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After 20 years, Ortiz leaving on his own terms - and on top (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:04:28 PDT

BOSTON (AP) -- The Mariners traded him. The Twins released him. And even the Boston fans gave up on David Ortiz a couple of times after he struggled to start the spring or limped away before the year was over.



LEADING OFF: Colon, Mets aim for playoffs, AL chase tightens (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:37:38 PDT

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



Rodon's record-tying 7 straight strikeouts fuels White Sox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:31:55 PDT

As the Chicago White Sox conclude a fourth straight losing season, a couple of 23-year-olds provided some optimism for the future Friday night. Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven batters and Tim Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle in a 7-3 victory over the Twins. Rodon never gave them a chance.



Twins wind down disappointing season in Chicago (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:23 PDT

Paul Molitor says he can look back and point to a few instances when, had things gone even a little differently, the Minnesota Twins' season may not have ended up as dire as it did. With Friday night's 7-3 setback, the Twins dropped their franchise-worst 103rd loss, 21 more than the White Sox, who have dealt with their own disappointments this season.



Minnesota low: Rodon, White Sox send Twins to 103rd loss (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:29:43 PDT

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor acknowledged he can't wait until the season is over. Hours later, after the Chicago White Sox cruised to a 7-3 victory Friday night, the Twins had their most losses since the franchise moved to Minnesota: 103. The Twins couldn't hit Rodon to start and couldn't get Anderson out while fuming at his home run celebration.



White Sox's Rodon strikes out first 7 hitters to tie AL mark (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:18:12 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven Minnesota Twins batters Friday night.



Game Over: The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:24:03 PDT

Sorry, Pittsburgh Pirates, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And she’s trapped in the NL Central too!



White Sox's Rodon aims to match rookie win total (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:21:53 PDT

Carlos Rodon hopes to wrap up his second big league season no worse than his first as the Chicago White Sox open a season-ending series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday. If the 23-year-old left-hander earns his ninth victory in his 28th and final start of 2016, it would match the win total from his rookie season. It would also complete a successful late-summer rebound from the 2-8 record he owned on July 31 after giving up five runs on eight hits in a 6 1/3-inning outing during Chicago's 6-4 loss to the Twins.



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

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:28:01 PDT

(Adds later games) Sept 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Thursday: Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0 Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one hit in 6-2/3 scoreless innings and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Blue Jays to tie Toronto for the first American League wild-card spot. The Orioles (87-72) victory eliminated Houston and the New York Yankees from wild-card contention.



Orioles beat Blue Jays to set up potential weekend wild-card drama (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:33:44 PDT

The powerful Baltimore Orioles’ first two runs came courtesy of a sacrifice fly and an RBI fielder’s choice. Not how you would expect the team that leads the major leagues in home runs to generate its offense, but as long as they scored more runs than the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night it was good enough. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez – he of the 5.71 ERA on the season, but 3.17 ERA in the second half – shut out Toronto over 6 2/3 innings and Baltimore’s lights-out bullpen did the rest in a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre where the home team managed just one extra-base hit.



Kintzler picks off Gore to preserve Twins' 7-6 victory (The Associated Press)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:45:20 PDT

Minnesota Twins closer Brandon Kintzler was concentrating on Terrance Gore, the Kansas City Royals' pinch-runner, not Paulo Orlando, the hitter. After Salvador Perez's pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning pulled the Royals within a run, Gore ran for him. With Orlando, who had four hits to match his career high, at bat, Kintzler picked Gore off first base to preserve the Twins' 7-6 victory Thursday night.



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

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:20:55 PDT

(Adds late games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - 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 play Twins in 1st game since postseason elimination (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:07:31 PDT

When the Kansas City Royals take the field Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, for the first time since near the end of the 2013 season, there will be nothing much at stake. The Royals, who have been in the past two World Series and won it all last November, were officially eliminated from the postseason Wednesday night. While they scored three runs with two out in the eighth to pull out a 5-2 triumph over the Twins, they were soon ousted from the wildcard playoff race when the Baltimore Orioles rallied with a two-run ninth to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.



Red Sox clinch playoff berth despite loss to Yankees (AFP)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:28:08 PDT

Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-3 win over Boston, but didn't stop the Red Sox from clinching the American League East division title. The Red Sox were assured of their eighth division crown when the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto.



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

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:54:55 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.



Game Over: The 2016 Colorado Rockies (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:42:22 PDT

Sorry, Colorado Rockies, your World Series trophy is in another castle. But you’ve got to have an ERA under four to get in.



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.



Athletics' Gray will come off DL to start vs. Angels (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:04:32 PDT

One of the American League's best pitchers last year will make his first start in more than seven weeks when the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their three-game series Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray, an All-Star last year, will be activated from the disabled list to start for the first time since Aug. 6 and for just the second time since the end of July. The 26-year-old native of Nashville went on the disabled list for the second time this year when he strained his right forearm last month while pitching against the Chicago Cubs.



White Sox, Rays streaking in opposite directions (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:50:53 PDT

The Chicago White Sox will try to increase their winning streak to five games Wednesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Rays. Although the White Sox (76-81) have no chance at reaching the playoffs, a .500 finish is a remote possibility. Chicago has two games remaining against Tampa Bay before finishing the season with three games at home against the last-place Minnesota Twins.



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.



Playoffs unlikely, Royals aim for winning mark (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:44:33 PDT

Mathematically, the Kansas City Royals remain alive in the American League wild-card standings. Practically, the odds are next to impossible the Royals will make it back to postseason for the third consecutive year and get to defend their World Series championship. The Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 11 innings Tuesday to remain on life support.



Royals top Twins 4-3 in 11 innings on Burns' sacrifice fly (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:26:32 PDT

Billy Burns entered as a pinch runner in the ninth, but ended it two innings later with his bat. Burns' sacrifice fly scored Raul Mondesi in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night, staving off postseason elimination. The Orioles lost 5-1 at Toronto on Tuesday night.



Game Over: The 2016 Chicago White Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:56:14 PDT

Sorry, Chicago White Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle. But hey, maybe Drake LaRoche, can find you. He has time.



Angels' Nolasco aiming for strong finish against A's (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:10:52 PDT

As he prepares for his final start this year, the Los Angeles Angels' Ricky Nolasco hopes an encouraging finish can provide the antidote to an exasperating season. The veteran right-hander will face rookie Daniel Mengden in the Angels' second game of their series against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. The 11-year veteran has not allowed a run since the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano hit a solo home run in the third inning of an 8-1 loss on Sept. 12.



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.



Game Over: The 2016 Milwaukee Brewers (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:49:48 PDT

Sorry, Milwaukee Brewers, your World Series trophy is in another castle. One they might want to visit in four or five years.



The White Sox still need to figure out their James Shields problem (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:06:07 PDT

When the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday night in the Windy City, let’s be honest, there aren’t too many postseason implications. The White Sox prevented the Indians from clinching the AL Central on Sunday, and that might be their final meaningful contribution to the 2016 season.



Royals seek to continue dominance of Twins (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:38:02 PDT

This season has not gone the way the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins wanted or expected. The 2015 World Series champion Royals are on the cusp of being mathematically eliminated from the American League wild card. Kansas City still needs three victories to assure a winning season.



The Twins are about to hire a 33-year-old as their new president (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:41:05 PDT

When the Minnesota Twins fired general manager and executive vice president Terry Ryan in July, after more than 30 years with the club, there was little doubt that their front office was going to get younger. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting the Twins are about to hire 33-year-old Derek Falvey from the Cleveland Indians as their new president of baseball operations. Other industry sources are saying the same thing, but there’s been no official announcement from the Twins.



Mets clobber Phillies to take lead in NL wild card race (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:52:27 PDT

The New York Mets may be dealing with a severely diminished rotation at the moment, but the offense picked them up during Sunday’s 17-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies. A Curtis Granderson solo shot extended the club’s lead in the fourth, as did a bases-loaded walk to Jose Reyes. New York feasted against the Phillies’ bullpen, scoring an incredible five runs in the seventh and six runs in the eighth.