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Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:26 PDT

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games (Reuters)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:26 PDT

Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3 Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, who clinched the AL East Division title. The Red Sox learned they secured their eighth divisional title before Craig Kimbrel threw a pitch when the Baltimore Orioles secured a 3-2 win in Toronto.

Royals win, but officially eliminated from postseason (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:23 PDT

Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night, but the Royals were still knocked out of playoff contention. ''Obviously we'd like to be playing a lot more baseball, but the reality of it is we're not,'' said Eric Hosmer, who hit a two-run homer in the third. Morales' ground-rule double to right scored Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third.

Gomez homers in 8th, Rangers rally again to beat Brewers 8-5 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:37:01 PDT

Carlos Gomez hit a towering three-run homer in the eighth inning and the AL-leading Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday night for their MLB-best 49th come-from-behind victory. Texas (94-65) moved closer to home-field advantage with a 1 1/2-game lead over Boston for the best record in the American League after the Red Sox lost earlier Wednesday. Jonathan Lucroy, the catcher traded from Milwaukee to Texas on Aug. 1, reached to start the eighth on a two-base error when the ball ricocheted off the glove of center fielder Hernan Perez.

Teixeira hits game-winning slam, Yankees stun Red Sox 5-3 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:31:45 PDT

Mark Teixeira hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible moment with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Boston clinched the AL East title nearly 30 minutes before Teixeira connected, thanks to Toronto's 3-2 loss against Baltimore. The victory by the Orioles put the Yankees on the brink of wild-card elimination following a surprising charge late this season.

Boston Red Sox clinch AL East crown, go worst to 1st again (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:17:59 PDT

The Boston Red Sox won the AL East, clinching the division championship despite wasting a three-run, ninth-inning lead in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who last weekend secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, were assured of the division title earlier in the ninth inning when the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win at Toronto. After winning their eighth division title, the Red Sox will open their postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown in four years.

LEADING OFF: Ortiz plays last game at Yankee Stadium (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:02:12 PDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:

Boston Red Sox clinch AL East title with Baltimore's victory over Toronto (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:17:58 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston Red Sox clinch AL East title with Baltimore's victory over Toronto.

Red Sox clinch AL East despite walk-off loss to Yankees (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:12:35 PDT

The Boston Red Sox got where many people expected on Wednesday night, clinching their third AL East title in the last 10 years, but the road they traveled to the top of baseball’s most volatile division wasn’t exactly predictable. The division crown was theirs after the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto on Hyun Soo Kim’s two-run homer, rendering the results of Boston’s game on Wednesday meaningless as far as the division title was concerned. If everything goes the way it could for the Red Sox, they’ll have other moments to embrace and chances to celebrate in October.

David Ortiz fools fans as undercover Lyft driver in Boston (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:46:48 PDT

Retiring Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is not only among baseball’s most recognizable players, he’s one of the most recognizable superstar athletes in the world. Between his infectious personality, bright smile and remarkable talents, Ortiz has always been and will certainly remain a man who’s in demand, because he commands attention and earns respect everywhere he goes. Despite that visibility though, Ortiz was able to fool some fellow Bostonians recently when he donned an afro wig and dubbed himself “Donny” while serving as undercover Lyft driver.

Final Volume: Ranking 2016 (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:53:00 PDT

With five days to go, Brad Johnson looks back at the top closers of the 2016 MLB season.

Wins by the dozen: Mets, Giants, Cards all score 12-run routs (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:06:31 PDT

If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. • The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1. The Mets trounced the Marlins on Tuesday night.

LEADING OFF: Ortiz, Red Sox try again to clinch in New York (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:06:18 PDT

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games (Reuters)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:44:57 PDT

(Adds later games) Sept 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Tuesday: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1 Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 in six innings, Josh Donaldson and Ezequiel Carrera homered and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles. Carrera and Donaldson each had two RBIs for the Blue Jays (87-70) who have moved two games ahead of the Orioles (85-72) in the race for the first wild-card spot in the American League.

Rangers' Hamels tunes up for postseason vs. Brewers (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:25:34 PDT

Cole Hamels is gearing up for the playoffs by making his last start of the season Wednesday in the Milwaukee-Texas series finale at Globe Life Park. The Rangers' ace won't see the mound again until Game 1 of the American League Division Series. If he beats the Brewers, Hamels would finish a win shy of his career-high 17 set in 2012.

Red Sox, Ortiz look to make amends (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:15:02 PDT

The next time David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox conduct postgame interviews, they hope their comments take place in a raucous clubhouse during a boisterous celebration for clinching the American League East. The Red Sox did not clinch Tuesday as Ortiz was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and stranded seven runners during a 6-4 loss. The Red Sox won 11 of their last 12 to be in position for their eighth division title.

Rangers beat Brewers 6-4, take overall lead in AL race (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:57:05 PDT

The Texas Rangers have never finished with the best record in the American League in their history. Carlos Gomez, traded to Houston at the 2015 trade deadline and acquired by Texas five weeks ago, hit a mammoth three-run home run in the third inning. Jonathan Lucroy, dealt to the Rangers at this year's deadline, hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning.

Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-1 in AL wild-card showdown (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:51:49 PDT

Aaron Sanchez stayed perfect against the Orioles and kept the Toronto Blue Jays on track for a playoff berth. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Sanchez struck out 10 and Toronto beat Baltimore 5-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of their AL wild-card showdown. Ezequiel Carrera also homered as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in eight games.

This guy tried to propose at the Yankees game but he dropped the ring (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:25:00 PDT

Which is why everyone watching Tuesday night’s New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox had to feel for 29-year-old Andrew Fox, who dropped to his knee during to the game, planning to propose to his girlfriend Heather Terwilliger, also 29. Fox opened up the ring box — and he totally dropped the ring. Here’s the good news: After a search of about five minutes, aided by fans nearby, the ring was found.

Yankees beat Red Sox 6-4, ending Boston's win streak at 11 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:18 PDT

Gary Sanchez is hitting home runs at a record pace for a rookie. The catcher connected for a two-run homer off David Price in the first inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-4 Tuesday night to end Boston's 11-game winning streak and delay its AL East title celebration. Brought up from the minors on Aug. 3, Sanchez matched Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves as the fastest major leaguer to 20 home runs, accomplishing the feat in 51 games.

Ortiz brings banged up body to last Yankee Stadium series (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:35:46 PDT

''My body is counting the days, let me tell you,'' the Boston Red Sox star said Tuesday before his final series at Yankee Stadium. ''You often wonder why he's retiring,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Ortiz has homered six times against the Yankees this season.

LEADING OFF: Red Sox can clinch as Papi begins Bronx goodbye (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:07:25 PDT

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

Blue Jays host Orioles with top wild card still up for grabs (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:55:00 PDT

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles meet Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre that could decide the first wild-card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays lost Monday 7-5 to the New York Yankees after being outscored 5-2 in the ninth inning, and the Orioles had the day off. The result left the Blue Jays, who occupy the first wild-card spot, one game ahead of the Orioles, who are in the second wild-card spot.

Brewers standing in way of Rangers' home field quest (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:36:05 PDT

The only thing left on the table for the Texas Rangers in the regular season is the best record in the American League. The fourth-place team in the National League Central rocked the AL West champs 8-3 Monday night. The loss knocked Texas (92-65) a half-game back of red-hot Boston (92-64) in the race for the top mark in the Junior Circuit.

Cubs win 100th game of the season in grand fashion (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:11:30 PDT

The Chicago Cubs once again proved something that’s been obvious the entire season: They are far and away the best team in baseball. With a 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs became the first club to reach 100 wins this year. With the team leading by one run in the fourth inning, the Cubs offense went to work.

Red Sox aim to clinch AL East against Yankees (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:09:53 PDT

On Sept. 15, Hanley Ramirez capped a stirring comeback for the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park with a ninth-inning, game-winning home run off Dellin Betances. It began a memorable 11-game winning streak and the Red Sox are now the verge of winning the American League East. Boston will have its first opportunity to clinch Tuesday night when it visits New York for the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Blue Jays can't secure sweep in oddly contentious loss to Yankees (Eh Game)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT

TORONTO – A sweep two weeks ago by the Yankees in New York might be what keeps the Blue Jays from winning the division. A sweep of the Yankees in Toronto two weeks later would have been the perfect response for the Blue Jays and helped them solidify their place atop the wild card race. The Blue Jays were one inning away from securing that sweep but Jason Grilli blew the save in the ninth, allowing four runs, as the Yankees won 7-5 on Monday night in a game that was oddly contentious. The benches and bullpens cleared twice , first when Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Chase Headley in the top of the second and then again when New York starter Luis Severino beaned Justin Smoak in the bottom of the inning. The conflict started in the bottom of the first when Severino, making a spot start for injured ace Masahiro Tanaka, plunked Josh Donaldson. The second meeting on the field was where tempers really flared.   Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit injured his calf in the scrum and limped off the field and toward the cluhbouse. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was tossed after the first melee and bench coach Rob Thomson, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and Severino were gone after the second. "We got an intense ballgame, two teams trying to get into the playoffs, and that’s baseball, that’s what happens,” said Happ. “Your focus is still there. It took a little bit of time but other than that you have to focus back in and execute.” Happ avoided ejection, much to Girardi’s dismay, and ended up going 7 1/3 innings and allowing two runs. The left-hander looked to be on his way to his 21st win of the season. However, Grilli, pitching the ninth as closer Roberto Osuna received a day off, took the loss after being charged with four earned runs and giving up two homers. The Blue Jays scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth after Dellin Betances loaded the bases but still came up two runs short as they left them loaded. "We're going to come back tomorrow ready to go. It was a tough ballgame the whole night. They end up getting us, we came back, we almost had a great comeback. We were just one hit short," said Happ. "We got three out of four. We wanted to get four out of four but we'll come back and be ready to face Baltimore tomorrow." It's a game, and a series, that could alter the look of the AL wild-card standings. The Blue Jays have yet to clinch a playoff spot and still have work to do lock down home field advantage in the wild-card game. The Orioles are in the second wild-card spot, a game back of Toronto entering their three-game series that begins Tuesday, while the Tigers are two games behind Baltimore. The Red Sox have reeled off 11 wins in a row and need one more to claim the AL East title, which could happen before this upcoming weekend’s series with the Blue Jays in Boston. So the division is out of reach but Toronto still has a lot to play for in the final week of the season. These Blue Jays aren’t as dynamic, and therefore aren’t as feared, as they were at this time last year. But we’ve seen in baseball, time and time again, that it’s getting into the postseason that counts. What happens from there is close to impossible to predict. The St. Louis Cardinals won 105 games in 2004 and were swept in the World Series. They won 100 games in 2005 and lost in the NLCS. 2006? 83 wins and a World Series title. Out[...]

Rangers lose to Brewers, 8-3, lose ground for AL home field (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:22:33 PDT

Monday night began with a 2016 American League West Division championship banner being unfurled from the office complex beyond center field at Globe Life Park. Jonathan Villar homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs and Matt Garza beat his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Rangers 8-3. The loss dropped Texas one-half game behind the Boston Red Sox in the race for the league's best record.

Villar homers twice, Garza wins as Brewers beat Rangers 8-3 (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:15:11 PDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jonathan Villar had two home runs and a career-high five RBIs and Matt Garza beat his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Monday night.

Diamondbacks' De La Rosa to have stem cell injection (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:22:52 PDT

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa is trying to avoid a second Tommy John surgery by having a stem cell injection in his ailing elbow. Manager Chip Hale said De La Rosa met with Dr. James Andrews and decided to try the stem cell injection instead of another major surgery. Hale didn't have a timeframe for De La Rosa's return other than he will miss the remainder of the season.

Red Sox get strikeout-happy, set MLB record with 11 straight (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:27:56 PDT

The Boston Red Sox are on a heckuva hot streak right now. It went 10 innings, and the Red Sox scored the winning run when Dustin Pedroia danced around home plate to avoid the tag until the ball was dropped and the umpire called him safe. Starting with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Red Sox pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 straight batters.