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Dodgers 3B Justin Turner exits Game 4 with leg injury

Dodgers 3B Justin Turner exits Game 4 with leg injury

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in the seventh inning with a left leg injury.

Turner, who has 13 career playoff home runs, grounded into a double play and appeared to be in pain while running halfway up the first-base line. He was replaced at third base in the top of the eighth inning by Chris Taylor, who moved in from center field.

Turner, 36, also was out of the starting lineup in Game 2 because of neck stiffness. He is 4-for-34 in 10 games this postseason with just one extra-base hit, a home run in the wild-card victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves entered Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead and were up 5-2 on the Dodgers in Game 4 at the time Turner departed.

Deja vu: Braves take 3-1 NLCS lead on Dodgers

Deja vu: Braves take 3-1 NLCS lead on Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Rosario had two home runs among his four hits and the Atlanta Braves moved one game from their first World Series berth since 1999 with a 9-2 victory Wednesday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rosario finished a double shy of the cycle while Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman added home runs as the Braves took a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. Atlanta would wrap up the best-of-seven series with a victory in Game 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

The Braves also had a 3-1 NLCS lead on the Dodgers last season but were unable to get one last victory as Los Angeles moved on and eventually won the World Series.

AJ Pollock had a two-run single for the Dodgers, who were held without a hit until the fifth inning.

Los Angeles starter Julio Urias (0-1) gave up three home runs in five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three. Urias also coughed up a two-run Dodgers lead in the eighth inning of Game 2 during a relief assignment.

Braves right-hander Huascar Ynoa was scheduled to start Wednesday's bullpen game but was removed from the roster because of shoulder inflammation. Jesse Chavez started instead and pitched a scoreless first inning.

Drew Smyly (1-0) gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings and was credited with the win. He was the second of six Braves pitchers who shut down Los Angeles.

Rosario and Duvall got the offense started, hitting consecutive home runs to open the second inning. It was the first time Atlanta hit back-to-back long balls in a playoff game since Javy Lopez and Vinny Castilla in the 2002 NL Division Series.

Freeman made it 3-0 in the third inning with his home run to right-center field. Joc Pederson haunted his former team again with an RBI single in the third, and Duvall gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.

Pederson, who helped the Dodgers earn the title last season, has five hits and four RBIs in the series.

Pollock's two-run single in the fifth got the Dodgers within 5-2, but unlike Game 3, Los Angeles was not able to rally from the same deficit. Freeman's RBI double in the ninth was followed by Rosario's second home run to give him four RBIs.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner departed after the seventh inning with an apparent left leg injury.

Astros bash Red Sox again, head home up 3-2 in ALCS

Astros bash Red Sox again, head home up 3-2 in ALCS

BOSTON -- Yordan Alvarez hit a second-inning solo homer and added a two-run double in the Astros' five-run sixth inning as Houston beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the American League Championship Series.

Alvarez (3-for-5) led off the second by homering off Red Sox starter Chris Sale (0-1) into the Green Monster seats in left field. With runners on second and third and one out in the sixth, Alvarez doubled to the wall in left to end Sale's day.

Astros starter Framber Valdez (1-0) kept the Boston bats at bay before giving up a seventh-inning run. The left-hander allowed just the one run on three hits and one walk while striking over five in eight innings.

Houston's starters had allowed 16 runs (14 earned) in a combined 6 2/3 innings over the first four games of the series.

Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Jose Siri knocked in two runs and Michael Brantley added two hits and an RBI for the Astros.

Houston will look to close out the best-of-seven series as it shifts back to Texas for Game 6 on Friday night. Game 7, if necessary, would be played Saturday.

Rafael Devers had a solo homer and a single for the Red Sox. It was the eighth career postseason home run for the 24-year-old third baseman, who tied Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols and Houston's Carlos Correa for the most ever before turning 25.

After totaling five hits in a 9-2 loss in Game 4 Tuesday, the Red Sox finished with just three on Wednesday. Boston racked up 22 hits and outscored Houston 21-8 while winning Games 2 and 3 after the Astros' 5-4 victory to open the series.

Sale fell to 1-3 in his postseason career after allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Alvarez's sixth-inning double made it 3-0 before Gurriel added an RBI double and Siri smacked a two-run single.

Brantley's RBI single in the seventh made it 7-0 before Devers homered later in the inning. Gurriel's two-out, two-run single in the ninth capped the scoring.

Braves scratch RH Huascar Ynoa for Game 4, replace him on NLCS roster

Braves scratch RH Huascar Ynoa for Game 4, replace him on NLCS roster

Hours before he was scheduled to start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Huascar Ynoa was scratched due to shoulder inflammation.

The Braves moved reliever Jesse Chavez into the starter's role against the Los Angeles Dodgers and received approval to replace Ynoa with lefty Dylan Lee on their NLCS roster.

That swap means Ynoa also is ineligible to rejoin Atlanta's active roster for the World Series, should the club make it there.

Ynoa, 23, went 4-6 with a 4.05 ERA in his first full regular season as a starter for Atlanta. He had 100 strikeouts against 25 walks in 91 innings over 18 appearances (17 starts). His only appearance this postseason came in one inning of relief in Game 4 of the NL Divisional Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning.

Lee, meanwhile, made his major-league debut earlier this year and has pitched only two innings for Atlanta.

Chavez will start Wednesday opposite the Dodgers' Julio Urias. Chavez, 38, started four games among 30 appearances during the regular season and went 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 11 walks.

The Braves planned for Game 4 to be a bullpen game, even before Ynoa was scratched, so Chavez likely will work only a few innings at most.

Atlanta leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 over Los Angeles.

Brewers fire hitting coach Andy Haines

Brewers fire hitting coach Andy Haines

The Milwaukee Brewers fired hitting coach Andy Haines on Wednesday after three seasons.

The Brewers also informed assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz that he is free to pursue other opportunities. Haines was hired in November 2018 and Cruz joined the Brewers after the 2019 season.

The Brewers went scoreless in 32 of the 35 postseason innings in which they batted, losing 3-1 in their best-of-five series against Atlanta in the National League Division Series. The Brewers were shut out in Games 2 and 3.

Since the start of the 2019 season, the Brewers rank 28th in Major League Baseball in batting average (.238), 18th in runs scored and 20th in slugging percentage (.413).

Prior to joining the Brewers, Haines was the assistant hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs for two seasons and their minor league hitting instructor in 2016.

Dodgers favored to even NLCS with Braves in Game 4

Dodgers favored to even NLCS with Braves in Game 4

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in business, essentially rescuing their season and injecting even more drama into the National League Championship Series with the most unexpected of victories.

The Atlanta Braves were five outs away from taking a three-games-to-none stranglehold on the NLCS on Tuesday before the Dodgers revived a stagnant offense that had struggled to deliver in the clutch for much of the postseason.

Rescued from approaching desperation mode, the Dodgers now will send Julio Urias to the mound in Game 4 on Wednesday in a bid to even the best-of-seven series.

The Dodgers are 1.5-run favorites at DraftKings, where they are being backed by 63 percent of the bets and 79 percent of the run-line money in Game 4.

Los Angeles was shut out twice in the NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants before advancing, then had just two hits in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position while dropping the first two games of the NLCS to the Braves.

Aside from a first-inning home run from Corey Seager, the Dodgers were doing next to nothing on offense Tuesday, with the Braves' first World Series berth in 22 seasons appearing closer to a reality.

But a pair of eighth-inning singles, followed by a stadium-shaking three-run home run from Cody Bellinger off Braves right-hander Luke Jackson, tied the game. Three batters later, Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead double, and the Dodgers were able to steal a 6-5 victory.

Adding to the unexpected nature of it all was that Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler struggled over 3 2/3 ineffective and unlucky innings before eight relievers combined to slow the Braves the rest of the way.

Urias, a 20-game winner in the regular season, was used in relief during Game 2, but he was unable to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning. He returns to his more familiar starting role in Game 4.

"I think Julio is going to be Julio; he will go out and try to give us a chance to win," Betts said. "It's just our job to put up some runs and give him an opportunity to put up some zeros."

In four career regular-season appearances against the Braves (two starts), Urias is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings. And while he might have stumbled at Atlanta over 14 pitches Sunday, he closed out Game 7 of last year's NLCS against the Braves with three scoreless innings. Urias also won Game 3 of the 2020 NLCS when he limited Atlanta to one run in five innings.

The Braves will counter with a bullpen game, a prospect that looked especially dicey when starter Charlie Morton was struggling in the first inning of Game 3. The veteran right-hander gave up Seager's first-inning home run, walked the bases loaded and was nearly removed before escaping the jam.

Morton went on to throw five innings despite walking six batters, and four Atlanta relievers handled the next three innings. Manager Brian Snitker said the club still was deciding who would start Game 4, with Jackson more than ready to redeem himself when called.

"We walked off the first two games by battling in at-bats and pitchers finding a way," Jackson said. "Everybody has been huge and everybody has done their part, and that's how you win more games in the playoffs."

Close to a 3-0 lead that would have topped the start they had in last year's NLCS against the Dodgers, Atlanta is now hoping to match its 3-1 advantage from 2020.

"We feel good. We're confident," Snitker said. "Our guys, every year, are getting more and more battle-tested. We played a really good game out there (Tuesday). A lot of really good things happened, but we don't get one pitch back."

The 8.0-run Over/Under at DraftKings has seen 75 percent of the bets and a whopping 93 percent of the money back the Over.

Red Sox heavily backed to beat Astros in another slugfest

Red Sox heavily backed to beat Astros in another slugfest

BOSTON -- One crooked inning on Tuesday night sent the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox back to square one.

Houston erupted for seven runs in the ninth inning en route to a 9-2 victory in Game 4, leveling the best-of-seven American League Championship Series at two games apiece.

Now a best-of-three between the Astros and Red Sox will decide which team will advance to the World Series, starting with Game 5 on Wednesday night in Boston.

Boston is a 1.5-run favorite entering Game 5, with 68 percent of the bets and 71 percent of the run-line money backing the Red Sox at DraftKings.

The Red Sox had outscored the Astros 21-8 while winning Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 series advantage.

Xander Bogaerts' go-ahead, two-run homer in the first inning of Game 4 gave Boston a 2-1 lead that held until Jose Altuve's game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning.

In the ninth, Jason Castro's two-out RBI single opened the floodgates for the Astros to make it a brand new series.

"We're all going to bounce back. It's who we are," said Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who will start Game 5. "We're tied now, and we've got one more at home. ... We've got to take this last one, hop on the plane to Houston and take care of business down there."

Wednesday's game will feature a rematch from the series opener as Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (0-0, 7.71 ERA in the 2021 postseason) opposes Boston southpaw Sale (0-0, 14.73 ERA).

"It's going to be a fun game, man," Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said. "Sale versus Valdez. You've got two great pitchers. It's gonna be great, so make sure you tune in."

Neither Valdez nor Sale was effective in Houston's 5-4 victory in Game 1 on Friday.

Valdez allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, with three walks and two strikeouts, in 2 2/3 innings. Sale also lasted just 2 2/3 innings while giving up a run on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Valdez will be making his third start of this postseason. He tossed 4 1/3 innings of four-run, seven-hit ball, with a walk and six strikeouts, in Houston's 9-4 win against the Chicago White Sox in Game 2 of the teams' AL Division Series.

Despite his struggles this October, Valdez has posted a respectable 3-1 record with a 3.19 ERA in six career postseason games (five starts). In regular-season outings against Boston, the 27-year-old lefty is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four total appearances (two starts).

Sale has earned his reputation as one of the premier southpaws in the game, but his numbers in the postseason have been far from dominant. In nine career playoff games (six starts), Sale has gone 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA.

His last start prior to Game 1 did little to reverse that trend, as Sale was pulled after serving up five first-inning runs on four hits -- including a grand slam by Tampa Bay's Jordan Luplow -- in Boston's wild 14-6 comeback win over the Rays in Game 2 of their ALDS.

The seven-time All-Star has faced Houston in nine regular-season starts, going 5-3 with a 2.20 ERA.

The 9.5-run Over/Under is the largest of the postseason at DraftKings. But with the teams averaging a combined 12.25 runs per game thus far, the action has been lopsided with 80 percent of the bets and 78 percent of the handle backing the Over.

Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco recovering from elbow surgery

Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco recovering from elbow surgery

New York Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco is recovering from surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow.

Team medical director Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

According to a statement Wednesday from the team, Carrasco is expected to resume baseball activities later this winter.

Carrasco, 34, went 1-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 12 starts in his first season with the Mets in 2021. He missed New York's first 102 games after tearing his right hamstring in spring training.

He played his first 11 seasons (2009-11, 2013-20) with Cleveland, compiling an 88-73 record with a 3.77 ERA in 242 games (195 starts).

Astros level ALCS with ninth-inning outburst

Astros level ALCS with ninth-inning outburst

BOSTON -- Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking single in the Astros' seven-run ninth inning as Houston rallied past the Boston Red Sox for a 9-2 win on Tuesday night, evening the American League Championship Series at two games apiece.

Castro's two-out single to right-center field off Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) plated Carlos Correa to make it 3-2.

After Jose Altuve walked, Martin Perez replaced Eovaldi and immediately surrendered a two-run double to Michael Brantley. Yordan Alvarez, Correa and Kyle Tucker tacked on RBI singles to cap Houston's rally.

Houston reliever Kendall Graveman (1-0) picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings. Eovaldi was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Altuve hit a tying solo blast into the Green Monster seats in left to make it 2-2 to open the eighth. The homer was Altuve's 21st in postseason play, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Derek Jeter for the third most in baseball history.

Alex Bregman added a solo homer for the Astros, who had been outscored 21-8 in back-to-back losses in the series. The Red Sox were 12-3 winners in Game 3 at home on Monday after registering a 9-5 win in Game 2 on Saturday in Houston. The Astros' took the series opener 5-4 on Friday.

Game 5 is Wednesday evening in Boston.

After falling behind 9-0 in back-to-back games, the Astros struck first as Bregman sent Boston starter Nick Pivetta's ninth pitch of the game into the Green Monster seats in left field for a solo blast.

Houston's momentum didn't last for long as Boston's Xander Bogaerts retaliated by taking Astros starter Zack Greinke deep over the Green Monster for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Bogaerts' homer was Boston's 21st of the 2021 postseason, a single-season franchise record. It was the third homer of this year's playoffs for the All-Star shortstop, who had two of the Red Sox's five hits.

Pivetta tossed five innings of one-run, two-hit ball while Greinke allowed two runs on one hit and three walks in 1 1/3 innings.

Eighth-inning rally lifts Dodgers to Game 3 win over Braves

Eighth-inning rally lifts Dodgers to Game 3 win over Braves

Cody Bellinger hit a game-tying, three-run home run and Mookie Betts delivered a go-ahead double as the Los Angeles Dodgers erupted for four runs in the eighth inning to earn a 6-5 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Game 3 of the National League Series.

Five outs away from falling into a 3-0 series hole and trailing by three runs with little momentum offensively, the Dodgers got singles from Will Smith and AJ Pollock wrapped around an out to open the eighth against Luke Jackson (0-1).

Bellinger, whose miserable regular season included a .165 batting average and a .302 slugging percentage, crushed a 1-2 fastball into the seats in right field, milking his slow trot around the bases as he tied the game 5-5.

A single by Chris Taylor ended Jackson's outing with the Dodgers getting back to work against Jesse Chavez. Taylor stole second base, went to third on a groundout by Matt Beaty and scored on a double to right-center from Betts.

The Braves now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS, just like they did last season when they eventually went up 3-1 before the Dodgers rallied to advance and go on to win the World Series. Freddie Freeman had three hits for the Braves after starting the series 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts.

For the second consecutive game, Corey Seager gave the Dodgers a 2-0 first-inning lead with a two-run home run, but the Los Angeles offense was reduced to a trickle despite working six walks against Atlanta right-hander Charlie Morton.

The Braves pulled ahead in the fourth inning on RBI singles from Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall and Dansby Swanson before a bases-loaded walk from Eddie Rosario gave Atlanta a 4-2 advantage. The Braves made it 5-2 in the fifth on another Duvall RBI single.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Morton rallied from his slow start to yield two runs on three hits over five innings. He fanned five.

Eight Dodgers relievers combined to give up just one run five hits over the final 5 1/3 innings. Evan Phillips went 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Tony Gonsolin (1-0) got the last out of the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save of the postseason.

Braves' new world? Atlanta enters NLCS Game 3 as World Series favorite

Braves' new world? Atlanta enters NLCS Game 3 as World Series favorite

Up 2-0 in the National League Championship Series on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday as the new favorite to win the World Series.

The Dodgers and Astros were near even odds to win the World Series prior to the championship series.

But Atlanta jumped to +200 at FanDuel and BetMGM and the Boston Red Sox were next at +240. The Dodgers, who host Game 3 on Tuesday, began the day at +290.

The Astros coughed up 12 runs and the lead in the series on Monday night at Fenway Park. Being battered by Boston in back-to-back games dropped Houston to the fourth spot in World Series-winner odds at +340.

Prior to Tuesday's games in each best-of-seven series, these were the odds at BetMGM: Boston +250, Dodgers +300 and Houston +360.

BetMGM had the Dodgers as the +220 favorite to win the World Series last week.

Los Angeles was -1.5 (+140) in Game 3 but BetMGM had more money coming in on the underdog Braves covering at +1.5.

Among intriguing game props, the Braves scoring 5-plus runs was +220 and Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts having 5-plus total bases was +425 at BetMGM.

Yankees’ DJ Lemahieu has surgery to repair sports hernia

Yankees’ DJ Lemahieu has surgery to repair sports hernia

New York Yankees infielder DJ Lemahieu underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Lemahieu's recovery time is anticipated to be eight weeks.

Cashman also told reporters that right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon will have surgery on his ankle on Oct. 28 and have a five-month recovery. First baseman Luke Voit (left knee inflammation) also should be ready for spring training.

Lemahieu, 33, was put on the injured list ahead of Game 162 earlier this month and missed the Yankees' wild-card game against Boston. The three-time All-Star hit .268, his lowest since hitting .267 in 2014. He hit just 10 home runs in 597 at bats; he hit 10 HRs in 216 ABs in 2020.

Taillon, 29, pitched through a tendon injury in his ankle late in the season. He went 8-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 29 starts. He's likely not going to be ready for the start of the 2022 regular season.

Also, outfielder Aaron Hicks is almost recovered from a wrist injury and could play winter ball. Hicks played in just 32 games, hitting .194 with four home runs.

Yankees bring back manager Aaron Boone on a new contract

Yankees bring back manager Aaron Boone on a new contract

Aaron Boone will return to manage the New York Yankees in 2022.

Boone will receive a three-year deal with an option after leading the Yankees to the postseason in each of his four seasons in New York, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us

forward," Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to get

better. Period. I know Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success, and I look forward to drawing on his intelligence, instincts and leadership in pursuit

of our next World Series championship."

The Yankees, who are 328-218 under Boone, finished third in the American League East this season, before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the wild-card game.

The Yankees are just 11-11 in the postseason during Boone's tenure and haven't made it past the League Championship Series in that time.

New York finished 92-70 this season but was just 19th in the majors in runs scored (711) and had MLB's sixth-worst strikeout rate in 2021.

Boone's contract was due to expire after the World Series. And while Boone received a new deal, some of his coaching staff didn't fare as well. The team didn't renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames or third-base coach Phil Nevin after the season.

Boone, 48, replaced Joe Girardi before the 2018 season and finished second in Manager of the Year voting in 2019. He ranks ninth on the team's all-time list in managerial wins.

The Yankees have not been to a World Series since 2009, and the 12-year drought is the third-longest in franchise history.

Red Sox slam Astros again, grab 2-1 ALCS lead

Red Sox slam Astros again, grab 2-1 ALCS lead

BOSTON -- Kyle Schwarber smacked the Red Sox's third grand slam in the past two games as Boston powered to a 12-3 rout of Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night.

The Red Sox finished the night with four homers while taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Schwarber's second-inning slam into the right field bleachers off Astros starter Jose Urquidy (0-1) capped a six-run inning and sent the Fenway Park faithful into a frenzy.

Boston became the first team with three grand slams in the same postseason series. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each hit one in the Red Sox's 9-5 win at Houston in Game 2 on Saturday.

Christian Arroyo (three RBIs) and Martinez (2-for-3) each had two-run homers on Monday, Devers added a solo blast and Christian Vazquez (2-for-4) had a pair of RBIs for the Red Sox.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Game 3 winners when the ALCS was tied at one game apiece have gone on to win the series 78 percent (18 of 23) of the time. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Boston.

Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer to account for the only Houston offense.

Urquidy gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings. It was his first appearance this postseason for the Astros, whose three starters have a combined 20.25 ERA during the series.

Vazquez's bases-loaded single plated Boston's first run with one out in the second before Arroyo reached on a fielding error by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. One run scored on the miscue, and the bases remained loaded for leadoff hitter Schwarber, who socked a 3-0 pitch.

Hunter Renfroe walked with one out in the Boston third and advanced to third after his steal of second coaxed a Martin Maldonado throw into center. Vazquez singled him home the next at-bat before Arroyo belted a pitch into the Green Monster seats in left.

Tucker's third postseason home run of the year, in the fourth off Rodriguez, cut Houston's deficit to 9-3. Martinez got two runs back for Boston on his third playoff homer in the sixth, and Devers belted his fourth long ball of the postseason in the eighth.

Shoulder surgery not expected for Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.

Shoulder surgery not expected for Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.

Despite two separate stints on the injured list because of shoulder issues, San Diego Padres' star Fernando Tatis Jr. is no longer being considered for offseason surgery, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Speculation first centered on Tatis undergoing surgery during the season, but he returned from his second spell on the IL in August to play in the outfield, which was considered less demanding on his shoulder. He returned to the infield for the final few weeks of the regular season.

Tatis has now elected to skip surgery and will undergo strength exercises to return to full health with an eye toward becoming a full-time shortstop again.

Tatis first injured the shoulder in April on a swing, then aggravated the injury in late July on a slide. He played a career-high 130 games in his third major league season and hit a National League-leading 42 home runs.

In 273 career games, Tatis has a .292 batting average with a .965 OPS and has 81 home runs with 195 RBIs. He was a first-time All-Star this season after finishing fourth in NL MVP voting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Mets' GM search goes on without Billy Beane, David Stearns

Mets' GM search goes on without Billy Beane, David Stearns

Two top candidates have been eliminated from the New York Mets' general manager search as the Oakland Athletics' Billy Beane withdrew his name for consideration, The Athletic reported Monday, and the Milwaukee Brewers denied permission for David Stearns to interview, according to the New York Post.

Beane is not only Oakland's longtime executive vice president of baseball operations but also a minority owner of the A's, which would complicate any move to a different team.

Stearns, whose roster led the Brewers to a National League Central title this season, was denied permission to interview with the Mets for a second consecutive year.

"Consistent with how I've handled those questions in the past, I think I'll shy away from any media or external speculation other than to say I'm happy here; my family is happy here," Stearns told reporters last week. "And we've got work to do here."

Both Beane and Stearns are under contract with their current teams through next season.

In addition, former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein removed his name from consideration for the vacant Mets job earlier this month.

The Mets are attempting a crucial rebuild this winter after a 77-85 showing in 2021. After the club missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season, New York declined the 2022 option on manager Luis Rojas' contract. Rojas went 103-119 in his two seasons as manager.

In January, the Mets fired general manager Jared Porter after he admitted to sending explicit text messages to female journalists.

In early September, acting general manager Zack Scott was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was placed on administrative leave, and team president Sandy Alderson took over GM responsibilities.

More fireworks expected as Astros visit Red Sox for Game 3

More fireworks expected as Astros visit Red Sox for Game 3

J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers put on a grand display of power on Saturday to help the Boston Red Sox even their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros at one game apiece.

Now the Red Sox will return home to Fenway Park with momentum on their side as they host the Astros for a pivotal Game 3 in their best-of-seven showdown on Monday night.

Boston is again a 1.5-run underdog, but the public is backing the Red Sox with 67 percent of the bets and 77 percent of the run-line money at DraftKings.

Martinez and Devers became the first pair of teammates in postseason history to hit grand slams in the same game, doing so in the first and second innings respectively of Boston's decisive 9-5 win in Game 2 on Saturday at Houston.

"I think we like where we're at," Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino said Sunday. "I think offensively we feel like we can score against them."

Boston also got a fourth-inning solo homer from Enrique Hernandez, who continued his torrid month of October with a 2-for-4 performance to make him 16-for-32 (.500) with five home runs and nine RBIs through seven postseason games.

A career .242 hitter, Hernandez has an MLB-record 15 hits over his last five playoff games and became the first Red Sox batter to homer five times in five postseason games. He has already matched Todd Walker (2003) and David Ortiz (2004 and 2013) for the club record for home runs in a single postseason.

"I don't know (what's been different for me)," Hernandez told FS1 in a postgame interview. "I guess (I'm) feeling good and the importance of the game is allowing me to stay focused and stay locked in."

The Astros fought back out of a 9-0 hole on Saturday to make it a four-run game after scoring three in the fourth and two in the ninth. Houston also scored five runs in its series-opening 5-4 win over Boston in Game 1 Friday.

"We've got to try to figure it out," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. "We won the seventh, eighth and ninth, but those two innings in the beginning -- that's a tremendous mountain to climb."

Carlos Correa, who was the Game 1 hero with an emphatic tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh, finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout on Saturday. Yuli Gurriel (2-for-4, three RBIs) and pinch hitter Jason Castro (1-for-1) each clubbed solo homers in the Game 2 defeat.

Already without injured ace Lance McCullers Jr., the Astros' rotation took another blow in the form of an injury to Game 2 starter Luis Garcia. He exited after serving up the grand slam to Martinez, leaving potential Game 4 starter Jake Odorizzi to pitch in a surprise mop-up role.

"I was caught off guard by it. I think everybody was," Odorizzi said. "I sucked up four innings. That's the best way of putting it. Those can be crucial as we move forward in the series."

Houston right-hander Jose Urquidy is set to make his postseason debut in a critical spot as he starts Game 3. The 26-year-old had been in line to start Game 4 of the team's AL Division Series against the Chicago White Sox before it was rained out.

Urquidy went 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA over 20 starts in the regular season. In his postseason career, he is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in eight appearances (four starts).

Boston counters with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 5.40 ERA). The 28-year-old went winless in two playoff starts against Tampa Bay in the ALDS and is 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 career postseason games (three starts).

Rodriguez struggled in two regular-season starts against Houston as he went 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. Overall, Rodriguez is 1-3 with an 8.53 ERA in six career starts against the Astros.

The Urquidy-Rodriguez faceoff has led to a high Over/Under of 9.0 runs at DraftKings. And the Over is still the popular choice with 61 percent of the bets and 57 percent of the money supporting it.

Darnell Coles joins Nationals as hitting coach

Darnell Coles joins Nationals as hitting coach

Former major-league outfielder Darnell Coles is taking over as hitting coach of the Washington Nationals.

He replaces Kevin Long, who left the job last week to join the Philadelphia Phillies in the same role.

Coles, 59, has been a coach on the big-league level since 2014, when he was named assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. He previously served four seasons (2006-09) in the Nationals organization as a minor-league hitting instructor.

Most recently, Coles spent three seasons as the hitting coach of the Diamondbacks. He was fired on June 10 amid a 5-30 stretch for Arizona. He did have success there, however, in 2019 when the Diamondbacks hit a club record 220 home runs.

"We are very excited to add Darnell Coles as our hitting coach," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We align on hitting philosophy, process and focusing on the here and now. He's not only an outstanding hitting coach, but a great baseball man. Darnell has a great rapport with both veterans and young players and brings a thorough understanding of the analytics that we would like to incorporate."

Coles spent 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners, Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies. He retired in 1997 with a career .245 batting average.

Braves earn second straight walk-off win over Dodgers

Braves earn second straight walk-off win over Dodgers

Eddie Rosario lined Kenley Jansen's first pitch off the glove of shortstop Corey Seager and into center field for a walk-off single Sunday night, scoring Dansby Swanson as the host Atlanta Braves worked their ninth-inning magic for a second consecutive game in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

Joc Pederson had a two-run home run and Austin Riley an RBI double as the Braves completed a two-game home sweep of the defending World Series champs by rallying twice from two-run deficits.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the ninth against Brusdar Graterol (0-1) with a bloop single. After he was forced out at second on a Swanson bunt attempt, the Braves advanced the potential winning run into scoring position on a Guillermo Heredia infield out before Jansen entered the game and Rosario ended it.

The best-of-seven series moves on to Los Angeles for the next three games. The Dodgers also trailed the Braves 2-0 in last year's NLCS before winning four of the next five to advance to the World Series.

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The Dodgers put the ball in 20-game winner Julio Urias' hands with a 4-2 lead entering the last of the eighth, but the Braves rallied into a tie. After Ozzie Albies' RBI single got Atlanta within one, Game 1 hero Riley doubled off the fence in center field, scoring Albies with the tying run.

Los Angeles twice blew two-run leads in the first eight innings after grabbing an immediate lead when its second batter of the game, Seager, followed a Mookie Betts single with a two-run home run off Atlanta starter Ian Anderson.

Pederson, a former Dodger, got his new club even in the fourth with a two-run shot against Los Angeles starter Max Scherzer.

The Dodgers took their last lead on another two-run hit, this one a bases-loaded, two-out double by Chris Taylor in the seventh for a 4-2 lead.

Both starting pitchers exited early. Anderson lasted just three innings, charged with two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Scherzer wasn't around much longer, going 4 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Rosario's game-winner capped a four-hit night for the in-season acquisition from the Cleveland Indians. His hit total equaled that of the Dodgers, who were limited to a homer, a double and two singles by eight pitchers, including Will Smith (2-0), who was credited with the win after pitching a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

The Dodgers failed to take advantage of nine walks, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Report: MLB clubs to begin paying for minor leaguers’ housing

Report: MLB clubs to begin paying for minor leaguers’ housing

Major League Baseball will require its clubs to provide housing for their minor league players' housing beginning in 2022, ESPN reported Sunday.

A league spokesperson told ESPN it is finalizing the details of the plan, which is still not formalized.

Minor leaguers have been responsible for their own housing for years. Recently they've spoken up more for themselves as they search for better living conditions and salaries.

MLB raised salaries for minor leaguers this year, but the minimums reportedly still range from $500 a week at Class A to $700 a week at the Triple-A level.

Minor leaguers are not represented by a union, as the MLB Players Association only covers those in the big leagues.

The Houston Astros covered the housing expenses for all of their minor league players in 2021 in a first for the sport.


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