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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."

Outlook dim for wild-card teams

With a win-or-go-home game still to be played this week, the odds are currently against the Cubs, Pirates, Yankees or Astros winning the World Series, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Tough odds for Cardinals

Despite leading the league with 100 wins, St. Louis is in the middle of the pack in terms of teams favored to win the World Series by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cards are sandwiched by the Mets and Rangers.

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.

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Grantland: Crowning the Most Exciting Team of the 2015 MLB Regular Season

The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.

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Advantage Astros in wild-card game?

Houston will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound against the Yankees on Tuesday night. The left-hander dominated New York in two starts earlier this season.

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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

Sabathia off postseason roster after checking into alcohol rehab (1:47)
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Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL East

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL East team:

  • Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman
  • Miami Marlins: Dee Gordon
  • New York Mets: Curtis Granderson
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Odubel Herrera
  • Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL East

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL East team:

  • Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis
  • Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz
  • New York Yankees: Brian McCann
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Logan Forsythe
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson

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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

Bargnani to miss preseason game

F/C Andrea Bargnani (hamstring tightness) will not play tonight in Brooklyn's first preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker. Bargnani has missed 175 games over the past four seasons due to injury. G Markel Brown (oblique), F/C Willie Reed (quad) and F Chris McCullough (knee) are also out for the team.

Brook Lopez to take more 3s this season

Lopez even joked that he's going to take 600 3-pointers in 2015-16. Lopez, who is 1-for-17 from downtown in his career, worked a lot on his 3-point shooting over the summer. "I'm confident in that situation to put one up if Coach (Hollins) calls my number in that regard," he said.

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Limping into the postseason

Although the Astros and Yankees both held on to claim wild-card berths, the two teams have struggled recently. Houston's pitching has been a disaster, while the Yankees' offense has done little in the last week.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets defensive snap counts from yesterday (based on 64): Rookie LB Lorenzo Mauldin (20) got more PT than Quinton Coples (15). The Jets played a lot of nickel. Other LBs -- Demario Davis 64, Davis Harris 47, Calvin Pace 37, Erin Henderson 16, Trevor Reilly 10. DBs -- Antonio Cromartie 64, Darrelle Revis 64, Marcus Gilchrist 64, Buster Skrine 56, Calvin Pryor 45, Dion Bailey 19, Marcus Williams 6. DL -- Mo Wilkerson 59, Leonard Williams 54, Damon Harrison 28, Leger Douzable 26, T.J. Barnes 5, Stephen Bowen 5.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets offensive snap counts from yesterday (based on 77): The biggest takeaway is the unusually heavy workload for RB Chris Ivory (54). Other RBs -- Tommy Bohanon 39, Zac Stacy 19, Bilal Powell 8. WRs -- Brandon Marshall 67, Devin Smith 55, Eric Decker 49, Quincy Enunwa 23, Jeremy Kerley 4. TEs -- Kellen Davis 54, Wes Saxton 12.