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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

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It's back to the Bronx for Aaron Judge and Yankees as slugger aims for No. 62

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge will surely get a hero’s welcome when he returns home to the Bronx on Friday night. And further history may be in the making as No. 99 needs just one more — as John Sterling would say — “Judgian blast” to break the American League all-time single-season home run record of 61.

Fans lucky enough to have tickets ...Read more

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Kyle Stowers' rare appearance vs. left-hander ends in homer, but Orioles drop series with 5-3 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON — Kyle Stowers threaded the needle earlier this series when asked for his thoughts on his opportunities to face left-handed pitching — or lack thereof. He walked a diplomatic line, acknowledging how the Orioles have ample right-handed hitters who can face southpaws.

“I think it’s less about what I’ve done against lefties in the...Read more

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Phillies and Nationals move up doubleheader to Friday as storm moves up East Coast

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CHICAGO — The Phillies-Nationals doubleheader scheduled for Saturday has been moved up to Friday with rain expected to hit Washington as a byproduct of Hurricane Ian’s path up the East Coast.

The 7:05 p.m. game scheduled for Saturday was moved to 1:05 p.m. on Friday with Bailey Falter getting the start, and will be followed by a 7:05 p.m. ...Read more

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Twins' home season ends with attendance drop and 4-3 loss to White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins home season ended Thursday with the lowest total yearly attendance in Target Field history, with the exception of the pandemic-impacted years.

Just 23,397 came out Thursday to see the Twins — officially eliminated late Wednesday from the postseason — lose to the also-eliminated White Sox 4-3. And there were plenty ...Read more

Phillies swept in season series with Cubs; tied with Brewers for final wild-card spot

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CHICAGO — The Phillies’ Nick Maton stepped up to the plate with two outs in the second inning on Thursday. Jean Segura was on first base. Maton took one pitch, and then another, and then one more, which he tried to bunt, but pulled his bat back.

The scoreboard showed that it was 3-1 on that last pitch, which was out of the zone, so Maton ...Read more

Tigers sweep Royals, equal season-long six-game win streak

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DETROIT — AJ Hinch has been thinking about moving Akil Baddoo into the leadoff spot for a while now. But he wanted him to earn the privilege, which he certainly did hitting .300 with a .400 on-base average the last two weeks.

Baddoo then validated the strategy Thursday afternoon, triggering a four-run fifth inning that helped the Tigers equal...Read more

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Aaron Judge's 61st home run ball landed in Blue Jays bullpen, only feet away from being caught by fans

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NEW YORK — Fans and players quickly jumped to their feet when Aaron Judge swung and connected on a 3-2 sinker in the seventh inning at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday night.

The line drive record-tying home run grazed past the several gloves in the front row and landed in the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen. Pitching coach Matt Buschmann ...Read more

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Editorial: Judge has just accomplished a huge baseball feat

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That Aaron Judge’s 61st home run of the season, surpassing The Babe and tying Roger Maris, came against division rivals Toronto was so fitting. He carries on the legacy of Yankee lore of dominating the major leagues and especially the American League. And this is the magical hitting stat that matters. It mattered when Ruth achieved it in 1927 ...Read more

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Mariners snap out of funk long enough to beat Rangers, lower magic number to 3

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Maybe it was the “show-and-go” philosophy of their Little League days that helped them remember that no matter the grind and pressure of the marathon season, baseball is still supposed to be fun.

Maybe it was the calming presence of 1,089 dogs in attendance for the last “bark in the park” night of the season. The Mariners by in-large ...Read more

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Joc bops, bullpen rocks as SF Giants keep rolling against Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO — It has been more than a month since the Giants’ wins last equaled their losses, but continuing their hot stretch to end the season Thursday, they moved one step closer to finishing the season at .500.

The Giants deployed a bullpen game for the 10th time this month and, in an increasingly common outcome, got stellar showings ...Read more

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Angels top prospect Logan O'Hoppe collects 1st hit in Angels' win over Athletics

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Logan O'Hoppe, the Angels' No. 1 prospect, made his major league debut Wednesday in a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. After dominating with the Angels' Double-A team this summer, he was put on the taxi squad early Tuesday and called up not even 24 hours later.

The highly touted catcher was tested immediately.

Behind the plate for starting ...Read more