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Cubs’ Maddon stands by not using Davis, questions criticism

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon stood by his decision not to use All-Star closer Wade Davis in Chicago’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series and questioned the criticism coming his way. Maddon insisted Monday that Davis was only available for one inning in a save situation. He dismissed the second guessing, ...

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Down 2-0, Yankees preach resilience

NEW YORK (AP) — Trailing again 2-0 in the postseason, these young New York Yankees remain even keeled going into Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros. “I don’t know if it’s maturity or just being dumb,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said Sunday. The old man of the pitching staff, 36-year-old Sabathia will pitch Monday surrounded ...

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NLCS: Dodgers up 2-0 on Cubs following Turner’s 9th inning homer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. The red-bearded slugger connected on the 29th anniversary of the Dodgers’ last game-ending postseason homer: Kirk Gibson’s famous ...

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LEADING OFF: Astros, Yanks try to get bats going in New York

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: — GOING BATTY The two highest-scoring teams in the majors this season have combined for all of six runs in the first two games of the AL Championship Series. Houston, which totaled 896 runs to 858 for the Yankees this year, won a pair of nail-biters back home by identical ...

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Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Just a year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw. One October later, Los Angeles’ bullpen is downright dominant as the team steamrolls toward the World Series. ...

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Cubs bullpen gives it away in NLCS opening loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joe Maddon went to his bullpen, and two pitches later, it all began to implode for the Chicago Cubs. Jose Quintana gave Chicago five strong innings, but relievers Hector Rondon and Mike Montgomery couldn’t make it count in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of the NL Championship Series on Saturday night. ...

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Astros trying to give Houston a boost in wake of Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) Every time the Houston Astros suit up, they wear a simple patch as a reminder of what Houston lost to Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding. The city is determined to rebuild, and the Astros are careful to honor Houston with every game as they chase a second World Series trip in the franchise’s history. ”I hope we’re ...

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