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These are the 2018 second-half All-Star teams (Today)
Baseball's All-Star Game is our annual opportunity to pause the hustle and bustle of the 162-game schedule and appreciate those who have defined the season, to date. But that date, of course, comes at a point in which so much of the season story is still unwritten. And even though the 2018 Midsummer Classic came especially late (teams had played nearly 100 games by that point), there are plenty of players whose performance since the break is worth appreciating, too.

Verlander helps Astros set 2 MLB K marks (Today)
The Astros' pitching staff set two single-season Major League strikeout records in Saturday night's 10-5 win over the Angels at Minute Maid Park.

Wild walk-off cuts A's magic number to 1 (Today)
The A's magic number is down to one. They practiced celebrating ahead of time following yet another walk-off victory over the Twins on Saturday evening, a 3-2 affair that ended when a bases-loaded wild pitch skipped past Matt Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning, allowing Stephen Piscotty to score under the watch of right-hander Trevor Hildenberger.

10 games that defined Yankees' 2018 season (Saturday, September 22)
Here are the 10 games that helped the Yankees on their road to the 2018 postseason.

V-Mart singles in final AB, walks off to ovation (Saturday, September 22)
Martinez went out on his own terms, both in Saturday's 5-4 Tigers win and in his career. Despite a week remaining in the season, he wanted Saturday to be his last game, because he wanted to end his career in front of the home fans.

Verlander helps Astros starters set K's mark (Saturday, September 22)
Right-hander Justin Verlander helped the Astros set an American League record on Saturday night for most strikeouts in a season by a club's starters with 1,069 to eclipse the Indians' mark of 1,066 in 2017.

Senzatela's gem, 4-run third keep Rox on pace (Saturday, September 22)
Antonio Senzatela held the D-backs to one run and three hits in seven innings as the Rockies -- fighting to keep pace in the National League postseason race -- beat the D-backs, 5-1, at Chase Field on Saturday night. Senzatela didn't give up a hit until A.J. Pollock's two-out homer in the fifth. Chris Iannetta lashed a two-run single that started a four-run third frame and the Rockies never trailed.

Machado's bobble-night pop puts LA closer (Today)
Manny Machado rose to the occasion on his bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium with a three-run homer off Padres rookie Jacob Nix during a five-run third inning that powered a 7-2 win as the Dodgers reduced their magic number for clinching the National League West to seven.

9-run rally in 8th moves Astros closer to West title (Saturday, September 22)
Justin Verlander helped the Astros set a Major League record for strikeouts by a club's starters, while Jose Altuve's home run capped a wild 9-run 8th to help the Astros trim their magic number to win the American League West title to five games.

Tribe sets K's record; Brantley hits walk-off 1B (Saturday, September 22)
The Progressive Field crowd rose to its feet and Mike Clevinger paused for a moment behind the mound, collecting himself amidst a standing ovation in the second inning on Saturday night. With a strikeout of Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr., Clevinger put the 2018 Indians into the record books.

Win puts Cubs' magic number for Central at 6 (Today)
MVP candidate Javier Baez drove in three runs to raise his National League-leading RBI total to 110 and Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking RBI double to lead the Cubs over the crosstown-rival White Sox on Saturday night in front of the first sellout crowd of the season at Guaranteed Rate Field.

In My Words: Reinsdorf on Hawk (Saturday, September 22)
When you get older, you're always amazed about how fast time seems to go. How things that happened years and years ago seem like yesterday. It truly seems like yesterday that I first met Ken Harrelson.

Braves turn focus to potential NLDS matchups (Saturday, September 22)
Having clinched the National League East with Saturday's 5-3 win over the Phillies, the Braves will now wait to see how the rest of the postseason picture develops. As of now, they would be lined up to face the winner of the NL West battle being waged between the Rockies and the Dodgers. But this could change if the Cubs slip during the regular season's final week and do not end up with the NL's best record.

10 games that defined Atlanta's 2018 season (Saturday, September 22)
Here's a look back at the top 10 moments that put the Braves in position to celebrate the division title that was clinched with Saturday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park.

Royals boast rotation depth heading into '19 (Saturday, September 22)
One of the many positives to emerge in the last six weeks of this Royals season has been the development and depth of the starting rotation. And that should bode well for manager Ned Yost come Spring Training 2019. Yost and general manager Dayton Moore always have talked about going into a season with eight or nine viable rotation candidates.

Voth, Nats shut out Mets after being eliminated (Saturday, September 22)
Austin Voth was outstanding in his second Major League start, but his performance in the Nationals' victory Saturday against the Mets was overshadowed by the Nats' postseason hopes officially coming to an end. The rookie earned his first win by allowing one hit in five innings at National Park. Four relievers combined to keep the Mets hitless. Trea Turner hit a two-run homer in the third off Mets starter Corey Oswalt, who fanned four in a solid outing, and Matt Wieters provided insurance with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Mahtook's HR leads Tigers in V-Mart's finale (Saturday, September 22)
Mikie Mahtook delivered the decisive blow for the Tigers in their 5-4 win over the Royals at Comerica Park on Saturday. On a night in which Victor Martinez would play the final game of his 16-year career, Detroit held on late for the win after seven innings of two-run ball from right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Martinez collected the final hit of his career in the first before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit solo homers for Kansas City in defeat, while Jakob Junis threw a quality start for the fourth time in his last five outings.

Rays close to elimination as bats go cold (Saturday, September 22)
Tyler Glasnow bounced back from a seven-run, 2/3 innings performance in his last start against the Blue Jays to record six innings of three-run baseball on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. But once again, his offense couldn't come through for him and eventually the Blue Jays added a pair of tack-on runs in the eighth to deal Tampa a 5-2 loss.

Final Busch start for Waino? 'Didn't feel like it was' (Saturday, September 22)
What the distant future holds for Adam Wainwright, neither he nor the Cardinals will say. Fact is, neither he nor the Cardinals know. When it comes to Wainwright, all of the larger questions remain uncertain: whether the 37-year-old will return next season, whether he'll even play at all, whether Saturday marked his final start in a Cardinals uniform at Busch Stadium.

Anderson is 1st White Sox SS with 20-20 season (Saturday, September 22)
Tim Anderson's solo home run leading off the third inning did more than bring the White Sox into a 2-2 deadlock with the Cubs on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. It also made Anderson the first shortstop in White Sox history to record 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season.

Betts could return to right field on Sunday (Saturday, September 22)
Mookie Betts was out of the Red Sox's lineup for a second straight day on Saturday, but it wasn't a sign that he's had a setback with the left side injury that bothered him last week.

MLB, Yankees host stickball tourney in Bronx (Saturday, September 22)
It was the game of the year on the streets of River Avenue near Yankee Stadium. As part of the Play Ball initiative, the New York Emperors Stickball League, along with Major League Baseball and the Yankees, put on a stickball event under the elevated No. 4 train line on Saturday.

Dodgers' push in need of Machado turnaround (Saturday, September 22)
With barely a week left in the regular season and the Dodgers still working hard to land a postseason berth, Manny Machado has been something of a disappointment.

Hearing MVP chants, Baez smashes 34th HR (Saturday, September 22)
There aren't many teams who can lose a position player and slide an MVP candidate into that spot like the Cubs will do at shortstop with Javier Baez.

Injury updates: Correa, Paxton, Cain, Belt (Saturday, September 22)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors

Indians 1st team with 4 starters to have 200 K's (Saturday, September 22)
The Progressive Field crowd rose to its feet and Mike Clevinger paused for a moment behind the mound, collecting himself amidst a standing ovation in the second inning on Saturday night. With a strikeout of Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr., Clevinger put the 2018 Indians into the record books.

Yanks clinch WC berth on walk-off win in 11th (Saturday, September 22)
Aaron Hicks produced the game-winning RBI double to secure New York's trip to the postseason. Hicks and Luke Voit went deep off O's starter David Hess in the second to make the Yankees the sixth team with at least 250 homers in a season.

Taylor odd man out in Nats' crowded outfield (Saturday, September 22)
Over the years, Michael A. Taylor has been as much a part of the Nationals' lineup as anyone on the roster, with 460 games logged since 2015. Recently, however, those appearances have been few and far between for the outfielder.

Davis reflects on trying 2018, future with O's (Saturday, September 22)
In a season that Chris Davis describes as "one disaster after another," the Orioles' first baseman said his focus is on "getting to the finish line" to end the worst offensive season of his 11-year career.

Gary Sanchez eager to end year strong (Saturday, September 22)
The hallways of Yankee Stadium are normally peaceful during a team off-day, but they were bustling with activity earlier this week. While Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman were proving their health in simulated games, Gary Sanchez was working hard in hopes of finishing his year on a strong note.

Phillies see NL East hopes end in Atlanta (Saturday, September 22)
Gabe Kapler opened Spring Training a little more than seven months ago by saying the Phillies had the opportunity to "shock" people. It meant his team would be "very competitive" in September, he said. It meant "being in the mix, being in the hunt, fighting for the National League East." But the Braves ended the fight on Saturday, when they clinched the NL East title with a 5-3 victory over the Phils at SunTrust Park.

Yanks become 6th team with at least 250 HRs (Saturday, September 22)
The Yankees became just the sixth team in Major League history to hit at least 250 homers in a season.

Cards' WC hopes helped by O'Neill's HR in 10th (Saturday, September 22)
Tyler O'Neill hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals past the Giants, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon and strengthen their Wild Card hopes. Yadier Molina crushed a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh to help rally the Cardinals, who won despite committing a season-high four errors. Rookie catcher Aramis Garcia went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Giants, who have lost three in a row.

Braves capture first NL East title since 2013 (Saturday, September 22)
The Braves clinched the National League East title for the first time since 2013 with a dramatic win over the Phillies. Atlanta jumped on the board early, taking advantage of three first-inning walks. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ender Inciarte scored in each of the first two innings. Jake Arrieta struggled through two innings, his shortest career start, as Mike Foltynewicz dazzled with six no-hit frames. The Braves starter exited in the eighth, when the Phillies put together a three-run rally. Jonny Venters worked out of the jam, and Arodys Vizcaino slammed the door with a perfect ninth.

Fuld floated as Rangers' manager candidate (Saturday, September 22)
Sam Fuld fits the profile of the modern-day baseball manager. He is young, he is smart, he is a former player that relates well to current players and he is well-versed in the analytics and philosophies that dominate the decision-making in the dugout and front office. It is no surprise then that the Dallas Morning News named Fuld as a potential candidate to replace former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, whom the team dismissed this week.

Wong (hamstring cramps) not in starting lineup (Saturday, September 22)
Though the Cardinals don't believe Kolten Wong's latest hamstring issue is serious, Saturday's quick turnaround forced the club to be cautious with their second baseman, at least for a day. Wong was not in the lineup a morning after cramps in both hamstrings forced him out of Friday's 5-3 win over the Giants.

Acuna's 15th SB puts him in elite company (Saturday, September 22)
Ronald Acuna Jr.'s first-inning stolen base made him just the fourth player to record at least 25 homers and 15 stolen bases in a season before turning 21.

These 5 September callups have impressed (Friday, September 21)
Here are five September callups that have impressed with with notable performances.

30 best games of '18 -- 1 player from every team (Saturday, September 22)
Every team, all 30 of them, has remarkable moments. From bunches of home runs to bunches of strikeouts, from household names to players you may not have heard of before, these become part of the fabric of a season. Here we go with 30 special individual performances for 30 teams.

Hader sets two MLB K's records vs. Pirates (Saturday, September 22)
It was a record-setting kind of night for Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader in the Brewers' 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, though it certainly wasn't out of the ordinary.

D-backs' hopes dealt setback by Rockies' rally (Saturday, September 22)
The D-backs hoped that the energy and good feelings from Wednesday night's win over the Cubs would carry over to Friday night's series opener against the Rockies. And when Arizona struck for two first-inning runs, it looked like it just might. However, the offense went quiet after that and the Rockies chipped away at the lead before putting together a decisive four-run rally in the eighth as they rolled to a 6-2 win at Chase Field.

Astros heading for postseason date with Tribe (Saturday, September 22)
Having clinched their third postseason berth in four seasons, the Astros are almost certain to face the Indians in the American League Division Series in two weeks in a matchup between the two previous AL pennant winners.

Bauer pleased with first start since August (Saturday, September 22)
After facing seven batters on Friday night, Trevor Bauer walked off the mound Friday night to a chorus of cheers from the Progressive Field faithful. The ovation was less about the pitcher's performance than it was a response to what the outing could mean for October.

10 defining moments of Astros' 2018 season (Saturday, September 22)
There were memorable individual performances, dazzling defense plays and plenty of clutch hits. The Astros' magical ride through the 2018 season began with a leadoff homer by George Springer on Opening Day and continued through their playoff-clinching win, raising expectations that another World Series championship could be near.

Fireworks elude Dodgers; lead shrinks to 1 1/2 (Saturday, September 22)
The Dodgers fell into another momentum-stopping trap on Friday night, following up this week's series sweep of Colorado with a 5-3 loss to the last-place Padres at Dodger Stadium. With Colorado winning, the Dodgers' lead over the Rockies is 1 1/2 games and their magic number to clinch the National League West remained at eight.

Sale ramps up for playoffs with 7 strikeouts (Saturday, September 22)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale's ramp-up for the start of the playoffs took another positive step on Friday night, when he got up to 73 pitches against the Indians. Boston wound up winning, 7-5.

Rockies rally to cut into Dodgers' division lead (Saturday, September 22)
Friday night was like most of the rest of this Rockies road trip -- this time with starting pitcher German Marquez delivering in sterling fashion, with 11 strikeouts -- only with one delightful plot twist. RBI singles by David Dahl and Nolan Arenado and a two-run hit from Ian Desmond lifted the Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field. Colorado improved to 1 1/2 games behind the West-leading Dodgers and remains 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card.

After 3-HR 6th, Brewers' magic number at 5 (Saturday, September 22)
Milwaukee's Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered in the sixth inning as part of six-run rally off Pirates relievers Edgar Santana and Steven Brault that gave the Brewers a win in the series opener on Friday night at PNC Park. Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson hit home runs for Pittsburgh in the loss. The game was delayed for two hours and 14 minutes by rain in the fifth inning.

Khrush's walk-off HR cuts A's magic number to 3 (Saturday, September 22)
It was Mark Canha who delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer that tied the game in the sixth, and Khris Davis who ended it with his second homer of the night and Major League-leading 45th of the season, a walk-off solo shot off right-hander Matt Magill for a 7-6 series-opening win over the Twins on Friday night. The A's magic number dropped to three with their third straight win, though they remained 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the top American League Wild Card spot following New York's win against the Orioles. They also sit 3 1/2 back of the first-place Astros in the AL West with eight to play.

Padres find motivation in final set vs. Dodgers (Friday, September 21)
Contrary to the words of a certain Dodgers closer, the Padres do, indeed, care about their weekend series in Los Angeles. Very much so.

Matchups prompt Dodgers to shuffle rotation (Friday, September 21)
The Dodgers swapped starting pitchers for the first two games of this weekend series against the Padres, having Ross Stripling start Friday night, with Rich Hill slated for Saturday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the change was partly motivated by matchups that would avoid having Hill pitch against Arizona next week. Hill is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA against the D-backs this season.

Kennedy bolsters case for 2019 rotation spot (Friday, September 21)
Right-hander Ian Kennedy is making a strong case here in September that he can still be a valuable part of the Royals rotation going forward. Kennedy turned in his third straight quality start since returning from the disabled list (oblique) by throwing seven strong innings in a 4-3 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday night.

Marlins walk off on Reds after Chen's gem (Friday, September 21)
The Marlins walked off on the Reds in a tightly contested pitchers' duel at Marlins Park. Wei-Yin Chen continued his home dominance with seven scoreless frames, striking out eight batters while walking none. Former Marlins prospect Luis Castillo was up to the task for Cincinnati, going 8 1/3 scoreless before leaving with two runners on in the ninth. The Marlins were unable to capitalize there, but Isaac Galloway came up with a game-winning double -- the first walk-off hit of his career -- in the 10th inning.

Sano getting knee reevaluated in Twin Cities (Friday, September 21)
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing 12 games with a left knee injury, flew back to the Twin Cities for further testing on his knee, manager Paul Molitor said Friday.

Managerial change won't sway Beltre decision (Friday, September 21)
Third baseman Adrian Beltre hasn't decided if he wants to play next season. He said the Rangers managerial change won't influence that decision.

Palka sets White Sox record with 4th pinch-hit HR (Friday, September 21)
When Daniel Palka launched a pinch-hit home run off Dillon Maples in the sixth inning of a 10-4 White Sox victory over the Cubs Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field, the rookie made no effort to retrieve the baseball.

Choi exits early with left knee soreness (Friday, September 21)
Ji-Man Choi exited Friday night's game with left knee soreness after hitting a leadoff double in the fifth inning.

Story doing baseball work, but no date for return (Friday, September 21)
Shortstop Trevor Story has played catch and taken batting practice the last two days, but there isn't a timetable on his return from the elbow injury that kept him out of the Rockies' starting lineup for the third straight game Friday night.

Dodgers add Billie Jean King, partner to ownership (Friday, September 21)
The baseball franchise that blazed diverse trails with Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo, among many others, took another bold step into inclusion by bringing tennis legend Billie Jean King and her partner, Ilana Kloss, into Dodgers ownership.

Phils allow 5 runs in 7th, lose ground to Braves (Friday, September 21)
The Phillies could be eliminated from National League East title contention as early as Saturday following Friday night's 6-5 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

New skipper a winner on Beltre's milestone night (Friday, September 21)
The Rangers are looking to finish the season strong under interim manager Don Wakamatsu, and Adrian Beltre's milestone night against the Mariners helped the club get off to a solid start on Friday night. Beltre's three-run home run in the first inning off Erasmo Ramirez keyed the Rangers' win over the Mariners at Globe Life Park. It was the 476th home run of Beltre's career, moving him past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th all-time.

Meadows leads Rays, who keep WC hopes alive (Friday, September 21)
Austin Meadows helped lead the charge for the Rays during their 11-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre. Tampa Bay collected 15 hits as a unit, finishing the night 8-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered twice for the second multihomer game of his career, coinciding with a two-homer night from his brother, Yuli, who plays for the Astros, which makes the duo the first pair of brothers to hit multiple home runs on the same day.

Brewers blast 3 HRs, go back-to-back in 6th (Friday, September 21)
Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz all homered in the sixth inning as part of six-run rally off Pirates relievers Edgar Santana and Steven Brault.

History made as Gurriel Bros. each go deep twice (Friday, September 21)
Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel took the field in two different countries Friday night, roughly 1,500 miles apart. But each of them did what they've done ever since they grew up together in Cuba: Hit with authority.

deGrom adds quality-start record to Cy resume (Saturday, September 22)
Jacob deGrom extended his streak of quality starts to 23 in his win over the Nationals, setting a Major League record. His seven innings of one-run ball broke a tie with Chris Carpenter and Bob Gibson for the most consecutive quality starts in a single season. He also struck out eight batters to reach 259 punchouts, the fifth-highest total in Mets history behind only Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver. Jay Bruce knocked in two runs to back deGrom, and Devin Mesoraco returned from injury to hit a pair of doubles. Joe Ross allowed all four runs (three earned) over six innings for the Nationals.

Adams' 2 RBIs off bench in 8th lift Cards (Friday, September 21)
Matt Adams' pinch-hit, two-run double ensured the Cards their fourth win in five games, inching St. Louis to four games behind the Cubs, who lost to the White Sox, in the NL Central.

CC has O's number, and Yanks' is at 2 (Friday, September 21)
CC Sabathia pitched six innings of two-run ball as the Yankees held off the Orioles in the series opener. Both Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks homered against former Yankees farmhand Yefry Ramirez, who was chased in the fourth after six runs. Austin Wynns, Renato Nunez and DJ Stewart went deep for the O's.

Red Sox tie franchise record with 105 wins (Friday, September 21)
They keep pushing forward, these Red Sox. A night after they clinched the American League East, there was rest for several key players, but no letdown from the crew that played. And after another comeback victory it can now be said that no team in franchise history has won more games than the 2018 Red Sox.

Braves cut magic number to 2 in comeback win (Friday, September 21)
The Braves took another step toward a National League East title as they claimed a win over the Phillies on Friday night at SunTrust Park. Ozzie Albies fueled a five-run seventh with a home run, and Johan Camargo capped it with a two-run single. The Braves are 7 1/2 games in front of the Phillies, and their magic number stands at two. Wilson Ramos and Jose Bautista drove in runs to put the Phillies ahead, 4-1, in the seventh, but Pat Neshek and Luis Avilan struggled in the bottom of the inning.

Defending champion Astros clinch playoff berth (Friday, September 21)
Yuli Gurriel logged a career-high seven RBIs with a grand slam, a two-run homer and a single in his first three at-bats, while Gerrit Cole racked up 12 strikeouts in a strong start to help the Astros clinch their third postseason berth in four seasons. Angels starter Andrew Heaney gave up the homers to Gurriel and went just three innings, while Mike Trout clubbed his 37th homer for the Halos.

Approach-minded Walker finding power stroke (Friday, September 21)
For a pinch-hitter like the D-backs' Christian Walker, a simple phrase sets the mental parameters for his approach off the bench. "Less is more."

Eaton seeing limited action with sore knee (Friday, September 21)
Adam Eaton's surgically repaired left knee has been sore for most of the past week, limiting him to just one start in the past four games. He was out of the starting lineup once again Friday night against the Mets, but manager Dave Martinez did not sound concerned about Eaton. He was just exercising caution.

Sox power up for stellar Lopez in win over Cubs (Friday, September 21)
Reynaldo Lopez fanned eight over seven dominant innings while Kevan Smith and Ryan LaMarre led a 19-hit attack as the White Sox took the opener of the Crosstown Cup from the Cubs, 10-4, on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Larry Fitzgerald played role in Donaldson's rehab (Friday, September 21)
Josh Donaldson was in search of a way to expedite a rehab process that had been frustrating, prolonged and included setbacks. Roughly two weeks before the Indians acquired the third baseman from the Blue Jays, Donaldson flew to Minneapolis in search of another opinion about his left calf issues.

Riggleman plans shorter outings for Reds starters (Friday, September 21)
There's no question that starting pitchers are throwing fewer and fewer innings. It's a trend in baseball that Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman isn't necessarily opposed to.

Gomez still upset over called strike Thursday (Friday, September 21)
Carlos Gomez was still upset Friday, a day after he was ejected from Thursday night's game in Toronto. Gomez was unhappy with a called third strike with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The pitch was a borderline call that appeared to touch the inside part of the plate, according to Statcast™.

Cobb to start Sunday; Cashner return up in air (Friday, September 21)
Although there seemed to be a chance that the Orioles would be without two of their veteran starters, at least one is guaranteed another trip to the mound this season on Sunday.

Mesoraco returns from injury to catch for deGrom (Friday, September 21)
For the first time in 18 days, Devin Mesoraco returned to the field on Friday, starting behind the plate against the Nationals.

Belt undergoes season-ending knee surgery (Friday, September 21)
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent season-ending surgery Friday morning in San Francisco to clean up the meniscus and cartilage in his right knee. Belt had played through the discomfort, but the Giants decided to go through with the procedure.

Kapler says starters are better than their ERA (Friday, September 21)
Gabe Kapler came armed with a sheet of paper to the visitors' dugout Friday afternoon at SunTrust Park. He came with a point to make.

Cards, Jose Martinez team up to aid Venezuela (Friday, September 21)
The Cardinals announced Friday that they're teaming up with Jose Martinez and the four-star Charity Navigator organization to sell special-priced $10 tickets for the upcoming series with the Brewers from Monday through Wednesday, with 75 percent of the proceeds to be donated to Martinez's relief efforts in Venezuela.

Haniger a top-notch leadoff guy, Servais says (Friday, September 21)
As the Mariners play out the final days of the regular season, there are still lessons to be learned as the club goes into the offseason. One thing that seems to be clearer and clearer, they appear to have discovered a potent leadoff hitter in Mitch Haniger.

Chapman to be used in lower-leverage situations (Friday, September 21)
Aroldis Chapman moved on quickly after serving up a big home run in his return to action on Thursday evening, expressing confidence that he will reclaim his closer's role in time for the Yankees' postseason run.

Correa will miss Angels series to rest back (Friday, September 21)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who is still bothered by lower back soreness, won't play during this weekend's series against the Angels at Minute Maid Park. But he is expected to play during next week's road trips to Toronto and Baltimore to conclude the regular season.

Clinching in NY had added meaning for Cora (Friday, September 21)
As Alex Cora sat in his office at Yankee Stadium late Thursday night and surveyed his team's celebration after winning the American League East, it suddenly hit him.

Cubs can't back Quintana in Windy City opener (Friday, September 21)
Jose Quintana probably felt right at home on Friday at the ballpark he called home for 5 1/2 seasons. The problem is the Cubs didn't give the lefty any run support, which was a recurring theme whenever Quintana pitched for the White Sox. Kevan Smith hit a three-run homer and doubled and scored on Ryan La Marre's double to power the White Sox to a 10-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

With Banister gone, what's next for Texas? (Friday, September 21)
The Rangers are about to begin looking for a new manager, but that is not the only change in the organization. Some small changes have already been implemented, general manager Jon Daniels said. Bigger ones could be coming along with a new manager.

Newcomb skipped as Braves opt for hot hands (Friday, September 21)
Braves manager Brian Snitker didn't mince words when asked why he decided to skip Sean Newcomb's start during this weekend's series against the Phillies. But he also indicated Newcomb will make another regular-season start and possibly still factor into discussions about the postseason rotation.

Yankees to celebrate LGBTQ pride in 2019 (Friday, September 21)
The Yankees have announced the creation of the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative, which will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and celebrate the achievements of New York City Public School graduating seniors. The team also revealed that it will hold other LGBTQ community-themed commemorations during the 2019 season.

Gurriel Jr. homers twice for 3 straight (Friday, September 21)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. appears to be surging toward the finish line as he homered in each of his first two at-bats during Friday night's game against the Rays.

Yelich appreciates Baker Mayfield's gesture (Friday, September 21)
Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield has a platform to let a lot of people know what he thinks. After leading the Browns to a comeback victory on Thursday, he gave a shoutout to Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich.

Bauer fires 1 1/3 scoreless frames in return (Friday, September 21)
After facing seven batters on Friday night, Trevor Bauer walked off the mound Friday night to a chorus of cheers from the Progressive Field faithful. The ovation was less about the pitcher's performance than it was a response to what the outing could mean for October.

Beltre passes Musial, Stargell with 476th HR (Friday, September 21)
Third baseman Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers an early 3-0 lead with a milestone home run against the Mariners on Friday night at Globe Life Park. Beltre's three-run shot was the 476th home run of his career, moving him past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th all-time.

Yuli's slam helps Astros tie club mark with 7 (Friday, September 21)
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel gave his club a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a grand slam off Angels starter Andrew Heaney, just left of the right-field foul pole, in the series opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Sale ramps up for playoffs with 7 strikeouts (Friday, September 21)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale's ramp-up for the start of the playoffs took another positive step on Friday night, when he got up to 73 pitches against the Indians.

Abreu willing to play through pain if cleared (Friday, September 21)
Jose Abreu will end up playing the fewest games of his five-year career with the White Sox during the 2018 season. In fact, this will be the first season the hard-working first baseman will play fewer than 140.

Martinez to play final game on Saturday (Friday, September 21)
The games have been going by quickly for Victor Martinez ever since he confirmed earlier this summer he plans to retire at season's end. The way he wants to go out is to have Saturday's game be his last.

Murphy connects on first career leadoff homer (Friday, September 21)
When the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy, they inserted him into the leadoff spot, hoping to provide a spark. On Friday, Murphy notched his first career leadoff home run.

Addison Russell placed on administrative leave (Friday, September 21)
Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously. When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information.

Jeff Banister out as Rangers manager (Friday, September 21)
Rangers manager Jeff Banister was dismissed on Friday. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named as the team's interim manager effective with tonight's game against the Mariners and continuing through the remainder of the 2018 season.

'Blue-collar' Dodgers grinding way down stretch (Friday, September 21)
At a time when Los Angeles is starting to feel like one of the sports capitals of the world again, because of the Rams and because of LeBron, here come the blue-collar Dodgers.

This adjustment made all the difference for Acuna (Friday, September 21)
Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer could see the tremendous physical potential, and he was well award of the accomplishments that had earned Ronald Acuna Jr. the status of being baseball's top prospect. But Seitzer also knew that the 20-year-old phenom was destined for frequent frustration if he did not make necessary mechanical adjustments.

Greatest late-season surges to reach postseason (Friday, September 21)
Throughout MLB history, there have been some epic late-September runs during which teams have erased significant deficits over a handful of games to launch themselves into the playoffs.

These 20 pitchers boosted their stock this year (Thursday, September 20)
These 20 prospects used very strong 2018 seasons to make large jumps up rankings and more firmly onto the prospect radar.

Yelich shies from MVP talk, but stats say it all (Friday, September 21)
It sounds simple, selecting a winner of the Most Valuable Player Award. Often, it's not. This year in the National League, it is particularly not.

Yanks miss chance to sweep rivals, delay party (Friday, September 21)
Giancarlo Stanton raised his arms into the air and floated around the basepaths, celebrating a grand slam that the slumping slugger sorely needed. And yet it was not enough for the Yankees, who had no choice but to plug their ears and ignore the celebration being prepared in the visiting clubhouse of their building.

Betts busts out in Bronx to reassert MVP case (Friday, September 21)
A full 24 hours before Mookie Betts helped the Red Sox clinch the AL East in the most fitting of ways -- by notching an 11-6 win over the Yankees behind a signature performance from their most dynamic player -- Alex Cora sat his superstar down.

Harper ejected for 1st time in 2018 (Friday, September 21)
Less than a week ago, Bryce Harper reflected on how he was happy he had not been thrown out of game this season. It had been a conscious effort on his part not to lose his cool and control his temperament for his team.

Cody Reed gets help from Gennett to earn 1st win (Thursday, September 20)
Cincinnati's Cody Reed got some help from Scooter Gennett to earn his first win this season on Friday. Reed tossed six scoreless frames, striking out six and walking no one in his best start of the season. Jeff Brigham countered with five innings of two-run ball, but walks shortened his outing. Two of those walks set up Gennett in the third inning for a two-run double, and the second baseman added a long two-run homer in the seventh, going 2-for-3 as he chases the National League batting title. The Marlins scored two in the eighth, but Raisel Iglesias pitched 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory.

Astros, Round Rock announce Triple-A affiliation (Thursday, September 20)
The Astros announced Thursday that they had reached a four-year agreement with the Round Rock Express to be their new Triple-A affiliate.

Davidson's RBI knock in 11th bails out bullpen (Thursday, September 20)
Matt Davidson's two-out RBI single helped the White Sox beat the American League Central champion Indians after a game-tying, two-run rally in the eighth. Yoan Moncada collected three hits and drove in two for Chicago, which got six strong innings from James Shields. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley hit back-to-back homers for Cleveland.

Stewart hits 1st 2 HRs in 1st 2 innings of win (Friday, September 21)
Christin Stewart hit the first two home runs of his career to power the Tigers to an 11-8 win over the Royals on Thursday night at Comerica Park. Stewart hit a two-run homer in the first inning, which was followed by a Nicholas Castellanos home run on the next pitch. Stewart homered again in the second, later becoming the first Tigers rookie since 2007 to collect six RBIs in a game. Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi all homered for Kansas City.

'Pride and joy' in Milwaukee youth field makeover (Thursday, September 20)
Baran Park was one of five parks across the country selected to an overhaul under a partnership between Major League Baseball and Scott's Lawn Care. With help from the Brewers Community Foundation, Journey House was selected from more than 350 organizations seeking refurbishments for their fields.

Padres prospect Reed discusses breakout season (Thursday, September 20)
On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster are joined by Padres prospect Buddy Reed, who played eight sports growing up. national reporter Jesse Sanchez also joins the podcast and talks about Cuban standout Victor Victor Mesa, who was recently declared a free agent.

Yanks unable to stop Sox's clinching party (Thursday, September 20)
Giancarlo Stanton raised his arms into the air and floated around the basepaths, celebrating a grand slam that the slumping slugger sorely needed. And yet it was not enough for the Yankees, who had no choice but to plug their ears and ignore the celebration being prepared in the visiting clubhouse of their building.

Mets hit 2 homers off Scherzer, win in 12 (Thursday, September 20)
Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back home runs on Thursday, ensuring that Max Scherzer -- the only National League pitcher who still had a chance at reaching 20 wins -- would not reach that mark. His no-decision was long in the books by the time Jose Lobaton hit a 12th-inning sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 5-4 win over Washington at Nationals Park. Scherzer struck out 13 batters and set a career and club high of 290. His previous high was 284 set in 2016.

Phils' playoff chances dealt a blow by Braves (Thursday, September 20)
The Phillies knew they needed to sweep the Braves this week to keep their faint postseason hopes alive. They will not sweep the Braves at SunTrust Park, however, following Thursday night's 8-3 loss. The first-place Braves have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Phillies in the National League East. Even if the Phillies win nine of their remaining 10 games, they would need the Braves to finish no better than 2-7 just to force a tie. The Braves' magic number for clinching the division is four.

Rays stunned by 7-run 9th, lose ground in WC (Thursday, September 20)
A six-run lead entering the ninth inning wasn't enough for the Rays, who allowed the Blue Jays to come all the way back before Justin Smoak's walk-off home run dealt Tampa Bay a 9-8 loss on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Tribe experiments with Cimber in loss to Sox (Thursday, September 20)
With the American League Central crown already wrapped up, there are goals that the Indians want to accomplish down the stretch. One mentioned by manager Terry Francona this week was finding spots to allow sidearmer Adam Cimber to face multiple batters.

Stanton breaks out of slump with grand slam (Thursday, September 20)
While the Yankees rolled against David Price and the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, littering the scoreboard with crooked numbers from the second inning on, one of their biggest sluggers was left out of the fun.

MLB's worst streaks and how they ended (Thursday, September 20)
Looking back through MLB history at some of the game's most infamous streaks.

This weekend will help set stage for October (Friday, September 21)
It's the penultimate weekend of the regular season, and there's so much more to celebrate than just an awesome word like "penultimate." Here are five topics to track this weekend in MLB.

Here's why deGrom is NL's Most Valuable Player (Friday, September 21)
Jacob deGrom is almost certainly going to win the National League Cy Young Award, but why stop there? He's got a seriously strong case to be considered the NL's Most Valuable Player, too. Even though it isn't likely to happen, we'll make his case.

Blue Jays stun Rays with 3 homers in 7-run 9th (Friday, September 21)
The Blue Jays rallied from six runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull off a stunning victory over the Rays at Rogers Centre. Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI double and Danny Jansen hit a three-run shot before Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Justin Smoak hit back-to-back homers off Sergio Romo to end the game. Tellez hit a two-run homer in the second to break the seal, but it was all Rays until the ninth, as Tommy Pham raked three hits and Tampa Bay stole four bases. The loss dropped the Rays 6 1/2 back of the A's in the Wild Card chase.

Braves' magic number at 4 after win over Phils (Thursday, September 20)
Taking advantage of the chance to move closer to a knockout blow, the Braves padded their National League East lead with Thursday night's 8-3 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park. Kevin Gausman set the tone with a strong start, and Lucas Duda's seventh-inning RBI double proved decisive for the Braves, who now sit 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Phillies with nine games to play. The magic number to clinch their first division title since 2013 has been reduced to four.

Red Sox clinch 3rd straight AL East title (Thursday, September 20)
A thrilling Red Sox season, one that is all but certain to end with the most wins in club history, reached a celebratory point at the end of a wild Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. On the cusp of clinching the American League East when they arrived in the Bronx on Tuesday, the third attempt proved to be the charm for the team that is now division champs for a third straight year.

Leg discomfort to sideline Nunez until Monday (Thursday, September 20)
The Red Sox will exercise caution with Eduardo Nunez, who has experienced discomfort in his legs twice over the past week.

Trea Turner eyeing goal of playing in 162 games (Thursday, September 20)
It did not start the season as an intentional goal, but now that appearing in all 162 games this season is within reach, Trea Turner wants to complete the task. Turner started at shortstop Thursday night against the Mets, continuing his streak of playing in each of the Nationals' 153 games this season.

Riggleman to play regular lineup for rest of '18 (Thursday, September 20)
Don't look for Scooter Gennett to come out of the lineup anytime soon. The second baseman is trying to become the first Reds player to lead the National League in hits since Pete Rose collected 215 hits in 1976. He's also competing for the NL batting title as well. Gennett (.317) entered the Marlins series on Thursday just two points behind Milwaukee's Christian Yelich (.319).

Merrifield aims to lead AL in hits, steals in '18 (Thursday, September 20)
Royals super-utility man Whit Merrifield has a chance to lead the American League in two offensive categories this season -- stolen bases and hits.

Jeter addresses state of Marlins, plans for '19 (Thursday, September 20)
Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter addressed the media on Thursday afternoon, touching on a wide range of topics that included the managerial status of Don Mattingly in 2019, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and the organization's interest in Cuban outfield sensation Victor Victor Mesa.

Flores shut down due to arthritis in both knees (Thursday, September 20)
An examination on Thursday revealed that Wilmer Flores is dealing with early onset arthritis in both knees. Flores, 27, is done for the season.

Boone confident Stanton will break out of slump (Thursday, September 20)
While the Yankees rolled against David Price and the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, littering the scoreboard with crooked numbers from the second inning on, one of their biggest sluggers was left out of the fun.

Fulmer undergoes surgery on right knee (Thursday, September 20)
Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery Thursday morning on a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Tigers announced. The right-hander is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Carrasco to follow Bauer Tuesday as ALDS prep (Thursday, September 20)
Trevor Bauer is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday in order to make an abbreviated start against the Red Sox, beginning the pitcher's quest to reclaim a rotation job for the American League Division Series. Barring any setbacks for Bauer (coming back from a stress fracture in his right fibula), his next outing would fall on Tuesday on the road against the White Sox. The way Cleveland's pitching schedule is aligned, Tuesday would have been Carlos Carrasco's day to start. He agreed to instead come out of the bullpen after Bauer.

MLB works with youth to foster black leadership (Thursday, September 20)
Major League Baseball and the Black Executives Business Resource Group joined the Business of Sports School to foster black leadership within the sports industry and provide career development opportunities for their students by enhancing the MLB brand and giving back through community service.

Tigers rookie hits 1st HR in 1st, then 2nd in 2nd (Thursday, September 20)
The Tigers spent Thursday afternoon crushing tape-measure home runs in batting practice at Comerica Park, then took their big swings into their series opener against the Royals.

Angels' Arcia 1st to catch, pitch, HR in 1 game (Thursday, September 20)
Angels catcher Francisco Arcia made history in Thursday afternoon's 21-3 loss to the A's, becoming the first Major League player on record to catch, pitch and hit a home run in the same game.

Lindor, Brantley go back-to-back in third inning (Thursday, September 20)
Francisco Lindor is the spark that can ignite the Indians' offense in the blink of an eye out of the leadoff spot. Michael Brantley is the steady hand behind him. Twice in the span of five games, the duo electrified the Progressive Field crowd with back-to-back power displays.

Scherzer sets Nationals' strikeout record (Thursday, September 20)
The way the Nationals have aligned their rotation through the rest of the season, Max Scherzer is in line to finish the year with three more starts, including Thursday night against the Mets, a chance to pad his resume as he pursues his third consecutive National League Cy Young Award.

Betts, Martinez jump-start Red Sox's offense (Thursday, September 20)
After a couple of rough nights, the Red Sox finally got to have some fun in the Bronx early in Thursday's series finale, and it was American League MVP Award candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez leading the charge.

A's amaze with 21-run eruption in rout of Angels (Thursday, September 20)
The A's brought out the heavy lumber on Thursday vs. the Angels, as eight starters crossed the plate at least twice in a 21-3 thumping at the Coliseum as Oakland moved closer to clinching a postseason berth.

Voit's homer sets two new records for Yankees (Thursday, September 20)
The Luke Voit Show rolls on, and the latest installment altered the history books.

Banister's future with Rangers under discussion (Thursday, September 20)
The Rangers' last-place finish in the American League West is likely to lead to major changes, and manager Jeff Banister could be among those in jeopardy.

A's encouraged after Manaea's surgery (Thursday, September 20)
The A's aren't ready to rule out Sean Manaea for 2019. Encouraged by the results of his arthroscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday, the A's hope to have the left-hander back by the end of next year's campaign.

LIVE: Watch Angels-A's on Facebook (Thursday, September 20)
MLB and Facebook's partnership continues today with an afternoon matchup between the Angels and A's in Oakland.

Piscotty's 3-run HR punctuates A's 5-run frame (Thursday, September 20)
Stephen Piscotty's second homer in as many days highlighted a five-run outburst in the third inning of Oakland's series finale with the Angels on Thursday.

'Baseball intellect' sets Javy Baez apart (Thursday, September 20)
Javier Baez's intelligence on the field may be hard for some MVP voters to measure. All you have to do is watch the Cubs standout to see how he takes on the role of quarterback in the infield, directing everyone -- and it doesn't matter if he's starting at second base, shortstop or third.

Debut Trainer Partnership showcase draws raves (Thursday, September 20)
The ultimate goal for international prospects is to sign with a Major League club when eligible at the age of 16, but for players like Armando Cruz, 14, who won't be eligible for 16 months, the first objective is to get noticed for all facets of his game. Mission accomplished.

Eloy shares wisdom with DR academy prospects (Thursday, September 20)
Top White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez says he basically grew up at the Cubs' academy in the Dominican Republic before and after they signed him back in 2013, and it will always be a special place. So when he was asked to come back to his old stomping grounds to visit with the prospects at MLB's national showcase for players from the island on Thursday, Jimenez leaped at the chance to speak to the teens.

LIVE game blog: Petriello, Willman, more (Thursday, September 20)
During today's Angels-A's matinee, analysts Mike Petriello and Daren Willman and beat reporters Maria Guardado and Jane Lee will blog LIVE with fans. Send in your questions and comments throughout the game with the hashtag #MLBLive.

10 notable streaks that could end this year (Thursday, September 20)
Nothing lasts forever. And these 10 things in MLB are likely over when the season ends.

Who are the top under-the-radar AFL prospects? (Thursday, September 20)
Jim Callis discusses under-the-radar prospects, the top farm systems in terms of pitching and more in his latest Inbox.

These closers saved the day at record rates (Thursday, September 20)
Edwin Diaz's season has been impressive not only for his dominance (2.02 ERA, 120 strikeouts) and sheer number of saves -- but also his share of his team's wins. The 24-year-old has saved exactly two-thirds of Seattle's victories, the second-highest single-season rate in MLB history.

Snell's case for AL Cy Young is very strong (Thursday, September 20)
Blake Snell has a 0.97 WHIP and a 6.6 bWAR to go with a 1.97 ERA, a 20-5 record and 200 strikeouts in 169 innings. Snell also happens to pitch like that in the AL, and a meat-grinder division known as the AL East. Are you kidding?

9 small moves that have paid off in a big way (Thursday, September 20)
Every team scours the market for under-the-radar acquisitions, and in this final sprint for postseason berths, they're scattered up and down rosters.

Buehler settles in, racks up career-high 12 K's (Thursday, September 20)
Walker Buehler's first obstacle Wednesday night was making sure his yearning to perform well did not become his undoing. Fighting a rush of energy in the early going, the rookie right-hander was able to show yet another example of his maturation, striking out a career-best 12 batters in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers set NL record with 7 20-HR players (Thursday, September 20)
Matt Kemp hit a home run for the record books night Wednesday against the Rockies when he launched a solo shot into the left-field seats in the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Kemp's home run gave him 20 on the season. It also gave the Dodgers a National League-record seven players with at least 20 home runs in a single season. The feat has been accomplished six times in the American League, most recently by last year's Orioles.

Myers' two-run homer caps five-run inning (Thursday, September 20)
In the Padres' 8-4 victory over the Giants at Petco Park, Wil Myers crushed a long two-run homer into the home bullpen in the bottom of the second inning. It was his 11th of the year. Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin was mostly sharp over five innings. He faltered only once, in the top of the second inning, when he allowed a three-run double to Chris Stratton, the opposing pitcher. Freddy Galvis extended the Padres' lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth.

Rockies' road gets steeper after sweep in LA (Thursday, September 20)
The Dodgers gut-punched the Rockies with a late home run for the second straight game in Wednesday night's 5-2 loss to complete a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium and move Colorado 2 1/2 games back in the National League West.

Cubs stall on final day of 30-in-30 stretch (Thursday, September 20)
The Cubs wrapped up their stretch of 30 days without an off-day on the wrong end of a one-hit shutout, falling 9-0 to the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Sheffield debuts for Yanks, pitches scoreless ninth (Thursday, September 20)
Justus Sheffield was so nervous when he climbed the Yankee Stadium mound in the ninth inning for the first time in the Yankees' 10-1 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night that he thought he'd trip over it. Once he didn't, still shaking, he thought he would balk. Such are the jitters that come gift-wrapped with Major League debuts, especially ones as highly-anticipated as Sheffield's.

Explaining tiebreaker scenarios for '18 postseason (Thursday, September 20)
This year we've got a wide assortment of tiebreaker possibilities to ponder in both leagues, including some truly wild ideas in the National League. The goal is to lay out the most realistic ones remaining, and how they would be settled.

J.D. vying for first global Triple Crown since '56 (Wednesday, September 19)
Before the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera broke a 45-year drought in 2012, there hadn't been a Triple Crown winner since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski pulled off the feat for the 1967 Red Sox. Now, more than a half-century later, another Boston player, J.D. Martinez, is trying to join this exclusive club.

Angels-A's exclusively on Facebook today (Thursday, September 20)
Facebook's digital-only live stream schedule continues this afternoon at 3:35 p.m. ET as the Angels and A's conclude their three-game series in Oakland.

Youth is served: Each club's best rookie in 2018 (Thursday, September 20)
Each year, a new group of rookies sets out to make a mark in the Major Leagues, and in 2018, many of these young players have made history with their performances. With the aid of all 30 beat writers, here's a look at each team's best rookie this season.

Andujar becomes 5th Yanks rookie with 25 homers (Thursday, September 20)
The Red Sox arrived at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in a position to clinch the American League East for the second straight day. The Yankees are doing their best to ensure their champagne waits at least one more, jumping out to an early lead behind a three-run second inning against David Price.

D-backs shake up lineup, rout Cubs in 1-hitter (Thursday, September 20)
Torey Lovullo looked like a genius for shaking up the D-backs' lineup on Wednesday night as Arizona launched three home runs to back a Robbie Ray-led one-hitter in a 9-0 win over the Cubs at Chase Field.

Piscotty's 5 RBIs help A's cut magic number to 6 (Thursday, September 20)
Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in five runs to power the A's to a 10-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at the Coliseum, which lowered Oakland's magic number to six. Piscotty and Jed Lowrie each hit a two-run double during a six-run fourth inning. Brett Anderson tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to help Oakland end its three-game losing streak. Angels starter Felix Pena allowed six runs over four innings while the Halos mustered only four hits.

Puig's HR nets sweep as LA flexes atop West (Thursday, September 20)
Yasiel Puig came through in a pinch, coming off the bench Wednesday night to hit a three-run home run and give the Dodgers a 5-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep over the Rockies. The win gave Los Angeles a 2 1/2-game lead in the National League West.

Stewart's career day leads O's to victory (Wednesday, September 19)
DJ Stewart had a couple career moments as the Orioles took the series finale from the Blue Jays. He lifted his first Major League home run off the top of the right-field foul pole in the third and worked a 12-pitch at-bat for his first career double in the seventh. Jimmy Yacabonis worked four scoreless frames to start the game, and Mychal Givens earned his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Marco Estrada posted a quality start for the Blue Jays, lasting six innings while allowing just four hits, but was handed the loss. Billy McKinney scored the lone run for Toronto with a homer in the eighth.

Astros stalled on road to postseason clinch (Wednesday, September 19)
The Astros couldn't overcome a shaky first inning from left-hander Dallas Keuchel and were shut down by the Mariners in a 9-0 loss on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in the final meeting of the season between the two American League West clubs.

Price's woes at Yankee Stadium continue (Wednesday, September 19)
David Price entered Wednesday's start in the midst of his best stretch with the Red Sox, and in strong position to end the well-chronicled woes he's had at Yankee Stadium the last three seasons.

Cahill nears return, could start this weekend (Wednesday, September 19)
Trevor Cahill could return to the A's rotation this weekend. The right-hander used all of his pitches in a 35-pitch bullpen session at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon, reporting no pain in his back. He's missed two starts because of discomfort in the rhomboid muscle.

Archer authors his best outing with Bucs in win (Wednesday, September 19)
Chris Archer struck out eight and allowed one run in seven strong innings in his best start since being acquired, leading the Pirates past the Royals, 2-1. Adam Frazier hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning for the Pirates, who completed a three-game sweep and have won five in a row. Heath Fillmyer allowed two runs in seven innings, but the Royals were unable to back the rookie right-hander's strong effort.

Rockies to skip Gray's next start in Arizona (Wednesday, September 19)
With just 12 days remaining in the regular season and the Rockies in the heart of a pennant race, the team has elected to shuffle its starting rotation heading into Friday's series at Arizona after a discouraging performance from Jon Gray in his last start.

Puig sits again vs. lefty amid reverse splits (Wednesday, September 19)
The National League's most recent Player of the Week was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued to trust the percentages.

Phillies shut out Mets, keep pace with Braves (Wednesday, September 19)
Zach Eflin delivered his second strong start in a row Wednesday night, throwing five shutout innings as the Phillies blanked the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera both homered off Noah Syndergaard to lead the Philadelphia offense. The victory kept the Phillies 5 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East before the teams start a four-game series Thursday night in Atlanta.

Mariners hit 3 HRs, blank Astros in rout (Wednesday, September 19)
The Mariners took control early, scoring three runs in the first inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, in one instance literally, with Kyle Seager's single deflecting off the hurler's head. Keuchel remained in the game, only to give up two more runs, then Seattle added three homers off the Houston bullpen and secured a shutout victory in the series finale.

D-backs shake up lineup, post 4-run first (Wednesday, September 19)
Torey Lovullo looked like a genius for shaking up the D-backs' lineup on Wednesday night, when they scored four runs in the first inning off Cubs lefty Cole Hamels, three of which came on a homer by Christian Walker.

Aguilar's 4 RBIs help Crew expand WC lead (Wednesday, September 19)
Jesus Aguilar got his 100th RBI with a first-inning single, and two innings later, he hit a three-run home run to power the Brewers to a victory that increased their NL Wild Card lead to three games. Manny Pina hit a three-run shot after a 13-pitch at-bat for Milwaukee, which got six impressive innings from Gio Gonzalez. Matt Harvey allowed seven runs over 5 1/3 innings for the Reds in defeat.

After 6-run 4th, Piscotty extends lead with HR (Wednesday, September 19)
The A's cobbled together a six-run fourth inning during Wednesday's matchup with the Angels as they sought to shrink their magic number. And Stephen Piscotty was the primary source of Oakland's offensive breakout.

Kipnis' 1,000th hit is walk-off slam for Tribe (Wednesday, September 19)
Carlos Carrasco logged 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, but Jason Kipnis was the hero with a walk-off grand slam to give the Indians a series win on his 1,000th career hit. White Sox starter Dylan Covey went six strong innings -- retiring the final 10 batters he faced -- was in line for the win after Daniel Palka's 26th home run in the sixth, but the bullpen couldn't hang on.

Voit's two HRs deny Red Sox chance to clinch (Wednesday, September 19)
This is a different Yankees team than the fatigued group that rolled their bags out of Fenway Park following a fourth straight loss in early August, as the Red Sox have learned through the first 18 innings of their visit. Moving closer to full strength with some fresh faces mixed in, these division rivals would almost certainly make for a compelling postseason series.

Kuhl undergoes surgery on right elbow (Wednesday, September 19)
Chad Kuhl on Wednesday underwent surgery on his right elbow, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. The team will release further details after they are able to discuss the operation with Kuhl, his family and Dr. David Altchek, who performed the surgery in New York.

Lopez (ribs) expected to start opener vs. Tigers (Wednesday, September 19)
Royals manger Ned Yost said Wednesday he anticipates right-hander Jorge Lopez (left rib contusion) will make his next scheduled start against the Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Martin discusses giving time to Jays' rookie catchers (Wednesday, September 19)
Former starting catcher Russell Martin hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 3 as the Blue Jays allocated playing time to the rookie catching duo of Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire with some occasional appearances from backup Luke Maile.

Chapman reinstated from disabled list (Wednesday, September 19)
The Yankees are as close to complete as they will be for the remainder of the season, with closer Aroldis Chapman having been activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Twins arms combine to quiet Tigers, earn sweep (Wednesday, September 19)
The Twins got a stellar outing from Stephen Gonsalves in Minnesota's 8-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. After Gabriel Moya served as the "opener," Gonsalves delivered six scoreless innings of relief en route to his first big league victory. Catcher Willians Astudillo drove home a career-high three RBIs to pace the offense. Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull made his first big league start and allowed six runs on six hits over his four innings.

Kimbrel may get save opportunities in 8th inning (Wednesday, September 19)
One thing you could see at times down the stretch is closer Craig Kimbrel coming in before the ninth inning.

Reds willing to look to FA to upgrade rotation (Wednesday, September 19)
The Reds went into 2018 hoping to turn the corner from rebuilding to being closer to contending without making any offseason upgrades to the rotation.

Steinbrenner IV sets sights on IndyCar Series (Wednesday, September 19)
One of the famous quotes attributed to George M. Steinbrenner is that he summed up owning the Yankees by saying, "Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next." He lived by those words, pushing his teams and providing a path for the next generation.

Paxton hopes for 2 starts in season's final week (Wednesday, September 19)
James Paxton still wasn't feeling 100 percent when he threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, so he'll have another similar workout on Friday, when the club gets to Arlington, before rejoining the rotation in Seattle during the season's final week

Ahmed aiming to improve water in Dominican (Wednesday, September 19)
Partnering with Striking Out Poverty, an initiative of the Phoenix-based international non-profit Food for the Hungry, Nick Ahmed and his wife, Amanda, look to raise awareness and funds for the community of El Mogote, Dominican Republic.

Brewers exercise caution with Cain (rib cage) (Wednesday, September 19)
Lorenzo Cain was advised to be smart about the right rib cage injury that knocked him out of Tuesday's game against the Reds and kept him sidelined Wednesday at a critical time for the Brewers.

Kopech undergoes successful TJ surgery (Wednesday, September 19)
The White Sox announced on Wednesday that rookie right-hander Michael Kopech underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, and he is back home recovering from a successful procedure.

Belt returning to SF, faces possible surgery (Wednesday, September 19)
Facing possible surgery on his right knee, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was scheduled to return to San Francisco on Wednesday night to be examined by team doctors, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Incremental changes made to int'l scouting (Wednesday, September 19)
The search for the next great international prospect is only part of the reason more than 150 players, 200 scouts and 25 local trainers have gathered at the Cubs' academy 40 minutes east of Santo Domingo this week.

AL East title banner returned to Red Sox (Wednesday, September 19)
Louie Iacuzzi, a 44-year-old from Malden, Mass., was driving along a stretch of Massachusetts Route 28 known as McGrath Highway in nearby Somerville on Monday morning, when, according to what Iacuzzi told The Boston Globe, he and his friends saw cars swerving to avoid an object that turned out to be a 2018 American League East championship banner that had apparently gone missing while in transit to the Red Sox.

Mariners burst from gate with 3 in 1st vs. Astros (Wednesday, September 19)
The Mariners put three quick runs on the board off Dallas Keuchel in Wednesday night's series finale, including an RBI single by Kyle Seager that deflected off Keuchel's head and into the outfield.

Andujar becomes 5th Yanks rookie with 25 homers (Wednesday, September 19)
The Red Sox arrived at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in a position to clinch the American League East for the second straight day. The Yankees are doing their best to ensure their champagne waits at least one more, jumping out to an early lead behind a three-run second inning against David Price.

Flaherty has rare rough start in loss to Braves (Wednesday, September 19)
The plan has been scripted out for weeks now and executed through the club's fluid use of a sixth starter this month. It will all lead, the Cardinals hope, to a place where rookie Jack Flaherty is ready to take the ball in the team's most crucial game. What Flaherty couldn't do on Wednesday, however, was lift the Cardinals to a series sweep that would have inched them closer to needing the rookie right-hander on such a stage. Instead, the Braves took a 7-3 victory at SunTrust Park that snapped their four-game skid and ended the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak in Atlanta.

Bush to miss 1st half of '19 after UCL surgery (Wednesday, September 19)
Rangers pitcher Matt Bush underwent surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least the first half of next season.

What Bryce Harper has learned as a hitter in '18 (Wednesday, September 19)
It's possible Bryce Harper will emerge from this season a better -- or at least a more complete -- hitter, one who understands his swing better than he did at the start of the season. He began the year trying to implement more loft into his swing, with an eye toward increasing his power numbers. It worked. At least, kind of.

Beltre ties Musial, Stargell with No. 475 in loss (Wednesday, September 19)
The Rangers' late-season struggles continued on a hot Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park, but Adrian Beltre achieved another significant milestone in an 9-3 loss to the Rays. Beltre hit his 475th career home run when he took Rays pitcher Ryan Yarborough deep in the fourth inning. That tied him with Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th place all-time in Major League history. Next up are Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff with 493.

NL ends AL's 14-year Interleague win streak (Wednesday, September 19)
The American League may have won its sixth straight All-Star Game in July, but the National League can now say that an even longer streak has been put to rest.

Zack Wheeler shut down due to workload (Wednesday, September 19)
The Mets have finally seen the best of what Zack Wheeler can do when healthy, and they will take no chances in jeopardizing Wheeler's status heading into the offseason and 2019. "We're really excited about the year he had, and we feel like we'd probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point," manager Mickey Callaway said.

Bauer to be activated from DL Friday (Wednesday, September 19)
The Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. In order to do that, the team has worked with the pitcher on mapping out a schedule that will allow him to make three abbreviated starts before the end of the regular season.

An early look at Manny Machado's free agency (Wednesday, September 19)
As the regular season comes to an end and fans start to think about the offseason, we're taking a close look at some of the most prominent players eligible for free agency this offseason.

Rays keep pressure on with sweep in Texas (Wednesday, September 19)
Tommy Pham hit two home runs and the Rays put up crooked numbers in the second and fourth innings to complete a sweep in Texas and keep the Wild Card chase interesting. Adrian Beltre's 475th homer was the highlight for Texas, as the veteran pulled even with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the all-time home run list. But Yohander Mendez (3 2/3 IP, 8 runs, 7 ER) put Texas in a hole early, and Tampa Bay cruised from there. Ryan Yarbrough earned his 15th win, setting a franchise rookie record.

Freeman powers Braves as magic number hits 6 (Wednesday, September 19)
Though he has already conceded he will likely not win the NL MVP Award, Freddie Freeman appears ready to prove he remains the most valuable player on a Braves team that is happy to see he has escaped a maddening month-long slump. Freeman backed Touki Toussaint's strong start with a three-hit performance in Wednesday's sweep-preventing 7-3 win over the Cardinals at SunTrust Park. Freeman's two-run homer in the fourth provided a much-needed spark for the Braves, who reduced their magic number to six for clinching the NL East.

V-Mart to be honored pregame Saturday (Wednesday, September 19)
The Tigers will honor Martinez on Saturday in a ceremony prior to their 6:10 p.m. ET game against the Royals, celebrating the switch-hitter's seven-year Detroit tenure. Given the recent trend of Martinez being rested on day games after night games, Saturday could well be his final start at Comerica Park.

Rosario, Garver may not play again in '18 (Wednesday, September 19)
Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garver have been sent back to Minneapolis to deal with their respective injuries, manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday before the Twins' series finale against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Cardinals calling up No. 22 prospect Gallegos (Wednesday, September 19)
While he celebrated Memphis' first Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night, Giovanny Gallegos learned that, unlike his teammates, his season wasn't over. Gallegos will join the Cardinals in St. Louis on Friday as the club's final September callup.

Now healthy, Profar thriving in versatile role (Wednesday, September 19)
Rangers utility infielder Jurickson Profar is being listed as one of five players "to watch" for the Silver Slugger Award among American League shortstops. That may seem strange, considering Profar has only started 61 games at shortstop. But it can also be viewed as further validation that Profar is almost all the way back after having his once-promising career nearly derailed by shoulder problems.

Rays will recall Meadows, 3 more on Thursday (Wednesday, September 19)
Rookie outfielder Austin Meadows is among the Rays' four additional callups from Triple-A Durham the club plans to make on Thursday, after which he will make his debut with Tampa Bay.

Inbox: Will Marlins make run at Cuban star? (Wednesday, September 19)
What are the chances the Marlins sign coveted Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa? Joe Frisaro digs through the Inbox to answer fans' questions.

2018's biggest surprise statistical leaders (Wednesday, September 19)
It might seem like Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez are leading in everything. But you'll never believe some of the following league leaders.

Chapman reinstated from disabled list (Wednesday, September 19)
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was activated off the disabled list on Wednesday.

Bryant isn't holding back on in-game swings (Wednesday, September 19)
Kris Bryant missed all of August because of a sore left shoulder and has changed the way he practices in hopes of not aggravating it. On Monday, he hit his first home run since July 21, and it looked like one of his swings from before he went on the disabled list for six weeks.

Cowart's slam, Trout's 35th HR power win vs. A's (Wednesday, September 19)
Kaleb Cowart hit the Angels' first grand slam of 2018 in a six-run sixth inning that powered them to a 9-7 win over the A's at the Coliseum on Tuesday. It was the first career slam for Cowart, who also tripled and drove in five runs. Mike Trout hit his 35th home run of the season and Andrelton Simmons had three hits and two RBIs for the Halos. The A's magic number remained at seven with the loss. Mark Canha had a three-run double during a four-run fourth for Oakland, which couldn't complete a late comeback.

Judge returns to lineup: 'I felt like I never left' (Wednesday, September 19)
Although Aaron Judge is still dealing with pain in his right wrist, he made it clear in his first swing since coming back from the disabled list that the injury will not affect the quality of his at-bats.

D-backs' path gets tougher after Cubs' thumping (Wednesday, September 19)
When he met with the media before Tuesday's game with the Cubs, manager Torey Lovullo said he believed this was the night that things would turn for the D-backs, who have watched their postseason hopes grow dimmer by the day. Instead, it was more of the same in a 9-1 loss in front of a Chase Field crowd that loudly cheered the visitors.

Rockies' offense falls short as LA widens lead (Wednesday, September 19)
Tuesday night's extra-innings contest between the Dodgers and the Rockies at Dodger Stadium had all the drama of a postseason atmosphere. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they ended up on the wrong end of the result.

Pence shows he still has pop with HR, 3 RBIs (Wednesday, September 19)
Pence drove in the Giants' first three runs in their 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, belting a two-run homer in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth. In the eighth, Chris Shaw blooped a two-run double to left field. Franmil Reyes homered for the Padres, and Freddy Galvis went 4-for-5.

Memphis slugs its way to first Triple-A title (Wednesday, September 19)
After losing to Durham in last year's Triple-A National Championship, Memphis slugged its way past the Bulls, 14-4, on Tuesday to claim its first Triple-A title.

A's magic number stays at 7 with loss to Halos (Wednesday, September 19)
The A's magic number didn't budge on Tuesday. A disastrous meeting with the Angels doomed the A's in the series opener at the Coliseum, and they didn't get much help, either.

Postseason Picture: Where we are right now (Wednesday, September 19)
Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the playoff picture, recapping the latest action and taking a look at where each contender stands heading into the next games.

Rizzo tees up lead-padding rout of D-backs (Wednesday, September 19)
Javier Baez and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs to power the Cubs to a 9-1 victory over the D-backs that opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central. Rizzo had a 17-pitch at-bat against spot starter Matt Andriese in the first inning that set the stage for Chicago's early onslaught.

Taylor-made walk-off pads LA's NL West lead (Wednesday, September 19)
Chris Taylor widened the Dodgers' lead in the National League West, crushing a game-ending, 10th-inning home run in a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Rockies to boost their advantage to 1 1/2 games in the division. Taylor crushed a 2-2 pitch from Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino for his 17th homer of the season, thrusting a fist into the air as the ball headed toward the left-field seats. It was the Dodgers' sixth walk-off victory of the season and Taylor's first career game-ending homer. The Dodgers' bullpen followed Clayton Kershaw's seven strong innings with three scoreless innings.

Galvis prefers shortstop but aims for versatility (Tuesday, September 18)
Freddy Galvis -- who started at short in each of the Padres' first 148 games before rookie Javy Guerra was called up -- will be a free agent after the season. When he weighs his options this offseason, he wouldn't mind landing somewhere where he'll play short 162 times. But that isn't his top priority.

Johnson receives first big league callup at 28 (Tuesday, September 18)
Sherman Johnson was playing video games earlier this week when he received a call from the Angels' front office that caught him completely off guard. After seven seasons in the Minors, the 28-year-old infielder was receiving his first big league callup with the Halos.

Lorenzen dominates in 1st start since '15 in win (Tuesday, September 18)
In his first start since 2015, Michael Lorenzen allowed an unearned run, one hit and one walk over four impressive innings, pacing the Reds to a win over the Brewers. Chase Anderson allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, which had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position. Jose Peraza led Cincinnati's offense with a two-run home run in the first inning.

Odorizzi cruises in 2nd straight dominant win (Tuesday, September 18)
Jake Odorizzi put together a second consecutive dominant effort to earn a series win for the Twins against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Odorizzi allowed two runs -- on Mike Mahtook's two-run triple in the seventh -- in 6 1/3 innings, besting his counterpart, Daniel Norris, who allowed two runs in 5 1/3. The Twins were able to run Norris in the sixth inning after four of the first five batters reached. They tacked on three more runs in the seventh on a leadoff homer from Chris Gimenez and a two-run double by Tyler Austin. Mahtook added an RBI single in the ninth before Trevor Hildenberger locked down his seventh save of the year.

Strasburg K's 11, including 6 straight, for 9th win (Tuesday, September 18)
Stephen Strasburg struck out 11, including six in a row at one point, to lead the Nationals past the Marlins, 4-2, on Tuesday. Bryce Harper walked five times, falling one shy of the Major League record he tied in 2016 for the Nationals, who earned a split of the two-game set. Peter O'Brien homered, and J.T. Realmuto had two hits and drove in a run for the Marlins.

6 MLB clubs announce new Triple-A affiliates (Tuesday, September 18)
There was some shuffling among the Triple-A ranks Tuesday as six MLB clubs announced new player-development contracts with Minor League teams. Six organizations with expiring Triple-A affiliations -- the Mets, Rangers, A's, Nationals, Brewers and Astros -- will debut with new teams in 2019.

Dodgers' power continues September surge (Tuesday, September 18)
The Dodgers might vary their lineup on a nightly basis, yet one thing remains the same: The home runs keep coming.

Taillon dominates Royals with career-high 11 K's (Tuesday, September 18)
Jameson Taillon set a career high with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings and the Bucs walked off for the second straight night on Ryan Lavarnway's pinch-hit single in the 11th, the newly signed veteran's first career game-ending knock. The game exploded late: After Colin Moran's pinch-hit homer in the seventh, the Royals tied the game on Hunter Dozier's pinch-hit double in the ninth. That K.C. didn't score more was down to Taillon and Francisco Cervelli, who applied great tags to get outs at the plate in the seventh and ninth (preventing two from scoring on Dozier's hit). Royals starter Eric Skoglund was good himself, with six scoreless innings to extend his stellar run since returning from the DL.

Gurriel caps rally in 7th to take series vs. O's (Tuesday, September 18)
The Blue Jays rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to earn a series win on the road. A throwing error by Steve Wilkerson allowed the tying runs to score, then Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run single as part of a 2-for-3 night to put Toronto ahead. Dylan Bundy allowed only two earned runs in his 6 2/3 innings of starting work -- his longest outing since July -- but was charged with five total runs. Cedric Mullins hit a leadoff home run for the O's.

Bryant isn't holding back on in-game swings (Tuesday, September 18)
Kris Bryant missed all of August because of a sore left shoulder and has changed the way he practices in hopes of not aggravating it. On Monday, he hit his first home run since July 21, and it looked like one of his swings from before he went on the disabled list for six weeks.

Braves held to Acuna's HR in 4th straight loss (Tuesday, September 18)
It's too early for the Braves to panic about the possibility of a collapse. But after suffering an 8-1 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park, they can't ignore the fact that they have spent the past month trending in the wrong direction.

Boston bullpen struggles; magic number remains 2 (Tuesday, September 18)
The champagne will have to stay in storage for at least another night. The Red Sox were nine outs away from a party, but instead the bullpen became an issue again and the Yankees came storming back for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Mets reportedly expect Tebow back in 2019 (Tuesday, September 18)
Tim Tebow is expected to return to the Mets organization in 2019 for his third season in professional baseball, according to a report Tuesday.

Memphis slugs its way to first Triple-A title (Tuesday, September 18)
After losing to Durham in last year's Triple-A National Championship, Memphis slugged its way past the Bulls, 14-4, on Tuesday to claim its first Triple-A title.

Shaw (knee), Cain (rib cage) exit vs. Reds (Tuesday, September 18)
The Brewers lost cleanup hitter Travis Shaw to a bruised knee in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game at Miller Park against the Reds, and an inning later, they lost their No. 3 hitter, Lorenzo Cain, too.

Kluber notches 11 K's in career-high 19th win (Tuesday, September 18)
Corey Kluber logged 11 strikeouts in earning his career-high 19th win, while becoming the third Indians pitcher to notch 200 K's this season in the series opener. Jason Kipnis hit his 16th homer for the Tribe off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon, whose streak of six straight quality starts on the road was snapped despite homers by Daniel Palka and Omar Narvaez.

Clutch pinch-hits help keep Phils in playoff hunt (Tuesday, September 18)
Mets starter Steven Matz tagged NL Cy Young Award candidate Aaron Nola for a solo home run and tossed five scoreless frames to put the Mets in position to win, but the Phillies rallied for five runs in the decisive sixth inning. Veterans Wilson Ramos and Justin Bour (who were both acquired via trade) collected pinch-hit RBIs, and Jorge Alfaro broke the game open with a deep three-run home run. Hector Neris worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Rizzo's 17-pitch AB tees up Javy's 33rd HR (Tuesday, September 18)
The D-backs planned to limit starter Matt Andriese to about 50 pitches on Tuesday, but they didn't expect Anthony Rizzo's at-bat would take up about a third of those pitches. Seeing the Arizona right-hander's entire repertoire from the on-deck circle certainly helped Javier Baez, who gave Chicago a 2-0 lead with his 33rd home run and heard "M-V-P" chants rain down from Cubs fans in the Chase Field crowd.

Crew loses ground; bats shut down in defeat (Tuesday, September 18)
Christian Yelich was held in check, Lorenzo Cain made a mysterious early exit, and nobody else with a bat in his hands and a Brewers uniform on his back could pick up the slack in a 3-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday.

Trout goes deep vs. A's for 35th HR of season (Tuesday, September 18)
Mike Trout launched his 35th home run of the season to put the Angels on the board in the fourth inning of their series opener against the A's on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

Snell allows 1 hit, sails to MLB-leading 20th win (Tuesday, September 18)
Blake Snell threw five scoreless innings to earn his Major League-leading 20th win of the season, as Snell and three Rays relievers combined to shut out the Rangers Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. The series-clinching victory was the Rays' 13th win in their last 16 games, and they are 35-19 since the All-Star break. Tampa Bay is 8-0-1 in its last nine series, as they make a strong playoff push.

Rookie's 7 K's push Astros closer to clinching (Tuesday, September 18)
Hard-throwing rookie right-hander Josh James held the Mariners scoreless for 5 1/3 innings Tuesday, striking out seven batters and allowing four hits and two walks, to pick up his first Major League victory in the Astros' 7-0 win over the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. The Astros began the day with a four-game lead over the second-place A's in the American League West. The win reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two and to clinch the division to eight.

Sparked by DeJong, Cards tighten WC grip (Tuesday, September 18)
Paul DeJong tagged Anibal Sanchez for a two-run blast and finished with a three-RBI night to help the Cardinals to their third straight win, a win that further strengthened their hold on the National League's second Wild Card berth. Despite the homer, Sanchez delivered a solid start, striking out nine and keeping the Braves in it until the bullpen let St. Louis tally six insurance runs.

Walker's clutch HR keeps Sox champagne on ice (Tuesday, September 18)
The Yankees are constructed to thrive upon the home run, and on a day when they surprised many by welcoming back one of the league's most celebrated power hitters, it was Neil Walker who delivered the most important drive of the night.

Boyd's Kingdom Home combats child trafficking (Tuesday, September 18)
Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and his wife, Ashley, weren't looking to open their own nonprofit when the call came in. Though they were active in charitable causes, they had just become parents. Then came the call earlier this year from Ashley's old boss at Remember Nhu, a nonprofit which aims to prevent child trafficking and sex slavery through grassroots work around the world.

Frazier's success, versatility give Bucs options (Tuesday, September 18)
General manager Neal Huntington said on Sunday that Adam Frazier has stepped up and proven that he's ready to be the Pirates' everyday second baseman heading into next year. But Frazier's versatility will provide Pittsburgh's front office with some flexibility this offseason.

Fulmer to seek 2nd opinion on meniscus tear (Tuesday, September 18)
Michael Fulmer could spend a second consecutive offseason recuperating from surgery. The Tigers right-hander will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion on the damaged meniscus in his right knee.

Nats' young arms getting invaluable experience (Tuesday, September 18)
Still mathematically in the playoff hunt, Nationals manager Dave Martinez hangs those fading hopes somewhat on a group of young pitchers who are still going through the growing pains of performing at the Major League level.

Sano back, looking to shed weight for 2019 (Tuesday, September 18)
Miguel Sano was back in the Twins' lineup Tuesday night against the Tigers for the first time since Sept. 4, when he injured his lower left leg sliding into second base. Sano said that it's important for him to finish this season on a high note, but he also laid out some of what he'll be doing in the offseason to prepare his body for 2019.

Anderson battling through grind of rookie year (Tuesday, September 18)
From the start of Spring Training through the regular season, Brian Anderson has been a staple in the Marlins' lineup and one of the core building blocks for the organization.

Helping veterans a special cause for Miller (Tuesday, September 18)
When it comes to supporting a cause, D-backs pitcher Shelby Miller certainly holds veterans and active-duty military members near and dear to his heart.

Source: Hoskins signs with agent Boras (Tuesday, September 18)
A source confirmed an NBC Philly report that Rhys Hoskins has signed with powerhouse agent Scott Boras, who represents some of the biggest stars in the game.

'Pen usage a daily puzzle for Cards skipper Shildt (Tuesday, September 18)
Piecing together available and effective arms to garner the final outs of a game remains a daily puzzle for manager Mike Shildt, who will be without two of his most trusted late-inning relievers on Tuesday in the second game of the Cardinals' three-game series at SunTrust Park.

Bauer feels he's close to coming off the DL (Tuesday, September 18)
Trevor Bauer took a seat in the Indians' dugout, grabbed some water and took a break from his simulated throwing session on Tuesday afternoon. Slugger Jose Ramirez, sitting on an elevated bench by the railing, turned around and engaged in some friendly trash talk with his teammate.

Snitker not ready to commit to Braves' playoff rotation (Tuesday, September 18)
Though the Braves still have some work to do, Brian Snitker can't avoid the reality that the remainder of the regular season will influence the construction of his potential playoff roster. Consequently, time is running out for Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb to strengthen their respective bids.

Stalwart Haniger finishing season strong (Tuesday, September 18)
Mitch Haniger has been the Mariners' best position player much of the year and he's taken that up another level in the stretch run.

Cash on Snell: 'The guy is dominating' (Tuesday, September 18)
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash spoke before the game about Tuesday night's starting pitcher Blake Snell and his quest for his 20th win. "He's continued to get better throughout the year. He's really gotten hot after the break, and he's provided us a huge boost."

McFarland shut down for remainder of season (Tuesday, September 18)
D-backs reliever T.J. McFarland wanted to pitch and believed he could, even though he had a bone spur in his left elbow. But manager Torey Lovullo said after the team discovered some swelling around the spur, the decision was made to shut the left-hander down for the rest of the season.

McCullers has 'another good day' with sim game (Tuesday, September 18)
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr., who went on the disabled list Aug. 5 with a muscle strain in his right forearm, continues to rehab at the team's Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., with hopes of returning for the final week of the regular season. McCullers threw his second simulated game Tuesday morning, facing three hitters.

Betts ready to play, but weather delays return (Tuesday, September 18)
The wet grounds at Yankee Stadium didn't merely push Tuesday's gametime back by six hours, but it also postponed the return of Red Sox star right fielder Mookie Betts.

Strasburg fans 6 straight hitters in dominant run (Tuesday, September 18)
After giving up a leadoff home run to Peter O'Brien in the second inning, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg hit the next batter with a pitch before settling down, embarking on a strikeout streak that reached six consecutive Marlins batters Tuesday.

DJ Stewart's first MLB hit? A Little League homer (Tuesday, September 18)
After 13 hitless at-bats, DJ Stewart finally has his first Major League hit, and it was a Little League home run.

Matz joins Mets history with solo HR off Nola (Tuesday, September 18)
Steven Matz became the third Mets pitcher to homer in consecutive starts with a solo shot in the third against the Phillies on Tuesday.

LIVE: Watch Red Sox-Yankees on Facebook (Tuesday, September 18)
MLB and Facebook's partnership continues tonight with a matchup between the Red Sox and Yankees in New York, presented by Snapple.

Brandon Morrow out for the season (Tuesday, September 18)
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Tuesday that the team will not have closer Brandon Morrow for the rest of September, including the postseason.

Shaw exits with bruised right knee after HBP (Tuesday, September 18)
Brewers cleanup hitter Travis Shaw left Tuesday's game at Miller Park against the Reds with a bruised right knee, two innings after he was struck by a 95-mph fastball.

Story's injury less severe than initially feared (Tuesday, September 18)
The Rockies got good news from Trevor Story's MRI exam results. Colorado's shortstop has inflammation in his right elbow, not a UCL injury, and will be sidelined a couple of days, according to manager Bud Black.

Stanton's script still being written (Tuesday, September 18)
Going into Tuesday's games, only eight men in all of baseball had hit more home runs this season than Giancarlo Stanton, whose 59 last season were far more than anyone else.

New tech on display at international showcase (Tuesday, September 18)
Keyshawn Rombley stepped in the batter's box on Field 2 at the Chicago Cubs' academy Tuesday morning, with more than 200 scouts taking notes in the seats behind him. A high-tech mini camera shaded by a low-tech mini umbrella was propped up a few feet in front of him, about a quarter of the way to the pitcher's mound.

Boone: Chapman to return in next day or two (Tuesday, September 18)
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be activated off the disabled list either tomorrow or Thursday, manager Aaron Boone said prior to Tuesday's matchup against the Red Sox.

Abreu hospitalized with infection in thigh (Tuesday, September 18)
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was hospitalized with an infection in his right thigh on Tuesday. The ailment is unrelated to Abreu's recent stint on the disabled list, according to the White Sox. Abreu is considered day to day but is expected to miss the White Sox series against the Indians.

Judge returns to lineup, batting 2nd vs. Red Sox (Tuesday, September 18)
Aaron Judge was inserted in the lineup vs. Boston, batting second and playing in right field. The 26-year-old returned to the field on Friday, but did not bat, playing two innings in right.

Astros part ways with 4 Minor League coaches (Tuesday, September 18)
Rodney Linares, who guided Fresno to a division title in his first season managing at Triple-A this year, is one of four Minor League coaches who won't return to the Astros next season, president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday.

San Antonio becomes Brewers' Triple-A affiliate (Tuesday, September 18)
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year contract will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Brewers general manager David Stearns.

MVP candidate Cain stars in directional OF metric (Tuesday, September 18)
Who's great at going back to make catches in the outfield, or coming in? What about going to the left or right? With an update to a key Statcast metric, now you can find out.

Aaron Judge homers in sim game at Stadium (Tuesday, September 18)
The threat of rain pushed the start time for the Red Sox-Yankees series opener back six hours, so the batter's box at Yankee Stadium belonged to Aaron Judge on Tuesday morning.

5 factors that will shape epic NL West finish (Tuesday, September 18)
With 13 days remaining in the regular season, we're down to it. So let's look at five things we think could decide the National League West.

Trevor Story facing UCL damage in right elbow (Tuesday, September 18)
Trevor Story, who exited Monday's 8-2 loss to the Dodgers early, is facing potential UCL damage in his right elbow, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday.

No change in Cy races, but debate rages on (Tuesday, September 18)
National League voters may end up having it easy compared to what's happening in the American League. At least in the NL, the issue is fairly straightforward.

This is MLB's best team (it's not the Red Sox) (Tuesday, September 18)
The Astros won't have home field advantage in the playoffs because they won't win as many games as the Red Sox, but that might not matter. Once again, the road to the World Series runs through Houston, where the defending champs are baseball's best team.

Crawford, Longo homer to back Suarez in win (Tuesday, September 18)
Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria each clobbered home runs in the Giants' 4-2 win over the Padres at Petco Park on Monday. A quartet of rookies also made an impact. Left-hander Andrew Suarez pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career, holding San Diego to two runs and four hits in 7 2/3 innings. Chris Shaw went 3-for-3 to record his second consecutive multi-hit game. Aramis Garcia, making his initial big league start at first base, singled to drive in a key fourth-inning run. And right fielder Austin Slater unleashed a powerful throw for an out at second base.

Hendricks 1 out from complete game in 3-hitter (Tuesday, September 18)
Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows it wasn't a popular choice to pull Kyle Hendricks one out away from a complete game on Monday night. All that mattered to Hendricks was that the Cubs got the win.

D-backs pushed further back by Cubs' Hendricks (Tuesday, September 18)
The D-backs managed just three hits in 8 2/3 innings against Kyle Hendricks as they fell, 5-1, to the Cubs on Monday night at Chase Field.

Ryu sets tone, saves 'pen with 7-frame gem (Tuesday, September 18)
The Dodgers didn't need a shutdown performance from Hyun-jin Ryu on a night in which the offense dominated the Rockies, but they sure got one from the southpaw in Monday night's 8-2 win at Dodger Stadium.

Strangio on Statcast, Angels' pursuit of Ohtani (Tuesday, September 18)
Angels assistant GM Jonathan Strangio sat down with's Mark Feinsand on this week's episode of Executive Access.

Gray can't contain LA as Rox fall out of first (Tuesday, September 18)
With two weeks left in the regular season, the first-place Rockies arrived at Dodger Stadium Monday looking to pounce on the team that has won the National League West for the last five seasons. But all of the pouncing belonged to the Dodgers, as Colorado dropped the first of a three-game series, 8-2, and slipped to a half-game back of Los Angeles for first place in the division.

These players hit multiple cycles in their careers (Monday, September 17)
While hitting one cycle might be rather arbitrary for a big leaguer, hitting two within a career takes some skill. In fact, only 25 players have done so since 1908.

Baez, Bryant HRs back Hendricks' gem in AZ (Tuesday, September 18)
Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit two-run homers to back Kyle Hendricks' 8 2/3-inning gem as the Cubs rolled to a 5-1 victory over the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field.

Joc, Dodgers rock Rox to retake first place (Tuesday, September 18)
With first place in the National League West hanging in the balance, Joc Pederson brought the power early for the Dodgers in an 8-2 win over the Rockies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The lopsided victory put the Dodgers a half-game above the Rockies in the division, kicking off a vital three-game series in just about the best way possible.

Borucki tosses gem as Blue Jays blank O's (Monday, September 17)
The rookie battery mates of Ryan Borucki and Danny Jansen almost single handedly led the Blue Jays to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles. Borucki tossed eight scoreless and Jansen hit a two-run homer as Toronto picked up its third consecutive victory on the current three-city road trip. Kevin Pillar and Aledmys Diaz added solo shots to help power the Blue Jays. The Orioles tied a dubious mark in defeat, picking up their 107th loss of the season, tying a Baltimore record for most losses in a season. They were held to just three hits Monday, but did get an impressive performance out of relief from Sean Gilmartin who tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Youngsters pave way as Marlins battle back (Monday, September 17)
The young Marlins, led by clutch hits from Lewis Brinson and Magneuris Sierra, mounted an impressive late-game rally against the Nationals' 'pen. Washington jumped to an early lead on homers by Victor Robles and Anthony Rendon, who extended his on-base streak to an NL-best 26 games. Starlin Castro put the game away with a 423-foot blast in the eighth inning.

Mets put dent in postseason hopes for Phils (Monday, September 17)
Zack Wheeler went seven solid innings for his 12th win of the season and Michael Conforto logged a career-high six RBIs to lead the Mets in the series opener. Conforto hit a go-ahead double in the seventh and his three-run homer in the ninth iced it. Right-hander Jake Arrieta labored through five innings in a no-decision as the Phillies' Wild Card hopes took a hit with the loss.

Twins' pitching strategy, big inning pay off (Monday, September 17)
Opener Gabriel Moya and primary pitcher Kohl Stewart combined to keep the Tigers down early as the Twins tested out a new pitching strategy, and Minnesota rode a four-run fourth to a comfortable victory at Comerica Park on Monday. Eddie Rosario hit his 24th home run in the victory, and later left after aggravating his right quad. Detroit scored its lone run when Rosario injured his leg chasing down a Jim Adduci line drive. Jorge Polanco added a home run in the ninth for Minnesota.

Leaky bullpen unable to hold Nats' early lead (Monday, September 17)
Jimmy Cordero and Koda Glover combined for five runs allowed on six hits over 1 1/3 innings of relief. It overshadowed Victor Robles' first Major League home run, a three-hit night for Anthony Rendon and a nice, albeit shortened, outing from starter Erick Fedde.

Stallings' first walk-off hit wins it for Bucs (Monday, September 17)
Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and a two-run double that he smashed to right field shortly after fouling a ball hard off his right knee. Right-hander Joe Musgrove gave up the lead in a four-run fifth, but the Pirates tied it in the eighth and catcher Jacob Stallings lined his second career walk-off hit -- a single to left field -- to give the Bucs a 7-6 win over the Royals at PNC Park.

Rox will lean on '17 experience in final stretch (Monday, September 17)
While there's still two weeks left in the regular season, it may feel like postseason baseball has already begun. The Rockies entered a three-game series against the Dodgers with a half-game lead over Los Angeles for first place in the National League West. They'll throw their three best arms -- Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland and Tyler Anderson -- to counter Los Angeles' offering of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler.

Sore ankle takes Reddick out early vs. Mariners (Monday, September 17)
Astros right fielder Josh Reddick was removed from Monday's game against Seattle following the fourth inning with right ankle discomfort.

Bumgarner could open final series vs. Dodgers (Monday, September 17)
Should the National League West race remain undecided as the regular season's final weekend approaches, Madison Bumgarner could pitch the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Glasnow earns first Rays win with 6 scoreless IP (Monday, September 17)
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow turned in one of his best starts for the Rays on Monday night against the Rangers, and he finally earned what had been an elusive first win with his new club. Glasnow allowed just two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings in the Rays' shutout win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Glasnow, acquired in the Trade Deadline deal that sent Chris Archer to the Pirates, picked up his first victory with Tampa Bay in nine starts.

Phillies slowed by Mets in postseason chase (Monday, September 17)
The Phillies continue to wait for the hot streak that never comes.

They dropped a 9-4 decision to the Mets on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. It kept them at least 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves in the National League East.

Orioles to don Braille-lettered jerseys tonight (Monday, September 17)
On Tuesday, the Orioles are doing something special for their fans without sight -- they'll become the first team in professional sports to incorporate Braille lettering into their game day uniforms.

Slam prevents Astros from eliminating Seattle (Monday, September 17)
After watching Jake Marisnick make a pair of diving catches in the eighth inning, including a spectacular grab on a Robinson Cano sinking liner, the Mariners stunned the Astros when Daniel Vogelbach clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam off Hector Rondon to steal a 4-1 win Monday over the defending champs at Minute Maid Park.

Braves fall, but magic number down to 7 (Monday, September 17)
The Braves' pitching spun out of control on Monday night, and the Cardinals made them pay in an 11-6 victory at SunTrust Park, the site of a growing home-field disadvantage. Despite the defeat, the Braves inched closer to clinching the National League East. Their magic number was reduced to seven when the Phillies lost, 9-4, to the Mets.

Vogelbach's slam keeps Mariners' hopes alive (Monday, September 17)
Daniel Vogelbach hasn't gotten much playing time since being called up this September, but the big rookie came through again Monday with a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-1 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The grand slam was the first allowed by the Astros this season and kept them -- for a day at least -- from mathematically eliminating the Mariners in the American League West race.

Story exits during at-bat with apparent injury (Monday, September 17)
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story left Monday night's game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

Four HRs keep Cards in thick of WC chase (Monday, September 17)
The Cardinals reclaimed sole possession of the second National League Wild Card berth thanks to a solid start by Miles Mikolas -- who earned his 16th win -- and homers off the bats of Harrison Bader, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina. And despite the loss, the news wasn't all bad for the Braves, whose magic number to clinch the NL East shrank to seven when the Phillies lost to the Mets.

Baez ignites Cubs with 32nd homer (Monday, September 17)
The Cubs' offense has been scuffling lately. National League MVP Award candidate Javier Baez took care of that with one swing on Monday night against the D-backs.

Joc rocks Rox with 2 HRs, snow-cone grab (Monday, September 17)
With first place in the National League West hanging in the balance, Joc Pederson brought the power early for the Dodgers against the Rockies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Yelich's historic 2nd cycle propels Crew (Monday, September 17)
A day after the end of an on-base streak that spanned 30 games, Christian Yelich started a new one in historic fashion. Yelich, who has hit his way into the National League MVP debate with a torrid second half, became the fifth player in Major League history to hit for the cycle twice in the same season, and the first to do it twice against the same team when he paced an 8-0 Brewers win over the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park.

Loup likely to join Phillies' roster on Tuesday (Monday, September 17)
The Phillies' roster is expected to get even larger on Tuesday. Left-hander Aaron Loup likely will be activated from the 10-day disabled list, giving manager Gabe Kapler a maximum 40 players on the active roster. Loup has been on the DL since Aug. 16 because of a strained left forearm.

Drury on mend, but '18 return looks unlikely (Monday, September 17)
Infielder Brandon Drury is making progress from a fractured left hand, but it's "doubtful" that he will return to the field before the end of the year.

Crick finishing with a kick in first Bucs season (Monday, September 17)
Coming up through the Giants' Minor League system, Kyle Crick developed his pregame routine by watching other pitchers, experimenting with parts of their process and seeing what worked for him. He liked to see how Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, two pitchers known as workhorses, prepared themselves each day.

Molitor mulling over Twins' future use of 'opener' (Monday, September 17)
The concept of using an "opener" pitcher for some games has slowly weaved its way through Major League Baseball this season. The Twins began their experiment with the role in the beginning of September, and though manager Paul Molitor said the sample size isn't large enough to make any major conclusions, he spoke Monday about the possible future of the strategy.

Urena set to make next start despite cramping (Monday, September 17)
It appears the Marlins have dodged an injury scare with Jose Urena. The club's Opening Day starter, and team leader in starts and innings pitched, remains on schedule for his next start, which is at home on Saturday against the Reds.

Larger than life: Peralta grateful for opportunity (Monday, September 17)
The swagger, at least temporarily, was gone. These days, it is next to impossible to find D-backs outfielder David Peralta without his infectious smile, an energy level dialed into overdrive and a larger-than-life personality that could make an extrovert blush.

Garrett at home in 'pen, open to starting in '19 (Monday, September 17)
After a year in which many of their starters struggled for consistent success, the Reds will certainly have to take stock of their rotation options heading into 2019. Left-hander Amir Garrett has worked out of the bullpen all season but started 14 games in 2017.

Mets to monitor pitchers with eye toward 2019 (Monday, September 17)
While the Mets still have a little less than two weeks left in their season, the club will make some decisions in these final days with 2019 and beyond in mind.

Rookies to start all games in Padres' set vs. LA (Monday, September 17)
In the midst of an incredibly tight National League West race, the Dodgers will host the Padres for three games this weekend in Los Angeles. Three rookie starting pitchers will be thrown directly into the pennant-race fire.

Rangers in search of new Triple-A affiliate (Monday, September 17)
The Rangers are looking for a new Triple-A affiliate after the Round Rock Express informed them on Monday of the end to an eight-year partnership. Nashville and San Antonio are the two leading spots for the Rangers and next season. Round Rock, owned by Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, and Houston businessman Don Sanders, is expected to become an affiliate of the Astros beginning next season.

Nationals playing it safe with Glover's return (Monday, September 17)
The Nationals have big plans for right-handed reliever Koda Glover, but manager Dave Martinez remains cautious with their 6-foot-5-inch power pitcher.

Who will round out Red Sox's postseason roster? (Monday, September 17)
Will Blake Swihart's versatility push him over the top for postseason-roster consideration? What should the Red Sox do about Rafael Devers? Beat reporter Ian Browne answers those questions and more in the Inbox.

Groin healed, Camargo back in action for Braves (Monday, September 17)
The Braves received a boost on Monday night when Johan Camargo returned to the lineup against the Cardinals at SunTrust Park.

Twins-Tigers features clash of Gardenhires (Monday, September 17)
The No. 81 Twins jersey was waiting for Toby Gardenhire when he walked into the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park. So was his father, in the other clubhouse.

Ranking the rookies by their long-term potential (Monday, September 17)
Starting with Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto, who's in the midst of a historic season, Jim Callis ranks the top rookie players under 25.

NL batting race aligns in Reds-Brewers series (Monday, September 17)
The road to the National League batting title travels through Miller Park this week, though you won't see it on the scoreboard unless you look closely when the Reds' Scooter Gennett and the Brewers' Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain come to bat.

Finger issue keeps Cards reliever Norris out of action (Monday, September 17)
The Cardinals will be without Bud Norris for at least the opening game of their series against the Braves as the veteran reliever gives a callus on his right middle finger additional time to heal.

Snell one win away from Rays' history books (Monday, September 17)
Rays left-handed ace Blake Snell has a chance to tie club history when he faces the Rangers on Tuesday night, but he has yet to give that much thought. Snell entered the day with 19 wins, which led the Majors. With a win on Tuesday, Snell would tie David Price for the most single-season wins in Rays history. Price won 20 games in 2012, when he won the American League Cy Young Award.

Andriese set to face Cubs in Buchholz's spot (Monday, September 17)
Right-hander Matt Andriese will start for the D-backs on Tuesday night against the Cubs in place of the injured Clay Buchholz, who will miss the rest of the season due to a flexor strain in his right elbow.

Rosario exits Twins game with right leg injury (Monday, September 17)
Eddie Rosario fielded a single hit by Jim Adduci in the fourth inning, but fell awkwardly as he tried to turn around for the throw. He remained on the ground for several moments before leaving the field under his own power.

Cubs prospect Alzolay preparing for '19 (Monday, September 17)
It was 100 degrees at the Cubs' complex early Monday when Adbert Alzolay played catch. If the season had gone the way the right-hander wanted, he would've been preparing for the Cubs' series opener against the D-backs at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

Could closer role be in Ohtani's future? (Monday, September 17)
Would the Angels consider moving Shoehi Ohtani from starter to reliever to protect the two-way star? Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers those questions and more in the Inbox.

Paxton back, but return to Seattle rotation unclear (Monday, September 17)
James Paxton is dealing with a flu and pneumonia combo that flattened him last week, leaving his return to the rotation still in flux as the season winds down. Paxton rejoined the Mariners on Monday in Houston, but needs to regain his energy and shake off the aftereffects of the illness before he'll be cleared to pitch in a game.

Robles crushes 427-foot jack for 1st career HR (Monday, September 17)
Victor Robles has impressed with his glove and range in center field. Add a power bat to the list of tools for Washington's top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Alberta's Cust fires no-no in must-win T12 game (Monday, September 17)
Brayden Cust and James Paxton don't just share a Canadian passport, they're now the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter at Rogers Centre this year.

How will Tribe construct its postseason staff? (Monday, September 17)
What will the Indians' pitching staff look like in the playoffs? Should Greg Allen get a postseason roster spot over Rajai Davis? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers those questions and more in the Inbox.

Fulmer has meniscus damage in right knee (Monday, September 17)
Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, who left his last outing Saturday with soreness in his right knee, has damage in the meniscus, manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday.

A's make Las Vegas new Triple-A affiliate (Monday, September 17)
The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has come to terms on a player development contract with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League through the 2020 season.

JV, Puig earn Player of the Week honors (Monday, September 17)
For their efforts during heated division races, the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig were recognized on Monday as the AL and NL Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

Judge, Chapman have no issues in sim game (Monday, September 17)
The Yankees are off on Monday, but both Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman made strides toward their respective comebacks with simulated games at Yankee Stadium.

Inbox: Can Giants move large contracts? (Monday, September 17)
What would it take for the Giants to deal veteran players with big contracts? Beat reporter Chris Haft answers that question and others in the latest Inbox.

MLB hosting showcase in Dominican Republic (Monday, September 17)
The Trainer Partnership Program, a new MLB initiative that works in partnership with trainers from Latin America, will host its first showcase for participants in the program Tuesday through Thursday in front of representatives from every MLB team at Temistocles Metz Stadium in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.

Top 10 players in 2018-19 free-agent class (Monday, September 17)
While September brings exciting pennant races, it is also a time when many clubs turn their attention to the offseason and begin formulating plans for free agency. Here are the current rankings of the top 10 2018-19 free agents.

Each team's 2018 breakout player (Monday, September 17)
Today we take a look at players on each team who, in 2018, had the breakthrough year that augurs great things for the future. Some of them are rookies, some of them just finally turned the corner, but all of them are players we'll be talking about for years to come. And this was the year they got it all started.

These are the best games each day this week (Sunday, September 16)
With the 2018 regular season winding down, let's check out the best game each day in the season's penultimate week.

Power Rankings see a top 10 newcomer (Sunday, September 16)
Heading into the penultimate week of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays have managed to crack the top 10 in the Power Rankings.

Bullpen of the Week: Brewers (Sunday, September 16)
With a 1.48 ERA over 24 1/3 innings last week, the Brewers' bullpen was a big reason why Milwaukee has been able to remain within striking distance of the Cubs in the National League Central as the regular season winds down. The club's relief corps struck out 32 and walked only eight to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the week of Sept. 10-16.

Waino's 9-K gem puts Cards in WC tie with LA (Sunday, September 16)
The Cardinals could use a little nostalgia after a troublesome start to September following a remarkable August. But Sunday night's 4-0 victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium wasn't about up-and-coming youth taking the mantle. It came in the form of a dynamic, vintage Adam Wainwright.

Twins slug four HRs to take finale vs. Royals (Sunday, September 16)
Jorge Polanco had four hits and hit one of the Twins' four homers as Minnesota beat the Royals, 9-5, to take the series finale on Sunday. Johnny Field had four hits and fell a triple shy of hitting the cycle for the Twins, who finished with 18 hits. Adalberto Mondesi had three hits to continue his red-hot hitting of late for the Royals, who took three of four in the series.

Reds pop Cubs behind 2 HRs, Castillo's start (Sunday, September 16)
Supported by home runs from Scott Schebler and Phillip Ervin, Luis Castillo cooled the first-place Cubs over 6 2/3 innings as the Reds won the finale of a three-game series in which every game was decided by one run. Jose Quintana allowed both homers as he worked five innings for the Cubs, who have a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central with 13 left to play.

Calhoun's clutch shot helps Halos snap skid (Sunday, September 16)
Kole Calhoun launched a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to lift the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Mariners in Sunday's series finale at Angel Stadium. Justin Anderson worked a scoreless eighth before giving way to Ty Buttrey, who struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the year. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the third, but the Mariners tied it on Daniel Vogelbach's two-run shot.

Shaky D continues along with D-backs' slide (Sunday, September 16)
A matchup of two former Cy Young Award winners produced predictable results on Sunday at Minute Maid Park -- for six innings. The seventh was more complicated for the visiting D-backs, whose defensive gaffe helped break open the inning in a 5-4 loss to the Astros that cemented a series defeat. Arizona fell to 4 1/2 games back in the National League West, with the division-leading Dodgers set to play Sunday night.

Yankees, MLB hold stickball tournament in Bronx (Sunday, September 16)
As part of the Play Ball initiative, New York Emperors Stickball League, along with Major League Baseball and the Yankees, put on a stickball event under the No. 4 elevated train line on Saturday. The event invited kids from ages 10-14 to come out and enjoy the game from which baseball originated.

Halos help Hailey Dawson finish 'Journey to 30' (Sunday, September 16)
An inspiring journey that began more than three years ago was completed at Angel Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as 8-year-old Hailey Dawson achieved her quest to become the first person to throw out the first pitch at all 30 Major League ballparks.

The top 10 moments of David Wright's career (Sunday, September 16)
When September draws to a close, so too will David Wright's career, cut too short by the back, neck and shoulder injuries. Here are the top 10 moments of his playing time with the New York Mets.

Mejia's walk-off slam caps wild win for Padres (Sunday, September 16)
Francisco Mejia's only been a Padre for two weeks. He wasted little time putting himself in rarefied territory with the club. Mejia launched a two-out walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning for a victory over the Rangers at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.

Pitcher's bat helps Rockies forge NL West tie (Sunday, September 16)
Antonio Senzatela's two-run, bases-loaded single in the second inning ended the Rockies' season-worst scoreless streak at 20 innings and was the key swing in a relief-bringing, 3-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. Senzatela (5-6) also held the Giants to one run on five hits, with five strikeouts, in five-plus innings, allowing the Rockies to hold serve in the tight National League West race.

Cruz a late scratch from finale due to illness (Sunday, September 16)
Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz was scratched from Sunday's game against the Angels about 90 minutes before first pitch due to illness, with Daniel Vogelbach replacing him for the series finale.

Fletcher exits with injury after doubling in first (Sunday, September 16)
Angels second baseman David Fletcher departed Sunday's series finale against the Mariners in the first inning with an apparent injury.

Cora using final two weeks to rest key players (Sunday, September 16)
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is a big believer in rest as it is. There will never be any Cal Ripken streaks on a team he manages. But thanks to the cushion his team has built, Cora can be even more liberal than usual with keeping his regulars off their feet the final two weeks of the regular season.

Blue Jays' rally turns Pannone's gem into a win (Sunday, September 16)
Yet another strong pitching performance by a Toronto rookie put the Blue Jays in prime position to complete a late-game comeback, as Randal Grichuk delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth to defeat the Yankees, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. In his fourth big league start, Thomas Pannone went seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits for his second consecutive quality start.

Williams lowers 2nd-half ERA to 1.19 in win (Sunday, September 16)
Trevor Williams allowed two hits over six innings, while Kevin Newman delivered two RBIs to lead the Pirates' offense. Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs over five innings for the Brewers, and the Milwaukee bullpen allowed one run over the final four frames. The Brewers scored one run in the series' final two games and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Oh expected to return for series vs. Dodgers (Sunday, September 16)
Rockies righty reliever Seunghwan Oh, who has not pitched since Sept. 9 because of left hamstring tightness, threw a bullpen session and did pregame activities Sunday and should be available in the Rockies' bullpen during the three-game road series against the Dodgers that starts Monday night.

Cron, Adames mash early; Rays outlast A's late (Sunday, September 16)
C.J. Cron and Willy Adames homered, and Brandon Lowe tripled in a pair of runs to provide the Rays with all the offense they'd need to win Sunday and take the series against the Athletics at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay used eight pitchers during its third consecutive bullpen day and held Oakland to four hits, the last of which was a grand slam by American League home-run leader Khris Davis in the ninth inning.

Bieber takes loss in bid for postseason roster (Sunday, September 16)
When this season began and Shane Bieber was fitted for his uniform with Double-A Akron, the pitcher could not have predicted he would be in the position he is now with two weeks left in the regular season.

Yankees host Red Sox live on Facebook (Sunday, September 16)
One of sports' most storied rivalries is coming to Facebook. Tuesday's Yankees-Red Sox tilt at Yankee Stadium will stream live on Facebook presented by Snapple, in addition to New York and Boston local broadcasts and MLB Network (out-of-market only).

Phils miss sweep, shot to gain on Atlanta (Sunday, September 16)
The Phillies' small mathematical chance to reach the postseason took another hit Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Betts should be OK after departing early (Sunday, September 16)
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said right fielder Mookie Betts should be fine to play on Tuesday against the Yankees, most likely at designated hitter. Betts had to exit Sunday's 4-3 win over the Mets in the top of the sixth inning due to soreness in his left side.

Crew rally falls short, still 2 1/2 back of Cubs (Sunday, September 16)
Back-to-back ninth-inning home runs by Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana snapped a streak of 16 scoreless innings, but the Brewers' comeback attempt fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Khrush slams, but A's can't gain in Wild Card (Sunday, September 16)
Khris Davis' grand slam made things interesting, but it wasn't enough as the Athletics fell, 5-4, to the Rays in the series finale on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Yanks drop game; Wild Card edge still 1 1/2 (Sunday, September 16)
The Yankees' blueprint for the postseason revolves around squeezing five innings from their starting pitcher, then utilizing their bullpen to take a lead home. That plan worked for most of the afternoon on Sunday, but Dellin Betances permitted four hits in a two-run eighth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to rally for a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Braves fall in finale as magic number falls to 8 (Sunday, September 16)
One day after Julio Teheran issued a career-high six walks over four innings, Sean Newcomb extended his recent woes while laboring through three innings of Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Nationals at SunTrust Park. The Braves totaled eight hits on Sunday and lost the final two games of the series, which prolonged their recent frustration at home.

Verlander fans 11, extends Astros' division lead (Sunday, September 16)
Justin Verlander went seven dominant innings as the Astros captured the series over the D-backs. Verlander, who struck out 11, tied his career single-season high of 269 set in 2009. His lone blemish came on David Peralta's solo shot. Zack Greinke allowed four runs, including a Josh Reddick homer, over 6 1/3 frames. Daniel Descalso went deep in a ninth-inning rally that fell short.

Cubs fall to Reds, but maintain Central lead (Sunday, September 16)
Jose Quintana and the Cubs' bullpen performed well enough to keep them in the game Sunday, but it was a lack of run support that kept the NL Central leaders from a three-game sweep of the series at Wrigley Field.

Sale goes 3 scoreless; Sox magic number at 2 (Sunday, September 16)
After being the latest team to outlast Jacob deGrom and score off the Mets' bullpen, the Red Sox notched a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon that reduced the magic number to two for clinching the American League East title.

Klentak discusses Phils' up-and-down season (Sunday, September 16)
The Phillies played good enough baseball the first four months of the season to take first place in the National League East and convince the front office to make upgrades before and after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Heyward activated off DL, available on bench (Sunday, September 16)
The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward off of the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. "He's good to go," manager Joe Maddon said. "[We're] still being cautious, but he's good to go."

First in, but do they win? Earliest division clinchers (Sunday, September 16)
Dating back to the advent of the Wild Card in Major League Baseball in 1995, here's a look at which teams were first to clinch a division title each year, as well as how they fared in the postseason.

Sale ramps up to three shutout innings (Sunday, September 16)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale looked a little more like his vintage self on Sunday afternoon against the Mets than he did in his first game back from the disabled list earlier in the week. The lefty threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out one.

Judge could be ready to hit during Red Sox set (Sunday, September 16)
The gap between the top two teams in the American League East may be larger than the Yankees would like, but Aaron Judge's potential return to the lineup promises to add some spice to the upcoming series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Betts exits with apparent injury after throw (Sunday, September 16)
Right fielder Mookie Betts left Sunday's game in the sixth inning vs. the Mets with an apparent injury after trying to throw out Austin Jackson at home plate.

7 questions contenders still need to answer (Sunday, September 16)
We all know the postseason brings a higher level of tension and purpose. Those experiencing it for the first time say it's beyond anything they expected. To have eight months of hard work and the hopes of teammates and fans riding on every pitch is something that must be experienced to be understood.

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