NEW YORK (AP) — Short rest has never been the issue for Clayton Kershaw in October. Winning when he couldn't afford to lose, that was the problem.Kershaw finally came through with the season on the line Tuesday night, saving Los Angeles from another early playoff exit by pitching the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets that forced their NL Division Series to a deciding Game 5.
NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out Chase Utley's appeal made no difference in New York this week: The Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman sat out Games 3 and 4 of the NL Division Series, even though he was eligible to play.Utley was suspended two games by Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre for his rough slide in Game 2 that broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon posed for a selfie on the field with his wife. Jon Lester sprayed champagne with his young son. Rocker Eddie Vedder partied on the mound.For the Chicago Cubs and their ever-hopeful fans, this bash was a long time in the making.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have won their last 11 games started by Cole Hamels.They needed each of those victories to get this far, and their season will be over without another one Wednesday against Toronto in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series.
CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell are out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday.Molina missed the last part of the regular season because of a strained ligament in his left thumb, and it's clear the injury is still bothering him in the playoffs. The seven-time All-Star is 1 for 8 with two strikeouts in the series.
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