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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up back-to-back home runs to the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 10, 2019 - 1:09 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success — dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget. Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night when the three-time Cy...
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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of the team's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 12:07 am
ATLANTA (AP) — At this point, Atlanta sports fans should be numb to the disappointment. They've been through it so many times. Yet, somehow, this city's teams keep finding ways to take the misery index to new heights. A 10-spot in the very first inning? Can you believe it? Returning home with...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning during Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series in Houston. The Astros and their heavyweight rotation have only one chance left to knock out the pesky Rays. It's up to Gerrit Cole in Game 5 on Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)
October 09, 2019 - 11:54 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: IT'S ALL ON THE LINE Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole has won a franchise-record 17 straight decisions heading into the deciding Game 5 of their AL Division Series against visiting Tampa Bay. The winner meets the New York Yankees in the AL...
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Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran and catcher Brian McCann walk to the dugout after St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong for the winning run during the 10th inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo, Charlie Riedel)
October 09, 2019 - 7:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian McCann's Atlanta homecoming didn't end the way he hoped. McCann is retiring after a 15-year career that included two stints with his Atlanta hometown Braves, making the announcement Wednesday after the 13-1 loss to St. Louis in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series. "It...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to fans as he leaves during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the baseball team's American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 09, 2019 - 4:01 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — All those regular season wins for Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros have manager AJ Hinch feeling just fine entering a winner-take-all game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. "They've got to come into our house and beat us again," Hinch said. "With Cole on the mound, I don't...
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In this Sept. 29, 2019, photo, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum is shown in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)
October 09, 2019 - 3:47 pm
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman doubles to score teammates Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina during the first inning of Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 09, 2019 - 2:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have scored a record 10 runs in the first inning of the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. The biggest first inning in MLB playoff history stunned the crowd at SunTrust Park on Wednesday and put the Braves on course to tie a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Helsley was disappointed by his first exposure to the Atlanta Braves’ fans use of the Tomahawk Chop for their chants during games. Helsley’s vantage point is different than most players who visit SunTrust Park. He is a member of the Cherokee nation. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
October 09, 2019 - 2:19 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have not distributed their traditional red foam tomahawks to fans before Game 5 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The foam cutouts are used when Braves fans perform their Tomahawk Chop chant in games. The Braves say in a statement the...
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Atlanta Braves left fielder Adam Duvall (23) watches his two-run homer against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham)
October 09, 2019 - 12:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are giving Adam Duvall his first start in the decisive game of the NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Braves manager Brian Snitker is starting Duvall instead of Matt Joyce in right field for Wednesday's Game 5 against right-hander Jack Flaherty...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 09, 2019 - 1:33 am
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: NOW OR NEVER A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series. First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it's the Washington Nationals at the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning at 8:37 p...
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