Postseason close calls involving fans in the stands
Here's a look at several instances of close calls that involved potential fan interference in the postseason.
Red Sox-Astros G5: Lineups, matchups, FAQs
The Astros' backs are against the wall. The Red Sox are one win away from the World Series Coming off a thrilling 8-6 win in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Red Sox will look to David Price to try to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic in Thursday's Game 5 at Minute Maid Park.
Cora shows faith in 'our guy' Kimbrel in Gm 4
Manager Alex Cora has remained steadfast in his confidence in Craig Kimbrel, who recorded the six-out save in Wednesday's Game 4 ALCS victory, despite a shaky postseason.
On doorstep of WS, Sox 4-0 on road in playoffs
The Red Sox rode Jackie Bradley Jr.'s latest game-changing home run and a game-saving, game-ending catch by left fielder Andrew Benintendi to an 8-6 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. With a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series, Boston is one win from advancing to the Fall Classic.
JBJ sets up Sox with another big HR in G4
Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't wait long to capitalize on an RBI opportunity in the top of the sixth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
Fan interferes with Betts on potential Altuve HR
It took less than 30 minutes into the Red Sox's 8-6 victory over the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park to give everyone something to talk about.
Top 10 thrills from Sox-Astros instant classic
You will never watch a better baseball game than the one played Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. In the Red Sox's 8-6 victory in Game of the ALCS, at-bats were tense and long, and a line of relievers -- 10 in all -- paraded in from the bullpens.
Champs' season on line after topsy-turvy Game 4
The Astros faced incredible adversity but couldn't quite overcome it all, and now their season is on the line. The Red Sox again showed the resiliency of a team that won 108 games in the regular season and pushed the defending World Series champions to the brink of elimination on Wednesday, beating the Astros for the third time in a row, 8-6, to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
These teams came back from 3-1 deficits
There are few things more imposing for a team than being down three games to one in a seven-game series. Through 2017, only 13 teams out of 84 had come back to win a best-of-seven series after dropping three of the first four contests. Here's a look at each of those 13 "miracle" clubs and how they came all the way back to win.
Cora: Sale needs more time, will start Game 6
Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that ace left-hander Chris Sale will start against the Astros in Game 6 in Boston on Saturday. The club had originally hoped Sale would be ready to start Game 5 at Minute Maid Park as planned on Thursday.
Benny Ballgame! Catch puts Sox a W from Series
Andrew Benintendi needed to cover 45 feet in 3.2 seconds, or the American League Championship Series would be tied at two games apiece. He made the play.
Morton off mark after long layoff, exits in 3rd
Astros right-hander Charlie Morton, who last pitched in an abbreviated three-inning outing in Baltimore on Sept. 30, had another early exit, this time in his start Wednesday against the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Andrew Benintendi's catch made David Price very excited and WEEI's Joe Castiglione fall out of his chair
How did YOU react to Game 4's thrilling final play?
Postseason Picture: Sox, Dodgers one win from WS
The Red Sox and Dodgers are each one win away from advancing to the World Series after League Championship Series victories on Wednesday night. Boston defeated Houston, 8-6, and Los Angeles beat Milwaukee, 5-2.
Kemp's HR softest tracked in postseason
Minute Maid Park has produced some instant classics recently, and Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 was another one that featured a ton of lead changes and close calls near the outfield fences, including Tony Kemp's solo shot in the fourth inning.
Red Sox's bats start fast in 3rd straight game
You don't get a second chance at a first impression. For the third consecutive game, the Red Sox have made the most of theirs. Boston scored a pair of runs in the first inning of Game 4 in the American League Championship Series, jumping out to a quick two-run lead over the Astros in front of an anxious home crowd at Minute Maid Park.
Steve Pearce went all out for a foul ball and ended up flipping into the Astros' dugout
At least he wasn't hurt.
ALCS fun fact: Each of Jackie Bradley Jr.'s big hits have come with two outs
Just Big Jacks.
Dodgers-Brewers G6: Lineups, matchups, FAQs
The Dodgers can clinch their second consecutive National League championship on Friday with a win over the Brewers in Game 6 at Miller Park. The last time the Dodgers won back-to-back pennants was 1977-78. The Brewers will be looking to force a Game 7 and keep their hopes alive for a first pennant in 36 years.
Woodruff K's 8 but falters 3rd time through order
Part of the strategy that got the Brewers to the National League Championship Series has been to deny opponents a third look at a pitcher, which is what made Brandon Woodruff's third turn through the Dodgers' lineup in the sixth inning of a tied Game 5 -- when he wasn't even the starting pitcher -- one of the surprising parts of a surprising day.
Miley removed after 1 batter, will start Game 6
Brewers manager Craig Counsell pulled the latest surprise maneuver in what's been a constant chess match of a National League Championship Series on Wednesday by removing starter Wade Miley after one batter in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.
Cagey Crew stifled in Game 5, faces 3-2 deficit
Craig Counsell took a heel turn, but Dave Roberts and the Dodgers won the bout. Counsell's surprise use of Wade Miley for only one batter stretched the old rules of baseball etiquette and worked beautifully into the sixth inning, but there were no tactical tricks to spark the Brewers' offense against a vintage Clayton Kershaw in a 5-2 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers use small-ball approach in Game 5 win
Max Muncy bristled a bit earlier this week at Dodger Stadium when somebody suggested the Dodgers' offensive philosophy consisted of swinging hard and trying to hit home runs.
Behind Kershaw, LA takes 3-2 NLCS lead to MIL
Until there's a World Series ring on his finger, Clayton Kershaw will do just about anything to put one there, as he showed the Brewers on Wednesday. The future Hall of Famer pitched like one for the home fans, stifling the Brewers for seven innings on three hits in a 5-2 Game 5 victory that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Relive the madness of the Mookie Betts fan interference in ALCS Game 4 with these tweets
It was a lot to take in.
Nolan Ryan had a front-row seat to Josh James' 102-mph flame-throwing in ALCS Game 4
Just like Ryan, James makes it look so easy.
Puig makes impact off bench in Game 5 victory
Yasiel Puig paused for a moment and contemplated a satisfying Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. He smiled.
Oh may leave Rockies to pitch in Korea again
Should Seunghwan Oh leave, the Rockies would gain one more question with regards to a bullpen that already faces several.
The Knicks cruised to a win in their home opener with Aaron Judge watching courtside
He was having a good time.
Rumors: Machado, Yanks, Morton, Kershaw, Storen
Breaking down the latest MLB free agent and trade rumors.
Verlander proposes tech to avoid sign-stealing
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has an idea about how to perhaps eliminate the opposition stealing signs.
Yasiel Puig threw his hands in the air and yelled to the Dodgers' dugout after hitting an RBI single
Welcome to Puig-tober.
Unconventional pitching decisions in playoffs
The Brewers have flipped conventional pitching methods for just about all of 2018, and in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Brewers manager Craig Counsell showed he still has more tricks up his sleeve.
Tommy John surgery goes 'as expected' for Didi
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday, the team announced, adding that the surgery "went as expected."
Clayton Kershaw threw a curveball that left Erik Kratz completely helpless
It's why Kershaw is the best.
Ozuna vows accountability, big year in 2019
Hours after the Cardinals' season had ended with a loss at Wrigley Field, Marcell Ozuna walked mostly unnoticed through St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Yet, the proclamation he made as he neared the airport exit on that final day of September wasn't as inconspicuous. "I'm going to get right," Ozuna boldly promised. "Big year. You watch. Big year for me next year."
Rich Hill provided some soothing commentary about the weather and #shadows during NLCS Game 5
He has a future in broadcasting, for sure.
Brewers-Dodgers NLCS Game 5 had a very, very weird first inning
What just happened?
10 longest postseason games in MLB history
MLB.com looks back at the 10 longest games, by number of innings, in the history of the Major League Baseball postseason.
Bell, Girardi, Ausmus advance in manager search
Three Reds managerial candidates have cleared the first hurdle and have reached the second round of interviews with the club, MLB.com learned on Wednesday via sources. Joe Girardi, Brad Ausmus and David Bell have all moved through for stronger consideration.
Davies replaces injured Gio on Brewers' roster
Zach Davies, welcome to the postseason. Major League Baseball approved the Brewers' request to replace injured left-hander Gio Gonzalez with Davies prior to Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series after Gonzalez suffered a left high ankle sprain in Game 4 on Tuesday night. By rule, Gonzalez is ineligible for the World Series should Milwaukee advance.
MLB statement on sign-stealing concerns
Before the postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment. The concerns expressed related to a number of Clubs, not any one specific Club. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms.
Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams
An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.
Corbin's slider-heavy approach about to pay off
Patrick Corbin looks like the headlining starting pitcher of this year's free agent class -- and he got there thanks to his dominant slider. That makes him a perfect representative of today's pitching trends.
This reliever will be in high demand this offseason
Adam Ottavino won't blow you away with saves or a pristine win/loss record, but that isn't what teams are looking for in 2018. As we head into the offseason, Ottavino is going to be one of the most valuable relievers available.
Why Angels are banking on 2-hour manager test
Many baseball observers reacted with curiosity this week, following an MLB.com report that the Angels have administered two-hour written tests to managerial candidates during interviews this month.
Longest stretches between WS appearances
Here's a quick look at the few fanbases who had to wait longer than Brewers' to see their club make it back to the game's biggest stage.
Every club's best individual playoff performance
We look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.
The best lineup from LCS teams' last 50 years
The Astros, Brewers, Dodgers and Red Sox have some impressive history, featuring a long list of star players around the diamond. With that in mind, MLB.com has put together the best possible lineup from these four clubs, starting with the players from the 1969 season until today.
2018-19 free-agent class position by position
See which players are set to hit free agency during the 2018-19 offseason, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Every World Series rematch in MLB history
In Major League Baseball history, there have been 113 World Series, but only nine World Series rematches -- the same two teams meeting in the Fall Classic multiple years in a row. And there hasn't been one in the last 40 years. This season, the Astros and Dodgers have a chance at being rematch No. 10. MLB.com looks back at the previous nine.
These are the 25 best postseason hits
Mere seconds after Game 7 of the 1992 National League Division Series had ended, former president Jimmy Carter hopped over a railing in front of his box seats, dodged the celebration at home plate and sprinted toward Braves third-base coach Jimy Williams for a victorious hug.
These are October's most legendary homers
Bobby Thomson will be forever young, joyously rounding third and skipping toward home plate as broadcaster Russ Hodges captured it all with the most famous call in history: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"
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