Judge breaks up shutout with massive homer

Judge breaks up shutout with massive homer

HOUSTON -- Aaron Judge showed off his immense power yet again, as the slugger connected on the hardest-hit homer of the postseason with his solo blast in the eighth inning of Friday's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. His shot off Astros reliever Brad Peacock had an exit velocity of 112.1 mph, but it was all the Yankees mustered in a 7-1 loss that forced a decisive Game 7.

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Springer's leaping grab saves Verlander

Astros center fielder robs Frazier of an extra-base hit

Springer's leaping grab saves Verlander

HOUSTON -- Given the circumstances, it was the kind of catch Astros fans won't soon forget.

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McCann, Altuve spark Astros in 3-run 5th

McCann, Altuve spark Astros in 3-run 5th

HOUSTON -- The Astros' bats woke up just in time Friday night, coming to life in a three-run fifth inning sparked by Brian McCann and Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

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First pitch glides in for NBA great Drexler

Longtime Astros fan on target to start Game 6 of ALCS

First pitch glides in for NBA great Drexler

HOUSTON -- Perhaps it was not by coincidence that the person the Astros asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday was a former star athlete who knows a little about playing for a championship team in Houston.

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Kahnle a postseason force for Yankees

Kahnle a postseason force for Yankees

HOUSTON -- When Brian Cashman was volleying trade proposals with White Sox counterpart Rick Hahn in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Yankees' general manager refused to go any further in negotiations unless right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle was included in the deal.

The Yankees were attracted to Kahnle's splendid strikeout-to-walk ratio, as well as the fact that he would be under team control for years to come, while viewing him as a significant upgrade to what had already been viewed as a power bullpen. Even so, Cashman and the Yankees wouldn't have expected Kahnle to emerge as such a force in the postseason.

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Anthony Castrovince

Roberts proving Dodgers found right man for job

Newly crowned NL champs kept open mind when hiring manager before 2016 season

Roberts proving Dodgers found right man for job

All these teams looking for a new manager -- and another one joined the list Friday when the Nationals announced they're parting ways with Dusty Baker -- should hire somebody the way the Dodgers hired Dave Roberts.

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Morton, McCullers candidates for potential G7

McHugh could also start possible winner-take-all game if not needed in relief in G6

Morton, McCullers candidates for potential G7

HOUSTON -- Starters Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers Jr. and Dallas Keuchel are the only Astros pitchers who likely aren't available for Friday's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, manager A.J. Hinch said.

"We got a lot of good rest [Thursday]," Hinch said. "I'm not sure we've all recovered."

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Yanks confident with CC in potential Game 7

Yanks confident with CC in potential Game 7

HOUSTON -- If there's a deciding Game 7, the Yankees at least have the peace of mind knowing they can turn to veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to face the Astros in the final game of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

The Yankees, who are looking for their first trip to the Fall Classic since 2009, haven't officially announced Sabathia will be their Game 7 starter, but he'd be pitching on regular rest after throwing six scoreless innings in Monday's Game 3 of the ALCS presented by Camping World. Sabathia scattered three hits and four walks while striking out five in New York's 8-1 win. Sabathia, 37, has looked like his old self this postseason, posting a 2.30 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings in three starts.

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Joe Girardi ALCS Game 6 pregame interview

Joe Girardi ALCS Game 6 pregame interview

Q. Headley has had a few ups and downs in the time with the Yankees. Position switch this year. How much do you think his general demeanor has helped him get through and you guys get him through?

JOE GIRARDI: I think there's a real mental toughness in Chase. I think there's a real fight in Chase to want to be the best, and I think that is what has probably continued to help him through this, the position change, the bad start, a bad month, and how he's able to respond because he is such a fighter. And I believe it's helped him tremendously.

Q. Much different feeling than the last time you were here, down 0-2. Has it sunk in that you're one win away from the World Series?

JOE GIRARDI: Yeah, I try not to think about it, because I think sometimes that can cause more anxiety and you can overthink things, in a sense.

You know, it's kind of strange when you get in these seven-game series, we're so used to changing teams after three games and doing all new work all over again, and you don't do it. And you feel like, Did I do everything? Yeah. We already did that. We already did that.

So I'm trying to treat it as win one game. It's kind of been what we talked about the whole time we've been in the playoffs. And you just focus on that.

Q. With Severino, any concern about him bouncing back? Do you watch him more carefully?

JOE GIRARDI: No, I feel good about him. I've said all along, there's really no limitations on him. We feel pretty good about where he's at.

But he is in a new territory. You are going to be maybe a little bit more cautious, in a sense, and that's what caused me to take him out of the last game. But he had no ill effects the next day, he was fine. We didn't do any test. And he passed both exams with the doctor with flying colors.

So he might be in a better spot today because he only threw 60 or so pitches, than we would have been had he not.

Q. The four weeks that Gary missed earlier in the year, is that almost a silver lining at this point, just because he might not be quite as beat up as he would have been if he played the whole season?

JOE GIRARDI: I think you can look at it that way. I really never thought about it. But I think that's probably a good way to look at it.

When he got some time off, unfortunately, because of his suspension, that might have reenergized him a little bit as well. I think all those things can help in a long season. You can look at it with Didi, too, that he went through it.

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Even in slump, Dodgers remained confident

NL champs didn't flinch despite losing 16 of 17 late in season

Even in slump, Dodgers remained confident

LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen laughed whenever a reporter asked if he was worried when the Dodgers lost 16 of 17 games.

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World Series on FOX: Tune-in, start times set

World Series on FOX: Tune-in, start times set

Major League Baseball has announced FOX's broadcast schedule for the 2017 World Series, which is set to begin at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and is presented by YouTube TV. Baseball's 113th Fall Classic will feature the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers facing either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros representing the American League.

The 2017 World Series schedule can be accessed at MLB.com/postseason or via the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. The broadcast schedule for the remainder of the Postseason, subject to change, follows:

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Sarah's Take: Dodgers playing like champs

Los Angeles is four wins from goal of winning Fall Classic

Sarah's Take: Dodgers playing like champs

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League pennant on Thursday. For the first time since 1988, Dodger Stadium will host a World Series game.

The Dodgers simply dominated the Cubs, winning four of the five games played in the best-of-seven series. While the Cubs had the best record in the NL after the All-Star break, they struggled in the NLCS presented by Camping World. The Cubs couldn't launch a rally against the Dodgers' pitching staff, as most of their runs during the series came via home runs. The defense committed costly errors and allowed passed balls, giving the Dodgers many more scoring opportunities. The Cubs' starting pitchers, except Jake Arrieta, struggled with their control, and the Chicago bullpen was the Achilles' heel. Although the 2016 season was the Cubs' special year, winning the franchise's first World Series since 1908, they didn't have the same magic in 2017.

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Dodgers pitch in with relief aid to Puerto Rico

Dodgers pitch in with relief aid to Puerto Rico

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will make a "substantial" donation to aid Puerto Rico's relief effort from Hurricane Maria in the name of Enrique Hernandez, whose record-tying three-homer performance on Thursday helped the club clinch the National League Championship Series.

Hernandez, a native of Puerto Rico, tied postseason single-game records with the trio of home runs and seven RBIs against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Game 5 of the NLCS presented by Camping World.

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Yanks-Astros Game 6 LIVE: In Real Life

Yanks-Astros Game 6 LIVE: In Real Life

Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World between the Astros and Yankees is underway, LIVE now on FS1. New York leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

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Yankees, Astros set ALCS Game 6 lineups

Yankees, Astros set ALCS Game 6 lineups

The Yankees and Astros have announced tonight's starting lineups ahead of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

Facing elimination, the Astros have swapped Carlos Beltran out for Evan Gattis in their lineup. The veteran Beltran has struggled so far in this ALCS presented by Camping World, going 1-for-12 with a double and four strikeouts. Facing Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, this will be Gattis' first start of the postseason against a righty.

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Phil Rogers

Cubs shouldn't hang their heads

Coming off first title since 1908, club showed a lot of heart

Cubs shouldn't hang their heads

CHICAGO -- Maybe you could have seen this coming, but the Cubs didn't.

When they ran onto the field to face Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on a gorgeous Thursday night, center fielder Albert Almora Jr. and left fielder Kyle Schwarber bathed in the enthusiasm of Wrigley Field's bleacherites.

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Roberts, Dodgers seeing fruits of their labors

Second-year manager beaming with pride as club heads to Fall Classic

Roberts, Dodgers seeing fruits of their labors

CHICAGO -- In December 2001, a speedy 29-year-old outfielder named Dave Roberts was dealt to the Dodgers for a pair of prospects. The following spring, Roberts donned Dodger blue for the first time.

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Dodgers latest top seed to reach World Series

10 previous times in Wild Card Era has team with best regular-season record made it to Classic

Dodgers latest top seed to reach World Series

The Dodgers are heading to the World Series for the first time since 1988 after Thursday's 11-1 win over the Cubs clinched the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. They're doing so as baseball's top seed in the first year home-field advantage in the Fall Classic is determined by overall record.

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DYK: Records toppled in NLCS Gm. 5 clincher

DYK: Records toppled in NLCS Gm. 5 clincher

At long last, the Dodgers are going back to the World Series.

Enrique Hernandez and a relentless offense backed up a stellar Clayton Kershaw on Thursday night at Wrigley Field, as the Dodgers defeated the Cubs, 11-1, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series presented by Camping World. In taking the series, 4-1, L.A. can sit back and await the winner of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, in which the Yankees hold a 3-2 edge over the Astros heading into tonight's Game 6 in Houston.

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Despite NLCS loss, Cubs still set for future

Despite NLCS loss, Cubs still set for future

CHICAGO -- The Cubs aren't going to repeat as World Series champions, but manager Joe Maddon is quick to remind fans that getting to the National League Championship Series three years in a row is quite an accomplishment and that the future is bright.

"I think we did OK based on how we started [the season]," Maddon said. "Three trips to this neck of the woods doesn't happen often. We're young, and we're no longer inexperienced. We've been young and inexperienced, and now we're just young, so that's nice. Eventually, the young will become veterans, too."

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Dodgers 1st to earn home advantage for Series

Los Angeles will host Game 1 of Fall Classic on Tuesday

Dodgers 1st to earn home advantage for Series

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers will spend the weekend watching what goes down between the Yankees and Astros in the American League Championship Series, rooting not so much for a particular opponent, but rather general chaos and disorder.

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Cubs proud of season as repeat quest ends

Reigning champions reflect after 2017 campaign finishes with NLCS loss

Cubs proud of season as repeat quest ends

CHICAGO -- During the National League Championship Series games at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Joe Maddon glanced at the center-field scoreboard. For the third straight year, the Cubs were one of the final four teams still playing.

"That's pretty darn impressive," Maddon said. "That speaks to the group, speaks to the organization itself. That's not lost on me, believe me. That's pretty special stuff. You could ask other groups in Major League Baseball who have not had that same situation and ask them what they think about it.

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LA pleased to beat 'incredibly talented' Cubs

Dodgers win pennant in place where '16 season ended, '17 season began

LA pleased to beat 'incredibly talented' Cubs

CHICAGO -- It was nothing more than coincidence that the Dodgers happened to be at Wrigley Field on April 10, the quirk of a schedule printed long before any October storylines came to be. It was nonetheless uncomfortable. The Dodgers watched as the Cubs raised their 2016 World Series championship flag, knowing they stood on the same field six months earlier with a chance to prevent it.

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Richard Justice

Memories of '88 return with LA in World Series

Current Dodgers reminding fans how special championship was 29 years ago

Memories of '88 return with LA in World Series

"In a year that has been so improbable the impossible has happened." -- Vin Scully, Oct. 15, 1988.

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Turner, Taylor share NLCS MVP honors

Each player homers twice in series against Cubs

Turner, Taylor share NLCS MVP honors

CHICAGO -- Justin Turner and Chris Taylor wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

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Cubs salute Dodgers after falling in NLCS

Chicago's offense, pitching struggle against formidable LA

Cubs salute Dodgers after falling in NLCS

The Cubs' season came to an end Thursday as their quest to repeat as champions fell short with an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World at Wrigley Field.

Chicago managed to hand the Dodgers their first loss of the playoffs, taking Game 4 at home on Wednesday, but ultimately couldn't keep pace with the hot bats and dominant pitching of Los Angeles.

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Hollywood & Vines: LA wins NLCS at Wrigley!

Hollywood & Vines: LA wins NLCS at Wrigley!

CHICAGO -- Clayton Kershaw was born in the spring of 1988, and that fall, Orel Hershiser shut out the Mets to clinch the Dodgers' previous National League pennant. It seemed fitting that Kershaw was on the mound Thursday night at Wrigley Field, leading Los Angeles back to the World Series for the first time since that memorable October of '88.

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Trio grand! Hernandez has 3-HR, 7-RBI clincher

Left fielder ties all-time MLB records for homers, RBIs in one postseason game

Trio grand! Hernandez has 3-HR, 7-RBI clincher

CHICAGO -- His father pleaded patience, and Enrique Hernandez shook his head. His mother called for contact, and Hernandez refused the request. This, the man they call "Kiké" had decided prior to the first pitch of the Dodgers' pennant-clinching victory, was going to be a night to swing early and swing big.

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Happy home? Astros can join history with 2 W's

Houston would become 5th team to win 4 home games in best-of-7 series with WS berth

Happy home? Astros can join history with 2 W's

Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof. It has a train. It has the Crawford Boxes. It has Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan often sitting behind home plate and a waffle cone stuffed with fried chicken and mashed potatoes and drizzled with honey mustard.

The Houston Astros are hoping that their ballpark has a little extra mojo this weekend, too.

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Roberts encouraged by Seager's recovery

Shortstop making progress with lower back sprain

Roberts encouraged by Seager's recovery

CHICAGO -- Shortstop Corey Seager reported continued progress in his rehabilitation from a lower back sprain in Los Angeles on Thursday, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who is hoping to get him back for the World Series.

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