Bryce Harper’s homer powers Phillies past Padres in NLCS

PHILADELPHIA — Welcome to the World Series, Bryce Harper. The superstar the Philadelphia Phillies brought in years ago to turn around a team stuck in mediocrity delivered one of the biggest home runs in franchise history Sunday. Harper’s two-run, rocket shot of a home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning … Read more

MLB championship series Sunday – Highlights, scores, takeaways

The 2022 MLB playoffs are down to just four teams. After today, it could be down to two. Will the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros punch their tickets to the World Series? Or will the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees save their seasons? A potential double-elimination Sunday begins with Game 5 of the … Read more

Padres’ bats come alive in Game 2 comeback win to even NLCS

SAN DIEGO — Juan Soto and Josh Hader absorbed most of the attention, but Brandon Drury and Josh Bell were in-season acquisitions of similar importance to the San Diego Padres — a belief further emphasized by Fernando Tatis Jr.’s ensuing suspension. Bell and Drury represented key power bats in the middle of the lineup, a … Read more

Kyle Schwarber puts exclamation point in Phillies’ Game 1 win

SAN DIEGO — There are only so many ways human beings can describe an event that occupies fewer than three seconds of their lives, a fact that was put to the test repeatedly after Kyle Schwarber hit a 488-foot home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night at Petco … Read more

MLB division series Sunday: Highlights, scores, takeaways

Three matchups in the division series round of the 2022 MLB playoffs ended Saturday, but one game remains on Sunday — and one of baseball’s most historic franchises is playing for its season. The New York Yankees have a must-win American League Division Series Game 4 against the Cleveland Guardians, who won on a walk-off … Read more

How Juan Soto, Josh Hader and more helped the Padres finally beat the Dodgers

SAN DIEGO — The players came together to form a haphazard circle in the middle of the San Diego Padres‘ clubhouse, at times bouncing to hip-hop and spraying champagne in unison. Peter Seidler, the owner, stood off to the side, close enough to witness the madness but far enough to be spared from it. Ten … Read more

Padres eliminate Dodgers, advance to NLCS for 1st time since 1998

SAN DIEGO — Jake Cronenworth hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday night to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 1998. The Padres stunned the 111-win Dodgers with a five-run seventh to … Read more

MLB division series Saturday: Highlights, scores, takeaways

Eight teams started Saturday still in the 2022 postseason. After today’s league division series games, that number could be cut nearly in half. The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Atlanta Braves with an 8-3 NLDS Game 4 victory that had Philly’s Citizens Bank Park rocking. Next, the Seattle Mariners play their first home playoff game in … Read more

Lack of timely hitting has Dodgers facing early playoff exit vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO — Time after time, the Los Angeles Dodgers have put themselves in premium run-scoring opportunities and failed to capitalize. An 0-for-8 showing with runners in scoring position in Wednesday’s Game 2 of the National League Division Series was followed by an 0-for-9 showing in Friday’s Game 3. Their hitless streak in those situations … Read more

MLB division series Day 1

We’re down to eight teams in the 2022 postseason after four were eliminated this past weekend in MLB’s first-ever wild-card series weekend. Now it’s on to the league division series: four series, best-of-five, first team to win three advances. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the defending champion Atlanta Braves in the first game of the division … Read more