Nathan Eovaldi, Rangers shoot for World Series clincher

PHOENIX — The Texas Rangers are one win away from their first World Series title, and they will ask Nathan Eovaldi to finish off the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 on Wednesday. Texas grabbed a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with an 11-7 win in Game 4 on Tuesday, as leadoff hitter Marcus Semien contributed a three-run homer and a two-run triple. The Rangers took the 48,388 fans out of the game early with

Rangers, Diamondbacks turn to bullpens for WS Game 4

PHOENIX — The Texas Rangers look to grab a commanding 3-1 advantage Tuesday night when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 4 of the World Series at Chase Field. Texas took Game 3 Monday night 3-1 on the strength of its pitching and a two-run home run from Corey Seager, the one-time World Series MVP’s second two-run home run of this series. Pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Gray, Josh Sborz, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Leclerc

D-backs trust in rookie Brandon Pfaadt, Rangers in veteran Max Scherzer

PHOENIX — The World Series moves west to Phoenix on Monday with the host Arizona Diamondbacks having earned a split, thanks to a 9-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The underdog Diamondbacks potentially were two outs from a sweep of Games 1 and 2 were it not for the Rangers’ Corey Seager hitting a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s opener. The Rangers

D-backs ask Merrill Kelly to deliver bounce-back effort in Game 2

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly has a tall task on tap in Game 2 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Kelly (2-1, 2.65 ERA in the postseason) will have to subdue Corey Seager and Adolis Garcia in order to help the Diamondbacks gain a split of the first two road contests of the best-of-seven series. Seager tied the Game 1 with a two-run homer in the ninth inning

World Series Game 1 a battle of Rangers’, Diamondbacks’ aces

Texas Rangers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi could etch his name in the record books on Friday when he takes the mound for Game 1 of the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arlington, Texas. Eovaldi (4-0, 2.42 ERA) is aiming to become the first pitcher to win five starts in the playoffs. Randy Johnson (2001), Francisco Rodriguez (2002) and Stephen Strasburg (2019) have recorded five wins in a single postseason, but each of the three

D-backs take underdog mentality into Game 7 vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Merrill Kelly understands the David vs. Goliath storyline permeating the National League Championship Series. But after knocking off two division champions earlier this month, Kelly and the 84-win Arizona Diamondbacks — two years removed from a 110-loss season and with one player making more than $10 million this year — will have their slingshot ready to go in their biggest game yet on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks will look to continue their unlikely

Phillies aim to oust D-backs, return to World Series

No team this month has played better at home than the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a chance Monday to do their part to create a rare World Series rematch. But the Arizona Diamondbacks are uniquely prepared as well for the task that awaits them. The Phillies will look to clinch their second straight National League pennant while the Diamondbacks will attempt to extend their season Monday, when Philadelphia hosts Arizona in Game 6 of the

Aces return for D-backs, Phillies in NLCS Game 5

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies each used eight pitchers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Friday, a contest won by the Diamondbacks behind a three-run, eighth-inning rally. With so many arms needed in Arizona’s 6-5 victory that tied the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece, both managers are counting on their aces to come through with lengthy performances on Saturday in Game 5. The Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen (17-9,

D-backs hope late rally bodes well for Game 2 vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA — The Arizona Diamondbacks couldn’t complete their late-inning comeback on Monday night against Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen. Even so, the Diamondbacks hope their near-miss translates into the type of momentum boost that eluded the Atlanta Braves against the Phillies last week. Arizona will look to even the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night when the teams play Game 2 of the best-of-seven set. Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.00 ERA this postseason)

Phillies’ NLCS recipe for success: Keep running D-backs off base

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson was quick with an answer when addressing the No. 1 threat posed by the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the National League Championship Series. “They run,” Thomson said Saturday. “And when you think they’re done running, they’re going to run some more.” The Phillies will look to keep speedy rookie Corbin Carroll and company off the bases on Monday when the teams play Game 1 of the NLCS in Philadelphia. Carroll