Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams

The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 and it's going to stay that way for at least another year. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series. Interesting that the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship last June, but the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the ... read more

Cubs can break "Curse of the Billy Goat" with World Series win

The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. For perspective, consider that Jackie Robinson didn't break baseball's color barrier until 1947. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since consecutive titles in 1907 and 1908. For perspective, consider that the World Series was created in 1903. In 2004, baseball's most famous curse - the Curse of the Bambino - ... read more

Indians in search of Cleveland's second major championship of 2016

Cleveland sports fans have suffered without a major championship for years. But that's all changing. In June, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers won their first basketball title and now the Indians, after beating the Blue Jays for the American League pennant, are four wins away from winning their first World Series since 1948. The Indians beat the Boston Braves in the '48 World Series with future ... read more

Dreamlike sequence ends with Kershaw, Dodgers advancing to NLCS vs. Cubs

Closer Kenley Jansen, his goggles pushed up on his forehead, sat on the champagne-soaked hallway floor that leads to the Dodgers clubhouse early Friday morning. He was exhausted and trying to put into words what had just happened. "When I saw that Clayton Kershaw was warming up, I said to myself, 'Am I dreaming?' " Jansen said. "It was unbelievable. It was awesome." And it ... read more

Hill laments Dodgers leaving D.C. with only a split in NLDS

Pitcher Rich Hill knows that a 1-1 split is a good road series in October. But he also knows that the Dodgers had a chance for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series with the Nationals. "I'm disappointed because if I execute, our team is in a good position," Hill said after the Dodgers lost 5-2 to the Nationals in Game 2 ... read more

Kershaw probably won't pitch on short rest, but Dodgers skipper Roberts says there are "no absolutes"

Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw went through his usual post-start workout Saturday at Nationals Park with no problems, but that doesn't increase the chances Kershaw will pitch on short rest in Game 4 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles. "I just don't see it happening,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday after Game 2 was postponed until Sunday afternoon at 1:08 p.m. Of ... read more

Strong effort by bullpen saves Kershaw after rare clunker in NLDS Game 1

The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw turned in rare clunker of a pitching performance Friday night at Nationals Park. He allowed three runs for the first time since June 26. He threw 101 pitches in five innings, the first time he's been that inefficient in two seasons. Yet thanks to a steady stream of lockdown relief pitchers, the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 and have a 1-0 ... read more

Some news and notes for this year's postseason

Baseball's postseason has arrived. The over-riding theme is that every team is short of pitching, except the Chicago Cubs, winners of the National League Central and World Series favorites. They have the deepest rotation going in. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are NL Cy Young contenders. Jake Arrieta, though inconsistent since late June, is a force, and John Lackey, with a strong slider, is a ... read more