By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH – These Chicago Cubs are supposed to be too young to be here. Or maybe they’re just too good to care. Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on […]

By R.B. Fallstrom Associated Press ST. LOUIS – Since 2011, the bill for clubhouse carpet cleaning and/or replacement has been high for the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a price willingly paid for all those champagne fests, every step of the way. Like clockwork, October arrives and so do the Cardinals, primed for another deep postseason […]

By Howie Rumberg AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK – A year ago, no one could’ve pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium. After all that losing, this was one October win to remember. Pitching on […]

By Ben Walker Associated Press Dallas Keuchel started the All-Star game, won 20 times and twice dominated the New York Yankees. Now, the Houston Astros need him to pitch the game of his life – while starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career. All of the Major League Baseball playoff […]

Associated Press The Major League Baseball playoffs begin this week, starting Tuesday night with the American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Big stars Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Zack Greinke, familiar faces David Wright, Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright and top rookies such as Kris Bryant fill the rosters of the 10 teams that […]

Associated Press ATLANTA – Devonta Freeman scored three touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, romping to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday. Freeman, who took over as the starting running back after rookie Tevin Coleman sustained a rib injury in Week 2, has scored six TDs in the last two […]

Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas – Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a three-hitter, Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer and the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday, eliminating Los Angeles from playoff contention. A year after their 95 losses […]

Associated Press NEW YORK – Max Scherzer says he can get even better. Imagine that. The Washington Nationals ace threw one of the most dominant games in baseball history – pitching his second no-hitter of the season and striking out a team-record 17 – and then vowed he wasn’t done. “I still have room for […]

Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Troy Tulowitzki doubled and singled in his return to the Toronto lineup after missing three weeks with injuries, and the AL East champion Blue Jays rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. Tulowitzki went 2 for 5 and scored a run. Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin homered […]