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

Braves look to bounce back, even series with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Instead of October, it must feel like Groundhog Day for the Atlanta Braves. After winning a league-best 104 games in the regular season, the Braves find themselves on the precipice of elimination in the National League Division Series at the hands of the Phillies, in Philadelphia. Just like last year. The Braves must win Game 4 on Thursday night to bring the best-of-five series back to Atlanta for a winner-take-all showdown on Saturday.

Braves head to Philly, aim to seize control of NLDS

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies were in control for the first 14 innings of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. The final four innings of Game 2 were so calamitous for the Phillies that the series’ momentum swung entirely to Atlanta. Relying on home-field advantage, the Phillies will prepare a response on Wednesday when they host the Braves for Game 3 with the series tied at one game apiece. Philadelphia squandered a

Deja vu? Braves try to prevent Phillies from taking 2-0 NLDS lead

The Philadelphia Phillies stunned the Atlanta Braves last season on their way to being the National League representative in the World Series. The Phillies are vying to see history repeat and will attempt to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Division Series when they visit the Braves on Monday night. Philadelphia won Game 1 3-0 on Saturday behind a group effort — namely Bryce Harper’s home run, a postseason franchise-record five stolen bases and

Spencer Strider seeks redemption in Braves’ NLDS sequel vs. Phillies

Atlanta Braves ace right-hander Spencer Strider has manhandled the Philadelphia Phillies in the regular season. The same didn’t ring true last October in his one postseason encounter with the club. After a disastrous start in Game 3 of the 2022 National League Division Series, Strider will try to exact revenge Saturday when the top-seeded Braves host the fourth-seeded Phillies to open this best-of-five NLDS at Atlanta. Strider allowed five runs on three hits in 2

Aaron Nola, Phillies aim to close out Marlins

Aaron Nola hasn’t earned a win since August, but a victory on Wednesday would send the Philadelphia Phillies to the National League Division Series. The Phillies will look for a series sweep when they host the Miami Marlins in Game 2 of a wild-card series on Wednesday. Philadelphia took the opener of the best-of-three set 4-1 on Tuesday. Nola finished 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA in the regular season, going 0-1 with a 5.47 ERA