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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.’”


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said he chose to play Gardner over Ellsbury because of Gardner's superior numbers vs lefties. But vs. Dallas Keuchel, Gardner is 0-for-4, Ellsbury 2-for-7. Girardi: "I mulled it over for two days. I'm the one who has to live with it."

A World Series prediction sure to go wrong

Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting World Series winners. But this year has to be different. Doesn't it? Sorry, Toronto

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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

On their only visit to Yankee Stadium, the Astros out scored the Yankees, 21-4, in winning 2 of 3. DH Evan Gattis had two hits in each game, going 6 for 14 with 3 HRs, 5 R and 6 RBI. He's one Texan--born and raised in Dallas--right at home in the big town.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros fans representing in the Bronx. These guys said they flew in from Houston for the game. "It's been 10 years," one said. "We had to come."

Ellsbury benched for wild-card game

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Astros. Brett Gardner will start in CF for the Yankees, with Chris Young playing LF and hitting second. Young has a .972 OPS against lefties this year and is 6-for-20 lifetime against tonight's starter Dallas Keuchel.


Betts to enter World Series of Bowling

Red Sox OF Mookie Betts accepted an invite from the PBA to play in the World Series of Bowling VII in Reno, Nev., in December. Betts has two 300 games and was third in the Tennessee HS championships in 2010. He hit .291 with 18 HRs and 21 SBs this season.


Harvey apologizes for missing workout reporter Adam Rubin explains why Mets ace Matt Harvey was absent from a mandatory team practice on Tuesday and what happens next.


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi benches his $153 million center fielder for tonight's one-game season against the Houston Astros tonight

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Jacoby Ellsbury. the $153 million man, is not starting tonight. Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are both in the lineup against Dallas Keuchel

Which A-Rod will the Yankees get?

Will Alex Rodriguez carry New York to a memorable postseason run like he did in 2009 or struggle mightily at the plate like he did from 2010-12?

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Grantland: Splitting hairs for Cy Young

Jonah Keri is going with Clayton Kershaw in the NL because he struck out 301 batters in 232.2 innings -- the highest single-season strikeout rate for any qualified starter ever not named Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson. Other award picks

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Rangers set top of their rotation

Yovani Gallardo will start for Texas in its ALDS opener Thursday against Toronto, while lefty Cole Hamels will pitch for the AL West champs in the second game. ALDS coverage

Will Molina be on postseason roster?

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Cardinals are optimistic that Yadier Molina will be healthy enough to be on the postseason roster.


Houston hoping for a miracle?

The Astros are the 7th team ever to make the postseason just two years after a 100-loss season. Only two of the previous six won the World Series, and it hasn't been done since the 1969 Miracle Mets.

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.


Jake Arrieta is fantasy pitching MVP

It may not be the Cy Young, but it's still something that recognizes just how good the Cubs right-hander was this season. Fantasy awards (Insider)

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Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight

Cris Carter relates to what CC Sabathia is going through based on his own battle with alcohol.


Keuchel the key for Astros

Dallas Keuchel has dominated the Yankees this season but his results on the road have suffered compared to his home numbers. Wild card numbers to know

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Matt Harvey saying "I screwed up" for missing mandatory workout. Did not state reason or take questions.


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"There's no excuse, I screwed up. I showed up a little late. I apologized to my teammates." -Mets Matt Harvey on missing manadatory workout

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant just one of several rookies playing in their first postseason contest tomorrow. How are the nerves?


Harvey skips pre-NLDS mandatory workout

Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field, GM Sandy Alderson said. Harvey's absence was not excused. "Until we find out a little more about his absence, I prefer not to comment," Alderson said. Story

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