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Reds ink Barnhart to 4-year, $16 million deal (Today)
The Reds did not wait until the offseason to secure catcher Tucker Barnhart for the long term.

Benintendi welcomed home in return to Ohio (Thursday, September 21)
Given everything that has happened to Andrew Benintendi in the past few years, it's easy to forget that not long ago -- four years, to be exact -- he was a high school prep, honing his baseball skills on the backfields in Madeira, Ohio, dreaming of someday reaching the big leagues.

Lineup confusion delays Nats-Braves game (Today)
Nationals manager Dusty Baker entered Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park planning to rest most of his regulars during the final couple of innings. He certainly didn't anticipate the confusion this would create when he opted to make six lineup changes before the bottom of the eighth.

Dodgers look to clinch NL West on MLB.TV (Today)
The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for their final homestand of 2017 with a chance to clinch the National League West on Friday. They can celebrate their fifth consecutive division title on Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday with a win over the Giants, or a D-backs loss to the Marlins.

Cano enters record books with 300th homer (Today)
Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers' reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday's 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 22 (Today)
The Dodgers can claim the National League West on Friday with a win over the Giants or a D-backs loss to the Marlins in Miami. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to one with a come-from-behind 5-4 win Thursday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Rox drop fourth straight, but maintain WC spot (Today)
Padres left-hander Clayton Richard celebrated his fresh two-year, $6 million contract extension by increasing the Rockies' stress.

Managers Postgame: Hinch on end of streak (Wednesday, September 20)
A.J. Hinch discusses Dallas Keuchel's outing and the Astros' bats going quiet as their six-game winning streak ended vs. the White Sox.

Beltre, Hamels keep Rangers in AL WC mix (Today)
Cole Hamels allowed one run in seven innings and Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit home runs as the Rangers topped the Mariners in the series finale to remain 2 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card. Robinson Cano hit his 300th career homer and Nelson Cruz hit his 35th home run of the season as Seattle dropped its sixth consecutive game, falling five games back of in the Wild Card race.

Cards sweep Reds; within 1 1/2 of WC spot (Today)
Even given scant odds of making the postseason following a sweep by the first-place Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in three games vs. the Reds -- win. An 8-5 St. Louis victory over Cincinnati completed the series sweep at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night.

Goodnight, Kris! Cubs great late vs. Crew (Today)
This was not the postseason, but it sure felt that way Thursday night at Miller Park as the Cubs and the Brewers traded late-inning blows in Milwaukee's most charged September ballgame in years. Javier Baez hit a tying two-out RBI single in the ninth, Wade Davis escaped a bases-loaded jam to force extra innings and Kris Bryant's two-run home run in the 10th sent Chicago to a 5-3 win in the opener of a four-game series that could decide the NL Central.

O's stay alive in WC thanks to Ynoa, Machado (Thursday, September 21)
A day after sitting out with an illness, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made everyone at Camden Yards feel better on Thursday. Machado snapped Baltimore's 26-inning scoreless stretch with a two-run first-inning homer. The blast, coupled with eight solid frames from righty Gabriel Ynoa, was enough for Baltimore to hang on for a 3-1 series-opening win over Tampa Bay.

Braves edge Nationals behind Dickey, Albies (Thursday, September 21)
Ozzie Albies' leadoff single ignited a two-run fourth inning that held up for starter R.A. Dickey's 10th win in the Braves' 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Thursday night at SunTrust Park.

Royals blank Jays to keep pace in WC race (Thursday, September 21)
Jason Vargas turned in one of his best outings of the season at the perfect time, going 6 1/3 strong innings to help lead the Royals to a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night in the rubber game at Rogers Centre.

Puerto Rican players eager to help after Maria (Thursday, September 21)
The view outside of Ricardo Valero's downtown San Juan apartment window is forever altered, shattered by Hurricane Maria, one of the strongest storms to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.

Loss has Astros 2 1/2 back of AL's best mark (Today)
The White Sox pushed across runs on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and a bases-loaded double play in the third, and seven relievers stifled the Astros' offense to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

MLB encouraged by clubs' netting plans (Thursday, September 21)
MLB Commisssioner Rob Manfred said he was encouraged by the league's "redoubled" efforts to expand netting at ballparks across the Major Leagues.

Vroom broom: Sweep keeps Cards in race (Thursday, September 21)
Even given scant odds of making the postseason following a sweep by the first-place Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in three games vs. the Reds -- win. An 8-5 St. Louis victory over Cincinnati completed the series sweep at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night.

Twins rout Tigers, increase Wild Card lead (Today)
The Twins boosted their chance at making the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, powered by a three-hit game from Joe Mauer and a two-run single from Byron Buxton to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night at Comerica Park.

With pinch-hit HR, Ethier making playoff case (Thursday, September 21)
Tryouts for the Dodgers' postseason roster continued on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, they also cut their magic number to one.

Course of the Horse: Cain reflects on career (Thursday, September 21)
During the 13 seasons that Matt Cain has worn a jersey with San Francisco written across his chest, The City steadily has crept into his heart.

Reds to protect fans with added netting (Thursday, September 21)
The Reds announced plans on Thursday to install expanded netting at Great American Ball Park ahead of the 2018 season. The new netting will stretch to the far ends of each dugout.

Molina, wife raise money for Puerto Rico (Thursday, September 21)
Yadier Molina and his wife, Wanda, set up a GoFundMe page as a way to facilitate their relief effort for Hurricane Maria's victims in Puerto Rico. The Molinas' fundraiser, which has a goal of $1 million, was off to a fast start Thursday, seeing nearly $20,000 in donations over its first seven hours.

Sano continues to rehab, but return is uncertain (Thursday, September 21)
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano continues to rehab his left shin in Minnesota, but manager Paul Molitor said it's becoming more and more unlikely he'll be ready to return before the end of the regular season on Oct. 1.

Source: O's have no plans to shop Machado (Thursday, September 21)
The Orioles have no intention of shopping three-time All-Star third baseman Manny Machado this offseason, and they have not yet determined whether they will attempt to lock up Machado long-term with a contract extension, a source told's Jon Paul Morosi.

Tribe sweeps Halos, 1 back of MLB's top mark (Thursday, September 21)
For the second consecutive day, Francisco Lindor helped sink the Angels with a tiebreaking home run, launching a three-run, go-ahead shot to complete the Indians' three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory in Thursday afternoon's series finale at Angel Stadium.

deGrom under weather, Mets juggle rotation (Thursday, September 21)
Another ailment struck a Mets rotation member this week, when Jacob deGrom complained Wednesday of nausea and an upset stomach in Miami. DeGrom received treatment at Marlins Park and returned to New York with the team, but the Mets have pushed back his next scheduled start to give him more time to recuperate.

Lupica: This October deserves Classic hype (Thursday, September 21)
It is always like this in baseball. Just seems better this time. Summer ends. The season seems as if it's just beginning. Hot dog.

Dodgers rally in Philly, cut magic number to 1 (Thursday, September 21)
The Dodgers finally cut their magic number to one to clinch the National League West with a 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, snapping a four-game losing streak and setting up a likely celebration during a homestand that opens on Friday night. The Dodgers' magic number for home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs is seven.

Hot Wire: 10 men to pluck off fantasy waivers (Thursday, September 21)
Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the following 10 men -- all sitting in waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help you win.

Seager day to day with elbow, leg injuries (Thursday, September 21)
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, already playing with a right elbow injury, will be out of the lineup for at least two games because of a contusion on his lower right leg, manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.

Yanks over Twins in WC Game? Not so fast (Thursday, September 21)
The Yankees' record against the Twins since 2002 -- and this includes four soul-crushing postseason series for Minnesota -- is 89-33. And while this might give Twins fans nightmares ahead of a potential meeting in the Oct. 3 American League Wild Card Game, I can't help but think that Yankees fans might be more nervous.

Red Sox going 'extra' mile for wins in 2017 (Thursday, September 21)
There is something "extra" special about the season the Red Sox are putting together. Yes, Boston is 87-64 and holds a 2 1/2-game lead over the Yankees atop the American League East. But it's how the club has scratched its way to so many of those victories that makes it stand out from the crowd.

'Game Plan' prepares players for next career (Thursday, September 21)
Paul Hartzell graduated from Lehigh University in 1975 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and the Angels drafted him that year and put him on the big league roster the next spring. He pitched six years in the American League, saving his friend Nolan Ryan's 100th win along the way.

Best Player-Fan Interaction full of worthy pairs (Thursday, September 21)
One of the many great things about attending Major League Baseball games is the old adage that you'll always see something you've never seen before. You also might end up seeing someone up close that you never imagined you'd have the pleasure of meeting.

Turner exits after being hit by pitch on hand (Thursday, September 21)
Dodgers All-Star third baseman Justin Turner was removed from Thursday's game in the second inning, one inning after being hit by a Mark Leiter pitch on the right thumb.

10 perfect-fit teams for Japan's Ohtani (Thursday, September 21)
There's so much we still don't know about the upcoming Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, including whether the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will actually post him this offseason.

Inbox: Why no Mancini on long-term rookie rankings? (Thursday, September 21)
Jim Callis answers questions about which second-round pick from the 2017 Draft has the best chance to make the Top 100 next year, Trey Mancini's absence from Callis' list of rookies with long-term potential and more in this week's Inbox.

Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey? (Thursday, September 21)
Is it time for the Mets to cut ties with Matt Harvey? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers that question and others in this week's Mets Inbox.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 21 (Thursday, September 21)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Scioscia isn't worried about Petit's rare hiccup (Thursday, September 21)
Yusmeiro Petit has been arguably the Angels' most reliable reliever all season, but the veteran right-hander suffered a rare misstep on Wednesday night, surrendering a tiebreaking home run to Francisco Lindor that helped propel the Indians to a 6-5 win at Angel Stadium.

After three strong innings, Felix faces trouble (Thursday, September 21)
For three innings, he looked like the dominant Felix Hernandez of old. Then, the wheels came off Wednesday, which may be a fitting metaphor for where the Mariners' season seems headed after Seattle lost its fifth straight game, 8-6, to the Rangers, on another night they could have made up ground in the American League Wild Card race.

Three-HR game puts Renfroe in record book (Thursday, September 21)
Since his return from the Minor Leagues on Monday, Hunter Renfroe has eliminated almost all doubt regarding whether he will end the season with the most home runs by a San Diego rookie. After hitting a three-run blast in his first at-bat back in the big leagues, Renfroe slugged three more home runs in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to Arizona, becoming the first Padres rookie with a three-homer game.

Rangers gaining ground in AL Wild Card race (Thursday, September 21)
The Twins and Angels are leaving a door open for the Rangers in the American League Wild Card race. The Rangers aren't in position yet, but their postseason hopes are still alive, and a little stronger than they were a few days ago.

Tribal leader? MLB's best record in reach (Thursday, September 21)
It really was not that all that long ago that this year's Dodgers were being lauded as a potentially all-time great team. They seemed destined for baseball's best record and would head into October as the heavy favorites to win it all, with home-field advantage in the World Series helping their cause. This was before Cleveland went streaking.

Maddon: 'Unfamiliar' outing from Lester (Wednesday, September 20)
Jon Lester says there's nothing physically wrong, but the Cubs left-hander wasn't sharp on Wednesday night and no one had an explanation for it.

Turner's power, speed from leadoff earn raves (Thursday, September 21)
Trea Turner isn't known for his power, but the speedy shortstop continues to show he's got pop. He blasted the first pitch he saw on Wednesday into the Nationals' bullpen, sending the club on its way to a 7-3 win at SunTrust Park.

Gurriel gives Astros' lineup potent depth (Thursday, September 21)
Yuli Gurriel, batting in the seventh spot Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the Astros' 4-3 win over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

Rays score in variety of ways to down Cubs (Wednesday, September 20)
With the number of remaining games dwindling, the Rays no longer have the luxury of waiting for home runs to start flying out of the park. The time has come to create runs by any means necessary, and the Rays did just that in an 8-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Counsell goes all-in with 'pen, bench vs. Bucs (Thursday, September 21)
The calendar said it was still September, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell operated like it was October.

Stripling, LA's 'pen dealing with rough stretch (Thursday, September 21)
After Tuesday night's meltdown loss, reliever Pedro Baez was given a seat in the dugout by manager Dave Roberts to watch a few games, and on Wednesday night he watched bullpen mate Ross Stripling have a meltdown himself.

Perfectionist Weaver wins MLB-best 7th straight (Wednesday, September 20)
Luke Weaver wants to perfect his craft. That's still his first priority. But, if he can be nearly perfect while all that perfecting is going on, so much the better. "When things are going this well, for me, the thought is automatically, 'What can I do better?'" the Cardinals' rookie right-hander said Wednesday after picking up his seventh consecutive victory during a 9-2 win over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

Bradley joins in the D-backs' fun on offense (Thursday, September 21)
D-backs reliever Archie Bradley laced a single to center field in the eighth inning Wednesday, driving in a run and allowing another to score when the ball skipped past Padres outfielder Manuel Margot, allowing Bradley to reach third.

Odor, Rangers slam M's, gain in AL WC race (Thursday, September 21)
Rougned Odor capped a seven-run rally in the fourth inning with a grand slam, as the Rangers won their third straight game with an 8-6 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Wednesday. The Mariners lost their fifth in a row.

Battle for NL Central heats up on MLB.TV (Thursday, September 21)
With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, there are several tight postseason races around MLB that could come down to the final few days. The National League and American League races for the second Wild Card spot are neck-and-neck, while the NL Central and AL East are still too close to call.

Red Sox sweep O's, secure playoff berth (Thursday, September 21)
The Red Sox are fending off a surge by the Yankees with a nice hot streak of their own. Backed by an overpowering performance by Chris Sale, who became the first Boston pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to record 300 strikeouts in a season, Boston finished a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 9-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Cubs, Brewers to lay it all on the table in series (Wednesday, September 20)
The Cubs and Brewers have been doing a lot of scoreboard watching since they last met to keep an eye on each other in the National League Central Division standings. Starting Thursday, they'll be face to face.

Managers Postgame: Yost on Moose's HR record (Wednesday, September 20)
Royals manager Ned Yost talks about Mike Moustakas breaking the record for most home runs by a Royals player in a single season.

Players' hearts in PR during Hurricane Maria (Thursday, September 21)
The images and reports coming over the television and smart-phone screens in clubhouses around Major League Baseball and homes all over the United States are horrifying, just as they were a week earlier.

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Thursday, September 21)
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.

D-backs win HR battle to trim magic number (Thursday, September 21)
Home runs are up across the Majors this season. But even by the lofty standards set in 2017, Wednesday was a banner night for the long ball at Petco Park, as the D-backs inched closer to a postseason spot with a 13-7 victory over the Padres.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 21 (Thursday, September 21)
The Red Sox became the latest team to secure a playoff berth on Wednesday, joining the Nationals, Indians, Astros and Dodgers.

Judge's 45th HR helps Yanks sweep Twins (Thursday, September 21)
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez launched back-to-back homers, and Didi Gregorius also went deep as the Yankees continued to fire on all cylinders in pursuit of a postseason berth, completing a series sweep of the Twins with an 11-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

On 26-1 run, Tribe nearing MLB's top record (Thursday, September 21)
Francisco Lindor crushed a two-run, tiebreaking home run off Yusmeiro Petit to help lift the Indians to a slim 6-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, putting the Tribe within one game of the Dodgers for baseball's best record.

Spot clinched, Sox still seek AL East title (Thursday, September 21)
When the Red Sox clinched their ticket to the postseason early Thursday morning, they had just landed in Cincinnati. But even if they had still been at Camden Yards, where they downed the Orioles, 9-0, on Wednesday, you wouldn't have heard any champagne corks pop.

Claudio, Jimenez affected by Hurricane Maria (Wednesday, September 20)
Rangers reliever Alex Claudio was about to communicate with his family in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. Backup catcher A.J. Jimenez and first-base coach Hector Ortiz have not.

Mariners sticking with Vincent in setup role (Wednesday, September 20)
Despite a recent rough stretch, Mariners manager Scott Servais' confidence in Nick Vincent as the team's primary late-inning option in front of closer Edwin Diaz is unwavered.

Banister impressed by Gallo's aptitude (Wednesday, September 20)
Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo was 1-for-4 with a single in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Mariners. He also had a couple of nice defensive plays, including turning Kyle Seager's tough grounder to first base into an inning-ending double play in the fourth.

Rockies hit stumbling block but still control fate (Wednesday, September 20)
With 10 games remaining on Colorado's regular-season schedule, the Rockies still control their postseason fate. That much is for certain.

Halos, Tribe thinking of families in Puerto Rico (Wednesday, September 20)
Martin Maldonado sat in front of his locker in the Angels' clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon and scrolled through his social-media feeds, his attention fixated on videos and photos of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico.

Manfred says Seattle 'in mix' for future ASG (Wednesday, September 20)
Commissioner Rob Manfred made his first visit to Safeco Field since Opening Day 2015 (his first year on the job) on Wednesday and said he'd love to return someday for a future All-Star Game, though the competition for those events remains fierce.

D-backs set up to have Greinke start WC Game (Wednesday, September 20)
The D-backs aren't saying who would start a winner-take-all Wild Card Game for them on Oct. 4. In fact, they aren't even going to take for granted that they will be in that game despite their commanding position. But if you plot out the next nine games, you can see that ace Zack Greinke would be lined up to start the Wild Card Game.

Cards hit 3 early HRs, cut WC deficit to 2 1/2 (Wednesday, September 20)
With the Cardinals having a lot of ground to make up in their hunt for the postseason, they need to play well and get help from others. St. Louis did its part by attacking the Reds early and rolling to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Nats score 6 in 8th to gain in home-field race (Wednesday, September 20)
The Nationals took advantage of a struggling Braves' bullpen as they erupted for six runs in the eighth inning of a 7-3 victory on Wednesday at SunTrust Park. The Nationals are now within 3 1/2 games of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Moustakas' 37th homer sets new Royals record (Wednesday, September 20)
Mike Moustakas launched his 37th home run of 2017 in Wednesday night's 15-5 win over the Blue Jays, making him the new all-time record holder for home runs by a Kansas City Royals player in a single season.

Lupica: Astros on mission, bringing joy (Wednesday, September 20)
The Astros didn't change what Harvey did to Houston. Didn't save a life or repair a home. The Astros just did what sports can sometimes do at times like this, in places like this. They just produced some normalcy for a few hours a day. Provided a welcome distraction. They made people cheer.

LA falters late in Philly to put clinch on hold (Wednesday, September 20)
The Dodgers' vexing division clinching was deferred for at least another day with another bullpen loss to the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night, 7-5, extending the latest losing streak to four while the Nationals pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Los Angeles for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

Rays' WC chase alive; Cubs slowed in Central (Wednesday, September 20)
The Cubs' winning streak, Chicago's Interleague schedule and Joe Maddon's homecoming parade all ended on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Peacock sharp as Astros win 6th straight (Wednesday, September 20)
Brad Peacock won his 12th game of the season by firing six innings of one-hit ball Wednesday night to lead the AL West-champion Astros to their sixth consecutive win, 4-3, over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

Red Sox sweep O's, magic number down to 1 (Wednesday, September 20)
The Red Sox are fending off a surge by the Yankees with a nice hot streak of their own. Backed by an overpowering performance by Chris Sale, who became the first Boston pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to record 300 strikeouts in a season, Boston finished a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 9-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Crew drops chance to draw even in WC chase (Wednesday, September 20)
Brewers closer Corey Knebel picked a bad night to have a bad night.

Sale boatload: Sox ace in elite 300-K club (Wednesday, September 20)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale entered the history books on Wednesday night, recording his 300th strikeout of the season with a K of the Orioles' Ryan Flaherty in the eighth inning at Oriole Park.

Flowers to return; Braves cautious with Inciarte (Wednesday, September 20)
While Tyler Flowers' left hand has improved enough for him to appease R.A. Dickey's wish to be behind the plate for Thursday night's series finale against the Nationals, the Braves will further evaluate Ender Inciarte's thumb before allowing him to resume his pursuit of a 200-hit season.

Anibal proving he has more to offer in 2018 (Wednesday, September 20)
As Anibal Sanchez walked to the dugout and received the obligatory handshake from manager Brad Ausmus on Wednesday, a scattering of the crowd at Comerica Park stood up to applaud him for his second straight outing of six innings and one run allowed, and probably for more than that.

Martinez proving invaluable to D-backs (Wednesday, September 20)
It's been a little more than two weeks since D-backs right-fielder J.D. Martinez became only the 18th player in Major League history to hit four homers in a game. And since then, the homers and overall production has just kept coming.

Farrell confident rest will help Devers' defense (Wednesday, September 20)
Though rookie Rafael Devers made errors in five consecutive games leading into Wednesday, Red Sox manager John Farrell is standing by the talented left-handed hitter as his third baseman.

Former All-Star Diaz returns to Cardinals (Wednesday, September 20)
The story of Aledmys Diaz's journey from Cuba to the big leagues has yet to be completely written. The first two chapters, however, have been interesting. The Cardinals recalled the 27-year-old infielder, as well as right-hander Josh Lucas, from Triple-A Memphis prior to Wednesday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Revamped 'pen working wonders for Nationals (Wednesday, September 20)
Two months ago, one of the biggest narratives around Major League Baseball was the inconsistency of the Nationals' bullpen. It seemed that teams could counteract the strong starting rotation by scoring against Washington's struggling bullpen.

Padres sign Richard to 2-year extension (Wednesday, September 20)
The San Diego Padres have extended the contract of left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard through the 2019 season, Executive Vice President & General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

Despite getting swept in NY, Twins look ahead (Wednesday, September 20)
Even with a new regime and a lineup full of youngsters, Yankee Stadium remains the Twins' house of horrors.

Roberts giving scuffling Baez a couple days off (Wednesday, September 20)
Pedro Baez critics should note that the right-hander not only won't be pitching the remaining two games of the current series against the Phillies, but he also won't even be in the Dodgers' bullpen.

Rivera among Cubs watching Hurricane Maria (Wednesday, September 20)
The Cubs' Javier Baez, Rene Rivera and Victor Caratini were checking their cell phones nonstop on Wednesday, hoping to get word from family and friends in Puerto Rico that they were OK after Hurricane Maria.

Sore left knee may end Britton's season (Wednesday, September 20)
Orioles closer Zach Britton's season has been riddled with injuries, and due to concern over his left knee, it could end early.

Nelson expected to miss 'a chunk' of 2018 (Wednesday, September 20)
Jimmy Nelson is expected to miss "a chunk" of the 2018 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery, Brewers general manager David Stearns said Wednesday.

Red Sox first team to sign player from Tibet (Wednesday, September 20)
The Red Sox will go near and far to find talent, and one of their recent finds is the first player from Tibet to be signed by a Major League Baseball team.

Correa's thoughts with family in Puerto Rico (Wednesday, September 20)
Several Astros players and staff members were keeping tabs throughout Wednesday on their friends and family members in Puerto Rico, which suffered a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.

Rox shut out by Giants, losing grip on WC spot (Wednesday, September 20)
Should the Colorado Rockies miss qualifying for the postseason, their season-ending tale of woe likely will include their 4-0 loss Wednesday to the San Francisco Giants. The outcome sealed a two-game series win for the Giants, who hampered the Rockies' bid to secure the National League's second Wild Card.

Blue Jays, Estrada agree on 1-year extension (Wednesday, September 20)
Marco Estrada's stock was trending upward, and with free agency looming in November, he would not have to wait long to find out his market value. He also didn't care.

Moore stands by philosophy of KC's strategy (Wednesday, September 20)
Royals general manager Dayton Moore knows the question will be coming if his team doesn't make a miraculous run down the stretch: Why didn't you sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, considering all of Kansas City's pending free agents?

Semien provides offense as A's sweep Tigers (Wednesday, September 20)
Marcus Semien's three RBIs supported seven scoreless innings from Daniel Mengden, sending the A's to their second series sweep of the Tigers at Comerica Park in three years with a 3-2 win Wednesday afternoon.

Brantley shut down, no timetable for return (Wednesday, September 20)
Michael Brantley received a second opinion on his right ankle sprain on Monday, the result of which has put his postseason availability further into question, the team announced on Wednesday.

Big flies back Urena as Marlins sweep Mets (Wednesday, September 20)
Giancarlo Stanton delivered an awe-inspiring two-run homer in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, but it was the eight strong innings thrown by Jose Urena that set the tone in the Marlins' 9-2 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Belt, out with concussion, takes part in drills (Wednesday, September 20)
First baseman Brandon Belt, who has undergone most of his recovery from concussion symptoms in private, ran light sprints and performed agility exercises in short left field at AT&T Park before Wednesday's game.

Icing on cake: Springer comes up big on b-day (Wednesday, September 20)
Before he was blowing out candles for his 28th birthday on Tuesday, George Springer was blowing by a throw at the plate in a critical eighth inning in an eventual 3-1 Astros win, the club's fifth straight.

Postseason Picture: If the season ended today (Wednesday, September 20)
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).

Young fan injured after being hit by ball in Bronx (Wednesday, September 20)
A young fan was struck by a batted ball in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 11-3 win against the Twins on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, briefly halting play on the field while the child received medical attention.

Judge hits HR No. 45 as young Yanks rake (Wednesday, September 20)
The young Yankees busted out the bats in convincing fashion in Wednesday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Twins, as Aaron Judge cracked his American League-leading 45th home run in the third inning, going back-to-back with fellow "Baby Bomber" Gary Sanchez off right-hander Bartolo Colon.

Stanton launches No. 56 to pad Marlins' rout (Wednesday, September 20)
Giancarlo Stanton delivered a two-run homer off Erik Goeddel in the eighth inning at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The blast, No. 56, punctuated the Marlins' 9-2 victory over the Mets, completing the three-game sweep.

Yanks bust out brooms vs. Twins in playoff push (Wednesday, September 20)
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez launched back-to-back homers and Didi Gregorius also went deep as part of an extra-base-hit barrage, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Twins with an 11-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Ausmus coy about future as Tigers enter rebuild (Wednesday, September 20)
The remark from Brad Ausmus came at the tail end of a question about Nicholas Castellanos batting in the middle of the order and whether that would continue long-term.

Rosario recovering; aiming to return Friday (Wednesday, September 20)
After spending all day Tuesday confined to his hotel room, shortstop Amed Rosario returned to the Mets' clubhouse Wednesday morning feeling "a lot better." He attributed his stomach illness, which has sidelined him since Monday, to an improperly cooked meal he ate over the weekend.

Castro getting back in groove at plate (Wednesday, September 20)
Starlin Castro says that he is a more dangerous hitter when he is able to use the entire field, which is why the Yankees have been encouraged to see the All-Star infielder get back to spraying balls around the diamond.

Lupica: Astros on mission, bringing joy (Wednesday, September 20)
The Astros didn't change what Harvey did to Houston. Didn't save a life or repair a home. The Astros just did what sports can sometimes do at times like this, in places like this. They just produced some normalcy for a few hours a day. Provided a welcome distraction. They made people cheer.

Packed field for Esurance Best Fan Catch (Wednesday, September 20)
Fans may not help decide the outcome of baseball games, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate when they too flash the leather. The group of nominees for the Esurance MLB Award for Best Fan Catch marveled with their creativity as they reeled in mementos from the contest they paid to see.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 20 (Wednesday, September 20)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Reds reinstate Hamilton from disabled list (Wednesday, September 20)
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who had a brace removed from his fractured left thumb on Tuesday, has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced Wednesday.

Sources: Blue Jays, Estrada agree on extension (Wednesday, September 20)
Marco Estrada, who had been on track to become a free agent after this season, has agreed to a one-year, $13 million extension with the Blue Jays, sources told on Tuesday night. The club has not confirmed the agreement.

Solving Tribe is paramount to Halos' chances (Wednesday, September 20)
Tuesday's defeat served as a glimpse at the challenging road that lies ahead for the Halos. The Indians represent a potential first-round opponent for the Angels, if they're able to secure an AL Wild Card berth and advance past the one-game playoff to the AL Division Series.

Perez lauded for impact on Indians' run (Wednesday, September 20)
Inside Cleveland's clubhouse, the pitchers do not underestimate the impacts that Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes have had on the American League Central champions, and that held true again on Tuesday night after Perez played a large role -- behind the plate and in the batter's box -- during a 6-3 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Sale, Sox go for sweep vs. Orioles on MLB.TV (Wednesday, September 20)
Today has a full slate of games, headlined by the Orioles looking to stay alive in the American League Wild Card chase against AL Cy Young award heavyweight Chris Sale. The Twins are also visiting the Yankees in a potential preview of the AL Wild Card game, while Milwaukee's Aaron Wilkerson makes his first Major League start and two great lefties face off at Tropicana Field.

Managers Postgame: Counsell on pitchers (Wednesday, September 20)
Brewers manager Craig Counsell discusses the team's quality pitching following the 1-0 win over the Pirates.

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Wednesday, September 20)
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.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 20 (Wednesday, September 20)
Only three division crowns remain unclaimed as the 2017 regular season nears its end. The NL West is likely the next postseason domino to fall.

Altuve earns Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (Tuesday, September 19)
Jose Altuve was presented with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox at Minute Maid Park. The award is presented annually to a Major Leaguer who best exemplifies the giving character of the Hall of Famer for whom it is named.

Giolito holds his own against Astros (Wednesday, September 20)
Though he didn't come away with a win, Lucas Giolito went up against against the Astros' front-line lineup on Tuesday with a Major League-best .282 team average and .824 OPS and held the bats in check.

Kang ready to put past to rest, get back to ball (Wednesday, September 20)
After a year away from professional baseball, Jung Ho Kang is ready to play again. In an interview with the Yonhap News Agency published Tuesday, Kang apologized for the drunken-driving arrest that has kept him out of the United States this season and looked forward to his time in the Dominican Winter League.

Stroman's home stats put him in elite company (Wednesday, September 20)
There are less than two weeks remaining in the Blue Jays' season, but before it comes to an end, Marcus Stroman has a couple items that need to be checked off his to-do list.

Montgomery flashes no-hit stuff in fill-in start (Wednesday, September 20)
Mike Montgomery is the super utility man of the Cubs' pitching staff.

Yadi ignites Cards' sluggish offense with key HR (Wednesday, September 20)
No matter how bleak things may look for the Cardinals, they have Yadiier Molina -- which means there's always a chance.

Astros' bullpen hitting stride at perfect time (Wednesday, September 20)
Perhaps the Astros' bullpen is starting to hit its stride when it matters the most. Four relievers combined to strike out nine and allow one hit in four scoreless innings behind Collin McHugh in the Astros' 3-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Brewers flex arms again in 'special' sixth frame (Wednesday, September 20)
For those scoring this unexpected Brewers season at home, circle the sixth inning of Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Pirates on your scorecards.

Source: Blue Jays close to extending Estrada (Wednesday, September 20)
The Blue Jays are close to agreeing with Marco Estrada on a contract extension, a source told's Jon Morosi on Tuesday night. The club has not confirmed the report.

Pollock homers twice, but D-backs fall to Padres (Wednesday, September 20)
Travis Wood knocked in as many runs as he allowed on Tuesday night, sparking a 6-2 Padres win, their fourth in five games this month against the National League Wild Card-seeking D-backs.

Texas strikes late to sink Seattle, rise in WC (Wednesday, September 20)
The Rangers struck for two runs in the top of the eighth inning to continue their Wild Card postseason push with a 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

Walk-off loss trims Rox's Wild Card lead to 1 (Wednesday, September 20)
The Colorado Rockies' grip on a postseason berth slipped somewhat Tuesday night as Hunter Pence's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory. Colorado's fourth loss in six games trimmed its lead to a game over Milwaukee, a 1-0 winner over Pittsburgh, for the National League's second Wild Card spot.

Yanks back CC, cut playoff magic number to 5 (Wednesday, September 20)
CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky first inning to provide six solid frames and Brett Gardner drove in a pair of runs on Tuesday evening, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Twins in another meeting of the top clubs in the American League Wild Card hunt.

Clevinger sends Tribe closer to AL's top seed (Wednesday, September 20)
Mike Clevinger enjoyed some revenge against his former club on Tuesday night, tossing six innings of one-run ball to lead the Indians to a 6-3 win over the Angels in their series opener at Angel Stadium.

Daniels applauds work of Rangers' coaches (Tuesday, September 19)
General manager Jon Daniels is with the Rangers in Seattle this week for some of the usual end-of-the-year meetings. But Daniels said any decisions on the coaching staff for next year will not be addressed until after the season.

Inciarte exits with left thumb soreness (Tuesday, September 19)
Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte's bid for a 200-hit season was delayed when he aggravated his left thumb during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Nationals at SunTrust Park.

Iwakuma weighing options, done for season (Tuesday, September 19)
Manager Scott Servais reaffirmed on Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma won't throw for the Mariners again in 2017 and is weighing his options with doctors about different alternatives.

Phillips returns from lower back strain (Tuesday, September 19)
Brandon Phillips returned to the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday after missing two games with lower back tightness, playing second base and batting leadoff in the club's series opener against the Indians at Angel Stadium.

Rodney closing in on 300th career save (Tuesday, September 19)
With one more save, D-backs closer Fernando Rodney will become just the 28th player in Major League history to record 300 saves.

Salazar's start may have playoff ramifications (Tuesday, September 19)
Terry Francona will have some tough decisions to make when the time comes for the Indians' manager to pick his pitchers for the American League Division Series roster. One of the more intriguing calls will be what role Danny Salazar might fill, or whether the right-hander will be included on the staff at all.

Gausman hitting his stride down stretch (Tuesday, September 19)
As the Orioles' playoff hopes fade to a flicker, there haven't been many bright spots over the past two weeks. However, the resurgence of right-hander Kevin Gausman is one of them.

CC 3rd, behind Hall of Famers, on lefty K list (Tuesday, September 19)
When it comes to strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher, CC Sabathia can claim the bronze medal. The veteran Yankees southpaw moved into third place all-time in the second inning of Tuesday's 5-2 win with his 2,833rd career whiff, a swinging strikeout of the Twins' Chris Gimenez.

Archer regains crispness after injury scare (Tuesday, September 19)
Chris Archer looked back to normal on Tuesday for the first time since returning from an injury scare in early September.

Grandal's HR gives Dodgers new club record (Tuesday, September 19)
An All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers and the unquestioned starting catcher in his second year, Yasmani Grandal, now in his third season with the club, is battling a slump that jeopardizes his playing time in the postseason.

Stro-powered Jays take down KC in opener (Tuesday, September 19)
Marcus Stroman pitched another gem on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Realmuto hits walk-off HR in wild win over Mets (Tuesday, September 19)
The Marlins aren't going down quietly in the National League Wild Card chase. After being an out away from elimination on Tuesday night, J.T. Realmuto delivered a walk-off home run in the 10th inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Zimmerman, Max power Nats past Braves (Tuesday, September 19)
Ryan Zimmerman reached 100 RBIs for the first time since 2009 as the Nationals continued to tune up for the postseason with a 4-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. The Nationals moved within five games of the Dodgers for home field advantage in the playoffs, pending the Dodgers game on Tuesday night.

Lowrie's slam caps A's comeback vs. Tigers (Tuesday, September 19)
Jed Lowrie's eighth-inning grand slam led the A's back from a four-run deficit as Oakland outslugged the Tigers for a 9-8 win Tuesday at Comerica Park.

Blackmon first to reach 200 hits this season (Tuesday, September 19)
Charlie Blackmon's terrific season reached another milestone Tuesday. Blackmon roped a two-out, two-RBI double in the second inning for hit No. 200 of the season, becoming the first Rockies player to reach that plateau since Matt Holliday had 216 hits during the 2007 campaign.

Source: Blue Jays close to extending Estrada (Tuesday, September 19)
The Blue Jays are close to agreeing with Marco Estrada on a contract extension, a source told's Jon Morosi Tuesday night.

Fowler's clutch hits boost Cards in needed win (Tuesday, September 19)
Trying to hang on to their quickly fading postseason hopes, the Cardinals needed an early comeback then some late clutch hitting. It added up to an 8-6 victory over the Reds in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Playoff-hunting Brewers blank Bucs again (Tuesday, September 19)
Chase Anderson continued his string of solid starts by pitching six scoreless innings, and Domingo Santana backed him with a solo homer in a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park.

Dodgers fall to Phils; magic number stays 3 (Tuesday, September 19)
The magic number for a fifth consecutive National League West title stubbornly remained at three for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, as Rhys Hoskins' three-run double and four RBIs rallied the Phillies to a 6-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

Wild times: Sox again edge O's in 11 innings (Tuesday, September 19)
The Red Sox have won every which way in extra innings this season. And on Tuesday, they didn't even need a ball to leave the infield in the rally that propelled them to a 1-0, 11-inning victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Astros win 5th straight thanks to arms, Altuve (Tuesday, September 19)
Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

Cubs win 7th straight in Maddon's Trop return (Tuesday, September 19)
It was a sweet homecoming for Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

DYK? MLB's HR record smashed in 2017 (Tuesday, September 19)
This has been a banner year for the long ball, and that culminated on Tuesday night when a new single-season home run record was set.

Rosario misses 2nd game with gastroenteritis (Tuesday, September 19)
The Mets instructed shortstop Amed Rosario to stay clear of Marlins Park on Tuesday, at least for pregame activities. A late scratch from Monday's lineup, Rosario spent that night at the University of Hospital, where doctors treated him for gastroenteritis. He did not sleep at the hospital, but spent all of Tuesday holed up at the team hotel.

Hats on: Neris will continue to wear filthy cap (Tuesday, September 19)
Phillies closer Hector Neris has a filthy baseball cap. He knows this, but Neris said before Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers that he has no plans to clean the old one or use a new one.

Hamilton (thumb) frustrated he's still inactive (Tuesday, September 19)
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton has shed the brace that immobilized his fractured left thumb, but not the disappointment over not being activated from the disabled list.

Dodgers want more quality ABs from Grandal (Tuesday, September 19)
An All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers and the unquestioned starting catcher in his second year, Yasmani Grandal, now in his third season with the club, is battling a slump that jeopardizes his playing time in the postseason.

Smith a contender for Red Sox 'pen in playoffs (Tuesday, September 19)
The plan was to ease Carson Smith back in his return from Tommy John surgery, and the Red Sox have done that.

Braves get go-ahead for new spring facility (Tuesday, September 19)
The Braves have gained the approval necessary to begin construction of their new Spring Training facility in North Port, Fla.

Cotton still has a chance to make his next start (Tuesday, September 19)
Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Jharel Cotton could be in line to make his next start after he was scratched with a groin injury just minutes before his scheduled start Monday in Detroit.

Ziegler nearing return; O'Grady activated (Tuesday, September 19)
Reinforcements for the Marlins' bullpen are arriving this week. The club reinstated left-hander Chris O'Grady from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, while Brad Ziegler is expected to be available on Wednesday.

Moran rejoins Astros for end of regular season (Tuesday, September 19)
Colin Moran, who sustained facial fractures and had to undergo surgery after he fouled a ball off his face on July 22 in Baltimore, returned to the Astros on Tuesday after finishing his rehab assignment at Class A Quad Cities.

Altuve given Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (Tuesday, September 19)
Jose Altuve was presented with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox at Minute Maid Park. The award is presented annually to a Major Leaguer who best exemplifies the giving character of the Hall of Famer for whom it is named.

Choo on track to achieve goal of no DL stints (Tuesday, September 19)
Shin-Soo Choo is closing on fulfilling his Spring Training goal for the season. He is trying to make it through the season without serious injury.

Cespedes' offseason will focus on running (Tuesday, September 19)
Earlier this season, while rehabbing from yet another leg injury, Yoenis Cespedes reflected on his career since coming from the United States. During his first two years in Oakland, Cespedes struggled to stay healthy, battling leg injuries that cost him a chunk of each season. After re-signing with the Mets in 2016, Cespedes again fell victim to a two-year string of muscle pulls.

Ferrell feels OK, lucky after taking liner to head (Tuesday, September 19)
A look at Jeff Ferrell on Tuesday would hardly reveal the trauma the Tigers reliever went through on the mound Monday night from a line drive off his head.

Contreras, Russell not ready for 9 innings (Tuesday, September 19)
Neither Cubs catcher Willson Contreras nor shortstop Addison Russell is ready to play a full nine innings yet, and manager Joe Maddon said he's trying to ease both back into games and keep them healthy for possible postseason play.

Pedroia should return to lineup Wednesday (Tuesday, September 19)
A day after fouling a ball off his face, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was better but still "sore," manager John Farrell said on Tuesday.

Waino activated from DL; Gyorko returns to field (Tuesday, September 19)
It's all-hands-on-deck time for the Cardinals, who put a few more healthy hands on the deck Tuesday. Veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park after missing most of the past month due to a right elbow impingement.

Maddon honored by Rays in return to St. Pete (Tuesday, September 19)
Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. The Rays' icon fashioned a Cubs uniform, bringing along his customary smile and ingratiating manner to the place where he helped produce magic as Tampa Bay's manager.

Olson stretches home run streak to 5 games (Tuesday, September 19)
Another day, another Matt Olson home run. The 23-year-old first baseman has now homered in five straight games after his second-inning shot off Chad Bell in Detroit Tuesday.

Bradley robs Davis of HR with leaping grab (Tuesday, September 19)
Jackie Bradley Jr. has home run robbery down to a science. The Red Sox's standout center fielder raced back to the wall, timed his leap perfectly and took a solo shot away from Orioles slugger Chris Davis on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Scherzer 4th ever with 4 straight 250-K seasons (Tuesday, September 19)
Max Scherzer has continued to rack up the strikeouts this season. With a third-inning strikeout of Braves pitcher Luis Gohara, Scherzer reached 250 strikeouts for the fourth straight season.

Arrieta says he'll return Thursday vs. Crew (Tuesday, September 19)
With the postseason just more than two weeks away, the Cubs will get back a significant piece as they seek their second straight National League Central crown. Jake Arrieta said he will return from a strained right hamstring and start Thursday's critical series opener in Milwaukee.

Big characters up for Personality of the Year Award (Tuesday, September 19)
The group of nominees for the Esurance MLB Award for Best Personality is a quality quintet that exudes hardball charm. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor and Yasiel Puig are among the game's best and brightest, and their endless quest to make the game as fun as possible has paid off for everyone.

Severino moved up to start finale vs. Twins (Tuesday, September 19)
The Yankees are prioritizing their pursuit of the Red Sox over a chance to keep the Twins from seeing Luis Severino, shuffling their rotation once again to send their best starter to the mound in Wednesday's series finale at Yankee Stadium.

Bryce takes to basepaths, plays in sim game (Tuesday, September 19)
Bryce Harper took another major step in his rehab on Tuesday, participating in a simulated game that included running the bases and fielding ground balls, per Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.

Fantasy411 Podcast: Investing in Hoskins (Tuesday, September 19)
A transcript of a segment from this week's Fantasy411 podcast looks at Rhys Hoskins.

Twins, Red Sox are top out-making outfields (Tuesday, September 19)
There's no one perfect formula that takes teams to October success. With that said, you won't find many clubs in recent years that went deep in the postseason without excellent defense. Enter Statcast™, and its new metric, outs above average.

Deadline revisited: Which GMs hit a home run? (Tuesday, September 19)
Six weeks after the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which baseball executive helped his team the most? Ultimately, that question will be answered in October.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 19 (Tuesday, September 19)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Half whiffs: Kimbrel posting historic K rate (Tuesday, September 19)
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is striking out more than 50 percent of the batters that appear before him -- 236 hitters have stepped in, 120 have struck out and only 116 have done anything else.

J.D.'s incredible season hidden in plain sight (Tuesday, September 19)
Maybe this statistic will blow you mind like it did mine: Giancarlo Stanton does not lead the Major Leagues in slugging percentage. Well, technically he does, because the two players ahead of him don't quite have the plate appearances to qualify.

No two ways about it: Ohtani one of a kind (Monday, September 18)
What if the talents of both a top pitcher and a top hitter could somehow come in the form of one single player? How would it work? That's what teams considering bidding on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani are trying to figure out now that it seems certain he'll be posted this offseason.

The 12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners (Tuesday, September 19)
The Indians' Jose Ramirez has a shot at the American League MVP Award. And as surprising as that would be, it still would not rank among the dozen biggest MVP surprises in Major League history.

O's not planning to shut Bundy down for '17 (Tuesday, September 19)
Dylan Bundy said he let one inning slip away in Monday's 10-8, 11-inning loss against the Red Sox. And that could very well be the case.

Ferrell walks off field after liner hits his head (Tuesday, September 19)
The quiet mood of the Tigers clubhouse after Monday's 8-3 loss to the A's had more to do with concern for reliever Jeff Ferrell, who was struck in the head by a Ryon Healy line drive in the eighth inning.

Mariners measure themselves against Astros (Monday, September 18)
As the Mariners watched the Astros celebrate their first division title since 2001 -- when Scott Servais was a backup catcher for Houston -- one thing was clear in the wake of Sunday's 7-1 loss.

Knebel shows no sign of rust in Crew's win (Monday, September 18)
Corey Knebel pitched on Monday for the first time in six days -- and only the fifth time in 17 days -- to lock down the Brewers' 3-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park

Altherr not taking slam off Kershaw for granted (Tuesday, September 19)
Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr tried to treat Monday night's game against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw like any other. His efforts proved futile.

Kershaw disappointed after allowing first slam (Tuesday, September 19)
On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw had the postgame demeanor of the best pitcher in baseball no longer pitching like the best pitcher in baseball.

Corbin stung by SD again during hot stretch (Tuesday, September 19)
D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin has been downright dominant over his last eight starts, shutting down quality offensive teams like the Cubs, Astros and Rockies.

Overpowering Twins, Aroldis bails out Betances (Tuesday, September 19)
The therapy session took place in the first-base dugout after Aroldis Chapman bailed the Yankees out of a hairy situation, having been summoned to extinguish a bases-loaded, one-out jam. With the lefty's triple-digit heat doing so, Dellin Betances was relieved in more ways than one.

Santana hopes for chance vs. Yanks in October (Monday, September 18)
Ervin Santana was mostly solid against the Yankees on Monday night, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss, but was blunt when asked if he'd take that performance in a potential American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.

Key hits, clutch relief behind 'extra' success (Tuesday, September 19)
The Red Sox have emerged into the kings of extra innings this season, using a combination of timely hitting, clutch relief and overall grit that should bode well come October.

Managers Postgame: Girardi discusses pitching (Tuesday, September 19)
Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about Aroldis Chapman's five-out save and Jaime Garcia's outing in a 2-1 win over the Twins.

Maddon leads Cubs into Trop on MLB.TV (Monday, September 18)
The first-place Cubs are on the road to face the contending Rays tonight at Tropicana Field in a matchup that also marks a homecoming for Chicago manager Joe Maddon. This Interleague game is part of a full slate of Major League action streaming live on MLB.TV.

Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs (Tuesday, September 19)
The D-backs rolled through a stretch of games against the Dodgers and Rockies, but it's the pesky Padres that seem to give them the most problems these days.

Ohtani possesses unique talent on both sides of ball (Monday, September 18)
What if the talents of both a top pitcher and a top hitter could somehow come in the form of one single player? How would it work? That's what teams considering bidding on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani are trying to figure out now that it seems certain he'll be posted this offseason.

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Tuesday, September 19)
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.

Indians top Power Rankings for second week (Tuesday, September 19)
With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, three division races have been decided -- two that never really were races all season (Houston and Washington) and one that we expected to happen but took longer for the crowning team to pull away from the pack (Cleveland).

FFinal FFour of 'Funnest Player' tourney (Tuesday, September 19)
We are down to the FFinal FFour in our Funnest Baseball Player Tournament (FBPT) and it should be said, right up front, that we are spelling FFinal FFour with two Fs because we totally cannot afford to pay the NCAA the rights to use the single-F version. We have consulted no lawyers but are pretty sure that the double-F spelling puts us in the clear.

Milwaukee's hopes still brewin' (Tuesday, September 19)
The Brewers know their odds are making the playoffs are slim. But they still like their chances.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 19 (Tuesday, September 19)
Just under two weeks remains in the 2017 regular season, meaning opportunities for contending teams to claim a postseason spot are dwindling. Even with a light seven-game slate, Monday's action saw a number of contests impact the playoff picture.

Beat the Streak in a Day for $5.6 million (Tuesday, September 19)
Correctly select 57 players to get a hit today and you could win $5.6 million.

Renfroe, Jankowski among 5 Padres callups (Monday, September 18)
The Padres added some depth across the board Monday, with Hunter Renfroe headlining a list of five callups to the big league roster.

Marlins mash Mets with 7-run 5th, Stanton HR (Monday, September 18)
Giancarlo Stanton was off on Sunday to recharge his batteries. The All-Star slugger energized the lineup in his return, launching a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs in a 13-1 win on Monday night at Marlins Park. Marcell Ozuna chipped in with a solo home run -- one of his four hits -- while Dee Gordon also had four hits, including a two-run triple in a seven-run fifth inning.

A's offense keeps rolling in win over Tigers (Monday, September 18)
Marcus Semien scored three times -- twice on Jed Lowrie RBIs -- and Matt Olson added his fourth homer in as many games, sending the Athletics to an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday at Comerica Park.

Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs (Monday, September 18)
Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers' 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

Philly slam sinks Kershaw after inside-park HR (Monday, September 18)
Aaron Altherr launched the first grand slam Clayton Kershaw has allowed with two outs in the sixth inning Monday night as the Phillies stunned the Dodgers with a 4-3 comeback win at Citizens Bank Park that delayed the visitors' National League West clinch party at least another day.

Sox give extra effort vs. O's, stay 3 games up (Monday, September 18)
First, there was the comeback. Then there was the letdown. And then there was one last surge back by the Red Sox, who once again demonstrated their resilience with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

Judge homers, Yanks top Twins on 5-out save (Monday, September 18)
Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 44th home run and Jaime Garcia turned in his best start for his new club, helping the Yankees solidify their postseason odds with a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Prado not optimistic about return in '17 (Monday, September 18)
In what has been a disappointing, injury-filled season, Martin Prado isn't optimistic he'll return during the final two weeks after Hurricane Irma set him back in his recovery from right knee surgery.

Cervelli's season comes to an end (Monday, September 18)
Sidelined since Aug. 26 by a sore left quadriceps, Francisco Cervelli has been taking batting practice and jogging but not blocking balls behind the plate or running the bases. So with 12 games remaining, the Pirates decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.

Zimmermann on track for Thursday start (Monday, September 18)
Jordan Zimmermann is on track to rejoin the Tigers rotation later this week, and Daniel Norris might not be far behind.

Behind ace, rest of Rox rotation finding groove (Monday, September 18)
For much of this season, Chad Bettis was inspiring all with his battle with testicular cancer, Tyler Anderson was dealing with surgery and rehab for a left knee injury, and Tyler Chatwood was on a long, winding quest for control that took him to the bullpen. But with a dozen games left in the Rockies' attempt to secure a playoff berth, they're right where they expected to be.

Yanks hope Gardner powers up down stretch (Monday, September 18)
Brett Gardner has not cleared the fences since Aug. 20 at Fenway Park, but he believes that just means the next hot streak is right around the corner.

Tigers reflect on OF positioning in near no-no (Monday, September 18)
The question was bound to come up as soon as Tim Anderson's opposite-field double cleared Nicholas Castellanos' head in right field, breaking up Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid with one out to go during Sunday's game against the White Sox at Comerica Park. Manager Brad Ausmus was anticipating the question coming up.

Davis returns to A's from paternity leave (Monday, September 18)
Slugger Khris Davis rejoined the Athletics ahead of Monday's game in Detroit after missing four games on paternity leave for the birth of his son.

Goldschmidt a beacon of endurance (Monday, September 18)
The pain in his right elbow persisted, but Paul Goldschmidt persevered. The postseason bound D-backs avoided a September scare two weeks ago when their All-Star first baseman and National League MVP candidate underwent an MRI that revealed inflammation in his left elbow but no structural damage, forcing him to miss five games.

Schmidt's vision inspired iconic red bird logo (Monday, September 18)
There are few logos in baseball as closely linked to a team as the "Birds on the Bat" is to the Cardinals. And that's thanks to Allie May Schmidt's inspired decision to create cardinal centerpieces with cardboard and twine for an event featuring then-GM Branch Rickey in 1921.

Kipnis in center is smart risk behind strong staff (Monday, September 18)
Cleveland may be taking a risk by moving Jason Kipnis to center field two weeks before the playoffs start, but it's a calculated risk. Thanks to the dominating Tribe pitching staff, there's just not as many difficult balls in play against Cleveland as you'd think.

Twins putting trust in Adrianza's improved bat (Monday, September 18)
When the Twins claimed Ehire Adrianza on waivers in February, they added him to the roster mostly because of his elite infield defense. But Adrianza has been a better hitter than expected.

Roberts: Seager's rest not related to elbow (Monday, September 18)
Corey Seager's elbow is still sore, and he was out of Monday night's starting lineup, though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said one thing had nothing to do with the other.

Brett Phillips' powerful arm gets an 'upgrade' (Monday, September 18) bumped Brett Phillips to an "80-grade" arm last week, making him the only prospect with that top rating on the 20-80 scouting scale, after he recorded the strongest throw recorded by Statcast all season in a win over the Pirates at Miller Park.

Utley focused on race, but keeps eye on Phils (Monday, September 18)
"The Man" is back in town. Unlike his initial return to Philadelphia last season -- a two-homer homecoming last August -- Chase Utley could find himself in a less than familiar setting with the Dodgers on the threshold of sealing the National League West crown.

Cotton scratched from start with groin strain (Monday, September 18)
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81) was scratched from Monday's start in Detroit just minutes prior to first pitch. Raul Alcantara (0-1, 12.27) started in his place.

Mookie in lineup day after bruising thumb (Monday, September 18)
The Red Sox had an encouraging Monday on the health front. Not only was right fielder Mookie Betts back in the lineup just one day after exiting in the fifth inning against the Rays with a right thumb contusion, but Hanley Ramirez will soon play after nearly a week down with a right biceps injury. And if all goes well, invaluable utility infielder Eduardo Nunez could make his return from a right knee injury by the end of the week.

Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return (Monday, September 18)
Marlins Park's retractable roof was open Monday afternoon, giving the sun an avenue to beat down on Noah Syndergaard. Dressed in a royal blue T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Syndergaard twice climbed atop the mound, sweating as he fired 39 pitches in a simulated game.

Olson hits No. 22, homers in 4th straight game (Monday, September 18)
Athletics rookie Matt Olson has homered in four consecutive games after hitting a two-run shot in the third inning Monday at Detroit for his 22nd of the season.

Pedroia exits after fouling ball off his face (Monday, September 18)
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to leave Monday night's game against the Orioles in the top of the fourth inning after he hit a foul into the ground that caromed up and hit him in the face.

Dodgers open with back-to-back HRs in Philly (Monday, September 18)
The Dodgers got off to a fast start Monday night against the Phillies. Chris Taylor raced to an inside-the-park home run to lead off the game and Justin Turner followed with a conventional homer off Nick Pivetta, as the Dodgers gave Clayton Kershaw a 2-0 lead before he even reached the mound.

Judge belts 44th HR, continues to rule at home (Monday, September 18)
The Yankees play all but three of their remaining regular-season games at Yankee Stadium, and that is a welcome fact for Aaron Judge.

Stanton takes Harvey deep for 55th HR (Monday, September 18)
The mini home run drought for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton ended with a thunderous clout in the fourth inning on Monday night. Stanton blistered a slider off Mets right-hander Matt Harvey for a three-run home run at Marlins Park.

Rookies gaining experience while enjoying ride (Monday, September 18)
While Edwin Encarnacion celebrated on Sunday afternoon, taking in the scene inside Cleveland's loud, plastic-wrapped and soaked clubhouse, rookie Francisco Mejia stood next to the slugger. Mejia looked like the superhero's sidekick, tagging along on this adventure.

O's mourn death of farmhand Gonzalez (Monday, September 18)
The Orioles announced the passing of Minor League pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on Monday. The 21-year-old died from injuries sustained in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday evening.

Wild Card continues to pay dividends for MLB (Monday, September 18)
OK, Commissioner Emeritus Commissioner Bud Selig did have a good idea. The longer the Wild Card has been around, the better it has proven to be.

Davis not concerned with save streak (Monday, September 18)
Wade Davis was more concerned about his fantasy football team after he picked up his 31st save on Sunday. That pretty much sums up the Cubs closer, who would prefer to count his saves once the season is over, which he's hoping won't be until sometime in November.

Voting begins for Esurance MLB Awards (Monday, September 18)
Voting is underway through Nov. 13 at to help decide the annual Esurance MLB Awards, which recognize the moments and players around Major League Baseball that have left fans spellbound in 2017. The first phase of the voting process begins with balloting in seven categories: Personality of the Year; Best Defensive Player; Best Play, Offense; Best Play, Defense; Best Performance; Best Fan Catch; and Best Player-Fan Interaction.

Trout's defensive marks limited by chances (Monday, September 18)
Defensive metrics don't love Mike Trout this year, but it may be in part because he's simply not getting the same tough opportunities as other players. Using Statcast, we can dig in deep to see what balls are being hit his way.

Which hitting prospects boosted stock in 2017? (Monday, September 18)
The 10 hitters listed made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down.

Frenetic final two weeks in store across MLB (Monday, September 18)
When the Astros clinched the American League West on Sunday, there was a common theme running through their clubhouse. Even as they celebrated, there was a sense of unfulfilled business. This baseball season is down to its final 14 days, and there's unfinished business here, there and everywhere.

MLB, Camping World announce multi-year partnership (Monday, September 18)
On Monday, Camping World Holdings and Major League Baseball announced a multi-year partnership that begins with the 2017 postseason.

Scoreless streak wins Kluber AL Player of Week (Monday, September 18)
Corey Kluber continues to be automatic every five days for an Indians team that just went on a historic 22-game win streak, and after two more brilliant outings, the Cleveland ace took home the American League Player of the Week Award on Monday.

Run or slide into first base? Let's ask Statcast (Monday, September 18)
Is it faster to run through first base or dive into it? For years, players and fans have taken sides. Now, with Statcast, we can look at Brett Gardner and compare. The answer isn't as clear-cut as you may think.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 18 (Monday, September 18)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

JD Martinez first 4-time Player of the Week (Monday, September 18)
The National and American Leagues have awarded Player of the Week honors since 1974. Never before has any player done enough to earn so many in a season as J.D. Martinez has this year.

Run or slide into first base? Let's ask Statcast (Monday, September 18)
Is it faster to run through first base or dive into it? For years, players and fans have taken sides. Now, with Statcast, we can look at Brett Gardner and compare. The answer isn't as clear-cut as you may think.

Kershaw leads LA against new-look Phillies (Sunday, September 17)
The Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, opening a four-game series with the Phillies during which they hope to clinch a fifth consecutive National League West title.

MLB.TV now just $3.99 for rest of season (Monday, September 18)
Major League Baseball Advanced Media has lowered the MLB.TV subscription cost to $3.99 for the season's big finish.

Wisdom slugs Triple-A Memphis to Pacific Coast League crown (Monday, September 18)
Patrick Wisdom hit a career-high 31 homers this season, but Sunday night's blast may be the most memorable as it helped lift Triple-A Memphis to a Pacific Coast League championship.

AL Wild Card holders clash on MLB.TV (Monday, September 18)
The two teams currently holding American League Wild Card spots square off in the Bronx when the Yankees host the Twins for the opening act of a three-game set as part of a seven-game slate streaming live on MLB.TV.

Nats 'very confident' with Strasburg in top form (Monday, September 18)
If the Dodgers and Nationals meet again next month - and barring something very odd during the next two weeks, that wouldn't happen until the NLCS - Washington has a reason to believe it won't be doomed to repeat a similar fate after losing Game 5 of the NLDS at home. His name is Stephen Strasburg.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 18 (Monday, September 18)
There was partying going on in Houston as the Astros closed out a series sweep against the Mariners on Sunday, 7-1, and claimed the American League West title that they've been cruising toward for most of the season.

Managers Postgame: Hinch on clinch (Monday, September 18)
Astros manager A.J. Hinch discusses clinching the 2017 AL West title after the 7-1 victory over the Mariners.

Cubs showing champion form again (Monday, September 18)
Amid all the focus on the Indians, Dodgers and Astros, the defending World Series champs have quietly turned their season around.

Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title (Sunday, September 17)
The Atlantic Maroon were crowned champions of Tournament 12 on Sunday night at Rogers Centre, and they won it with a little help from two new friends.

Wisdom slugs Triple-A Memphis to Pacific Coast League crown (Sunday, September 17)
Patrick Wisdom hit a career-high 31 homers this season, but Sunday night's blast may be the most memorable as it helped lift Triple-A Memphis to a Pacific Coast League championship.

Justice: Astros embrace moment of clincher (Sunday, September 17)
Justin Verlander tried his best to take it all in. That's also what Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted his players to do afterward. This was a day they might remember for the rest of their lives.

Astros won't let up, want to earn AL's top seed (Sunday, September 17)
Don't expect the Astros to take their foot off the gas pedal now that they've clinched the American League West title with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Bullpen of the Week: Phillies (Sunday, September 17)
The Philadelphia Phillies are out of the race but building for the future. They have exciting young players all over their roster and in their system. And it's starting to show in the late part of this season.

Solarte honors 'angel' on special anniversary (Sunday, September 17)
Yangervis Solarte carried his teammates in Sunday's dramatic come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the Rockies, and his triumph over adversity uplifted his teammates every bit as much as the victory that snapped a five-game skid.

Zim's 2 HRs vs. Dodgers give Nats win No. 90 (Sunday, September 17)
One swing from Ryan Zimmerman provided the Nationals with more offense Sunday night than they had through the first two games of this series with the Dodgers, as he launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of a 7-1 victory Sunday night at Nationals Park.

Anderson proving capable asset to White Sox (Sunday, September 17)
When White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's near-no-hitter at Comerica Park, he had one thing on his mind. "Just try not to let this happen. Try not to let him throw a no-hitter," Anderson said.

Rogers: Cubs' success has been a team effort (Sunday, September 17)
Justin Verlander helped his team clinch a division title on Sunday, celebrating about 1,100 miles away from Wrigley Field. He was pitching for the Astros, not the Cubs, of course. One of the reasons why he's pitching for Houston: Theo Epstein wouldn't send any members of his core group of young Major Leaguers to the Tigers as part of a package to get Verlander.

Rangers stay alive in WC with win over Halos (Sunday, September 17)
The Rangers kept their tenuous American League Wild Card hopes flickering by getting out of Southern California with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Still no word on Arrieta's next step (Sunday, September 17)
Jake Arrieta felt good after his bullpen session on Saturday, but the Cubs have yet to announce when the right-hander will return to the rotation.

10 no-hit bids turned final-out heartbreakers (Sunday, September 17)
Matthew Boyd isn't the first pitcher to finish just one out short of a no-hitter in a nine-inning game. He joins a distinguished group of pitchers who experienced heartbreak on the mound.

Tribe's postgame clinch party a family, fan affair (Sunday, September 17)
While the party raged inside the Indians' home clubhouse on Sunday afternoon, players found moments to escape to the field. There, their families had their own celebration going, with kids running through the infield grass. Behind Cleveland's home dugout, rows of fans remained, refusing to find the stadium's exits.

J.D. Martinez smashes 40th home run (Sunday, September 17)
By hitting a two-run homer to left-center field on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez became the third player in 2017 to reach 40 homers.

Harper shows MVP form in pregame BP (Sunday, September 17)
Bryce Harper took batting practice at Nationals Park on Sunday, unleashing his violent swing on the field for the first time since his knee injury last month.

Cubs' 6th straight win has Cards 6 back (Sunday, September 17)
Kyle Schwarber hit his 27th home run and Jason Heyward smacked a clutch tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Cubs to their sixth straight win, a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Cardinals.

Betts exits, day to day with thumb injury (Sunday, September 17)
Mookie Betts exited with a right thumb contusion in the fifth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rays. X-rays came back negative, and he is listed as day to day, the team announced.

Donaldson hits 2 homers, one going 481 feet (Sunday, September 17)
Josh Donaldson's homer-heavy second half continued in a big way on Sunday.

Waino poised to return in relief role (Sunday, September 17)
After receiving high marks for his work during a simulated inning on Sunday morning, Adam Wainwright appears ready to return from the 10-day disabled list for the Cardinals' series opener against the Reds on Tuesday. And when he does, it will be as a reliever.

Twins use 2 big frames to protect WC position (Sunday, September 17)
The Twins erased an early five-run deficit with a pair of huge innings to power past the Blue Jays.

Crew wins behind Woodruff's start, 8-run 4th (Sunday, September 17)
Where one rookie starter faltered, another stood strong. Brandon Woodruff put together seven solid innings in a critical series finale as the "road" Brewers knocked off the Marlins, 10-3, at Miller Park on Sunday. The clubs played in front of 24,535 fans as a total of 68,983 watched the three-game set, which was moved to Milwaukee in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Odorizzi slows Boston's AL East title chase (Sunday, September 17)
Jake Odorizzi stymied Boston's bats on Sunday in a 3-2 Tampa Bay win at Tropicana Field.

Beckham's homer lifts O's over Yanks in finale (Sunday, September 17)
Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer to support Ubaldo Jimenez's 10-strikeout effort and the Orioles sent Sonny Gray to an early exit, avoiding a series sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Price returns to toss 2 perfect frames (Sunday, September 17)
Red Sox fans likely need no reminding who closed out Game 7 of the 2008 American League Championship Series, which sent the Rays to their first World Series. In the years since, David Price became an AL Cy Young Award-winning starter and eventually found his way to Boston as a free agent.

Vintage Verlander K's 10 as Astros clinch West (Sunday, September 17)
The Astros brought in Justin Verlander to pitch in big situations, and the veteran right-hander delivered on Sunday afternoon.

Gallo slugs 490-foot HR, 2017's 3rd longest (Sunday, September 17)
Joey Gallo had gone more than two weeks without hitting a home run, but when he finally connected, it was a beauty.

Mauer's slam highlights Twins' 6-run 5th inning (Sunday, September 17)
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer delivered the biggest blow of Sunday's high-scoring series finale against the Blue Jays at Target Field.

Tribe edges Royals behind EE, crisp Kluber (Sunday, September 17)
The newly crowned American League Central-champion Indians kept rolling as Corey Kluber twirled yet another gem in a 3-2 victory over the Royals at Progressive Field on Sunday.

So close! Tigers' Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter (Sunday, September 17)
Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Justin Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Astros slug past M's, claim first AL West crown (Sunday, September 17)
A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery (Sunday, September 17)
Right-handed reliever Drew Storen, who pitched in 58 games for Cincinnati this season, said Sunday he will have Tommy John elbow surgery that will likely sideline him until the 2019 season.

Ausmus: Shutting Miggy down not an option (Sunday, September 17)
Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers lineup for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox after leaving Saturday's game with lower back tightness. However, the team has no plans to shut down Cabrera for the stretch run with the team out of contention.

Hicks, Warren making strides in rehab (Sunday, September 17)
The Yankees are moving closer to welcoming a pair of important pieces back to their active roster, with outfielder Aaron Hicks and right-handed reliever Adam Warren showing progress in their respective injury recoveries.

LIVE Color Feed: Astros eye clinch (Sunday, September 17)
As the Astros look to clinch the AL West with a victory, get video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

Flag raised as part of Tribe's clinch celebration (Sunday, September 17)
The Indians didn't get to officially clinch their second straight American League Central title after their win on Saturday, so instead, the celebration -- made possible by the Twins' loss later Saturday night -- began in front of a raucous sellout crowd before Sunday's series finale against the Royals at Progressive Field.

Contreras' suspension reduced to 1 game (Sunday, September 17)
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras didn't waste any time before apologizing to umpire Jordan Baker on Saturday. One day after Baker ejected Contreras from the game, the umpire and catcher shook hands at home plate. And the next day, Contreras' two-game suspension was reduced to one game, which he served on Sunday.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 17 (Sunday, September 17)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Alfaro's 2-run shot leads Phillies past A's (Sunday, September 17)
Catcher Jorge Alfaro's two-out, two-run homer with the score tied in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Athletics on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Donaldson homers twice in four-hit game (Sunday, September 17)
It doesn't seem to matter which Twins pitcher Josh Donaldson faces. He typically tends to hit well whenever he faces Minnesota. That was certainly the case Saturday night at Target Field for the Blue Jays third baseman. Donaldson slugged two homers, including one to score the game's first run, to lift Toronto to a 7-2 win over Minnesota.

Saturday's best: Neuse's blast gives Midland Game 4 win (Sunday, September 17)
Sheldon Neuse came up huge for Double-A Midland in a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of the Texas League finals on Saturday night.

Blackmon, Arenado earning MVP buzz (Sunday, September 17)
Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon are in the thick of the conversation for the National League MVP Award, and the Rockies teammates are making quite a case for themselves, particularly after what they accomplished in a 16-0 win over the Padres on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Banged-up Beltre determined to keep battling (Sunday, September 17)
Adrian Beltre has now played in four straight games while dealing with a strained left hamstring muscle. He has been limited to designated hitter duty and there is a chance he could aggravate it, but he doesn't care.

Upton homers twice, sets career high in RBIs (Sunday, September 17)
Justin Upton delivered precisely the type of offensive performance the Angels envisioned when they acquired him from the Tigers two weeks ago, homering twice in a 2-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Astros look to Verlander to clinch on MLB.TV (Saturday, September 16)
Justin Verlander makes his first start at Minute Maid Park on Sunday on MLB.TV with a chance to help the Astros clinch the American League West title.

Leader Watch: Greinke bolsters Cy Young bid (Sunday, September 17)
Zack Greinke continues to lead the D-backs' march to the postseason, and his return to steady dominance in 2017 might make him a National League Cy Young Award favorite by the time all's said and done.

Managers Postgame: Black on Rockies' rout (Sunday, September 17)
Bud Black's Rockies scored 16 runs and didn't give up any to improve their hold on the second NL Wild Card.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 17 (Sunday, September 17)
The Astros could be celebrating right alongside the Indians as their magic number to clinch the AL West dropped to one, and the Dodgers topped the Nationals for their fourth straight win to keep a handle on the best record in baseball.

Verlander goes for clincher in Astros home debut (Sunday, September 17)
The energy level should be electric and the excitement off the charts at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, when Justin Verlander makes his Astros home debut with the chance to deliver the American League West title to Houston.

Mazara out of lineup with left quad tightness (Saturday, September 16)
Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup on Saturday night against the Angels with tightness in his left quad muscle. He was not happy about it.

Double trouble: Mets ride 2Bs, deGrom in ATL (Saturday, September 16)
Norichika Aoki notched two of the six doubles allowed by the Braves and Gavin Cecchini recorded a career-best three hits as the Mets added to R.A. Dickey's recent struggles and snapped an eight-game road losing streak with Saturday night's 7-3 win at SunTrust Park.

Almora stays hot despite righty-righty matchup (Saturday, September 16)
Albert Almora Jr. collected three hits on Saturday, driving in two runs in the Cubs' 4-1 win at Wrigley Field. He is now 7-for-9 with five extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in his last five games, and the majority of those at-bats have been against right-handers.

Moore happy he'll return to Giants in 2018 (Saturday, September 16)
A seemingly predictable morning turned into a pleasant surprise for Giants starter Matt Moore on Saturday. Anna Orlando, Moore's girlfriend, was perusing social media when she stumbled on news that the Giants would pick up the 2018 option on his contract.

Yanks shuffle rotation to spare CC on Jays' turf (Saturday, September 16)
By shuffling their upcoming rotation, the Yankees ensured that CC Sabathia will avoid another assignment on the Rogers Centre turf, while also depriving the Twins of an advance look at Luis Severino before they could potentially see the right-hander in the American League Wild Card Game.

Cobb baffled by balk, upset by non-strike call (Saturday, September 16)
Confusion and frustration struck the Rays in the sixth inning when Alex Cobb got called for a balk and later did not get a strike-three call on a pitch that appeared to be a strike.

River Bandits sweep Midwest League championship (Saturday, September 16)
Quad Cities led from start to finish as the River Bandits completed the sweep and cruised to a Midwest League title with a 12-2 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday night.

Myers exits in 6th after fouling ball off knee (Saturday, September 16)
Padres first baseman Wil Myers left Saturday night's game with a right leg contusion after fouling off a ball his right knee.

Bird soars with confidence, consistency intact (Saturday, September 16)
Greg Bird knew there would eventually be nights like this again, but as weeks turned into months on the disabled list, there were times when the Yankees first baseman wondered how long it was going to take.

Freeman closing in on another 30-HR campaign (Saturday, September 16)
Freddie Freeman will never know what might have happened had a fractured wrist not halted the MVP-caliber season he was producing through this campaign's first six weeks. The lingering effects of the injury caused him to recently feel weaker than normal. But as the finish line nears, Freeman is starting to look like one of baseball's best offensive threats once again.

deGrom sets new career high with 15th win (Saturday, September 16)
Prior to Saturday's game against the Braves, Mets manager Terry Collins said that he needed a starter to save the bullpen from being overused. Collins didn't have to wait long for his request to be answered as Jacob deGrom went seven innings in the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

White Sox strike early, coast to win over Tigers (Saturday, September 16)
Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson homered, Tim Anderson set a career high with four hits and Alen Hanson scored three times, pacing the White Sox to their second offensive onslaught in three days at Comerica Park for a 10-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Porcello steps up, pitches like '16 Cy winner (Saturday, September 16)
The circumstances surrounding Rick Porcello all but required a big start for the Red Sox right-hander. A night earlier, Boston churned through eight relievers in a 15-inning victory over the Rays. A marathon requires a breather for its participants in its aftermath.

Cards' season defined by struggles vs. rivals (Saturday, September 16)
If the Cardinals can't correct course quickly enough to play their way back into October -- and they've put themselves in position where they don't fully control their own destiny -- the offseason will open with a diagnosis of what kept them short of their postseason goal. Put the Cubs on that list.

Lindor's extra-base hit streak sets club mark (Saturday, September 16)
Francisco Lindor is playing the best baseball of his life, and it's coming at just the right time. He logged three hits, including a clutch two-run double, in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Royals.

Phillips out of lineup with lower back tightness (Saturday, September 16)
Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips sat out Saturday's game against the Rangers with lower back tightness, though manager Mike Scioscia said he is day to day and could return to action on Sunday.

Lindor, Indians win, then clinch AL Central title (Saturday, September 16)
Thanks to more clutch hitting from Francisco Lindor, the Indians rolled to an 8-4 win over the Royals on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Estrada twirls gem as Blue Jays trip up Twins (Saturday, September 16)
Josh Donaldson clubbed a pair of homers to back a gem by Marco Estrada, as the Blue Jays pushed past the Twins, 7-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. Minnesota has lost back-to-back games to Toronto and dropped its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to one game over the Angels, who beat the Rangers.

Davies' struggles drop Crew 4 back of Cubs (Sunday, September 17)
Miller Park sure felt like home to the Marlins on Saturday night.

Soak in the belated celebration, Indians (Saturday, September 16)
What the Indians have built -- initially on a limited budget and eventually with go-for-it gusto in the open market and trade front -- is a team that has all the goods to win this franchise's first championship title since 1948, ending a 69-year drought.

Rox roll to 16-0 rout after Anderson dazzles (Saturday, September 16)
On a record-breaking night for Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, the Rockies cruised to a 16-0 victory behind a sensational start from Tyler Anderson, who tossed six innings of two-hit ball.

Upton, Bridwell boost Halos to 1 back in WC (Saturday, September 16)
Justin Upton homered twice to back a strong start from rookie Parker Bridwell as the Angels handed the Rangers their fifth straight loss and secured a series victory with a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Greinke brilliant, Goldy homers to beat Giants (Saturday, September 16)
Whenever Zack Greinke takes the mound at AT&T Park, he defaults to his dominant form. That trend continued Saturday, when Greinke spun eight innings of two-hit ball to lower his career ERA in San Francisco to 1.37. Paul Goldschmidt delivered all the offense Greinke needed with a two-run homer in the first to power Arizona to a 2-0 triumph.

Astros win, magic number at 1 (Saturday, September 16)
After topping the Mariners, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon behind a pitching gem from Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park, the Astros lowered their magic number to one for clinching their first division crown since moving to the American League West in 2013.

Repeat after CLE: Tribe lands crown again! (Saturday, September 16)
The Indians did their part with an 8-4 win over the Royals on Saturday afternoon, and with the Blue Jays beating the Twins hours later, Cleveland secured its second straight American League Central title.

Phils to end season without using lefty starter (Saturday, September 16)
The Phillies will end this season without having used a single left-handed starter. The last time that happened was 1918.

Reds' rally backs Romano in win over Pirates (Saturday, September 16)
Pirates starter Ivan Nova was perfect for three innings on Saturday. He faced the minimum 18 Reds batters through six innings. But Jesse Winker got to Nova in the seventh inning, supporting Sal Romano's gem with a solo shot to right field in the Reds' 2-1 win over the Bucs at Great American Ball Park.

Miggy exits with low back tightness (Saturday, September 16)
The recurring back problems that have bothered Miguel Cabrera for much of the season have returned. The Tigers first baseman left Saturday's game against the White Sox with lower back tightness and is listed as day to day.

Hammel laments pitch to Lindor in pivotal 6th (Saturday, September 16)
Right-hander Jason Hammel will be haunted by one pitch in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.

Crew's Deadline acquisitions paying dividends (Saturday, September 16)
The Brewers found themselves ahead of schedule in their rebuild at this season's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Beltran's luck changing with big game vs. M's (Saturday, September 16)
The first of Carlos Beltran's three hits on Saturday ignited a four-run frame that led to an 8-6 win over Seattle, giving the Astros wins in the first two games of the three-game series.

Desmond's timing disrupted by DL stints (Saturday, September 16)
Ian Desmond, who turns 32 on Wednesday, has been on the disabled list three times in a disappointing first season with the Rockies.

Nats gathering intel for potential NLCS vs. LA (Saturday, September 16)
The Nationals have treated this series with the Dodgers as a chance to gain intel, gathering enough information about their opponent and storing it in case it can be put to use in the future. Conversely, Washington has tried to reveal as little of itself to Los Angeles as possible.

Yanks keep rolling as Monty, HRs roast Birds (Saturday, September 16)
Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird hit a pair of three-run homers to support Jordan Montgomery's scoreless outing as the Yankees continued to keep the pressure on the division-leading Red Sox, securing a 9-3 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon that marked their 11th win in 14 games.

Cubs back Hendricks, push Cards to 5 back (Saturday, September 16)
Albert Almora Jr. drove in two runs and Addison Russell delivered a pinch-hit homer to back Kyle Hendricks and lead the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday to improve to a season-high 16 games over .500.

Porcello stifles Rays as Sox keep 3-game lead (Saturday, September 16)
Rick Porcello kept the Rays bats in check for 7 1/3 innings and received enough run support to lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Rays on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Lindor, Indians inch closer to AL Central title (Saturday, September 16)
Thanks to more clutch hitting from Francisco Lindor, the Indians rolled to an 8-4 win over the Royals on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Roberts: We're trying to get that swagger back (Saturday, September 16)
Remember when the Dodgers were in the midst of a historic slide, opening the door for the Nationals to overtake them for the National League's best record? Consider that door closed.

Reds prospect Greene to stick with pitching (Saturday, September 16)
Hunter Greene is an exceptional talent, but he is ready to make pitching the primary showcase for that talent.

LA stifles Nats again, drops magic number to 5 (Saturday, September 16)
The Dodgers have put some separation between themselves and the Nationals, utilizing another dominant pitching performance to lead them to a 3-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Astros wait on Halos with magic number at 1 (Saturday, September 16)
After topping the Mariners, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon behind a pitching gem from Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park, the Astros need only an Angels loss to the Rangers on Saturday night in Anaheim to clinch their first division crown since moving to the American League West in 2013.

Play Ball joins in for Worldwide Day of Play (Saturday, September 16)
Wiffle balls flew over the fences at MLB's Play Ball event as part of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play in Prospect Park on Saturday morning, leaving only smiles and the sound of elated cheers in their dust.

Cubs' Contreras suspended two games (Saturday, September 16)
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions -- which included the throwing of his mask, which contacted home-plate umpire Jordan Baker -- in the top of the fifth inning of Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Bellinger ties NL rookie record with 38th HR (Saturday, September 16)
Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger's 38th home run, hit in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Nationals, tied the National League record for home runs by a rookie.

Magic number 2, Tribe can clinch AL Central (Saturday, September 16)
The Indians, who already have secured a postseason berth, can clinch the American League Central title with a win on Saturday against the Royals and a loss by the Twins, who play the Blue Jays.

Q&A: Former Rangers trainer Ziegler on career (Saturday, September 16)
Bill Ziegler was hoping to get an autograph of his childhood idol, Ted Williams, when, as a 24-year-old, assistant trainer at Florida State University, he applied for the trainer's job with the Washington Senators, whom Williams was managing.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 16 (Saturday, September 16)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Parker polishes bullpen's day with 6-out save (Saturday, September 16)
Angels right-hander Blake Parker has spent a decade in professional baseball as a reliever, but entering Friday, he had never been asked to convert a six-out save. That changed when he pitched the final two innings of the Angels' 7-6 victory over the Rangers at Angel Stadium.

Indians believe Ramirez is making MVP case (Saturday, September 16)
After Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez crossed home plate and returned to the Indians' dugout following his two-run homer in the third inning of Friday night's game against the Royals, chants of "M-V-P" echoed throughout Progressive Field.

Bogaerts shakes off early HBP, goes 4-for-7 (Saturday, September 16)
Grimacing, Xander Bogaerts turned to the third-base dugout, spiked his helmet on the ground and kneeled in pain. A pitch from Matt Andriese had run inside and caught the first batter of the game squarely on the hand.

Royals take pride in ending Tribe's record run (Friday, September 15)
With the Royals clinging to a one-run lead with two out and the potential tying run on first in the ninth inning, Indians leadoff man Francisco Lindor stepped to the plate on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Tribe, Astros look to clinch divisions on MLB.TV (Saturday, September 16)
Two American League contenders, the Indians and Astros, have a chance to clinch their divisions today, and fans can follow all the drama streaming live on MLB.TV.

Pollock's key hit rewards Ray's stellar start (Saturday, September 16)
A.J. Pollock delivered for the third straight game, this time knocking a two-run double in the seventh to give the D-backs a 3-2 win over the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.

Kiermaier's Gold Glove skills wow Trop crowd (Saturday, September 16)
Kevin Kiermaier makes fans wait to go to the concession stand -- when he's on defense. As well they should, because you never know what you'll miss if you don't watch the Rays center fielder display his immense skills. Friday night was no exception, as he stole a double from Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field.

Let's honor The Streak with some awards (Saturday, September 16)
When it was over, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas turned and tipped his cap to the Tribe dugout, the 34,025 in attendance at Progressive Field rose to their feet and applauded the home club and the members of said club strolled out of the dugout, turned to the audience and applauded them right back.

Managers Postgame: Tito reflects on streak (Saturday, September 16)
After Cleveland's winning streak ended at 22 games with a loss to Kansas City, manager Terry Francona reflected on the accomplishment.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 16 (Saturday, September 16)
The Indians can clinch the AL Central if they beat the Royals and the Blue Jays beat the Twins. The Astros can clinch the AL West if they beat the Mariners and the Rangers beat the Angels. Those clubs would join the Nationals as the only teams to clinch their divisions so far.

Halos' 5-run 6th sparks rally, Wild Card rise (Saturday, September 16)
C.J. Cron's two-run home run off rookie reliever Ricardo Rodriguez capped a five-run sixth inning and propelled the Angels to a 7-6 comeback win over the Rangers in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Leitch: Looking to bright sides for 2018 (Saturday, September 16)
As the pennant races near their conclusions and teams are eliminated, Will Leitch looks ahead to next year for those clubs.

Rox top Padres, keep footing in Wild Card race (Saturday, September 16)
In his third start since returning to the Rockies' rotation from the bullpen, Tyler Chatwood tossed 5 2/3 strong innings and helped himself with a two-run single as Colorado defeated the Padres, 6-1, at Coors Field on Friday night.

Sox rally in 9th, remain 3 up with 7-run 15th (Saturday, September 16)
Boston's 13-6, 15-inning win over Tampa Bay on Friday night had six lead changes and featured a little bit of everything -- along with a lot of heart by both teams, tucked away in the 6 hours and 5 minutes that it took to finish.

Newcomb sharp as Braves hold off Mets (Friday, September 15)
Sean Newcomb provided a glimpse of how effective he can be with his entire arsenal working, while Rafael Montero was unable to stall the Braves' two-run fifth inning on their way to a 3-2 win over the Mets on Friday night at SunTrust Park.

Mahtook, Sanchez help Tigers walk off on Sox (Friday, September 15)
Mikie Mahtook's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth decided a Friday night pitching duel at Comerica Park and ended the Tigers' six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

Bailey's got Zack! Cozart's HRs back Homer (Saturday, September 16)
The Pirates have entered a nose-dive in September, and encountering the Reds -- who have owned Pittsburgh in 2017 -- won't help. Cincinnati supported pitcher Homer Bailey with four home runs en route to a 4-2 victory on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

With Dodgers in town, Nats push for NL's top mark (Friday, September 15)
Had you looked at the baseball calendar three weeks ago, this weekend's Dodgers-Nationals series in Washington would have been tabbed as a potential National League Championship Series preview, albeit a series itself with very little at stake.

Mengden's big night vs. PHI: 1st shutout, 1st hit (Saturday, September 16)
A's right-hander Daniel Mengden's quirky windup kept the Phillies' bats off balance and silent Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Rays' replay challenge denies Sox run in 11th (Friday, September 15)
The Rays cashed in on perhaps their most consequential challenge of the season, which overturned what would have been the go-ahead run in the 11th inning against the Red Sox on Friday night.

'Visiting' Crew erupt in 8-run 8th to beat Fish (Friday, September 15)
Eric Thames is back for the Brewers, just in time to impact the pennant chase. In the top of the eighth inning on Friday night, his power was contagious.

Donaldson's key hits push Blue Jays past Twins (Friday, September 15)
Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar backed left-hander J.A. Happ with solo homers, as the Jays edged the Twins by a score of 4-3 on Friday at Target Field. Minnesota's lead dropped to 2 1/2 games for the second spot in the American League Wild Card race, pending the result of the Rangers-Angels game.

Rox top Pads, keep footing in Wild Card race (Friday, September 15)
In his third start since returning to the Rockies' rotation from the bullpen, Tyler Chatwood tossed 5 2/3 strong innings and helped himself with a two-run single as Colorado defeated the Padres, 6-1, at Coors Field on Friday night.

Didi's 4 RBIs lift Yanks in Girardi's 900th NY win (Friday, September 15)
As far as the Yankees are concerned, the American League East race is far from over. New York, which manager Joe Girardi has repeatedly said is not content with the top AL Wild Card spot, used a four-RBI night from Didi Gregorius and another dominant eight-inning start from Luis Severino to win for the sixth time in seven games with Friday's 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Kiermaier saves the day with amazing grab (Friday, September 15)
Kevin Kiermaier makes fans wait to go to the concession stand -- when he's on defense. As well they should, because you never know what you'll miss if you don't watch the Rays center fielder display his immense skills. Friday night was no exception, as he stole a double from Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field.

Wood, Dodgers blank Nats, cut magic No. to 6 (Saturday, September 16)
Los Angeles blanked the Nationals on Friday night, 7-0, led by one of left-hander Alex Wood's best performances of late. Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager all hit homers off right-hander Edwin Jackson to take the air out of the 37,508 fans in Washington and increase the Dodgers' lead to six games over the Nationals for the best record in the NL.

Morton rolls, Astros drop magic number to 2 (Friday, September 15)
Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis knocked in runs in the first inning and Charlie Morton took care of the rest, allowing one run in six innings as the Astros reduced their magic number to two. The Mariners, who stayed 3 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card, saw James Paxton struggle in his return to the rotation, as he allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jean Segura knocked in both of Seattle's runs.

Tribe streak show over at 22 in sellout thriller (Friday, September 15)
With a 4-3 victory on Friday night, the Royals halted the Indians' AL-record run of 22 consecutive wins.

Salvy going day to day with intercostal injury (Friday, September 15)
Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who was removed from Thursday night's game against the Indians after aggravating an intercostal strain, was not in the starting lineup on Friday, either.

Lobaton relieved that ankle injury isn't serious (Friday, September 15)
Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton was relieved Friday afternoon at the condition of his left ankle a day after getting struck with an errant slider in the second inning of the Nats' 5-2 victory against the Braves on Thursday.

Twins will be cautious with young Berrios (Friday, September 15)
Twins right-hander Jose Berrios already has thrown a career-high 175 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the Majors this season, and manager Paul Molitor said they'll be cautious with the 23-year-old down the stretch.

Napoli (leg) to pinch-hit, DH down stretch (Friday, September 15)
Mike Napoli will likely finish the season as a pinch-hitter off the bench and occasional designated hitter. Napoli is dealing with a stress reaction in the fibia of his right leg and admitted in a meeting with manager Jeff Banister on Friday that playing at first base was not a good idea.

Springer adds to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts (Friday, September 15)
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's devastation, relief efforts for Houston and southeast Texas have helped raise money and spirits for the multitude of people affected. Astros outfielder George Springer's sister Nicole is one of many people who have sprung into action. She organized a collection of donations from their hometown of New Britain, CT.

Rays happy to be home after Hurricane Irma (Friday, September 15)
The Rays are glad to be home and happy that Hurricane Irma did not cause too much damage to the Tampa Bay area.

Mets close to plan on Syndergaard's return (Friday, September 15)
Noah Syndergaard threw a bullpen session Thursday as he works his way back from a right lat injury that has sidelined him since early May. Mets manager Terry Collins said the right-hander is close to pitching again this season.

Tribe's focus on earning home-field advantage (Friday, September 15)
A few hours after the thrilling 3-2 victory over the Royals on Thursday night -- after the players and coaches had left the clubhouse and the lights at the ballpark were turned off -- some exciting news broke for the American League Central-leading Tribe.

Brewers help Marlins feel at home in Milwaukee (Friday, September 15)
The oddest thing about the start of the Marlins' home-away-from-home series at Miller Park on Friday was how normal it all was. They dressed in the visitors' clubhouse, wore their usual road uniforms and took batting practice in the second slot, typical for a road team. The statistics and results counted like they would for any other Marlins visit to the Brewers' retractable-domed home.

Stiff back forces Frazier out of Yanks' lineup (Friday, September 15)
Todd Frazier has a stiff back, and it forced the Yankees' hot-hitting third baseman from the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Frazier has four home runs and 11 RBIs over his last 10 games.

Nunez close to returning, but Hanley hurting (Friday, September 15)
The Red Sox like the way Eduardo Nunez is recovering from a right knee injury. Hanley Ramirez's pestering upper-body injuries are less uplifting.

Ramirez stays hot with jack against Royals (Friday, September 15)
After Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez crossed home plate and returned to the Indians' dugout following his two-run homer in the third inning of Friday night's game against the Royals, chants of "M-V-P" echoed throughout Progressive Field.

MLB: Tigers didn't intentionally hit umpire (Friday, September 15)
Major League Baseball will not discipline any Tigers after reviewing the circumstances surrounding the pitch from right-hander Buck Farmer that struck home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott in the shoulder after catcher James McCann and manager Brad Ausmus were ejected from Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Indians.

Wong exits with lower back tightness (Friday, September 15)
A half-inning after scoring from second on Carlos Martinez's two-out, fifth-inning single, Kolten Wong was pulled from Friday afternoon's 8-2 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field due to lower back tightness. Greg Garcia replaced Wong at second base.

Lackey, Contreras ejected after disputed call (Friday, September 15)
As if the Cardinals-Cubs series needed any more tension, Cubs pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras were both ejected after arguing with home-plate umpire Jordan Baker in Friday's 8-2 win at Wrigley Field.

After investigation, MLB fines Red Sox, Yanks (Friday, September 15)
The Red Sox have been fined an undisclosed amount for using electronic equipment in an attempt to steal signs during an August series against the Yankees, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred announced on Friday afternoon.

Game-by-game breakdown of Tribe's streak (Friday, September 15)
The Indians have taken the baseball world by storm over the past three weeks, reeling off an epic streak of 22 consecutive victories, the longest such stretch in more than 100 years. Here is a game-by-game breakdown of The Streak.

Cubs ride 7-run 6th to eventful win over Cards (Friday, September 15)
The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry has historically been intense enough on its own, but it's overamped this weekend because of the close National League Central race. On Friday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs showed they're going to fight for the chance to repeat. Despite losing both starting pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras to ejections, the Cubs rallied for an 8-2 victory.

Arrieta set for important BP session Saturday (Friday, September 15)
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will throw a bullpen session on Saturday that will likely determine when and how much the right-hander pitches the rest of the regular season.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 15 (Friday, September 15)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Which rookies have most long-term potential? (Friday, September 15)
Though it's obvious that Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are enjoying the best seasons among the current rookie crop, who will have the best long-term career from the Class of 2017?

10 surprising performances that shaped playoff races (Friday, September 15)
You did not see Aaron Judge coming. That's OK, because the Yankees didn't see it coming either. Who could have? This season has been filled with players like that. Even some with equally dramatic turnarounds.

Tseng shakes nerves, shows promise in debut (Friday, September 15)
If Jen-Ho Tseng looked nervous in his first Major League start, it's because he was.

It's sink or swim time for slumping Angels (Friday, September 15)

Pujols alone in seventh on all-time homer list (Friday, September 15)
Albert Pujols collected another milestone home run in the Angels' 5-2 loss the Astros on Thursday night, crushing his 613th career homer to pass Jim Thome and take sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list.

It's gut-check time as Cubs face stiff test (Friday, September 15)
They've been tested before, of course. You don't end a 108-year championship drought without playing well when it matters the most.

Rangers realize urgency as they embark on trip (Friday, September 15)
The course of a team's season ebbs and flows over the six months it takes to make it to the finish line. Whichever one of those words means "performing poorly" is the one that describes the Rangers at the moment.

Hustling J-Ram keeps foot on gas all game (Friday, September 15)
When Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez took off for second with one out in the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Royals, it appeared almost certain the he had the base stolen.

King Felix looks sharp in return from DL (Friday, September 15)
The King was back on the hill Thursday night, and for the Mariners, that was a very welcome sight indeed.

Lindor blossoming into leader during streak (Friday, September 15)
Francisco Lindor has already become a star, but during the Indians' record-setting winning streak, he's blossomed into a leader behind the scenes.

Bauer, Tribe go for 23rd straight W on MLB.TV (Friday, September 15)
The American League-leading Indians put their 22-game win streak on the line tonight when they host the contending Royals as part of today's full schedule of Major League action streaming live on MLB.TV.

At long last, happy Astros heading home (Friday, September 15)
After a grueling three-week stretch in which they played 16 of 19 games on the road -- including three that were relocated to St. Petersburg because of Hurricane Harvey -- the Astros are coming home to stay a while. And they're in the mood to party.

Managers Postgame: Tito's Tribe keeps winning (Friday, September 15)
Indians manager Terry Francona reflects upon his club extending its winning streak to 22 games with the first walk-off win of the stretch.

Too, too cool! Tribe streak best in 100 years (Friday, September 15)
The Indians did not set a new record with consecutive win No. 22. And that's just fine, because they've already done something arguably more impressive. Because it is occurring in a more modern, more dynamic time and has been more statistically dominant than any lossless run before it, The Streak is not baseball's longest but its best.

Indians punch playoff ticket with Angels' loss (Friday, September 15)
Hours after Cleveland extended its American League-record winning streak to 22 wins with a 3-2, 10-inning walk-off victory over the Royals, the Indians reserved a spot in the 2017 postseason. That is the first step toward the Tribe's goal of returning to and winning the World Series, and it was clinched when the Astros defeated the Angels in Anaheim.

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 15 (Friday, September 15)
The Indians extended their historic winning streak in dramatic fashion Thursday, walking off against the Royals in the 10th inning for a narrow 3-2 victory.

Tribe conjures magic for first time during streak (Friday, September 15)
For the first time in their 22-game win streak, the Indians couldn't win by just pitching and hitting better than their opponent. They needed some magic.

Astros close out Halos, magic number at 3 (Friday, September 15)
Brad Peacock allowed one run over six innings and Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez had a two-run double in the eighth as the Astros topped the Angels in the final, reducing their magic number to clinch a postseason spot to 3 games. Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena homered, but the Angels dropped three games back of the Twins for the second AL Wild Card.

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