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Syndergaard throws, Matz gets clean MRI as Mets try to mend (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:25:49 PDT

Lengthy medical updates have become a part of Mets manager Terry Collins' daily routine. Rather than making his scheduled start Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, ace Noah Syndergaard was scheduled to throw a bullpen after being scratched with strep throat. Depending on how he feels after throwing, Syndergaard could pitch Monday or Tuesday against Miami.

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.

Mets rally from 10 down, come up short in 10-8 loss to Phils (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:55:16 PDT

Mets manager Terry Collins thought about Jim Leyland when New York was trailing by 10 runs Saturday night. After taking out Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes in the top of the fifth inning, the Mets finished just short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history, losing 10-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies. The failed rally left New York tied with San Francisco for the two NL wild cards.

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

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:39:27 PDT

The San Francisco 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 Saturday night and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings. Angel Pagan scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the 10th, followed by Span's 11th homer, off Kevin Quackenbush (7-7). The Giants, who had given Madison Bumgarner a 6-0 lead before the left-hander allowed three home runs, pulled into a wild-card tie with the Mets, who lost 10-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:39:20 PDT

Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Saturday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 91 64 .587 - 2. Toronto 85 69 .552 5 1/2 3. Baltimore 84 71 .542 7 4. NY Yankees 79 75 .513 11 1/2 5. Tampa Bay 65 89 .422 25 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 90 64 .584 - 2. Detroit 83 71 .539 7 3. Kansas City 78 77 .503 12 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 73 81 .474 17 5. Minnesota 56 99 .361 34 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 92 63 .594 - 2. Seattle 81 73 .526 10 1/2 3. Houston 81 74 .523 11 4. LA Angels 69 86 .445 23 5. Oakland 66 88 . ...

Baseball results (Reuters)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:34:59 PDT

Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Saturday (home team in CAPS) Kansas City 7 DETROIT 4 St. Louis 10 CHICAGO CUBS 4 Texas 5 OAKLAND 0 TORONTO 3 NY Yankees 0 Boston 6 TAMPA BAY 4 BALTIMORE 6 Arizona 1 Washington 6 PITTSBURGH 1 MIAMI 6 Atlanta 4 Chicago White Sox 8 CLEVELAND 1 Cincinnati 6 MILWAUKEE 1 LA Angels 10 HOUSTON 4 Philadelphia 10 NY METS 8 MINNESOTA 3 Seattle 2 San Francisco 9 SAN DIEGO 6 (10 innings) LA DODGERS 14 Colorado 1

Nats clinch NL East, beat Pirates 6-1 behind Lopez, Drew (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:03:40 PDT

Jayson Werth's wide grin belied the fact that the Washington Nationals right fielder is an old hand at clubhouse celebrations, having played on eight division-winning teams during his 14-year big league career. Werth's latest crown came Saturday night when the Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez. Stephen Drew's two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence.

Dietrich homers, Marlins end Braves' streak at 7 wins (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:39:25 PDT

Derek Dietrich's bat and Dee Gordon's legs helped fuel the Miami Marlins' offense. Dietrich hit a two-run homer and Gordon stole three bases to help Miami end the Atlanta Braves' winning streak at seven games, winning 6-4 on Saturday night. ''That's how we really want it to go most nights,'' Gordon said.

Sano, Duffey lead Twins to 3-2 win over Mariners (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:35:12 PDT

Nelson Cruz's towering two-run home run seemed to give the Seattle Mariners the jolt they needed Saturday night, tying the score with the second-longest homer in the majors this season. Instead, Minnesota's own big slugger, Miguel Sano, responded with his own big swing and a big defensive play after an error in the ninth inning to keep Seattle's struggling offense down and deal a blow to the Mariners' wild-card hopes. Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning and Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings for his best start in more than a month as the Twins beat Seattle 3-2 on Saturday night.

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

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:10:43 PDT

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

Bumgarner seeks 100th victory as Giants visit Padres (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:16:51 PDT

There's too much at stake for the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night for Madison Bumgarner to be, well, Madison Bumgarner. While their National League West title chances fade with every Los Angeles win -- the Dodgers' magic number is two -- the Giants are locked in a three-way battle for the two National League wild-card berths with the New York Mets one game ahead and the St. Louis Cardinals one-half game behind. The Padres should be easy prey for any playoff bound team, except for the fact that San Diego has won seven of its last eight games against the Giants -- a fact that has had much to do with San Francisco's second-half plunge.

Myers, Padres beat struggling Giants 7-2 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:44:16 PDT

As they struggle to stay alive in the race for a postseason berth, the San Francisco Giants simply cannot figure out the rookie-laden San Diego Padres. It was the seventh loss in eight games against the Padres since the All-Star break. ''I wish I could figure it out myself,'' said Bruce Bochy, a former Padres skipper who managed the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

"Next man up" as Mets host Phillies (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:06:25 PDT

The next "next man up" is left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who tries to nudge New York closer to the playoffs when he makes his first start of the season Saturday night in the third contest of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets won the first two games of the series including Friday, when they used six pitchers to piece together a 10-5 victory. New York (82-72) moved one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants (81-73) in the race for the NL's first wild card by virtue of Giants' 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres late Friday night.

Nationals looking to clinch in Pittsburgh (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:50:39 PDT

It might feel like a do-over Saturday when the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of their three-game series at PNC Park. Thanks to Pittsburgh's 11-inning, 6-5 win Friday, Washington is still trying to clinch the National League East title, and the Pirates are still clinging to long odds that they will get into the postseason. Actually, even if the Nationals had won Friday, they would not have clinched because their magic number was two and the New York Mets won.

Robles, Conforto, Mets top Phils, stay atop wild-card race (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:49:36 PDT

Closer Jeurys Familia and setup man Addison Reed were out, even before the first pitch. Then starter Gabriel Ynoa got yanked after just two innings. A day after burning through 10 pitchers in a stirring win, the New York Mets needed someone to own the mound.

Red-hot Braves aim to spoil Marlins (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:00:02 PDT

Atlanta Braves right-hander Aaron Blair and Miami Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen are looking for redemption for seasons gone terribly wrong. Blair, a 24-year-old from Las Vegas who played his college ball at Marshall, was acquired by the Braves in December in the deal that sent star pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamonbacks. The Braves also got shortstop Dansby Swanson and center fielder Ender Inciarte back as part of that deal.

Conforto, Robles, Mets top Phils, stay atop wild-card race (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:59:59 PDT

Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run rally in the fifth inning, Hansel Robles gave a big boost from the bullpen and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 10-5 Friday night to stay atop the NL wild-card race. The Mets began the day tied with San Francisco for the wild-card lead. A day after using 10 pitchers in a stirring 9-8, 11-inning win over the Phillies, the Mets sent out six more.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:11:36 PDT

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will miss Saturday's scheduled start due to a case of strep throat. It is the latest blow for New York's starting rotation. On Thursday, the Mets announced Steven Matz was scratched due to discomfort in his shoulder while Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey are out for the season.

Noah Syndergaard's illness further complicates Mets playoff push (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:55:10 PDT

It’s official: The healthiest New York Mets starter is 43-year-old Bartolo Colon. On Friday, the Mets announced the latest setback in their rotation, stating that right-hander Noah Syndergaard will be scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start as he battles strep throat. Noah Syndergaard is suffering from strep throat and "is extremely under the weather." He will not pitch tomorrow.

Mets ace Syndergaard scratched because of strep throat (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:46:47 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- The playoff-contending New York Mets say star pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his start Saturday night against Philadelphia because of strep throat.

Mets throw another rookie starter against Phillies (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:04:22 PDT

The final 10-game dash for a wild-card spot began in, well, wild fashion on Thursday night for the New York Mets. Now the Mets hope the baseball player equivalent of a wild card can get them another step closer to the playoffs on Friday. Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa will become the second consecutive rookie starter for the Mets when he takes the mound in the second game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

LEADING OFF: Cubs can clinch home-field; misfortunate Mets (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:39:33 PDT

The Cubs can clinch home-field advantage for the postseason with a win over the Cardinals and a loss by the Nationals. ''I think pressure is what you make of it,'' said Jon Lester , one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young Award. The right-hander made a spot start Sunday when Jacob deGrom was scratched, and now he's had his turn moved up from Saturday to replace left-hander Steven Matz, who was scratched from his scheduled turn after experiencing renewed shoulder soreness.

Samardzija, Giants beat Padres 2-1 to keep pace with Mets (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:16:41 PDT

Fighting for a postseason berth, Jeff Samardzija and the San Francisco Giants finally figured out the pesky San Diego Padres. Angel Pagan's single broke a scoreless tie in the eighth and Samardzija struck out nine in seven innings for the Giants, who beat the Padres 2-1 on Thursday night to keep pace with the New York Mets for the NL wild card lead. The Mets and Giants took a half-game lead over the idle St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card race.

Asdrubal Cabrera's clutch home run keeps Mets in NL wild-card spot (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:56:42 PDT

Asdrubal Cabrera knew it was gone as soon as he connected. Twice in this game it appeared the Mets were headed to a fourth straight loss, not ideal at a time when they’re trying to hold onto a wild-card spot in the National League. New York went to the plate in the home half of the ninth down 6-4 and Jose Reyes sent the game to extra innings with a two-run homer.

Cabrera's 11th-inning homer leads Mets over Phillies 9-8 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:43:02 PDT

Jose Reyes had played 1,613 major league games without ever tying a game in the ninth inning with a home run. The Mets third baseman picked a good time to try it out. Reyes connected off Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, tying it 6-6 and forcing extra innings.

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.

Cubs, Arrieta try to slow Cardinals' playoff push (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:24:06 PDT

With a division title well in hand, the Chicago Cubs might be tempted to ease up through the final stages of the 2016 regular season. Instead, the Cubs swept the Cincinnati Reds this week and have more objectives in mind -- including a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the St. Louis Cardinals come to Wrigley Field with the opener set for Friday afternoon. Chicago (97-55) matched last year's win total with Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Reds.

Pirates need to come up big at home vs. Nats (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:18:51 PDT

Despite these being the waning days of the season, both teams will have an extra source of motivation when the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates open a weekend series Friday at PNC Park. The Nationals (89-63) are on the verge of clinching the National League East title. While locking up its third NL East title in five years has seemed like a formality for some time, Washington might have wrapped up the division earlier if not for a four-game losing streak that it broke Wednesday with an 8-3 win at Miami.

Kemp's 2 homers power Braves to 6-3 win over Marlins (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:19:52 PDT

Matt Kemp's September slugging won't get the Atlanta Braves into the postseason. Kemp hit two home runs to power the Braves to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. ''He's a really good player,'' Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said.

Podcast: How likable are the teams in the MLB postseason chase? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:26:49 PDT

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