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Video: Daniel Murphy homers in record-tying fifth straight postseason game


Daniel Murphy remains scorching hot for the Mets.

The second baseman went deep in the top of the third inning Tuesday night off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks to give New York a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

That’s now five straight postseason games in which Murphy has homered, tying Carlos Beltran (2004) for the record. Watch this one fly out to center at Wrigley Field …

Murphy, an impending free agent, is making himself some money this October.

Chicago answered with a Jorge Soler solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. New York carried a 2-0 series lead into Game 3.

Video: Kyle Schwarber goes oppo, is now the Cubs’ all-time postseason home run leader

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Kyle Schwarber made his major league debut four short months ago, yet the 22-year-old slugger just became the Cubs’ all-time franchise leader for postseason homers with a game-tying solo shot off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 3 at Wrigley Field.

It was Schwarber’s fifth home run this October. Watch him muscle it the opposite way

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the pitch from deGrom was 10 1/2 inches off the plate. That’s the furthest outside pitch launched for a home run by any left-handed-hitter in all of 2015.

Mets manager Terry Collins confirms Matt Harvey will be ready for potential Game 5

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Matt Harvey was struck in the triceps by a Dexter Fowler line drive in Game 1 of the NLCS, but the right-hander made it through a side session Tuesday without issue and Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the workout that it “looks like he’ll be ready for Game 5” — if a Game 5 is necessary.

That quote comes from Anthony DiComo, the Mets beat writer for

New York currently leads 2-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series with the action shifting to Wrigley Field on Tuesday night for Game 3.

Harvey pitched into the eighth inning of Game 1 on Saturday at Citi Field, striking out nine and limiting the visiting Cubs to two runs on four hits. The 26-year-old has a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 total frames this postseason after registering a 2.71 ERA across 189 1/3 innings during the regular season.

Video: Royals’ four-run first inning opens big early lead in ALCS Game 4

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Kansas City’s offense jumped all over Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the top of the first inning of Tuesday’s ALCS Game 4 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Alcides Escobar hit a leadoff bunt single down the third base line, Ben Zobrist slugged a two-run shot, Lorenzo Cain drew a walk and later scored on a passed ball, and then Mike Moustakas drove in the Royals’ fourth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center field …

Dickey had trouble spotting effective knuckleballs from the jump and he didn’t make it out of the second. Kansas City is looking to grab a 3-1 series lead in this best-of-seven.

Video: Paulo Orlando hauls in drive to right as Royals take ALDS Game 5

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Alex Rios gave the Royals a 3-2 lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night in Game 5 of the ALDS, but manager Ned Yost opted to sub Rios out for rangy outfielder Paulo Orlando before the top of the eighth.

The move paid off, just like most of the moves Yost has made these past two Octobers.

Kansas City took a 7-2 lead on a three-run bomb from Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the eighth and then Paulo Orlando erased any promise of a ninth-inning rally with this series-clinching catch against the right field wall

Kansas City now faces Toronto in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.