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Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees in AL wild-card game (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitches in the first inning of the American League wild card baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again. Pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled the Yankees for six innings of three-hit ball, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros blanked New York 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 3:37 am

Rockies will bring back manager Walt Weiss for another year (Yahoo Sports)

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will return to the dugout next season after meeting with General Manager Jeff Bridich on Tuesday. The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss, and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. Bridich told The Associated Press that he and Walt ”met for several hours today about the season and how we can get better with him back in 2016.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 2:43 am

Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS against Mets (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during practice for the upcoming NLDS playoff baseball series against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. Their NLDS best of five playoff series begins Friday, Oct. 9, at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the New York Mets. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, as expected, against Jacob deGrom. Zack Greinke will take the mound for Game 2 on Saturday against Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, followed by left-hander Brett Anderson against Matt Harvey in Game 3 back in New York on Monday.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 1:27 am

Harvey misses Mets’ workout, apologizes after late arrival (Yahoo Sports)

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks towards the field from the dugout in the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in New York. Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a no hitter for a 2-0 win. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason. The star pitcher missed a mandatory New York Mets workout Tuesday at Citi Field and apologized to the team for arriving late. Harvey did not give a reason for his absence when he spoke to reporters about 15 minutes after practice ended.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 10:46 pm

Ellsbury, Yanks’ $153 million man, benched in wild-card game (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, right, gives his helmet to first base coach Tony Pena after grounding out with two on in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Jacoby Ellsbury, signed to a $153 million contract by the Yankees less than two years ago, was left out of New York’s starting lineup for Tuesday night’s AL wild-card game against Houston. With left-hander Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros, Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants to get right-handed-hitting Chris Young in the starting lineup. Brett Gardner took Ellsbury’s spot in center field and atop the batting order.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 10:22 pm

No playoffs, Indians open offseason with front-office shift (Yahoo Sports)

Chris Antonetti, right, president of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians, answers questions at a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. With president Mark Shapiro leaving Cleveland after 24 seasons to take the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Indians have moved Antonetti, who has been the GM over the past five seasons, into the new role. Manager Terry Francona, left, listens. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

”You wanna know what still sticks with me?” Francona said Tuesday as the Indians boxed up a disappointing 2015 season. The Indians dropped four straight games to Chicago in late July, a slide that essentially put Cleveland out of contention in the AL Central, triggered the trades of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and made the climb toward a wild-card berth steeper than the club could handle. Despite high expectations, and even predictions they would end a title drought dating to 1948, the Indians came up short, finishing 81-80 – in the middle of the division and five wins shy of the second wild-card spot.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 9:49 pm

Marlins president says he regrets moving GM into dugout (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings, left, watches his team play the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Miami Marlins President David Samson says he regrets moving general manager Dan Jennings into the dugout, and the franchise has begun its latest managerial search with a new approach. In the past, Samson said, the Marlins have sought to hire a manager who was a stark contrast to his predecessor. ”That’s how many organizations do it,” Samson said Tuesday, noting the Miami Dolphins’ coaching change Monday from bland Joe Philbin to fiery Dan Campbell.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 9:04 pm

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