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Dodgers dominate, Cubs on the brink

1:00 am Oct. 18, 2017

When the Chicago Cubs win a game at home in Wrigley Field, fans leave the park singing a catchy tune called, “Go Cubs Go.”

They weren’t singing that song Tuesday night. Maybe they should have been singing one of the two tunes sung by huge Cubs fan Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam — “Long Nights” and/or “End of the Road.”

The Cubs, trying to defend last year’s World Series championship, lost Tuesday

Toddfather, CC, the Judge put Astros to sleep

11:35 pm Oct. 16, 2017

Those who watched Todd Frazier collect his paychecks from the Cincinnati Reds know that when The Toddfather hit a home run it wasn’t with a classic, baseball card swing like Ken Griffey Jr.

So many time when Frazier hit one out of the park it came with a lunging, one-handed swing with his body bent in half and his posterior protruding toward the third base dugout.

That’s the way it was Monday

Using Lackey lacks sense, Cubs lose

11:48 pm Oct. 15, 2017

Managers continue to change tactics and modus operandi for the postseason from what they did during the regular season that was successful for them.

And it continues to explode in their faces.

They keep using starting pitchers in relief roles and time and time again it failes.

And it certainly failed Sunday night for Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He

‘Little Big Man’ Altuve, Keuchel muzzle Yankees

1:33 am Oct. 14, 2017

The Littlest Man in Minute Maid Park, the littlest man in major league baseball, was the biggest man in Houston Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The Houston Astros list second baseman Jose Altuve as 5-foot-6, but they must have measured him while he was standing on a dozen copies of The Official Rules of Baseball.

Altuve had three hits, stole a base and made a sterling

Bizarre fifth inning leads to Cubs moving on

1:24 am Oct. 13, 2017

The Curse On Dusty Baker continues, following him no matter where he manages. And if you watched Game Five of the National League Division Series Thursday night you have to wonder if he is asking, “What did I ever do to anger the baseball gods?”

His Washington Nationals lost the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS to the Chicago Cubs, 9-8, moving the defending World Series champion Cubs to the

Ex-Red Gregorius helps Yankees end Tribe’s season

11:54 pm Oct. 11, 2017

The Cleveland Indians planned to party like it was 1948, but the New York Yankees forced them to put away the party favors.

The Tribe hoped to win their first World Series since 1948, but they not only didn’t even make the World Series, they didn’t make the American League Championship Series.

After losing the first two games of the best-of-five American League Division Series, the resilient Yankees came back to win

Severino silences Tribe to even series

11:06 pm Oct. 9, 2017

It was a genius move by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona in Game One of the American League Division Series when he started Trevor Bauer against the New York Yankees.

As it turned out, though, it was not a baseball Charles Einstein move when he brought back Bauer on only three days of rest for Game Four Monday night.

After shutting down the Yankees for 6 2/3 innings on no runs and

Byrd was the word in 1-0 Yankees victory

11:12 pm Oct. 8, 2017

In this season during which home runs were a penny a dozen, it figured that a long ball would break up a wondrous pitching performance by both sides.

And one swing of the bat by Greg Byrd broke it all up and decided the outcome of the American League Division Series Sunday night, a 1-0 nail-chewing New York Yankees victory over the Cleveland Indians.

That’s the way it was Sunday night in

Francona’s genius puts Tribe in firm control

11:09 pm Oct. 5, 2017

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona raised brows over both eyes of most baseball aficionados when he selected Trevor Bauer to pitch Game One of the American League Division Series Thursday night.

Hey, it’s the power-laden New York Yankees you’re facing. Why not pitch the Tribe’s best, Corey Kluber?

In case you haven’t paid attention, Francona knows of what he does from the manager’s perch in the dugout. You don’t come within one

NL Wild Card Game: a wild, wild, wild game

12:03 am Oct. 5, 2017

There must be something in the water, a puff-‘em-up ingredient in the Salt River, a small stream that runs through the Salt River at Talking Stick baseball complex near Scottsdale, Ariz.

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies conduct spring training preparations at the beautiful complex at Salt River.

And neither the Diamondbacks nor the Rockies were expected to accomplish much this season. The D-Backs lost 93 games in 2016 and the