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    Sabathia can't save Yankees again with loss in ALCS Game 7
    October 21, 2017


    HOUSTON (AP) CC Sabathia was on the mound, unbeaten when starting after New York Yankees losses.

    Aaron Judge made another home run-robbing catch early in the game.

    Still, the Yankees couldn't avoid elimination this time. Their season is over, and their 41st American League pennant must wait.

    Sabathia, among only three players remaining from New York's last World Series team in 2009, was unable to save them again in maybe his last game with the Yankees. The big left-hander was done in the fourth inning of the decisive Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, a 4-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

    ''I feel like I wasn't as sharp. They came out very aggressive, and I felt like I couldn't get on track,'' Sabathia said.

    After sweeping the Astros in three games at Yankees Stadium, New York scored just three runs and had 20 hits in the four games at Houston, striking out 48 times.

    Joe Girardi's contract is expiring and he has not said whether he wants to return for an 11th season in the Bronx.

    ''I love what I do, and I've always said the first thing that I do is I always talk to my family. They come first,'' the manager said. ''I'll sit down and talk to my wife, and the kids, and see where they're at and what they're thinking, and then see what the Yankees are thinking.''

    Sabathia can become a free agent and Japanese right-hander Mashiro Tanaka can opt out of his contract.

    Tanaka didn't want to talk about his situation, but Sabathia said he's like to remain with these Baby Bombers.

    ''I feel like this is a young team, and we will turn this into something great,'' Sabathia said. ''I just wasn't sharp enough today.''

    New York had avoided elimination four times already this postseason, winning the AL wild card game and then overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five AL Division Series to beat Cleveland. That included the clinching Game 5 that Sabathia started, though he got a no decision in the Yankees' only road playoff win.

    Starting in a Game 7 for the first time in his career, Sabathia got three one-pitch groundouts after giving up George Springer's leadoff single in a seven-pitch first inning.

    The Astros second began with Yuli Gurriel's long drive to right field, but Judge made a running, leaping catch with his left arm fully extended on a ball that appeared headed for the seats.

    After Sabathia escaped jams with two runners on in each the second and third innings, Evan Gattis started the Astros fourth with a homer off the left-field facade. The Yankees lefty was done three batters later after Josh Reddick's first hit of the ALCS put runners at first and second.

    Sabathia had been 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts after Yankees losses this year, including his six scoreless innings in Game 3 of the ALCS.

    Reliever Tommy Kahnle induced an inning-ending, double-play grounder on his first pitch, so Sabathia allowed only one run in 3 1/3 innings. But the 37-year-old left-hander allowed five hits and three walks without any strikeouts.

    Not even Judge was tall enough to take a homer away from Jose Altuve when he hit a ball into the right-field seats in the fifth. After consecutive singles put two more Astros on base, former Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit a two-run double into the right-field corner for a four-run lead.

    Judge, the rookie slugger who led the AL with 52 homers, hit four in the postseason - three in the ALCS. But he also set a major league playoff record with 27 strikeouts in 48 at-bats in the playoffs.

    The closest the Yankees came to scoring in Game 7 was in the fifth when Greg Bird had a leadoff double but was later thrown out at the plate for the second time in the ALCS - the fifth time New York had a runner thrown out on the bases.

    Bird had gone to third on Charlie Morton's wild pitch and ran home when Todd Frazier hit a weak grounder. Third baseman Alex Bregman charged forward, scooped up the ball and made a perfect throw to McCann's mitt, and Bird slid into the tag.
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    MLB Playoff Record:.........

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD ( Best Bets & Opinions )

    10/21/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -10.50
    10/20/2017 1-1-0 50.00% +0
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    10/18/2017 1-3-0 25.00% -11.60
    10/17/2017 2-2-0 50.00% -1.30
    10/16/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    10/15/2017 1-1-0 50.00% +0.00
    10/14/2017 0-3-1 0.00% -15.50
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    10/11/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +15.50
    10/09/2017 2-5-0 28.57% -16.75
    10/08/2017 2-2-0 50.00% -2.30
    10/07/2017 1-3-0 25.00% -10.50
    10/06/2017.......5-2-0......71.43%.....+16.25
    10/05/2017 ......1-3-0 .....25.00%..... -10.50
    10/04/2017 ......1-1-0..... 50.00%....... -0.50

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    10/19/2017.................0 - 1.......................-5.00............................1 - 0......+5.00
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    Six most popular picks for Week 7 in the Westgate Super Contest:

    6) Washington Redskins, +5 (681)

    5) San Francisco 49ers, +6.5 (687)

    4) Denver Broncos, +1.5 (729)

    3) Carolina Panthers, -3 (+750)

    2) Green Bay Packers, +5.5 (803)

    1) Cincinnati Bengals, +5.5 (810)

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    Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers
    October 21, 2017


    Big-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner.

    A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.

    This is one hot World Series - the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the narrowly favored Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.

    Could be real steamy, too. It's supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.

    ''Now we chase the ultimate prize,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''There's two teams standing. It's a race to four wins now. At the start there's a race to 11, we've got seven of them down.''

    At least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn't be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park.

    Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish.

    Because a chance to win a ring doesn't come very often - these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that.

    The Astros have never won the crown. They're playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

    ''There's a lot of people that are really hurting right now in this city,'' said Verlander, the ALCS MVP. ''And it gives the city something to rally around and gives people something to cheer for that otherwise may not have a lot to be hopeful for.''

    The Dodgers haven't been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson's bat, Orel Hershiser's arm and Tommy Lasorda's moves outdid Oakland for the crown.

    Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn.

    ''I just want to win a World Series,'' Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. ''I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I'm definitely not taking this one for granted.''

    Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: ''The trophy's coming soon.''

    The Astros, the major leagues' highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox.

    In fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men's and women's basketball, but never in baseball.

    Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec.

    The Astros posted 101 wins this year - not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits.

    These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they'd seen a lot of each other in the past.

    Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962, beat the Dodgers in a one-game playoff for the NL West championship in 1980 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013.

    That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Hinch's club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS.

    The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts.

    The result? Their first pennant since 1988 - the year Kershaw was born.
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    Dodgers sitting pretty at home, waiting for World Series foe
    October 21, 2017


    LOS ANGELES (AP) No matter which opponent emerged from the seven-game AL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers could watch from home knowing they're sitting pretty.

    The Dodgers earned a four-day break before the World Series through their quick resolution of the NLCS, which ended Thursday in Chicago with Los Angeles' seventh win in eight playoff games. The extended breaks between their two brief playoff series have allowed the 104-win Dodgers to keep their starting rotation in order and on full rest, and to give plenty of recovery time to their dominant bullpen.

    ''It's crucial, not only in setting the rotation,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday before the Yankees and Astros played Game 7. ''Knowing what goes into the (playoffs), to come back home and reset mentally and physically has been a huge benefit to us.''

    It might even be enough time for All-Star shortstop Corey Seager to return from the back injury that kept him out of the NLCS. Roberts said he is ''very optimistic'' Seager will be available for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, but the Dodgers are unlikely to make their final decision for a few days.

    ''I know Corey doesn't want to be denied,'' Roberts said.

    The benefits of the Dodgers' major league-best regular season have echoed deep into October, where they're the first team to get home-field advantage in the World Series due to their superior record since baseball dropped the All-Star Game result as the determining factor.

    The Dodgers opened both of their NL playoff series at home, and they've made only two round-trip plane flights this month, spending just a handful of nights away from home. They finished off both opponents on the road and hurried back to LA, playing only one game over the minimum necessary to reach the World Series and largely staying healthy, outside of Seager's injury.

    ''We're in good shape,'' Roberts said. ''And fortunately, with the length of that (last) series, we didn't have to overuse our guys, and give our guys in the `pen some recovery. On the position players side, everyone seems to be doing well.''

    Los Angeles also cruised into the postseason, essentially wrapping up its fifth straight NL West title in mid-September and comfortably holding off Cleveland for the majors' best record, even though the Dodgers weren't aggressively going for that goal.

    Meanwhile, all three of their playoff opponents have faced the Dodgers on weary legs after being stretched to the limit.

    Arizona reached the NLDS only after winning a draining wild-card game against Colorado two days earlier, which meant Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke couldn't face LA until Game 3.

    After sweeping Arizona, Los Angeles had four days off before the arrival of the Cubs, who narrowly survived an exhausting five-game NLDS with Washington. They made a 10-hour flight to the West Coast - complete with an unplanned layover in Albuquerque - with a depleted pitching staff, and the Dodgers promptly took charge of the series.

    The Dodgers outscored the Cubs 28-8 overall, and Chicago couldn't score a run except on homers - one of the Los Angeles pitching staff's few weaknesses. The Dodgers' bullpen has been indomitable, posting an 0.94 playoff ERA and striking out 32 batters in 28 2/3 innings, even setting a postseason record during Game 5 at Chicago with the bullpen's 23rd consecutive scoreless inning.

    Los Angeles routed Chicago even without Seager, who stayed home to rest his back. If he can return for the World Series, he adds yet another dimension to a lineup that has proven extraordinarily resourceful all season.

    Seager might even be the Dodgers' logical designated hitter in the AL ballpark to rest his back, Roberts said.

    ''If he can swing the bat and isn't compromised physically, then that makes sense,'' Roberts said.

    After winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2016, Seager led the Dodgers with 159 hits during the regular season, batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. He went 3 for 11 with four walks and two RBIs in the division series, batting second in the lineup in all three games.

    But Seager tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against Arizona, and Los Angeles left him off the NLCS roster in favor of Charlie Culberson, who had only 15 plate appearances for the Dodgers in the regular season while spending most of the year in Triple-A Oklahoma City, unable to crack LA's deep lineup.

    Culberson improbably came through with several big plays against the Cubs, going 5 for 11 and playing strong defense.

    Chris Taylor also played shortstop at Wrigley Field, and the versatile co-MVP of the NLCS made big plays of his own.

    ''That's not an easy thing to do, to replace Corey,'' Roberts said. ''We're hopeful that he'll be back for Game 1, but if it doesn't go as we expect, then to have those two guys to fill in is something.''

    Culberson seems certain to make the Dodgers' World Series roster as insurance against another injury for Seager. If Seager is healthy, the odd position player out could be veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, who has struggled mightily in the playoffs, going 1 for 15 with eight strikeouts.

    ''With Curtis, we've just got to look into the matchups and see if it makes sense,'' Roberts said. ''We're going to go with whoever makes sense on that particular night.''
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    Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, other staffers
    October 21, 2017


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy's field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.

    The club announced Righetti's role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations.

    Evans said the club is interviewing for a pitching coach and hitting coach. He said it was too soon to say whether hitting coach Hensley Meulens would remain in his role but that at least one hitting coach position is open with Decker being reassigned.

    ''Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club,'' Evans said. ''Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything. That was really the priority here. Change can be for the good of both your staff and your players sometimes. This is certainly not going to eliminate Dave Righetti's voice in this organization, in some ways it may even enlarge his voice, but it gives the players a daily perspective on perhaps new ways to approach the game or new ways to approach their work.''

    Righetti's 18 years as pitching coach marked the longest run in the position in San Francisco history. He was one of only five Giants coaches since 1900 with at least 10 years on the staff.

    San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchise's first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA and lost ace Madison Bumgarner for nearly three months after his dirt bike accident in Colorado. Right-hander Johnny Cueto also was out for significant time on the disabled list with various injuries.

    The Giants won the World Series in 2010, '12 and '14 - making this season all the more shocking given a roster that looked as if it could contend coming out of spring training.

    ''It does raise the level of attention to change when you struggle as much as we have,'' Evans said. ''You're always contemplating making changes to try to help keep pushing your guys and make sure that you continue to have different perspectives and new voices and reflections on how to get the most out of them.''

    The 58-year-old Righetti, a left-hander who pitched 16 seasons in the majors and was the 1981 AL Rookie of the Year, threw a no-hitter for the Yankees against the Red Sox on July 4, 1983.

    Evans discussed the role change with Righetti in September and they have since spoken by phone multiple times.

    ''His heartbeat is in uniform as a coach, that's his heartbeat,'' Evans said. ''But he also loves this organization and loves our players and our pitchers, particularly, and wants to make an impact and wants to be open to how that could look in a different role. I'm sure it's still hard to imagine even for us Dave not in uniform. But at the same time there's so much that he can offer in this new role.''
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    Puerto Rican players bond over hurricane
    October 21, 2017


    NEW YORK (AP) When the Houston Astros' owner offered Carlos Beltran charter aircrafts to send relief aid to Puerto Rico and evacuate cancer patients from the island after Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican slugger quickly thought about ''the chat group.''

    He wanted to send word to other Puerto Rican teammates and coaches with the Astros, as well as friends from other teams, that one of the airplanes was available to pick up family members who couldn't return to the mainland because of the lack of commercial flights.

    The ''chat'' Beltran was referring to was the WhatsApp group that All-Star catcher Yadier Molina created just before of this year's World Baseball Classic.

    Six months after finishing as runner-up for the second straight time in the international tournament, the friendships and bonds among the Puerto Rican players have only strengthened, especially after the devastating storm that hit Puerto Rico on Sep. 20 and left much of the island without electricity and running water.

    ''We keep in touch all the time, always encouraging each other,'' Beltran said. ''This has been a special year, because many of them have had great seasons, but also we've been united by this tragedy.''

    The situation in Puerto Rico, where at least 49 people were killed by the storm and thousands lost their homes, has been on the mind of all the players during the playoffs, where Beltran's Astros face the New York Yankees on Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

    ''With what's going in on in the island, we're closer than ever,'' said Javier Baez, the Chicago Cubs second baseman whose team was eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. ''We never stopped chatting after the WBC. Many of us are good friends, like brothers. We send messages and help each other out.''

    That's what Beltran did after the hurricane, starting a crowdfunding campaign that raised $1.3 million to send 300,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico. But he needed transportation to get the aid there, and Astros owner Jim Crane offered the planes.

    ''His generosity has no bounds,'' Beltran said.

    The 40-year-old designated hitter brought his parents to Houston, where they stayed with him until last week. They live in the northern town of Manati. The aftermath was so dire that he had to wait five days after the storm to finally hear from them.

    During the past month, Beltran has been focusing on two goals: helping his homeland and playing the postseason with the Astros. That's also the case with other players such as his teammate Carlos Correa and Enrique Hernandez, the Dodgers utilityman who tied an MLB record with three homers during Thursday's 11-1 win over the Cubs.

    ''My body's here, but my mind's kind of back home. It's hard being away from home with what's going on,'' Hernandez said after the series-clinching win.

    In Correa's case, his family didn't want to leave Puerto Rico, so the Astros shortstop sent them generators for their home and supplies for his hometown of Santa Isabel in the southern coast of the island.

    ''Focusing on baseball those first days was stressful, about a week without news from your family,'' Correa said. ''But once you got the word that they were OK, I've been able to focus in my job.''

    Beltran displayed a Puerto Rican flag during the player introductions in New York before Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

    ''I wanted to express my support and show that we're dealing with a very difficult situation in the country,'' he said. ''As a player, those first weeks were hard, but you cannot step away from your duties as baseball player amid the current situation in Puerto Rico and with our families there.''

    And they can count on the chat.

    In particular, Baez highlighted the role of Molina, their ''leader'' who has been in Puerto Rico for the past two weeks helping with the relief efforts. After the St. Louis Cardinals got eliminated from playoff contention, the catcher sent a note to all those playing in the postseason wishing them the best of luck.

    ''Molina is the one who created the group. He's the one who created the bond and he's always there for us,'' Baez said. ''We all have huge respect for him, even more for the veteran players, especially Yadier and Beltran, who are always keeping us in the right path.''
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    Kershaw attempting to set aside postseason demons
    October 20, 2017


    It has been 29 long years since the Los Angeles Dodgers were part of the World Series, a drought perhaps best summed up by this factoid:

    Clayton Kershaw was seven months old when the Kirk Gibson-led Dodgers knocked off the Oakland Athletics for the 1988 crown.

    And now it is Kershaw's time to shine in the postseason spotlight. The ace left-hander with the three Cy Young Awards and the 2014 National League MVP in his trophy case will have the opportunity to quiet some of his career demons, regardless of whether the American League representative is the Houston Astros or New York Yankees.

    Kershaw is an unstoppable force in the regular season. But "Postseason Kershaw" hasn't been so dominant and Thursday's 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series improved his playoff ledger to 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 21 career appearances (17 starts).

    Kershaw knows the chatter -- he hears it regularly from fans and through questions tossed out by the media -- but all he is focused on is what happens in the next series.

    "I think at the end of the day, yeah, winning the World Series is really all that we play this game for," Kershaw said. "All the individual stuff is great, but at the end of the day I just want to win a World Series."

    Kershaw's performance in two NLCS starts against the Cubs was fine -- he went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA -- and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named him the starter for Game 1 of the World Series while the team was still celebrating its NL pennant.

    Los Angeles posted the best record in the majors (104-58) during the regular season and was dominating for a large part of the season. But the feeling around the club is that this squad needs to finish the deal with a world championship.

    Third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen each had opportunities to leave as free agents before staying put, and Turner felt there was more to achieve when he elected to remain in Los Angeles.

    "It's incredible. Kenley and I talked about it in our press conference when we signed back here," Turner said. "We talked about unfinished business and wanting to bring a World Series back to Los Angeles.

    "We had a bad taste in our mouth the last four years, you know, not finishing what we started."

    This version of the Dodgers is more than star power.

    When mainstay first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had to go on the disabled list with back issues, rookie Cody Bellinger became a force and slugged 39 homers. Versatile Chris Taylor was rescued from the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A team in the summer of 2016 and batted .288 with 21 homers and 17 steals this season and then shared NLCS MVP honors with Turner.

    Enrique Hernandez finds a spot in the Game 5 lineup and ties league championships records of three homers and seven RBIs.

    All-Star shortstop Corey Seager was unavailable for the NLCS with a back injury and Charlie Culberson received an opportunity and went 5-for-11 with three extra-base hits.

    Manager Dave Roberts will have some roster decisions to make as he says Seager is expected back for Tuesday's World Series opener.

    "He's doing everything he can to get healthy," Roberts said. "We expect him back for Game 1. So obviously when you have a guy like Charlie Culberson that can fill in like that, made some spectacular defensive plays, some big hits, it was great to see from Charlie, but obviously we're hoping to get Corey back for the World Series."

    Los Angeles is loaded with key players and has a solid cast of utility players and relievers. But the presence of one guy will overshadow them all.

    Will it be regular-season Kershaw or "Postseason Kershaw" out there on the mound trying to deliver the franchise to that long-awaited World Series crown?

    After all, Kershaw resided in a cradle when the Dodgers last celebrated a title.

    "Who knows how many times I'm going to get to go to the World Series," Kershaw said. "I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So I'm definitely not taking this one for granted."
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