5:24 PM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
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New technology only adds to baseball's culture of paranoia

It probably felt like a cutting-edge caper at the time: The New York Giants, using an elaborate spyglass-and-buzzer system, would have the opposing team's signs relayed from their center-field clubhouse at the Polo Grounds to the bullpen and then to the batter, passing along valuable information...
Oct 14, 2018

Chris Sale struggles with his control in the Red Sox's 7-2 loss to the Astros in the ALCS opener

With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate. Verlander recovered quickly. Sale never did. After walking in one run and giving up the tying score on a wild pitch,...
Oct 11, 2018

Alex Cora returns to the ALCS, this time as manager of the Red Sox

October 15, 2017 was a Sunday, and an off-day between Games 2 and 3 of the American League Championship Series, but as the rest of the Houston Astros' players and coaches bused from the airport to Yankee Stadium for a late-afternoon workout, bench coach Alex Cora, with his bosses' permission, headed...
Oct 11, 2018

Joe West and Gerry Davis named crew chiefs for ALCS and NLCS

Gerry Davis, who has umpired a record 144 postseason games, will be the crew chief for the NL Championship Series. Joe West, whose 5,194 regular-season games are second to Bill Klem's 5,375, will be the AL Championship Series crew chief, the commissioner's office said Thursday. Scott Barry will...
Oct 10, 2018
Under-fire umpire Angel Hernandez likely done for playoffs, but not for reason you think

Under-fire umpire Angel Hernandez likely done for playoffs, but not for reason you think

His team's season had just ended in the American League Division Series, and before the New York Yankees exited into the chill of winter, veteran left-hander CC Sabathia — one of the most-respected players in the sport — wanted to vent. "I need to say this," Sabathia told reporters at Yankee Stadium...
Oct 9, 2018

The Indians’ season is over — and so is Chief Wahoo’s 71-year run

Chief Wahoo, the mascot of the Cleveland Indians, expired late Monday after his namesake baseball team was eliminated from the American League Division Series, swept in three games by the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. Officially, Wahoo was 71 years old, though accounts vary on...
Oct 9, 2018

Umpire Angel Hernandez had 3 of his 4 calls reversed during Game 3 of the ALDS

Angel Hernandez hit .250 in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. That's a mediocre batting average for a player and awful replay average for an umpire. Hernandez was overruled on three of four video reviews of his decisions at first base during Boston's 16-1 rout of the New York Yankees on Monday...
Oct 8, 2018

Astros sweep Indians to advance to ALCS with 11-3 win in Game 3

The Houston Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year, completing a division-round sweep of Cleveland on Monday with an 11-3 win in Game 3 helped by two key throwing errors from Indians reliever Trevor Bauer. Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double off Bauer on a shoulder-high...
Oct 7, 2018

David Price's playoff woes continue as Yankees even ALDS with Red Sox

Some three hours of baseball were played Saturday night between the moment the Boston Red Sox's starting pitcher departed the proceedings and the moment when Game 2 of the American League Division Series ended — three hours in which the outcome was still more or less malleable, and the Red Sox's...
Oct 4, 2018

White Sox roster outlook for 2019: Who's likely to return and who's likely to depart

Say this for the 2018 White Sox: For a team that lost 100 games, there was remarkable consistency on the roster. Eight of the nine hitters in the opening day lineup wound up as the primary players at their position, with an 80-game PED suspension making catcher Welington Castillo the exception....
Oct 2, 2018

Seeking relief, A's to start Liam Hendriks in wild-card game

Fittingly, Liam Hendriks wore his cap backward. A reliever is going to start a team’s postseason opener. A pitcher with no wins in the regular season. A pitcher cut from the 40-man roster in June who spent two months toiling in the minor leagues. “Instead of the starter going six and handing it...
Oct 2, 2018

Twins fire Paul Molitor, eye new manager to ‘grow a young team’

The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award, in pursuit of more productive development by their younger players. "This wasn't about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we continue to grow a young...
Oct 1, 2018

From 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World' to 'The Blackout:' The 15 previous MLB tiebreakers

The “Merkle’s Boner” makeup game in 1908. “The Shot Heard ’Round the World” in 1951. “The Blackout Game” in 2008. Tiebreakers have produced some of the most memorable games in Major League Baseball history. Monday’s dual tiebreakers in the National League mark the first time there have been two...
Sep 30, 2018

White Sox end season with 100th loss

Joe Mauer received one more pitch as catcher for the Twins, and Minnesota likely said goodbye to the longtime face of its franchise during an emotional 5-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday. The White Sox lost their 100th game of the year, the first time they've done so since 1970. Meanwhile, the...
Sep 30, 2018

White Sox vs. Twins

Photos from the White Sox's season finale against the Twins at Target Field on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.