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Who's this year's Madison Bumgarner?

Last year, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner turned in one of the most dominant postseason pitching performances in MLB history. Who is most likely to be this year's MadBum? Our experts rank the contenders.

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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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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month features more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Roy Halladay's no-hitter.

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Power Rankings: Cards, Jays rule the roost

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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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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MLB game time reduced by 6 minutes in 2015

Major League Baseball managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season, when it adopted some speedup rules.

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Olney: Yankees may sit stars tonight

Buster Olney says there are logical reasons why Joe Girardi is contemplating sitting Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and/or Brian McCann tonight against Houston.


Smoltz: Mets mishandled Harvey

John Smoltz questions Matt Harvey's innings usage in his last two starts of the season.


Olney: Signs of trouble with Sabathia

Buster Olney, on CC Sabathia's demeanor after the Yankees clinched a playoff spot. “He didn’t seem happy. I wondered about that when I walked away from the interview. I just thought to myself, ‘I hope he’s doing OK.’”


'Get yourself right, big man, and be well'

Scott Van Pelt applauds CC Sabathia's decision to enter alcohol rehabilitation.


Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

The Rangers are playoff-bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a 2-foot brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried. It costs $26 and is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus -- not Presley, though the singer might have approved.

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#Astros #WildCard Workouts at Yankee Stadium underway on a beautiful day in the Bronx. #Postseason starts Tuesday night at 7:08 pm CT on ESPN.

Girardi hopes CC's choice helps others

Yanks manager Joe Girardi said starter CC Sabathia told him that he needed help battling alcoholism in Baltimore Sunday. "If CC is a guy who can step up in a situation like that, I hope it gives other people confidence to step up," Girardi said.


OTD: Bonds breaks McGwire's record

On Oct. 5, 2001, Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record when he crushed No. 71 of the season well over the right-center field wall.


Big showdown just one day away

Astros-Yankees gets MLB's postseason started Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez helped the Yankees reach their first playoff game since 2012.


Cardinals, Jays top final Power Rankings

The Cardinals finished the regular season atop the Power Rankings in for 18 of the past 19 weeks. The only other team to lead the way in that time: the Blue Jays, who moved up to No. 2. The Pirates, Cubs and Royals round out the top 5. Power Rankings


Molina to try and play with splint

Cardinals C Yadier Molina met with a specialist that told him his ligament injury wasn't healed but the catcher plans to play in the NLDS while wearing a splint on his left thumb.


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I asked the bearded Dallas Keuchel how recognized he is on the streets of midtown Manhattan. "The autograph seekers definitely know who I am. And that kind of gets tiring after a while. I mean, I prefer to go unnoticed. I don't have the beard to be noticed. It's just I can't let it go right now. But Manhattan is so big, I'm just another Joe."

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In his first game in Yankee Stadium (the old one), in 1998, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, then 24, went 3 for 4 in a game started by David Cone. Five days earlier, Hinch collected his first big league hit, also off Cone. "A Yankee name has been on my favorite ball," says Hinch. "New York's a big stage, especially for a guy from Oklahoma."

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AL Wild Card Game Pitchers: This year Dallas Keuchel vs #Yankees 16IP 9H 0R 0ER 1 BB 16SO and Masahiro Tanaka vs #Astros 5IP 7H 6R 6ER 2BB 5SO #WildCard

Cashman: Organization supports Sabathia

Yanks GM Brian Cashman addressed the media about pitcher CC Sabathia checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center: "Everybody really from the Yankees organization, from ownership on down, teammates, coaches, manager, front office, ownership are supporting CC."


Angels retaining manager Mike Scioscia

Angels owner Arte Moreno announced that Scioscia would return for his 17th season with the team, one day after L.A. narrowly missed out on the postseason. The Angels have made the playoffs once in their last six seasons.