Rich Hill scoffed at the notion that Clayton Kershaw carried the blame for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ stunning elimination. “No,” Hill said forcefully, “we wouldn’t be here without him.” And then, for nearly 15 seconds, Hill paused, gathering himself, trying desperately to avoid breaking down with the cameras recording him.
A Houston furniture salesman, attempting to mitigate millions of dollars in potential refunds from a promotion, placed one of the largest bets ever taken by a U.S. bookmaker on Tuesday at a Mississippi sportsbook. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, bet $3.5 million on the Astros
Left-hander Sean Manaea, undefeated since returning in September from offseason surgery, will get the start for the host Oakland Athletics on Wednesday in the American League wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manaea has pitched in five games since returning from surgery on his left shoulder, going 4-0 with
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez said he was “ready to play” after being activated from the injured list on Tuesday. Two home runs later, it seems he may have been understating matters. The switch-hitting Ramirez hit a first-inning grand slam in his first plate appearance since Aug. 24, hitting