Rangers drop one-run game to Astros to end season 0-9 at Minute Maid

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HOUSTON -- No Texas Rangers team had gone winless on the road more than seven times in a season before the Houston Astros' beat them Wednesday night for their eighth loss in eight games this season at Minute Maid Park.

All that stood between the Rangers going 0-for-2019 was rookie left-hander Kolby Allard, who wasn't even in the organization ...Read more

Phillies beat Braves, 4-1, keep faint playoff dreams alive

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ATLANTA -- Another player filtered Wednesday afternoon into Gabe Kapler's office, shut the door behind him, and sat down to talk about the season.

The Phillies were three hours from beginning a 4-1 win over the Braves, but Kapler first wanted his players to "open up about their season." Kapler, along with general manager Matt Klentak, is ...Read more

Orioles stand on brink of series sweep after 11-10 loss to Blue Jays

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have suffered some discouraging losses over the course of this painful season, but it's hard to imagine any of them comparing to the carnage that took place on Wednesday night.

The O's busted out to a six-run lead in the early innings and seemed to stave off a seventh-inning comeback attempt by the Toronto Blue Jays, ...Read more

Twins bats go quiet in 3-1 loss to White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for magic numbers.

With all the attention on the Twins' magic number for clinching the AL Central -- a digit that remained frozen at seven on Wednesday, by the way -- it was easy to forget about Jake Odorizzi's own personal magic number: 16.

As in, 16 outs. If the Twins' righthander records 16 outs, if he pitches 5 1/3 ...Read more

Cubs fall to Reds, 3-2, in 10 innings to drop 3 games behind Cardinals in NL Central

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CHICAGO -- After eight relievers weren't enough Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Reds in 10 innings, the Cubs will have little time to recuperate as they open a crucial four-game series Thursday against the National League Central-leading Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

After retiring the first two batters in the 10th, James Norwood allowed a ...Read more

Dave Roberts optimistic about Dodgers' playoff roster despite lingering questions

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LOS ANGELES -- There's plenty for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to fret over during the regular season's final week and a half.

Rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo has been ruled out of the National League Division Series with a banged-up lower back. Third baseman Justin Turner continues to nurse a left ankle sprain that has lingered ...Read more

Yasiel Puig lifts Indians over Tigers with walk-off single

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CLEVELAND -- Yasiel Puig hasn't had quite the type of impact he had hoped when he came to Cleveland in the July three-team trade. Though for one night, he knew he had found what he wanted the moment it left the bat, as he lifted the Indians to a 2-1 win in extra innings over the Detroit Tigers.

Tied 1-1, Roberto Perez reached base to lead off ...Read more

Dinelson Lamet strikes out 14, Padres beat Brewers for first win of road trip

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MILWAUKEE -- Seth Mejias-Brean, who exactly two weeks earlier made his major league debut at the age of 28, started at shortstop for the Padres on Wednesday night.

"The last 10 or 12 days here, we'll get some guys the opportunity to go out and play and see what they've got," manager Andy Green said a few hours before his team's game against the...Read more

Rookie Kyle Lewis hits another homer in Mariners' 4-1 win against Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- No rookie has any business hitting that pitch that way that hard.

But the Mariners' Kyle Lewis says he's always had natural opposite-field power, and he showed it off once again Wednesday night.

With an inside-out swing, Lewis hit a 91-mph inside sinker 383 feet over PNC Park's out-of-town scoreboard in right field, his fifth ...Read more

Dodgers sell minority share of team

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have sold a minority share in the club to two investors, expanding the team's ownership group to nine.

The sale does not affect control of the Dodgers. Mark Walter remains the team chairman and controlling owner; Stan Kasten remains the team president and chief executive officer.

The Dodgers previously ...Read more

Cardinals take series against Nationals with 5-1 win

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals gained a couple of extra at-bats thanks to a blinding sun in the seventh inning Wednesday, and Matt Wieters made Washington's Max Scherzer pay.

Making his first appearance since Aug. 31, Wieters hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run to give the Cardinals some breathing room in what turned out to be a 5-1 win.

The Cards ...Read more

Jorge Lopez has another strong start, but the Royals fall 2-1 to Athletics

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the final month and a half of the season, Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez turned around what had been a frustrating season.

In one three-batter span on Tuesday night, the Oakland Athletics turned upside down what would've been Lopez's most encouraging outing.

Lopez gave up two runs, including a solo home run, in the bottom of ...Read more

Dodgers use big inning to top Rays

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LOS ANGELES -- They were three pitches in a game that featured 292 of them, delivered by one of 15 hurlers who took the mound on one of those drawn-out, expanded-roster-fueled September evenings in Dodger Stadium.

But that tiny snippet of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays before a crowd of 48,663 Tuesday night, a game...Read more

Giants top Red Sox in extra innings at Fenway as Yaz goes deep

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BOSTON -- Hall of Fame slugger Carl Yastrzemski stood on the grass at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon and explained that the San Francisco Giants were causing him to lose sleep.

Carl insisted he watches all of his grandson Mike's games with the San Francisco Giants until the final out and still wakes up at 6:30 every morning.

The grandfather ...Read more

Quiz: How would you measure up to the world's toughest baseball trivia?

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Try answering some of the questions posed in the annual trivia contest held by the Society for American Baseball Research. We're including five questions from each of the four rounds of competition. If we included questions solely from the final round, you'd have no chance. Answers are at the bottom.

Round 1

1) What is the popular term for the...Read more

Twins win wild game with a hit batter, edge White Sox in 12 innings, 9-8

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In Tuesday night's early innings for the Twins, their game against the White Sox appeared to be a history-making rout. Then it became an epic collapse. Then it turned into a seesawing, extra-inning affair.

And then it came down to the bizarre at-bat of Ronald Torreyes.

The Twins ground out three runs in the bottom of the 12th ...Read more

Cubs lose to Reds 4-2 despite 13 strikeouts by Yu Darvish, falling into a tie for the 2nd NL wild-card spot

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CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish discovered he had no margin for error Tuesday well before he embarked on one of his record-setting strikeout performances.

Darvish was tagged for three runs in the first inning, which offset his 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to Sonny Gray and the Reds at Wrigley Field that dropped the Cubs into a tie with the Brewers for the...Read more

Phillies beat Braves, 5-4, get revenge against Dallas Keuchel

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ATLANTA -- Dallas Keuchel did not need to even turn around on Tuesday night to know where his grooved two-seam fastball was headed.

Six days earlier, Keuchel said the Phillies' front-office should be second-guessing themselves for not signing him after he dominated their lineup at Citizens Bank Park. But Tuesday night, it was Keuchel who was ...Read more

Kendrick stings Mikolas again as Nationals beat Cardinals, 6-2

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ST. LOUIS -- The Washington Nationals replaced regular first baseman Ryan Zimmerman with Howie Kendrick, their outstanding utility man Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. After all, Kendrick was 6 for 8 in his career against Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas.

Make that 8 for 11 now.

Kendrick tripled and scored in the second. He hit a solo homer, his...Read more

Marco Gonzales pitches (and hits!) Mariners to 6-0 victory in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH -- As a junior at Gonzaga in 2013, Marco Gonzales went 7-3 with a 2.80 earned-run average on the mound and led the Zags at the plate with a .311 batting average, earning him the John Olerud Award as college baseball's best two-way player.

Which is a long way of saying this: The dude can hit a little.

Gonzales pitched one of his best...Read more