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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Thursday in Cleveland. AP Photo/David Dermer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius. One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York’s other...
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch loves that Justin Verlander, his starter for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, has a ton of postseason experience. Hinch, however, is still plenty concerned about Red Sox starter Chris Sale despite this...
New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower is pictured during an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. The Patriots will take on the Tampay Buccaneers tonight in Tampa, Fla. Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston is excited about the next challenge in the maturation of the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a prime-time test against Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “Really just a blessing for me personally,” the 23-year-old quarterback said, looking...
 Cody Bellinger (pictured) will make his major league playoff debut this week after a remarkable rookie season with the Dodgers, who won 104 games and the NL West. The 22-year-old slugger set a league rookie record with 39 homers, and his veteran teammates think he can keep up his power stroke in the postseason.  AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Cody Bellinger is making his playoff debut this week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 22-year-old rookie is already a veteran of ticker-tape parades. Bellinger’s father, Clay, played only four major league seasons, but three ended in the postseason with the Yankees —...
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 11-8 to advance to an NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. AP Photo/Matt York
PHOENIX (AP) — Three bags, four times. And you wouldn’t believe who got in on all the fun for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spirited reliever Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning, driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past...
CLEVELAND (AP) — They ran away with their division again, and streaked to history, 102 wins and home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Cleveland Indians have had a special season. A new one, the only one, is about to begin. Heartbroken after coming up a little short last year...
BOSTON (AP) — David Price is more likely to be used as a closer in the playoffs than a starter, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday. While the pitching rotation for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros hasn’t been set beyond left-handers Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz in...
New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks, right, pours sparkling wine over Aaron Judge during a locker room celebration after the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-4 in the American League wild-card playoff baseball game in New York, early Wednesday, Oct. 4. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
NEW YORK (AP) — Minutes into the playoff debut for these young New York Yankees, they trailed Minnesota by three runs. Their starting pitcher lasted just one out. A sellout crowd was stunned. Could their postseason be over almost before it began? Nope. A strange AL wild-card game was only just...
(AP) — A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros: Schedule (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Houston, 4:08 p.m. (FS1 or MLB); Game 2, Friday, at Houston, 2:05 p.m. (FS1 or MLB); Game 3, Sunday, at Boston, TBA (FS1 or MLB); x-...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks and Rockies share a spring training facility and played each other 19 times this season. They know each other very well. Now comes game No. 20 on Wednesday night, the biggest one of them all, an NL wild-card matchup with Arizona’s Zack Greinke facing Colorado’s...

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