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 Posted: Fri Oct 14th, 2016 01:44 am
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With the Boston Red Sox season finished, second baseman Dustin Pedroia had some time to get himself fixed up.

Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital, the team announced.

The surgery repaired a partially torn meniscus, which the 33-year-old injured during a contest against the Toronto Blue Jays in mid-September, according to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

Pedroia's batting average dropped from .330 to .318 during the stretch after the injury, including a paltry .167 against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

It was Pedroia's sixth surgical procedure since 2007.

He is expected to be ready for spring training.

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Alex Rodriguez stepped away from the game of baseball two months ago, and in a recent interview he touched on his legacy as one of the league's most controversial figures, and how he thinks fans will look back on his career.

"Overall, I hope I'm remembered as a guy who worked hard, as someone who loved the game and gave it his all, and certainly someone who made mistakes but got back up after," Rodriguez told Jon Warech of Ocean Drive magazine.

Rodriguez, who spent 22 years in the majors as one of the best all-around talents, said he hopes to some day see his name enshrined with the game's greats in Cooperstown.

"Of course I would love that, but it's not for me to say."

Since retiring, the 41-year-old has been living more of a low-key life with his family in Miami - where he grew up and went to college - something he said is important at this stage of his life.

"I'm still processing the whole thing, but one of the perks is being around my girls all the time, and being able to sleep in on the weekends. The two things I'm focusing on most is spending more time with my girls and getting more involved in the community with organizations that I've been with a really long time, like the Boys & Girls Club and the University of Miami."

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When did he go to college? In the off seasons? He was drafted out of HS.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: When did he go to college? In the off seasons? He was drafted out of HS.
He didn't go to college. He trained there though and identifies with that college. 



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The agony of defeat in the postseason continued for both the Washington Nationals and manager Dusty Baker.

With the Nationals heartbreaking Game 5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baker's streak of consecutive games in which he's failed to win a series deciding postseason match reached nine, a spell that began in 2003 when he was managing the Chicago Cubs.

It's been a rough stretch for Dusty Baker. #postseason pic.twitter.com/MpRvbbaUJc

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 14, 2016
Unfortunately for the Nationals, their streak of bad postseason luck also continued, as they lost their third NLDS in the past five years.

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It took four hours and 32 minutes, but Clayton Kershaw finally sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League Championship Series.

After manager Dave Roberts ruled out a possible appearance from the Dodgers ace, Kershaw entered the game in the bottom of the ninth in relief of closer Kenley Jansen to record the two-out save, preserving the 4-3 win by getting Daniel Murphy to pop up, and striking out rookie Wilmer Difo.

"When Kenley's sticking his neck out there going out in the seventh, I want to have his back, so I feel like I wanted to get out there for a little bit to give us an option," Kershaw said after the win.

"Kenley's done more than he's ever done in his career and I just wanted to have his back."

It was the longest nine-inning postseason game in major-league history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Kershaw and the Dodgers will now travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

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Andrew Miller struck out five of the six batters he faced Saturday, including seven straight dating back to Game 1, as the Cleveland Indians left-hander continued to add to his dominant postseason resume.

Miller entered Game 2 against the Blue Jays in the seventh inning with the Indians clinging to a 2-1 lead, and the All-Star lefty once again baffled Toronto's hitters with the same sharp-breaking slider that helped him record all five of his outs Friday via strikeouts.

He struck out the first three batters he faced Saturday - Russell Martin, Melvin Upton, and Kevin Pillar - before sitting Darwin Barney down on three pitches for his seventh straight strikeout of the series.

The eye-popping tally made Miller the first pitcher in playoff history to notch at least five strikeouts in consecutive relief appearances, and gave him 10 strikeouts out of 11 outs during this year's AL Championship Series.
Miller's fifth strikeout of Game 2 came on yet another slider - this time to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who flailed away at the inside 2-2 offering. The Indians reliever was replaced by closer Cody Allen in the ninth after completing two scoreless frames with 18 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
The 31-year-old hard-throwing lefty - who's never surrendered a run in 16 career playoff innings - now has 17 strikeouts, two walks, no runs, and just three hits allowed over 7 2/3 frames of relief this postseason.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks tapped into the Boston Red Sox organization for their new executive vice president and general manager, naming Mike Hazen to replace Dave Stewart.

"We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations," Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement. "Mike's reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position."


Hazen, 40, had been serving as general manager of the Red Sox, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has the final say on baseball decisions. As executive vice president and general manager of the Diamondbacks, Hazen will have the authority.
Dombrowski released a statement Sunday about the hire:
"While this is certainly a significant loss for the Red Sox organization, we are extremely happy for Mike and his family as they begin this new opportunity in Arizona. As one of the most respected young baseball executives in the game, Mike is more than deserving of this position. On behalf of the club, we would like to thank Mike for his 11 years of service to the Red Sox and wish him well in his new role. He will be missed by all of his colleagues here at the Boston Red Sox. In the meantime, a search for a new general manager for the Boston Red Sox is underway."
Hazen is a Massachusetts native who has worked for the Red Sox since 2006, also holding the titles of director of player development and then vice president of player development and amateur scouting.
The Diamondbacks fired Stewart after a two-year run. Hazen will be charged with finding a new manager because Chip Hale was also let go by Arizona this offseason.
Hazen previously spent five seasons with the Cleveland Indians, working in scouting and player development. He graduated from Princeton and played two seasons in the minor leagues.
Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, with whom Hazen has worked closely in Cleveland and Boston, likely will be a leading candidate, perhaps even the front-runner.
Lovullo has long been considered a top managerial prospect and might even have landed a job last winter after leading the Red Sox to a 28-20 record over the final two months of the 2015 season. But the Sox asked Lovullo to commit to returning as bench coach while manager John Farrell continued his recovery from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


Dombrowski said this week that Lovullo is now free to pursue managerial openings.
The Diamondbacks made a leadership change after failing to reach the playoffs five straight seasons. Arizona has not had a winning season since taking the NL West title in 2011 and went 69-93 in 2016.
"I'm extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level," Hazen said. "This is a franchise that has experienced a lot of success both on and off the field in less than two decades of existence, and I'm looking forward to working with Ken and Derrick to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona."

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He flirted with a no-hitter, then danced through trouble, and nearly gave it all away.

When he left the Wrigley Field mound after seven shutout innings, though, Clayton Kershaw knew he'd just finished the best start of his postseason career. The 28-year-old ace left the Chicago Cubs searching for answers on this night, as he didn't allow a run for the first time in 13 career playoff starts. He was pulled after seven scoreless innings, and Kenley Jansen picked him up with a six-out save to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 win and square the NLCS at 1-1.

Kershaw shut down the Cubs on just 84 pitches while pitching on two days rest after recording his first career save in Game 5 of the NLDS. He was perfect through 4 2/3 innings, and ultimately allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six. After talking his way into facing one last batter, the red-hot Javier Baez gave him a scare with a fly out to the deepest part of center field that nearly got Wrigley Field rocking; instead, it quietly settled into Joc Pederson's glove for a loud out.

"Off the bat I thought something bad for sure," a relieved Kershaw told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports when asked if he thought Baez had hit a homer. "I kind of had a mini-stroke right there. I thought it was at least off the wall, at least a double.

"Thankfully, Joc was standing right there."

when you think it's a home run but it's not a home run pic.twitter.com/hLRFzvwR90

— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 17, 2016
Kershaw is only the fourth pitcher in Wrigley Field history - and the first visitor - to throw a playoff shutout in the park's 102-year history, according to CSN Chicago's Christopher Kamka.

Kershaw's the first pitcher to record a 1-0 shutout win over the Cubs in the playoffs since Boston Red Sox left-hander Babe Ruth, who spun his gem in Game 1 of the 1918 World Series. That game was played in Chicago, but not at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs chose to move their home games in that World Series to the larger Comiskey Park.

Los Angeles' lone run, which ultimately stood up as the winning run, came in the second inning courtesy of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who homered to left-center field off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks.

Game 3 of the NLCS goes at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday at 8:08 p.m. ET.

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Like the Cuyahoga River in 1969, the Cleveland Indians are on fire.

Six Tribe relievers combined to pick up starter Trevor Bauer - who had to leave after just two-thirds of an inning when a cut on his pinkie finger opened up - and push Cleveland to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and a 3-0 lead in the ALCS on Monday.

Thanks to the de facto "bullpen day" and the effectiveness of their relievers, the Indians became the first team in postseason history to win a game in which none of their pitchers recorded more than five outs. Their relievers recorded 25 outs on 128 pitches and allowed just seven hits - three fewer than the 10 hits the Blue Jays picked up over the first two games of the series in Cleveland.

''If anybody has a hiccup, we probably lose,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said postgame.

Including the regular season, Cleveland is now 4-1 when its bullpen throws eight or more innings in a game.

Related: Miller sets ALCS record for most strikeouts by a reliever

The Indians also became the fifth team in the LCS era to win their first six games of the playoffs. Two of those four teams won the World Series.

Cleveland can clinch its first American League pennant since 1997 on Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Ace Corey Kluber will be tasked with sending the Indians to the World Series; he'll be opposed by the AL's ERA leader, Aaron Sanchez.

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TORONTO - Josh Donaldson homered to give Toronto a long-awaited lead, and the Blue Jays finally broke through with the bats, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.

The Indians still lead the matchup 3-1, but Donaldson and a poised Aaron Sanchez handed them their first loss of this postseason.

Edwin Encarnacion later hit a two-run single, a welcome sight for a raucous Rogers Centre crowd that had fallen silent watching its team reach the brink of elimination because of a slumbering offense.

Donaldson's solo shot to left-center field off Corey Kluber in the third put the Blue Jays ahead for the first time all series. Two innings after that, the star third baseman made an outstanding diving stop to preserve a one-run edge.

Sanchez, the American League ERA champion, allowed a run and two hits in six innings, and the bullpen finished with three perfect innings.

Cleveland will try again Wednesday to win to earn its first World Series trip since 1997, but the big concern for the Indians coming into the series - an injury-riddled rotation - still lingers.

Kluber was starting on three days' rest for the first time in his career, and in Game 5 Cleveland will send lightly used rookie Ryan Merritt to the mound against Marco Estrada.

Kluber, who was pulled after allowing two runs and four hits in five innings, hadn't allowed a run in either of his first two starts this postseason. Donaldson, the reigning AL MVP and sporting a still freshly shaved face, opened the scoring with his first home run of these playoffs. was pulled after allowing two runs and four hits in five innings.

The Indians were trying to become the third team to sweep a Division Series and Championship Series in the same postseason. The 2007 Colorado Rockies and 2014 Kansas City Royals both did it.

Cleveland had won nine in a row, including three straight over Boston in the ALDS.

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LOS ANGELES - Fourteen months removed from independent ball on Long Island, Rich Hill pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers into a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.

Hill allowed two hits in six innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and the Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday night.

''I knew there was going to be an opportunity to get back to the big leagues as long as I stayed healthy and I felt strong,'' he said. ''Just perseverance. That's it. Just continue to keep pushing through no matter what, even if you feel like you're almost ready to give up. You never know, that next door you open might be the one that makes the difference.''

After winning a big league high 103 games during the regular season and sparking belief they could win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time this year, managing just six hits - five of them singles.

''More than anything, I think we need to get a couple runs and hits and runs early to try to get that kind of feeling back,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, ''because, obviously, when you're not scoring any runs, it makes it even more difficult in the dugout.''

Hill, who pitched for the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks in August 2015, struck out six and walked two. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen finished, giving the Dodgers consecutive postseason shutouts for the first time.

"It was the biggest game of my career," Hill said.

Hill was acquired from Oakland along with Josh Reddick at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The 36-year-old left-hander struggled with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand that landed him on the disabled list from mid-July to late August. The blister still bothered him in the final weeks of the regular season, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled him after seven perfect innings against Miami on Sept. 11.

''Changing speeds, pitching off the breaking ball, mixing in the fastball, yeah, he kept them off balance all night,'' Roberts said.

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The Cleveland Indians are off to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

Rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings in his second-career start, while Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp added solo home runs as the Indians eliminated the Toronto Blue Jays with a 3-0 win in Game 5 at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Progressive Field against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago Cubs.

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Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller was named MVP of the American League Championship Series after helping his team advance to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

Miller put on one of the most dominating postseason performances in history to shut down the Toronto Blue Jays' high-powered offense during their five-game series.

The left-hander tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings in the series, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking an ALCS-record 14. He became just the second reliever in postseason history to throw seven or more innings with 14 strikeouts in a series, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to Kenta Maeda to start Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Maeda (0-1), and not ace Clayton Kershaw, will get the baseball in a crucial contest of the series, which is tied at two games apiece. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be at Wrigley Field this weekend.

Maeda gets the call despite his inability to deliver so far in the postseason. Although the 28-year-rookie from Japan received a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLCS, he allowed three runs on four hits in four innings, walking three and striking out two.

Maeda lost his other playoff start in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, serving up four runs on five hits in three innings in his second-shortest start of the season.

It's one reason some in the media speculated Roberts might go to Kershaw again on three days' rest.

"Well, I think that (Thursday) isn't a deciding game," Roberts said, insisting he's sticking with Maeda.

Roberts also said Kershaw wasn't available for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals. However, Roberts surprised many in the baseball world by bringing in Kershaw to close the series clincher and record the final two outs after closer Kenley Jansen worked the previous 2 1/3 innings.

"It's not an elimination game," Roberts continued. "And I think the accumulation of (Kershaw's) usage over the last 10 days plays a factor in our decision. So, I think that for us thinking through it, the best thing for us is to have him pitch Game 6 and have Kenta go Thursday."

Maeda realizes he needs to deliver.

"I'm not going to be too careful even though I haven't been pitching well in the postseason," Maeda said of his approach for the game. "What I'm going to be really focused on is just pitching well (Thursday) and not worry too much about what I have done in the past."

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