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Crasnick: Bringing the heat key to postseason success?

While high velocity isn't the sole determinant of October success, recent history shows teams that had power arms at their disposal did well in the playoffs.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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Wulf: How the Astros arrived ahead of schedule

Houston wasn't expected to contend until 2017, but now the Astros find themselves in the unlikeliest of places: the American League wild-card game.

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$350K prize begs concern over DraftKings, FanDuel

Questions are being raised about the transparency of the daily fantasy industry after DraftKings employee might have used privileged information to win $350,000 in a weekend contest on FanDuel.


Power Rankings: Cards, Jays rule the roost

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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Schoenfield: Ultimate October Blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month features more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Barry Bonds' record-setting blast.

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Double(header) your fun

The final week of the season featured a lot of doubleheaders. Those games were interesting, entertaining and historic. We have the details.

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MLB game time reduced by 6 minutes in 2015

Major League Baseball managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season, when it adopted some speedup rules.

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Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

The Rangers are playoff bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a two-foot long brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried and costs $26, it is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus and not Presley, although the singer might have approved.

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Girardi hopes CC's choice helps others

Yanks manager Joe Girardi said starter CC Sabathia told him that he needed help battling alcoholism in Baltimore Sunday. "If CC is a guy who can step up in a situation like that, I hope it gives other people confidence to step up," Girardi said.


OTD: Bonds breaks McGwire's record

On Oct. 5, 2001, Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record when he crushed No. 71 of the season well over the right-center field wall.


Big showdown just one day away

Astros-Yankees gets MLB's postseason started Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez helped the Yankees reach their first playoff game since 2012.


Cardinals, Jays top final Power Rankings

The Cardinals finished the regular season atop the Power Rankings in for 18 of the past 19 weeks. The only other team to lead the way in that time: the Blue Jays, who moved up to No. 2. The Pirates, Cubs and Royals round out the top 5. Power Rankings


Molina to try and play with splint

Cardinals C Yadier Molina met with a specialist that told him his ligament injury wasn't healed but the catcher plans to play in the NLDS while wearing a splint on his left thumb.


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I asked the bearded Dallas Keuchel how recognized he is on the streets of midtown Manhattan. "The autograph seekers definitely know who I am. And that kind of gets tiring after a while. I mean, I prefer to go unnoticed. I don't have the beard to be noticed. It's just I can't let it go right now. But Manhattan is so big, I'm just another Joe."

Houston Astros @astrosbaseball

#Astros #WildCard Workouts at Yankee Stadium underway on a beautiful day in the Bronx. #Postseason starts Tuesday night at 7:08 pm CT on ESPN.

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In his first game in Yankee Stadium (the old one), in 1998, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, then 24, went 3 for 4 in a game started by David Cone. Five days earlier, Hinch collected his first big league hit, also off Cone. "A Yankee name has been on my favorite ball," says Hinch. "New York's a big stage, especially for a guy from Oklahoma."

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AL Wild Card Game Pitchers: This year Dallas Keuchel vs #Yankees 16IP 9H 0R 0ER 1 BB 16SO and Masahiro Tanaka vs #Astros 5IP 7H 6R 6ER 2BB 5SO #WildCard

Cashman: Organization supports Sabathia

Yanks GM Brian Cashman addressed the media about pitcher CC Sabathia checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center: "Everybody really from the Yankees organization, from ownership on down, teammates, coaches, manager, front office, ownership are supporting CC."


Angels retaining manager Mike Scioscia

Angels owner Arte Moreno announced that Scioscia would return for his 17th season with the team, one day after L.A. narrowly missed out on the postseason. The Angels have made the playoffs once in their last six seasons.


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Game 3-4-5 times for the NLDS haven't been announced yet. Should be set Friday or Saturday.

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Eric Cooper gets the plate assignment for Astros-Yankees. Dallas Keuchel has a 23-to-2 K/BB ratio with Cooper umpiring the plate. His best with any ump who has worked the plate more than twice when he's pitched.

Gomez: CC Sabathia news is a surprise

On the Yankees pitcher checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center Pedro Gomez said, "I don't know that any of us saw this coming." Tim Kurkjian adds: "Taking care of this is way more important than a postseason game."