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The Redskins lost a tough one to the Chiefs, but the team enters the Bye Week confident in itself, encouraged by its style of play and aiming to get healthy. 

Last week cornerback Josh Norman was explicit when he said that there were no moral victories in football, adding that “either you win or you lose.”

At the time, preparing for an undefeated team on Monday Night Football, his comments felt like the right mindset for the Redskins to take. But after a 29-20 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, with the game in the Redskins control for most of the night despite a handful of injuries that tested nearly everyone on the roster, and with the opportunity for victory as close as one dropped pass, an addendum could have been made to Norman’s comments.

 

 

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The Redskins return to action this weekend to host the winless 49ers, who are currently 0-5 under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan following an overtime loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Playing on the road is never easy and the San Francisco 49ers are living proof.

The 49ers have yet to win a game under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, as they are now 0-5 heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Md.

The game will be televised on FOX with a 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff.

Shanahan, who spent four years as the offensive coordinator for the Redskins, earned a six-year contract with the 49ers back in January. Five games in, Shanahan’s team has been battered both at home and on the road and is one of three teams in the NFL without a win this season.

 

 

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As badly as Joe Girardi handled the infamous non-challenge in Game 2 against the Indians, excuse-making and all, it seems only fair to point out that since then he has not only owned his mistake but reacted as professionally as possible to questions about his job status and being booed before Game 3.

In short, the ordeal has humanized the often-robotic Girardi in some ways, which you’d think might temper the vitriol among the fans — the more reasonable ones, anyway.

Fans have every right to boo, but it’s not often a manager gets that type of treatment before a playoff game. And having been around Girardi for so many years, I thought he’d dismiss questions about it afterward, or maybe even pretend he didn’t notice.

 

 

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Brett Gardner hitting a home run against Ervin Santana in the second inning of the American League wild card game at Yankee Stadium. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times

The Yankees are back in a playoff series for the first time in five years, back in a setting that once seemed automatic. They once did it 13 years in a row, a streak that stopped in 2008, the year they welcomed David Robertson and Brett Gardner to the roster.

The hiatus lasted only a year then, a championship quickly followed, and Gardner has never left. Robertson did for a while, after the Yankees chose a different reliever, Andrew Miller, in free agency. They traded Miller to the Indians last summer, and now they will face him in a division series starting Thursday in Cleveland.

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A batting cage at baseball bar Base MCR (Image: Matt Olsen Images)

From crazy golf to bonkers bingo, Manchester’s nightlife offers much more than just hitting a few bars.

Now you can hit a few balls too at a new baseball bar now open in the city.

Base MCR has three batting cages where you can practise your swing over a few beers, with prices starting at £25 for groups of up to five people per half hour.

Players are talked through the technique by a coach before being let loose with a bat to take turns hitting rounds of 20 balls.

 

 

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After a five-year absence, the Yankees are back in the Division Series following Tuesday’s thrilling come-from-behind 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.

These Baby Bombers, led by Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez, played like seasoned vets as they fought out from under a first-inning three-run deficit in the one-and-done wild-card playoff.

MVP candidate Judge contributed with a dinger — naturally enough, since he just set the MLB rookie home-run record with 52 homers for the season.

And the bullpen was golden, combining for 13 strikeouts in 8 ²/₃ innings — tying a major league record.

 

 

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Aaron Judge and the Yankees celebrate after their 1-0 victory Sunday night in Game 3 of the ALDS.

You could feel the big ballpark shift, viscerally, tangibly, 48,614 sets of eyes following a baseball as it traced a white path against the black night sky. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor had launched it there, and Yankees fans had already had just about enough of Lindor and his magic bat.

Two days earlier, it was Lindor’s grand slam that came immediately after the Non-Challenge Heard Round the World, and it vaulted the Indians back into a game most of Cleveland had already written off. Now, in the teeth of a scoreless game, top of the sixth inning, he’d hit another blast aimed straight at the Yankees’ heart.

Carrying and carrying right to the short porch in right.

 

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The Astros’ Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrating an 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in Game 2 of their American League division series. CreditRonald Martinez/Getty Images

HOUSTON — No team in baseball slugs like the Houston Astros. Their hitting coach, Dave Hudgens, tells them not to swing unless they think they can hit a home run. In the first two games of these playoffs, they have slammed six. Their ballpark locomotive, which clangs merrily above left field after every big hit, has been rolling.

The Astros have blitzed the Boston Red Sox with consecutive 8-2 victories, sending the visitors trudging back to Fenway Park with train whistles ringing through their skulls. The Red Sox had by far the fewest homers of any playoff team, and have added none here. They could be swept from this division series on Sunday at Fenway Park.

“We can only be ourselves,” said Mookie Betts, Boston’s star right fielder. “We can’t go out and bang like them. We can’t do a whole lot of things that they can do, but we can do what we can do. And what we do got us in the playoffs, and I’m pretty sure it can win us the World Series, too.”

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Greg Bird after he hit a long home run in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie in Game 3 of the division series between the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times

Greg Bird has long carried himself with a poise that belies his years. His high school teammates joked that he was 16 going on 40, asking him when he arrived for early-morning practices if he had already had his morning coffee and checked his stock portfolio.

So, as frustrated as Bird may have been when his progress was derailed by injuries for a second straight season, he remained patient, believing that with the Yankees headed toward the playoffs, he had an opportunity to salvage his season.

On Sunday night, Bird salvaged the Yankees’ season — at least for a day — by blasting a seventh-inning homer off the redoubtable reliever Andrew Miller to lift the Yankees to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of their American League division series.

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Major leaguers set records in 2017 for home runs, strikeouts and relief innings. The top eight teams in slugging percentage all reached the postseason. So did the top eight pitching staffs in strikeouts.

Now, a season of extremes hurtles into October.

With the wild-card games complete, the best-of-five division series are set: Boston at Houston; the Yankees at Cleveland; the Chicago Cubs at Washington; and Arizona at the Los Angeles Dodgers. The American League games start Thursday, the National League Friday.

“You could make the argument the field is as strong as it’s been in recent memory – and not just with one or two defined strengths, but really well-rounded teams,” Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, said last week. “Anyone’s really capable of winning.”

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