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Mariners defeat Athletics, 7-1, start looking toward next season

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Slightly more than 24 hours after being officially eliminated from the postseason, the Seattle Mariners were back on the field again. Yes, their playoff hopes had been extinguished and the overriding preseason goal went unmet, but there was still baseball left to play. Such is the nature of the 162-game marathon.

And while ...Read more

Nick Hundley's home run lifts Giants over Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- They've been sprinkled into postgame interviews, mentioned in passing, added as an afterthought in response to a question on another topic.

"And you, know...," a San Francisco Giants pitcher will say, as a prelude to complimenting backup catcher Nick Hundley.

In a season when every plan burned faster than prairie grass, Hundley has ...Read more

As Royals prepare to say goodbye this week, Ned Yost reflects

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NEW YORK -- On an afternoon this summer, Royals manager Ned Yost placed his electronic tablet on his office desk and began scanning through old photos. The tablet -- an oversized iPad with a case that functions as a stand -- is never far from Yost's side. In mornings at spring training, he'll watch Netflix shows while walking on the treadmill. ...Read more

Josh Bell is the Pirates' future at first, though it took some time and two emails

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Josh Bell is aware of the streak and the part he'll play in stopping it. For nine years now, since before any current Pirates were Pirates, the team has trotted out a different starting first baseman each Opening Day. After Adam LaRoche came Jeff Clement, Lyle Overbay, Garrett Jones, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa, Pedro Alvarez, John Jaso and ...Read more

James Shields, Nicky Delmonico drive White Sox to 4-2 win over Angels

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CHICAGO -- White Sox pushed the Angels one step further toward elimination from the American League wild-card race with a 4-2 victory Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox led from the first inning, when Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run double to right-center field off Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Yolmer Sanchez had singled to lead...Read more

Cubs clinch tie for NL Central title with 10-2 win vs. Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs clinched a tie for the National League Central title Monday night as they scored four runs in the first inning and coasted to a 10-2 victory over the rival Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Addison Russell hit a three-run double off Luke Weaver with two out in the first, and Javier Baez smacked a three-run home run in the third....Read more

Dodgers bench Yasiel Puig for showing up late

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LOS ANGELES -- The rift between Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and outfielder Yasiel Puig widened Monday as Roberts benched Puig for the second game in a row, this time after Puig showed up late for a pregame activity.

"No one player can be bigger than the team," Roberts said before the game against San Diego. "The priority has got to...Read more

Addison Russell delivers nachos to thankful Cardinals fan

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Addison Russell didn't convert a Cardinals fan when he dived into the stands and spilled his loaded nachos on him in the second inning of Monday night's game at Busch Stadium.

But Russell did make a new fan.

Andrew Gudermuth, a 21-year-old manager of Solstice Sunglasses in Chesterfield, Mo., was sitting in a front row seat down the third base ...Read more

Phillies' Aaron Nola finishes off season in 3-1 loss to Nationals

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola reached into his glove Monday night, adjusted his grip in the fifth inning of a 3-1 loss to Washington, and delivered his final strikeout of the season. He used his curveball -- the pitch that continued to blossom this season -- for strike three. It was excellent as ever.

Monday was Nola's final start of 2017, a ...Read more

Twins in the driver's seat for wild-card berth entering season's final week

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CLEVELAND -- The Twins left Detroit on Sunday after a four-game sweep of the Tigers focusing on an important topic -- fantasy football.

But while "team owners" screamed at televisions in the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, third baseman Eduardo Escobar, seated at a table, wore a big grin for another reason.

The Twins have nearly crossed ...Read more

Away from Miami, Marlins mark somber first anniversary of Jose Fernandez's death

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DENVER -- Two thousand and sixty-one miles from Marlins Park, where they gathered and sobbed and tried to understand a year ago, the Miami Marlins marked the first anniversary of Jose Fernandez's death at Coors Field, where they began a series Monday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Their schedule, created and released before the tragedy, ...Read more

Sims sharp, Albies and Flowers homer in Braves' 9-2 win over Mets in first game of doubleheader

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NEW YORK -- It took Lucas Sims a little longer than anticipated to get to the majors, but Sims is starting to pitch like he belongs and he could be a legitimate contender for a spot in next year's rotation.

Sims took a four-hit shutout into the seventh inning Monday and got plenty of late offensive support as the Braves beat the Mets 9-2 in the...Read more

Angels hope Luis Valbuena's clutch hit spurs the miraculous

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HOUSTON -- Five times this season, Luis Valbuena had faced Chris Devenski, and five times Devenski had struck him out, wielding his wicked changeup to great success. So, when Valbuena stepped up to face him with the bases loaded in a tied seventh inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park, he resolved to locate redemption, as long as it took. He wanted ...Read more

Kershaw wins 18th, Grandal powers Dodgers past Giants, 3-1

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LOS ANGELES -- As the calendar runs out on the regular season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admits he has a lot of decisions to make before the playoffs begin.

He faces issues in the bullpen, is unsettled over his roster and may still juggle his postseason rotation. But one thing is already settled: Clayton Kershaw will get the ball...Read more

Wil Myers' 29th homer not enough to lift Padres over Rockies

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SAN DIEGO -- On video, in the cage, even in the on-deck circle, there is nowhere Wil Myers hasn't turned to in a months-long search to steer out of the most frustrating skid of his career.

He may not have all the answers as a second up-and-down season in San Diego winds down.

Myers does, however, have momentum.

In an 8-4 loss to the playoff-...Read more

Giants lose in final meeting with Dodgers, 3-1

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LOS ANGELES -- The number 40 is mentioned 146 times in the Bible, usually to represent an extended time of struggle or trial or test of faith.

This is worth mentioning because Clayton Kershaw made his 40th career start against the Giants on Sunday. Keep your locusts. Kershaw's overhand curve and deceptive delivery and 95-mph pointillism have ...Read more

Jose Quintana shuts out Brewers; Cubs look to clinch division in St. Louis

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MILWAUKEE -- Ben Zobrist has earned World Series rings in consecutive seasons, so he has a pretty accurate gauge of the Cubs' sense of urgency.

"It's the playoffs already for this team," Zobrist said Sunday after the Cubs shut out the Brewers 5-0 on Jose Quintana's three-hitter and reduced their magic number to clinch the National League ...Read more

Giolito, White Sox too much for Royals in 8-1 victory

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CHICAGO -- Ian Kennedy pressed through a doorway and appeared in the visitors clubhouse Sunday afternoon, his right hand clutching a plate of sushi in the moments after an 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

All around him, teammates sat at tables and ate from the postgame spread inside a somber room. Kennedy had no wish to delay the inevitable....Read more

Mariners eliminated from postseason contention after 4-2 loss to Indians

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners' obituary could've been written a few days ago when they were swept by the Rangers to start the season's final homestand and extending a six-game losing streak. For all intents and purposes, the Mariners were done then.

But on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon where the fall chill was apparent, the Mariners were ...Read more

Pirates' young talent shines in 4-1 victory over Cardinals

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PITTSBURGH -- In the past few seasons, September has been a time for the Pirates to position themselves for the playoffs -- or at least a possible postseason run. This year is different: The Pirates were out of contention by August, so September has been less of a chase for October than a chance to spoil others' postseason hopes and audition the...Read more

 

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