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3hElizabeth Merrill

From The Mag: How Yordano Ventura went from 'the kid' to 'the man'

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura started Opening Day and will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros. But between the brawls and a demotion, it hasn't been an easy path.

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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, such as the Pete Rose-Bud Harrelson NLCS brawl.

Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
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17hGordon Edes

Excitement about the Blue Jays booming in Toronto

Toronto has become a baseball town this fall, as the city is going nuts about the Toronto Blue Jays making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

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17hJim Caple

Back, back, back to the future

Thanks to ''Back To The Future, Part II,'' we know the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and the rest of baseball? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

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One and done: Grading the 2015 Yankees

After the shortest postseason in franchise history, it's time to hand out our year-end report card for the 2015 Bronx Bombers.

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Szymborski: Does Mark Buehrle have HOF case?

With rumblings that Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle could retire following this season, Dan Szymborski puts the crafty 36-year-old lefty's career under the microscope.

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Astros own the moment that passes Yankees by

Dallas Keuchel got the better of Alex Rodriguez in a pivotal sixth-inning showdown Tuesday night, Gordon Edes writes, and the Astros are moving on to face the Royals in the American League Division Series.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!


Can David Price shake playoff woes?

The Blue Jays left-hander is every bit an ace in the regular season but has lost all five of his postseason starts.

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Price hoping to start playoffs off right

David Price and the Blue Jays host the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS at 3:37 p.m. ET. He is 0-5 in 5 career postseason starts, the only pitcher in history to lose each of his first 5 career postseason starts. Postseason coverage

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Sean Rodriguez 1, Gatorade cooler 0

Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez went full Mike Tyson on a Gatorade cooler after being ejected from the National League wild-card game. The cooler didn't get a hit in before falling down.


What’s next for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

With Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte signed for the next few years, it's time for the Pirates to lock up their other starting outfielder, future star Gregory Polanco. Offseason objectives (Insider)


Banister hoping for some beginner's luck

Eleven major pro and college coaches won championships in their first years since 1970. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is looking to join them. A look at the club

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Jake Arrieta's unprecedented run

Jayson Stark on the dominance of the Cubs starter: “It’s incredible to be in a ballpark where a team hands a guy like this a lead two hitters into the game and you're thinking, ‘Nobody’s made an out yet and the game is over.’”


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Comfortable temperatures are expected in Kansas City tonight for the ALDS opener between the Astros and Royals. According to AccuWeather, it will be mostly cloudy and 72 degrees at first pitch. A light passing shower is possible. Winds blowing out to RF at 8-16 mph.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Everyone talks about how Clayton Kershaw needs to erase his postseason demons but David Price is in a similar position. He's the only pitcher to lose his first five postseason starts (although he did pitch well for the Tigers last year).

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Roof or no roof? According to the Accuweather forecast, it will be dry Thursday afternoon in Toronto with clouds and limited sunshine. If the roof is left open, the first pitch temperature will be near 60 degrees and then remain nearly steady throughout the game. The wind will be rather light and from the southeast at 10 mph or less. There is a small chance for a shower toward the end of the game, but the most likely scenario is that any showers hold off until after the game later Thursday evening or Thursday night. David Price's preference? "Whatever our hitters want," he said.

Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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'Electric night from start to finish'

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta comments on the atmosphere in PNC Park and getting hit by a pitch, which cleared the benches: "I kind of expected that."


Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

Fascinating Division Series dynamic this year. The NL has the marquee matchups, but both AL series should be a lot of fun.

Highlights: Arrieta shuts down Pirates

Jake Arrieta struck out 11 batters and allowed just four hits en route to a dominant shutout that led the Cubs past the Pirates 4-0 and set up a meeting with the Cardinals in the NLDS.


A first-time tilt in MLB postseason

The Cubs and Cardinals have played a total of 2,363 regular-season games all-time, but they have never faced each other in the postseason. Game 1 of their NLDS is Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET.

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Jessica Mendoza 'excited' by support

ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza talks with Good Morning America about the criticism directed at her after announcing the AL wild-card game.


Ron Darling on Harvey absence: No biggie

The former Mets starting pitcher, and member of the '86 world champs, said of Matt Harvey's late arrival to Mets practice on Tuesday: "It's really hard for me to criticize. Half our team didn't make the [World Series] parade ... We had guys who barely showed up to games."

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Are Cubs unbeatable with Jake Arrieta?

The Cubs ace, barely seen here in a cloud of champagne, became the first pitcher ever to throw a postseason shutout with double-digit strikeouts and zero walks. Over Arrieta's past 14 starts, the Cubs are 14-0. Over his past 19 starts, they're 18-1.


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Cooper Arrieta helps dad, a.k.a. @cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, with the champagne celebration after the ace's shutout win. [Credit: USA TODAY Sports]

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#PhotoOfTheNight: After leading the Cubs to the postseason for the first time since 2003, Jake Arrieta celebrates accordingly.

Cubs put end to postseason losing skid

Chicago's win over Pittsburgh snapped the franchise's 9-game losing streak in the postseason. It was the Cubs' first win in the playoffs since Game 4 of the 2003 NLCS.


Scott Kazmir to start Game 2 for AStros

Said Astros manager A.J. Hinch: "He's pitched very well against the Royals this year in three games. This is a good ballpark for him to pitch in. This is a big stage. He's been there before. Lefthanded pitching against their balanced lineup was something that I looked heavily on." Kazmir hasn't won a game since late August.

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Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

"Here's to the never-ending party," said Cubs coach Davey Martinez. And for all we know, it might still be going on.