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Q&A: O'Dowd reflects on '07 Rox, '97 Indians (Today)
Twenty years ago, Dan O'Dowd was the director of baseball operations/assistant general manager for an Indians team that won its third consecutive American League Central title and advanced to the World Series for the second time in three years.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 23 (Today)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

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

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

Iannetta has 'ton of fun' with slam, 8-RBI night (Today)
Chris Iannetta had never received a standing ovation before, so when the 34,588 fans at Chase Field beckoned for him to return to the top step of the home dugout after his grand slam on Friday night, it was a bit of an out-of-body experience.

'World Series or bust' for playoff-bound Dodgers (Today)
For the fifth consecutive year, the Dodgers have won the National League West. They can lock up home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason with any combination of Los Angeles wins and Washington losses totaling four.

Yankees seek postseason berth on MLB.TV (Today)
With the Yankees on the verge of clinching a postseason berth, Sonny Gray starts for New York on the road against the Blue Jays, and fans can follow all the action streaming live on MLB.TV.

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

Left thumb continues to plague J. Martinez (Friday, September 22)
With his left thumb still ailing several days after jamming it on a swing, Jose Martinez will return to St. Louis on Saturday so that the Cardinals' medical staff can get a better look at the injury.

Mets face decision on Collins as season wanes (Friday, September 22)
In one dugout Friday at Citi Field sat Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball's second-oldest manager at age 68. Baker, whose postseason-bound Nationals used a lineup full of reserves in the Mets' 7-6 win, appears to boast plenty of job security as his contract expires. In the other dugout stood Terry Collins, born three weeks before Baker in 1949. Collins is also in the final days of his contract, though his future is far murkier.

Familia rescues Ramos for first save since May (Today)
For the second time during the ninth inning Friday against the Nationals, the Mets' bullpen door swung open. As Jeurys Familia's hulking figure emerged through the frame, "Danza Kaduro" blared throughout Citi Field's speakers, like it does every time Familia enters a game.

Players appreciative for Ausmus' dedication (Today)
Most Tigers players haven't had a chance to talk with Brad Ausmus about the news that he won't be back as Tigers manager. They heard the news from general manager Al Avila in a team meeting after they came back in the clubhouse from the annual team picture, then they went back out to the field for batting practice.

Postseason roster battles heat up for Nats (Today)
As the Nationals make the crucial decisions about their postseason roster during the coming weeks, manager Dusty Baker will try to juggle judging track records with recent performance. A pair of players competing for postseason spots could be trending in opposite directions following the Nats' 7-6 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Kepler finding new approach against lefties (Today)
With Max Kepler's struggles against left-handers this season, manager Paul Molitor has mostly sat him against lefties in recent weeks, even using infielder Ehire Adrianza in the outfield to replace him.

Price shows what he can do as reliever (Today)
The value that David Price can bring to the Red Sox as a reliever was on full display on Friday at Great American Ball Park as manager John Farrell went to him in a high-leverage situation.

Gennett sets franchise record with 4th slam (Friday, September 22)
When the Reds claimed Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers on March 28 to be a utility player, no one envisioned him eventually seizing the everyday spot at second base this season.

Crew denied in 3rd straight heartbreaker (Today)
After three straight heartbreaking losses in the opponents' final at-bat, including two in a row to the team they are chasing in the National League Central, is it Wild Card or bust for the Brewers?

Rangers feeling growing sense of urgency (Friday, September 22)
The Rangers clubhouse was eerily quiet on Friday night after a 4-1 loss to the Athletics at the Coliseum. It was a stark contrast to the laughter and music following their three-game sweep of the Mariners this week in Seattle.

Dodgers celebrate Lasorda's 90th birthday (Friday, September 22)
Even before the Dodgers could present Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda a division title for his 90th birthday Friday night, the club held an on-field pregame ceremony to mark the occasion, with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred among attending dignitaries.

Royals can't slow White Sox, slip in WC race (Today)
Rookies Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson hit home runs and the White Sox scored five unanswered runs for a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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

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

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

Sources: Marlins to dismiss 4 special assistants (Friday, September 22)
When the ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter takes over the Marlins, four prominent members of the organization will not be back. The organization is not retaining special assistants Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jeff Conine, according to multiple sources. The club has not confirmed.

Managers Postgame: Molitor on Twins' win (Today)
Paul Molitor discusses Kyle Gibson's solid start as well as strong offensive performances from Byron Buxton and Max Kepler in the Twins' win.

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

Road to the Postseason: Sept. 23 (Today)
The Dodgers became the fourth team to claim a division in 2017, clinching the National League West for a fifth consecutive season with a 4-2 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. L.A. joins the Nationals, Indians and Astros in advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs.

Leitch: MLB may make 100-win history (Today)
Four teams have a chance to win 100 games in the same season for the first time in baseball history.

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

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

Nellie's HR hands Tribe 2nd loss in 29 games (Today)
It took a walk-off two-run blast by Nelson Cruz, but the Mariners found a way to derail the red-hot Indians on Friday night with a 3-1 win at Safeco Field and keep their fading postseason hopes alive in the process.

D-backs outmash Marlins; magic number at 2 (Today)
It was definitely not a pitchers' duel at Chase Field on Friday night as Chris Iannetta smacked two home runs and drove in eight as the D-backs won a slugfest with the Marlins, 13-11, and inched closer to clinching a postseason berth.

TGI 5 Day in LA: Dodgers clinch, celebrate! (Today)
For the past month the Dodgers played like they had the division clinched. On Friday night, they finally did. It all came together fittingly on Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday, a 4-2 win over the rival Giants that secured a fifth consecutive National League West title.

Marte 'very grateful' for Bucs fans' reception (Friday, September 22)
Starling Marte wants to finish this season strong, to show that he is still working to prove himself to the Pirates and their fans, following his 80-game suspension earlier this year. But as far as the Bucs are concerned, Marte's offensive numbers don't mean much at this point.

Cotton set to return to rotation Sunday (Friday, September 22)
Jharel Cotton is not yet ready to close the book on his 2017 season.

Cruz named Mariners' MVP by BBWAA (Friday, September 22)
Nelson Cruz seems to keep getting better with age, a fact not lost on his manager or the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which selected the slugger as the Mariners' Most Valuable Player for 2017 on Friday.

Mathis, Owings hoping to return from injuries (Friday, September 22)
Catcher Jeff Mathis and infielder/outfielder Chris Owings are each progressing in their recoveries from their respective hand injuries.

Escobar set to see live pitching next week (Friday, September 22)
Angels manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't say for certain that injured reliever Huston Street's season is officially done, but the news isn't encouraging on the right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a right groin injury. The reports are better on third baseman Yunel Escobar, who was placed on the DL on Aug. 8 and is expected to see live pitching next week.

Senzatela returning to his first-half form (Friday, September 22)
Should the Rockies claim the second National League Wild Card spot, rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela wants to make sure he's a part of the bullpen. Going into Friday's game against the Padres, he hadn't been scored upon in his last four outings.

Beltre still limited to designated hitter duties (Friday, September 22)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is taking ground balls again, but is not ready to play defense. Beltre has been dealing with a strained left hamstring and remains limited to designated hitter duties.

Mattingly weighs in on NL MVP race (Friday, September 22)
Along with being the beginning of the Marlins' final road trip of the season, the series with the D-backs features two of the top National League MVP candidates.

Communication with Tito crucial to bullpen (Friday, September 22)
The Indians expect to have closer Cody Allen and relief ace Andrew Miller shoulder important innings in October, when the American League Central champs will attempt to return to the World Series. With that in mind, manager Terry Francona appreciates the honesty that Allen displayed this week.

Fantasy411 Podcast: Ranking Corey Kluber (Friday, September 22)
The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's Fantasy411 podcast, hosted by MLB.com lead fantasy writer Fred Zinkie and national editor Matthew Leach. To hear the rest of their discussion, subscribe to the Fantasy411 podcast.

Virus, not hand, keeps Turner sidelined (Friday, September 22)
Following being hit by a pitch on his hand Thursday vs. the Phillies, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the lineup Friday. Manager Dave Roberts said though Turner's hand is still sore, his absence isn't because he's not able to play through the injury, but because of a virus he came down with Thursday night.

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

Benintendi feels the love in return home (Friday, September 22)
They spanned three entire sections of bleachers in left field, starting near the foul pole and stretching toward left-center. They were mostly from Ohio, but nearly all of them wore Red Sox shirts and hats.

Hernandez, Dodgers helping Puerto Rico (Friday, September 22)
Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez, a native of Puerto Rico, has created his own donation fund to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

Ramos' grand slam powers Rays past O's (Friday, September 22)
Led by Wilson Ramos' grand slam and Evan Longoria's homer -- which tied the club record for home runs-- the Rays powered their way to Friday's 8-3 series-evening win over the Orioles.

Frazier reaches out to dad of fan hit by foul ball (Friday, September 22)
Todd Frazier had a conversation with the father of the young girl who was struck by a foul ball during the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and the New York third baseman was encouraged to hear that she "is doing OK."

Bats jump out early, but Nats can't hold vs. Mets (Friday, September 22)
One positive takeaway for the Mets during the final month of this season has been the September surge from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. He launched a pair of home runs Friday night, giving him a career-high 15 homers on the year, to power the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field.

Cards rally to keep pressure in races (Friday, September 22)
With ground to make up in a pair of National League races and time running short, the Cardinals did their part to keep pressure on the Cubs, Brewers and Rockies by striking for a pair of ninth-inning runs to sink the Pirates, 4-3, at PNC Park on Friday.

Gibson guides Twins to victory over Tigers (Friday, September 22)
Kyle Gibson continued his impressive run by throwing seven strong innings, Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier both homered to lift the Twins to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Jays slam Tanaka, put Yankees' clinch on hold (Friday, September 22)
Ryan Goins pulled off a hidden ball trick that caught Todd Frazier napping, then slugged a grand slam that ended Masahiro Tanaka's night as the Blue Jays trounced the Yankees, 8-1, on Friday evening at Rogers Centre.

Astros blank Halos behind strong JV, Yuli's HR (Friday, September 22)
Yuli Gurriel broke up a scoreless game with a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and Justin Verlander and two relievers combined on a shutout in the Astros' 3-0 win Friday night at Minute Maid Park, sending the Angels 3 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Rockies-Padres: Watch live on Facebook (Friday, September 22)
Watch on MLB.TV and blackout-free on Facebook as the Padres host the Rockies, who are clinging to a slim lead for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Bellinger sets NL rookie record with 39th HR (Friday, September 22)
With a three-run shot in the third inning Friday vs. the Giants, Dodgers sensation Cody Bellinger launched his 39th homer of the season, setting the single-season mark for home runs by a National League rookie.

Red Sox storm back vs. Reds, pad East lead (Friday, September 22)
The Red Sox endured the early body blow of a grand slam by Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett and then stormed back with big hits and clutch relief to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Reds on Friday night that reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to six.

Source: Former GM Wade will not return to Phils in '18 (Friday, September 22)
The Phillies have made a few changes to their baseball operations and scouting departments.

'Homework' helps Buxton improve at stealing (Friday, September 22)
According to Statcast™'s sprint speed metric, Byron Buxton is the fastest player in baseball, but this season he's using his speed to become a better base stealer with the help of manager Paul Molitor, third-base coach Gene Glynn and first-base coach Jeff Smith.

Schoop named 2017 Most Valuable Oriole (Friday, September 22)
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop isn't content to just be this year's recipient of the Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award. Schoop sees his career 2017 season as a challenge: to continue to set the bar higher.

Nido lending hand to help family in Puerto Rico (Friday, September 22)
Hardly two weeks into his Major League career, Tomás Nido is quickly learning to deal with adversity, as his native Puerto Rico was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Maria earlier this week.

Early cuts: Arenado has energy for extra BP (Friday, September 22)
Nolan Arenado had played in all but three of the Rockies' 153 games this season. Guys like that usually save their energy. But five hours before Friday night's game with the Padres, Arenado was sweating in the Petco Park batter's box.

Britton undergoes stem-cell injection in left knee (Friday, September 22)
Orioles closer Zach Britton had a stem-cell injection in his left knee on Friday, a move that will likely end the left-hander's 2017 season.

Nelson rejoins Brewers with arm in sling (Friday, September 22)
Jimmy Nelson completed the transition from Brewers No. 1 starter to No. Brewers 1 fan on Thursday, when he returned from shoulder surgery in the middle of the team's epic series opener against the Cubs.

Ilitch affirms commitment to ownership of Tigers (Friday, September 22)
Former Tigers owner Mike Ilitch made a point for years to be part of the team photo. No matter the circumstances, Ilitch would be in the front row, middle, with the manager and general manager at his side, a tradition that continued until his health made it too difficult. On Friday, Ilitch's son Chris was at Comerica Park to continue the tradition.

Soto thinking about his family in Puerto Rico (Friday, September 22)
The family of White Sox catcher Geovany Soto is fine and in good spirits in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's assault on the commonwealth. But the devastation in Puerto Rico is really significant.

Cubs blow off steam with in-game 'retreat' (Friday, September 22)
If you see the Cubs' players suddenly disappear from the dugout, don't worry. They're on a mini retreat. Anthony Rizzo apparently started it, but he didn't want to take credit.

Baez relieved to hear from family in PR (Friday, September 22)
Cubs infielder Javier Baez was relieved on Friday when he finally had a chance to talk to his brother, Gadiel, in Puerto Rico. Communication with family and friends has been nearly impossible since Hurricane Maria pummeled the island.

Braves have not decided Snitker's future (Friday, September 22)
While the Braves have not yet committed to retaining Brian Snitker, the club's top executive expressed high praise for his current manager when asked about the possibility of the club entering the 2018 season with its third different manager in less than two full calendar years.

Family ties: Farrells reunite in Cincinnati (Friday, September 22)
Earlier this season, Red Sox manager John Farrell had the thrill of flying to Kansas City and sitting in the stands at Kauffman Stadium as his son, Luke, made his Major League debut.

Yost set to return as Royals skipper in 2018 (Friday, September 22)
As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager.

McCullers to return for Sunday start vs. Angels (Friday, September 22)
Injured starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (arm fatigue) is set to rejoin the Astros' rotation on Sunday night vs. the Angels at Minute Maid Park.

Nats tie club single-season record for homers (Friday, September 22)
The Nationals matched a franchise record for most home runs in a single season Friday night against the Mets, when Adam Lind smacked a three-run homer in the third inning.

Beltran donates $1M to Hurricane Maria relief (Friday, September 22)
Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran became the latest Major Leaguer to commit to relief efforts in the Caribbean, launching a fundraising campaign for his native Puerto Rico. Beltran and his wife, Jessica, spearheaded the effort with their own $1 million donation to help those affected by the storm.

Canadian fakin': Goins uses hidden ball trick (Friday, September 22)
Ryan Goins is known for being a magician with the glove, but on Friday night at Rogers Centre, he unveiled his sneakiest move yet: The hidden ball trick.

Rogers that! Judge hits Toronto-best 469-footer (Friday, September 22)
Aaron Judge's September surge continued on Friday evening with the longest home run hit at Rogers Centre this season, a 469-foot blast to the second deck in left field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada.

Ichiro has decades of play left (Friday, September 22)
So Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until he's 50? Why not 60?

Get to know Bo: Bichette joins Pipeline podcast (Friday, September 22)
The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Tim McMaster, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss which top prospects have improved their stock the most in 2017, which rookies have the most long-term potential and whether scouts think Shohei Otani will make a better hitter or pitcher in the big leagues. The guys also interview Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette.

Syndergaard to pitch 1 inning in Saturday start (Friday, September 22)
Noah Syndergaard will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Nationals at Citi Field. He will pitch one inning, with originally scheduled starter Matt Harvey entering the second inning in relief.

Urgency factor favors Indians in postseason (Friday, September 22)
Sometimes a "Team of Destiny" wins the World Series. Sometimes the champion is a "Team of Manifest Destiny. "But most recently, the title has belonged to a "Team With a Sense of Urgency."

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 22 (Friday, September 22)
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

Verlander opens key set for Astros, Halos (Friday, September 22)
The Astros and Angels will meet for their last series of the season on Friday night with plenty still on the line for both clubs as they make their final pushes toward the postseason. After clinching the division title, Houston has its sights set on catching Cleveland (2 1/2 games back) for the best record in the American League, while the Halos, who are 2 1/2 games behind, look to catch the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Ausmus won't return as Tigers skipper (Friday, September 22)
The Detroit Tigers announced on Friday that the contract of manager Brad Ausmus will not be extended beyond the 2017 season. The announcement was made by Al Avila, Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager.

MLB's 'Funnest' down to finals: Baez vs. Lindor (Friday, September 22)
Now, bizarrely, Baseball's Funnest Player comes down to a couple of wonderful players who are basically the same guy: Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor.

Reds ink Barnhart to 4-year, $16 million deal (Friday, September 22)
The Reds did not wait until the offseason to secure catcher Tucker Barnhart for the long term.

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

Lineup confusion delays Nats-Braves game (Friday, September 22)
Nationals manager Dusty Baker entered Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park planning to rest most of his regulars during the final couple of innings. He certainly didn't anticipate the confusion this would create when he opted to make six lineup changes before the bottom of the eighth.

Dodgers look to clinch NL West on MLB.TV (Friday, September 22)
The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for their final homestand of 2017 with a chance to clinch the National League West on Friday. They can celebrate their fifth consecutive division title on Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday with a win over the Giants, or a D-backs loss to the Marlins.

Cano enters record books with 300th homer (Friday, September 22)
Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers' reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday's 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

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

Rox drop fourth straight, but maintain WC spot (Friday, September 22)
Padres left-hander Clayton Richard celebrated his fresh two-year, $6 million contract extension by increasing the Rockies' stress.

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

Beltre, Hamels keep Rangers in AL WC mix (Friday, September 22)
Cole Hamels allowed one run in seven innings and Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit home runs as the Rangers topped the Mariners in the series finale to remain 2 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card. Robinson Cano hit his 300th career homer and Nelson Cruz hit his 35th home run of the season as Seattle dropped its sixth consecutive game, falling five games back of in the Wild Card race.

Cards sweep Reds; within 1 1/2 of WC spot (Friday, September 22)
Even given scant odds of making the postseason following a sweep by the first-place Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in three games vs. the Reds -- win. An 8-5 St. Louis victory over Cincinnati completed the series sweep at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night.

Goodnight, Kris! Cubs great late vs. Crew (Friday, September 22)
This was not the postseason, but it sure felt that way Thursday night at Miller Park as the Cubs and the Brewers traded late-inning blows in Milwaukee's most charged September ballgame in years. Javier Baez hit a tying two-out RBI single in the ninth, Wade Davis escaped a bases-loaded jam to force extra innings and Kris Bryant's two-run home run in the 10th sent Chicago to a 5-3 win in the opener of a four-game series that could decide the NL Central.

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

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

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

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

Loss has Astros 2 1/2 back of AL's best mark (Friday, September 22)
The White Sox pushed across runs on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and a bases-loaded double play in the third, and seven relievers stifled the Astros' offense to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

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

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

Twins rout Tigers, increase Wild Card lead (Friday, September 22)
The Twins boosted their chance at making the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, powered by a three-hit game from Joe Mauer and a two-run single from Byron Buxton to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night at Comerica Park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Thursday, September 21)
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postseason Picture: If the season ended today (Wednesday, September 20)
MLB's 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league (Oct. 3 & 4) for the right to compete in the best-of-5 Division Series (2-2-1 format). The LCS and World Series are best of 7 games (2-3-2 format).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Wednesday, September 20)
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers (Tuesday, September 19)
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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