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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:51:22 PDTJose 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:10:29 PDTLeft-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.
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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:29:35 PDTDustin 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:46:41 PDTSorry, 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:31:04 PDTJose 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:59:08 PDTReaction to the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident Sunday:
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:52:30 PDTWith 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:12:51 PDTMiami 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:49:02 PDTThe 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:24:49 PDTDavid 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:19:08 PDTHighlights 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:00:36 PDTThe 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:40:00 PDTHighlights 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:28:47 PDTWith 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:34:50 PDTAs 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:37:59 PDTThe 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:38:59 PDTBoston'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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:48:06 PDTSorry, 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:22:49 PDTSorry, Oakland Athletics, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And, hopefully it’s not filled with sewage.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:58:00 PDTIt all comes down to this: we preview the final week of MLB regular-season action, with two-starts, streamers and more.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:23:09 PDTIt’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.
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.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:48:19 PDTThe 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.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:25:08 PDTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- After another deflating loss, Brett Gardner knows the math is tough for the New York Yankees to reach the playoff.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:17:46 PDTThe 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.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:59 PDTNew 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.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:31:31 PDTLed 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.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:07:22 PDTThe 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.
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.