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Braves miss opportunity versus Nationals, enter Mets series one game back

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WASHINGTON – The Braves dropped out of first place, which they shared with the Mets for a day, with Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Next up: A three-game series versus the Mets at Truist Park that will go a long way in deciding who wins the NL East.

Here are five observations on the Braves (97-59):

1. At one moment, CJ Abrams hit a...Read more

Milwaukee dodges Cardinals' threats, can force rivalry rematch in playoffs

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MILWAUKEE — With the NL Central crown in their pocket and time to kill on their hands, the Cardinals cannot do anything to change their postseason position in the coming days, but they had one more last chance to shape who they might face.

The Milwaukee Brewers, eliminated from a second consecutive division title by losing to the Cardinals on...Read more

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Cave, Wallner lead Twins over White Sox in penultimate home game of the season

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MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Wallner and Jake Cave had big games the Twins beat the White Sox 8-4 on Wednesday.

With 22,332 announced fans at Target Field to watch the penultimate home game of the 2022 season, Wallner and Cave combined for five hits, two walks and four RBI. It was enough to keep the 76-79 Twins' miniscule chances at a Wild Card spot ...Read more

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Orioles' offense comes up short in 3-1 loss to Red Sox, putting wild-card hopes in jeopardy

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BOSTON — As the clock ticks down on the Orioles' season, there are fewer opportunities to bounce back from performances such as Wednesday night’s at Fenway Park. Against left-hander Rich Hill, Baltimore could mount little offensively, and the Boston Red Sox took advantage.

Left-handed pitchers have been a kryptonite of sorts for the Orioles...Read more

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Aaron Judge hits 61st home run of season, ties Roger Maris' AL record as Yankees beat Blue Jays

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TORONTO — After seven games and eight days without a home run, the frustration started to show. In a 3-2 count, in the seventh inning of a tie game, Aaron Judge stepped back and took a little stroll behind the batter’s box. He took a deep breath as he settled back in and then took one swing to put himself in the history books.

Judge hit his...Read more

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Miami Marlins walked off by Mets in extras for franchise-record 38th one-run defeat

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The Miami Marlins saw a four-run lead disappear late and lost 5-4 in walk-off fashion to the New York Mets in 10 innings Wednesday at Citi Field and set another dubious franchise record.

Eduardo Escobar’s RBI single through the left side scored Francisco Lindor, the Mets’ automatic runner at second, to complete New York’s comeback and ...Read more

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Tyler Glasnow makes impressive return, but Rays get walked off by Guardians in 10th

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CLEVELAND — Tyler Glasnow made an impressive return to the mound Wednesday, working three strong innings in his first start since August 2021 Tommy John surgery.

The rest of the night didn’t go as well for the Rays, as they lost 2-1 to the Guardians on a 10th-inning walk-off single by Amed Rosario off Javy Guerra, the eighth Tampa Bay ...Read more

Phillies fall to the Cubs again after Aaron Nola's woeful fifth inning

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CHICAGO — In the top of the third inning on Wednesday night, Kyle Schwarber took off from second base to third base, setting himself up to score on a sacrifice fly. He jokingly tipped his cap to the dugout, and touched home plate when Bryce Harper popped up to left field, to give his team an early 1-0 lead.

It was a smart baseball move, and ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Chicago White Sox need to shake up their clubhouse culture by dealing 1 or more of their core players this offseason

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Operation Shutdown began for the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 21, one day after a crushing loss to the Cleveland Guardians virtually ended their postseason dreams.

Luis Robert and Tim Anderson soon were declared out for the rest of the season, joining Michael Kopech on the list of Sox players who probably could play through their injuries if the...Read more

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Aaron Judge hits 61st home run of season, ties Roger Maris' AL and Yankees single-season record

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TORONTO — After seven games and eight days without a home run, Aaron Judge made history Wednesday.

After 34 plate appearances, which included being walked 13 times, Yankees slugger hammered his 61st home run of the season off Blue Jays’ lefty Tim Mayza at the Rogers Centre to tie the American League single-season home run record.

Judge ...Read more

Tigers win fifth straight on Cabrera's homer; Manning late scratch

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DETROIT — Everything seemed normal.

Matt Manning completed his pregame warmup and bullpen session Wednesday night ahead of his scheduled start against the Royals. He walked back into the dugout surrounded by catcher Eric Haase and pitching coach Chris Fetter and slapped hands with the bullpen pitchers as they crossed paths.

Just like always....Read more

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Dodgers' postseason rotation plans coming into focus, with Tony Gonsolin a possibility

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SAN DIEGO — It's probably still more of a hope than a guarantee at this point, but the Dodgers' playoff rotation plans appear to be finally coming into focus.

Before their 4-3 walk-off loss against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said the team would like to have a four-man rotation when its postseason begins in the ...Read more

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Comedian George Lopez pays tribute to Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrín: He is 'truly special'

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LOS ANGELES — Comedian George Lopez paid heartfelt tribute Wednesday to longtime Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, who is set to be honored this week in Los Angeles after announcing his retirement last year.

In a poignant essay for Variety, Lopez reflected on how Jarrín's Spanish-language broadcasts bolstered his love for baseball and ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Pirates' tank job served its purpose. Now Bob Nutting needs to step up

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It's a bloody shame this needed to happen. But it needed to happen.

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington inherited a wasteland of an organization. He immediately recognized that a total rebuild was in order.

Neal Huntington had a similar revelation 11 years earlier and executed his plan perfectly but was unable to sustain it. Which is a ...Read more

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Judge sets trial in Angelos family dispute for July and urges mediation given 'very personal' claims

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BALTIMORE — A judge on Wednesday scheduled a trial for July in the lawsuits over the Orioles and other assets of Peter Angelos, while encouraging the longtime team owner’s dueling family members to seek a settlement given the “very personal and very emotional aspects” of the case.

“We will schedule the case for July 10 for four weeks,...Read more

Walk-off hit saves Pirates from blowing masterful Bryse Wilson start

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PITTSBURGH — There has been a theme for Bryse Wilson in his starts this season. Far too often, he's put together solid innings only to have them blow up on mistake pitches.

Wilson's season-long line is what it is. He entered Wednesday's start against the Cincinnati Reds with a 5.95 ERA, having allowed a team-high 20 home runs over 104 1/3 ...Read more

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Stephen A. Smith goes on rant about Aaron Judge being walked: 'Pitchers, could you have some heart please?'

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NEW YORK — Stephen A Smith dug deep in his bag to deliver a rant regarding the Toronto Blue Jays walking Aaron Judge — who is one home run shy of tying the AL single-season record — four times on Tuesday night. Smith was displeased, to say the least, and pointed to the growing unpopularity of baseball among young fans.

“This is the ...Read more

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Laying out the options for a hurricane-impacted Mets-Braves series

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NEW YORK — All eyes will be on the Mets and Braves this weekend with the NL East title on the line.

But at the moment, eyes are fixated on Florida as Hurricane Ian bears down on the gulf coast. The potential Category 3 hurricane is expected to make landfall this week and its path is somewhat unclear, but it could bring heavy rain and wind to ...Read more

Padres take big step with walk-off victory over Dodgers in 10th

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Blake Snell was wonderful but wild, the bullpen tripped, the offense napped for six innings.

The Padres took advantage of Dodgers gaffes to break a tie in the eighth inning. The Dodgers took advantage of Padres gaffes to tie the game again in the ninth.

The bullpen got back up. Jorge Alfaro walked it off again. Literally walked it off.

The ...Read more

Taylor Ward ending season on high note as Angels beat Athletics

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This season has not been the kindest to Taylor Ward. The way he's closing it out, though, shows he's a player who still could be worthy of praise in seasons to come.

"I've learned a lot this year," Ward said this month. "It started off really hot and kind of cooled off. Just puts a season in perspective of how things can go and how it can ...Read more