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MLB Notebook: Dodgers walk off against Cardinals

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October 7th, 2021

The Major League Baseball playoffs kicked off earlier this week with Wild Card action that included plenty of drama. Those two games, and the theater they carried with them, kick off this week’s MLB Notebook!

Chris Taylor crushes Cardinals

Chris Taylor was the hero Wednesday night in Chavez Ravine, as his two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth propelled the reigning World Series champs to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

Up next for the Dodgers is a clash with the rival San Francisco Giants, who edged them in the race for the NL West title by just one game. The two squads combined for 213 victories during the regular season, and one of them will be going home in the next week or so.

Boston Chases Cole, Tops New York

Meanwhile, in the Junior Circuit, the Boston Red Sox vanquished the New York Yankees 6-2 Tuesday night and ended their rivals’ season in the process.

Gerrit Cole surrendered a pair of homers early on in the contest, and the Red Sox never trailed at any point from start to finish. With the victory, Boston advances to the ALDS, where the Sox will face the Tampa Bay Rays beginning Thursday night.

Chicago, Houston Prepare for ALDS

The other American League Division Series features the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. Chicago overcame some early-season tension and cruised to an AL Central title, while Houston fended off both the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners in their trip back to the postseason. A pair of Lances will square off in Game 1, as Chicago’s Lance Lynn will get the ball against Houston’s Lance McCullers.

American League 2021

Sun, October 17 2021, 10:00 AM

Tampa Bay Rays

+180

Houston Astros

+210

Chicago White Sox

+300

Boston Red Sox

+425

Padres Fire Jayce Tingler

The San Diego Padres loaded up this past offseason in hopes of a deep run that never materialized. As a result, the club has parted ways with manager Jayce Tingler, and they did so following a puzzling September swoon.

The Padres were in playoff contention for much of the season, but a late-season collapse that included a dugout dust-up between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. meant that someone had to go.

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