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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

AJ Hinch blows whistle, calls signal suspicions ‘a joke’

Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He’s had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

AJ Hinch: Astros will come off field if fans throw objects

Astros manager AJ Hinch says he will remove his team from the field if fans at Yankee Stadium again throw objects at Houston players.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Giancarlo Stanton still out, Aaron Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks’ order

Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the New York Yankees lineup for the third straight game and Aaron Hicks was moved up to third in the batting order for Game 4 …


Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to ‘beautiful place’

Rough as things were when Washington was 19-31 and people were wondering whether Nationals manager Dave Martinez was in over his head and might get fired, he never wavered. Just …


Yanks’ Aaron Boone defends catcher Gary Sanchez as ‘excellent’ defender

Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t sure Wednesday what his lineup for the next day’s Game 4 of the AL Championship Series would look like. Gary Sanchez will be behind the …


NLCS sweep puts damper on Cardinals’ 92-win season

From one corner of a sullen clubhouse came the glass half full view of the St. Louis Cardinals’ season. “People did not think we were going to be here,” veteran …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Yanks’ bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS

Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of rain in the forecast. The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game …


Tipped off: Pitch-tipping paranoia haunting teams in October

A year after suspicions on sign stealing made headlines when a man associated with the Astros was caught pointing a cellphone into opposing dugouts, Houston is giving pitchers pause again, …


Cardinals implode in 1st inning, swept by Nationals in NLCS

Mike Shildt took the ball from Dakota Hudson and patted him on the back of the neck. Hudson was out of the game after recording one out on 15 pitches …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Wild-card Nationals head to World Series with sweep of Cards

Washington is heading to the World Series for the first time in 86 years after the wild-card Nationals used a seven-run first inning and Patrick Corbin’s 12-strikeout performance to beat …


Josh Reddick: Yankees fans ‘disrespectful’ for throwing debris

Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick called out Yankees fans for tossing water bottles, baseballs and other objects on the field during New York’s 4-1 loss in the AL Championship …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Gerrit Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS

A gritty Gerrit Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory to …


Gerrit Cole trying to join list of great postseasons on mound

Even on a team with three stars in the starting rotation, Gerrit Cole has stood out in these playoffs.


Bronx Bombers are filled with fancy fielders, too

Of course, the Yankees are the Bronx Bombers. Turns out this group is filled with fancy fielders, too. “I don’t think they want the attention,” catcher Austin Romine said Thursday. …


Cards manager apologizes after curse-filled rant goes viral

A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually …


From 106 wins to early defeat, Dodgers fall short again

It’s back to the drawing board – again – for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose World Series title drought now extends to 31 years. This time, they didn’t even make …


Braves will need time to recover from latest playoff flop

One day later, Brian Snitker had shed his uniform but was still wearing the pain of yet another one-and-done postseason exit for the Atlanta Braves. “It’s going to take me …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Eric Sogard homers in 1st playoff start with Rays in ALDS finale

Eric Sogard homered in the first at-bat of his first start this postseason for Tampa Bay, going deep in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series at Houston …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

NLCS surprise: Top 2 teams out, leaving Cards vs Nats

With the top teams out of the mix, it’s on to a most unlikely matchup in the NL Championship Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the NLCS for …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Yanks’ Aaron Hicks could return from elbow injury to start in ALCS

Aaron Hicks is an option to start for the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series opener and CC Sabathia also remains in contention for a roster spot.


MLB Leading Off: Gerrit Cole, Astros host Rays for spot in ALCS vs NYY

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


Swept out of playoffs, Twins still proud of 101-win season

While the New York Yankees were dousing themselves with cheap drinks down the hall in the Target Field basement, the Minnesota Twins were left to wonder how 101 wins, 307 …


Yankees hope rested relievers key to postseason success

Aroldis Chapman threw just 70 pitches in September. Alone among major league teams, the Yankees never used a pitcher three days in a row during the regular season.


Injured Yankees CF Aaron Hicks feels ready to return to roster

Injured New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks feels like he’s ready to return to the roster for the AL Championship Series.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Braves back in Atlanta, where other teams come to celebrate

The Braves are back in the A-T-L for a decisive postseason game. That’s not necessarily a good omen for the home team.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Stephen Strasburg vs. Walker Buehler as Nats, Dodgers decide NLDS in Game 5

Stephen Strasburg’s 2012 shutdown is a distant memory by now. This sort of setting and stakes – Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the outcome of the NL …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Gleyber Torres helps Yankees complete sweep of Twins

Gleyber Torres got New York going with a second-inning home run, scored on each of his two doubles and made a pair of sparkling defensive plays, fueling the Yankees to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman lead Nationals past Dodgers to force Game 5

Max Scherzer’s season-saving, seven-inning pitching performance and Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer lifted the wild-card Washington Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday to force …


Yadier Molina wins it in 10th as St. Louis Cardinals force Game 5

Yadier Molina pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, poking a tying single in the eighth inning and lifting a sacrifice fly …


Tampa Bay Rays break through on offense, beat Houston Astros to avoid elimination

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the …