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Wulf: How the Astros arrived ahead of schedule

Houston wasn't expected to contend until 2017, but now the Astros find themselves in the unlikeliest of places: the American League wild-card game.

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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.


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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Edes: Final Red Sox report card

With no playoffs -- just a long, busy winter -- to look forward to, Gordon Edes hands out his final report card for the 2015 Boston Red Sox.

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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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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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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.


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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."

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.


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.


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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.


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Game 3-4-5 times for the NLDS haven't been announced yet. Should be set Friday or Saturday.

Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

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

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Eric Cooper gets the plate assignment for Astros-Yankees. Dallas Keuchel has a 23-to-2 K/BB ratio with Cooper umpiring the plate. His best with any ump who has worked the plate more than twice when he's pitched.

Gomez: CC Sabathia news is a surprise

On the Yankees pitcher checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center Pedro Gomez said, "I don't know that any of us saw this coming." Tim Kurkjian adds: "Taking care of this is way more important than a postseason game."


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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."

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.

Zimmermann thanks Nationals fans

SP Jordan Zimmermann, a free agent this offseason, released a statement via his agent today that read, in part: "Although I may no longer wear the curly W on my head or on my chest, Nationals fans always will be in my heart. Thank you again for everything!"

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An all-time comeback for Texas

The Rangers overcame an eight-game deficit in the AL West in early August to win the division. Only four teams in the last 40 years have come back from a bigger hole in that same time frame (Elias).

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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called the job first-year Rangers manager Jeff Bannister has done guiding Texas' worst-to-first turnaround in the AL West "absolutely tremendous." Added Carlisle: "I can’t help but feel great for the Rangers, but Jeff Bannister’s story is a very compelling one. He came in as a guy who was given an opportunity and Jon Daniels had a hunch about him. They had the tough start early, but Jeff’s a guy that’s an energetic believer. He kept those guys going. It’s been remarkable, and they have a real chance."

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

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Sabathia: "I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine… to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help."

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Sabathia's statement: "Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you."

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

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ICYMI: 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.