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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
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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Is Friday here yet?
Cora: Credit GM for Rangers' revival
Jon Daniels made three key moves that helped turn a last place team into AL West champions. ESPN's Alex Cora dissects those moves.
National League playoff picture
- The Cubs will visit the Pirates in the wild-card game, with the Cardinals awaiting the winner
- The Dodgers and Mets will clash in the NLDS; New York leads the season series 4-3
Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down
Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.
Carlos Gomez says he'll be ready for Yanks
The Astros CF (rib muscle) sat out the final series of the season, but plans to play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Said Gomez: "Yeah, definitely I'll be ready in New York. You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I'm going to be ready. That's what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York."