playoff games

Keeping Score: An 0-3 Hole Is Huge, but the Blue Jays Have Hope

Keeping Score: An 0-3 Hole Is Huge, but the Blue Jays Have Hope

Josh Donaldson, left, and Troy Tulowitzki did not enjoy Game 3 of the A.L.C.S. Monday night. The Jays are in an 0-3 hole in the series.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 1 | Cleveland leads series, 3-1: Blue Jays Land Blow Against Indians and Promise They Have Fight in Them

Blue Jays 5, Indians 1 | Cleveland leads series, 3-1: Blue Jays Land Blow Against Indians and Promise They Have Fight in Them

Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs in the seventh after Cleveland elected to walk Josh Donaldson intentionally.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 0 | Los Angeles leads series, 2-1: Dodgers Shut Out Cubs Again and Take 2-1 N.L.C.S. Lead

Dodgers 6, Cubs 0 | Los Angeles leads series, 2-1: Dodgers Shut Out Cubs Again and Take 2-1 N.L.C.S. Lead

Catcher Yasmani Grandal after his two-run homer off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
On Baseball: Maddon and His Team Have Their Patience Rewarded

On Baseball: Maddon and His Team Have Their Patience Rewarded

Javier Baez struck out for the Cubs in the ninth inning against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
He Can’t Drink, but Julio Urias Is Starting in the Postseason

He Can’t Drink, but Julio Urias Is Starting in the Postseason

Julio Urias earned a postseason start after going 5-2 with 15 regular-season starts this season for the Dodgers.
Cubs 8, Dodgers 4 | Chicago leads series, 3-2: Jon Lester, Unfazed by Antics, Brings Chicago Cubs to Cusp of World Series

Cubs 8, Dodgers 4 | Chicago leads series, 3-2: Jon Lester, Unfazed by Antics, Brings Chicago Cubs to Cusp of World Series

The Cubs’ Addison Russell hitting a two-run home run off Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
Keeping Score: Remember the Past, Cubs, but Avoid Repeating It

Keeping Score: Remember the Past, Cubs, but Avoid Repeating It

The Chicago Cubs watched their pennant hopes slip away to the San Diego Padres in 1984.
The Bat Whisperers

The Bat Whisperers

Anthony Rizzo, above, used his teammate Matt Szczur’s bat to bunt for a single in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday.
On Baseball: Theo Epstein’s Shrewd Moves Fortify Cubs With Impact Players

On Baseball: Theo Epstein’s Shrewd Moves Fortify Cubs With Impact Players

Theo Epstein, ushered out of Boston in 2011, was hired as the Cubs’ president for baseball operations and started dealing.
Cubs 5, Dodgers 0 | Chicago wins series, 4-2: Cubs Defeat Dodgers to Clinch First Pennant Since 1945

Cubs 5, Dodgers 0 | Chicago wins series, 4-2: Cubs Defeat Dodgers to Clinch First Pennant Since 1945

The Cubs after defeating the Dodgers in Game 6 of the N.L. Championship Series. In the World Series, which starts Tuesday, they will face another team with a history of hard luck, the Indians.
On Baseball: After 70 Barren Seasons, Cubs Reach an Oasis

On Baseball: After 70 Barren Seasons, Cubs Reach an Oasis

Manager Joe Maddon after the Cubs’ victory over the Dodgers broke a streak of 70 seasons without a pennant. Maddon’s jersey number? Seventy, of course.
On Baseball: Cubs Banish Decades of Anguish From Wrigley

On Baseball: Cubs Banish Decades of Anguish From Wrigley

Second baseman Javier Baez, right, and pitcher Jon Lester shared the Most Valuable Player Award for the National League Championship Series.
New York’s M.L.S. Teams Finish Strong

New York’s M.L.S. Teams Finish Strong

Portland’s Lucas Melano, left, and Vancouver Pedro Morales in Vancouver during the final day of the M.L.S. season.
Cubs, Loaded With Talent, May Get Kyle Schwarber Back, Too

Cubs, Loaded With Talent, May Get Kyle Schwarber Back, Too

Kyle Schwarber, who smashed key home runs last October, watched his Cubs teammates on a tablet Saturday during an Arizona Fall League game.
World Series Preview: For Cubs or Indians, Decades of Waiting Are Nearly Over

World Series Preview: For Cubs or Indians, Decades of Waiting Are Nearly Over

Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Monday. “The baseball gods are really happy right now,” Mike Napoli said of the Series matchup.
Red Bulls and N.Y.C.F.C. Held Scoreless as M.L.S. Conference Semifinals Begin

Red Bulls and N.Y.C.F.C. Held Scoreless as M.L.S. Conference Semifinals Begin

Matteo Mancosu, left, of the Montreal Impact scored the lone goal in an Eastern Conference semifinal match.
Rapids 1, Galaxy 0 | Second leg | Colorado advances on penalty kicks, 3-1: Tim Howard’s Heroics Help Colorado Rapids Advance in M.L.S. Playoffs

Rapids 1, Galaxy 0 | Second leg | Colorado advances on penalty kicks, 3-1: Tim Howard’s Heroics Help Colorado Rapids Advance in M.L.S. Playoffs

Colorado midfielder Shkelzen Gashi, left, being defended by Baggio Husidic of Los Angeles in the first half. Gashi’s goal in the 36th minute ensured penalty kicks would decide which team moved on.
Impact 2, Red Bulls 1 | Second leg | Montreal advances on aggregate, 3-1: Impact Top Red Bulls on Piatti’s Two Goals and Advance in M.L.S. Playoffs

Impact 2, Red Bulls 1 | Second leg | Montreal advances on aggregate, 3-1: Impact Top Red Bulls on Piatti’s Two Goals and Advance in M.L.S. Playoffs

Impact forward Matteo Mancosu (21) driving the ball past Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin in the first half Sunday at Red Bull Arena. “I felt like we dominated every statistical category,” Red Bulls
Will the Carolina Panthers Survive Their 1-5 Start? Uh, No

Will the Carolina Panthers Survive Their 1-5 Start? Uh, No

Cam Newton and Ted Ginn celebrated a Panthers touchdown against the Saints on Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C.