|This was one of those games that players on both teams might remember for the rest of their lives. At some point, it was as much a test of wills as it was a baseball game. One team punched, the other punched back.
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|Welcome to the new and improved Cubs culture. Manager Joe Maddon was the primary architect of this development.
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|The Cubs are building momentum heading into the postseason. Will it matter? Success in the final month of the regular season carries with it no guarantee of similar results in the postseason, particularly since the advent of the Division Series and Wild Card in 1995.
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|Jake Arrieta finished his remarkable regular season in remarkable fashion on Friday night in Milwaukee, capping a second-half stretch for the ages -- and perhaps an NL Cy Young Award.
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|With a one-game decider in each league to start October, you have zero scheduling concerns. It even works during those times when the regular season is extended for makeup games and tiebreakers. It also provides plenty of drama, which should include the Jake Arrieta-Gerrit Cole matchup in the NL Wild Card Game.
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|The Yankees won their 10,000th game on Thursday night, and fittingly enough, the victory clinched a postseason berth for the 52nd time since the franchise was established in 1903 and came against none other than the archrival Red Sox.
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|Conventional baseball wisdom holds that a hot September is an essential component to an October drive to a World Series championship parade. Recent history supports that belief.
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|The Astros have come so far and surprised so many in this amazing season. So much youth and energy. Such a great ride. In the end, though, this final weekend of the regular season will define the previous six months. Will the Astros be remembered as a team that defied every expectation in a magical run back to the postseason? Or will they be the group that hit a wall in September (11-16) and blinked when the lights were brightest?
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|When Kevin Cash, who'd never managed a baseball team at any level, was hired as skipper for the Tampa Bay Rays last December, the feeling was he'd have to grow into the job. It would take a season, maybe even more. Cash has proven everyone who had that thought wrong. MLB's youngest manager grew up in a hurry.
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|There were bigger trades last winter, maybe even dozens of them. There were trades with much bigger implications. But was there a better trade than the one that the Astros and Cubs executed on Jan. 19?
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|They were due to break through. This much is true. But mere patience alone is not enough to end a division drought the likes of which the Toronto Blue Jays had endured.
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|No player has ever represented baseball better than Jeremy Affeldt these past 14 seasons. As legacies go, that's about as good as it gets.
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|Winning ugly? That might have been a cute catchphrase for the Chicago White Sox back in 1983. But there's nothing ugly about winning. That's something the youthful Astros are learning in their effort to make sure they don't turn into pumpkins.
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|Good never seems good enough and great sometimes gets topped by even greater. So go ahead and pick your own qualifier to describe the 2015 season, but make sure it's one you've saved for a special occasion.
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|Although his future for next season is uncertain, veteran Torii Hunter is enjoying his opportunity with the Twins this season, as he has helped Minnesota contend with his clubhouse presence and performance on the diamond.
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|No need for advanced analytics now; simple math will do. The Angels must sweep four games in Texas, starting Thursday night, to claim the American League West title.
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|The Yankees will almost certainly clinch a spot in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser sometime in the next four days. Although they have lost three in a row this week at home to the Red Sox, their magic number has dwindled to only one.
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|The real story of the Dodgers' 2015 season is not yet written. But at least now it has a proper prologue.
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|Just when a dismal August appeared to spell doom for the Angels' postseason chances, something happened in September. Everything changed, clicked. The big three began getting help. Suddenly, the Angels are leading the second AL Wild Card and are just two behind the Rangers in the AL West with their final four games in Texas.
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|One year ago on Tuesday, A.J. Hinch was hired to manage the Houston Astros. It was the day after the 92-loss 2014 season ended.
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|The two-day Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium got underway at Citi Field on Tuesday and by far the highlight of the first day was a panel moderated by Billy Bean, MLB's own Ambassador for Inclusion.
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|For the last two months, Texas has been one of the best two or three teams in baseball, winning 38 of 58 to make something of a season that seemed to be going nowhere. The Rangers are winning for a long list of reasons, few of them more important than Shin-Soo Choo's production from the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
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|The Yankees had fate in their own hands the past two nights against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Win both games, and no matter what occurred elsewhere in the American League, a spot in Tuesday's Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser would've already been secure.
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|Never underestimate the competitiveness of baseball players and the men who put teams together. No matter the circumstances, they always want to win.
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|Yogi Berra was without even the slightest pretense. An anecdote Joe Torre shared during his splendid eulogy Tuesday morning said as much.
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|This offseason, several clubs could be faced with the prospect of dealing a high-earning, high-potential popular player. Granted, each of the players we'll examine excelled during the second half of 2015. But they're nonetheless pricy. The choices will be tough and the acts of consummating swaps may prove impossible. But you can guarantee that front offices will, at the least, ask questions and conduct deliberations.
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|All games are not created equal. Yes, the Astros are playing one game at a time. They aren't looking ahead. They aren't looking behind. Some games, however, are bigger than others.
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|The Angels own a six-game winning streak in the afterglow of David Murphy's line-drive single with the bases full in the bottom of the ninth on Monday, and the team's big-picture goal is unchanged with a big series against Texas on deck.
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|Wrap your head around this: Zack Greinke has a 1.65 ERA that, if it holds, would be the sixth-lowest in Major League Baseball in a full season in the live ball era (since 1920). His 0.85 WHIP would be the fourth-lowest in that span. And Greinke might not win the National League Cy Young Award or the Esurance MLB Award for Best Starting Pitcher.
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|The Mariners were a Spring Training favorite to make it to the postseason, but after a disappointing season, they turn to Jerry Dipoto, who recently left the Angels, to turn things around.
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