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New York Daily News

Oakland A’s could stand in the way of the Yankees and their World Series dream

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear the baseball gods have been engaged in a year-long conspiracy to make sure the Yankees do not get to the World Series. How else to explain the unfathomable record amount of injuries that forced Aaron Boone to patchwork his way to the first Yankee AL East title...

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Anthony Rizzo was supposed to be out the remainder of the season. That is, until he triumphantly returned to the Chicago Cubs lineup on Thursday. The Chicago Cubs kicked off the most important series of games since they were down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. Trailing in the division by […] Chicago Cubs: BY GOD THATS ANTHONY RIZZO’S MUSIC - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Was not signing Dallas Keuchel a mistake?

Photo by Rob Carr/ Taking a look back to see if the Astros missed an opportunity for signing Keuchel Yes it’s middle of September and the Astros are basically guaranteed a playoff spot and have the best odds to win the World Series. If the Astros had signed Keuchel for the same deal that the Braves did, they would not have had to swing a Zack Greinke trade. The butterfly effect of this move is huge from a prospects, salary, and even performance perspective. Greinke has a fairly large salary which most would conclude will take us out of the running in re-signing Cole. Keuchel on the...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees clinch division, win 100th game in rout of Angels

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ The Yankees took a major step towards their goal of a World Series title. Tonight’s game could not have been drawn up any better for the Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka delivered a clutch pitching performance, the Bombers slugged four home runs, and the Yankees clinched a playoff spot with their 100th win, downing the Angels 9-1. We’re not quite in the playoffs yet, but playoff Tanaka took the mound for the Yankees tonight. After a rough start to September (0-1, 6.00 ERA in three starts), Tanaka was moved up in the rotation to finish the job tonight, and he did...


Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 8 – Oct. 17, 1976 – a cold, 2-game lead in the World Series

The Cincinnati Reds held off a New York Yankees comeback and pulled out a 4-3 win in Game 2 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven 1976 World Series.       


Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 5 – Oct. 9, 1919 – Club clinches first World Series title

Cincinnati earned a berth in the best-of-nine Series against a Chicago White Sox team generally regarded to be the best assembled up to that time.       


Kenley Jansen, Dodgers Maintain Closer Is Still On Right Path After Blown Save To Rays

With the Los Angeles Dodgers looking to end their World Series drought, the biggest question mark the...

The Mercury News

The ayes (and World Series titles) have it: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is a Hall of Famer

The Giants' Bruce Bochy is 11th on the managerial list with 2,000 wins, more than Hall of Famers Casey Stengel, Tommy Lasorda, Dick Williams and Earl Weaver.

Pinstripe Alley

Survey projects Yankees as “biggest letdown” in postseason

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ This week’s FanPulse isn’t bullish on the Yankees’ postseason future. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Yankees fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The 2019 MLB postseason draws closer with each passing day. The Yankees, who can clinch the AL East title with a win tonight, have long been projected to make noise in the playoffs. The team regularly appears in the conversations about potential World Series matchups. That said, SB Nation’s FanPulse community doesn’t...

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San Diego Padres: Three steps towards World Series contention in 2020

The San Diego Padres have a great farm system and attractive big league assets, but they lack a few pieces to be in contention next season. Here are three steps to contend in 2020. The San Diego Padres started this season like they were ahead of schedule, as they began the season 11-5 and their […] San Diego Padres: Three steps towards World Series contention in 2020 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Yankees must trust the 'healing process' as team awaits return of injured stars

Manager Aaron Boone is awaiting the return of a bevy of All-Stars to help with a serious run toward World Series.


Barry Zito says he rooted against the Giants in the 2010 World Series

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito did not make the team's postseason roster during their 2010 World Series run, and admitted he rooted against the team as they won their first title since 1954.


Tommy Lasorda Praises Andrew Friedman, Guarantees Dodgers Will Win 2019 World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers recently celebrated their seventh consecutive National League West...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers newsletter: Orange you glad the Tigers/O's series is almost over?

MLB’s 'World Series of Misery' is coming to an end, but there's one game left to play (and two more weeks after that, so pace yourself).        


Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Emphasizes Value Of Hitting Home Runs In Postseason Games

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series last season for a second consecutive year...

New York Daily News

Mariano Rivera gets Medal of Freedom from Trump

Mariano Rivera has won Most Valuable Player honors and five World Series rings. Remarkably, he is the only player ever voted unanimously to the baseball Hall of Fame. But the Yankees legend said two of his proudest achievements were learning English as a young immigrant and becoming an American...

New York Daily News

‘Carnivale’ actor Brian Turk dead at 49 after cancer battle

Brian Turk, an actor best known for his role as a strongman in the 2000s series “Carnivale," died Friday from complications due to cancer. He was 49. Over a decades-long career, Turk had roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Boy Meets World,” “ER,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Two and a Half Men” and...


Dave Roberts: Dodgers ‘Just Short Of All-In’ In Chasing Home-Field Through World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers had pulled away in the National League West long before they clinched their...

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Boston Red Sox: Paying the luxury tax to miss the playoffs

The Boston Red Sox are set to pay the luxury tax for the second straight year and the defending champs are all but guaranteed to miss the playoffs this season. The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are all but out of the playoff chase this season.   At 8 1/2 games out of the second […] Boston Red Sox: Paying the luxury tax to miss the playoffs - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

Yankees need to fight for the best record, it could mean the World in October

The Yankees can win the pennant and win the World Series even if they don’t get homefield in the American League, which would mean plenty if it is them against the Astros again in the American League Championship Series. After everything they have overcome this season, you can’t count them out,...

Los Angeles Times

Stats corner: How important is home-field advantage in the playoffs?

Let's take a look at the NLCS, ALCS and World Series since 2001 and see how many times the team with home-field advantage won the championship.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers might replicate the closer model the Red Sox and Astros used to beat them

Craig Kimbrel and Ken Giles of the Red Sox and Astros, respectively, were supplanted in the ninth inning of clinching World Series games by starters.

Pinstripe Alley

What the Yankees can expect from Luis Severino

Photo by Paul Bereswill/ The right-hander returns on Tuesday In a season full of ups and downs, the New York Yankees finally have great news: ace right-hander Luis Severino is scheduled to make his first start of the year at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. The 25-year-old is coming back from a lat strain and inflammation in his rotator cuff, just as the team makes a push for home-field advantage in the postseason. With high hopes to claim their franchise 28th World Series title, there’s probably no one the Yankees would love to have more than Severino. Pitching comes at a premium in...

South Side Sox

Flashback: September 12, 1900

Door prize: Charles Comiskey’s gift from his team to celebrate their 1900 pennant? A five-foot, red bat. The ‘forgotten’ champs are celebrated in the return of our history series It’s sort of hard to recognize, because in 1900 the American League was not viewed as a “major league” and there was no World Series yet, but the Chicago White Sox hold a unique distinction: The first AL pennant winners. (To their credit, the White Sox themselves recognize it, with a pennant flying at Sox Park, alongside the 1906 World Series champions.) And that pennant was earned 119 years ago...

Play Ball: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. discusses his favorite player growing up and the World Series on MLB Network’s “Play Ball,” debuting Sept 14 at 10am ET.

Inside the Clubhouse for Los Angeles Dodgers Clinch Celebration

Let's go inside the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse as they clinch their 7th straight NL West title. The journey to the World Series starts here! Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers set to take on Orioles this weekend in epic 'World Series of Misery'

This weekend, the Detroit Tigers and Orioles will play a four-game set with a big future implication: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.        

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New York Yankees: Is Luis Severino the missing piece?

Yankees former ace Luis Severino will be returning on Tuesday to start vs the Angels but is he the final piece of the puzzle to a World Series? The New York Yankees have been one of the most injury-riddled single-season teams I have ever seen with players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Dellin […] New York Yankees: Is Luis Severino the missing piece? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: The worst trade in the Theo Epstein era

I’ll admit, the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein has made some questionable trades. And it might not be the trade you were thinking. No, the White Sox trade isn’t it. It was Wade Davis for Jorge Soler, and it was highway robbery. The Chicago Cubs were fresh off a World Series Championship. They were riding high […] Chicago Cubs: The worst trade in the Theo Epstein era - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Do the Yankees have what it takes to WIN the World Series? | Boomer & Gio

Boomer and Gio predict what teams will have the ability to win a 7 Game series this year, and discuss the possibilities of the New York Yankees winning the World Series.