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Sox win East, but Yanks' slam is talk of the crown

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:36:46 EDT

Mark Teixeira was the one mobbed by his teammates at home plate, hitting a walk-off grand slam off Joe Kelly in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory, but the Red Sox still clinched the American League East title on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

O's ride Kim's pinch-hit clout, cut Toronto's lead

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:23:30 EDT

The Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, turning what was on track to be a discouraging loss into a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays. The win pulled Baltimore within one game of Toronto for the top AL Wild Card spot while also maintaining the Orioles' two-game cushion over the Mariners, who defeated the Astros earlier Wednesday. Detroit dropped to 1 1/2 games back of the Orioles, pending the result of its game on Wednesday night against Cleveland.

Tigers keep pace with rain-shortened victory

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:19:29 EDT

The Tigers couldn't beat the rain Wednesday night, but they had just enough at-bats to beat the Indians. Miguel Cabrera's three-run home run in the fifth inning came right before the downpour that stopped play at Comerica Park to finish out a rain-shortened 6-3 win.

Gomez's HR in 8th extends Texas' lead for top seed

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:10:03 EDT

Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night in the rubber game at Globe Life Park.

Swing vote: MLB Awards balloting underway

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:50:26 EDT

The Esurance MLB Awards honor baseball's greatest achievements as part of industry-wide balloting that includes your votes. Cast your ballots now to help determine the best of the year's best.

Jaso hits for first cycle in PNC Park history

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:24:52 EDT

Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit his way to PNC Park history on Wednesday night, completing the first cycle in the history of Pittsburgh's ballpark along the Allegheny River in the Bucs' 8-4 win over the Cubs. Jaso went 4-for-4 with five RBIs.

Mets extend Wild Card lead over Giants, Cardinals

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:16:57 EDT

Despite their loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, the Red Sox clinched the American League East championship by virtue of the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles. That means that with four days to go on the regular-season schedule, all six division crowns have been claimed.

Familia becomes 1st Dominican to reach 50 saves

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:55 EDT

Whenever Jeurys Familia notches a new saves milestone, Mets manager Terry Collins likes to tell the story of his ascension to the closer's role. Collins tells the tale as if it happened decades ago. In reality, it has been 17 months.

MLB's no-repeat streak reaches sweet 16

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:15:27 EDT

With the Royals' elimination from the American League Wild Card race on Wednesday, Major League Baseball's record for consecutive years without a repeat champion officially increased to 16 -- one behind the National Hockey League for the longest among North American professional sports -- as an overall era of competitive balance takes unprecedented hold.

Castrovince: Postseason Urgency Index

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:14:15 EDT

While it is the dream of every organization and fan base to be the last ones standing when the Fall Classic wraps up, the fact of the matter is that some need it more than others.

Postseason Picture: If season ended today

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:56:59 EDT

MLB's 10-team Postseason field includes two Wild Card clubs meeting in a one-game playoff in each league (Oct. 4 and 5) for the right to compete in the best-of-five Division Series (2-2-1 format). The League Championship Series and World Series are best-of-seven series (2-3-2 format).

Red Sox win 3rd AL East title in 10 seasons

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:16:16 EDT

The joy was in all corners of the visitors' clubhouse on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, and it had everything to do with the journeys -- both individual and collective.

Statcast of the Day: Kim's homer truly one of a kind

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:33:14 EDT

On Wednesday night, the O's Hyun Soo Kim came through with the biggest hit of his young big league career, delivering a lead-changing, pinch-hit two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist were forced to swap positions (and gloves) for a single play

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:50:24 EDT

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist briefly traded roles

2016 tiebreaker scenarios

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:42:38 EDT

For all the numbers of notoriety in the increasingly data-driven sport of baseball, the one still paramount in the 162-game schedule is winning percentage. But what happens when even that supreme stat can't decide things?

To the races: 2016 MLB postseason schedule

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:44:11 EDT

The 2016 postseason will open with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in an AL city to be determined.

Wild Card races near final turn on MLB.TV

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:57:22 EDT

With just four days remaining in the regular season, the Wild Card races in both the National League and American League are heading down to the wire. Several games on Thursday will have huge postseason implications, making for a must-see slate of action around the Majors.

Bid farewell to Vin Scully's Dodgers career with 10 of his most enthralling stories

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:22:11 EDT

Celebrate Scully with 10 of his very best stories

Trout leaves game after hit by pitch

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:16:26 EDT

Angels outfielder Mike Trout left Wednesday's game against the A's in the eighth inning after he was hit behind the left shoulder by a pitch from Oakland reliever John Axford. Updated Top 100 Prospects list

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:44:23 EDT

Check out's updated Top 100 list for the 2016 season, including breakdowns by team and position.

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:47:06 EDT

It was the first chance for Tim Tebow to show that everything he'd done was worth it -- the change of sports, the open workout for nearly every Major League team, the ensuing media and fan circus that followed everything he did. He'd played in some intrasquad games and participated in some open workouts, but Wednesday afternoon was his first chance to play in a real game.

Bigger than a game: Marlins, city unite amid tragedy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:46:59 EDT

The emotionally draining three-game series ended on Wednesday night where it started, with grieving players gathering on the mound and in their own way paying respect to Jose Fernandez.

Freeman extends streak to 30 games, best in '16

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:41:45 EDT

Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to an MLB-best 30 games this season with a single up the middle off of Phillies reliever Phil Klein in the bottom of the sixth inning. Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., had previously had a 29-game hitting streak that was the longest in the Majors in 2016.

Padres rookie Hunter Renfroe hit a home run on top of the Western Metal Supply Co. roof

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:29:40 EDT

Renfroe homered on top of warehouse roof

Fernandez mourned at Marlins Park memorial

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:01:35 EDT

An organization and hundreds of its grieving fans gathered at Marlins Park on Wednesday afternoon to bid farewell to All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez, whose tragic death has rocked South Florida and the sports world.

Mariners overpower Astros, keep pace in Wild Card

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:13:49 EDT

Robinson Cano launched a three-run homer in the first inning -- his ninth against Houston in 19 games this year -- off struggling starter Doug Fister, and Seth Smith capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single to send Seattle to a 12-4 rout on Wednesday afternoon in the final regular-season game of the year at Minute Maid Park.

Mechanics jumpstart Gomez in Arlington

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:31:44 EDT

Carlos Gomez is back, which means that the amount of excitement in Major League Baseball has increased. Released by the Astros on Aug. 18, after a truly substandard performance, Gomez has revived his career with the Rangers.

Epstein, Cubs agree to 5-year extension

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:51:05 EDT

The Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein have agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

For first time since '04, Sox party in Bronx

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:40:51 EDT

The backdrop was surreal.

Williams' boldness in final weekend of '41 paid off

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 EDT

Seventy-five years ago, Ted Williams entered the final weekend of the 1941 regular season hitting .401. It had already been a fine season for The Splendid Splinter. Beyond his average, he led the Majors in home runs with 37, as well as on-base percentage, slugging percentage and runs scored. The Red Sox wanted Williams to sit out their last three games, ensuring he would finish the season above .400. But Williams, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966, refused.

Oh downplays exit after notching 100th K

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:49:57 EDT

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh downplayed the severity of the groin tightness that bumped him from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds, insisting that he expects to be available for the final four games of the regular season.

Loney, Bruce homer as Mets stay atop WC

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:14:16 EDT

Days shy of October, Mets manager Terry Collins' head is swimming with the possibilities of postseason play. There are tiebreakers to consider, play-in games and National League Wild Card scenarios running every which way. There are thoughts of pitchers on short and extra rest, tune-up starts and must-win games. There are planes, trains and buses, ready to whisk the Mets in umpteen different directions.

Giants silenced by Rockies but hold WC ground

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:31:10 EDT

After the Reds held off a late Cardinals rally Wednesday night, the Giants were in prime position to extend their lead on St. Louis in the National League Wild Card standings. But Tyler Chatwood had other plans.

DeSclafani, Reds 'pen deck Cards' chances

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:55:26 EDT

The Cardinals may be scoreboard-watching, but no one else's results matter if they don't start tabulating victories of their own. And on Wednesday night, they fell to the Reds, 2-1, in a loss that dropped St Louis further back in a race entering its final days.

Up next? Boston awaits ALDS opponent

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:54:35 EDT

The American League East champion Red Sox know that they will open their postseason run on Oct. 6 in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. They just don't know where they will play or who it will be against.

Renfroe steals show as SD plays spoiler vs. LA

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:19:10 EDT

The Nationals left the door wide open for the Dodgers to gain some ground Wednesday night in the race for home-field advantage in their upcoming National League Division Series. A pair of Padres rookies helped slam it shut. Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot had two hits and two runs apiece, as the Padres played spoiler to their division rivals with a 6-5 victory.

Postseason within reach, Fulmer shows team-first attitude

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:40:38 EDT

Right-hander Michael Fulmer gets it.

Hydropower: Miggy blasts HR in downpour

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:00:35 EDT

Moments after thunder rumbled at Comerica Park, Miguel Cabrera brought some thunder of his own with a three-run home run to right field to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead over the Indians.

Frazier reaches personal goal with 40th HR

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:30:45 EDT

Todd Frazier made no secret of the fact that a 40-home run season meant a great deal to him during his first year playing on Chicago's South Side.

Angels rock A's to complete sweep

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:03:46 EDT

The Angels got a two-run home run from Kole Calhoun as part of a eight-run fourth inning Wednesday, as they coasted to a victory over the A's. Andrelton Simmons and Shane Robinson each knocked in two runs. Khris Davis hit his 41st home run of the season for the A's and Marcus Semien added a three-run shot.

Hamels hits 200 K's in tuneup for postseason

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:40:24 EDT

Rangers starter Cole Hamels got off to a rough start on Wednesday night in his final outing of the regular season. But he finished strong, the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Brewers, and Hamels said he is ready for postseason.

Farrell aiming high in inspiring journey

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:12:39 EDT

The long journey for Red Sox manager John Farrell from cancer recovery to another World Series championship is only partially complete, he said on Wednesday night as his club locked up the American League East title.

Teixeira savors game-winning homer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:01:46 EDT

The ball rocketed through the mist toward right field, and as Mark Teixeira tracked its flight, he spread his arms wide to embrace a memory that he will savor for the rest of his life. If this turns out to be his last trip around the bases, a walk-off grand slam to beat the Red Sox will do just fine.

Arrieta off, but NLDS foe 'will be in trouble'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:32:16 EDT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon thought Jake Arrieta pitched well on Wednesday night, but the right-hander wasn't happy with his final regular-season start, which felt more like a Cactus League game than a tune-up for the postseason.

Avoiding a tag shouldn't be as much fun as Adrian Beltre made it, but he found a way

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:34:28 EDT

Adrian Beltre avoids Jonathan Villar's tag amazingly

The Yankees walked off with a grand slam, but the Red Sox clinched the AL East anyway so whatever

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:10 EDT

Yankees walked-off, but Red Sox clinched so whatever

Francona expects Kluber will be 'fine' by ALDS

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:30:00 EDT

The Indians are currently down their top three starters, but ace Corey Kluber is not expected to be sidelined for long. Barring any setbacks, Kluber's mild quadriceps strain should not get in the way of him logging a couple bullpen sessions in the days leading up to the American League Division Series.

D-backs take rainy win over home-field-chasing Nats

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:03:17 EDT

During an interview on a Washington radio station earlier in the day, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called left-hander Gio Gonzalez the team's most capable No. 3 starter in the postseason. But in what was likely his final start of what has been an uneven regular season, Gonzalez needed 100 pitches to complete 3 2/3 innings as the D-backs cruised to a 3-0 victory in a 5 1/3-inning, rain-shortened game at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

Gonzalez twirls gem, White Sox down Rays

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:50:49 EDT

Neither rain nor more rain again could keep Miguel Gonzalez from his appointed rounds during a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Coghlan day to day with mild left ankle sprain

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:26:28 EDT

Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates in the fifth inning with a mild left ankle sprain suffered when he crashed into the left-field wall. The Cubs wanted to see how he responded overnight, and Coghlan was not expected to play Thursday.

Braves keep rolling, knock off Phillies

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:32:45 EDT

Dansby Swanson recorded a pair of extra-base hits through the first three innings and Matt Kemp provided Mike Foltynewicz more cushion with a two-run home run that accounted for just a portion of the damage the Braves produced against Adam Morgan in Wednesday night's 12-2 win at Turner Field.

Royals beat Twins but Wild Card hopes end

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:08:56 EDT

The Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth -- fueled by an RBI double from Kendrys Morales and a two-run single from Alex Gordon -- to beat the Twins, 5-2, on Wednesday night, their fourth straight win. But the Royals were eliminated from postseason contention as Baltimore beat Toronto.

Pirates to play Blue Jays in Montreal next spring

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:41:55 EDT

For the fourth straight year, there will be Major League Baseball in Montreal. This time, the Pirates are getting in on the action. The Pirates will wrap up Spring Training next year with a pair of exhibition games against the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium north of the border. The clubs are scheduled to play Friday, March 31, at 7:05 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 1, at 1:05 p.m.

Jaso's cycle leads Pirates past Arrieta, Cubs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:45:05 EDT

Nearly a year ago, Jake Arrieta crushed the Pirates' postseason hopes before they could truly begin, tossing a shutout in the Cubs' National League Wild Card Game victory. On Wednesday night, John Jaso led Pittsburgh's recent revenge tour against the Cubs right-hander, hitting for the first cycle in PNC Park history as the Bucs scored seven runs off Arrieta in an 8-4 win.

Soler expected to rejoin Cubs in Cincinnati

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:08:56 EDT

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, sidelined because of soreness on his right side, is expected to rejoin the team in Cincinnati this weekend for the final regular-season series. His status will affect how the Cubs finalize their roster for the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 7.

Pomeranz to test sore arm on Thursday

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:53:34 EDT

The Red Sox will get a better read on Drew Pomeranz's availability for the rest of the season when he throws a bullpen session prior to Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium.

Tigers' lineup finally back at full strength

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:24:54 EDT

The lineup card posted on the door of the Tigers' clubhouse on Wednesday looked unusual. Separately, the names looked familiar. They just hadn't been seen together in order in a while.