Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Hall of Famer Rod Carew closed an emotional media conference call on Monday afternoon with a message that was both personal and universal.
|The baseball community came alive, stories flowing, on Sunday evening as the National College Baseball Hall of Fame honored Vin Scully with the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award at Bel-Air Country Club.
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|Gentlemen and ladies, start your laptops -- and cell phones. The offseason officially has arrived, bringing the promise of heavy action as 29 Major League Baseball clubs take aim at the 2015 World Series champion Royals.
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|Torii Hunter's retirement announcement on Monday arrived on the eve of the World Series -- his one dream left unfulfilled in a wondrous career spanning 19 seasons.
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|Southern California knows droughts, but this dry spell is 27 years and running. Unfortunately, not even in baseball can money solve everything.
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|Once a Cub, always a Cub -- even if you grow up and thrive in another organization and still live and work in that city. In Los Angeles, Ron Cey and Davey Lopes partnered with Steve Garvey and Bill Russell in the longest-running infield in Major League history. They then went on to join the 1984 Cubs outfit that ended a 39-year postseason drought.
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|Powered by Daniel Murphy's loud bat, the Mets and their young guns are moving on to confront the Cubs' youthful bombers in a National League Championship Series with huge box-office appeal. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were left once again to pick up the pieces and try to figure out a formula that doesn't fall apart in autumn.
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|Here are five things the Dodgers need to do in order to seize Game 5 of the National League Division Series from the Mets on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET (TBS) at Dodger Stadium and move on to engage the Cubs in the NL Championship Series.
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|The Mets will have a new shortstop for Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field. The Dodgers should also turn to a new man at the most important non-battery position on the field. It is time to go to hard-edged, proven, former NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Jimmy Rollins and give young Corey Seager a chance to relax and catch his breath.
|With New York nine outs away from putting the Dodgers on the brink of elimination and heading home to finish the job, everything changed on Chase Utley's hard, late slide in the seventh inning. It triggered shortstop Ruben Tejada's fractured right fibula, a sudden eruption of the Dodgers' dormant offense, and a 5-2 Mets loss that sends the show to the East Coast all even.
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|With Sandy Koufax in attendance, Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom delivered a performance on Friday night worthy of the Brooklyn native and greatest living Dodger.
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|For Terry Collins, this National League Division Series opening at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) is a homecoming. The Mets' manager has some of that Tommy Lasorda blue blood running through his veins, having acquired most of his philosophies and attitudes as a young player and young manager in the Dodgers' system.
More» Collins on deGrom, postseason emotions|
|In front of every successful pitcher crouches a good catcher, a man brimming with wisdom, vision, perspective and the sensitive understanding of human nature normally found in a trained psychologist.
|Individual matchups aren't everything in the postseason crucible, but they do offer a few hints about what might unfold with pulses pounding and so much on the line. As the Dodgers and Mets do their prep work for their National League Division Series opening Friday night at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), reams of numbers will be studied intently. Every conceivable edge looms as a potential game-changer.
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|The 1988 National League Championship Series had everything an inspired script writer on Broadway or in Hollywood could have produced. It was New York vs. Los Angeles, a clash of titans and cultures. Stars, enough to fill an All-Star squad, aligned on both sides.
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|Conventional baseball wisdom holds that a hot September is an essential component to an October drive to a World Series championship parade. Recent history supports that belief.
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|No need for advanced analytics now; simple math will do. The Angels must sweep four games in Texas, starting Thursday night, to claim the American League West title.
More» Giavotella's two-run blast gives Angels lead|
|Just when a dismal August appeared to spell doom for the Angels' postseason chances, something happened in September. Everything changed, clicked. The big three began getting help. Suddenly, the Angels are leading the second AL Wild Card and are just two behind the Rangers in the AL West with their final four games in Texas.
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|The Angels own a six-game winning streak in the afterglow of David Murphy's line-drive single with the bases full in the bottom of the ninth on Monday, and the team's big-picture goal is unchanged with a big series against Texas on deck.
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|Bullpens can be as unpredictable as the autumn weather. Winding down to the critical final days of the regular season, let's examine how the contenders shape up in the all-important last third of games.
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