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These players are better than the '19 numbers

@williamfleitch
September 15, 2019

You know who the stars on each team are. You can see it from their stats, from leaderboards, from the jerseys on everyone’s backs in the stands. But that can’t tell you everything. Some guys are more than just their surface stats. So today we look at the players on

Cubs roll to historic sweep of Bucs; Rizzo injured

North Siders hit 14 homers, score 47 runs in record-setting series
@MLBastian
September 15, 2019

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo was on his back in the infield grass on Sunday afternoon, grimacing in pain as Cubs manager Joe Maddon looked on. A group of teammates surrounded the first baseman, while Wrigley Field -- a place known for its raucous environment -- fell strangely silent. "It was

Dodgers rally in NY, clinch NLDS advantage

Jansen regains form with shutdown 8th; Maeda collects 2-out save
@kengurnick
September 15, 2019

NEW YORK -- The champagne and beer sprayed earlier on the trip when the Dodgers clinched the division in Baltimore. But with an eye on the ultimate prize, the Dodgers might have accomplished even more over the weekend at Citi Field. After getting starters Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu back

Harper ejected as sweep puts Phils in bind

Kapler also tossed in second straight loss to Red Sox
@feinsand
September 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper might want to let his bat do his talking for him over the next two weeks. The Phillies' superstar was ejected in the fourth inning of Sunday’s crucial game against the Red Sox, relegated to the clubhouse to watch his teammates drop a 6-3 decision to

Power Rankings as races sizzle down stretch

@alysonfooter
September 15, 2019

The A's have their eyes firmly planted on hosting the American League Wild Card Game. And after a dominating, sweaty series with the Rangers in Arlington over the weekend, it's hard to imagine what would have to happen for them to fall short of that goal. The A's not only

Appeal throw to 3rd does not end well for Pirates

@adamdberry
September 15, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Pirates apparently believed one of the Cubs baserunners missed third base on speedster Tony Kemp's two-run, pinch-hit triple in the third inning on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Their method of trying to prove it left something to be desired. With Kemp standing on third base and

Suarez hits 46th, 47th HRs, chasing MLB crown

@m_sheldon
September 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- During Spring Training in 2018, the Reds signed third baseman Eugenio Suárez to a seven-year, $66 million contract extension with the hope he would be a cornerstone player for years to come. That deal already seems like a shrewd bargain. It only took until the contract’s second year

Trout to have foot surgery, out for rest of season

@RhettBollinger
September 15, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels superstar Mike Trout’s 2019 season is over. The center fielder will undergo surgery on his right foot to remove the Morton's neuroma he's been dealing with for about a month, the Angels announced Sunday. Trout, an eight-time All-Star and two-time American League MVP, hadn’t been in the

Injury updates: Cubs, Kipnis, Cruz, Trout

September 15, 2019

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Postseason watch: Astros back in top spot in AL

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A sweep in Kansas City has moved the Astros into a tie for the best record with the Yankees atop the American League. But as owners of the head-to-head tiebreaker, it's Houston that currently possesses home-field advantage throughout the ALCS. Things remain tight all across the playoff push. Four teams

Looking at some crazy tiebreaker scenarios

@castrovince
September 15, 2019

Life is filled with unanswerable questions: If God made us, then who made God? Is there other life in this or another universe? Are all living beings capable of love? What happens if five or more teams tie in the Wild Card race? Clearly, the last of those questions is

Here is the 2019 postseason schedule

September 15, 2019

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2019 Postseason, which is set to open with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 1, followed by the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on ESPN on Wednesday, Oct.

Juan Lagares runs through a wall -- literally

September 15, 2019

Managers sometimes talk about players who will run through walls for you. Look no further than Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who did just that on Sunday night at Citi Field. With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernández lifted a fly ball deep

No fracture for Rizzo after rolling right ankle

@MLBastian
September 15, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' season of setbacks encountered another one during Sunday's 16-6 win over the Pirates, when first baseman Anthony Rizzo rolled his right ankle and had to be helped back to the home dugout at Wrigley Field. Rizzo sprained the ankle while charging in to field a bunt

Do you need to see it ... to catch it?

September 15, 2019

Want to know the mark of a great fielder? Victor Robles caught a ball he probably didn't actually see. With two outs in the top of the second inning of Sunday's game against the Braves, Brian McCann drove one deep to left-center field that Robles lost in the sun. Robles

Culberson (facial fractures) avoids surgery

Utility man out for season after HBP; Rodney shaken by incident
@mlbbowman
September 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Culberson will miss the remainder of the season with multiple facial fractures. But the Braves utility man received good news on Sunday, when he learned none of the fractures were of the displaced type. “There’s no surgery required, which is really good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Braun's go-ahead slam rescues Brewers in 9th

Slugger hits homer with full count, down one run
@AdamMcCalvy
September 15, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Braun turned back the clock to break a club record he helped set as a rookie a dozen years ago. More important, the Brewers remained right in the thick of the National League postseason race with two weeks to go. Braun fouled off one full-count pitch

5 must-watch series as playoff races heat up

@RichardJustice
September 15, 2019

When Astros manager AJ Hinch was asked how much scoreboard watching he’d been doing during games, he did not hesitate. “It’s right there in front of me,” he said, pointing toward the left-field out-of-town scores at Minute Maid Park. “Of course I’m watching. We’re all watching. We know what’s going

2 K's, a few laughs in Dellin's dominant return

September 15, 2019

TORONTO -- Ending an arduous road trip on a losing note wasn’t what the Yankees were looking for on Sunday, but they came away with something that might be better in the long run than a win. In a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, four-time All-Star

Ranking 2019 rookies based on long-term value

@JimCallisMLB
September 15, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Fernando Tatis Jr.? That was the question when we tried to determine who should stand atop MLB Pipeline's preseason Top 100 Prospects list. That's the question again as we partake in our annual exercise of ranking this year's graduated prospects based on their future value. Some

A’s break out the brooms behind Manaea’s gem

Luzardo fires 3 innings of 1-run ball to earn first career save
@alysonfooter
September 15, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Given the A's just won their 90th game of the season, it's fair to say they managed pretty well without Sean Manaea while the lefty was rehabbing from last year's shoulder surgery. But if Manaea pitches as well as he has through his first three outings since being

Kendrick feasts at plate; Nats shut out Braves

@JamalCollier
September 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- There’s a part of Howie Kendrick that acknowledges he feels fortunate enough to be even playing in the big leagues this season. He imagines just how difficult it might have been this offseason -- coming off a ruptured right Achilles tendon and set to turn 36 years old

Bullpens that scare contenders the most

@RichardJustice
September 15, 2019

Your favorite team can win the World Series without a great bullpen. Who says there’s never any good news? That new reality is probably the No. 1 takeaway from the 2018 Red Sox and 2017 Astros. Both teams won championships despite not feeling great about their bullpens. They won, in

Penny Marshall remembered at Play Ball event

Rockford, Ill., chosen to be home of International Women's Baseball Museum
September 15, 2019

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Not even half an hour after the day’s first baseball activities got underway, lightning led to the cancellation of what was to be a fun-filled day. But even as grey clouds and gloomy skies hovered above Beyer Stadium, the smiles of children eagerly awaiting to participate in