Leading: La Russa & Baker and Red Sox vs Rays as ALDS kicks off

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ The 70’s Show Two 70’s will be on the bench…

A look at what’s happening around majors today:

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This is a 70’s show

Two of the 70s will be on the bench when Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa and the Chicago White Sox face the Houston Astros and captain Dusty Baker in the opening game of the Best AL Division Series.

The 77-year-old, a three-time world champion, is back after the season for the first time since winning the 2011 championship with St. Louis before retiring. He will send Lance Lane (11-6, 2.69 ERA) up the hill in Game 1 to take on the Astros right-hand Lance McCullers Jr. (13-5, 3.16).

It’s the second time these teams have met in postseason. The White Sox swept the Astros in the 2005 World Series when Houston was in the National League.

In the lair, La Russa will match wits with an old enemy in Baker, who still haunts that elusive title.

“You know how I really feel inside,” said Baker, 72. “I need it, and I have to have it.”

Great East

AL East competitors Boston and Tampa Bay begin their Division Series at Tropicana Field, as the defending champion Rays look to take the first step toward returning to the World Championship, where they lost to the Dodgers last fall.

Tampa Bay (100-62) has led 11-8 against the wild-card Red Sox this season, winning 11 of their last 15 encounters en route to their second consecutive NBA title.

Left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA) starts with Boston against rookie Shane McClanahan (10-6, 3.43), a 24-year-old left-hander who made his league debut during last year’s playoffs.

Rodriguez, who won 19 games two years ago, missed last season after developing myocarditis following a match with Covid-19.

“It means a lot, you know, because everything I’ve been through in the last year,” Rodriguez said. “It’s just a special thing.”

ready and waiting

The Braves and Brewers operate in Milwaukee ahead of the opening of the NL Division Series Friday. The San Francisco Giants, who lead the big business with a 107-game winning streak, await the Dodgers after the Los Angeles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in an NL wild card game Wednesday night over the home of second-half Chris Taylor at the bottom of the season. The ninth inning.

“We’re going north now,” said the Dodgers, who is close to Kenley Janssen.

24-year-old NL West San Francisco champion Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03 ERA) will start in Game 1 at home, followed by Kevin Gusman (14-6, 2.81) in Game 2.

Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.47 ERA) is named for the Dodgers world champion in the NLDS opener, and Julio Urías (20-3, 2.96) goes in Game 2.

Los Angeles went 9-10 against the Giants this year and finished with 106 wins as San Francisco ended the Dodgers’ eight-year reign at the top of NL West — by one game — on the last day of the regular season.

“One of the biggest competitions in sports,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “It happens.”

help Wanted

San Diego Padres are in the market for a new manager following the firing of Jesse Tengler on Wednesday.

Tingler presided over the biggest meltdown in franchise history just one season after earning second place in the vote for NL Manager of the Year.

General Manager AJ Preller announced the move three days after the Padres finished third in the NL West at 79-83. Briller said Tingler, a friend who spent the two of them together in Texas, would be given the opportunity to remain in the organization.

“In the end, I felt like this was a change we needed to make in order to get us on this big stage,” Briller said. “We feel we have a talented squad and we have a team that has to play until October. The decision today reflects that.”

Tingler’s fate was decided during a brutal free fall that saw the Padres go from advancing one game for the second wild card NL on September 9 to eliminating the playoff competition with seven games remaining. Padres clinched their 10th defeat record in 11 seasons.

Tingler was 116-106 overall in two seasons.

Led by superstars Fernando Tates Jr. and Mane Machado, and on $175 million payrolls, Padres entered this season with world championship ambitions and played so ostentatiously until a number of problems surfaced during the second half, both on the pitch and at the club. .

I look ahead

Cleveland coach Terry Francona is confident he will return next season after missing most of the past two seasons due to serious health issues.

Francona was forced away from the club in late July to undergo hip replacement surgery as well as surgery on a big toe that was partially removed last winter after it became infected.

The 62-year-old is still on crutches and is undergoing an important medical examination next week. Francona said the visit could determine if he is able to return to management the way he wants.

“This is a big date from the doctor’s admission,” he said Wednesday in a call with team boss Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff. “We’re getting through that day and things should be fine.

“Barring anything unexpected, I would really like to come back and be healthy enough to embrace what the job entails and move on with the people I enjoy and respect.”

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