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'Got to keep it going': Cards win 10th straight

Strong performances by Woodford, bullpen key St. Louis’ crafty victory
@ryan_a_herrera
1:21 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- It wasn’t an easy day for the Cardinals’ bats matched up with Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff on Tuesday night, as evidenced by the fact that they put just three runners on base and struck out 10 times in Woodruff’s six innings of work. The lineup started so slow

Which Wild Card team could win it all?

All these teams need is a chance
@michaelsclair
2:02 AM EDT

With two weeks of the season left, most of the postseason picture has been revealed to us the way a streetside three-card-monte player shows that you've lost yet again. But there is still an all-out battle royale for the Wild Card, with eleven teams all with some kind of claim

'Late Night LaMonte' keeps SF alone in 1st

@mi_guardado
3:49 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- There are few hitters the Giants would rather have at the plate with the game on the line than LaMonte Wade Jr. Wade added to his growing list of ninth-inning heroics by delivering a go-ahead RBI single off Mark Melancon to lift the Giants to a dramatic

Ohtani smacks HR No. 45, one off MLB lead

2:11 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- It had been a while since Shohei Ohtani homered, but the two-way star connected on a solo shot, No. 45, in the Angels' 10-5 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Ohtani, who hadn’t gone deep since Sept. 10, is now tied for the second

Rejuvenated Pujols delivers winning hit 

Dodgers remain one game out of first place after Giants escape vs. SD
@juanctoribio
2:12 AM EDT

DENVER -- Albert Pujols stepped on the first base bag and quickly looked into the visiting dugout. He followed by shaking his hands and patting his head, two of the Dodgers’ team celebrations this season. Pujols, who was unceremoniously let go by the Angels back in May, has shown a

Postseason watch: Closing in on AL clinches

2:34 AM EDT

Despite a full slate of games on Tuesday, the NL Central, NL West and both Wild Card races remained at a standstill. The Rays and White Sox, who each had the opportunity to clinch a playoff berth, suffered losses. The Red Sox defeated the Mets to maintain their lead over

Kiermaier comments on picking up Jays' card

Montoyo moving on from incident: 'Agua under the bridge'
@_dadler
September 21, 2021

Before Tuesday's game between the Blue Jays and Rays game at Tropicana Field, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier addressed an incident from Monday's series opener in which he appeared to pick up a card from Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk's wristband that had the Blue Jays' gameplan for how to pitch to

Mo coaches Jimmy Fallon through 1st pitch

@Spokes_Murphy
September 21, 2021

Do you think Mariano Rivera will teach Jimmy Fallon how to throw a cutter? The unanimous Hall of Famer accompanied “The Tonight Show” host to the Yankee Stadium mound prior to the Yankees' 7-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night. Fallon was on hand to throw out the night’s

Tatis, Manny address dust-up: 'That's done'

@AJCassavell
September 21, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Three days after their spat in the visiting dugout at Busch Stadium went viral, Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. were back home in San Diego, standing side by side, with a message to deliver: "We handled it internally," Machado said. "We've got a team that's trying

'This is fun': Yanks (3 HRs) keep pace in WC

Montgomery yields 1 run over 5 2/3 frames; Severino returns to bump
12:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton launched one of the hardest-hit home runs seen in the Majors this season, Joey Gallo homered against his former team and Aaron Judge launched a massive three-run shot as the Yankees muscled up for a 7-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday evening at Yankee

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

Help make 1 iconic card finish Top of the Pack

Like the Highlander, there can only be one
@michaelsclair
September 20, 2021

They've filled binders and boxes. You use them as bookmarks and investments. They're art pieces that fit in the palm of your hands, and they can make your bicycle sound like a (very weak) motorcycle. Whether you're a collector, dabbler, or simply a baseball fan, there's no way to escape

Mariners catch A's, keep pace in Wild Card

Seattle remains focused, three back of WC spot with 11 games left
@DKramer_
3:05 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The scene was a Zoom call in mid-January with local media previewing the 2021 season, and their tones were confident and firm. Marco Gonzales and J.P. Crawford unapologetically projected that the Mariners’ only barometer for success this year would be winning. Not individual player development. Not a much-improved

J.T. walks off to save Phils' playoff hopes

12:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- The Orioles wanted no part of Bryce Harper in the 10th inning on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. So they did something that surprisingly few teams have tried this season. They intentionally walked him, even though it meant putting the game-winning run on first base with two

Urquidy helps Astros cut magic number to 4

Right-hander backed by barrage of home runs in rout of Angels
2:50 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Astros starter José Urquidy has two starts remaining to build up his pitch count and strengthen his case for a spot in the team’s four-man pitching rotation in the American League Division Series. Urquidy’s outing in Tuesday’s 10-5 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium -- his fourth

Fenway confines: Sox roll to 6th straight win

1:11 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are a dangerous team at home -- one that seems to have little to no interest in playing the American League Wild Card Game on the road on Oct. 5. Fenway Park has become an increasingly big factor for manager Alex Cora’s squad, which once

How MLB makes sure your souvenir is ‘real’

12:15 AM EDT

When Juan Nieves threw the Brewers franchise’s first no-hitter back on April 15, 1987, scant souvenirs survived. “We kept his jersey and hat, and I think we had one ball from the game,” said Brewers longtime director of clubhouse operations Tony Migliaccio. “In those days, the guy with the best

Small ball helps Toronto keep Wild Card pace

@KeeganMatheson
12:07 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Blue Jays are a big, loud team. Win or lose, there’s always an element of chaos involved, but in October, it’s the small, quiet decisions that will make all the difference. Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Tropicana Field turned on one of those moments, and it came

Soler homers in second game batting leadoff

Riley, Albies also go deep as Braves maintain three-game lead in NL East
2:40 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- As the Braves bid for a fourth straight National League East title, it appears they may spend the rest of the season filling their leadoff spot with Jorge Soler, who accounted for one of the three homers tallied in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night

Missed opportunities hurt Reds' WC chances

@alysonfooter
September 21, 2021

CINCINNATI -- The Reds will have to wait another day to find out if their eight-series losing streak will come to a close, and if they’re unable to turn the tide, they may look at a pivotal seventh inning in their 6-2 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday as their

Bellinger (rib fracture) placed on IL

@juanctoribio
September 21, 2021

DENVER -- When Cody Bellinger suffered a non-displaced rib fracture last week against the D-backs, the Dodgers were hoping the outfielder wouldn’t have to miss any time with the injury. All the tests and imaging came back clean, which was initially encouraging. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it would all

India stays atop Rookie Power Rankings

@JonathanMayo
September 21, 2021

It’s getting down to brass tacks, as they say. With the Major League season winding down, this is the penultimate Rookie Power Rankings, with the final edition coming after the completion of the regular season. These rankings, as voted on by the staff of MLB Pipeline, are a reflection of

Bassitt back Thursday: 'Kind of miraculous'

All-Star RHP to be activated for return from Aug. 17 facial fracture
@MartinJGallegos
September 21, 2021

OAKLAND -- When Chris Bassitt was involved in the scary incident that saw him take a hard line drive off his face in Chicago on Aug. 17, the prospect of a return to the mound this season was considered a long shot. Bassitt, however, refused to buy into that notion.

Sevy back after 707 days: 'That was special'

12:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Seven hundred and seven days passed since Luis Severino's last time on a Major League mound in a game situation, and the Yankees' right-hander took a moment to appreciate that as he delivered his warmup tosses in the eighth inning on Tuesday. Those 23 months represented an