Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw tips his cap to fans after being taken out of the game in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Los Angeles. Kershaw reached 300 strikeouts in a season during the third inning. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No one epitomizes the Los Angeles Dodgers' recent playoff failures more than Clayton Kershaw. For someone as deceptively competitive as Kershaw, that kind of collapse is unacceptable. At least the Dodgers are starting with an opponent other than the St. Louis Cardinals, who bounced them out the last two years - both times with Kershaw on the mound.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:57 pm

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs placed Jon Lester on their wild-card roster on Wednesday as insurance should they need it during the one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 4:36 pm

Texas Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, right, talks with teammates during a baseball team workout in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Gallardo will start for the Texas Rangers in their ALDS opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Yovani Gallardo grew up watching the Texas Rangers, often going to their ballpark and dreaming of one day pitching in big games for his local team. ''Even with my cousins, it's one of those things we always talked about, having that goal for myself to put on the Ranger uniform and pitch important games,'' Gallardo said. ''Obviously the one goal that we all have as an athlete, to win the World Series.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 3:57 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Francisco Liriano won't have to pitch until Friday.
Posted: October 7, 2015, 2:45 pm

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pauses as he speaks to the media to explain his absence during today's practice at Citi Field for the NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason. The star pitcher missed a mandatory New York Mets workout Tuesday at Citi Field and apologized to the team for arriving late. Harvey did not give a reason for his absence when he spoke to reporters about 15 minutes after practice ended.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:27 am

The Houston Astros celebrate in their locker room after defeating the New York Yankees 3-0 in the American League wild card baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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

Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:09 am

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during practice for the upcoming NLDS playoff baseball series against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. Their NLDS best of five playoff series begins Friday, Oct. 9, at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the New York Mets. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, as expected, against Jacob deGrom. Zack Greinke will take the mound for Game 2 on Saturday against Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, followed by left-hander Brett Anderson against Matt Harvey in Game 3 back in New York on Monday.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 3:39 am
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will return to the dugout next season after meeting with General Manager Jeff Bridich on Tuesday. The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss, and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. Bridich told The Associated Press that he and Walt ''met for several hours today about the season and how we can get better with him back in 2016.
Posted: October 7, 2015, 2:43 am

Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki singles off Tampa Bay Rays' Jake Odorizzi during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Suzuki tied Barry Bonds on the all-time hit list with the single. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Ichiro Suzuki signed a $2 million, one-year contract Tuesday to remain with the Miami Marlins in hopes of reaching 3,000 hits. Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on Major League Baseball's hits list with 2,935. Suzuki had 91 hits in 153 games for the Marlins this year but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314.

Posted: October 6, 2015, 8:37 pm

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3, with the rest of the rotation to be announced only if Games 4 and 5 are necessary.

Posted: October 6, 2015, 7:06 pm

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