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It's time to pay attention to Justin Turner's incredible postseason record

12:14 AM ET play 0:44 Justin Turner breaks a 1-1 tie in style by cranking a three-run homer to center field off John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 4-1 Game 2 victory against the Cubs. LOS ANGELES — After four businesslike wins to begin what the Los Angeles Dodgers hope will be their first championship run in 29 years, the habitues of Hollywood finally needed a hero to plaster on their marquee. That would be Justin Turner, who hammered a John Lackey pitch over the center-field fence for a ...

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Will the Tribe’s drought end? A ring for Kershaw? Your complete postseason guide

7:00 AM ET The regular season was a wild ride with some of the craziest individual and team performances we’ve seen in a long time. Sure, the playoff races fizzled a bit down the stretch, but part of that was because the teams at the top were just that good this year, which means we’re headed for an exciting postseason. Before the unmatched fun that is October baseball begins, here’s my what-you-need-to-know preview. Droughts, drama and dominance This should be one of the most anticipated postseasons in a long time. ...

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Far from the field, Red Sox clinch postseason berth

2:23 AM ET It happened in the middle of the night. The Boston Red Sox were airborne, heading from Baltimore to Cincinnati. Maybe they exchanged a few high-fives somewhere over West Virginia. Or maybe they just slept through it. At least they will have something to toast at dinner on their night off Thursday. But the champagne-and-beer celebration, the one in which corks fly across a room and players break out designer ski goggles? That will wait, as it should, for another time and place. The Red Sox reeled in ...

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The Astros land Justin Verlander and the postseason gets a lot more interesting

3:38 AM ET When Aug. 31 feels like July 31 … Wow, what a crazy day. The Angels acquired Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips to boost their offense, the Rangers acquired Miguel Gonzalez and the Cubs picked up Leonys Martin. But the blockbuster was the deal that didn’t happen … and then did! Initial reports late in the evening were that the Detroit Tigers had agreed to trade Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros, only to have Verlander veto the trade. Then follow-up reports said it wasn’t clear whether the ...

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Warriors roll to 10th straight postseason win

12:08 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was in the books long before it was in the books. It was widely believed that a Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio Spurs squad didn’t stand a chance at Oracle Arena, and that proved to be accurate Tuesday evening. The Golden State Warriors pummeled the Spurs 136-100, taking a commanding 2-0 series lead as the series shifts to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4. One ankle sprain appears to have drastically changed the competitive nature of this ...

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With playoff game No. 200 next, the best of LeBron James' postseason

11:00 AM ET With LeBron James about to play his 200th career playoff game Saturday against the Indiana Pacers (ABC, 3 p.m. ET), he will hit a milestone in what has been a prolific postseason career. Here’s a look at some of his most memorable playoff games: No. 1: April 22, 2006. It took LeBron James three seasons to finally make the playoffs but, when he arrived, he announced his presence with authority with a near flawless triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in an 11-point win ...

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Tribe's Miller sets postseason Ks mark by reliever

12:07 AM ET ESPN.com news services Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller continued to add to his dominant run through the playoffs Saturday night, breaking the record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher in one postseason with 29. Miller struck out two batters in two innings in the Indians’ Game 4 win over the Chicago Cubs, surpassing the previous record held by Francisco Rodriguez, who had 28 strikeouts for the Anaheim Angels in the 2002 postseason. Miller has pitched 17 innings in his nine appearances this postseason. After striking out seven ...

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Win and in again: Mets clinch postseason berth

6:10 PM ET PHILADELPHIA — The reigning National League champions are returning to the postseason. This visit may be more of an accomplishment than a year ago. Decimated by injuries, the New York Mets nonetheless clinched a wild-card berth Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. They will host the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. It marks the second time in franchise history that the Mets (87-74) will appear in the postseason in consecutive years. They earned consecutive wild-card berths in 1999 and 2000. ...

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What we learned Tuesday: Expect Max Scherzer, Evan Longoria to influence postseason

3:03 AM ET Pinch-hitting for David Schoenfield is a learning experience in and of itself. But I’m psyched to do it the next two nights. Max Scherzer looks as if he’s ready to go ‘Full Bumgarner’: The more I watch Scherzer, the more I think that it’s his turn to be baseball’s premier pitcher in a postseason, a la Madison Bumgarner in 2014. According to FiveThirtyEight.com’s projections, the Nationals have greater than a 99 percent change of making the playoffs, so Scherzer almost certainly will get his opportunity to shine. ...

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LeBron James' prediction of postseason perfection starting to come true

3:58 AM ET Dave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer Close Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate print CLEVELAND — Long before the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Toronto Raptors by 50 combined points in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a 2-0 lead in the series with Thursday’s 108-89 win, Cleveland’s captain just might have seen this success coming. It was six weeks ago and the Cavaliers were reeling ...

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