,..." October 21

  • Ticket prices for Dodger Stadium World Series games go through the roof

    ESPN "Ticket prices and sales were soaring Friday, hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a World Series berth for the first time in 29 years. The average asking price for tickets to games in Los Angeles was $3,164 a ticket, the second-highest asking price of any team in the ticket resale era,..." October 21

  • Dusty Baker calls Nationals dismissal ‘hard to understand’

    USA Today "Dusty Baker will not return to manage the Washington Nationals in 2018, the club announced Friday in a startling move for a club that won 97 games and consecutive division championships. Baker spent two seasons as Washington's manager and won back-to-back NL East titles, but the Nationals were..." October 20

  • James Paxton will “nerd out big-time” to stay healthy next year

    Hardball Talk "To the surprise of, well, very few, the Mariners didn’t make the cut for the postseason this year. While they threw their hats in the ring for a wild card berth, their pitching staff just couldn’t stay healthy, from the handful of pitchers who contracted season-ending injuries in spring training..." October 20

  • Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals’ Manager In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced on Friday that Dusty Baker will not return as the team’s manager for the 2018 season. Baker’s contract only ran through the 2017 season, but the two sides had reportedly been discussing the possibility of a reunion prior to today’s announcement. The Nats offered the..." October 20

  • Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

    Fanrag Sports "The Detroit Tigers continue to purge a flawed, aging roster that provided the team its worst regular-season finish since 2002. As a result, management has decided to decline the club option on veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez for next season, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free..." October 20

  • Mets near manager decision with Long, Acta front-runners

    New York Post "Dusty Baker was told he would not be back as the Nationals manager, but he almost certainly will not become part of the Mets’ process for a new skipper. The Mets were described by sources as near the goal line on making a decision on who will replace Terry Collins, with the internal belief that..." October 20

  • The Yankees are finally getting production from the DH spot this postseason

    CBS Sports "The New York Yankees will look to continue exceeding expectations this season Friday by clinching a spot in the 2017 World Series. Most, including myself, saw them as a fringe contender coming into the year. Instead, they won 91 games and are a win away from their 41st pennant. The Yankees, as..." October 20

  • Bryce Harper is a year from free agency. So what's he really worth?

    Chicago Tribune "Every baseball season brings new data, and revisions to reputations. But this year has been especially revealing about Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, two of the game's most scrutinized players. Strasburg is rocketing up the game's "respectrum," while Harper, one year from free agency, now..." October 20

  • Vin Scully Not Returning for World Series, Dodgers Say

    TMZ "It would be awesome if it happened ... but the Dodgers tell TMZ Sports ... Vin Scully will NOT be firing up his legendary microphone for a World Series cameo. The greatest Dodgers broadcaster of all time retired last year -- but many are holding out hope he will come back to work to call an..." October 20

  • Dodgers expect to have Corey Seager back for World Series

    Fanrag Sports "The already potent Los Angeles Dodgers will be receiving some more firepower for their World Series pursuit, as L.A. manager Dave Roberts says the team is expecting to have start shortstop Corey Seager back in the lineup for Game 1 of the championship series. Roberts broke the news shortly..." October 20

  • Clayton Kershaw jokes he 'might retire' if Dodgers win World Series

    Sporting News "The Dodgers are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1988 and Clayton Kershaw is ecstatic. After the Dodgers closed out the Cubs in five games with an 11-1 victory to win the NLCS, Kershaw made a shocking proclamation. "If we win, I might retire, call it a career," the..." October 20

  • Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off..." October 20

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez becomes 10th to hit three homers in MLB playoff game

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series, and Enrique Hernandez nearly carried them there single-handedly in Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night (LAD 11, CHC 1). Hernandez, a versatile utility man who played seven positions in 2017, smacked three home runs in Game 5..." October 20

  • Ron Gardenhire to be next Tigers manager, pending completion of contract

    The Athletic "The Detroit Tigers have identified Ron Gardenhire as the manager they wish to hire, pending the completion of a contract, Major League sources told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The 59-year-old Gardenhire, who spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would bring..." October 19

  • Dallas Keuchel: ‘Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play’

    New York Daily News "Yankee Stadium got to Dallas Keuchel. A day after saying he relished pitching in the hostile ballpark in the Bronx, the Astros lefty admitted the pinstriped patrons made his night tougher. “New York is no joke. Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play,” said Keuchel, the Astros ace who couldn’t..." October 19

  • Report: Alex Cora to be named Red Sox manager after the ALCS

    Hardball Talk "Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been described as a leading candidate for multiple managerial openings since the end of the regular season. He has been tied most closely to the Red Sox job, however, having already interviewed with Boston and with several people reporting that he is the Sox’ top..." October 19

  • How Can The Nationals Improve Behind The Plate?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals catchers Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined for some highly visible lapses in the team’s cringe-inducing Game 5 NLDS loss. That helped to illuminate a problem that was largely masked as the team coasted to the NL East title after addressing the easier-to-spot problem of late-inning..." October 19

  • Luis Severino ‘100 percent’ healthy and ready to finish off Astros

    New York Post "Luis Severino has gone from getting knocked out in the first inning of the wild-card game to having a chance to pitch the Yankees into the World Series. And despite the team’s concerns about his health during his last outing against the Astros, when he was removed after four innings, the..." October 19

  • Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4. In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able..." October 19

  • Jim Wolf admits missed call on Curtis Granderson foul tip

    Fanrag Sports "On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson found himself in the midst of quite the strange play. After originally being called out on strikes, Granderson was then sent back to the plate as it was determined that he actually foul tipped the previously called third..." October 19

  • Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes surgery on right ankle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians announced Thursday that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent right ankle surgery. Brantley will need four to five months of rehab before he can resume full baseball activities. The surgery was performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the arthroscopic..." October 19