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Cubs Shutout Pirates in NL Wild Card!

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — These Chicago Cubs are supposed to be too young to be here. Or maybe they're just too good to care.

Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.

Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Friday.
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Astros Rocket Past Yankees in AL Wild Card Game!

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again.

Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled the Yankees for six innings of three-hit ball, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros blanked New York 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.

The orange-clad Astros, who secured their spot in this winner-take-all game on the last day of the regular season. now advance to the AL Division Series. They will face the defending AL champion Royals, starting Thursday night in Kansas City.

"To come to Yankee Stadium and play that well was truly remarkable," said Keuchel, the AL's only 20-game winner.
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Max Scherzer Throws His Second No-Hitter of the Season!

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There's no other way to say it: this has been a lousy season for the Washington Nationals. They entered the 2015 as one of the favorites to win the World Series. But after a year that saw the team collapse in July and August, manager Matt Williams make a whole bunch of questionable decisions, and a dugout brawl between superstar Bryce Harper and pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, the Nats will spend October at home.

But there has been one very bright spot in Washington: pitcher Max Scherzer, who threw his second no-hitter of the season Saturday night at Citi Field in a 2-0 win against the Mets. He also pitched a no-no in Washington on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Yankees Legend Yogi Berra Dies at 90

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NEW YORK (AP) — The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over.

The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Berra, who filled baseball's record book as well as "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum.

Berra played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer, and was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player.

For many, though, he was even better known for all those amusing "Yogi-isms."

"It ain't over 'til it's over" is among eight of them included in Bartlett's.
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How Giants Catcher Buster Posey Was Immortalized in LEGO

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To call San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey’s trophy case impressive is an understatement: 2010 National League Rookie of the Year. 2012 NL Comeback Player of the Year. Two-time Silver Slugger. 2012 NL MVP. And of course there are the three World Series rings. But the honor that confirms Posey’s superstar status? Being immortalized in LEGO, of course.

On Saturday, the Giants hosted LEGO Day at AT&T Park and the centerpiece was the unveiling of the life-size Buster Posey built with LEGO pieces. “It’s really neat,” Posey told Sports Illustrated Kids in August. “I had LEGOs as a kid. It’s humbling to have a statue made out of such an iconic toy, and I’m excited to see what my twin 4 year olds think about it.” (For more from Posey, check out our profile of the catcher in the November 2015 issue of SI Kids, on sale September 26!)

The statue features Posey crouching behind home plate in full catcher’s gear. He is 193 bricks tall, weighs 85 pounds, and constructed out of 15,022 white, black, and orange LEGO bricks. About 98 percent of those are basic bricks, while the rest are specialty pieces from sets like Technics. “If you had enough at home, you could build it yourself,” said Master Builder and lead model designer Mark Roe. 
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David Ortiz Joins 500 Home Run Club!

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It might have taken him a little longer than he would've liked, but David Ortiz is fianlly a member of the 500 club. Just two months from his 40th birthday, Big Papi slugged two deep balls in Tampa Bay against the Rays Saturday to reach the milestone. The first, homer number 499, was a three-run shot in the first. Number 500 came off a 2-2 pitch in the fifth.

It was Ortiz's 50th multi-homer game in his 19-year career.
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Japan Wins Little League World Series!

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — With more than 42,000 fans cheering against them, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship game against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.

That brought out manager Junji Hidaka's inner Yogi Berra and sparked a record rally that saw the Kitasua Little League pound out 22 hits in an 18-11 comeback victory in a battle of undefeated teams.

"I told the players it doesn't end until it ends," Hidaka said through a translator.
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