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Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:27:21 EDT

The Yankees are back in the postseason. Greg Bird cracked a three-run homer to support Sonny Gray's solid effort as the Yankees posted a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre, ensuring that this exciting crop of "Baby Bombers" can count on a taste of high-stakes baseball this October.

Shaw's clutch homer bolsters Brewers in 10th

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:13:15 EDT

For a third straight game, the Brewers and Cubs went to extra innings. But Milwaukee came out on top Saturday, rallying for a 4-3 win over the Cubs in 10 innings at Miller Park, with Travis Shaw's walk-off two-run homer the difference.

Astros' 95th win sends Angels to 6th straight L

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:43:51 EDT

Evan Gattis delivered the big blast, Carlos Correa reached base four times and Marwin Gonzalez added three hits -- two doubles -- to back up Charlie Morton's efficient pitching in the Astros' 6-2 win Saturday at Minute Maid Park, sending the Angels to their sixth straight loss.

Tribe slugs 4 HRs, puts away M's in 9th

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:30:14 EDT

It's not like the Indians need a lot of help these days, but Cleveland took advantage of five Mariners errors and a five-run ninth on Saturday to roll to an 11-4 victory and even their series at Safeco Field.

Dozier's bunt turns into Little League HR

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:55:58 EDT

Dozier's bunt turns into Little League HR

Dress for October: Get postseason gear

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:18:49 EDT

Check out gear for the Red Sox, Astros, Indians, Dodgers, Yankees and Nationals at and get suited up for the postseason in official T-shirts, hoodies, caps and more.

Father & son: Farrell pair makes history

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:46:01 EDT

Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't get to see his son, Luke, pitch much when he was a kid. But on Saturday, Farrell had the best view any father could ever have to watch his boy on the mound.

Harper 'felt good' in second simulated game

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:40:23 EDT

Bryce Harper is close to playing in a game soon. The only question remaining is what his next step will be after he participated in his second simulated game Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Bronx Play Ball event a celebration of stickball

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:27:08 EDT

On Saturday morning, local youngsters took to a blocked-off section of River Avenue to learn an enduring urban game: stickball. The Play Ball event, hosted by Major League Baseball and the Yankees, in partnership with the New York Emperors Stickball League (NYESL) and the 161st Street Business Improvement District, ran approximately 60 kids through stickball-centered stations.

MLB to donate $1M for P.R., Mexico relief

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:56:34 EDT

Major League Baseball announced Saturday it will donate $1 million to aid communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico.

Postseason Picture: If the season ended today

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:48:56 EDT

MLB's 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league (Oct. 3 & 4) for the right to compete in the best-of-5 Division Series (2-2-1 format). The LCS and World Series are best of 7 games (2-3-2 format).

Leitch: MLB may make 100-win history

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:27:21 EDT

Four teams have a chance to win 100 games in the same season for the first time in baseball history.

Banged up Betts, Pedroia scratched Saturday

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:50:50 EDT

Red Sox manager John Farrell had to put together a revised lineup on Saturday that excluded two of his best players.

Severino OK after batting-practice scare

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:45:00 EDT

The Yankees received a scare during batting practice on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre when right-hander Luis Severino was struck by a batted ball while playing catch in the outfield.

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:15:34 EDT

Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.

Clevinger moving to 'pen for postseason

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:38:27 EDT

The Indians are leaning toward going with a four-man rotation for the American League Division Series, but Mike Clevinger will not be one of them. Manager Terry Francona announced Saturday that Clevinger will be moved to the bullpen with the hope of giving the Tribe another high-leverage arm.

Before they were postseason bound: Yankees

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:36:55 EDT

The Yankees' young core is all grown up, and New York is returning to the postseason earlier than expected. Here is the skinny on every member of the Yankees' postseason roster.

Suzuki excited to extend stay with Braves

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:28:35 EDT

Before Saturday night's game against the Phillies at SunTrust Park, the Braves and catcher Kurt Suzuki agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal for the 2018 season.

Warren throws 'pen, could return next week

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:45:26 EDT

Adam Warren threw 25 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, another encouraging step as the Yankees' right-hander aims to rejoin the active roster before the end of the regular season.

Phils' rookies perform 'Grease' song at hotel

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:00:24 EDT

Phillies rookies Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford and others hopped on the team bus Friday night at SunTrust Park still in full uniform.

Sneaky, sneaky! Goins pulls hidden-ball trick

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:55:14 EDT

Sneaky, sneaky! Goins pulls hidden-ball trick

Lasorda, Dodgers' babies celebrate West title

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:46:07 EDT

Lasorda, Dodgers' babies celebrate West title

After Barnhart, will Reds lock up Suarez next?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:16:40 EDT

The Reds moved quickly to sign catcher Tucker Barnhart before he ever entered into the arbitration process for the first time. Could the same fate await third baseman Eugenio Suarez?

TGI 5 Day in LA: Dodgers clinch, celebrate!

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:52:05 EDT

For the past month the Dodgers played like they had the division clinched. On Friday night, they finally did. It all came together fittingly on Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday, a 4-2 win over the rival Giants that secured a fifth consecutive National League West title.

D-backs outmash Marlins; magic number at 2

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:39:54 EDT

It was definitely not a pitchers' duel at Chase Field on Friday night as Chris Iannetta smacked two home runs and drove in eight as the D-backs won a slugfest with the Marlins, 13-11, and inched closer to clinching a postseason berth.

Cubs nip Brewers in 10, clip magic number to 5

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:01:52 EDT

Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella worked a bases-loaded walk from Brewers All-Star closer Corey Knebel in the top of the 10th inning, and Carl Edwards Jr. finished a 5-4 Cubs win on Friday night at Miller Park in the teams' second straight extra-innings thriller.

Cards rally to move past Crew in Central, WC

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:20:10 EDT

With ground to make up in a pair of National League races and time running short, the Cardinals did their part to keep pressure on the Cubs, Brewers and Rockies by striking for a pair of ninth-inning runs to sink the Pirates, 4-3, at PNC Park on Friday.

Conforto (shoulder) expects to make full recovery

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:59:14 EDT

An optimistic and upbeat Michael Conforto reiterated the March 1 target date the Mets are hopeful he can return to full baseball activities following surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Nellie's HR hands Tribe 2nd loss in 29 games

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:45:17 EDT

It took a walk-off two-run blast by Nelson Cruz, but the Mariners found a way to derail the red-hot Indians on Friday night with a 3-1 win at Safeco Field and keep their fading postseason hopes alive in the process. The loss ended Cleveland's franchise-record road winning streak at 14 games.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 23

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:47:45 EDT

The Dodgers became the fourth team to claim a division in 2017, clinching the National League West for a fifth consecutive season with a 4-2 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. L.A. joins the Nationals, Indians and Astros in advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs.

Astros blank Halos behind strong JV, Yuli's HR

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:35:23 EDT

Yuli Gurriel broke up a scoreless game with a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and Justin Verlander and two relievers combined on a shutout in the Astros' 3-0 win Friday night at Minute Maid Park, sending the Angels to their fifth straight loss and 3 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Q&A: O'Dowd reflects on '07 Rox, '97 Indians

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:44:53 EDT

Twenty years ago, Dan O'Dowd was the director of baseball operations/assistant general manager for an Indians team that won its third consecutive American League Central title and advanced to the World Series for the second time in three years.

Homers help Rockies increase NL WC edge

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:11:26 EDT

Jon Gray allowed one run over six innings and the Rockies got home runs from Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond and Trevor Story, as they moved 1 1/2 games up on the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card. Jordan Lyles retired the first 12 batters he faced for the Padres before allowing the homer to Arenado. Lyles also had an RBI single.

Red Sox storm back vs. Reds, pad East lead

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:26:45 EDT

The Red Sox endured the early body blow of a grand slam by Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett and then stormed back with big hits and clutch relief to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Reds on Friday night that reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to six.

Jays slam Tanaka, put Yankees' clinch on hold

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:47:31 EDT

Ryan Goins pulled off a hidden ball trick that caught Todd Frazier napping, then slugged a grand slam that ended Masahiro Tanaka's night as the Blue Jays trounced the Yankees, 8-1, on Friday evening at Rogers Centre.

Gibson guides Twins to victory over Tigers

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:16:20 EDT

Kyle Gibson continued his impressive run by throwing seven strong innings, Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier both homered to lift the Twins to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Beltran donates $1M to Hurricane Maria relief

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:25:48 EDT

Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran became the latest Major Leaguer to commit to relief efforts in the Caribbean, launching a fundraising campaign for his native Puerto Rico. Beltran and his wife, Jessica, spearheaded the effort with their own $1 million donation to help those affected by the storm.

Rangers lose to streaking A's, slip in WC race

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:52:23 EDT

The Athletics are a last-place team, but they are not playing like it lately. They dealt a blow to the Rangers' hopes of catching the Twins in the American League Wild Card race with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

Managers Postgame: Molitor on Twins' win

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:57:44 EDT

Paul Molitor discusses Kyle Gibson's solid start as well as strong offensive performances from Byron Buxton and Max Kepler in the Twins' win.

Frazier reaches out to dad of fan hit by foul ball

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:42:25 EDT

Todd Frazier had a conversation with the father of the young girl who was struck by a foul ball during the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and the New York third baseman was encouraged to hear that she "is doing OK."

Stanton matches Marlins record with 121 RBIs

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:32:03 EDT

Home runs aren't the only milestones Giancarlo Stanton is accumulating. The All-Star right fielder on Friday night had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, which tied Preston Wilson's franchise-record of 121 that was set in 2000.

Bellinger sets NL rookie record with 39th HR

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:10:31 EDT

With a three-run shot in the third inning Friday vs. the Giants, Dodgers sensation Cody Bellinger launched his 39th homer of the season, setting the single-season mark for home runs by a National League rookie.

Rogers that! Judge hits Toronto-best 469-footer

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:51:13 EDT

Aaron Judge's September surge continued on Friday evening with the longest home run hit at Rogers Centre this season, a 469-foot blast to the second deck in left field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada -- the lone run the Yanks scored in an 8-1 loss to Toronto.

Sources: Marlins to dismiss 4 special assistants

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:44:06 EDT

When the ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter takes over the Marlins, four prominent members of the organization will not be back. The organization is not retaining special assistants Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jeff Conine, according to multiple sources. The club has not confirmed.

White Sox close out Royals with 9-2-4-6 DP

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:10:26 EDT

Whit Merrifield froze. Lorenzo Cain hesitated and Avisail Garcia fell down in right field. Those three components were just part of a crazy 9-2-4-6 game-ending double play for the White Sox in a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Canadian fakin': Goins uses hidden ball trick

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:19:06 EDT

Try, and if you don't succeed, try, try again. That's Ryan Goins' motto when it comes to the hidden ball trick, and for once, he finally pulled it off. Goins has attempted the sneaky move many times throughout his career, and on Friday night at Rogers Centre, he tried it at the right time, against the right player. Goins caught Todd Frazier napping at second base and later capped an impressive night with a grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win over the Yankees.

'World Series or bust' for playoff-bound Dodgers

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:47:42 EDT

For the fifth consecutive year, the Dodgers have won the National League West. They can lock up home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason with any combination of Los Angeles wins and Washington losses totaling four.

Iannetta has 'ton of fun' with slam, 8-RBI night

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:16:25 EDT

Chris Iannetta had never received a standing ovation before, so when the 34,588 fans at Chase Field beckoned for him to return to the top step of the home dugout after his grand slam on Friday night, it was a bit of an out-of-body experience.

Bats jump out early, but Nats can't hold vs. Mets

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:24:20 EDT

One positive takeaway for the Mets during the final month of this season has been the September surge from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. He launched a pair of home runs Friday night, giving him a career-high 15 homers on the year, to power the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field.

Royals can't slow White Sox, slip in WC race

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:25:08 EDT

Rookies Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson hit home runs and the White Sox scored five unanswered runs for a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Bauer continues rotation's dominant stretch

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:32:32 EDT

Trevor Bauer's answers were short and his frustration apparent. The Indians pitcher felt out of rhythm at the outset of his outing on Friday night, but he did just enough to put his team in position to win. Cleveland did not win, though, so Bauer was not interested in silver linings.

Rodney joins rare company with 300th save

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:48:15 EDT

Fernando Rodney locked down his 300th career save to secure the D-backs' 13-11 win over the Marlins at Chase Field, and his teammates didn't waste a moment celebrating the accomplishment.

Bellinger's blast clinches NL West for Dodgers

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:10:24 EDT

The Dodgers clinched a fifth consecutive National League West title Friday night, as Cody Bellinger set a National League rookie record with his 39th home run, a three-run shot, in a 4-2 win over the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers celebrate Lasorda's 90th birthday

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:53:10 EDT

Even before the Dodgers could present Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda a division title for his 90th birthday Friday night, the club held an on-field pregame ceremony to mark the occasion, with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred among attending dignitaries.

MLB's 'Funnest' down to finals: Baez vs. Lindor

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:51:25 EDT

Now, bizarrely, Baseball's Funnest Player comes down to a couple of wonderful players who are basically the same guy: Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor.

Verlander nearly unhittable since joining Astros

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:36:53 EDT

Justin Verlander has been brilliant since joining the Astros, and he continued his stellar form Friday in Houston's 3-0 win over the division-rival Angels at Minute Maid Park.

Rangers feeling growing sense of urgency

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:26:01 EDT

The Rangers clubhouse was eerily quiet on Friday night after a 4-1 loss to the Athletics at the Coliseum. It was a stark contrast to the laughter and music following their three-game sweep of the Mariners this week in Seattle.

Crew denied in 3rd straight heartbreaker

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:13:25 EDT

After three straight heartbreaking losses in the opponents' final at-bat, including two in a row to the team they are chasing in the National League Central, is it Wild Card or bust for the Brewers?

Ausmus' contract won't be extended past '17

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:03:10 EDT

The Tigers' rebuilding project will include a change in the manager's office. Brad Ausmus will not be back as Detroit's manager next season, general manager Al Avila announced Friday afternoon.

Ramos' grand slam powers Rays past O's

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:01:40 EDT

Led by Wilson Ramos' grand slam and Evan Longoria's homer -- which tied the club record for home runs-- the Rays powered their way to Friday's 8-3 series-evening win over the Orioles.

Mets face decision on Collins as season wanes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:58:27 EDT

In one dugout Friday at Citi Field sat Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball's second-oldest manager at age 68. Baker, whose postseason-bound Nationals used a lineup full of reserves in the Mets' 7-6 win, appears to boast plenty of job security as his contract expires. In the other dugout stood Terry Collins, born three weeks before Baker in 1949. Collins is also in the final days of his contract, though his future is far murkier.

Yost set to return as Royals skipper in 2018

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:35:09 EDT

As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager.

Suzuki homers twice as Braves beat Phillies

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:53:41 EDT

The Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits for the first time in 22 years and Kurt Suzuki extended his unexpected power barrage during Friday night's 7-2 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park.

Family ties: Farrells reunite in Cincinnati

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:33:20 EDT

Earlier this season, Red Sox manager John Farrell had the thrill of flying to Kansas City and sitting in the stands at Kauffman Stadium as his son, Luke, made his Major League debut.

Fantasy411 Podcast: Ranking Corey Kluber

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:08:07 EDT

The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's Fantasy411 podcast, hosted by lead fantasy writer Fred Zinkie and national editor Matthew Leach. To hear the rest of their discussion, subscribe to the Fantasy411 podcast.