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  • Obit - Ruth Hartman, original member of All-American Girls Baseball League

    11/11/2015 6:21:40 AM PST · by pa_dweller
    Reading Eagle ^ | 11/11/15 | Dan Kelly
    Ruth A. Hartman, an accomplished local sheep breeder known locally and nationally as an original member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died in Reading Hospital of injuries suffered over the weekend after her SUV struck a deer in Oley Township. - See more at:
  • 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners

    11/10/2015 4:57:07 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 19 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 11/10/15 | Drew Silva
    National League C Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 2B Dee Gordon, Marlins 3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies SS Brandon Crawford, Giants LF Starling Marte, Pirates CF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks RF Jason Heyward, Cardinals P Zack Greinke, Dodgers American League C Salvador Perez, Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, Royals 2B Jose Altuve, Astros 3B Manny Machado, Orioles SS Alcides Escobar, Royals LF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers/Mets CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays RF Kole Calhoun, Angels P Dallas Keuchel, Astros
  • Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes arrested on Maui for allegedly assaulting wife

    11/10/2015 12:27:53 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Chelsea Davis
    MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Major League Baseball player Jose Reyes, the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, was arrested on Halloween after allegedly assaulting his wife in their Maui hotel room, sources say. Reyes and his wife, Katherine, were allegedly arguing in their Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea room that afternoon. His wife told responding officers that Reyes grabbed her off the bed and shoved her. Sources say she also told police that he grabbed her throat and shoved her into the sliding glass balcony door. Security called police and Reyes was arrested for abuse of a family or household member....
  • Source: Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has died

    11/09/2015 10:10:57 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 23 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | 11/10/2015 | WSB
    ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action news has learned former Altanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, 29, has died. Multiple sources told Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein earlier in the day Monday that Hanson was in a coma after being moved to Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital late Monday morning due to catastrophic organ failure. Hanson was moved to Piedmont so doctors could run a variety of tests to determine why his organs failed. The source said Hanson's problems started early Sunday morning and Hanson was then rushed to a nearby hospital after he started having trouble breathing.
  • Retired MLB star Berkman: Tolerance is 'killing our country'

    11/06/2015 4:09:56 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2015 | Marissa Payne
    Six-time MLB all-star Lance Berkman used to be a star on a field, but a starring role in an advertisement against a recently failed Houston equality referendum has some in the city wishing he’d fade away. In the ad, which took a stand against the Houston equal-rights ordinance (HERO), the former Houston Astros and Texas Rangers player urged everyone to “vote no” because it would allow “troubled men” to use women’s bathrooms. (snip) The fight for Berkman, however, seems to only have just begun. After the ordinance failed, Berkman doubled down on his comments and said he wasn’t just worried...
  • Zack Greinke opts out of Dodgers contract, becomes free agent

    11/04/2015 11:09:39 AM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | November 4, 2015 | J.P. Hoornstra
    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke opted out of his contract to become arguably the top free-agent pitcher on the market Wednesday. Greinke, 32, figures to command a significant raise from the $23 million he made last year. He went 19-3 with a major-league leading 1.66 earned-run average and a 0.84 WHIP, making him a favorite for the National League Cy Young Award.
  • Watch: KC Royals Player Rejects Political Correctness,Waves U.S. Flag At World Series(Shortened)

    11/04/2015 2:02:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | November 4, 2015 | Trent Baker
    Outfielder Jonny Gomes gave quite a speech during Tuesday’s World Series celebration for the Kansas City Royals, who defeated the New York Mets four games to one on Sunday.
  • If you Google it and can't find anything, try FR. Looking for a song title.

    11/03/2015 6:45:24 AM PST · by C Lee Tolindo · 14 replies
    Hoping for your help in finding the source of a line from a song. I've Googled, and otherwise searched to no success. Am looking for the title of the song. The lyric below, is a baseball reference, and it may not be exact, but it is very close... "Hitch up your britches, take one of those pitches, and 'bam' it's over the fence".
  • Kansas City Royals Win the World Series

    11/01/2015 9:35:26 PM PST · by NRx · 210 replies
    Vanity | 11-01-2015 | NRx
    Royals 7 Mets 2 in 12 innings
  • World Series, Game 5, Live Thread.

    11/01/2015 4:56:20 PM PST · by fhayek · 218 replies
    I waited for Mr. Ward. The HAS to be a World Series thread on this forum. Read tweece for typos.
  • World Series Game 4 thread. (Royals need to take one of three in NY to make me happy)

    10/31/2015 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 2 replies
    Me | 10/31/15 | Artemis Webb
    GO Royals!!
  • World Series Game 4, Live Thread

    10/31/2015 4:42:15 PM PDT · by fhayek · 65 replies
    From ESPN:METS RETRACING THEIR STEPS FROM 1986 Here's a crazy statistical anomaly that just might give you chills: Through the first three games of this year's World Series, New York's results have mirrored the first three games of the team's 1986 World Series run. Game 1, 1986 lost by 1, 2915 lost by 1 Game 2, 1986 lost by 6, 2015 lost by 6Game 3, 1986 won by six, 2015 won by six It's Halloween, it's spooky, and we have a Series.
  • “Nostra Aetate” and Sandy Koufax

    10/31/2015 7:38:54 AM PDT · by gasport · 15 replies
    The Georgia Bulletin ^ | October 29, 2015 | DAVID A. KING
    Lawrence Peter Berra—you know him better as Yogi—died a month ago. Berra was a devout Catholic, who also happened to be a brilliant baseball player and one of America’s most lovable wits. We pray for the repose of his soul, but this column is not about Yogi Berra. Nor is it about the hapless Chicago Cubs, who for the 107th year in a row will have to once again “wait until next year.” It is about baseball, which is on the mind of any sports fan in the country in October, the glorious month of the postseason and the World...
  • World Series Game 3: Mets 9 Royals 3

    10/30/2015 8:34:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    Vanity | 10-30-2015 | NRx
    Apparently someone reminded the Mets that they are supposed to be playing in the World Series. This was pretty close to a "must win" and they did it.
  • World Series 2015 Game 3 Royals at Mets

    10/30/2015 2:06:06 PM PDT · by Jolla · 28 replies
    Vanity | Jolla
    Game 3 from New York City
  • (Miami) Marlins hire Don Mattingly as next manager

    10/29/2015 1:57:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 29, 2015 | Barry Jackson
    Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who has cycled through eight "permanent" managers and two interim managers since buying the team in 2002, on Thursday landed the man he targeted in his latest skipper search: former New York Yankees star Don Mattingly, sources said. Mattingly, as expected, agreed to a four-year contract to replace Dan Jennings, who was reassigned to the front office but instructed not to return to work until he has more conversations with Loria. Mattingly, 54, and the Dodgers parted ways recently after he led the team to three consecutive National League West titles but no World Series...
  • World Series 2015 Game 2 Mets at Royals

    10/28/2015 3:51:23 PM PDT · by Jolla · 73 replies
    Game 2 from Kansas City - Play Ball
  • World Series Game 1: Mets @ Royals (Wow! What a game!)

    10/27/2015 9:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 60 replies
    NRx | 10-27-2015 | Vanity
    Anyone watching the game? This is is crazy nail biter. As of posting it's tied 4-4 in the 13th inning.
  • 2015 - World Series - Kansas City Royals vs New York Mets -Play Ball

    10/27/2015 9:56:20 AM PDT · by Jolla · 131 replies
    vanity | 10/27/2015 | Jolla
    Play Ball
  • Heres one gay Met fan who is not rooting for Daniel Murphy (BARF ALERT)

    10/26/2015 8:51:22 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 30 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | October 23, 2015 | Joe Dziemianowicz
    Everybodys calling him a hero. I say zero. Note to Daniel Murphy: dont hate me because I want to get to first base with Matt Harvey. So while the entire city has come down with a raging case of Mets fever, Im just raging. Dont get me wrong, Id love to catch this bug whole-hog and jump on the big blue-and-orange bandwagon. This baseball stuff especially the Mets playoff run is great immersive theater. Fans wearing wacky wigs inspired by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Samson-tressed pitchers? Yes, please. Grown men and women in team jerseys and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sale of Daniel Murphy bat nixed after historic HR (topps rips off 12 year old kid)

    10/26/2015 5:20:38 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies ^ | october 26, 2015 | LARRY MCSHANE, REUVEN BLAU
    A young Mets fan cried foul Sunday after a baseball memorabilia site suddenly balked at selling a bat signed by Daniel Murphy after his record-breaking stretch of home runs. Will Smith, of Long Island City, used $175 of his birthday money to buy a bat signed by Daniel Murphy from for his 12th birthday. During the series against the Cubs, the bat was in stock online. And a customer service rep even promised Wills parents the Louisville Slugger would arrive in time for the big day on Nov. 3. But the order was suddenly canceled after the Mets star...
  • Pete Rose's rain delay videobomb turns into Internet meme

    10/24/2015 12:49:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 24, 2015 | Mark Townsend
    The addition of Pete Rose to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast team has definitely served its purpose for the still building sports network. Whether he's criticizing Josh Donaldson for not playing through a possible concussion, or bonding with Alex Rodriguez over not being liked, Rose manages to get people talking with just about every pregame or postgame appearance. Now we have to include videobombs in Rose's act. During the eighth-inning rain delay in Friday's ALCS Game 6, Rose had the internet talking and immediately creating memes after momentarily popping up in C.J. Nitkowski's live shot.
  • Parallel lives of the Mets and Hillary Clinton (idiotic hard-fighting underdog analogy)

    10/24/2015 7:24:16 AM PDT · by dead · 4 replies
    There were moments when it didn't look like the Mets or Hillary Rodham Clinton would last the summer. This wasn't particularly surprising for Mets fans, who are used to broken hearts. Sure, there was talk of 90 wins back in spring training and the season got off to a fast start. But Mets fans have been there before -- a few injuries, the ominous word "rebuilding," and a trade deadline approaching with no sign of arriving help. Great young pitching, everyone said. Pack it in for 2016. And Clinton: From Yankee-like front-runner dominance, she fell prey to two words that...
  • Royals hang on against Blue Jays, win back-to-back AL pennants

    10/23/2015 9:27:29 PM PDT · by fhayek · 58 replies | 10/23/15
    Eric Hosmer's eighth-inning single scored Lorenzo Cain from first to break a 3-3 tie, then closer Wade Davis slammed the door in the ninth as K.C. beat Toronto to earn a repeat trip to the World Series.
  • Dodgers and Mattingly part ways

    10/22/2015 10:23:04 AM PDT · by Jolla · 60 replies
    SFGate ^ | 10/22/2015 | Beth Harris
    Don Mattingly won't return as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next year after agreeing with his bosses that he and the team needed a fresh start.
  • Marco Estrada, Blue Jays down Royals to force Game 6 in ALCS

    10/21/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 17 replies
    The Canadian Press via CBC ^ | October 21, 2015 | The Canadian Press
    Marco Estrada was near flawless in limiting the Royals to three hits over 7 2/3 innings and Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs as the Blue Jays stayed alive in the American League Championship Series, defeating Kansas City 7-1 Wednesday to force a Game 6.
  • NL Pennant Game 4: Mets @ Cubs Live Thread

    10/21/2015 5:57:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 52 replies
    Live Thread | 10-21-2015 | NRx
    Mets looking for their 5th NL Pennant. Cubs looking to avoid elimination on the day they wre supposed to win the World Series (Back to the Future II)
  • NL Pennant Game 3: Mets 5 Cubs 2

    10/20/2015 8:09:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 49 replies
    Vanity | 10-20-2015 | NRx
    Three down one to go... GO METS!
  • Cubs vs Mets NOW! (Cubs better get busy) Royals take 3-1 lead in the ALCS

    10/20/2015 5:06:17 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 62 replies
    me ^ | 10/20/15 | me
    The Cubs have got to win this game or they're in trouble. Well, they're already in trouble, but it can get worse. Royals beat the stuffing out of the Blue Jays 14-2!
  • NL Pennant Game 2: Mets 4 Cubs 1

    10/18/2015 8:15:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    Vanity | 10-18-2015 | NRx
    GO METS!
  • Baseball! Royals leading in ALCS game 2. Cubs and Mets tonight THE Thread!

    10/17/2015 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 81 replies
    Me ^ | 10/17/2015 | Me
    No doubt the ratings will be big for the Cubs/Mets game. Go Cubs!
  • Royals fan sign calls out former Toronto mayor Rob Ford for smoking crack

    10/17/2015 2:02:32 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 10 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 10/17/15 | Jake Whitacre
    When you think of passionate baseball rivalries, Royals-Blue Jays doesn't jump to mind, but the high stakes of the American League Championship Series can make bitter enemies out of anyone. Witness this sign from game 1 in Kansas City...
  • Cubs beat Cards, Royals beat Astros, Rangers beat Rangers, Mets and Dodgers game 5 lovefest tonight!

    10/15/2015 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 119 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10/15/15 | Me
    My Cardinals lost. I'm going to pull for the Cubs to go the whole way! I was glad to see the Royals win. My hometown of Springfield Missouri used to be a Royals stronghold before The Dark Years. My wife still has a bobblehead of George Brett on the entertainment cabinet. The Rangers...I don't know what to say. That 7th inning was the strangest and ugliest inning of baseball I've ever seen in my life. As for tonights game between the Mets and Dodgers, it certainly won't lack for enmity. Don't expect kissing and making up after it's over.
  • Cubs win NL Division Series, beat Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4

    10/13/2015 5:23:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 52 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10-13-2015 | Andrew Seligman
    CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, getting home runs from Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday to win the NL Division Series in four games. A day after hitting a postseason-record six homers, the Cubs hammered their way into the NL Championship Series by taking the best-of-five set before a rollicking crowd.

    10/13/2015 2:52:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 10.13.15 | Larry Thornberry
    Screenplay by Rachel Maddow.SNIP Under the circumstances, Utleys play was to try to break up the DP, and he did this within the rules of engagement as they exist (if you dont think so, watch the play again after reading baseballs Rule 5.09(a) 13). Tejadas play was to record the out at second and get out of the way in order the live to play another day. An off-line feed from Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made the prospects of a DP on this play remote. Tejadas eccentric acrobatics in a hopeless effort ended his season and landed him in...
  • Mets Get Revenge, and Then Some

    10/12/2015 10:50:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-13-2015 | TIM ROHAN
    Yoenis Cespedes stood near the batters box for a moment, holding his bat, watching the fastball he had crushed into the second deck of the left-field stands. Cespedes took a few steps, flipped his bat high into the air and rounded the bases. The theme song from The Natural pumped through Citi Field, fireworks exploded and Mets fans hugged one another, screaming. The three-run homer essentially ended Game 3 of this National League division series in the fourth inning on Monday night. From there, the Mets cruised to a 13-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a two-games-to-one...
  • On Your Mark: The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series, per Marty McFly

    10/12/2015 1:11:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | By Jeff Nowak
    Its beginning to seem like Marty McFly may have been onto something. The Cubs sure are an interesting team to watch. Nothing demonstrates that point more effectively than mad-hatter manager Joe Maddon calling for two suicide squeezes in the second inning on Saturday, en route to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Now, if youre like me, you wonder why this isnt always the play with a runner on third and fewer than two outs. Ive almost never seen it played correctly by opposing defenses, and isnt it more reliable than a fly ball to the outfield? But...
  • Chase Utley Suspended 2 Games for Slide that Broke Ruben Tejada's Leg

    10/11/2015 7:22:13 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 204 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/11/2015 | Mark Saxon, ESPN Staff Writer
    NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has suspended Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for what the league deemed was an illegal slide into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
  • Dean Chance, Angels' first Cy Young winner, dies at age 74

    10/11/2015 6:24:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Fletcher
    Dean Chance, the 1964 Cy Young winner and a recently inducted member of the Angels Hall of Fame, has died. He was 74 ... In 1964, Chance was 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA, winning the Cy Young Award at a time when there was only one winner, rather than one for each league. At the time, the 23-year-old Chance was the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young, a distinction he held until Dwight Gooden won the award at age 20 in 1985 ...
  • Mets' Ruben Tejada fractures lower leg on Chase Utley's hard slide

    10/11/2015 5:02:28 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 59 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/10/15 | Mark Saxon
    LOS ANGELES -- Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada suffered a fracture to the fibula of his lower right leg in a nasty collision at second base Saturday night in the seventh inning of a Game 2 loss to the Dodgers in the NL Divison Series. The Dodgers' Chase Utley slid late and hit Tejada hard just as Tejada was turning around to attempt a double play on a grounder hit by Howie Kendrick. Tejada flipped over Utley and landed hard on his left side. The Dodgers went on to score a total of four runs in the inning en route to...
  • The Pitcher Time Forgot (Dan Bankhead)

    10/10/2015 10:35:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2015 | Michael Beschloss
    This month in 1947 was the first time African-Americans played in the World Series. The two men were Brooklyn Dodgers. You probably know one of their names but not the other. Jackie Robinson would go on to win his place as a courageous American pathbreaker, but his teammate, Dan Bankhead, the first black major league pitcher in modern baseball, has been almost forgotten.
  • 10/9/15 MLB Thread. KC wins. StL winning. Dodgers/Mets yet to play. Oh, and the BlueJays suck.

    10/09/2015 5:07:46 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 66 replies
    Me ^ | 10/9/15 | Me
  • Non-Official Thread For NL Wild Card, Cubs at the Pirates. 8:00 P.M. Eastern

    10/07/2015 2:18:09 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 74 replies
    Me ^ | 10/7/15 | Me
    I will try to post one of these for each series also, NOT EACH GAME, or something like that. Thanks to ken5050!
  • Astros advance, end Yankees' season

    10/07/2015 5:39:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 86 replies
    AP ^ | 10/7/15 | HOWIE RUMBERG
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A year ago, no one could've pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium. After all that losing, this was one October win to remember. Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game. "Nobody really gave us anything at the start of...
  • Our long Nationals nightmare is over . . . for now

    10/05/2015 5:14:49 PM PDT · by BluesDuke · 9 replies
    Throneberry Fields Forever ^ | October 5, 2015 | Yours truly
    Before the Washington Nationals lost their final regular season game to the National League East champion Mets, general manager Mike Rizzo promised he wasnt going to leave people twisting in the wind. Rizzos words, not mine. Maybe he thought Nats fans had been forced into doing the twist too long this season already. Monday morning Rizzo kept his promiseand how. He executed manager Matt Williams, just a year after Williams was named the National Leagues Manager of the Year. The man who came into the season leading the prohibitive World Series favourites leaves it with his head in a guillotine...
  • Rangers win AL West on final day; Angels' loss puts Astros in playoffs

    10/04/2015 3:40:26 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 51 replies
    AP ^ | 10/4/15
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a three-hitter, Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer and the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday, eliminating Los Angeles from playoff contention. A year after their 95 losses were the most in the American League, two months after they were still eight games out of first place and three days after ensuring themselves a postseason spot, the Rangers wrapped up their sixth division title. Texas plays its first AL division series game since 2011 on...
  • Derek Jeter exited, Alex Rodriguez returned and the Yankees are back in the playoffs

    10/02/2015 8:13:29 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/01/15 | Andrew Marchand
    NEW YORK -- There was an old-school vibe as the New York Yankees celebrated their wild-card-clinching win in the home clubhouse in the Bronx. Rap songs from Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys played on the stereo system. The song "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" blasted at one point during a very happy, but subdued, champagne celebration. The song seemed appropriate because this Yankee team is an overachieving bunch that has exceeded most expectations. "No one thought we would go anywhere this year, but we have come together the last eight months and it's been...
  • Retiring Giants pitcher says players using steroids hurt his contracts and took food off his table

    10/01/2015 4:00:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Scott Davis
    With only four games remaining on the San Francisco Giants schedule and their playoff hopes already eliminated, pitcher Jeremy Affeldt is announcing he's retiring at the end of the season. In a story he wrote for The Cauldron on Sports Illustrated, Affeldt takes a different approach in his announcement.
  • Charges filed against suspect in Busch Stadium mugging that left vet paralyzed [No national outrage]

    09/30/2015 5:37:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Charges have been filed soon against 31-year-old Kilwa Jones. He is the suspect in the robbery and shooting that left Cardinals fan Chris Sanna paralyzed. He has been charged with two felony counts of assault, two counts of robbery and four counts of armed criminal action.
  • Clinchin' Kershaw: LA wins West, KOs Giants

    09/30/2015 7:59:59 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    MLB News ^ | 5:25 AM ET 30 September 2015 | Ken Gurnick and Oliver Macklin
    (Third straight playoff win with FIFTH best record in National League) SAN FRANCISCO -- Reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to their third consecutive National League West title Tuesday night, besting Madison Bumgarner with a one-hit masterpiece and 8-0 shutout over the defending world champion and arch-rival Giants. "It feels good to win it," said a champagne-soaked Don Mattingly, the first Dodgers manager to win three straight titles. "I have so much respect for the Giants and Bruce Bochy. They've got a championship-caliber team. Honestly, I didn't want to lose this game tonight and have to go from there....