Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers' reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday's 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.
Dodgers look to clinch NL West on MLB.TV
The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for their final homestand of 2017 with a chance to clinch the National League West on Friday. They can celebrate their fifth consecutive division title on Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday with a win over the Giants, or a D-backs loss to the Marlins.
Rox drop fourth straight, but maintain WC spot
Padres left-hander Clayton Richard celebrated his fresh two-year, $6 million contract extension by increasing the Rockies' stress.
Beltre, Hamels keep Rangers in AL WC mix
Cole Hamels allowed one run in seven innings and Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit home runs as the Rangers topped the Mariners in the series finale to remain 2 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card. Robinson Cano hit his 300th career homer and Nelson Cruz hit his 35th home run of the season as Seattle dropped its sixth consecutive game, falling five games back of in the Wild Card race.
Goodnight, Kris! Cubs great late vs. Crew
This was not the postseason, but it sure felt that way Thursday night at Miller Park as the Cubs and the Brewers traded late-inning blows in Milwaukee's most charged September ballgame in years. Javier Baez hit a tying two-out RBI single in the ninth, Wade Davis escaped a bases-loaded jam to force extra innings and Kris Bryant's two-run home run in the 10th sent Chicago to a 5-3 win in the opener of a four-game series that could decide the NL Central.
Road to the Postseason: Sept. 22
The Dodgers can claim the National League West on Friday with a win over the Giants or a D-backs loss to the Marlins in Miami. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to one with a come-from-behind 5-4 win Thursday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.
Twins rout Tigers, increase Wild Card lead
The Twins boosted their chance at making the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, powered by a three-hit game from Joe Mauer and a two-run single from Byron Buxton to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night at Comerica Park.
Cards sweep Reds; within 1 1/2 of WC spot
Even given scant odds of making the postseason following a sweep by the first-place Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in three games vs. the Reds -- win. An 8-5 St. Louis victory over Cincinnati completed the series sweep at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night.
Manuel Margot casually reeled in a fly ball while blowing an enormous bubble
Always be multitasking.
A Tigers ballboy saved a camera from getting smashed with a cool one-handed grab
And he made it look easy.
Braves edge Nationals behind Dickey, Albies
Ozzie Albies' leadoff single ignited a two-run fourth inning that held up for starter R.A. Dickey's 10th win in the Braves' 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Thursday night at SunTrust Park.
Royals blank Jays to keep pace in WC race
Jason Vargas turned in one of his best outings of the season at the perfect time, going 6 1/3 strong innings to help lead the Royals to a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night in the rubber game at Rogers Centre.
Lineup confusion delays Nats-Braves game
Nationals manager Dusty Baker entered Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park planning to rest most of his regulars during the final couple of innings. He certainly didn't anticipate the confusion this would create when he opted to make six lineup changes before the bottom of the eighth.
Loss has Astros 2 1/2 back of AL's best mark
The White Sox pushed across runs on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and a bases-loaded double play in the third, and seven relievers stifled the Astros' offense to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.
Source: O's have no plans to shop Machado
The Orioles plan to begin the 2018 season with star third baseman Manny Machado on their roster, postponing a possible youth movement for at least one more year, one source confirmed to MLB.com.
Puerto Rican players eager to help after Maria
The view outside of Ricardo Valero's downtown San Juan apartment window is forever altered, shattered by Hurricane Maria, one of the strongest storms to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.
O's stay in WC chase thanks to Ynoa, Machado
A day after sitting out with an illness, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made everyone at Camden Yards feel better on Thursday. Machado snapped Baltimore's 26-inning scoreless stretch with a two-run first-inning homer. The blast, coupled with eight solid frames from righty Gabriel Ynoa, was enough for Baltimore to hang on for a 3-1 series-opening win over Tampa Bay.
Benintendi welcomed home in return to Ohio
Given everything that has happened to Andrew Benintendi in the past few years, it's easy to forget that not long ago -- four years, to be exact -- he was a high school prep, honing his baseball skills on the backfields in Madeira, Ohio, dreaming of someday reaching the big leagues.
Tribe wins 27th of past 28, sweeps Angels
For the second consecutive day, Francisco Lindor helped sink the Angels with a tiebreaking home run, launching a three-run, go-ahead shot to complete the Indians' three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory in Thursday afternoon's series finale at Angel Stadium.
MLB encouraged by clubs' netting plans
Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about fan safety and several other topics at Petco Park, one of several stadiums planning to increase netting.
The Indians' rookies dressed up as a group of superheroes for their flight to Seattle
Makes sense since they're playing like superheroes.
Braves ballboy displays Gold Glove 'D'
Do ballboys get Gold Gloves?
Follow Hunter and Lexi Pence around for a day, leading up to a game in San Francisco
They have fun.
Molina, wife raise money for Puerto Rico
Yadier Molina and his wife, Wanda, set up a GoFundMe page as a way to facilitate their relief effort for Hurricane Maria's victims in Puerto Rico. The Molinas' fundraiser, which has a goal of $1 million, was off to a fast start Thursday, seeing nearly $20,000 in donations over its first seven hours.
Sano continues to rehab, but return is uncertain
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano continues to rehab his left shin in Minnesota, but manager Paul Molitor said it's becoming more and more unlikely he'll be ready to return before the end of the regular season on Oct. 1.
Dodgers rally in Philly, cut magic number to 1
The Dodgers finally cut their magic number to one to clinch a fifth consecutive National League West title with a 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, snapping a four-game losing streak and setting up a likely celebration during a homestand that opens on Friday night.
LA's Turner day to day with thumb contusion
Dodgers All-Star third baseman Justin Turner was removed from Thursday's 5-4 win over the Phillies in the second inning with a right thumb contusion, one inning after being hit by a Mark Leiter pitch. X-rays were negative.
With pinch-hit HR, Ethier making playoff case
Tryouts for the Dodgers' postseason roster continued on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, they also cut their magic number to one.
Course of the Horse: Cain reflects on career
During the 13 seasons that Matt Cain has worn a jersey with San Francisco written across his chest, The City steadily has crept into his heart.
Lupica: This October deserves Classic hype
It is always like this in baseball. Just seems better this time. Summer ends. The season seems as if it's just beginning.
deGrom under weather, Mets juggle rotation
Another ailment struck a Mets rotation member this week, when Jacob deGrom complained Wednesday of nausea and an upset stomach in Miami. DeGrom received treatment at Marlins Park and returned to New York with the team, but the Mets have pushed back his next scheduled start to give him more time to recuperate.
Red Sox going 'extra' mile for wins in 2017
There is something "extra" special about the season the Red Sox are putting together. Yes, Boston is 87-64 and holds a 2 1/2-game lead over the Yankees atop the American League East. But it's how the club has scratched its way to so many of those victories that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Best Player-Fan Interaction full of worthy pairs
One of the many great things about attending Major League Baseball games is the old adage that you'll always see something you've never seen before. You also might end up seeing someone up close that you never imagined you'd have the pleasure of meeting.
10 perfect-fit teams for Japan's Ohtani
There's so much we still don't know about the upcoming Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, including whether the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will actually post him this offseason.
Get addicted to MLB's Facebook trivia game
Where did those two hours go?
Seager day to day with elbow, leg injuries
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, already playing with a right elbow injury, will be out of the lineup for at least two games because of a contusion on his lower right leg, manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.
Hot Wire: 10 men to pluck off fantasy waivers
Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the following 10 men -- all sitting in waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help you win.
Yanks over Twins in WC Game? Not so fast
The Yankees' record against the Twins since 2002 -- and this includes four soul-crushing postseason series for Minnesota -- is 89-33. And while this might give Twins fans nightmares ahead of a potential meeting in the Oct. 3 American League Wild Card Game, I can't help but think that Yankees fans might be more nervous.
Inbox: Why no Mancini on long-term rookie rankings?
Jim Callis answers questions about which second-round pick from the 2017 Draft has the best chance to make the Top 100 next year, Trey Mancini's absence from Callis' list of rookies with long-term potential and more in this week's Inbox.
'Game Plan' prepares players for next career
Paul Hartzell graduated from Lehigh University in 1975 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and the Angels drafted him that year and put him on the big league roster the next spring. He pitched six years in the American League, saving his friend Nolan Ryan's 100th win along the way.
Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey?
Is it time for the Mets to cut ties with Matt Harvey? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers that question and others in this week's Mets Inbox.
After three strong innings, Felix faces trouble
For three innings, he looked like the dominant Felix Hernandez of old. Then, the wheels came off Wednesday, which may be a fitting metaphor for where the Mariners' season seems headed after Seattle lost its fifth straight game, 8-6, to the Rangers, on another night they could have made up ground in the American League Wild Card race.
Sale boatload: Sox ace in elite 300-K club
Chris Sale knew he was approaching a magical milestone, but it wasn't until he heard the roars from the large contingent of Red Sox fans at Camden Yards and received an equally-warm reception from teammates upon his return to the dugout that he knew he got it.
Three-HR game puts Renfroe in record book
Since his return from the Minor Leagues on Monday, Hunter Renfroe has eliminated almost all doubt regarding whether he will end the season with the most home runs by a San Diego rookie. After hitting a three-run blast in his first at-bat back in the big leagues, Renfroe slugged three more home runs in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to Arizona, becoming the first Padres rookie with a three-homer game.
Bradley joins in the D-backs' fun on offense
D-backs reliever Archie Bradley laced a single to center field in the eighth inning Wednesday, driving in a run and allowing another to score when the ball skipped past Padres outfielder Manuel Margot, allowing Bradley to reach third.
Spot clinched, Red Sox still seek AL East title
When the Red Sox clinched their ticket to the postseason early Thursday morning, they had just landed in Cincinnati. But even if they had still been at Camden Yards, where they downed the Orioles, 9-0, on Wednesday, you wouldn't have heard any champagne corks pop.
Good pals Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre mocked each other after Beltre grounded out
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Red Sox first team to sign player from Tibet
The Red Sox will go near and far to find talent, and one of their recent finds is the first player from Tibet to be signed by a Major League Baseball team.
Andrelton Simmons made yet another amazing play ... after bobbling an easy popup
Come for the bobble. Stay for the somersault.
Manfred says Seattle 'in mix' for future ASG
Commissioner Rob Manfred made his first visit to Safeco Field since Opening Day 2015 (his first year on the job) on Wednesday and said he'd love to return someday for a future All-Star Game, though the competition for those events remains fierce.
After 7 years, Gale ecstatic for first HR
His face says it all.
D-backs set up to have Greinke start WC Game
The D-backs aren't saying who would start a winner-take-all Wild Card Game for them on Oct. 4. In fact, they aren't even going to take for granted that they will be in that game despite their commanding position. But if you plot out the next nine games, you can see that ace Zack Greinke would be lined up to start the Wild Card Game.
Nelson expected to miss 'a chunk' of 2018
Jimmy Nelson is expected to miss "a chunk" of the 2018 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery, Brewers general manager David Stearns said Wednesday.
Polite on his feet: Didi apologizes for HR
What a gentleman.
Postseason Picture: If the season ended today
MLB's 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league (Oct. 3 & 4) for the right to compete in the best-of-5 Division Series (2-2-1 format). The LCS and World Series are best of 7 games (2-3-2 format).
Packed field for Esurance Best Fan Catch
Fans may not help decide the outcome of baseball games, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate when they too flash the leather. The group of nominees for the Esurance MLB Award for Best Fan Catch marveled with their creativity as they reeled in mementos from the contest they paid to see.
Managers Postgame: Hinch on end of streak
A.J. Hinch discusses Dallas Keuchel's outing and the Astros' bats going quiet as their six-game winning streak ended vs. the White Sox.
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