Major League Baseball

In this Oct. 12, 2018 photo, baseball players and fans stand for the national anthem during the opening season baseball game between Leones de Caracas and Tiburones de la Guaira in Caracas, Venezuela. For the second straight year, state-run oil company PDVSA had to step in with a $12 million lifeline to pay for everything from imported baseballs to the salaries of seven foreign-born players _ most of them minor league prospects from the U.S. _ on each team's roster. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
October 16, 2018 - 8:21 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together. This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich celebrate after Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Brewers won 4-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
October 16, 2018 - 1:15 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers know they can count on their intimidating bullpen to get outs. They may not have been expecting a twice-demoted shortstop to generate so much offense. Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0...
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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, left, and left fielder Marwin Gonzalez talk during batting practice before Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 15, 2018 - 11:43 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: NO BOTHER Red Sox manager Alex Cora is brushing off the notion that Boston might be motivated for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series by a brazen social media post Monday from Astros star Alex Bregman. Houston's third baseman shared a video on...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler watches after Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 15, 2018 - 11:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter, Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series. Los Angeles loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal reacts after striking out during the second inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
October 15, 2018 - 11:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Of all the chants that could have emanated from the Dodger Stadium stands during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS, "We want Austin!" was not exactly the most likely. But after Los Angeles catcher Yasmani Grandal committed his third passed ball of the series Monday night,...
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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch speaks during a news conference Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Houston. The Astros will face the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the baseball American League Championship Series Tuesday Oct. 16 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 15, 2018 - 9:38 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros are brimming with confidence, even after a Game 2 AL Championship Series defeat to the Boston Red Sox. For proof, just see Bregman's social media feed. Hours after Boston beat Houston 7-5 to even the best-of-seven series at a game each, Bregman...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich warms up before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 15, 2018 - 3:01 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich is heading home for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series with the matchup against the Dodgers tied at 1-all. Yelich, the favorite for NL MVP, was born in Thousand Oaks, California, and...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 14, 2018 - 9:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say ace left-hander Chis Sale has a stomach illness and will spend the night in the hospital. The Red Sox made the announcement Sunday night in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston. Boston said Sale reported the illness earlier...
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Houston Astros center fielder George Springer, right, and shortstop Carlos Correa celebrate their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. The Astros won 7-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 14, 2018 - 2:02 am
BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate. Verlander recovered quickly. Sale never did. After walking in one run and giving up the tying score on a...
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a strike three call with umpire Joe West during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 14, 2018 - 1:44 am
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston's 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night. Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter. Cora wasn't far behind the lanky left-...
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