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Wild Card in reach as Cards' streak hits 16

@zachsilver
22 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- The Cardinals have won 16 games in a row. They have trimmed their magic number for a spot in the National League Wild Card Game, somehow, to a single game, after Sunday afternoon’s wild, emotional and rulebook-laden 4-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The wacky final outs in Cards' 16th win

@ByNickAguilera and @zachsilver
7:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- The Cardinals may have won their 16th straight game on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Cubs, but they didn’t get there without a little controversy. With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs' Frank Schwindel lofted a

Every contender's final-week schedule

@mattkellyMLB
6 minutes ago

The goal remains simple for every remaining postseason contender: Win every game possible, and let the rest take care of itself. No matter if it’s an October-bound club or an also-ran left on the schedule, teams still have to take care of business. That schedule can sometimes make a tiny

Crew seals Central on Fan Appreciation Day

Counsell elated after clinch: 'It almost worked out as good as we could have hoped'
40 minutes ago

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers clinched the fourth division crown in franchise history just in time for their fans to join the celebration. Willy Adames launched a go-ahead home run in the first inning to erase an early deficit and Milwaukee never let that lead go, finishing a three-game sweep with

Giants rally in 9th to complete sweep of Rox

Gausman's 11 K's, Crawford's knockout homer lift spirits after Belt's exit
@mi_guardado
an hour ago

DENVER -- Kevin Gausman is recapturing his All-Star form at just the right time for the Giants. Gausman struck out 11 and fired six innings of one-run ball, and Tommy La Stella delivered a pinch-hit, go-ahead single in the ninth inning as the Giants rallied to beat the Rockies, 6-2,

Corey, Trea hit 100th HRs in LA's 100th win

@juanctoribio
an hour ago

PHOENIX -- When the Dodgers acquired Trea Turner back in July, the initial question was where the All-Star would play defensively. There are very few teams where Turner, who is one of the most dynamic players in baseball, doesn’t immediately become the starting shortstop. Instead, Turner had to slide to

Power Rankings: Down to the wire

@_dadler
15 minutes ago

Teams are clinching postseason positions now as we enter the final week of the regular season, and that's solidifying their spot in the top tier of the MLB.com Power Rankings. The Rays, who clinched their second straight American League East title on Saturday with a win over the Marlins in

Franco 2 shy of tying record on-base streak

Rookie phenom doubles and triples, showing he's over hammy injury that landed him on IL
@adamdberry
6:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- If there were any lingering doubts about how rookie shortstop Wander Franco’s previously injured right hamstring was holding up, he erased them in a big way Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field. Back in the lineup after sitting out the Rays’ American League East-clinching 7-3 victory over the

'An absolute ace': Sho K's 10 in home finale

AL MVP front-runner reaches 150-strikeout milestone in 7-inning effort
13 minutes ago

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani lost out on getting his 10th win of the season, but he still turned in yet another dominant performance on the mound against the Mariners on Sunday. Ohtani, making his 23rd start of the year, allowed one run over seven innings, with 10 strikeouts and no

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

1 thing to watch in final week for each team

@williamfleitch
September 25, 2021

It breaks my heart to say this, but: There is only one week left in the regular season. Can you believe it? The postseason will be wonderful, but after Sunday, it’s going to be until next March that every Major League Baseball team plays on the same day. That is

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

Baz gives 97-win Rays food for thought

Rookie continues push for spot on postseason roster as club ties franchise mark for wins
@adamdberry
7:48 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- The American League East champion Rays haven’t finalized any postseason pitching plans yet, but in only two starts, top prospect Shane Baz has given them a lot to think about. The 22-year-old right-hander was downright dominant again Sunday afternoon, holding the Marlins to three hits and a

Braves sweep Padres, extend NL East lead

Atlanta owns 2 1/2-game advantage heading into final homestand of '21
8:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- After concluding their final road trip with a 4-3 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon, the Braves headed back to Atlanta with a chance to be rewarded for the impressive turnaround they constructed over the past couple months. When the Braves made a handful of season-altering

Trout moving on from frustrating season

September 25, 2021

ANAHEIM -- Angels superstar Mike Trout acknowledged that the 2021 season was the most frustrating of his career because of a season-ending right calf strain suffered on May 17, but he said he’s in a better place mentally after deciding to shut it down for the season a few weeks

Manoah stands tall, keeps Wild Card alive

Jansen, Springer both homer, help Toronto stay on pace in AL Wild Card
@KeeganMatheson
6:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alek Manoah has a habit of looking danger in the eye and smiling, maybe shooting it a wink. The rookie right-hander danced in and out of trouble again in Sunday afternoon's 5-2 win over the Twins, making big pitches in the biggest moments of a game that the

Belt exits after 93 mph fastball hits hand

Initial scan inconclusive; slugger will undergo X-rays when club returns home
@mi_guardado
8:17 PM EDT

DENVER -- The Giants won their sixth consecutive game at Coors Field for the first time in franchise history, but the achievement was marred by the loss of first baseman Brandon Belt, who departed Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Rockies after being drilled on the left hand. Belt, San Francisco’s

Back in lineup, DJ to 'keep rolling' with injury

7:01 PM EDT

BOSTON – In DJ LeMahieu’s view, this is no time to miss games, even with a unspecified hip/groin issue. So the Yankees infielder doesn’t plan to. LeMahieu returned to the Yankees’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox, having informed manager Aaron Boone that he felt “good to

'Rock solid' Marco prevails in duel vs. Ohtani

Southpaw wins ninth consecutive decision for WC-chasing Mariners
@TheDanGuerrero
37 minutes ago

ANAHEIM -- Looking for a strong outing on the mound to keep up in the AL Wild Card race, the Mariners received just that from left-hander Marco Gonzales on Sunday. Gonzales held the Halos to one run, three hits and three walks through seven innings to earn the win in

A's walk off again, sweep Astros, stay alive

@MartinJGallegos
8:01 PM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s still aren’t completely sure if they’ll get to play another game at the Coliseum this season. If this weekend was truly the final home series of the year, they sure treated their fans to a satisfying finale. Mark Canha roped the first pitch he saw from

MadBum helps BCraw's son root against LA

@mi_guardado
5:22 PM EDT

The Giants had an adorable fan in the stands at Chase Field on Saturday to cheer on the D-backs, who beat the Dodgers, 7-2, to help San Francisco widen its lead in the National League West. Brandon Crawford’s wife, Jalynne, shared on Instagram that former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner gifted

Stats and facts behind Cards' 16-game streak

@SlangsOnSports and @mattkellyMLB
6:33 PM EDT

The Cardinals simply refuse to lose. The Redbirds won their 16th consecutive game Sunday, extending a franchise record since the club joined the National League in 1892. A team that was on the outside of the playoff picture looking in as September began now could clinch a postseason berth in

Each MLB franchise's longest winning streak

7:31 PM EDT

Few storylines are more compelling than a long winning streak, with the excitement growing higher day by day. They can’t go on forever, but they’re fun while they last. The 2021 season has brought its fair share of long winning streaks, including a franchise record. The Astros, Brewers and Rays

Re-energized Sox roll to 'W' behind Giolito

Strong pitching, clutch hitting and crafty baserunning key the victory for Chicago
@ladsonbill24
7:13 PM EDT

Unlike Saturday, when the White Sox were shut out by the Indians, manager Tony La Russa had nothing to complain about after his team defeated Cleveland, 5-2, at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon. The White Sox took three out of five games and will now travel to Detroit to play

'Bright futures ahead' for Reds' rookie duo

6:45 PM EDT

CINCINNATI -- For the Reds to have even contended for the postseason into September, a big part of the credit belongs to a pair of rookies in Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India. India is a leading contender for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, but Stephenson had the