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MLB hopes for new Japan posting deal by early December
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball hopes to reach a new agreement on a posting system with Japan by early December, a deal that would allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani to start negotiations with big league teams.

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Astros' title hopes hinge on bullpen reliability
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He had made the pitch he wanted. That’s the thing that bothered Astros reliever Joe Musgrove after he’d had some time to think it through. “Right where I wanted it — fastball up in the zone,” he said. “He just beat me to it.” Stuff happens, etc.

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CC hopes G7 wasn't last start for Yankees
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Over the past decade, there is no pitcher that Joe Girardi has trusted with the ball more often than CC Sabathia, which is why the manager’s voice quivered after he was presented with the possibility that the big left-hander may have left the mound for the final time with the Yankees.

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Report: Former Orioles outfielder Kim returns home frustrated but hopes to play in majors again in 2018
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Former Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim sounded unsure about his major league future speaking to reporters on Thursday when he returned home to his native South Korea for the offseason, according to a Yonhap News Agency report Kim — who was dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline to the Philadelphia

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Maddon hopes coaching staff returns in 2018
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After getting to the postseason in three consecutive years, Cubs manager Joe Maddon would like his coaching staff to return for 2018.

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Cubs' hopes for rally fade after 'weird' 6th
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The initial wave of murmurs rippled across Wrigley Field when Carl Edwards Jr. threw a third consecutive ball to opposing pitcher Yu Darvish. That Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Darvish in to hit in the sixth inning of National League Championship Series Game 3 seemed a gift to the Cubs, who were desperate to stay […]

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Girardi hopes replay gaffe doesn't affect future with Yankees
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Joe Girardi’s contract as manager of the New York Yankees expires after the postseason. And there’s been some speculation that he may not be brought back. The rumblings stem from his blunder in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians when he failed to request a review on a hit-by-pitch […]

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Mookie Betts keeps Red Sox hopes alive with home run-saving catch
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Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts goes to the wall to catch a fly ball by Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick during Game 3 of the ALDS. (AP) Before Boston Red Sox fans could settle into their seats for Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the Houston Astros had already jumped out to a […]

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Brewers face Cards, aim to keep alive wild-card hopes
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For the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday night was your classic good news, bad news situation. First, the good news: They took care of what they could control, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to keep alive their slender hopes of earning the National League's second wild-card spot. Now, the bad news

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Ichiro hopes to return to Marlins, play until he's 'at least 50'
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Ichiro Suzuki is nearly 44 years old, and he has no interest in retiring any time soon. The outfielder told reporters through an interpreter Friday that he'd like to return to the Miami Marlins and reiterated the idea of playing until he was "at least 50." “There’s no reason not to be back,” he said, […]

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Taillon hopes to finish 2017 season triumphant
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Max Scherzer will start against the Pirates on Saturday night at Nationals Park, making one last appearance before the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile and potentially one final case for himself in the NL Cy Young Award race.

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Cards unable to derail Crew's WC hopes
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There is no longer any margin for error, but there is still hope for the Brewers, who ensured themselves of another day in the National League Wild Card race with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday.

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