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3 HRs for Springer, AL West 3-peat for Astros

Houston clinches division behind Springer, Verlander in final home game
September 22, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros weren’t going to be denied on this day. Not with Justin Verlander on the mound with a chance to win 20 games. Not with George Springer swinging the bat like he wanted to single-handedly carry the day. And not with a sellout crowd ready to throw

7 things to watch in regular season's final week

September 22, 2019

Can you believe it? These six months have flown by, and things are moving even more quickly now as some teams prepare for the postseason and others fight and claw simply to get there. Anyway, welcome to the final week of the regular season. Excluding division leaders, we still have

Cards rally to clinch playoff berth, sweep Cubs

September 22, 2019

CHICAGO -- Champagne glasses and bottles lined the table in the visitor’s clubhouse at Wrigley Field, remnants of a toast to celebrate a 3-2 victory against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon -- a victory that clinched the Cardinals’ first postseason berth since 2015. But the clubhouse wasn’t covered in champagne,

One breakout player from every team

September 22, 2019

Not every player hits the ground running the minute they arrive in the Majors. Remember, Mike Trout hit .220 in his first season in the big leagues. But once he became Mike Trout, everyone knew it. He had his breakthrough season. And when you have your breakthrough season, it’s impossible

Who tops this season's final Power Rankings?

September 22, 2019

It's here -- the final week of the regular season, which is also known as the calm before the chaotic storm that is October baseball. Some of the postseason field has been decided, but there are still a few ongoing races. The American League Central will probably be the next

Postseason watch: Cards in; 2nd ALWC tied

September 22, 2019

The Cardinals completed a four-game sweep over the Cubs to clinch a playoff spot Sunday, becoming the fifth team to punch its playoff ticket in 2019. St. Louis leads the NL Central by three games over second-place Milwaukee. With a Brewers win and Nationals loss Sunday, the two teams are

Ryu's 1st HR, Belli's slam power LA to 100th W

Lefty uses slugger's bat to go deep; Dodgers set franchise record with 33rd series victory
September 22, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Of course Hyun-Jin Ryu homered on Sunday afternoon. He was swinging Cody Bellinger’s bat for his first MLB blast, a bat that soon would connect for Bellinger’s second grand slam of the season. Ryu took swings at dispelling a few common beliefs in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win

Not perfect, but Crew's magic number at 3

Brewers don't allow baserunner until 7th; finish homestand 6-1
September 22, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- There’s something special that happens when the Brewers get to September, and that magic continued in Sunday’s 4-3 victory over the Pirates at Miller Park that capped a three-game sweep. Milwaukee’s magic number dropped to three games with the Cubs' loss to the Cardinals and the Brewers are

Here is MLB's All-Second Half team

September 22, 2019

Because an All-Star Game staged in the winter months would be odd and unsettling, the Midsummer Classic we know and love is a celebration of a half-baked season. You get to the game mostly on the might of numbers not yet fully formed. That means the second-half surgers -- the

Injury updates: J-Ram, Freeman, Kepler, Bryant

September 22, 2019

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Here is the 2019 postseason schedule

September 22, 2019

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2019 Postseason, which is set to open with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 1, followed by the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on ESPN on Wednesday, Oct.

Explaining postseason tiebreaker scenarios

September 22, 2019

When Major League Baseball instituted the dual-Wild Card system before the 2012 season, it was pretty widely assumed that there would be years in which a cluster of clubs with identical records would require, essentially, their own tournament to decide who advances to the one-and-done Wild Card round. To date,

Which contenders have toughest slates left?

September 22, 2019

It all comes down to this -- the final week of the 2019 regular season, when the postseason races will be decided, once and for all. With only one week to go, there are still playoff spots in both leagues up for grabs, and several teams are still in the

Postseason could feature 5 100-win teams

No postseason has featured more than three
September 22, 2019

The Wild Card races promise plenty of drama between now and Sunday's season finale. But don't sleep on the runaway division leaders. The Astros and Yankees already sit in the clubhouse with 102 wins, and the Dodgers reached 100 Sunday, meaning the upcoming postseason has already tied for the most

Severino strikes out 9 in 2nd start of 2019

September 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees decided to stand pat in advance of the Trade Deadline this July, general manager Brian Cashman voiced the belief that a healthy Luis Severino could provide more of an upgrade than any other available player in the marketplace. That vision is becoming reality, just

Springer mashes 3 HRs for 1st time in career

September 22, 2019

HOUSTON – With Justin Verlander on the mound and a chance to clinch the American League West title, Astros outfielder George Springer ensured run support wouldn’t be a problem Sunday afternoon. Springer became the second Astros player this season to bash three home runs in a game when he homered

Cubs lose 6th straight, watch Cards clinch

Darvish's gem slips away in ninth; Chicago falls back in WC race
September 22, 2019

CHICAGO -- A considerable amount of dirt was caked across the right side of Yu Darvish's silver name plate above his clubhouse locker. It was the result of an anger-fueled heave of his muddy spikes in the moments following Sunday's gut-wrenching loss to the Cardinals. As Darvish spoke to reporters

Mercado, Tribe slug their way into Wild Card tie

September 22, 2019

CLEVELAND -- When the Phillies decided to intentionally walk Francisco Lindor to get to Oscar Mercado late in Friday's victory, the 24-year-old rookie responded with an RBI single and a simple message afterwards: “You can be afraid of me, too.” Two days later, he was still driving home his point.

Cruz joins 400-HR club on swat No. 40

Sanó on slugger's accomplishment: 'Thank you, God, for letting me play with Nelson'
September 22, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nelson Cruz said to Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse at the end of Spring Training that he planned to hit his 400th career home run this season -- and to expect playoff baseball in October at Target Field. Cruz didn’t let age stand in his way.

Rays' Wild Card grip weakens with L vs. Boston

September 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Yarbrough establishing himself as a reliable option in the rotation is one of the reasons the Rays are in contention for one of the two American League Wild Card spots. But as successful as Yarbrough has been this season, especially in the second half, his last

Thank you, CC: Lefty moved to tears by tribute

September 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia’s commute to Yankee Stadium seemed ordinary on Sunday morning, rolling out of his New Jersey driveway and crossing the George Washington Bridge, just like he has been doing for more than a decade. The hurler said he didn’t realize until later that it was his

Nats fall into Wild Card tie after 'pen unravels

Washington relievers allow 4 runs in 7th; a big series vs. Phillies is next
September 22, 2019

MIAMI -- On track to sweep the weekend series at Marlins Park, the postseason-hopeful Nationals instead watched their bullpen implode -- a recurring theme during the 2019 season. This time, the Nats couldn’t recover from a four-run seventh inning in a 5-3 defeat to the Marlins on Sunday. Washington fell

Stroman guts it out, despite upset stomach

After rough first, starter retires 13 in a row before losing steam
September 22, 2019

CINCINNATI -- With the Mets’ postseason hopes hanging by a thread, they need gutsy efforts like the one Marcus Stroman delivered on Sunday afternoon against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Stroman has been dealing with nausea over the past couple of days. He began feeling sick again in

Freeman (elbow) out early, to miss KC series

September 22, 2019

ATLANTA -- Instead of traveling to Kansas City for two-game series this week, Freddie Freeman will remain in Atlanta to undergo treatment on his right elbow, which has been bothered by a bone spur over the past few weeks. The Braves' first baseman is hopeful a few days of treatment

Eovaldi gets first win of the season as starter

Righty hopes to end season strong, carry momentum into 2020
September 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- That was the Nathan Eovaldi the Red Sox have been looking for. Powerful and in control, the righty pitched Boston to a 7-4 victory over the postseason-hunting Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field. • Box score This was Eovaldi’s first win in the 11 starts he’s