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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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2015 MLB postseason

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


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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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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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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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month has featured more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Pudge Rodriguez's clutch catch.

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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."


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.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was "surprised" when he was put on a conference call Sunday informing him that CC Sabathia would need alcohol dependency treatment. He said the organization is fully behind Sabathia. Cashman said Sabathia had "great courage."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

If the Yankees advance in the wild card, CC Sabathia probably would have started one of the ALDS games. Sabathia, who announced today is going for alcohol dependency treatment, had pitched much better of late. In his last four starts, he had a 2.22 ERA. With Masahiro Tanaka starting the wild card game, the Yankees' rotation for the ALDS if they were to advance would likely be rookie Luis Severino, Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Tanaka. Nathan Eovaldi is rehabbing his forearm, but, if he comes back, he would only return as a reliever because he is not stretched out.

Zimmermann thanks Nationals fans

SP Jordan Zimmermann, a free agent this offseason, released a statement via his agent today that read, in part: "Although I may no longer wear the curly W on my head or on my chest, Nationals fans always will be in my heart. Thank you again for everything!"

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An all-time comeback for Texas

The Rangers overcame an eight-game deficit in the AL West in early August to win the division. Only four teams in the last 40 years have come back from a bigger hole in that same time frame (Elias).

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called the job first-year Rangers manager Jeff Bannister has done guiding Texas' worst-to-first turnaround in the AL West "absolutely tremendous." Added Carlisle: "I can’t help but feel great for the Rangers, but Jeff Bannister’s story is a very compelling one. He came in as a guy who was given an opportunity and Jon Daniels had a hunch about him. They had the tough start early, but Jeff’s a guy that’s an energetic believer. He kept those guys going. It’s been remarkable, and they have a real chance."

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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Sabthia to enter alcohol rehab; will miss playoffs

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason, he announced Monday. Sabathia, who thanked the Yankees for their "encouragement and understanding," said he intends to be back with the Yankees next season. Story

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Sabathia: "I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine… to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help."

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Sabathia's statement: "Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you."

CC Sabathia checking into alcohol rehab

The Yankees pitcher released a statement saying in part, "I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player." Story

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ICYMI: Ichiro makes pitching debut

In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki took the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.


Williams goes from Manager of the Year to fired

Matt Williams is the first manager in MLB history to win Manager of the Year in his first season with a team and be fired after his second (Manager of the Year first awarded in 1983).

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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Those two Red Sox perennials, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, cracked MLB's top 20 list in jersey sales, according to MLB.com, despite the team's third last-place finish in the past four years. Ortiz ranked No. 14, Pedroia No. 18. No Yankees in the top 20.

Nationals had big drop-off

The Nationals, who fired manager Matt Williams today, won 13 fewer games this season (83) than last (96). That drop-off is the 2nd-most by any National League team (Brewers were first at 14).

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#Nats really cleaned house for coaching: Pitching, hitting, bench, bullpen, first, third, list goes on told contracts will not be renewed

Matt Williams goes from favorites to fired

The Nationals manager was dismissed today. Washington was the most recent World Series favorite (per Westgate Las Vegas Superbook) to fall short of expectations.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

I have an AL MVP ballot this year, and I know who I'm putting on top: Josh Donaldson #1, Mike Trout #2 in a close race. For Yankees MVP? It's got to be Alex Rodriguez, who led the team in HRs (33), OBP and OPS and played in 151 games. Who else could it be?

Matt Williams dismissed as Nats manager

After a disappointing 83-79 season and missing the playoffs, the Nationals have parted ways with their manager. Williams was the NL Manager of the Year in 2014.

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American League playoff picture

  • The Yankees will host the AL wild-card game vs. the Astros on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), with the winner facing the Royals
  • The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, will take on the Blue Jays in the ALDS.


Kris Bryant has top selling MLB jersey

Nope, not Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs rookie 3B had the best selling jersey in MLB during the regular season. Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were No. 2 and 3 with Kershaw, Trout and Harper following.