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Stephen Strasburg unlikely to be ready in time for NLDS (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:17:18 PDT

If the Washington Nationals are hoping to move past the National League Division Series for the first time since the franchise relocated, they are going to have to do so without pitcher Stephen Strasburg. While Strasburg is working his way back from an elbow injury, general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday it would be “unlikely” the pitcher would be ready in time for the NLDS. The team never gave a firm timetable for Strasburg’s return when he suffered the injury following a Sep. 7 start. While the club didn’t rule out the postseason, Strasburg was hesitant to make any definitive statements about his return.

Cards need Wainwright to step up vs. Reds (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:55:00 PDT

A 15-2 rout at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday represented more than a loss for the St. Louis Cardinals. It took away the Cardinals' ability to win their way to the playoffs without requiring help from others, putting them into a more precarious spot for the regular season's final six days. St. Louis (81-75) enters the Tuesday night matchup with Cincinnati a game behind the San Francisco Giants (82-74) for the National League's second wild-card spot.

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.

Cubs, Pirates might mix and match players in last week (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:44:37 PDT

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle substituted freely and often as Pittsburgh's game against the Chicago Cubs wore on Monday night. Pittsburgh's "tragic number" for being eliminated from the National League wild-card race was reduced to two, meaning the Pirates could be out of a shot for the playoffs as early as Tuesday night when the teams play the second of a four-game series at PNC Park. At that point, like a lot of other teams, Pittsburgh could be reduced to looking at several players who might help them in the future -- a future that will come next year, not in October.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:35:51 PDT

Sept 27 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Monday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 92 64 .590 - 2. Toronto 86 70 .551 6 3. Baltimore 85 71 .545 7 4. NY Yankees 80 76 .513 12 5. Tampa Bay 65 91 .417 27 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 91 65 .583 - 2. Detroit 83 73 .532 8 3. Kansas City 79 77 .506 12 4. Chicago White Sox 75 81 .481 16 5. Minnesota 56 100 .359 35 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 92 65 .586 - 2. Seattle 83 73 .532 8 1/2 3. Houston 82 75 .522 10 4. LA Angels 70 87 .446 22 5. Oakland 67 89 .429 24 1/2 NATIONAL LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. ...

Baseball results (Reuters)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:48:19 PDT

Sept 27 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Monday (home team in CAPS) Arizona 14 WASHINGTON 4 Chicago Cubs 12 PITTSBURGH 2 NY Yankees 7 TORONTO 5 Cleveland 7 DETROIT 4 MIAMI 7 NY Mets 3 Milwaukee 8 TEXAS 3 Seattle 4 HOUSTON 3 (11 innings) CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7 Tampa Bay 1 Cincinnati 15 ST. LOUIS 2 LA ANGELS 2 Oakland 1

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.

Cubs rout Pirates 12-2 for 100th win behind Baez's six RBIs (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:53:03 PDT

Joe Maddon was proud that his Chicago Cubs reached 100 wins for the first time in 81 years. Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs while major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings as the Cubs got win No. 100 by routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 on Monday night. Baez helped the National League Central-champion Cubs reach triple digits in victories for the first time since 1935.

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

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:38:40 PDT

If not for the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals’ resurgence would have been the biggest story in the National League. Just one year after an embarrassing collapse, which featured the best player on the club getting choked by Jonathan Papelbon and the dismissal of manager Matt Williams, the Nationals lived up to expectations by capturing the NL East title. From the start of the season, this was the Nationals club many expected the last couple seasons.

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.

Cuban ballplayers mourn the loss of Fernandez (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:28:11 PDT

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when the two were growing up in Cuba. Soler said Fernandez's ability was obvious, right from the start. ''Since he was a child, since we were kids, I knew he had something,'' Soler said through a translator.

David Ross showered with love in final game at Wrigley Field (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:20:42 PDT

After a 15 year career, Chicago Cubs backup catcher David Ross is retiring from baseball at the end of this week, and his teammates are making sure he enjoys every moment he’s got left in the game. Ross is a journeyman, and has only been on the Cubs for two seasons, but he’s beloved by his teammates and the fans. “Grandpa Rossy” got a loud standing ovation before each of his at-bats during Sunday night’s 3-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lester went 6.2 innings and gave up just three hits and no runs, striking out seven.

Cards take poor home record into opener vs. Reds (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:48:26 PDT

To make the National League playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, the St. Louis Cardinals will have to conquer their home-field disadvantage. Heading into a regular-season-ending, seven-game homestand that begins Monday night with the first of four games against the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis owns a 33-41 record at Busch Stadium. It is the first time since the stadium opened in its third iteration in 2006 that the Cardinals (81-74) will finish with a losing mark at home.

Ross helps Cubs edge Cardinals 3-1 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:10:35 PDT

David Ross got fired up when Cubs manager Joe Maddon walked to the mound with two out in the seventh inning, ready to argue for Jon Lester to stay in the game. Maddon and Lester had a different plan. ''Joe looked at him and said 'Have you ever been a part of where the catcher gets taken out of the game before the pitcher?''' Lester said, describing the scene with a big grin.

Pirates have their work cut out against Cubs (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:41:07 PDT

Neal Huntington was asked on his weekly radio show Sunday whether the Pittsburgh Pirates might want to scale their hopes back this season from making the playoffs to simply finishing with a winning record. The team's general manager hedged big-time, declining to buy into such a change in scope, although he did begin to talk about the offseason in a way that suggested the Pirates might not be able to claw their way into a National League wild-card spot. Realistically, finishing over .500 is probably the better target, but hardly an easy one, especially considering that the Chicago Cubs come to PNC Park to start a four-game series Monday, followed by a trip by Pittsburgh to St. Louis next weekend to close the regular season.

Cabrera, Reyes help Mets rout Phils 17-0 in home finale (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:43:15 PDT

The Mets circled the bases in record fashion like the cartoon Gas-House Gorillas in front of Bugs Bunny, then handed fans the shirts off their backs. ''It really kind of sunk in today that it was the last regular-season homestand,'' pitcher Noah Syndergaard said. On a difficult day filled with sadness following the death of Miami star pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Mets produced the largest shutout victory in their 55-season history and the team's highest-scoring game at Citi Field.

Pirates fall again, playoff hopes dim with loss to Nats (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:28:56 PDT

A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday. On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb trying to avoid a fake tag by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. When Kang came up for the first time after Harper was hurt in the third inning, he saw a fastball sail behind him from Washington starter A.J. Cole.

Harper injured after fake tag, benches clear, Nats top Bucs (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:25:02 PDT

What happened next was all too real for the NL East champion Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper got hurt and needs X-rays. Harper injured his left thumb making an awkward slide to avoid a pretend tag by Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches Sunday in Washington's 10-7 win. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Harper was ''sore'' and would have X-rays on Monday.

Joe Davis prepares to take over Dodgers booth from Scully (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:51:37 PDT

As Vin Scully closes out his career broadcasting Los Angeles Dodgers games, his successor is waiting in the wings. Joe Davis has been working road games for the team this season, warming up for next year when the 28-year-old moves into Scully's old booth full-time. Davis shares a philosophy with Scully: It's not about the broadcaster, it's about the game.

Nationals follow frustrating 2015 season with NL East title (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:45:17 PDT

Dusty Baker couldn't help but smile as he watched his players pour champagne and beer on each other. The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years on Saturday night. ''Let the animals run wild, and they are certainly running wild tonight,'' said Baker, the Nationals' first-year manager.

Nationals send Cole to mound after clinching division (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:34:14 PDT

The Pirates waited until Friday to announce a starter and then switched to Tyler Glasnow later that night. Washington manager Dusty Baker had been waiting to see whether his club clinched the National League East title. The Nationals did, with a 6-1 win Saturday night coupled with a New York Mets loss.

Mets continue playoff push versus Phillies (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:20:35 PDT

The Mets look to retain at least a share of the lead in the National League wild-card race Sunday afternoon when they host the Philadelphia Phillies in the regular-season home finale at Citi Field. The Mets (82-73) and San Francisco Giants enter Sunday tied for the top NL wild card. New York won the first two contests of the four-game series against the Phillies on Thursday and Friday before falling 10-8 on Saturday.

LEADING OFF: Mets need innings, Lester makes Cy pitch (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:37:57 PDT

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

Giants blow 6-run lead before beating Padres 9-6 in 10 (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:00:37 PDT

As much as the San Francisco Giants have been through since the All-Star break, with all the blown leads and the offensive struggles, it would have been gut-wrenching if they hadn't pulled out a victory the way they did Saturday night against the lowly San Diego Padres. The Giants blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings. ''You're proud of the guys,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.

Mets must take path of least resistance to postseason (Big League Stew)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:49:37 PDT

By the way, you can stream Sunday’s game at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 1:10 p.m. Once loaded with arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, New York is currently down to Noah Syndergaard, who’s currently battling strep throat, and Bartolo Colon, who is officially its steadiest and healthiest rotation option. Therein lies the problem for the Mets.

Cardinals look to continue success at Wrigley (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:20:35 PDT

The National League Central champion Chicago Cubs have lost just 24 of their 80 home games this season. The St. Louis Cardinals have delivered six of those losses. The Cardinals can steal another victory Sunday night when they play the rubber match of their three-game series against the Cubs.

Cardinals solve Wrigley again, crush Hammel, Cubs 10-4 (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:42:37 PDT

The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot to accomplish if they want to return to Chicago in two weeks for a rematch of last year's NL Division Series. If they do, the Cardinals may be the one club that won't be fazed by Wrigley Field and the Cubs. Yadier Molina drove in four runs, Stephen Piscotty homered and the Cardinals improved their standing in the NL wild-card race by getting to Jason Hammel early in a 10-4 rout of Chicago on Saturday.

Nationals bounce back from disappointment to win NL East (Big League Stew)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:59:57 PDT

The Washington Nationals watched the playoffs from home last season after completely unraveling in the second half. On Saturday, Washington clinched its third NL East championship in five years by defeating the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park. The Nationals join the Chicago Cubs as division champions in the NL.

Yanks shut out for 3rd straight game in 3-0 loss to Jays (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:22:22 PDT

The New York Yankees' offense has disappeared, and their playoffs chances have pretty much vanished, too. Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-0 Saturday. New York has been shut out in three straight games for the first time July 27-28, 1975.

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.