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Tigers come out on top of Twins in sloppy game

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DETROIT — This one was a little gnarly.

A single being played into a triple. A missed cut-off man resulting in two free bases. A runner getting picked off second base with the bases loaded. A poorly-timed wild pitch.

Video from this will not be sent to Cooperstown.

But in the penultimate game of the season at Comerica Park Saturday night, ...Read more

Mariners push through celebration fatigue to top A's behind Luis Castillo

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SEATTLE — On a day when the energy hovered between low and "I've felt better in my life" and their eyes felt a little fuzzy from minimal sleep and maximum celebration, the Mariners rolled out a lineup similar to a mid-March Cactus League road game for Saturday afternoon.

But playing in front of another packed T-Mobile Park and knowing there ...Read more

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Angels and Shohei Ohtani agree on $30 million contract for next season

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels and two-way star Shohei Ohtani have agreed to a one-year contract for next season worth $30 million, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Ohtani was going to be eligible for salary arbitration after this season. This deal means he and the Angels will avoid the process.

“Well deserved,” CAA’s Nez Balelo, ...Read more

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Giants eliminated from postseason contention with 8-4 loss to Diamondbacks

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SAN FRANCISCO — As the Giants streaked toward the finish line, taking their postseason chances from seemingly impossible to only highly improbable, some considered it a good omen for 2023, while others regretted not playing at this level all season.

Mostly, though, they remained realistic.

Their odds were long, and their fate was out of ...Read more

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Brayan Bello suffers disappointing end to his season as Red Sox are steamrolled by Blue Jays again

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When Alex Cora told reporters in Toronto on Saturday that he thinks the Red Sox will be picked to finish last in the division again next year, he might’ve accidentally foreshadowed what came next.

Yet again against an American League East opponent, the Red Sox simply weren’t competitive.

Outclassed in every facet of the game, the Sox were ...Read more

Paul Sullivan: As Wrigley Field prepares to close its doors for the season, Cubs look ahead to better days -- again

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CHICAGO — After the end of the 2014 Chicago Cubs season, Theo Epstein spoke optimistically about the upcoming offseason.

It was time to get serious.

“Knowing the money will be there changes the lens in which you view every transaction,” said Epstein, then the president of baseball operations.

The Cubs had cleared about $41 million off ...Read more

Nestor Cortes puts on a show as Yankees rout Orioles; Aaron Judge still stuck on No. 61

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NEW YORK — This winter, Nestor Cortes called pitching coach Matt Blake, just to check and make sure he had a spot on the big league roster. A 38th-round draft pick who has had to earn every start and promotion in his career, Cortes didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

And Saturday, he made sure that the Yankees have him in their plans ...Read more

Yankees reliever Zack Britton placed on IL as comeback falls short

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NEW YORK — Zack Britton’s comeback has fallen short. The left-hander who exited Friday night’s game with “arm fatigue” was placed on the injured list Saturday and likely will not pitch for the Yankees again. The 34-year-old had hoped to come back from 2021 Tommy John surgery to pitch in the postseason.

“I think basically it’s just...Read more

Nationals rout Phillies in Game 1 of doubleheader, 13-4

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WASHINGTON — Here’s how it’s going for the Phillies: In the 157th game of the season, with a playoff berth in sight, against the worst team in baseball, infielder Nick Maton came on to pitch with a nine-run deficit in the eighth inning.

Wild-card fever.

More like a fever dream.

A September slide bled into October on Saturday as the ...Read more

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Angels and Shohei Ohtani agree on $30-million contract for next season

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels and two-way star Shohei Ohtani have agreed to a one-year contract for next season worth $30 million, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Ohtani was going to be eligible for salary arbitration after this season. This deal means he and the Angels will avoid the process.

The reigning American League MVP will ...Read more

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How a collector in Florida wound up with Roberto Clemente's most iconic bat

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PITTSBURGH — Rob Shelling's vast collection of baseball bats is enough to make any memorabilia junkie drool with jealousy. There's one Babe Ruth swung while cracking a home run in the first MLB All-Star Game in 1933. Another Joe DiMaggio used during his 56-game hitting streak eight years later.

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Mickey ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: Angels can't let Shohei Ohtani's first no-hitter be for another team

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LOS ANGELES — Phil Nevin, the Angels' interim manager, grew up in the shadow of the Big A. His father took him to see Nolan Ryan pitch.

"I wasn't at any of his no-hitters," Nevin said.

Think about that. The first thing Nevin said was that something remarkable did not happen, because he and his father had come to see a player so special that ...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Jaime Jarrín's dignity driven by his sense of duty as a Latino immigrant

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LOS ANGELES — Jaime Jarrín was always around.

Long before I knew him personally, or even before I knew his primary occupation, I'd see him at halftime of the soccer games I watched on television.

I'd hear his voice when my great grandmother's favorite Mexican soap opera went to commercial.

"Seis, treinta y seis, treinta y seis, treinta y ...Read more

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Dodgers shift into October mode weighing pros and cons of their dominant ways

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LOS ANGELES — Spring in October? It seems like it for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose next meaningful game will take place in 11 days.

Until then call it the California Cactus League. The Dodgers will follow their 10-1 romp over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night with five more games against those same purple-clad foes. The regular season ...Read more

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Padres' bats stay cold in loss to White Sox, magic number remains at three

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have celebrated earning a playoff appearance just once in front of fans at Petco Park.

The earliest it will happen again is Sunday, as they continued Friday to delay what still seems inevitable but feels a little less so with each passing defeat.

The latest of those was a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, ...Read more

Giants postseason hopes technically alive after win against Arizona

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SAN FRANCISCO — The odds are slimmer than slim, but the San Francisco Giants have not been eliminated from playoff contention yet.

The Giants’ 10-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night — along with a Milwaukee Brewers win and Philadelphia Phillies loss — kept alive their season. That the second game of the Phillies’ ...Read more

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Angels use first entirely homegrown lineup in 23 years to beat Rangers

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — It requires a good deal of optimism to think that the entirely homegrown lineup the Angels used on Friday night has the same future as the one they last used 23 years ago.

If nothing else, this group is finishing a mostly miserable season on an upward trajectory.

Using a starting lineup with 10 players who had never ...Read more

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Mariners clinch first postseason berth since 2001 on walk-off home run

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SEATTLE — After 21 long years of frustration and failures, of close calls and coming up just short, of spring trainings filled with hope and offseasons spent with regret, of entire careers without champagne celebration for King Felix and Kyle Seager, of so much change, including three general managers, eight managers and two interim managers, ...Read more

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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