Baltimore's Zach Britton earned MLB's Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award, and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenley Jansen was given the Trevor Hoffman NL reliever honor.
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Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to require back surgery for the herniated disk that sidelined him for more than two months during the season.
"Like all of our guys, we have exit physicals and conversations with trainers and doctors," Andrew Friedman said. "I'm sure that will take place, and I don't expect it to be anything that's newsworthy."
Kershaw returned in early September, but never publicly went into detail about his back injury.
Game 6 of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers was seen by an average of 9.7 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, the highest total for a league championship series in six years.
The Cubs won the game to clinch the National League pennant for the first time since 1945.
Viewers increased to a peak of 12.2 million for the Cubs' game-ending double play.
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago.
Somewhere in a booth at Wrigley Field broadcaster Pat Hughes gave his listeners the news that few of them thought they’d ever hear: The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series.
The most dramatic result of the past seven decades of Cubs baseball unfolded in almost shockingly undramatic fashion. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist drove in runs early. Willson Contreras homered in the fourth, Anthony Rizzo in the fifth. Starter Kyle Hendricks was brilliant into the eighth inning. Closer Aroldis Chapman lit up the scoreboard with triple-digit velocity to finish it off. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 to win the NLCS in six games.
After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff might have reinforcements in the World Series.
Starter Danny Salazar, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, has thrown well in recent bullpen sessions and might be able to pitch for the first time this postseason.
Manager Terry Francona said Friday that Salazar has "let it go" during some recent workouts and has not been restricted to throwing only fastballs and changeups.
"I think he's ready to pitch," Francona said as they awaited their Series opponent.
Adrian Gonzalez insisted he was safe after a controversial call that he and the Los Angeles Dodgers thought swung Game 4 of the NLCS towards the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
"I knew I was safe,'' Gonzalez said. "We've got plenty of still frames that prove I was safe. Unfortunately, it turned into a trial, and they said there was not enough evidence.''
Gonzalez was called out at home to end the second inning while trying to score from second base on a single by Andrew Toles. A sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as Willson Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez's upper left arm.
"It completely changes his way of pitching," Gonzalez said. "Now he gets one guy on base and he's trying not to let that one run score, where if we've got that lead, he feels more comfortable. He attacks it a bit more. It changes everything. One little thing can change the outcome."
Gonzalez tweeted out a photo that appeared to show him as safe. He added the caption, "Somehow this is an out. #NLCS Takeseries lead tomorrow! Got to do this. Us against the world."
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't ruled out pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.
If he did start the fifth game, it would be on three days of rest.
Dave Roberts said he's more likely to start Kershaw in Game 5 if the Dodgers win Game 4 and are on the verge of advancing to the World Series. If the Cubs win Game 4, it would be less likely.
"That's why there is no definitive, because there are a lot of variables," Roberts said. "Game 4 in the division series, it was because of the use of the pen and all that stuff -- and that is why we went Kersh instead of Julio [Urias]. So that's why it's not as easy just to make one decision right now."
Kershaw said he's ready for anything.
"Feeling good. All good," he told Fox during Tuesday's game.
"In the playoffs you just kind of wait and see how things are going. I understand that, and I'm ready for that. Whatever game they pick."
Ben Zobrist has laughed off accusations by Yasmani Grandal that he has been stealing signs from the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first two games of the NLCS.
"I think it's hilarious," Zobrist said. "No, I was not stealing signs. But I appreciate him thinking my baseball IQ is that high. ... I don't know what he was looking at or what he thought he saw. But really, from second base at Wrigley, it's very tough to even see the signs. It's so dark. All the lights are behind the hitter. ... But I think all catchers are probably a little paranoid about that."
Grandal specifically felt Zobrist was stealing signs from second base with Addison Russell at the plate in Game 1.
"All the sudden, Russell is not taking good swings at sliders, looking like he's looking for a fastball and in a certain location," Grandal told the Los Angeles Times. "Did we know Zobrist had the signs and was doing something for it? Yeah, we did. That's why we do it."
Dave Roberts wasn't fazed by the controversy.
"I think when you watch baseball games, every team's going to try to get any advantage they can, so that's kind of the gamesmanship part of the game," Roberts said.
"That's why catchers or guys on second base give multiple signs and change sequences. So if they are (stealing signs), it wouldn't be a surprise, and there's many clubs that we've played against that do the same thing. That's part of the game."
The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Julio Urias will start Wednesday's Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.
Urias will become the youngest postseason starting pitcher in Major League history, surpassing a mark previously held by Bret Saberhagen, who took the mound at 20 years, 175 days old in 1984. Urias will be 20 years, 68 days old when he pitches in Game 4.
"Julio, I think that we expect him to just go out there and compete, use his pitch mix and go after these guys," Dave Roberts said. "Give us a chance to win a baseball game. It's what Julio's done all year long."
Urias pitched just 14 innings in September as the Dodgers curtailed his innings. He didn't make a start in the NLDS, but pitched two scoreless innings in Game 5.