October Ghosts Come Early for Dodgers

Kendrick, a former Dodger, made the final out the last time the Dodgers lost in the division series, to the Mets in 2015. This time he took a star turn, and although Kelly gave up his homer, Kershaw took the blame for creating the tie in the first place. Summoned to relieve Walker Buehler with two outs, two on and …

Shane Lowry Went From Tears to the Claret Jug

Golf is funny. Shane Lowry of Ireland says that a lot. He said it during an interview last year, but he was not laughing. Instead, he sounded down. He was frustrated with his golf game, worn out from the road and missing his family. “When things are not going your way, it can be a lonely lifestyle,” said Lowry, 32, …

Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer Lift Nationals Past Dodgers

WASHINGTON — Ryan Zimmerman was the first player ever drafted by the Washington Nationals, with the fourth overall choice in 2005. He had starred at the University of Virginia, but this was more than a hometown selection. It was a sound baseball pick that gave the team its first homegrown star. “He’s been here the whole time,” said Max Scherzer, …

After Three Starts, Yankees’ Luis Severino Says, ‘I Am My Best’

Manager Aaron Boone is likely to ask Severino for no more than five innings, given his limited workload. But even that will not be a problem for the Yankees, who will have their entire bullpen available after Sunday’s day off. Unlike the Twins’ relievers, who have failed to perform in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees’ bullpen has been airtight, …

A.L.D.S. Game 2: How the Yankees Beat the Twins

From 2016 to 2018, Didi Gregorius was a cornerstone for the Yankees. He played slick defense at his demanding shortstop position, improved his plate discipline and smashed at least 20 home runs each year, a crucial left-handed counterbalance in a Yankees’ lineup heavy on right-handers. This season, though, was anything but smooth for Gregorius. He missed the first two months …