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Astros try to oust BoSox in ALCS Game 6

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is aware of all the cliches heading into Friday's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the host Houston Astros.

The Red Sox, after all, are facing a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series after sustaining back-to-back losses at Fenway Park in Boston. The Astros have totaled 18 runs on 23 hits over the last two games, while the Red Sox have mustered just three and eight, respectively.

Despite the lopsided totals, Cora is focused on having his team even the series to set up a winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday.

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Dodgers hoping for 2020 NLCS repeat

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves know what happened last October and want to avoid a repeat. The Los Angeles Dodgers plan on an encore.

Atlanta held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the NL Championship Series before the Dodgers won three consecutive games in a playoff entirely at the neutral ballpark of Arlington, Texas, then beat Tampa Bay for their first World Series title since 1988.

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Taylor hits 3 HRs, Dodgers force Game 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) For a guy who dislikes drama, Chris Taylor sure provided plenty of it.

Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs, joining the likes of Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth in October baseball lore, as the Los Angeles Dodgers broke loose at the plate to beat Atlanta 11-2 on Thursday, cutting the Braves' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series.

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Fried absorbs emphatic loss in Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Fried had every ingredient in front of him for the biggest day of his baseball life at Dodger Stadium.

The Braves ace from Santa Monica took the mound Thursday night with the opportunity to pitch Atlanta into its first World Series of the 21st century. He had the chance to do it in front of about 60 family members and friends at the fabled baseball cathedral where he grew up idolizing Shawn Green and Clayton Kershaw.

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Dodgers P Kelly leaves with tight biceps

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers opener Joe Kelly gave up a two-run homer to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in the first inning and soon exited with tightness in his right biceps Thursday night as Los Angeles tried to avoid elimination in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.

The Braves led three games to one going into the matchup at Dodger Stadium.

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Braves get Soler back for Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Atlanta Braves welcomed back outfielder Jorge Soler for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday after he was sidelined following a positive COVID-19 test.

Soler struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of an 11-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, his first at-bat of the series.

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Willits latest to leave Yankees' staff

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Aaron Boone lost a fourth member of his staff when New York announced Thursday that first base coach and outfield instructor Reggie Willits will leave at the end of the year to become a volunteer assistant for Oklahoma's college baseball program.

A native of Chickasha, Oklahoma, Willits played for Oklahoma in 2002-03 and coached Binger-Oney High School to Oklahoma state championships in 2013-14.

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Red Sox on brink as bats go quiet again

BOSTON (AP) Following two weak performances at the plate, the Boston Red Sox now turn to Nathan Eovaldi to try to save their season on just two days' rest.

The Red Sox were held hitless for four innings Wednesday by left-hander Framber Valdez and managed only three hits in a 9-1 loss to the Houston Astros that left Boston down 3-2 in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

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Mets' Carrasco has bone fragment removed

NEW YORK (AP) Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco has had surgery to remove a bone fragment from his pitching elbow and is projected to resume baseball activities this winter.

Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek operated Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

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