With Walk-Off Win, Atlanta Snags an Early Edge Over Dodgers

ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Dodgers reached the National League Championship Series with a final, bitterly contested pitch on Thursday night in San Francisco. Its last-pitch luck — or sorcery or absurdity or whatever your baseball loyalties lead you to call it — did not last. Instead, with Game 1 of the N.L.C.S. tied in …

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Just Like Their Manager, the Red Sox Keep Coming Back

Some year-long suspensions are better than others. The suspension Major League Baseball levied on Alex Cora, for example, could not have been imposed at a more convenient time. After Cora played a principal role in the Astros’ illicit sign-stealing caper of 2017, M.L.B. suspended him for the entire 2020 season. The Boston Red Sox let …

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Why Are the Boston Red Sox Singing ‘Dancing on My Own’?

BOSTON — The soundtrack of a baseball clubhouse tends to follow a predictable pattern, its beat sticking mostly with hip-hop, country, rock and Latin music. But when video clips emerged in recent weeks of the Boston Red Sox celebrating various playoff milestones, what stood out was the players’ enthusiasm — and full-throated singalong — to …

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N.L.D.S. Game 5 Live Updates: Dodgers and Giants Face Off

Oct. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET Oct. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET ImageThe series returns to Oracle Park for a deciding game 5.Credit…John Hefti/Associated Press A 107-win team vs. a 106-win team. They have 109 each when accounting for postseason games. Rivals for 133 seasons, connected not just by their origins in New York but …

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With Boone’s Status Unclear, Yankees Begin Coaching Changes

After a seesaw season that ended with a disappointing one-game playoff loss, the 92-win Yankees are overhauling their coaching staff. The hitting coach, Marcus Thames; the assistant hitting coach, P.J. Pilittere; and the third-base coach, Phil Nevin — who had all been in their roles for four seasons — will not return next season. The …

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Carlos Correa Is OK With Being the Heel

HOUSTON — It was a small moment, and it was perhaps unnoticed by many watching Game 4 of the American League division series claimed by the disdained Houston Astros over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. But it captured exactly what Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has meant to his team. When Jake Meyers, a rookie …

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How to Watch the Dodgers and Giants in Game 5

All season long, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves chasing the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were the first to every major wins milestone — 70, 80, 90, 100 — but the Dodgers were right behind them. San Francisco’s eventual total of 107 wins bested the Dodgers by one, earning them the N.L. West title. …

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The Dodgers Stay Alive, Forcing a Game 5 That Felt Inevitable

LOS ANGELES — Six months of regular-season chasing wasn’t enough. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still trying to run down the San Francisco Giants in October. And now, after 23 games this season between these ancient and bitter rivals, last call arrives with Game 5 on Thursday night. In Tuesday’s Game 4, with Walker Buehler …

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