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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.

Delaware North

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

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.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

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."

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.


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.


Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

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.


Jayson Stark @jaysonst

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

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

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."


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."

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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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

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."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

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