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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
October 04, 2019 - 11:55 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: COLE'S ROLL Gerrit Cole led the big leagues with 326 strikeouts, topped the AL with a 2.50 ERA and went 20-5, one win behind Astros teammate Justin Verlander for most in the majors. He also was 16-0 in his final 22 starts. Cole starts Game 2 of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Helsley was disappointed by his first exposure to the Atlanta Braves’ fans use of the Tomahawk Chop for their chants during games. Helsley’s vantage point is different than most players who visit SunTrust Park. He is a member of the Cherokee nation. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
October 04, 2019 - 9:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley thinks the Tomahawk Chop chant is insulting, and he was disappointed when it was heard during Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Atlanta. Helsley is not the only player who dislikes the chant. The 25-year-old rookie's perspective is...
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) works in the first inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 04, 2019 - 8:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — When Mike Foltynewicz was summering in the minor leagues, it was hard to envision an October like this. Yet there he was Friday, coming through when Atlanta needed it most. Foltynewicz threw seven dominating innings, Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit homer and the Braves evened the NL...
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios walks the field Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Yankees will host the Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 04, 2019 - 2:44 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: TEEING OFF Yankee Stadium will be the site when the teams that hit the most home runs in history start their AL Division Series. Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and the Minnesota Twins set the major league single-season record with 307 homers this year...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) runs to first base after a hit against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
October 03, 2019 - 10:52 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — In a one-run playoff loss, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s lack of hustle was the obvious mistake the Atlanta Braves couldn’t afford. Acuña failed to run out a long flyball to right field in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 7-6 loss to St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday...
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St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate St. Louis Cardinals Marcell Ozuna hit of a two RBI double in the ninth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham)
October 03, 2019 - 9:53 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. The Cardinals, back...
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CORRECTS TO DOUBLE, INSTEAD OF SINGLE - St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna (23) celebrates his two-run double against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 03, 2019 - 9:19 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. The Cardinals, back...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 03, 2019 - 6:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Callaway went 11-1 in his first 12 games as manager of the New York Mets. After that, nothing ever seemed to go smoothly for him again. Following more than a year of near-constant speculation about his job security, Callaway was fired Thursday by the Mets after missing the...
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New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton talks to reporters at a news conference before a workout at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in New York. The Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 03, 2019 - 6:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton will start the New York Yankees’ AL Division Series opener against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, and 39-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia will not be included on the roster because of a sore pitching shoulder. Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA), a 30-year-old left-hander in...
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios walks the field Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Yankees will host the Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 03, 2019 - 6:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Bombers vs. the Bomba Squad, matchup of the big league heavyweights. Given the peerless power of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, their AL Division Series seems as much bout as baseball. "It's cool what both our teams were able to do with the home run," Yankees...
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