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Nationals’ Bryce Harper hits startling broken-bat home run in win over Mets

Harper hits broken-bat home run in first inning off Jacob deGromSlumping Nats come together for 8-6 victory over surging MetsBryce Harper hit a startling, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning th…

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Washington’s Max Scherzer, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards

Scherzer wins third Cy Young Award and second in National LeagueKluber takes American League honor with 28 of 30 first-place votesMax Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young Award, winning Wednesday for the second straight ye…

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Cubs reach third straight NLCS after rallying past Nationals in 9-8 thriller

Defending World Series champs outlast Nationals in Game 5 to win NLDS Cubs advance to third straight NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers awaitNats led 4-1 with Max Scherzer on mound but couldn’t hold on for victoryThe Chicago Cubs win whenever they need…

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Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

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Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

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Mets’ Syndergaard refuses MRI, leaves game injured, sees team destroyed 23-5

  • ‘I think I know my body best. I’m pretty in tune with my body’
  • Anthony Rendon has 10 RBIs in huge victory for rampant Washington
  • Nationals break team record as they batter NL East rivals

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his start against the Washington Nationals in the second inning with an injury on a day to forget for his team. The team announced Syndergaard has “a possible lat strain” and was headed to New York for an MRI.

The right-hander was making his first start since April 20. He was a late scratch from his last scheduled outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves due to biceps discomfort. But he threw a bullpen Friday, said he felt fine and refused an MRI. “I think I know my body best,” Syndergaard told reporters at the time. “I’m pretty in tune with my body, and that’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI.”

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Mets’ Syndergaard refuses MRI, leaves game injured, sees team destroyed 23-5

  • ‘I think I know my body best. I’m pretty in tune with my body’
  • Anthony Rendon has 10 RBIs in huge victory for rampant Washington
  • Nationals break team record as they batter NL East rivals

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his start against the Washington Nationals in the second inning with an injury on a day to forget for his team. The team announced Syndergaard has “a possible lat strain” and was headed to New York for an MRI.

The right-hander was making his first start since April 20. He was a late scratch from his last scheduled outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves due to biceps discomfort. But he threw a bullpen Friday, said he felt fine and refused an MRI. “I think I know my body best,” Syndergaard told reporters at the time. “I’m pretty in tune with my body, and that’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI.”

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Mets’ Syndergaard refuses MRI, leaves game injured, sees team destroyed 23-5

  • ‘I think I know my body best. I’m pretty in tune with my body’
  • Anthony Rendon has 10 RBIs in huge victory for rampant Washington
  • Nationals break team record as they batter NL East rivals

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his start against the Washington Nationals in the second inning with an injury on a day to forget for his team. The team announced Syndergaard has “a possible lat strain” and was headed to New York for an MRI.

The right-hander was making his first start since April 20. He was a late scratch from his last scheduled outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves due to biceps discomfort. But he threw a bullpen Friday, said he felt fine and refused an MRI. “I think I know my body best,” Syndergaard told reporters at the time. “I’m pretty in tune with my body, and that’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI.”

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Clayton Kershaw is the greatest pitcher of his time and the NLDS showed why

The Dodgers’ ace lived up to his reputation as the game’s greatest pitcher with an improbable save on Thursday to close out the Nationals in the NLDS

Clayton Kershaw is the greatest pitcher of his time so why wouldn’t he want to finish one of the greatest playoff games in recent memory?

He stood in the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout in the eighth inning of Thursday’s already draining Game 5 of a draining National League Division Series against Washington and wondered how possibly the team’s closer Kenley Jansen could pitch three innings when he was accustomed to only throwing one. He had made 211 pitches in the previous seven days, just weeks after returning from a back injury that once threatened to end his season. In Tuesday’s Game 4 he had pitched seven innings. If there was one certainty in Game 5, it was that he wouldn’t be a part of it.

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Clayton Kershaw gets first major league save as Dodgers clinch spot in NLCS

  • Dodgers top Nationals 4-3 after nailbiting finish in Washington
  • Nationals once again fail to win a postseason series and LA will play Chicago

Clayton Kershaw got the final two outs to earn his first major league save and finish the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in Game 5 to win their NL Division Series.

Related: Dodgers beat Nationals 4-3 to win NL Division Series – as it happened

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Dodgers v Nationals: NL Division Series, game five – live!

The Dodgers face the Nats in a winner-takes-all showdown in the nation’s capital for a place in the NLCS. Follow all the action live with Hunter Felt

12.58am BST

Dodgers Starting Lineup

1. Chase Utley, 2B
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Joc Peterson, CF
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Andrew Toles, LF
9. Rich Hill, P

12.55am BST

Predictions

I have no idea? See, in some ways you’re lucky to be getting my thoughts on this particular season because I’m completely neutral as I am utterly indifferent to which teams wins this series.

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José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

The man who much of baseball forgot hit a three-run homer against the Dodgers on Sunday – a magic moment in a career that has otherwise been an anonymous grind

Nothing says baseball lifer like getting married at home plate on the morning before a game. There is something metaphorical about the backup catcher who loves the sport so much he walked the aisle in the batter’s box, as the Washington Nationals’ José Lobatón once did years ago when he played in Tampa Bay. That’s the passion that carries you on through years of sitting on the bench, playing on Sunday afternoons and the odd weeknight when the regular catcher needs a rest. The money is decent but not outlandish, the disappointments are many.

Related: Relief pitcher Travis Wood hits stunning home run to put Cubs on verge of NLCS

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José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

The man who much of baseball forgot hit a three-run homer against the Dodgers on Sunday – a magic moment in a career that has otherwise been an anonymous grind

Nothing says baseball lifer like getting married at home plate on the morning before a game. There is something metaphorical about the backup catcher who loves the sport so much he walked the aisle in the batter’s box, as the Washington Nationals’ José Lobatón once did years ago when he played in Tampa Bay. That’s the passion that carries you on through years of sitting on the bench, playing on Sunday afternoons and the odd weeknight when the regular catcher needs a rest. The money is decent but not outlandish, the disappointments are many.

Related: Relief pitcher Travis Wood hits stunning home run to put Cubs on verge of NLCS

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Clayton Kershaw good enough for Dodgers in NLDS win over Nationals

  • Kershaw leads Dodgers to Game 1 win over Nats in best-of-five NLDS
  • Pitcher’s iffy postseason history takes back seat as Los Angeles prevail

The silver-haired man in the blue sports coat standing inside the visitor’s clubhouse Friday is known for his postseason glory. But Sandy Koufax had his October struggles too. Not every one of those World Series games was a work of brilliance. His fastballs were hit. His curves flopped in the dirt and he watched in horror as other teams’ players thundered across home plate.

In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 Game 1 National League Division Series victory over Washington, the great Koufax walked past Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw who was draped in towels. Their eyes met for a moment; the pitcher many believe to be the game’s greatest and the 28-year-old man who might be the closest comparison to him today. And Koufax gave Kershaw a knowing look and a tiny nod as if to say: sometimes you have to grind out these postseason games.

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In Washington, two black managers create a piece of baseball history

When the Nats play the Dodgers on Friday, Dusty Baker and Dave Roberts will become the first black managers to oppose each other in a postseason series. Baseball has no choice but to pay attention

Late last fall, the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers had seemingly settled on two white men to manage their teams. This wasn’t much a surprise. Despite league rules that demand clubs interview non-white candidates for their manager and general manager jobs, baseball teams almost never hire candidates of color. Owners and executives tend to hire people like themselves, and since most of the decision-makers are white, the people they put in charge of their teams are, too.

Related: No bat flip this time from Jose Bautista as Blue Jays romp to 10-1 win over Texas

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In Washington, two black managers create a piece of baseball history

When the Nats play the Dodgers on Friday, Dusty Baker and Dave Roberts will become the first black managers to oppose each other in a postseason series. Baseball has no choice but to pay attention

Late last fall, the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers had seemingly settled on two white men to manage their teams. This wasn’t much a surprise. Despite league rules that demand clubs interview non-white candidates for their manager and general manager jobs, baseball teams almost never hire candidates of color. Owners and executives tend to hire people like themselves, and since most of the decision-makers are white, the people they put in charge of their teams are, too.

Related: No bat flip this time from Jose Bautista as Blue Jays romp to 10-1 win over Texas

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Why the New York Yankees can’t lose even when they try to

The Yankees raised the white flag, brought in the kids and still kept the buzz around the ballpark. Plus, what the Cubs and Donald Trump have in common

A-Rod who? The omnipresent slugger’s nickname, so long on the tip of our tongues, seemed long gone by the time two ballyhooed Yankees prospects bounced into the Bronx on Saturday. And so what was supposed to be a weekend awash with nostalgia – Alex Rodriguez’ departure, the honoring of the 1996 World Series champion Yanks and a Monument Park plaque for Mariano Rivera, became much more about tomorrow than yesterday.

The Yankees, for all their winning (some 27 World Series titles), have suffered in the past. Their most famous collapse came in 1965, when an empire that brought 10 titles, 15 pennants in 18 seasons, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and a host of Yankee elites, crumbled to the core.

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How the Chicago Cubs lost Game 7 of the World Series

Baseball’s commissioners are still convinced it’s OK to let All-Stars decide who gets home field advantage in the World Series. Plus, happy birthday Goose, should the Red Sox fire John Farrell, and are the Cardinals finally out of luck?

It’s a freezing cold October night in Cleveland, but the crowd are on fire for Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs.

Related: On the other hand: is switch-hitting in sport a dying art?

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