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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 baseball in general? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

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Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole.

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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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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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Spratt: The breakout MLB defenders of 2015

Scott Spratt lays out the breakout defenders of 2015, one at each position in each league; it's a nice blend of young stars (including Kevin Kiermaier) and veterans (Francisco Cervelli).

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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!

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Who's this year's Madison Bumgarner?

Last year, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner turned in one of the most dominant postseason pitching performances in MLB history. Who is most likely to be this year's MadBum? Our experts rank the contenders.

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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 Roy Halladay's no-hitter.


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.


Marchand: Yankees had a good season

Despite losing the AL wild-card game, Andrew Marchand said N.Y.'s season was OK: "It's a pretty good season because this Yankees team was expected to be in the bottom half of the AL East. Instead, they nearly won the division."


Pitching could rule in NL wild-card game

Jake Arrieta was 3-1 with an 0.75 ERA in five starts against the Pirates this season. Gerrit Cole was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against the Cubs, striking out 32 and walking four. What's gonna give? Wild card stats to know

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Royals believe in the pen without Holland

Last October, the Royals knew leads were safe in the hands of their lockdown bullpen. Can Kansas City's relievers slam the door again despite the loss of closer Greg Holland? Still gritty and scrappy

This Is SportsCenter: Matt Harvey

When the Dark Knight eats ice cream, it's go big or go home.


David Ross, the Cubs' difference-maker?

How did a 38-year-old backup catcher who hit .190 the past 3 seasons become the clubhouse leader? Why does manager Joe Maddon refer to Ross as someone who "brings out courage and strength in other people" and is an irreplaceable piece of these Cubs? Intangibles


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Terry Collins affirmed that Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson are starting Game 1 vs. LHP. Only regular LH to sit is Conforto.

What’s next for the Yankees?

Jim Bowden says the Yankees have a solid, young core but should acquire a right-handed, middle-of-the-lineup bat. Three offseason objectives (Insider)

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Correa douses Olney in champagne

Buster Olney was all set to interview Astros rookie Carlos Correa after his team's wild-card win, but the SS decided Olney needed to be covered in champagne beforehand.


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The Houston #Astros were so happy, they couldn't contain their champagne.


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Cubs announce roster for tonight, and they are carrying 10 pitchers, including Lester. Insurance for a really long extra-inning game.

Arrieta, Cole to meet in NL wild-card game

Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta has been lights-out since the All-Star break. Can he shut down Gerrit Cole and the Pirates in the NL wild-card game today?

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Grantland: Dallas owned NYC for a night

Ben Lindbergh writes that Joe Girardi doesn’t deserve any blame for Tuesday’s shutout loss. No managerial move could’ve altered the outcome. Dallas Keuchel was that good

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ICYMI: Astros blank Yanks in wild-card game

The Astros hit two solo home runs, and Dallas Keuchel struck out seven over six scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 win over the Yankees. Houston will face Kansas City in the ALDS beginning Thursday.


Colby Rasmus is celebrating accordingly

The LF hit his first postseason home run, he's covered in champagne and the Astros are headed to the ALDS. Looks like a good night.


Correa: Astros confident heading to ALDS

Buster Olney thanks Carlos Correa for ruining his eyesight with champagne and proceeds to ask the Astros SS about Dallas Keuchel's performance. "Oh, he was outstanding," Correa said. "Lights out."


Updated World Series odds

Via Westgate LV Superbook, here are the latest odds to win the World Series:

  • Blue Jays: 3-1
  • Royals: 4-1
  • Dodgers: 5-1
  • Cardinals: 6-1
  • Mets: 7-1

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BBTN previews NL wild-card game

Said Eduardo Perez: "This is not so much [Jake] Arrieta as it is [Gerrit] Cole at home. He has to be able to stand his ground." And Karl Ravech added that Cole is "going to need a zero through six innings."


What went wrong in New York?

Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter: "The Yankees simply stopped hitting the last two weeks of the season. ... It's pretty clear here they have to go out and get a bat [this offseason]."