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Ozuna punctuates homer with a 'selfie'

The wildest postseason celebration
27 minutes ago

Bat flips? Passé. Team dance movies? Been done. Postseason home runs with selfie celebrations? Now that's a new one. In the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series between the Reds and Braves, Marcell Ozuna came to the plate with the Braves leading, 1-0,

Braves blank Reds again to reach NLDS

18 minutes ago

ATLANTA -- Ronald Acuña Jr., Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall provided more than enough offense to back Ian Anderson's spectacular postseason debut as the Braves beat the Reds, 5-0, at Truist Park on Thursday to sweep their National League Wild Card Series. The Braves will oppose either the Marlins or

Rankings: Wild Card Series elimination stress

10:45 AM EDT

After a thrilling, exhausting, entirely unprecedented day of postseason baseball, the period of rest you will receive afterward closely resembles “zero.” There are five more games today, and six teams facing elimination. That’s stress, in its purest baseball form. Win, and you get to play another day. Lose, and hey

Cards-Padres Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 7 ET)

@anne__rogers and @AJCassavell
41 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO -- Fourteen years ago, the Padres’ last trip to the postseason came to an abrupt end with Adam Wainwright on the mound for St. Louis. On Thursday, they have a chance for revenge -- or else they’ll be headed home again. • Wild Card Series presented by Hankook

Brewers-Dodgers Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 10 ET)

@AdamMcCalvy and @kengurnick
4:09 AM EDT

Following the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday, they’ll go for a sweep in the best-of-three National League Wild Card Series with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Meanwhile, Brandon Woodruff and the Brewers will try to stay alive and force a Game 3.

Marlins-Cubs Game 2 postponed until Friday

2:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hoped to play baseball on Friday, but for different reasons. On Thursday, Major League Baseball postponed Game 2 of the National League Wild Card Series between the Cubs and Marlins due to incoming inclement weather around Wrigley Field.

He's back! Eloy returns to lineup for Game 3

28 minutes ago

Eloy Jiménez returned to the White Sox lineup as the designated hitter for Game 3 on Thursday after missing five games, including the first two of the American League Wild Card Series with the A’s, due to a sprain in the middle of his right foot. The lineup was not

Wild, unforgettable win sends Yanks to ALDS

3:37 AM EDT

There was no raucous, boozy celebration in the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field, as there was three years ago for a Yankees postseason triumph that seemingly transpired in a different universe. Instead, the Yankees bumped fists, acknowledging that their October is only getting started. DJ LeMahieu ripped a tie-breaking single

9 crazy plays in longest 9-inning game ever

3:55 AM EDT

When it was all said and done in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, New York was celebrating a win to advance to the AL Division Series against their AL East rivals, the Rays. How they

5 reasons Yanks are again AL favorites

11:05 AM EDT

The postseason bracket and the head-to-head results from the regular season tell us that the No. 5 seed Yankees enter their American League Division Series showdown with the No. 1 seed Rays as underdogs. Nah, sorry, not buying it.

Dunning, Fiers picked to start Game 3

11:59 AM EDT

The White Sox picked rookie Dane Dunning while the A's turned to veteran Mike Fiers to start the decisive Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series on Thursday. White Sox manager Rick Renteia and A's manager Bob Melvin made the decision prior to the 3 p.m. ET game (ESPN).

Eyeing future, LA and Buehler cautious in win

3:09 AM EDT

At the risk of looking ahead, the Dodgers have been looking ahead to the World Series all year. So, when Walker Buehler is striking out a pair of batters an inning in the best-of-three Wild Card Series opener and he doesn’t make it through half the game, it’s just the

MIA-CHC Game 2 FAQ (ABC/ESPN on Fri.)

@MLBastian and @JoeFrisaro
1:37 PM EDT

The Cubs had a name for the games in which Yu Darvish took the mound this season. “It became Win Day when he was pitching,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said earlier this week.

Youthful Blue Jays already looking forward

39 minutes ago

When the Rays punched the gas and pulled away in Game 2 to sweep the American League Wild Card Series on Wednesday, the Blue Jays learned just how quickly and unexpectedly these things can fall apart. On such a young roster, this was the first taste of the postseason for

With sweep of Jays, Rays returning to ALDS

1:15 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Making the postseason in 2019 was a big accomplishment for the Rays. It was the first taste of the playoffs for a young core, something the organization knew would pay dividends moving forward. Following that experience, the Rays secured the No. 1 seed and won the American

Astros sweep: 'We deserve a lot of respect'

September 30, 2020

An Astros team that struggled to make the playoffs, finished the season with a sub-.500 record and wasn’t given much of a chance to beat the Twins in the American League Wild Card Series has suddenly found its postseason swagger.

3 teams advance, 4 more could today!

1:23 PM EDT

The Yankees-Rays ALDS that has seemed inevitable is now set in stone as both clubs finished two-game sweeps of their Wild Card Series on Wednesday. That’s the headline of day two of the playoffs. The Astros delivered the first surprise of the postseason by sweeping two games from the Twins.

Fiers gets the start in decisive WCS Game 3

1:00 PM EDT

OAKLAND -- Mike Fiers had to sit on the bench at Yankee Stadium for the 2018 American League Wild Card Game and watch the A’s get eliminated from the postseason without pitching, despite putting up numbers many felt were worthy of starting that game.

Freeman's walk-off ends Game 1 duel in 13th

12:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Not long after delivering the walk-off single that gave the Braves a 1-0, 13-inning win over the Reds in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series on Wednesday afternoon, Freddie Freeman explained the wave emotions felt in this historical nail-biter. “It was a very stressful 4

Cards pounce in SD: 'We sent a message'

Goldschmidt homers in 4-run 1st; bullpen holds off Padres
1:24 AM EDT

Entering their National League Wild Card Series against the Padres, all questions this week were on the Cardinals’ offense and how it would overcome its struggle to produce consistently in the regular season. St. Louis provided some answers to those questions right out of the gate on Wednesday.

Garrett takes blame; Reds make catching change

12:00 PM EDT

Reds left-handed reliever Amir Garrett had not been in the clubhouse for very long after Wednesday’s 1-0 Game 1 loss to the Braves in the National League Wild Card Series when he took to Twitter and took the blame for throwing the decisive pitch in the 13th inning.

O's prospect report from alternate site

an hour ago

With alternative training sites coming to an end, MLB Pipeline is recapping the development highlights for the prospects involved for each organization. Top position prospect: Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1 on Orioles Top 30) Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but Rutschman is really, really good at baseball. In

Sixto leads generation inspired by Pedro

1:12 PM EDT

Sixto Sánchez wears No. 73 on his back. But the number tattooed on his neck -- and housed in his heart -- is 45. That was Pedro Martínez’s number. And Sánchez, who will make his postseason debut starting for the upstart Marlins in Game 2 of their Wild Card Series

A's early outburst holds up to force Game 3

3:02 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s had no doubts about Chris Bassitt -- September’s American League Pitcher of the Month -- showing up big in the most important game of the year. The onus was going to fall on the offense to provide him with support.

Vets power Marlins to 1st playoff W since '03

12:00 AM EDT

A year ago at this time, the Marlins’ front office was tasked with advancing the franchise’s building process. The club had come off a 105-loss season, and the directive from ownership was to add impactful players to upgrade an offense that ranked at or near the bottom in many significant