|A day later and the memories lingered for Astros rookie Carlos Correa.
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|The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers have reminded us of something we probably already knew: There is no momentum in baseball. At least, there doesn't appear to be momentum during the postseason.
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|The story of the Kansas City Royals developing into pennant-winners is not simply a story of talented, young players maturing. It is also a story of a manager becoming secure enough to loosen the reins and share the decision-making.
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|The boos rained down upon Chase Utley, just as the forecasts had figured. And there were moments Monday night when Citi Field faithful's demands for a pound of flesh -- voiced in those rhythmic "We want Utley!" chants -- were about as loud and nearly as long as the public discourse over Utley's takeout tactics.
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|The Blue Jays had a 7-1 lead on the Rangers in the third inning, but manager John Gibbons wasn't taking any chances with his club's postseason life on the line and he summoned ace lefty David Price from the bullpen and left him in for three innings and 50 pitches.
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|And now for the Cubs, after their biggest moment at Wrigley Field in a dozen years, the hardest part. Finishing the job.
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|Just when reasonable people might believe that the season of the Kansas City Royals is over, kaput, history, down and done, the Royals rise up and prove that you can never depend on them to lose.
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|The Astros are excited. Why not? They get to play another game on Wednesday.
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|Eleven days after he suffered a heart attack, Rusty Staub was back. There was Le Grande Orange in living color as NBC used to say -- emphasis on living. He was moving up the dugout steps as he had so often in the eighth and ninth innings of games at Shea Stadium in the first half of the '80s. In those days, he had a bat in his hands. On Monday night, minutes before the Mets resumed their quest for another shot at the World Series, he had the crowd in his hands.
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|Major League Baseball attempted to handle the discipline of Chase Utley with a two-game suspension for his so-called "slide" that broke Ruben Tejada's leg. Utley appealed, as is his right, and the appeal process will allow him to be available for Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Mets at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday on TBS.
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|Down 0-2 in a best-of-five American League Division Series, the Blue Jays made a stand of their own by defeating the Texas Rangers, 5-1, on Sunday night at Globe Life Park. They did it by getting back to the basics.
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|You can call it a "slide," if you really want to take liberties with the language. You can call it a "tackle," as Matt Harvey did. You can call it a "rolling block," as Joe Torre did. Whatever the wording, the bottom line is that Chase Utley quite literally went too far with his takeout of Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, and he deserves punishment.
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|It is not just another game for Astros rookie right-hander Lance McCullers. On Monday, he will take the mound at Minute Maid Park for Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Royals. A win, and the Astros celebrate advancing to the AL Championship Series. A loss, and the Astros heads back to Kansas City for a winner-take-all Game 5.
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|The Royals are at the brink of postseason elimination. Counting them out now might seem superficially easy. But it would also be seriously foolish.
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|This is the age of exaggeration, a time when "Everything is Awesome" if you choose to believe it is, a time when facts can easily be conflated with myths in the immediacy of our social media consumption, a time when NBC has a TV program called "Best Show Ever."
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|The Mets will have a new shortstop for Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field. The Dodgers should also turn to a new man at the most important non-battery position on the field. It is time to go to hard-edged, proven, former NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Jimmy Rollins and give young Corey Seager a chance to relax and catch his breath.
|The rules allow slides like the one executed by the Dodgers' Chase Utley in the pivotal seventh inning of L.A.'s 5-2 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Mets. The rules also used to allow collisions at home plate, where the catcher wears protective gear from head to toe. And so the hunch here is that the broken leg Ruben Tejada suffered late Saturday night inspires a change to the rules covering the double-play pivot.
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|Chris Carter's season-long struggles earned him a spot on the bench for most of the summer, but now he's playing a huge role in Houston's postseason run. Statcast helps to show how he's hitting the ball a whole lot harder.
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|Three words haunt a generation of Cub fans: Brock for Broglio.
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|The Blue Jays had the best record in baseball after July 29, at 43-18. They scored the most runs in the Majors and hit the most home runs. Their rotation had the American League's best ERA at 3.48.
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|With New York nine outs away from putting the Dodgers on the brink of elimination and heading home to finish the job, everything changed on Chase Utley's hard, late slide in the seventh inning. It triggered shortstop Ruben Tejada's fractured right fibula, a sudden eruption of the Dodgers' dormant offense, and a 5-2 Mets loss that sends the show to the East Coast all even.
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|Way back in Spring Training, in those carefree days under the Arizona sun, Joe Maddon first uttered the line that resonated around Busch Stadium early Saturday.
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|Ten years after the franchise's only World Series appearance, the 2015 Astros have given Houston something else to celebrate.
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|The Royals play like they expect to come back from even the most difficult situations. And why not? They already have.
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|Score one for the guys who have been there and done that. Before the Cubs could get any wild ideas about rearranging the balance of power in the Midwest rivalry, John Lackey and the Cardinals have reminded them that it's not going to be easy to get past them with a 4-0 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
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|Cal Ripken Jr. might just be the kind of franchise-shaking move the Washington Nationals need at this point in their history.
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|In the dugout, the Texas Rangers looked at one another and shrugged. Surprised? Absolutely not. If a single moment could sum up an entire season, this would be it.
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|The Astros are baseball's feel-good story this October. After a combined 416 losses the four previous seasons, they made it into the postseason this year. Impressive? Darn right. Satisfying? Not a chance. Not to manager A.J. Hinch.
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|These aren't your father's Cubs, or even the ones of your grandfather. Actually, since we're discussing a franchise that hasn't won the National League pennant in 70 years and a World Series championship since 1908, I'm guessing "great-grandfather" is appropriate for some folks.
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|Joe Maddon is inventive, clever, intriguing and quite likable. And he's not the National League Manager of the Year. Terry Collins is.
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