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Judge unbowed: 'We're going to get it done'

October 15, 2019

HOUSTON -- When Aaron Judge rounded the bases with an early homer that stunned Justin Verlander, it was easy to envision the Yankees carrying a commanding American League Championship Series lead back to The Bronx, where the jet-engine roars of their frenetic home crowd could exceed the decibel levels that

Rockies end '19 with 2nd straight walk-off win

September 29, 2019

DENVER -- The best the Rockies could do Sunday was escape last place in the National League West. But while escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 11th and going another frame in the 4-3, 13-inning victory over the Brewers, reliever DJ Johnson let his mind drift to the postseason.

Alaniz does it all to lock down Reds' 'pen day win

September 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie reliever R.J. Alaniz showed no fear in the batter’s box, or on the mound. Alaniz pitched the final two scoreless innings of the Reds' 4-2, 12-inning win over the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park, capping off a huge game for the bullpen. He also delivered his

Phils 'playing for each other' to wrap season

Marathon win in 15 innings brings ballclub back to .500
September 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Somebody had to eventually come through early Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. It turned out to be Adam Haseley. Facing a five-man infield, the Phillies’ rookie outfielder hit a ground ball to Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas with the bases loaded and one out in the 15th inning. It

19 innings later, D-backs have record-setting win

Vargas forces extras with HR in 9th, then delivers walk-off hit
September 25, 2019

PHOENIX -- The game started Tuesday night and didn’t end until 1:35 a.m. MST on Wednesday at Chase Field. In between the first pitch and Ildemaro Vargas' walk-off single that gave the D-backs a 3-2 win over the Cardinals, there were many incredible moments, highlight plays and records set. •

Cards muster only 2 solo HRs in 19-inning loss

Fowler, Goldschmidt go deep in marathon game at Arizona
September 25, 2019

PHOENIX -- As Tuesday turned to Wednesday at Chase Field, the Cardinals and D-backs continued to play. And play. And play. After 19 innings, it was the D-backs who came out on top. Ildemaro Vargas lined the first pitch he saw from right-hander John Brebbia to left field for an

Giants fall to Rockies as 25 pitchers are used

Bumgarner homers, allows three long balls in seven innings
September 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner couldn’t savor the 19th home run of his career without also lamenting one of his missteps on the mound. Asked to describe the pitch he crushed out to left field in the third inning, Bumgarner said, “Fastball down the middle. Same pitch I threw to

Blackmon's 3-run shot wins it in 16th inning

Hoffman hit in knee by comebacker, diagnosed with bone bruise
September 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Charlie Blackmon gave a tired smile on Tuesday -- a night when things actually worked out for the Rockies. His three-run homer in the 16th inning -- which tied for the latest home run in club history -- sealed an 8-5 victory over the Giants at Oracle

Maybin HR sets record in Yankees' loss to Rays

New York uses 11 relievers, including Sabathia in his regular-season bullpen debut
September 25, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The lineup card folded into Aaron Boone’s pocket on Tuesday evening grew to resemble the graffiti-covered walls of 1980s-era New York City, as the Yankees and Rays used 20 pitchers in the 12-inning contest, tossing 359 baseballs from the mound toward home plate. On an eventful evening

Rays walk off, inch closer to A's in WC chase

September 25, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Over the last season and a half, Ji-Man Choi has established himself as one of the most entertaining members in the clubhouse. He rolled out a couple of quirky dances last season, and even helped Chicago's Tim Anderson wipe his nose with his sleeve in a game

Mets avoid elimination on walk-off walk in 11th

Sewald collects elusive first win; Conforto homers twice, including game-tying shot in ninth
September 25, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Mets understand this season is unlikely to end in a playoff berth. That has not stopped them from routinely staving off elimination in the unlikeliest of ways. Each week, it seems, the Mets find some new path to survival. While it hasn’t been enough to increase

Hays goes airborne, hits 2 jacks in career effort

September 24, 2019

TORONTO -- At this point, there looks like only one thing standing between Austin Hays and the Orioles’ everyday center-field job: the offseason. Hays continued his sensational September showing with the most complete performance of his brief Major League career in Monday’s 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays in 15

Walk-off loss puts D-backs' chances on brink

Ray reaches new career high for strikeouts in a season in up-and-down start
September 22, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- One day in the near future, D-backs pitcher Robbie Ray will look back and reflect on compiling a career high in strikeouts this season. That day was not Sunday. Ray was not much for talking about personal accomplishments after the D-backs were walked off by the Padres,

Nats' vets have gas in tank, fuel 6-run 10th

Dozier, Suzuki, Zimmerman come up big when team needs lift in extras
September 22, 2019

MIAMI -- When the Nationals saw a late four-run lead disappear to spoil another strong start by Stephen Strasburg, the ballclub showed its season-long resiliency -- this time led by veterans who haven’t gotten much playing time of late. Brian Dozier, Kurt Suzuki and Ryan Zimmerman fueled a six-run 10th

Dean, Sierra, Ramirez make most of chances

Comeback falls short, but effort spotlights young players' potential
September 22, 2019

MIAMI -- The Marlins are using their final games of 2019 to further evaluate their young roster. On Saturday night, they did their part in trying to make the Nationals’ path to the playoffs more uncomfortable. After Miami rallied in the eighth to force extra innings, Brian Dozier and Adam

Lewis, Long, Crawford lead September surge

Mariners' long-term core propels club to 13-inning win vs. O's
September 22, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Credit the kids for this one. Rookies Shed Long and Kyle Lewis continued their scorching Septembers with big days at the plate on Saturday and shortstop J.P. Crawford ripped a three-run homer in the eighth, as the Mariners’ young guns provided the punch in a 7-6, 13-inning victory

Hays dazzles again, but O’s lose in extras

No. 6 prospect hits game-tying HR after Givens' eighth blown save
September 22, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Another night, another Austin Hays moment. The Orioles’ rookie center fielder is making a habit of stealing the spotlight, and he did so again in their 7-6 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night at Camden Yards. In his season debut on Sept. 7, it was with a

Devers makes Red Sox history with 31st homer 

Budding star sets club record for home runs by a third baseman
September 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- For 41 seasons, Butch Hobson held a little-known record in Red Sox history. All of 22 years old, Rafael Devers broke it on Saturday night at Tropicana Field when he smashed his 31st homer of the season, the most ever by a Boston third baseman. • Box

'Not a whole lot better' feeling for walk-off hero

Lowe's HR gives Rays 2nd straight win in 11, puts them in 2nd WC spot
September 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- As soon as he made contact, Nate Lowe put his hands in the air and looked at the home dugout, giving the rest of his teammates confirmation that they were about to complete their second consecutive walk-off win. With the Rays trailing by one run in the

Adames' walk-off 'the best feeling in the world'

September 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Before Friday’s game, the Rays talked about the importance of playing well during their final six-game homestand of the season in order to give themselves a chance to clinch a postseason spot. At times, the Rays have struggled at Tropicana Field this season. But it was a

Sox 'disappointed' after postseason hopes end

September 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox fought the good fight on Friday night, but in the end, Boston’s playoff fate was out of its control. With the Indians’ 5-2 win over the Phillies, the defending World Series champion Red Sox were officially eliminated from postseason contention despite a final push

Carp homers in 10th as Cards fend off Cubs

September 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- In the Cardinals’ biggest game of the year so far, Matt Carpenter was the one who seized the moment. On the first pitch he saw from Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel in the top of the 10th inning, he launched a no-doubt home run to dead center field, giving

Bellinger hits HR No. 45 but Jansen struggles

September 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger ended his homer drought, Max Muncy looked healthy doubling in two runs, Julio Urías pitched in back-to-back games for the first time this year and rookie Dustin May fired two scoreless innings. Of course, ground zero for the media Wednesday night was the locker of

Rays fight back to hang on to Wild Card spot

September 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- After Tuesday’s loss to the Dodgers, Rays outfielder Tommy Pham talked about the sense of urgency the group needed to have with just under ten games left in the regular season. “We’ve got to win,” Pham said. “We’ve got to play that right now is important. You

Suárez hits most HRs in season by Venezuelan

Slugger ties NL mark for most homers by third baseman in a year
September 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- When Eugenio Suárez walked into the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field following Wednesday’s 3-2, 10-inning win over the Cubs and heard his teammates singing the Venezuelan national anthem, “Gloria al Bravo Pueblo,” with a king-sized bottle of champagne waiting for him, he couldn’t help it as tears started