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Young Guardians make history with AL Central title

Cleveland celebrates first division title since 2018 after sweep of Rangers
September 25, 2022

ARLINGTON -- There’s been so much focus on how young the Guardians' roster is this season. So along with a typical champagne celebration, what’s more fitting than a pizza party for a young club that just clinched the American League Central? Oscar Gonzalez and Cal Quantrill were bringing in boxes

Yanks win rain-shortened game with Judge stranded on deck

New York completes 6-0 homestand, drops AL East magic number to two
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NEW YORK -- The next spot due to bat in the Yankees' lineup belonged to Aaron Judge, a compelling reason to brave the deluge that pounded Yankee Stadium when play halted on Sunday evening. Most of the crowd remained, time frozen at the end of the sixth inning, hoping Mother

Judge in position for Triple Crown after regaining batting lead

September 25, 2022

Since the All-Star break, any talk of a potential Triple Crown winner in MLB this season had mainly centered around Cardinals first baseman and National League MVP favorite Paul Goldschmidt. That changed in mid-September -- as we reach the final days of the regular season, it’s Yankees slugger Aaron Judge

Dodgers tie team wins record, clinch NL's top seed

September 25, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- With a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers have matched the franchise’s single-season record with 106 wins. They became the first team ever to win 106 or more games in three consecutive full season (2019, ‘21). “It’s amazing,” Dodgers manager Dave

Down by 9, Royals win with 11-run inning

KC comeback marked 1st of its kind in 4-plus years, major blow for Seattle
September 25, 2022

KANSAS CITY -- Now that was a home finale to remember. In their final game at Kauffman Stadium this year, the Royals found themselves down nine runs in the fifth inning to the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. Then they found themselves leading by two runs after the sixth inning. By

Alonso drives in 5 to become Mets' RBI king

First baseman passes Piazza, Wright to set new single-season club record for RBIs
September 25, 2022

OAKLAND -- When Max Scherzer signed a three-year, $130 million deal to join the Mets last December, it brought him to an organization that he believed had the requisite talent to do something special. It also meant he would no longer have to face former NL East rival Pete Alonso,

Anthem standoff goes awry as Weaver, Ray get tossed

September 25, 2022

KANSAS CITY -- A national anthem standoff between two former teammates went awry Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium when both were ejected prior to first pitch of the Mariners-Royals series finale -- and that was only the start of what would be a wild 13-12 Royals win. Royals reliever Luke

Power Rankings: Familiar club climbs back to Top 5

September 25, 2022

As we enter the final full week of the Major League season, a team that previously spent a decent amount of time in the top spot has worked its way back into the Top 5. The Yankees have turned things around following a late-season swoon, but they aren’t the only

Judge HR chase FAQ: How to watch, pace, more

September 25, 2022

The baseball world remains intently focused on the Yankees’ Aaron Judge as he pursues history. Judge is not only one homer away from tying Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers from 1961, he’s also contending for the Triple Crown -- the league lead in batting average, homers and

'Top player for a reason': Acuña lifts Braves in NL East hunt

September 25, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Memories of last year’s postseason celebrations were stirred as the jubilant screams were heard outside the Braves' clubhouse following an 8-7 win in 11 innings over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. “This is a fun team,” Braves center fielder Michael Harris II said. “That’s

Postseason watch: Guardians in, WC races tight

September 25, 2022

The Guardians punched their ticket to the postseason and claimed the American League Central crown thanks to a White Sox loss to the Tigers just minutes before Cleveland beat Texas at Globe Life Field on Sunday, 10-4. It's Cleveland's first AL Central title in six years, as the Guardians surprised

11 rookies poised to electrify on postseason stage

September 25, 2022

There's no bigger stage to make a name for yourself than the postseason. Here are the rookies who could become the next October stars in 2022. The playoffs will be full of superstars who've been there before, from Aaron Judge to Jacob deGrom to Justin Verlander to Freddie Freeman. But

Springer (2 HRs) hitting new gear for WC leaders

September 25, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG -- When summer ends, George Springer season begins. Springer launched two home runs in Sunday’s 7-1 win over the Rays, the second of which still hasn’t landed, carrying the Blue Jays back to a two-game lead in the American League Wild Card race. Coming off two losses to

Mattingly won't return to manage Marlins in '23

Manager, organization announce mutual decision to 'have a new voice'
September 25, 2022

MIAMI -- Don Mattingly, the baseball legend with the moniker “Donnie Baseball,” knew what he was walking into when he parted ways with the Dodgers and signed a four-year deal in November 2015 to become the 15th manager in Marlins history. It was a challenge he looked forward to, relying

Maris' family following Judge on HR pursuit

September 25, 2022

NEW YORK -- Kevin Maris, the son of the late Yankees slugger Roger Maris, said recently he was having an “awesome time” at Yankee Stadium watching the home run chase involving Aaron Judge, who was one home run shy of tying the American League record set by Maris in 1961

Braves' 44 Classic a thrill for young players

September 25, 2022

Playing against old teammates and friends leads to healthy competition and smack talk, but the buzz quieted as Team Blue shut out Team White 3-0 in the Braves' fourth annual 44 Classic scrimmage on Sunday at Truist Park. The event, named in honor of club legend Hank Aaron -- who

2022 Draftees already making strong debuts

September 25, 2022

In the grand scheme of development, pro debut performances by draftees don't matter much and often involve small sample sizes after a layoff. To cite one famous example, Chipper Jones posted a .592 OPS in Rookie ball after going No. 1 overall in 1990, fueling incredulity that the Braves could

Injuries: Braves, Montas, Cardinals, Dodgers

September 25, 2022

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

Lights-out Javier primed to be Astros' key weapon in playoffs

September 25, 2022

BALTIMORE -- The Astros have a starting rotation filled with pitchers that are peaking at the right time with the postseason just around the corner. With Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Framber Valdez leading the rotation, the Astros are set up nicely for what they hope will be another

Circle it! Padres slice magic number to 6

Machado a presence in the box, on defense and at the whiteboard
September 25, 2022

DENVER -- On Saturday night -- after he finished his media responsibilities and before he left for the team bus -- Padres third baseman Manny Machado grabbed a blue dry-erase marker and drew a massive “8” on the whiteboard at the exit to Coors Field’s visitors’ clubhouse. Then he circled

'This team has a lot of fight': Upcoming road trip crucial for O's

September 25, 2022

BALTIMORE -- The next time the Orioles play at home, a three-game set against the Blue Jays to close their regular season, it’s not clear what type of team they’ll be. They could be a postseason team, though the odds remain against them. Or they could be eliminated, their valiant

7 potential 50-homer hitters not named Judge

September 24, 2022

We don’t know exactly how many home runs Aaron Judge will end up hitting this season. But we know one thing for sure: He made it to 50. Judge’s 50th homer, hit off the Angels’ Ryan Tepera on Aug. 31 at Angel Stadium, made him the first player to reach

Richardson claims States Play MVP honors with thunderous homer

September 25, 2022

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Samuel Richardson dug in for batting practice Friday afternoon, a member of the States Play Invitational event staff approached and asked if he was the player who had switched clubs. When the 17-year-old University of Missouri commit replied in the affirmative, he was asked, “Going to

White Sox eliminated from AL Central race

September 25, 2022

CHICAGO -- The White Sox officially were eliminated from 2022 American League Central title contention via a 4-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field, falling short to Cleveland in a division where they touted as the clear-cut preseason favorite. But with nine games left and a