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Tom Krasovic: Machado should be Padres MVP, even if Tatis Jr. gets NL award

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Selecting a Padres MVP between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado is like choosing a flavor of ice cream. You can't go wrong. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, butter pecan and mint chocolate chip are the top-5 ice cream flavors, per Americans surveyed last year by YouGuv. Scoop me any of those five, I'm happy.

You say Jake Cronenworth deserves...Read more

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Mariners post another must-win over Oakland A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. — They’ve been in must-win mode since embarking on this final road trip. If their improbable dream of the postseason is to be realized, the Mariners' best way to overcome the long odds against them is to win every game and then let the rest sort itself out.

When they walked on the pristine playing surface of the Oakland ...Read more

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Walker Buehler, Dodgers' bullpen struggle in loss to Rockies

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DENVER — The expectation was the Dodgers, when Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin came off the injured list earlier this month to make their rotation finally whole again, would benefit from quality starts almost every day as they chased the San Francisco Giants down the stretch.

Kershaw and Gonsolin’s health were questions but Max Scherzer, ...Read more

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Marlins can't recover from early home runs against Elieser Hernandez in loss to Nationals

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It was another typical Elieser Hernandez start, one where he showed enough command and knowledge of sequencing to rack up strikeouts but also showed a tendency to get hit hard.

Hernandez struck out a season-high seven batters but also gave up three home runs in the Miami Marlins’ 7-5 loss to the Washington Nationals that allowed the Nationals...Read more

Yankees erupt for four runs in eighth inning to sweep Rangers, regain AL Wild Card spot

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NEW YORK — For seven innings, the Yankees offense sputtered in its chances to push ahead against the Rangers.

But one inning and a two-out rally was all the Yankees needed to strike and change the narrative of the game. The Yankees broke a tie game open with four runs in the eight inning and emerged with a 7-3 victory over the Rangers in ...Read more

Crank it up to 11: Cardinals win 11th in a row, but Arenado leaves 10-2 rout after tarp tumble

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MILWAUKEE — While division-leading Milwaukee have become the latest opponent dazed and unable to slow or even impede the Cardinals’ blitz toward October and a 14th consecutive winning season, there was beneath their rout a cold shiver of concern.

Take a breath. It involves a tarp.

A few innings after diving over a tarp to complete a catch ...Read more

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Bryce Harper's throw home saves Phillies' 4-3 win over Orioles and keeps playoff hopes alive

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper seemed almost surprised Wednesday night when he fielded the ball in right field and noticed that the potential tying run was headed home. The ball was not hit particularly hard toward Harper with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win, but the Orioles still decided to test the outfielder’s arm.

Challenge ...Read more

Mets 2021 season all but over after blowout loss, sweep by Red Sox

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BOSTON — If one game ever represented the symbolic knockout punch, it might have been this one.

With each passing day, the Mets' postseason chances have become slimmer. They are mathematically alive, but everyone seemingly understands the cruel reality.

This season is all but over.

And on Wednesday, during a lengthy battering at Fenway Park...Read more

Rookie Joe Ryan strikes out 11 in five innings as Twins edge Cubs 5-4

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CHICAGO — Joe Ryan, assigned No. 74 as a rookie, says modesty — and his last name — prevents him from ever asking to wear No. 34 in the future. But let's not be too hasty.

Ryan had a game Wednesday that MLB all-time strikeout king Nolan Ryan, whose No. 34 is retired by three different teams, would be proud to claim, except perhaps for the...Read more

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Star shortstop Francisco Lindor evaluates Mets second-half collapse, including own failures

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BOSTON — There are some ball clubs in late September that have already clinched a postseason berth. Those teams are gearing up to compete in the Fall Classic, with the most meaningful baseball they will play this year yet to be showcased.

The Mets are not one of those teams. They haven’t been one of those teams in half a decade. When ...Read more

Mark Bradley: The Braves could have given up on 2021. They didn't.

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Apologies for being blunt, but the Braves could still blow this. As of Wednesday morning, they led Philadelphia by three games with 11 – maybe 12 – remaining, plus Friday’s resumption of the suspended affair with San Diego. (The rainout with Colorado would be played Oct. 4, the day after the regular season is set to end, if its outcome ...Read more

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Rays' Kevin Kiermaier wants another shot at Blue Jays after their 'weak move'

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said before Wednesday’s game he didn’t think picking up a Toronto pitching data card after a play at the plate and bringing it to the Rays dugout Monday was wrong and definitely not as big a deal as being portrayed. He said he didn’t care what the Blue Jays or others thought and ...Read more

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Rays clinch third consecutive playoff berth with 7-1 win against Blue Jays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays have much more significant goals — and wilder celebrations — in mind.

But Wednesday was a good start, as they clinched a third consecutive playoff berth with a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.

This is the seventh time in the last 14 seasons the Rays have reached the postseason, and the first time they have done...Read more

Kansas City Royals game postponed, Salvy's offensive spree on hold until Friday

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Wednesday’s Kansas City Royals game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field was postponed because of inclement weather in Cleveland.

The game will be made up in Cleveland on Monday with first pitch scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Central time.

The Royals will also be off Thursday before they begin their series with the Tigers on Friday ...Read more

Pirates' series finale with Reds postponed by rain

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CINCINNATI — The Pirates have not lost a series since Sept. 2-5 against the Chicago Cubs. For at least another couple of days, that streak will live on.

That isn’t because the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in their series finale Wednesday, though. The mini-streak continues because the teams didn’t even play.

Persistent rain showers at...Read more

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Tigers-White Sox game rained out, rescheduled for Monday

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DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox will have to wait a few days to finish off this three-game series.

The finale Wednesday was postponed because of unrelenting rain. The makeup will be at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, which was initially an off-day for both teams.

Paid tickets for Wednesday can be exchanged at the Comerica Par box office ...Read more

Late-game LaMonte strikes again: Wade's clutch hit leads Giants to comeback win over Padres

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SAN DIEGO — Three hours before first pitch on Tuesday at Petco Park, Padres stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatís Jr. stood side-by-side in front of a group of reporters and pledged to clean up San Diego’s mess.

A trendy favorite to contend for a World Series back in spring training, the Padres opened this week’s series against the ...Read more

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Gonzales, Crawford keep Mariners' playoff hopes burning

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Back in mid-January, almost a month before they even reported to Arizona for 2021 spring training, Marco Gonzales and J.P. Crawford held steadfast to their beliefs even as those around them and above tried to lower or temper their expectations for the upcoming season.

It was during the “Mariners’ Baseball Bash,” an ...Read more

Cardinals steal their way to 10th consecutive win, pull off a trick in ninth inning to edge Brewers, 2-1

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MILWAUKEE — Unable to generate much offensively against Milwaukee other than a single here or a walk there, the Cardinals’ increasingly resourceful lineup had to conjure another way to find enough runs and extend one of the longest winning streaks in club history.

They stole them.

Tommy Edman stole two bases and Lars Nootbaar, a late-game ...Read more

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In duel of bullpens, Phillies walk off Orioles, 3-2, on J.T. Realmuto's 10th-inning triple

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PHILADELPHIA — In a duel of two of baseball’s worst bullpens, the better came away victorious.

With the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies both planning to use their bullpens to cover every inning Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, the home team evened the series with a 3-2 victory. J.T. Realmuto’s walk-off two-run triple followed an ...Read more