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

How the American League wild card race shapes up after Red Sox sweep Orioles

On Sept. 8, the Boston Red Sox led the Toronto Blue Jays by a game and the Orioles by two, setting up what appeared to be a three-team race in the American League East, the most intriguing in baseball. It didn't happen. Since then, the Red Sox have ripped through the AL East, building a lead and, after finishing a four-game sweep with a 5-3 ... read more

Ortiz makes final stop at Camden Yards during regular season

After 20 American League seasons, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz will play his final regular-season game tonight at Camden Yards. That's good news for the Orioles, considering Ortiz's 54 career home runs against Baltimore, third-most behind the Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew (68) and the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (69). Ortiz has 30 home runs in Camden Yards. That's the third-highest total for him in a road ... read more

Thoughts on the Nats' final trip to Atlanta's Turner Field

When the Nationals play a three-game series this weekend in Atlanta, it will be the last time they see Turner Field. Next season, the Braves will have a new home - SunTrust Park - in Cobb County, 12 miles northwest of the current yard. You're asking, "Didn't Turner Field just open?'' You're right, it did. But the Braves say that the ballpark is already in ... read more