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For Cubs, season ends on sour note with loss to Rockies

CHICAGO (AP) — No team in the National League piled up more victories than the Chicago Cubs through 162 games. That seems like small consolation now. Kyle Hendricks gave up a tiebreaking single to Tony Wolters in the 13th inning, sending the Cubs to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in a marathon wild-card […]

MLB blasts ‘unwritten rules’ in official postseason ad

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is opening October by blasting the game’s so-called “unwritten rules.” MLB released an advertisement ahead of Tuesday’s postseason opener denouncing the anti-bat flip attitudes of many baseball traditionalists. Rewrite the rules. #postseason pic.twitter.com/bPGdECFVbi — MLB (@MLB) October 2, 2018 “Don’t stop and stare. Don’t flip your bat. Respect […]

Batting average sinks to 46-year low, strikeouts top hits

NEW YORK (AP) — The big league batting average dropped to its lowest level since 1972, strikeouts topped hits for the first time and defensive shifts increased by another 30 percent while innings and pitches per starting pitcher dropped again in a another baseball season of rapid change. The batting average fell seven points to […]

MLB attendance down 4 percent as 6 ballparks set lows

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart could hear the difference at Great American Ball Park, one of six major league stadiums that set record lows for attendance this year. “It’s pretty hard to not notice it when you can hear the light towers buzzing,” he said. Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 4 […]

Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to ‘grow a young team’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two years ago, the Minnesota Twins made Derek Falvey their chief baseball officer with the precondition that Paul Molitor remain as manager. Molitor presided over a playoff team and won the American League Manager of the Year award in 2017, but the Twins slipped backward this season. Last week, Falvey and general […]

LEADING OFF: Rockies head to Wrigley for wild-card one-off

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: WILD TIMES The Rockies head to Wrigley Field for a wild-card showdown with the Cubs after both teams lost tiebreaking games Monday with division crowns on the line. Colorado missed out on a first NL West title in a 5-2 loss at the Dodgers, then quickly […]

Before things get wild, the MLB postseason from A to Z

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year’s World Series between the Astros and Dodgers was a thriller, ending in Houston’s Game 7 victory for its first championship. Might they have an encore in store? Perhaps one with a Hollywood ending this time? Time to find out. After two tight NL division races stretched the regular season […]

Committee to vote on scrapping chronic wasting disease rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature’s rules committee debated whether to break with Gov. Scott Walker and scrap his new emergency chronic wasting disease regulations for deer, calling the rules too expensive and cumbersome. Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow told the committee during a hearing on the regulations that the rules are “dumb” […]

Packers offense looks to rebound after sluggish game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Whatever issues his quarterback has with his offensive game plans, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure he didn’t escalate the tension by airing his own frustrations on Monday. On Sunday, Rodgers reacted to the team’s 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills by saying that the offense was “terrible” […]

Yelich, Brewers top Cubs, win NL Central title

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich got three more hits in falling just short of the Triple Crown as the Milwaukee Brewers won their first NL Central title since 2011, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a tiebreaker game. Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help Milwaukee win its […]

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