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Baseball playoff predictions: Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Twins, Braves

It’s a fool’s errand to predict what’s going to happen in postseason baseball. Nine times out of 10, you’re setting yourself up to be completely wrong because the unpredictable nature of baseball is, in fact, what makes it so fun.

But that’s not going to stop us from giving you our annual MLB postseason predictions as the field of October hopefuls moves onto the division series round. We have the Washington Nationals playing the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals playing the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, while the Minnesota Twins meet the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays face the Houston Astros in the ALDS.

Our panel of six MLB writers — Tim BrownHannah KeyserChris CwikLiz RoscherMark Townsend and Matt Ehalt — are like a lot of pundits in that they believe in the Astros’ behemoth rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke.

Here are our round-by-round predictions, as well as choices for World Series MVP, breakout player, disappointing team and more.

Source: Baseball playoff predictions: Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Twins, Braves

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Pittsburgh Pirates fire 9 year manager Clint Hurdle — “an extremely difficult decision”: report

Announcement made Sunday

The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday’s regular season finale against Cincinnati following a stunning second-half collapse that dropped Pittsburgh to the bottom of the National League Central and included a series of off-the-field issues.

Pittsburgh entered Sunday 69-92, including a 25-47 since the All-Star break.

Hurdle went 735-720 in nine seasons with Pittsburgh, helping the franchise emerge from 20 years of losing to reach the playoffs three straight years from 2013-15. The Pirates never advanced past the Division Series and are assured of a third losing season in their last four years. Hurdle had two years left on an extension he signed in 2017.

Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington called it “an extremely difficult decision” for the organization.

Source: Pittsburgh Pirates fire manager Clint Hurdle

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Bell’s HR, 3 RBIs help Pirates take down Angels 10-7

Pirates 10, Angels 7

Bell homered and had three RBIs to help the Pirates rally for a 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

“It’s awesome to get our bats alive,” said Bell, who homered for the fourth straight interleague game to set a new Pirates record. “Hopefully it starts a new trend the next couple of weeks and hopefully we can finish this thing strong.”

José Osuna drove in two runs, and Bryan Reynolds added a solo homer for the Pirates, who have won consecutive games for the first time since July 6-7 against Milwaukee.

Source: Bell’s HR, 3 RBIs help Pirates take down Angels 10-7

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Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire – ABC News

baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone’s back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn’t like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

Source: Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire – ABC News