MLB Playoffs

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, center, yells toward the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout as he is restrained by umpire Joe West and Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Maddon was ejected. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 11, 2019 - 1:01 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs manager appeared ready to take on any and all comers from the Pittsburgh dugout after...
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Washington Nationals' Brian Dozier (9) celebrates his home run in the dugout with his teammates during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
July 10, 2019 - 8:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven weeks ago, the Washington Nationals didn't have much to dance about. They were 12 games below .500 with the fourth-worst record in baseball. They weren't giving ace Max Scherzer and Co. enough run support, and the bullpen was a ticking time bomb to another deflating loss. "...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2015, file photo, Philip Yenyo, left, executive director of the American Indians Movement for Ohio, talks with a Cleveland Indians fan before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Cleveland. Chief Wahoo still plays here. The Indians’ fiercely debated logo and longtime mascot _ a shameful racist figure to some, source of civic joy to others _ is no longer on the field, but he hasn’t completely gone away. He appears to be as visible as ever. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
July 05, 2019 - 7:23 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — An hour before the first pitch of a series opener against Kansas City, a steady flow of fans stream into the Indians' team shop at Progressive Field to buy new All-Star merchandise and other Cleveland gear — some bearing his unmistakable smiling face. Chief Wahoo still plays here...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward smiles as he talks with other coaches prior to a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in Surprise, Ariz. First-year Texas manager Chris Woodward loves that the expectations are higher. At 42-36 just shy of the midpoint of the season, the Rangers haven’t lost any of their eight series over the past month. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 24, 2019 - 3:24 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Woodward loves that the expectations are higher for the Texas Rangers. They are certainly higher than they were when the first-time manager took over a team coming off consecutive losing seasons. "Whether that lasts and we sustain that, it's totally on us," Woodward...
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Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, left, introduces pitcher Craig Kimbrel during a news conference at Wrigley Field, Friday, June 7, 2019 in Chicago. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
June 10, 2019 - 12:10 am
Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have jobs, and each also has a chance to affect the playoff race in the National League. It was no surprise they both ended up with contenders. Kimbrel signed with the Chicago Cubs, Keuchel with the Atlanta Braves. If the season ended now, those teams would...
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Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's 'Class of 92' to cheer on Graham Alexander's side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 1:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's "Class of 92" players —...
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Miami Marlins' Starlin Castro walks to the dugout after grounding out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
May 06, 2019 - 10:32 am
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins are better than this. If he's wrong, the woebegone franchise is headed for its worst season yet. The Marlins began the week with the worst record in the majors at 9-24 (.274), which put them on pace to finish 44-118. That's bad, even for a franchise...
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Cincinnati Reds' Yasiel Puig speaks to reporters prior to a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 15, 2019 - 7:29 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig was late arriving to Dodger Stadium Monday in his first game since being traded to Cincinnati. He turned up with a bang once the game began. Puig hammered a two-run homer in the first inning off Clayton Kershaw, who was making his season debut for the Dodgers. Puig...
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