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Power Rankings: Rivals set for photo finish

@alysonfooter
September 19, 2021

The NL West race has been as spectacular as advertised all season, and it’s barreling toward an even better finish as the regular season enters the home stretch. One game separates the Giants and Dodgers, and it’s possible that it’ll take more than 162 games to decide the division winner.

Betts trades bat for foe's 1st HR ball

September 19, 2021

CINCINNATI -- Mookie Betts simply gets it. The Dodgers' right fielder understood that a first Major League hit is special and something to cherish -- even when it happens against his own team. Leading off the bottom of the sixth inning for the Reds as a pinch-hitter with his team

Rosario hits for cycle, seeing only 5 pitches

Left fielder becomes 2nd Braves hitter to achieve feat in 2021 during win in SF
@justdelossantos
September 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eddie Rosario knew he had history off the crack of the bat. Upon making contact on a first-pitch curveball in the top of the ninth inning, Rosario raised his right hand in the air before the ball touched grass. His Braves teammates began celebrating, requesting the ball

Cards sweep reeling Padres, win 8th in a row

@zachsilver
12:35 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals continue to rattle off wins and as a rare milieu of comfort in this final stretch of the 2021 season is earned, manager Mike Shildt finds himself staring at the out-of-town scoreboard with a little less frequency. It’s not that his ballclub is complacent

MVP moment? Donaldson, Vlad swap jerseys

@KeeganMatheson
September 19, 2021

TORONTO -- Back on July 2, 2015, the present and future of the Blue Jays overlapped for the first time. Josh Donaldson was coming off a 3-for-5 night with a home run in a win over the Red Sox, building his case for what would be just the second AL

These 5 series will impact postseason races

@paul_casellaMLB
September 19, 2021

It's reached the point in the 2021 MLB season that every game -- let alone series -- involving a postseason contender can have a profound impact on that club's playoff hopes. That said, certain series each week carry slightly more weight than others. Here's a look at the five series

Wild Card-leading Sox take care of business

'Every game matters': Boston overcomes blown lead, injury to win fifth in a row
September 19, 2021

BOSTON -- By doing what they needed to do and sweeping the Orioles in a mostly stress-free weekend at Fenway Park, capped by Sunday’s 8-6 victory, the Red Sox have put themselves in strong position in the American League Wild Card standings with two weeks and 11 games left in

Postseason watch: Cards flying high

September 19, 2021

The Cardinals just keep on winning, and when it's late September, that's a good thing. St. Louis held on to defeat the Padres on Sunday at Busch Stadium, 8-7, to complete a sweep of the Friars and make it eight straight victories overall. With the Phillies getting cooled off by

'Outstanding' Ohtani shines in mound return

Two-way star strikes out 10 in Halos' 10-inning loss to A's
September 19, 2021

ANAHEIM -- Despite having his scheduled start against the A's pushed back two days because of arm soreness, two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani was sharp on Sunday, striking out 10 over eight strong innings to solidify his status as the frontrunner for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Ohtani, though,

Cole, Yanks lose 'crucial game,' cede ground

September 19, 2021

NEW YORK -- Gerrit Cole sat in Yankee Stadium’s home dugout on Sunday, his left palm pressed to his cheek and a glum expression across his face. Late-afternoon shadows encroached upon the playing field, and the scoreboard offered even more evidence that it was getting late. As the Yankees continue

Here are the '21 playoff tiebreaker scenarios

September 15, 2021

Just as extra innings are sometimes required to resolve games, extra games are sometimes required to resolve regular-season races. It hasn’t happened often, even in the dual-Wild Card era in which more teams are in the late-season mathematical mix. Since Major League Baseball went to the dual-Wild Card format in

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

August 25, 2021

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2021 Postseason, which is set to open with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 5, followed by the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on TBS on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Game

A last hurrah for these 1-team players?

@AndrewSimonMLB
September 19, 2021

Some player-team relationships have endured long enough that it’s difficult to imagine one without the other. But for a number of pending free agents, that separation could soon become a reality, whether they put on a new uniform for the first time in 2022 or simply call it a career.

Dodgers mash early, often to back Kershaw

@alysonfooter
September 19, 2021

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers had much of Sunday’s game mapped out ahead of time, including how long Clayton Kershaw would pitch, how many pitches he’d throw and when Tony Gonsolin would come in to relieve him. Other items fell into place as well, though not as easy to plan ahead

Injuries: Brewers, Ryu, Yanks, Valdez

September 19, 2021

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.

One player's wild day: 9 positions and save!

@TrujilloReports and @tylermaun
September 19, 2021

Sox 'pushing each other,' magic No. now 4

September 19, 2021

ARLINGTON -- Lucas Giolito, the starting and winning pitcher in a 7-2 White Sox victory over the Rangers Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field, called this particular contest a turning point, of sorts, for the American League Central leaders. That piece of analysis might seem a bit extreme, considering the

Soto blasts 454-foot HR: 'Truly remarkable'

@savjaye
September 19, 2021

WASHINGTON -- At this point in the season -- and in his young career -- it’s easy to take for granted just how good Juan Soto is on a daily basis. Then Soto does something to make sure nobody will forget. In Sunday’s series finale 3-0 win over the Rockies,

Berríos bests Twins; Jays stay 1 back of Sox

@KeeganMatheson
September 19, 2021

TORONTO -- José Berríos made some new friends by beating his old ones on Sunday afternoon in Toronto, facing the organization he spent a decade with before joining the Blue Jays. The 5-3 win over the Twins at Rogers Centre was another glimpse of the rock-solid Berríos, one of MLB's

SF drops finale to Braves; NL West lead at 1

DeSclafani tosses 6-plus strong innings, but Giants blanked, held to 3 hits
@mi_guardado
September 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ outfield defense didn’t do Anthony DeSclafani many favors on Sunday afternoon, but he mostly found ways to dig deep and pitch his way out of jams. That changed with one big swing of the bat from Adam Duvall. Duvall launched a two-run home run off

With 'pen taxed, Phils lean on Gibson in loss

@ladsonbill24
12:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- The Phillies suffered a setback on Sunday night at Citi Field. Right-hander Kyle Gibson gave the team length, but the home run he allowed to Jeff McNeil in the seventh inning led to the Phils’ 3-2 loss to the Mets. • Box score The Phillies’ four-game winning

'We needed that' -- Wisdom breaks record

@MLBastian
September 19, 2021

MILWAUKEE -- The baseball launched by Patrick Wisdom rolled to a stop on a ledge in the black backdrop in center field at American Family Field on Sunday night. The Cubs slugger was going to want that one back. Wisdom's eighth-inning blast on Sunday afternoon not only powered Chicago to

What to expect from Shane Baz in bigs

@SamDykstraMiLB
September 19, 2021

The Rays hold a comfortable lead over the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays in the AL East but have sputtered a bit in September. Perhaps adding one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and one of the most effective arms from the 2021 Minor League season will provide

'Look of our future': Rookies propel Mariners

Servais praises 'young pups' Kelenic, Gilbert as Seattle keeps pace in Wild Card race
September 19, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- Going into this three-game set, Mariners manager Scott Servais stressed the importance of leaving Kansas City with a series win, as his club is in need of every advantage as it tries to make up ground in a tightly contested American League Wild Card chase. After splitting

Reds drop 8th straight series amid WC hopes

Bell on September slide: 'The only choice is to move forward'
September 19, 2021

CINCINNATI -- The Reds are desperate for a way to turn things around and restore life in their fading opportunity to make the postseason. But the Dodgers certainly weren’t going to do them any favors. Wade Miley’s September struggles continued as he was rocked for three home runs in three