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In these MLB playoffs, home runs reign supreme more than ever

And when the Rays’ Mike Brosseau connected with a 100-mph fastball from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and sent it over the fence in left field, the prophecy was fulfilled. The Rays had a 2-1 lead and, moments later, after closing out the Yankees in the ninth, a clinching victory that sent them to the American League Championship Series to face the Houston Astros.

And baseball had another data point on a trend that is both stunning and more than a little disconcerting — and one that keeps getting more acute. Home runs have always been the most efficient way to score, but in this postseason, they increasingly feel like the only way.

With the Rays’ win Friday night, teams are 22-1 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent, a .957 winning percentage. The only loss was by the San Diego

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A’s, Astros set MLB Division Series record for most combined home runs

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So. Many. Home. Runs.

Seriously, there have been 24 home runs in the A’s-Houston Astros AL Division Series between both teams through seven innings of Game 4. According to MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, that’s the most in a postseason series of five games or fewer:

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley’s second home run of the game was the record-setter … and also gave the Astros a 6-4 lead over the A’s in the bottom of the fifth

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez crush home runs before ALDS Game 2

SAN DIEGO — Watch Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hammer balls out of Petco Park during batting practice before Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rays.

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21 BUMP STREET: At 21 years, 140 days old, RHP Deivi García will be the youngest pitcher in franchise history to start a postseason game (previous: Whitey Ford at 21 years, 351 days old in 1950 World Series Game 4 vs. Philadelphia) and the third-youngest Yankee to pitch in a playoff game (Phil Hughes, 21 years, 102 days old for Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS at Cleveland and 21 years, 105 days old in Game 3 of that series and Tom Morgan, 21 years, 137 days old for Game 1 of the 1951 World Series vs. the New

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More home runs at Dodger Stadium

Another day game, another bunch of home runs at Dodger Stadium.

Halfway through Game 2 of the Athletics’ American League Division Series against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, there have been five home runs between the teams, including a back-to-back pair from the Astros’ Martin Maldonado and George Springer in the top of the fifth inning.

It marks the second straight day of at least five home runs in the first five innings in this series, which has featured 11 home runs in its first 14 innings.

A’s starting pitcher Sean Manaea was pulled from the game in between the back-to-back home runs after giving up his second of the day.

Six of Tuesday’s seven runs have come via the long ball, and for the second straight day an Astro has recorded a pair of home runs —

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Experimental Medicines For COVID-19 Could Help Someday, But Home Runs Not Guaranteed

If the coronavirus vaccines currently being tested don’t pan out, don’t expect new drugs to fill the gap any time soon.

Many drugs are in the works, and those that succeed could play a role in reducing symptoms and sometimes saving lives. But, given the way drugs are developed, it’s unlikely that any single medicine will be anywhere as potent against the coronavirus as a successful vaccine.

So far, scientists have only identified one kind of drug that has been shown to save lives: steroids. A key study found that the steroid dexamethasone reduced death rates among people on ventilators from 41% to 29%. That’s a substantial improvement, but still far short of a cure.

The other much-touted drug to treat COVID-19 is remdesivir. The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for this drug even though it has not been shown to save lives. It appears to shorten

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White Sox hit 5 home runs, Dallas Keuchel looks sharp in return in 5-0 win against Reds

Dallas Keuchel didn’t show any rust in his return from the injured list.



a pitcher throwing a baseball on a field: Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox rounds second base after a triple during action against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.


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Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox rounds second base after a triple during action against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

The Chicago White Sox starter struck out seven in four scoreless innings Saturday in a 5-0 victory against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

All five runs came via solo home runs. Tim Anderson homered twice and Nomar Mazara hit his first homer of the season. Anderson, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the eighth against reliever Robert Stephenson.



a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel, left, and catcher Yasmani Grandal confer during action against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.


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Cleveland Indians swept by Minnesota as Twins hitters slug four more home runs in 7-5 loss

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians headed out of Minnesota on Sunday bashed and battered after a weekend-long home run assault by Twins hitters that resulted in a three-game sweep. Powered by the long ball, Minnesota rallied from an early three-run deficit in the series finale for a 7-5 win at Target Field.

Cleveland’s losing streak now stands at six games, the most consecutive losses for the club since July 23-28 in 2015.

Despite the loss, the Indians remain in playoff position, occupying the seventh spot in the American League race, one game ahead of the eighth-place Yankees. The Indians fell 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for second place in the AL Central Division and 4 1/2 games behind the division-leading White Sox.

Minnesota slugged four home runs Sunday, upping their total to 11 in the three-game weekend sweep of Cleveland. All but one of the Twins’ 18 runs scored since

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Jose Abreu hits two 3-run home runs, drives in 7 as White Sox clobber Tigers, 14-0

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu saw his career-high 22-game hit streak end Friday.



a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits his second home run of the game, a three run shot in the 5th inning, against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sept. 12, 2020 in Chicago. The White Sox won, 14-0.


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Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits his second home run of the game, a three run shot in the 5th inning, against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sept. 12, 2020 in Chicago. The White Sox won, 14-0.

The Chicago White Sox first baseman started a new one with an RBI single in his first at-bat Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

He was just getting warmed up.

Abreu went 4 for 4 with two three-run home runs, seven RBIs, one walk and five runs in a 14-0 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.

He’s the first player in team history to record four-plus hits, two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs in one game.

Shortstop Tim Anderson had four singles, two runs and one RBI for the

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