After encouraging season, D-backs GM says 'we're close'

PHOENIX (AP) — A 15-game improvement in the standings with a core of talented young players and an aggressive style has the Arizona Diamondbacks believing they are headed in the right direction.


Keuchel, Astros still have something to prove against Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days' rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season's worth of doubters wrong.

"I play with...

A capsule look at the Astros-Yankees playoff game

A look at the American League wild-card game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees:


Schedule: Tuesday, at New York, 8:08 p.m. EDT (ESPN).


Season Series: Astros won...

Beer banner draws attention as Yanks discuss Sabathia rehab

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia's alcohol problem drew attention at Yankee Stadium. So did the backdrop at Monday's news conference — a banner with several beer logos.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general...

Last-place Detroit Tigers face uncertain future

DETROIT (AP) — The run atop the AL Central was going to end at some point for the Detroit Tigers. This was an ugly way for it to happen.

There was no down-to-the-wire division race, no chase to the finish....

Red Sox more optimistic despite another last-place finish

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox tried to buy their way out of the AL East cellar last offseason with splashy free agents, guaranteeing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval a total of $183 million.

All that got...

Giants miss playoffs again after latest championship run

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The defending champion Giants missed the playoffs in yet another odd-year disappointment, as has become the recent pattern following title runs.

Despite that, manager Bruce Bochy is about...

CC Sabathia to enter alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia walked into manager Joe Girardi's office in Baltimore on Sunday and made a stunning admission: He has an alcohol problem.

"The first thing he said is, 'I need help,'" Girardi said...