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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi watches a home run hit by New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres during the second inning in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
October 08, 2019 - 2:51 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in familiar deflation for the Twins, with two...
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, right, celebrates with teammate Gary Sanchez after their team's 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
October 08, 2019 - 2:21 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step closer to that elusive trophy. Torres got New...
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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, left, talks with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 08, 2019 - 2:11 am
A hot topic all year has been the idea of computerizing the strike zone, the rise of the robot umpires. It's drawn even more attention here in October — we've already seen a perfect example of a missed call when Marcell Ozuna was rung up in the ninth inning of Game 3 between the Cardinals and...
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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez (52) wipes his face after giving up a three-run home run to Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman during the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 08, 2019 - 1:57 am
Kyle Gibson kept hoping he'd someday pitch in October, take the mound in a big game when the whole sport was watching. Last week, he got that chance. Summoned late at Yankee Stadium, the 31-year-old Minnesota right-hander entered the AL Division Series opener. The result — one inning, three runs on...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) winds up to throw in the rain during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 07, 2019 - 9:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a guy whose teams kept losing in the postseason, Max Scherzer sure is delivering now. Every time he's pitched this October, the Washington Nationals have won. His latest outing was a season-saving, seven-inning masterpiece that combined with Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer to...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 07, 2019 - 9:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina made a throat-slashing gesture as he celebrated on the field after hitting the winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Monday. Molina's clutch swing sent the best-...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-4.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 07, 2019 - 9:06 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — They all knew. Every single one of them. Paul Goldschmidt and all the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies and the rest of the Atlanta Braves. Tough to beat Yadier Molina in a big postseason spot. Molina pushed the Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, poking a...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after hitting an RBI-single during the eighth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 07, 2019 - 6:37 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, hitting a tying single in the eighth inning and a winning sacrifice fly in the 10th to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 Monday. Molina slung his bat far into the outfield after his winner, and...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) throws during the first inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, Pool)
October 07, 2019 - 6:01 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton to the rescue, again. Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays got another clutch playoff performance from Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to...
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) leaves the game after a pitching change in the fifth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
October 07, 2019 - 11:02 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Atlanta Braves left-hander Dallas Keuchel will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series on short rest. The 31-year-old Keuchel started the series opener on Thursday, allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings in Atlanta's 7-6 loss to St. Louis. He threw 42 of his 74 pitches for strikes. The...
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