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Rays win, clinch playoff berth for fourth straight season

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HOUSTON — Much as they did for most of this season of ups and downs, the Rays rebounded from the disappointment of the previous night to win their way into the playoffs Friday, beating the Astros, 7-3.

In reaching the postseason for a fourth straight season, the Rays joined the Blue Jays in the three-team American League wild-card field, with...Read more

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Jack Flaherty shines, Albert Pujols hits No. 701 as Cardinals clip Pirates, 2-1

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ST. LOUIS — While Jack Flaherty had an impressive audition Friday night not only for a postseason roster spot but a chance to be in the rotation in next weekend's first round, Albert Pujols took another step toward the National Baseball Hall of Fame, not that his route wasn’t already mapped out.

The St. Louis fans who were disappointed not ...Read more

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Blue Jays tee off in 9-0 win over Red Sox, who are approaching historic lows

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The Red Sox are going from bad to worse.

It’s one thing for a team to come up short of the playoff race, but the Sox are now falling into obscurity.

After getting steamrolled by the Blue Jays, who hammered three home runs, including a 447-foot blast by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., in a 9-0 win over the Sox at Rogers Centre on Friday night, the ...Read more

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Brady Singer's last start spoiled by five-run inning in Royals' loss to Guardians

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This season, Brady Singer proved he’s capable of being the lead figure in the Kansas City Royals’ pitching rotation. But a season of maturity and strides ended on a sour note as Singer got roughed up by a division rival for a five-run inning in his final start of the season.

Singer lost for the first time since the first week of August as ...Read more

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Jacob deGrom struggles as Mets' bats go cold in loss to Braves

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ATLANTA — True to form, Jacob deGrom was mostly dominant Friday night at Truist Park. But his mistakes were big and the Atlanta Braves made him pay for three mistakes he made right down the middle.

The Mets fell, 5-2, and the two teams are now tied atop the NL East standings with 98-59 records.

With a packed crowd on hand to see a series ...Read more

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Aaron Judge stays at 61 homers as Yankees fall to Orioles, 2-1

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NEW YORK — The Yankees locked up the playoffs a while ago. They are locked into the second seed in the American League and the first-round bye that comes with it. They can’t overtake the Astros for home-field advantage in these final seven games. And Aaron Judge is still sitting on 61 home runs after going without a home run Friday night in ...Read more

Sandy Alcantara throws another complete game, but Marlins shut out by Brewers, 1-0

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MILWAUKEE — For the MLB-leading sixth time this season, Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara threw a complete game as he continues to beef up his Cy Young Award case.

But for the first time in those half-dozen outings, he was on the losing end of the decision as the Marlins were shut out by the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, on Friday at American ...Read more

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Joe Ryan wraps up rookie season in style as Twins shut out Tigers, 7-0

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It seemed odd and unwarranted at the time, giving a rookie the honor of starting on opening day. Six months later, Joe Ryan might have locked up the job for 2023, too.

Ryan, the young fastball specialist, finished up a splendid first full season on Friday by shutting out the Tigers for six innings, setting a new Twins record for strikeouts by a...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Cubs have had strong second half, but are season ticket holders sold on 2023?

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CHICAGO — A Chicago Cubs employee bent down near third base an hour before the team’s 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday and carefully scooped a handful of dirt into a glass vial.

After the season, the vial of Wrigley Field dirt will be mailed to a season ticket holder as a reward for their loyalty to the organization.

The Cubs ...Read more

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Trevor Bauer's defamation case against accuser's former attorney could be thrown out

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LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and his attorneys misrepresented the findings of the judge who denied a restraining order to a woman who accused him of sexual assault, according to a tentative ruling posted on a federal court website Friday.

The ruling, if it stands, would throw out Bauer's defamation case against Fred Thiagarajah,...Read more

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Phillies extend wild-card lead to one game with win over Nationals in Game 1 of doubleheader

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WASHINGTON — Need an elixir for a losing streak? How about something potent to stave off a late-season collapse?

Book an appointment with the Washington Nationals.

The Phillies couldn’t have timed it better. After scoring a total of three runs in three games this week in Chicago and pulling into town on a five-game skid, just a whiff of ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Jason Heyward reflects on his Cubs career and Game 7 speech that lives on in history: 'We still got a ring'

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CHICAGO — Jason Heyward’s career with the Chicago Cubs is coming to a close, ending with one year and $22 million remaining on his eight-year, $184 million contract.

It didn’t pan out the way former President Theo Epstein envisioned in 2015 when he gave Heyward the long-term deal, and current President Jed Hoyer decided in August to cut ...Read more

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Angels' Shohei Ohtani loses no-hit bid with two outs in 8th inning

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani made a run at history in his final home start of the season.

The Angels’ two-way star was just four outs away from a no-hitter in a 4-2 victory over the Oakland A’s on Thursday night, working amid chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from the Angel Stadium crowd.

Oakland outfielder Connor Capel hit a bouncer that...Read more

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Padres move closer to postseason even as they drop another series to Dodgers

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SAN DIEGO — Developments in the Midwest went the San Diego Padres’ way Thursday.

A playoff berth is creeping up on them.

But the plastic and champagne and goggles will remain in storage at least one more day, as the Padres could not beat the team they will eventually need to win a series against if their season is to be truly successful.

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Mariners outlast Rangers, drop magic number to one to end postseason drought

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And now the number is one.

Put simply, the Seattle Mariners are one win or one Baltimore loss from ending a postseason drought that they begrudgingly inherited and finally understood it was their burden to carry.

Now they are one game from being the team that did what felt impossible at times over two decades of losing and frustration.

With ...Read more

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SF Giants' rookie hits grand slam for 1st homer, Rodon retakes strikeout lead in win over Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two grand slams, separated by about 10 minutes but thousands of miles, could change the course of baseball’s playoff race. What’s crazy isn’t the coincidence; it’s the fact that it matters at all.

On the cusp of elimination seemingly since the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants are hanging by a thread to the ...Read more

Avisail Garcia grand slam lifts Miami Marlins over Milwaukee Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — Avisail Garcia got hold of a Freddy Peralta four-seam fastball and watched as the ball soared through the air at American Family Field in the eighth inning of the Miami Marlins’ series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. The ball continued to carry up the middle of the field, until it beyond Tyrone Taylor’s leaping reach and ...Read more

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Rays miss out on first chance to clinch playoff spot with loss to Guardians

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CLEVELAND — The Rays let a chance to clinch a playoff spot slip away Thursday when they let a one-run lead get away in the eighth inning.

The 2-1 loss to the Guardians ruined plans for a party to celebrate earning a spot in the postseason, but the Rays will have another chance Friday night in Houston and, if necessary, five more after that.

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David Murphy: Are the Phillies really going to blow it?

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Where are all the people who wanted to know why nobody was going to Phillies games this summer?

This.

This is why.

This is why Citizens Bank Park had all the energy of a larvae convention. This is why a Friday night in the upper deck looked like a Tuesday night at the zoning board. This is why the Phillies couldn’t attract a crowd if they ...Read more

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Rays' Port Charlotte complex damaged by Hurricane Ian

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CLEVELAND, Fla. — Rays officials are in the process of assessing the extent of the damage to their Port Charlotte training facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Some was obvious from the outside.

Metal roofing wrapped around leaning palm trees. Letters were missing off of the welcoming Home Plate main fan entrance. Fences hovered feet ...Read more