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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) connects for a grand slam home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 05, 2019 - 9:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The 103-win New York Yankees ran out identical, relentless lineups in consecutive games for the first time all year, and manager Aaron Boone believes he knows what's next for the A-team Bombers. "Throttle down," he said. Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a...
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Randy Dobnak (68) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 05, 2019 - 8:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Just too much traffic for Twins rookie Randy Dobnak. The feel-good story of the Uber driver-turned-big league pitcher came to a screeching halt Saturday when the New York Yankees tagged him from the get-go in an 8-2 rout, putting Minnesota in a serious jam in the AL Division Series...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 05, 2019 - 11:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Last weekend, Randy Dobnak got married in Maryland. This one, he'll pitch a playoff game at Yankee Stadium. Pretty nice little Saturday planned — two of them, actually — for an undrafted rookie who never expected to be in this position. Just find No. 68 of the Minnesota Twins on...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the eighth 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 05, 2019 - 3:27 am
The Washington Nationals turned a bullpen day for one of their aces into a postseason game day, and they may run more starters out for spot stints as a bridge to their unreliable relievers. Max Scherzer took an unexpected turn in relief during Washington's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer watches a delivery to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 05, 2019 - 2:04 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bullpen gate swung open and out trotted ... Max Scherzer? Yep, Washington's ace surprised the Los Angeles Dodgers and even a few teammates in the eighth inning Friday night. "All the chips are on the table right now," Scherzer explained. "We weren't expecting that," Dodgers...
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New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu connects for a three-run double to left field against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 05, 2019 - 1:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New postseason, same old story for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the Yankees extended their October mastery of Minnesota with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division...
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Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano (22) pulls off his batting helmet after striking out to end the top of the first inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 05, 2019 - 12:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Not until the 42nd pitch of the night was a ball put in play to a fielder. There were five home runs, 25 strikeouts, 14 walks, 13 pitchers and just 15 hits. The New York Yankees' 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in their AL Division Series opener on Friday was the epitome of what...
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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 04, 2019 - 8:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley thinks the Tomahawk Chop chant is insulting, and he was disappointed when it was heard during Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Atlanta. Helsley is not the only player who dislikes the chant. The 25-year-old rookie's perspective is...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
October 04, 2019 - 8:01 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: COLE'S ROLL Gerrit Cole led the big leagues with 326 strikeouts, topped the AL with a 2.50 ERA and went 20-5, one win behind Astros teammate Justin Verlander for most in the majors. He also was 16-0 in his final 22 starts. Cole starts Game 2 of...
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) works in the first inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 04, 2019 - 7:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — When Mike Foltynewicz was summering in the minor leagues, it was hard to envision an October like this. Yet there he was Friday, coming through when Atlanta needed it most. Foltynewicz threw seven dominating innings, Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit homer and the Braves evened the NL...
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