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Dodgers advance to first WS since 1988

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CHICAGO (AP) Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by a home run trilogy from their emotional utilityman, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in a record seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 rout in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

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Dodgers expect SS Seager to play in WS

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Seager is expected to be in the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for the opener of the World Series after missing the NL Championship Series because of back pain.

Seager, an All-Star shortstop, watched from home as the Dodgers eliminated the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in Game 5 on Thursday night.

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Turner, Taylor share NLCS MVP honors

CHICAGO (AP) Justin Turner and Chris Taylor shared MVP honors in the NL Championship Series, repaying a Dodgers organization willing to roll the dice on players whose big league careers were stalled.

In Turner's case, it was then-bench coach Tim Wallach who rediscovered him playing in a Cal State-Fullerton alumni baseball game four years ago, after his career appeared all but over.

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Gardenhire to become Tigers' new manager

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers were in talks Thursday to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Gardenhire was the bench coach this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He managed the Minnesota Twins from 2002-14.

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Tribe's Brantley undergoes ankle surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) The damaged ligaments in Michael Brantley's right ankle have been stabilized. The All-Star left fielder's future with the Cleveland Indians remains unsteady.

Brantley had surgery to repair an ankle injury that bothered him much of this season, sidelined him for 50 games over the final two months and limited him during the playoffs.

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Cubs fall short of World Series repeat

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn't really new.

Still, it was jarring to see the reigning World Series champions go down without much of a fight.

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Tanaka bests Keuchel, Yankees go up 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound.

And when the New York Yankees sent Houston ace Dallas Keuchel to an early exit, their rollicking crowd let loose with a cathartic roar that must have boomed all over the Bronx.

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Slumping Astros eager to return home

NEW YORK (AP) Dallas Keuchel walked from the mound to the dugout during the top of the fifth inning, a blank look on his face, his glove resting on a hip.

Jose Altuve flung his bat.

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La Russa leaving role with Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

La Russa served as chief baseball officer from 2015 to 2016 and became chief baseball analyst when the new regime of general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo arrived last spring.

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