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Astros have Yanks in another 2-0 deficit

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NEW YORK (AP) Trailing again 2-0 in the postseason, these young New York Yankees remain even keeled going into Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

"I don't know if it's maturity or just being dumb," Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said Sunday.

At 36 the old man of the pitching staff, Sabathia will pitch Monday surrounded by a starting lineup that includes Baby Bombers Aaron Judge (25), Gary Sanchez (24) and Greg Bird (24).


Cubs' Maddon stands by not using Davis

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon stood by his decision not to use All-Star closer Wade Davis in Chicago's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series and questioned the criticism coming his way.

Maddon insisted Monday that Davis was only available for one inning in a save situation. He dismissed the second guessing, a day after John Lackey gave up a three-run homer to Justin Turner in the ninth to send Los Angeles to a 4-1 win and a 2-0 series lead.


Dodgers' dominant 'pen is baffling Cubs

LOS ANGELES (AP) A year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw.

One October later, Los Angeles' bullpen is downright dominant as the team steamrolls toward the World Series.


Puig's 'come a long way' since demotion

LOS ANGELES (AP) When Yasiel Puig licks his bats , Dodger Stadium laughs. When he stands at the plate admiring a base hit , the fans' initial cheers hilariously morph into a group exhortation to "Go! Go!" - which he eventually does.

The Cuban outfielder's entire baseball career has been a quest to learn how to direct his prodigious talent without losing the fundamental joy he derives from the game.


Hinch, like Maddon, scoffs Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) Houston's A.J. Hinch says managers should ignore the heat and not tweet.

Chicago's Joe Maddon was criticized on social media for not using closer Wade Davis as the Cubs fell behind the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in the NL Championship Series.


Cubs' best hitters struggling in NLCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kris Bryant wore a crimson T-shirt that said "Better Days" in the Chicago Cubs' hushed clubhouse Sunday night.

Those better days better come real soon because Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the rest of the defending World Series champions are heading home in a 2-0 hole against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.


Injured Dodger SS Seager off NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES (AP) All-Star shortstop Corey Seager was left off the Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs due to a back injury, and replacement Charlie Culberson made several big plays in Los Angeles' 5-2 win Saturday night.

The team announced Seager's surprise omission several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. Culberson had only 15 plate appearances in the big leagues this season, but he stepped up with a double, a key sacrifice fly and a hustling run to the plate in the seventh inning to score Los Angeles' final run in the series opener.


Maddon blasts home plate collision rule

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joe Maddon was ejected by the umpires Saturday night, but his real beef is with Major League Baseball's rules.

Maddon was tossed for arguing an overturned call at home plate in the Chicago Cubs' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the NL Championship Series opener, then let loose on baseball's rule governing potential collisions with catchers.


Ex-White Sox P Webb dies in ATV accident

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) Daniel Webb, a former relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has died in an ATV accident. He was 28.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis says Webb died Saturday night. Davis says Webb's wife and two other people sustained "significant injuries" in the accident, about 70 miles west of Nashville.

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