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Schoenfield: Ultimate October Blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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Double(header) your fun

The final week of the season featured a lot of doubleheaders. Those games were interesting, entertaining and historic. We have the details.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month has featured more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Pudge Rodriguez's clutch catch.

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Rogers: Jake Arrieta enjoying a season to remember

National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta had a regular season for the ages, particularly the second half, but the Cubs ace is focused on his biggest start yet: the NL wild-card game.

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Uni Watch: MLB turns ahead clock in 1999

In the debut of Uni Watch's Friday Flashback, a weekly feature devoted to uniforms from the past, Paul Lukas travels back to the future to remember baseball's "turn ahead the clock" gimmick.


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

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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."

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.

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The only pitcher to 300 K's in a single season with fewer innings than Clayton Kershaw this year? Pedro Martinez in 1999.

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.


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.


Major League Baseball October blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? Formula for winning

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Angels to hire Eppler as GM

Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler has been hired by the Angels as general manager, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand and multiple reports. The hire will be announced Monday. The L.A. Times first reported the news.

Rangers clinch division title

The Rangers defeat the Angels 9-2 to clinch the American League West title.


Astros get wild-card spot even with loss

Despite losing to the Diamondbacks, the Astros clinch a spot in the American League wild card game against the Yankees.


How the Rangers made the playoffs

While celebrating, Cole Hamels, Elvis Andrus and Price Fielder talk about how the Rangers bounced back to make the postseason.


Yanks lose to O's, will host Astros in WC game

Chris Davis hit his 47th home run in the Orioles' 9-4 win but the Yankees will have home-field advantage in the wild-card game against the Astros.


Kershaw hits 300 Ks for the season

Clayton Kershaw struck out seven to become the first pitcher in 13 years to reach 300 strikeouts in Dodgers win over the Padres.


Royals secure home-field advantage

Kansas City took down the Twins, thanks in part to Salvador Perez's 21st homer of the season, and will have home-field advantage throughout the postseason.


Rays beat Blue Jays in finale

The Rays' regular season ended with a win by beating the AL East champion Blue Jays by a whopping 12-3.


Pirates win; clinch home field in WC

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati in both clubs' regular season finale to clinch a home game against the Cubs for the National League wild card.


deGrom, Mets get on track vs. Nats

The day after Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter against the Mets, New York had the pitching edge. Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett all looked solid as they had a combined no-hitter going until it was broken up in the 7th vs. Jon Niese. This two-hit shutout ended the Mets' five-game skid.


Pat Murphy won't return for Padres

The team's interim manager won't return in the same capacity next season and San Diego will look for a new manager, the team announced today.

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Haren to retire after postseason

Cubs starter Dan Haren said after his regular season win over the Brewers, "That was it for me. If I have to pitch in the postseason I'll be ready for sure." He has 153 career wins and a 3.60 ERA in 13 years in the big leagues.