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Bryce Harper Discusses Upcoming Free Agency  

Though he has made it a policy this season not to discuss his forthcoming trip onto the open market, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper sat down recently for an interesting chat with Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. With the clock ticking on the 2018 season, and perhaps also his time with the D.C. organization, Harper struck a distinctly…

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2018-09-26 04:59:56



D-backs turn tables on Dodgers with walk-off HR  

The D-backs have watched too many games slip from their collective fingertips over the past few weeks, but Tuesday night's comeback belonged to them as they rallied to beat the Dodgers, 4-3, thanks to Eduardo Escobar's walk-off homer off Kenta Maeda in the ninth.

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2018-09-26 04:45:05



Cardinals sketch out rotation for final weekend  

Though plans are subject to change based on the standings, the Cardinals are prepared to start Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas in their final series of the regular season.

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2018-09-26 04:40:39



Shields reaches 200-IP mark before Sox walk off  

White Sox starter James Shields fought through six innings for the 26th time this year, reaching the 200-inning milestone for a 10th season, and Daniel Palka's two-run single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth as Chicago walked off vs. Cleveland. Trevor Bauer threw 60 pitches in four innings in his second start back from the DL before Carlos Carrasco took over, cruising until the fateful final frame. Bauer struck out four and allowed a two-run homer to Avisail Garcia -- his 19th, a new car

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2018-09-26 04:39:22



FAQs Astros face as they head to playoffs  

The Astros have clinched their second consecutive American League West title and second 100-win season in a row. Can a second consecutive World Series championship be in in the cards as well?

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2018-09-26 04:30:47



Cubs fall, but playoff magic number dips to 1  

There's something about the Pirates that is bringing out the least amount of offense in the Cubs, and it's happening at an inopportune time. Pablo Reyes smacked a three-run homer to back Chris Archer and lead the Pirates to a 6-0 victory on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, spoiling any celebration for another day.

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2018-09-26 04:30:04



Touki solid in NLDS audition; Braves rally in NY  

The Braves couldn't crack Mets starter Noah Syndergaard over six innings, but they did just fine against New York's bullpen, plating seven unanswered runs to claim the series opener at Citi Field. Atlanta rookie starter Touki Toussaint worked around five walks to toss five innings of two-run ball as he auditions for a spot in the Braves' postseason rotation. Ronald Acuna Jr. ripped a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh, and Ozzie Albies capped the comeback with a two-run homer in the eighth.

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2018-09-26 04:25:13



Reyes makes mark with HR to power Bucs  

Pablo Reyes set the tone with a three-run homer -- his second jack of the series -- after a 55-minute rain-delayed start as the Pirates spoiled the Cubs' bid to clinch a postseason spot for the second straight game. Bucs starter Chris Archer delivered six strong innings with nine strikeouts and plunked Kris Bryant, who later exited with a left wrist contusion. Despite the loss, Chicago's magic number to clinch a playoff berth dipped to one.

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2018-09-26 03:58:08



Dodgers go with Ryu's hot hand in final series  

The Dodgers will start pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler in the three-game series in San Francisco that ends the regular season, skipping Rich Hill.

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2018-09-26 03:44:37



Crew on cusp of clinch, right on Cubs' heels  

One more Busch Stadium win, and the Brewers are in. Milwaukee is that close to claiming at least a National League Wild Card berth after Christian Yelich pushed past 100 RBIs and then some on a career-best six-RBI night, and Ryan Braun homered twice in a 12-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday. If the Brewers can complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals behind Jhoulys Chacin on Wednesday, it will ensure Milwaukee a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2011. A clubhouse celebrat

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2018-09-26 03:43:27



Swanson to undergo MRI on injured left wrist  

With the postseason starting next week, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson may be dealing with a left wrist ailment similar to the one that sidelined him for two weeks in May.

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2018-09-26 03:43:27



Seattle stuns A's on Herrmann, Seager heroics  

Down to their last out on Tuesday night, the Mariners got a gift from Matt Chapman. Chapman -- heralded as one of the game's most brilliant third basemen -- committed a two-out error on a potentially game-ending Ryon Healy grounder to extend the bottom of the ninth inning. Athletics closer Blake Treinen couldn't overcome the miscue, surrendering a pinch-hit, game-tying RBI single from Kyle Seager to send the game into extra innings. Chris Herrmann ended up putting the ribbon on this one, crushin

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2018-09-26 03:41:35



Another milestone for Mauer as he mulls retirement  

Joe Mauer will wait until the offseason to announce whether he intends to keep playing or retire, but the possibility remains that this could be his last week in a Twins uniform.

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2018-09-26 03:41:16



Bumgarner lifts SF in 12th with 1st walk-off hit  

Madison Bumgarner delivered a pinch-hit walk-off single in the 12th inning to lift the Giants to a 5-4 win over the Padres on Tuesday night at AT&T Park. After Gorkys Hernandez led off the 12th with a triple, Bumgarner's hit ended it and snapped San Francisco's five-game losing streak. Hunter Pence homered, collected two hits and scored three runs for the Giants. San Diego's Franmil Reyes sent the game to extras with a game-tying RBI single in the ninth.

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2018-09-26 03:39:07



Daniels: Rangers won't rush skipper selection  

While selecting a new manager is an early-offseason priority for Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, making an ideal hire will have the ultimate priority over rushing to make a decision.

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2018-09-26 03:36:18



Gomber struggles; Cards fall from playoff spot  

Credit the Cardinals for making a spirited comeback attempt after digging into an early six-run hole. But this was not a night for moral victories, not as the Rockies blew out the Phillies for their fifth consecutive win and thus shot past the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card standings. In falling, 12-4, to the Brewers at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, the Cardinals also fell out of postseason position.

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2018-09-26 03:33:38



Gallo reaches 40 HRs for second straight season  

Joey Gallo picked up the milestones Tuesday, while Rangers watched somebody else pick up the victory at Angel Stadium.

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2018-09-26 03:26:10



Shoemaker lays groundwork, bats seal deal  

Matt Shoemaker delivered an impressive bounce-back performance for the Angels, working five strong innings and striking out seven in a win against the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Shohei Ohtani, Taylor Ward and Kaleb Cowart collected RBIs during a four-run sixth inning, and Mike Trout scored on an error in the frame. Joey Gallo connected for his 40th homer of the season, a solo shot in the third, for Texas in the loss.

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2018-09-26 03:20:23



Turnbull rebounds; Tigers charge in 8th to win  

When Spencer Turnbull made his first Major League start last week, the Twins crashed his party and served the right-hander a blowout loss. On Tuesday, Turnbull faced the same lineup, but he found much more positive results as he tossed six strong innings and helped the Tigers to a win over the Twins at Target Field. Detroit's offense was held quiet by Minnesota righty Kohl Stewart for much of the night, but came to life in the eighth to deliver a comeback win.

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2018-09-26 03:19:39



Cardinals lose Carpenter, Shildt to ejections  

The Cardinals were forced to finish Tuesday's game without MVP candidate Matt Carpenter, who was served his second ejection of the season after arguing a called third strike in the seventh inning.

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2018-09-26 03:09:37



Dodgers' lead cut to half-game by walk-off HR  

The Dodgers started the D-backs' downfall with a trio of late-inning wins at Dodger Stadium four weeks ago, and Arizona flipped the script on Tuesday night, getting to the Dodgers' bullpen for a 4-3 victory that tightened the National League West race again.

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2018-09-26 02:32:23



FAQs Yankees face as they head to playoffs  

The Yankees savored their first celebration of the season Saturday at Yankee Stadium, as Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double chased Didi Gregorius home with the run that stamped their entry into the American League Wild Card Game, the seventh Wild Card berth in franchise history.

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2018-09-26 02:30:39



Scherzer hits 300 K's, earns 18th win  

Max Scherzer fanned Austin Dean in the seventh inning for his 300th strikeout on the season en route to his National League-leading 18th win. Scherzer became just the 17th pitcher since 1900 to accomplish the feat and the first right-hander since Curt Shilling in 2002. The Nationals ace allowed just one run while striking out 10 batters in seven innings of work. Anthony Rendon backed him early with a three-run blast off Marlins starter Jeff Brigham, who struggled with command as he issued four w

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2018-09-26 02:26:12



Injury Notes: Altherr, Correa, Hicks, Bryant, Swanson, Harvey, Walker  

Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his big toe, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia (via Twitter). He suffered the injury on Monday when crashing face-first into the left field wall while chasing a ball that ultimately cleared the fence. The Phillies were optimistic about Altherr coming into the…

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2018-09-26 02:15:19



Rox move into 2nd WC, half-game back in West  

David Dahl hit a three-run home run en route to a four-RBI game, as the Rockies overtook the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot. DJ LeMahieu had three hits and two RBIs for Colorado, which has won five straight games. Vince Velasquez's struggles continued for the Phillies, allowing six runs over 3 2/3 innings.

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2018-09-26 02:07:36



Bryant sustains left wrist contusion on HBP  

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Tuesday night's 6-0 loss to the Pirates after the fifth inning with a left wrist contusion. X-rays were negative and he isn't expected to play on Wednesday.

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2018-09-26 01:56:32



FAQs Indians face as they head to playoffs  

There is a heightened sense of unfinished business for this year's Indians, which captured the American League Central crown for the third consecutive campaign. While the path to the division title may have seen easy given the current state of the Central, Cleveland dealt with a variety of issues that are finally being ironed out as the AL Division Series approaches.

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2018-09-26 01:55:20



Yelich drives in career-high 6 to top 100 RBIs  

Christian Yelich added another bullet point to his National League MVP resume Tuesday: triple-digit RBIs. With a three-run triple and a three-run home run for a career-high six RBIs in the Brewers' 12-4 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Yelich further bolstered his statistical case to edge the Cubs' Javier Baez, the Mets' Jacob deGrom and the rest of a fine field of league MVP candidates.

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2018-09-26 01:53:49



A's rare late stumble widens gap for top WC  

Fresh off a champagne-soaked celebration after clinching a postseason berth Monday night, the A's didn't let up when they returned to the field Tuesday.

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2018-09-26 01:37:51



Bauer (4 IP) takes next step, but Tribe falls in 9th  

In his quest to be cleared for the Tribe's American League Division Series rotation, Trevor Bauer logged 60 pitches over four solid innings in a 5-4 walk-off loss in Chicago.. The right-hander -- coming back from a six-week absence due to a stress fracture in his right fibula -- then moved out to the bullpen to add more pitches to his total.

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2018-09-26 01:26:47



Bloodied Choi exits after collision at plate  

Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi left Tuesday night's 9-2 loss to the Yankees after a third-inning collision at the plate. According to the club, Choi received stitches for a left ear laceration and also had concussion-like symptoms. He was cleared of the concussion but will continue to go through the concussion protocol.

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2018-09-26 01:22:07



Astros take AL West title with 100th win, A's loss  

The Astros reached 100 wins for the second year in a row, and third time in team history, and won their second consecutive American League West title after a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. Astros rookie right-hander Josh James held the Blue Jays to one run and four hits in five innings, and Alex Bregman clubbed a two-run home run in the first inning -- his team-high 31st of the season -- to put Houston ahead, a lead they would not relinquish. Toronto's lone run came of

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2018-09-26 01:15:48



Yanks ride 7-run 3rd, draw closer to home field  

A four-RBI performance from Gary Sanchez, who homered as part of a seven-run third inning, carried Luis Severino to his 19th win as the Yankees cruised at Tropicana Field. Adeiny Hechavarria -- who started the season with Tampa Bay -- opened the big frame with a homer off Jake Faria, and Miguel Andujar went deep in the ninth. The Rays lost Ji-Man Choi to injury after he collided with Sanchez on an attempt to score.

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2018-09-26 01:06:17



The Reds' Managerial Search  

The Reds are slated to undertake a full managerial search at the outset of the offseason, as has long been anticipated. Interim skipper Jim Riggleman took over after Bryan Price was fired and has been at the helm for most of the current season, but the club is determined to consider an array of candidates…

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2018-09-25 19:52:47



Aaron Sanchez Undergoes Finger Surgery  

Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez has undergone surgery on his right index finger, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins announced today and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca was among those to cover (Twitter links). Precise details are not yet apparent. Ongoing troubles with the digit, which was injured in a suitcase mishap, plagued Sanchez for much of…

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2018-09-25 19:29:55



Cubs know importance of winning NL Central  

With less than a week left in the regular season, perhaps the biggest concern for the Cubs is making sure they win the division, despite having the best record in the National League.

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2018-09-25 18:18:51



FAQs Astros face as they head to playoffs  

The Astros are rolling towards their second consecutive American League West title and second 100-win season in a row. Can a second consecutive World Series championship be in in the cards as well?

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2018-09-25 17:57:15



Astros expect Correa to return Wednesday  

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is expected to return to the lineup at designated hitter for Wednesday's series finale vs. the Blue Jays after going through on-field baseball drills to test his ailing back Tuesday.

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2018-09-25 17:24:30



O's-Red Sox postponed; day-night DH on Wed.  

The Red Sox-Orioles game scheduled for Tuesday night at Fenway Park has been postponed. The forecast calls for an extended period of sustained rain throughout the afternoon and evening in the Fenway area.

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2018-09-25 16:31:19



Marlins-Bucs makeup on Monday canceled  

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday that their Sept. 9 game against the Marlins at PNC Park that was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Monday has now been cancelled. With the Pirates' elimination from the Wild Card race, the game no longer has postseason implications.

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2018-09-25 15:46:42



Salvy looks to make history with next homer  

With his next home run, Royals catcher Salvador Perez will make MLB history. Presently, Perez is tied with Jim Thome as the only players in history to open the first seven seasons of their careers by increasing their home run total every season.

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2018-09-25 14:45:44



Mets activate David Wright from disabled list  

Throughout the past month, as he watched the Mets' games in Flushing and elsewhere, David Wright typically sat on the dugout bench in a blue hooded sweatshirt. He did not put on his uniform top because he was not technically a member of the team; since May 28, 2016, Wright has spent each of the Mets' 433 games on the disabled list. That changed Tuesday, when the Mets activated their captain from the 60-day DL for the final six games of his career.

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2018-09-25 13:34:52



Blue Jays lose Sanchez, Gurriel for season  

Aaron Sanchez will be shut down for the remainder of the 2018 season after he underwent surgery on his right index finger Tuesday. The Blue Jays will also shut down infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for the remainder of the season after the 24-year-old shortstop sustained a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring while running to first base in the first inning of Monday night's game.

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2018-09-25 12:57:05



Reds interviewing manager candidates for '19  

The Reds' search for a permanent manager for 2019 and beyond has already begun, president of baseball operations Dick Williams revealed on Tuesday. Three internal candidates have already interviewed, and two more will do so soon.

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2018-09-25 12:04:34



Reds overhaul player development department  

Seeking to improve at getting their prospects to the Major Leagues ready to succeed, the Reds made moves at the top of their player development area. Shawn Pender was promoted to vice president of player development and Eric Lee was named senior director of player development. The previous senior director of player development, Jeff Graupe, was moved last month to senior director of player personnel.

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2018-09-25 11:23:20



Avisail Garcia To Undergo Knee Surgery  

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is set to undergo right knee surgery, he told reporters including MLB.com’s Scott Merkin (Twitter link). The precise nature of the procedure isn’t clear, but it seems there’s little reason to think it’ll pose any problems going forward. Indeed, Garcia will wait until just after the conclusion of the regular…

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2018-09-25 10:57:33



Mets 'fully anticipate' Callaway at helm in 2019  

There is much the Mets must settle over the next month, including finding a new general manager -- a search that remains in the relative early stages. Yet no matter who is in charge of the Mets' baseball decisions come November, Mickey Callaway will almost certainly remain manager heading into next season.

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2018-09-25 10:42:03



Phillies Notes: Santana, Franco, Hoskins, Eickhoff  

The Phillies have started Carlos Santana at third base 10 times down the stretch and received a total of 70 innings of play from him there, and Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia explores the possibility of Santana shifting to the hot corner on a full-time basis in 2019. Doing so would allow the Phils…

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2018-09-25 10:35:48



Realmuto as player manager? Maybe for a day  

Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated he will continue the tradition of having a player manage one of the final games of the season in this weekend's three-game set at the Mets. He hinted it may be catcher J.T. Realmuto.

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2018-09-25 09:54:14



Shohei Ohtani To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Angels starter and DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, the club announced to reporters including Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group (via Twitter). While the outcome was expected, it’s nevertheless significant for a player who has emerged this year as an unprecedented dual threat. Renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache…

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2018-09-25 09:30:23



'A little strange' that Mauer might leave Twins  

Joe Mauer will wait until the offseason to announce whether he intends to keep playing or retire, but the possibility remains that this could be his last week in a Twins uniform.

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2018-09-25 09:29:12



The 10 best seasons on losing teams  

Mike Trout is having the best season of what was already a historically great career, yet the Angels still can't seem to build a winning team around him. How often has a player had a year this good on a team below .500?

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2018-09-25 09:26:56



Is home field an advantage in Wild Card Game?  

Has home field helped in the Wild Card Game? MLB.com breaks down the history since its inception in 2012, when MLB expanded to a two-Wild Card playoff format in each league.

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2018-09-25 08:52:28



Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery  

The Angels announced Tuesday that two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery, as had been expected. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery in Los Angeles during the first week of the offseason.

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2018-09-25 08:13:59



Hechavarria's HR sparks Yankees' 7-run 3rd  

Adeiny Hechavarria's calling card is his glove, but as the shortstop prepares for the possibility of more playing time, the newcomer sparked a seven-run inning while showing the Yankees the pop in his bat.

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2018-09-25 06:26:18



Roark bypassing start to be with wife, newborn  

Tanner Roark will not start Wednesday's home finale against the Marlins at Nationals Park, as the team is allowing him to remain at his home near Atlanta with his wife and family after the birth of their newborn son last week. Kyle McGowin will make the start in his place.

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2018-09-25 06:21:58



Harper expresses desire to remain with Nats  

The prospect of watching Bryce Harper take the field at Nationals Park in a visiting jersey is one that isn't just bemusing to most baseball observers, but Harper himself.

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2018-09-25 05:47:13



Final Rookie of the Year Award poll  

Almost from the first hour of Spring Training, pretty much everyone in and around baseball agreed that Shohei Ohtani of the Angels and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves were the rookies they were most interested in seeing. Sometimes, these things turn out the way they were supposed to.

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2018-09-25 05:15:04



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of this week’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2018-09-25 05:12:22



Roberto Osuna Agrees To Peace Bond; Assault Charge Withdrawn  

Astros right-hander Roberto Osuna appeared at a court hearing and agreed to a one-year peace bond, as Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). With that agreement, the assault charge from the alleged victim in his pending domestic abuse case was withdrawn. Under the terms of the peace bond, Osuna will not be…

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2018-09-25 05:04:35



Osuna agrees to peace bond; charges dropped  

The assault charges against Roberto Osuna were withdrawn by the Ontario Court of Justice on Tuesday after the Astros' closer agreed to a one-year peace bond.

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2018-09-25 05:01:21



Minter ironing out mechanics before playoffs  

As A.J. Minter has dealt with the lingering effects of the lower back discomfort he developed in early August, the Braves have fortunately seen Arodys Vizcaino position himself as a potential closer for the rest of the season.

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2018-09-25 04:52:51



Ohtani crushes his hardest-hit homer of career  

Shohei Ohtani continued to bolster his case for the American League Rookie of the Year award. The 24-year-old Japanese star launched a 428-foot solo shot to put the Angels on the board in the first inning of the Angels' 5-4 win over the Rangers in 11 innings Monday at Angel Stadium.Rangers at Angel Stadium.

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2018-09-25 04:38:36



Mike Scioscia “Would Like To” Keep Managing Beyond 2018  

In an interview with Terry Smith of KLAA, Angels manager Mike Scioscia stated that he would “like to” continue managing beyond 2018 (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Maria Guardado). As the Angels’ season comes to a close, Scioscia said that he will consult with Angels owner Arte Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler to make a…

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2018-09-25 04:37:34



POW-winning Yelich 'good to go' after HBP  

Another National League Player of the Week Award -- his third this season and second this month -- helped ease Christian Yelich's pain Monday ahead of the Brewers' pivotal series against the Cardinals. Yelich, the NL leader with a .322 batting average entering play Monday, was back in action for Milwaukee's opener at Busch Stadium after exiting Sunday's series finale in Pittsburgh with a bruised right elbow.

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2018-09-25 04:31:43



Error helps Brewers shave magic number to 3  

An Eric Thames triple that skipped past Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez in the eighth inning, followed by an errant pickoff by Cards reliever Bud Norris gave the Brewers the go-ahead run they needed to overcome Josh Hader's rough night in a 6-4 win at Busch Stadium. Milwaukee closed to within 1 1/2 games of the National League Central-leading Cubs and pushed another game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card standings.

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2018-09-25 04:26:50



Yet another honor in 2018: 'Trevor Hoffman Way'  

The summer of Trevor Hoffman will wrap up in a big way on Friday night at Petco Park. On Monday, the San Diego City Council announced that a one-block stretch of Park Avenue -- the block adjacent to Petco Park's home-plate entrance -- will be renamed "Trevor Hoffman Way." That renaming will officially occur in a pregame ceremony on Friday.

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2018-09-25 04:24:59



Sox win record 106th, clinch Majors' best mark  

In the 118-year history of the Red Sox, no team had won 106 games in a season until Mookie Betts -- well on his way to being an all-time franchise icon in his own right -- powered the American League East champs to a 6-2 win over the Orioles at Fenway Park on Monday night.

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2018-09-25 04:18:31



Dodgers rally in AZ to trim magic number to 5  

There won't be a party anywhere at Chase Field for the Dodgers this week, but they moved closer to a party somewhere on Monday night by riding a pair of late Manny Machado RBIs to a 7-4 win over the D-backs that trimmed their magic number to clinch the National League West to five.

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2018-09-25 04:04:32



Swanson exits early with sore left hand  

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson exited Tuesday night's game against the Mets with a sore left hand.

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2018-09-25 04:02:35



Taillon delivers after Cervelli's HR sets tone  

Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jameson Taillon delivered seven strong frames as the Pirates spoiled the Cubs' bid to clinch a playoff spot. Cole Hamels belted his second career homer to put the only blemish on Taillon's night, while Pablo Reyes logged a pair of run-scoring hits, including a solo home run for the Bucs. Chicago's magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at five.

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2018-09-25 03:51:14



Hicks day to day; Torres gets a breather  

Hours after the Yankees received good news concerning Aaron Hicks, as an MRI performed on the outfielder's tight left hamstring revealed no strain, manager Aaron Boone had another injury-related call to make with rookie infielder Gleyber Torres.

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2018-09-25 03:48:35



Davis extends MLB lead with 46th home run  

A's slugger Khris Davis swatted his Major League-leading 46th homer on a celebratory night at Safeco Field.

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2018-09-25 03:28:23



Avi Garcia to have arthroscopic knee surgery  

Avisail Garcia will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 2 in Chicago to clear up persistent pain Garcia said has plagued him all season.

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2018-09-25 03:24:40



Felix sworn in as United States citizen  

Felix Hernandez, the long-time face of the Mariners, was wearing a broad smile Monday after becoming a United States citizen along with 74 other residents from 34 different countries at a ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tukwila, Wash.

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2018-09-25 03:21:56



The Top 10 A's moments of 2018  

A most magical A's season began dramatically -- Marcus Semien's walk-off hit sent them to a victory on Opening Day -- and only heightened in theatrics as the season moved along, an improbable run punctuated by their first postseason berth in four years.

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2018-09-25 03:20:37



Kluber silences White Sox for win No. 20  

Indians starter Corey Kluber dominated for seven innings, fanning 11 en route to his 20th win during Cleveland's victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Brandon Guyer homered in the seventh to give the Tribe the lone run they'd need. Cleveland tacked on a trio of runs in the ninth inning, including Adam Rosales' first home run, against reliever Nate Jones to seal the victory.

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2018-09-25 03:19:49



Mets Reinstate David Wright From Disabled List  

The Mets announced today that they’ve formally reinstated team captain David Wright from the disabled list. Their plans were made clear earlier this month when announcing that Wright would return for the season’s final homestand and make one start (this coming Saturday), but today’s announcement makes it official that Wright is an active Major League…

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2018-09-25 03:07:06



Yankees knock Rays out of playoff chase  

Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankee, came off the bench to deliver an RBI single, then preserved the lead with a terrific sixth-inning catch as the Yankees defeated the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field. Andrew McCutchen homered while Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge contributed RBI doubles as New York continues to push for home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. The loss eliminated the Rays from the postseason chase, clinching the other Wild Card spot for Oakland.

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2018-09-25 02:49:53



Story makes extra-base-hit history in return  

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is in the starting lineup for Monday night's Rockies game against the Phillies at Coors Field, set to play for the first time since injuring his right elbow on a dive-and-throw on Aug. 17 against the Dodgers.

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2018-09-25 02:48:37



Past, Present & Future: American League Closer Turnover  

By the end of the 2017 season, the list of pitchers closing out games for their respective teams included Matt Belisle, Alex Claudio, Juan Minaya and Mike Minor. Three of them were without a career save coming into the season—Belisle had five in 13 MLB seasons—and none had been expected to fill a significant late-inning bullpen…

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2018-09-25 02:11:39



Astros' magic number at 2 after win vs. Jays  

The Astros moved one step closer to their second straight American League West title, riding back-to-back homers from Brian McCann and Josh Reddick and a gritty outing from Dallas Keuchel to a victory over the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Marco Estrada couldn't escape the fifth inning in what was likely his final home start with the Blue Jays, yielding RBI hits to Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman. Kevin Pillar tagged Keuchel with a two-run homer, and Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single.

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2018-09-25 02:05:28



Hicks seeks quick rebound from tight hamstring  

The injury bug is catching the Yankees at a most inopportune time. Aaron Hicks was the latest to visit the trainer's table, exiting Monday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field with a tight left hamstring. The outfielder will have a precautionary MRI on Tuesday, according to manager Aaron Boone.

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2018-09-25 01:55:33



Bryant thrills young fan with baseball tour  

Faith Kuhn is a huge Kris Bryant fan, and the 12-year-old finally had a chance to meet her hero, thanks to some help from the Astros' Alex Bregman.

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2018-09-25 01:47:35



Briceno ends marathon with walk-off HR in 11th  

Jose Briceno hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning as the Angels outlasted the Rangers 5-4 on Monday in the series opener to end the Halos' five-game losing streak. Shohei Ohtani hit one of the Angels' three homers, crushing the hardest-hit homer of his career. Ronald Guzman and Jurickson Profar went deep for the Rangers, who tied it in the ninth on Elvis Andrus' pinch-hit RBI single.

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2018-09-25 01:43:11



Cubs' clinch bid on hold despite Hamels' HR  

Cole Hamels hit his second career home run, but that's all the offense the Cubs could generate against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon in a 5-1 loss on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

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2018-09-25 01:28:12



A's clinch first postseason berth since 2014  

By virtue of a Rays loss to the Yankees on Monday, the A's automatically punched a ticket to the postseason even before beginning play in Seattle.

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2018-09-25 01:23:14



Harper reaches 100 RBIs for first time in win  

Bryce Harper notched the career milestone with a sacrifice fly as the Nationals beat the Marlins. Anthony Rendon, who drove in four, Juan Soto and Matt Wieters each went deep. Neither starter was sharp in the rainy conditions: Stephen Strasburg needed 100 pitches to get through four innings, and prospect Sandy Alcantara allowed six runs in four frames.

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2018-09-25 01:21:14



Rays backstop Perez shut down for season  

Catcher Michael Perez (left-hamstring strain) will not play again for the Rays this season.

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2018-09-25 01:17:17



Rox half-game out of WC with blowout win  

Jon Gray struck out seven over seven innings of one-run ball, while the Rockies scored five in the third inning and got a home run from David Dahl in the fourth inning. Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed all five third-inning runs, and Philadelphia got its only run from a Rhys Hoskins home run in the seventh inning.

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2018-09-25 01:16:52



Rays' Wild hopes officially end in final week  

Elimination came to the Rays on Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees at Tropicana Field. Give the Rays credit, they fought hard to give their fans postseason hopes, going 25-8 since Aug. 19 and 38-22 since the All-Star break.

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2018-09-25 01:01:39



Cash pushes for Wendle in AL ROY race  

Count Kevin Cash among Joey Wendle's biggest fans. The Rays manager believes Wendle belongs in the American League Rookie of the Year conversation.

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2018-09-24 19:01:13



Bobby Evans steps down as Giants GM  

The Giants announced Monday that senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans will step down from his GM duties effective immediately. He will be reassigned with responsibilities to be determined.

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2018-09-24 17:01:32



Nats expect Roark to return to start home finale  

Tanner Roark returned home to Atlanta on Sunday to be with his wife and family after the birth of their third child, but he is still expected to start the Nationals' home finale against the Marlins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Washington manager Dave Martinez acknowledged the team has a plan in place if he cannot.

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2018-09-24 16:57:27



Back home, can Arenado find his swing in time?  

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has gone from the subject of National League Most Valuable Player Award argument to - after a rough 10 days -- being in a fight for his offensive success, on a team in a fight for its postseason hopes.

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2018-09-24 16:31:14



Fasten your seatbelt: We could get a 4-way tie  

We've still got some very realistic tiebreaker possibilities in play in this last week of the regular season, and foremost among them is that the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rockies could all end up with the same record -- leaving both the NL West and the two NL Wild Card spots up in the air after Sunday's final out.

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2018-09-24 13:54:38



A Layman Attempts To Calculate WAR: Batting Runs  

As I explained in my August introduction post, I’m going to attempt to calculate FanGraphs WAR accurately for Chris Taylor’s 2017 season, in my own spreadsheet.  To do this, I expect to make heavy use of FanGraphs’ documentation.  I also have to give a big thanks to FanGraphs owner Dave Appelman as well as my…

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2018-09-24 13:24:21



Betts belts career-high 32nd HR to cap big 2nd  

Mookie Betts hit a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the second inning on Monday vs. the Orioles, his third straight game with a homer -- against three different opponents.

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2018-09-24 12:16:37



Cubs may face familiar foes in postseason  

There could be three teams from the National League Central in the postseason if the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals all make it. Chicago manager Joe Maddon knows what it's like to face a familiar foe in the playoffs. He did that when he managed the Rays, having to face the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series in 2008 and in the AL Division Series in 2013.

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2018-09-24 11:58:18



AL West Notes: Rangers, Felix, Cruz  

Let’s check in on the latest out of the American League West … As the Rangers prepare to find a new manager, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News explores the case for simply keeping interim skipper Don Wakamatsu. It’ll obviously be hard for Wakamatsu to move the needle on the team’s bottom line over his brief…

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2018-09-24 11:24:34






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