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Girardi introduced as Phillies manager

Girardi

Girardi

Girardi brings an impressive resume to Philadelphia. He managed the New York Yankees for 10 years, succeeding Joe Torre after the 2007 season. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009. Girardi’s record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth-most wins in team history.

“It means a lot to me that the fans are behind me,” Girardi said. “I’m well aware of the passion for the great game of baseball here. I’ve lived it as a player and as a manager. I know the importance of winning here. I had a chance to compete against a great team with Charlie Manuel here in 2009, and it was a great place to come watch a game...

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Taubman apologizes for conduct

Taubman

Taubman

The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration.

Taubman’s remarks after the Astros clinched the AL pennant reportedly referenced Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy before being traded from Toronto to the Astros.

According to SI, Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times, punctuating them with an expletive.  Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.

Brandon Taubman released a statement through the Astros Tuesday...

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Kershaw adds another October flop

Kershaw

Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success , dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget.  Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night when the three-time Cy Young Award winner squandered a two-run lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers six outs from advancing to a fourth straight NL Championship Series.

“When you don’t win the last game of the season and you’re to blame for it, it’s not fun,” Kershaw said, his eyes red. “The main reason (it hurts) is the group of guys in this clubhouse. It’s a terrible feeling.”

Kershaw has been the heart and soul of the Dodgers  since  he arrived in Los Angeles  in 2008 at the age 20...

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Callaway fired after two seasons

Callaway

Callaway

The Mets on Thursday cut ties with the second-year manager despite an 86-76 season highlighted by a midsummer surge that put them in the postseason hunt.

“I feel unfulfilled. I feel we left some games on the field that we should have won, and we didn’t fulfill what we really had as a goal, which was get to the postseason,” chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said on a 30-minute conference call with reporters. “We’re not playing October baseball, and that’s what it’s about.”

“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” Van Wagenen said in a statement...

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Maddon done after 5 seasons with the Cubs

Maddon

Maddon

Maddon, who led the team to their first World Series title since 1908, will not return next season, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told reporters Sunday. Maddon has led the Cubs to a record of 84-77 this season, with one game remaining.  The 65-year-old Maddon is officially a free agent after the Cubs missed the postseason for the first time in five years.

Maddon took over on the north side of Chicago to begin the 2015 season and immediately guided the club to an increase of 24 wins. But his best moment came the year after as he led his 103-win team to their first world title in more than 100 years, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games...

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Brewers clinch playoff berth again

Brewers

Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second straight post-season appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun’s grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race.

The Brewers have won six in a row and 17 of 19 despite losing MVP Christian Yelich to a broken kneecap, vaulting from also-ran to at least a wild card. There’s more at their fingertips — the division-leading Cardinals lost again on Wednesday, slicing their lead over the Brewers to 1 1/2 games.

Milwaukee trails Washington by one game for the wild card lead.

The Brewers jogged onto the field and formed a scrum by second base after when Junior Guerra got Christian Colon on a grounder for the final out.

A sizzlin’ September topped off by a bubbly celebration...

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Mets get 9 runs, 11 hits on 9/11 anniversary

Mets

Mets

The Mets scored their nine runs on 11 hits on a night when Major League Baseball honored those whose lives were lost or affected on Sept. 11, 2001.

“What a great day. Just to have all the first responders on the field, getting to stand in between [them],” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “I know I had some pretty cool conversations with the guys around me; I’m sure everybody out there on the line did. He was just talking about that day, and all the cleanup after — it’s amazing. So that was neat in its own right; and then to come up and win a game for them, and to get nine runs on 11 hits, that’s even cooler.”

Mets slugger Pete Alonso coordinated the purchase and production of custom 9/11 cleats for Mets players to wear...

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TrackMan to continue in Atlantic League

TrackMan

TrackMan

The independent Atlantic League is so happy with TrackMan that it will continue using the system for the rest of the season, starting Thursday.

The league became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes at its All-Star Game earlier this month. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

He crouched in his normal position behind the catcher and signaled balls and strikes.

“This is a landmark day for the Atlantic League and professional baseball,” Atlantic League president Rick White said in a statement...

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Stroman to Mets in surprising deal

Stroman

Stroman

According to his father, Marcus Stroman was hoping to be traded to New York, just not to the Mets.

Earl told Newsday on Monday that with trade rumors circling before Sunday’s trade to the Mets, Marcus was excited by the prospect of pitching in pinstripes.

“He was hoping it was the Yankees a little bit,” Earl Stroman said. “He was kind of psyched, maybe hoping to go there. I’m not going to tell you that he wasn’t. If he was to leave Toronto at all. Don’t forget, Marcus loved Toronto, his heart was there.

“The brass [management] didn’t kind of appreciate him as much as the fans did. The whole country took to him and they took to me.”

Earl Stroman added his son could be interested in joining the Yankees when he becomes a free agent after next season.

“That’s up to the Yankees,...

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Cardinals beat Astros to take NL Central lead

Cardinals

Cardinals

Paul Goldschmidt extended his career best homer streak to five games with a three run drive in the eighth inning  The Cardinals, who have won 9 of their last 10, took over first place in the NL Central with a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.  Coupled with the Chicago Cubs’ loss at Milwaukee, the Cardinals now have sole possession of the division lead for the first time since before play on May 7.

“I just tried to keep the same attitude even when I wasn’t getting results,” Goldschmidt said. “Just show up, prepare and work hard and try and go help us win the next day. That’s what my mindset is now and will be tomorrow.”

“You find out about people when they’re not going as good,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said...

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Turner hits for another cycle against Rockies

Turner

Turner

The Colorado Rockies bring out the best in Trea Turner.

On Tuesday, the Washington Nationals shortstop hit for the cycle during an 11-1 win over Colorado, marking the second time in Turner’s career that he has accomplished the feat against the Rockies. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, he’s the third player in MLB history to hit for the cycle multiple times against one team.

“It’s almost more funny than anything that I got lucky enough to get all the right hits,” Turner said. “I think it’s kind of a lucky stat, just because you’ve got to put the ball in the right place at the right time. And I ended up doing that.”

Turner led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to center field. In the second inning, he hit a grounder off Lambert for a single...

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Brandon Crawford has monster day

Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

With nearly every swing, Brandon Crawford’s day at the plate got better and better.

Brandon Crawford went 5-for-6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, as the Giants scored a season high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader.

“I never expect a five-hit game to come along, but yeah, I have been feeling a lot better at the plate,” Crawford said. “There were a couple of at-bats in Milwaukee where I was having good at-bats, kind of battling and getting deep into counts. Even drawing walks kind of helps your confidence going forward. I’ve been feeling good, seeing the ball well. You expect to get hits when that happens.”

German Marquez who won both of his previous starts against the Gia...

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Tyler Skaggs honored in Angels first home game

Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs jersey hangs in his untouched locker in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse, his pristine cleats and gloves ready for a ballgame.  And on the far wall of the clubhouse, two photos of Tyler Skaggs now flank his competitive catchphrase printed in tall letters: “WE’RE NASTY.”

The pitcher’s grieving teammates returned to Angel Stadium on Friday night for the first time since Skaggs was found in his hotel room in Texas nearly two weeks ago. On the day before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday, every Los Angeles player wore Tyler Skaggs No. 45 jersey as they faced the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels’ clubhouse was quiet before the game, with most of the present players absorbed in their phones before batting practice...

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