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Cardinals continue pursuit of NL wild-card spot (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:14:01 PDT

Tuesday night's 12-5 victory for the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds produced one of the best moments of the season when Aledmys Diaz, playing his first game since the death of close friend Jose Fernandez, whacked a grand slam. New York and San Francisco won their games easily Tuesday night, leaving the Cardinals (82-75) a game back of the Giants and 1 1/2 behind the Mets with five contests remaining.

Wins by the dozen: Mets, Giants, Cards all score 12-run routs (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:06:31 PDT

If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. • The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1. The Mets trounced the Marlins on Tuesday night.

Diaz, with heavy heart, powers Cards past Reds 12-5 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:48:45 PDT

Aledmys Diaz made a vow Monday to the family of childhood friend Jose Fernandez, the late Miami Marlins ace who died in a boating accident early Sunday. ''I told them that every single time I put on the uniform, I would be thinking of him,'' Diaz said. Back in the lineup after attending a private ceremony for Fernandez in Florida on Monday, Diaz hit his first career grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals finished with five home runs in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

Mets visit Marlins with wild-card lead (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:34:01 PDT

MIAMI -- The New York Mets can put on a power show.

Jose Fernandez's best friend gives us another incredible on-field tribute (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:19 PDT

Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez. On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident. Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:21:41 PDT

(Adds late games) Sept 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Monday: Indians 7, Tigers 4 Coco Crisp hit a two-run home run and Roberto Perez added a solo shot plus an RBI single and Cleveland's bullpen pieced together five relief innings to help the Indians defeat the Detroit Tigers and clinch their eighth American League Central Division title. Crisp and Rajai Davis singled with two out in the eighth before Perez lined a single to center to give Cleveland a 6-4 lead.

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.

Votto, Duval combine for 3 homers; Reds rout Cardinals 15-2 (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:14:06 PDT

Adam Duvall joined some rare Cincinnati Reds company. Joey Votto and Duvall hit three of Cincinnati's four homers as the Reds routed the St. Louis Cardinals 15-2 on Monday night. Reds starter Tim Adleman (3-4) retired the first 10 Cardinals he faced and went a career-long seven innings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finnegan pitches 5 scoreless innings in Reds' 4-2 win (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:16:30 PDT

A stinging line drive off the right leg of Cincinnati's Brandon Finnegan wasn't enough to stop the left-hander from dominating the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Finnegan pitched five scoreless innings in what likely was his final start of the season, lifting the Reds to a 4-2 victory. ''You don't want to come out, especially that early in the game, so there was no way I was going to let them take me out,'' Finnegan said of being struck on the inside of his right knee.

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.

Sports world reacts to news of Jose Fernandez's shocking death (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:50:00 PDT

Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people who died in a boating accident in Miami Beach on Sunday morning. He was 24.

Astros need to avoid sweep to keep playoff hopes alive (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:51:02 PDT

This wasn't how the weekend seemed destined to play out, not with the Houston Astros in dogged pursuit of a postseason berth as an American League wild card and not with the lowly Los Angeles Angels playing out the string in a disappointing season. On Saturday night, the Angels set the stage for a series sweep on Sunday with a 10-4 victory over the fading Astros (81-74), scoring nine runs in their final two at-bats to erase a three-run deficit and stun Houston for a second consecutive game. In dropping their third successive game to the Angels, the Astros fell three games behind the Orioles for the second wild-card spot with seven games to play.

Brewers to wrap up series with Reds (The Associated Press)

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:09:01 PDT

Jonathan Villar is struggling -- badly -- but Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell isn't worried. One the more pleasant surprises on Milwaukee's roster this season, Villar entrenched himself in the leadoff spot early on in 2016 and kept on hitting, carrying a .297 average into the final month of the season. "What Jonathan -- and a couple of guys -- are going through is just the grind of a major league season," Counsell said.

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.

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.

Dustin Pedroia's grand slam helps Red Sox clinch playoff berth (Big League Stew)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:41:43 PDT

For most of the season it looked like the American League East would be the one division not decided until the season’s final weekend. The Boston Red Sox have all but eliminated that possibility thanks to a winning streak that was extended to 10 games in their come-from-behind 6-4 win against the Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win, Boston officially clinched a postseason berth.

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.

Straily, Votto lead Reds to 6-1 win over the Brewers (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:46:48 PDT

Dan Straily kept up his domination of the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Straily pitched into the seventh inning and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday night. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee in 2016.

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.

Brewers' Jungmann getting opportunity against Reds (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:43:15 PDT

Jungmann will take the mound Saturday as the Brewers continue their final home series of the season against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. A day later, Jungmann was on a plane to Colorado Springs, where he would join Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate in the hopes of getting back on track. Jungmann made eight starts for the Sky Sox, going 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA and was ultimately sent to the Brewers' spring training complex in Phoenix to regroup on June 19.