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Braun's epic slam breaks Brewers' HR record

Slugger hits homer with full count, down one run in ninth inning
@AdamMcCalvy
5 minutes ago

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. • Box score Braun fouled off

Harper ejected as sweep puts Phils in bind

Kapler also tossed in second straight loss to Red Sox
@feinsand
4:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies didn’t have a good weekend against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park, but if Gabe Kapler’s team hopes to earn a National League Wild Card spot, they’ll have to do most of their remaining damage away from home. The Red Sox completed a two-game sweep

Trout to have foot surgery, out for rest of season

@RhettBollinger
3:49 PM EDT

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

Bullpens that scare contenders the most

@RichardJustice
12:00 AM EDT

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

Cubs (14 HR, 47 R) finish historic sweep of Bucs

@MLBastian
26 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hoped to return home this weekend and take some steps to get their offense back on track amidst a postseason push. Consider that goal accomplished in overwhelming, gluttonous, record-breaking fashion. Led by a pair of home runs by Kris Bryant, the Cubs continued to churn out

Cubs score ... on Pirates' appeal throw?

@adamdberry
4:42 PM EDT

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

No fracture for Rizzo after rolling right ankle

@MLBastian
36 minutes ago

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

Culberson (facial fractures) avoids surgery

Utility man out for season after HBP; Rodney shaken by incident
@mlbbowman
an hour ago

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.

Here is the 2019 postseason schedule

12:30 AM EDT

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.

Injury updates: Rizzo, Kluber, Cruz, Trout

4:31 PM EDT

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

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

2:48 PM EDT

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

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

an hour ago

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

Tribe salvages series behind Perez's clutch HR

Cleveland wins fourth straight season set over Central-leading Minnesota
@MandyBell02
9 minutes ago

CLEVELAND -- The Indians watched the American League Central slip farther out of reach after getting swept in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Twins, but the team knew it had no time to get caught up in the division race when a Wild Card spot is on the line. “The best

Cards lose after 'pen falters on late slam

@anne__rogers
25 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals had to work with a makeshift bullpen on Sunday afternoon with closer Carlos Martinez out with the flu. The result was a four-run ninth inning from the Brewers and a 7-6 loss at Busch Stadium. John Gant filled in for Martinez to start the ninth

Here are baseball's top 20 free agents to be

@castrovince
September 13, 2019

If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively. But it won’t be very long until we fire up free agency yet again, and,

Miley returns to form with 6 solid innings

an hour ago

KANSAS CITY -- Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Royals, Astros manager AJ Hinch reflected on left-hander Wade Miley’s recent struggles and expressed optimism that Miley would alleviate some growing concerns. Miley was unable to even get out of the first inning in consecutive starts against Seattle and Oakland,

Kendrick feasts at plate; Nats shut out Braves

@JamalCollier
4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have monitored Howie Kendrick’s playing time closely this season, an effort to get the 36-year-old veteran, coming off a torn Achilles this past winter, through the entire season healthy. It has been a quandary all season for Washington, trying to balance the workload of Kendrick, who

Fried lacks punch in abbreviated start

@mlbbowman
5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- Max Fried is starting to look like he could benefit from the rest that the Braves could more comfortably provide now that they spent a second straight weekend extending their success against the Nationals and moving closer to clinching the National League East. Plans to celebrate a second

Looking at some crazy tiebreaker scenarios

@castrovince
12:16 AM EDT

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

Ruiz comes up big again, this time in a win

5:10 PM EDT

DETROIT -- This time, Rio Ruiz’s go-ahead hit stood up. His two-out, two-run homer in the third inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Orioles the lead for good in an 8-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. On Saturday night, his RBI single in

Rosario hits 2 of Twins' 4 HRs in loss

Sano, Wade also go deep; Minnesota commits four errors
@dohyoungpark
4:37 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- After the Twins won both games in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Indians to clinch the series victory, the results of Sunday’s game at Progressive Field were likely to be largely immaterial in the big picture. But still, a close contest in the series finale offered plenty to think

Vazquez, Red Sox still have a lot to show

@paul_casella
24 minutes ago

PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora acknowledged that he likely would have handled multiple things differently during this weekend's series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park had his club still been in postseason contention. He may have used his bench differently in the later innings of Saturday's victory.

X-factor rookie Graterol settling in with Twins

Flamethrower sets club mark with 101.9 mph pitch on Saturday
@dohyoungpark
1:22 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- Let's get the formalities out of the way first. Brusdar Graterol officially became the hardest-throwing Twins hurler in the pitch tracking era (since 2008) on Saturday night, when he unleashed a 101.2 mph offering on a called third strike to Yasiel Puig, immediately followed by a 101.9 mph

All good news after Kimbrel's bullpen session

@MLBastian
2:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon has emphasized that there is no established finish line for Craig Kimbrel's comeback from a right elbow issue. There is, however, a finite amount of time remaining in the regular season. Kimbrel took another step forward on Sunday in his quest to rejoin Chicago's

Santana poised to return; Haniger still on hold

@gregjohnsmlb
3:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE -- Right fielder Domingo Santana, who was a force in the middle of the Mariners' lineup in the first half of the season, will be activated off the 10-day disabled list for Seattle’s upcoming road trip beginning in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Santana has been sidelined since Aug. 19 with