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'A lot of pain' - Marlins cope with Fernandez's death (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:51:22 PDT

Jose Fernandez made his major league debut against the New York Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night. Instead, Miami mourns and the Marlins must push on without their ace, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. ''Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain,'' third baseman Martin Prado said.



Rays, White Sox focus on individual accomplishments (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:10:29 PDT

Left-hander Drew Smyly will try to extend his unbeaten streak to 12 starts when the Tampa Bay Rays go on the road to open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Smyly, 27, owns the Rays' longest streak without a loss since right-hander Alex Cobb had an 11-start stretch in 2014. Individual achievements are the most relevant storylines remaining as the Rays (65-90) and White Sox (74-81) prepare for a long offseason with no hope of reaching the playoffs.



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

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:42:10 PDT

(Adds final game) Sept 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday: Cubs 3, Cardinals 1 Jon Lester allowed three hits in 6-2/3 innings and the Chicago Cubs set a franchise record for victories at Wrigley Field in a season as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Lester earned his league-leading 19th victory and retiring catcher David Ross homered as the National League Central champions went 57-24 at home this season. Chicago won 56 games at the ballpark in 1933 and 1935.



Pedroia's baserunning helps Red Sox beat Rays 3-2 in 10 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:29:35 PDT

Dustin Pedroia turned what looked like a sure out into the go-ahead run. Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.



Game Over: The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:46:41 PDT

Sorry, Philadelphia Phillies, your World Series trophy is in another castle. This season was all about the future in Philadelphia. While the team surprised early, the Phillies fell back to Earth as the season went on, eventually fulfilling those pessimistic preseason projections.



Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:31:04 PDT

Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.



Reaction to the death of Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:59:08 PDT

Reaction to the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident Sunday:



Red Sox clinch playoff berth as Porcello wins 22nd (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:52:30 PDT

With the complicated math of baseball in the wild-card era, players in the Boston clubhouse were unaware the Red Sox are playoff bound. Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win. Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card.



Marlins star Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident at 24 (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:12:51 PDT

Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people who died in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday morning. “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” the team said in a statement. Sunday’s Marlins-Braves game at Marlins Stadium was canceled following the news, the team statement announced.



Yankees have sinking feeling after three straight shutout losses (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:49:02 PDT

The New York Yankees will be trying to do something they have failed to do for the past three games when they play the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees have not scored in their past three games, the past two against Toronto and the first against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. It is the first time the Yankees have been held scoreless in three consecutive games since July 27 (a doubleheader) and July 28, 1975.



Red Sox' Ortiz to play finale at Tropicana (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:24:49 PDT

David Ortiz plays his final game at Tropicana Field on Sunday as the Boston Red Sox try for their 11th straight victory in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston clinched a postseason berth with Saturday night's victory, but the math was complicated enough that the Red Sox, who haven't won 10 straight in September since 1949, didn't celebrate anything more than a win in the clubhouse. "We're here tomorrow, playing again," manager John Farrell said when asked about clinching a postseason berth.



Baseball-Highlights from MLB games on Saturday (Reuters)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:19:08 PDT

Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Saturday: Nationals 6, Pirates 1 Washington won their third National League East title in the last five years with a victory over the Pittsburgh at PNC Park on Saturday night, coupled with the New York Mets' 10-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos each drove in two runs and reliever Reynaldo Lopez (4-3) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings for Washington (90-64). The Nationals' Joe Ross was making his second start since missing 66 games because of right shoulder inflammation.



Five reasons the Rangers could win the World Series (Big League Stew)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:00:36 PDT

The Texas Rangers became the first American League team and the second team overall — joining the Chicago Cubs — to secure a postseason berth after clinching the AL West on Friday night. The triumph continues a pretty solid run of success for the Rangers. In fact, the Rangers won it back-to-back in 2010-11 as well, before reaching and losing the World Series in both of those seasons.



Baseball-Highlights from MLB games on Friday (Reuters)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:40:00 PDT

Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Friday: Cubs 5, Cardinals 0 Jake Arrieta's goal may be perfection but he realizes he can occasionally ease up and still have good outcomes. Arrieta (18-7) scattered five hits in a seven-inning shutout effort as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Chicago (98-55) topped last year's 97-win total and matched the most victories by any Cubs team since 1945 with its fourth straight in the opener of a three-game weekend series.



David Ortiz breaks record held by Shoeless Joe Jackson (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:28:47 PDT

With each passing week, it seems “Big Papi” reaches another milestone or breaks another record. That continued in Friday’s 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, as Ortiz’s two-run first-inning home run helped him break a record previously held by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Ortiz now has 124 RBIs on the season, which is the most ever in a player’s final season, topping Jackson’s 1920 season.



Yankees bats need to come alive against Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:34:50 PDT

As the New York Yankees' run production dwindles, so do their faint chances of earning an American League wild-card spot. It followed a 2-0 loss by the Yankees to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Yankees have been blanked 12 times this season, with five coming in September.



Red Sox look to extend streak vs. Rays (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:37:59 PDT

The Boston Red Sox have won nine straight, their longest win streak in more than five years, and as they look to extend that stretch Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, their bullpen has been an underappreciated part of their success. Friday was an excellent example, as closer Craig Kimbrel and reliver Koji Uehara got the night off for rest and the bullpen still came through with four scoreless innings to make a two-run home run in the first hold up for a 2-1 victory. "Can't say enough of the run that entire group has been on," manager John Farrell said.



David Ortiz hits 2-run homer, Red Sox beat Rays 2-1 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:38:59 PDT

Boston's clubhouse was buzzing about David Ortiz's high-and-deep homer in the first inning, a drive that provided the winning margin as the Red Sox moved close to a postseason berth in the slugger's final season. Ortiz hit a two-run shot to set the RBIs record for a player in his final year, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win. ''It's not all about the distance,'' Ortiz said after the 411-foot drive.



Game Over 2016: The Arizona Diamondbacks (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:48:06 PDT

Sorry, Arizona Diamondbacks, your World Series trophy is in another castle. The D-backs thought they’d build themselves into a contender in the offseason, turns out they couldn’t have been more wrong. With the combination of injuries and underperforming new acquisitions, the D-backs could very well finish last in the NL West.



Game Over: The 2016 Oakland A's (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:22:49 PDT

Sorry, Oakland Athletics, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And, hopefully it’s not filled with sewage.



Week Ahead: Last Call (Rotoworld)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:58:00 PDT

It all comes down to this: we preview the final week of MLB regular-season action, with two-starts, streamers and more.



Orioles battle Diamondbacks in Free Game of the Day (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:23:09 PDT

It’s been an utterly disastrous nine days for the Baltimore Orioles. On Wednesday, September 14, they won a 1-0 game against the Boston Red Sox that put them just one game back in the AL East. In the eight games since their victory over the Red Sox, the Orioles have lost six: two to the Tampa Bay Rays and four to the Red Sox in a four-game series.



Baseball-Highlights from MLB games on Thursday (Reuters)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:29:35 PDT

(Adds later games) Sept 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Thursday: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3 Andrew Benintendi lined a tiebreaking single in the fifth, Hanley Ramirez added a solo homer, and David Price threw seven solid innings as the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox (89-64) improved their American League East lead over the idle Toronto Blue Jays to 5-1/2 games while Baltimore (82-71) fell seven games back and are in a tight battle with the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros for the second AL wild card.



Yankees face big weekend in Toronto (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:48:19 PDT

The New York Yankees would like to take a walk on the wild side during their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays that opens Friday at Rogers Centre. It is a key series for the Yankees because the Blue Jays are where they would like to be, occupying an American League wild-card spot. This series between American League East rivals could help sort out a tight wild-card race.



Math toughens for Yanks after 2-0 loss to Rays, Snell (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:25:08 PDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- After another deflating loss, Brett Gardner knows the math is tough for the New York Yankees to reach the playoff.



Red Sox look to hand Archer record loss (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:17:46 PDT

The final month Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer's season is an ongoing effort to avoid too many dubious records as the Rays host his personal nemesis, the white-hot Boston Red Sox, to open a three-game series Friday. Boston won its eighth in a row, completing a four-game sweep in Baltimore on Thursday, and leads Toronto by 5 1/2 games in the American League East. Archer (8-18, 4.05 ERA) already has a share of the Rays record for losses in a season -- Tanyon Sturtze also had 18 in 2002 -- and is tied for the major league lead with former teammate James Shields.



Yankees' Tanaka has forearm strain, will miss his next start (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:59 PDT

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will miss his scheduled start Monday at Toronto because of what manager Joe Girardi called a slight lower right forearm strain. Girardi announced Tanaka's injury before Thursday nigh's game at Tampa Bay. ''I feel like this is just a little nick,'' Girardi said.



Yankees hoping to keep momentum alive with sweep of Rays (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:31:31 PDT

Led by red-hot rookie catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees find themselves only 2 1/2 games back in the American League wild-card chase with 11 games to play, and they'll lean on a young pitcher as they try to finish a three-game sweep of the Rays on Thursday night. "We went through some really difficult times in Boston (in four-game sweep before Rays series) ... they've bounced back extremely well. To keep their momentum going, the Yankees will hand the ball to rookie right-hander Luis Cessa, who is 4-2 with a 4.44 ERA.



Surging Red Sox shoot for sweep of Orioles (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:07:22 PDT

The Boston Red Sox are in control of the American League East race thanks to their recent hot stretch. The Red Sox, who won the first three of the series, have just 10 games left in the season. Left-hander David Price (16-8, 3.91 ERA) will pitch for Boston in the series finale, coming in with his own seven-game winning streak, the third longest of his career.



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

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:26:06 PDT

(Adds final game) Sept 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: Yankees 11, Rays 5 Red-hot Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit two more home runs, giving him five in his last four games, as New York rolled to an 11-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. New York jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings, then held off the Rays (64-87), who inched back with five solo home runs. Rockies 11, Cardinals 1 Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam as the Colorado Rockies piled on rookie starter Luke Weaver early and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-1.