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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000. Follow on Twitter MILWAUKEE — Just how good was Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis over seven days, ending Thursday? “Amazing,” one Cubs player said. “So good,
Author: ESPN.com
Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:35 pm
Rogers Centre security detained a fan after he snuck into the Yankees clubhouse Friday night.
Author: Sporting News
Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:25 pm
With Brad Ausmus’ fate sealed, the focus now shifts to the Detroit Tigers’ future. And general manager Al Avila’s first managerial search will be “extensive,” he said on Friday afternoon after announcing Ausmus’ contract would not be renewed for next season. “We’re going to do a lot
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:19 pm
Marco Estrada will get the start for Toronto on Friday when the Blue Jays visit Cleveland for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the announcement Tuesday afternoon before the team’s workout at Rogers Centre. “I think he was the logical choice,”
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:08 pm
LOS ANGELES—Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and the rest of the Chicago Cubs’ bats broke out in a big way. Rizzo homered and ended a post-season slump with three RBIs, Russell’s two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago’s 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:39 am
ESPN.com news services Royals manager Ned Yost says he plans to return for 2018, the final season on his contract and his ninth with Kansas City. “Was there ever a question about it?” the 63-year-old Yost said Friday. “One more year, two more years, we’ll see what happens.” The
Author: ESPN.com
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:30 am
Whether Ubaldo Jiménez pitches again after the Orioles leave town Sunday is immaterial to the notion that his start Friday was as fitting an end to his time on a mound in Baltimore as it was disappointing. The man who, through it all, has posted whenever the Orioles asked did one last time at Camden
Author: baltimoresun.com
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:00 am
DUNEDIN, FLA.—The blister on Aaron Sanchez’s pitching hand has calmed down from his outing Monday night, when it flared up during a 3 1/3-inning stint against the Phillies. “It looks better today . . . they drained it (Monday) and we’ll take the next couple of days and then have a better idea
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:52 am
If one play summarized the 2015 Kansas City Royals, it was how they scored the run that sent them to the World Series — the winning run in their dramatic 4-3 win over the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS. With Lorenzo Cain on first base and none out in the bottom of the eighth, Eric Hosmer singled down
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:51 am
It has been a rare occurrence, with the American League doing a daily wild-card shuffle, that two teams engage in a series that means nothing to either. But such is the case as the Blue Jays host the Tigers this weekend. The first game went to the Tigers, 5-4, on Friday. Looking around Rogers Centre,
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:51 am
YEAR 4 VOLUME XXIII, SEPT. 28, 2015 GRIFF’S VIEW – THE JAYS SHOULD NOT WAIT TO EXEND ANTHOPOULOS             It says here that Blue Jays ownership should take advantage of the circumstances and the feel-good atmosphere of the moment, that on the day after they clinch the AL East Division title, they
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:22 am
Noah Syndergaard can’t do anything to save the Mets season — or his own — but the team hopes having him pitch an inning to start Saturday’s game against the Nationals helps him build toward a better 2018. “We just want to get him back on the mound, if only for a moment, before the season ends
Author: New York Post
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:19 am
With a fifth consecutive National League West title finally theirs, the first look at how the Los Angeles Dodgers will handle things the rest of regular season will come on Saturday. When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, the starting lineup could be loaded
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:17 am
With a fifth consecutive National League West title finally theirs, the first look at how the Los Angeles Dodgers will handle things the rest of regular season will come on Saturday. When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, the starting lineup could be loaded
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:17 am
OAKLAND, Calif. — Overconfidence was not a concern for Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister when his playoff contending team faced the last-place Oakland Athletics on Friday night for the first of seven times in their final 10 games. After all, the Rangers had lost five straight games at Oakland Coliseum
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:07 am
Overconfidence was not a concern for Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister when his playoff contending team faced the last-place Oakland Athletics on Friday night for the first of seven times in their final 10 games. After all, the Rangers had lost five straight games at Oakland Coliseum and suffered
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:07 am
Luckily, David Price isn’t the end of the world. Bringing him back to Toronto would not have ensured a World Series. Losing him does not preclude a World Series. Nothing ensures either of these things, so mostly we are batting around strawmen the way the Blue Jays bat around average left-handed pitchers
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:05 am
MINNEAPOLIS—The end of Joe Biagini’s apprenticeship with the Blue Jays’ rotation is near and as decision time bears down, the looming question remains: can the 27-year-old make it as a big-league starter? Biagini — who has made clear his desire to become one of Toronto’s five main arms on
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:05 am
Tanaka (12-12) allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out six across 5.2 innings to take the loss Friday against the Blue Jays.he’s returned Tanaka went into the sixth inning with a 4-1 deficit before giving up a grand slam to put the game out of
Author: CBS Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:02 am
PHOENIX — File this under it takes one to know one. With two of the top National League MVP candidates in Arizona for a weekend series, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly weighed in Friday on what he considers the most relevant criteria for choosing the winner. He made it sound pretty basic. “Just the
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:01 am
SAN DIEGO — Earlier this season, a trio of young Colorado Rockies — Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland and Jeff Hoffman — were successful as starting pitchers against the San Diego Padres. Senzatela, 22, is 3-0 against the Padres this season with a 3.50 earned run average as a starter. Freeland had a 4.85
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:53 am
Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta pumped his fist as he rounded first base, high-fived his teammates after he caught up to them at home plate and then tipped his batting helmet once the cheers inside Chase Field finally swelled enough to pull him out of the dugout for the first curtain call of his
Author: azcentral
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:49 am
Cody Bellinger breaks the NL rookie HR record to help the Dodgers clinch the NL West title, plus the D-backs decrease their WC magic number
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:40 am
As the Kansas City Royals keep their attention on the present, the Chicago White Sox have already started to turn their attention to next season. The Royals’ postseason hopes were already slim heading into this weekend’s three-games series as Kansas City trailed the Minnesota by 3 1/2 games
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:39 am
San Diego spent $40.8 million on international amateurs in the period that ended June 15, incurring a $37.4 million tax. Other high rollers included the White Sox ($29 million in bonuses, $25.2 million in tax), Cincinnati ($17.7 million/$12.4 million), Atlanta ($17.3 million/$12.8 million), Houston (
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:38 am
BALTIMORE—For the first time this season the Blue Jays have won three games in a row, moving them back above the .500 mark. After one night off in Boston, closer Roberto Osuna volunteered to finish a 4-3 win against the Orioles at Camden Yards, attempting a four-out save despite a painful blister that
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:36 am
Six months ago, the concept of the New York Mets using both Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey in the same September game against the Washington Nationals would have conjured up thoughts of the Mets pulling out all the stops to win a pivotal late-season clash against their fiercest division rivals. Instead
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:27 am
Los Angeles (AFP) – Rookie Cody Bellinger belted his 39th homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fifth straight National League West Division title with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Author: AFP
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:25 am
Sept 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games: Dodgers 4, Giants 2 Rookie Cody Bellinger hit his 39th homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fifth straight NL West Division title with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Bellinger hit a three-run
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:09 am
The deficit will be 5 1/2 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central when they take the field against the first-place Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon. Despite the margin, Milwaukee still feels good about its chances of reaching the postseason for the first time in six years. Milwaukee
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:08 am
MILWAUKEE — The deficit will be 5 1/2 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central when they take the field against the first-place Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon. Despite the margin, Milwaukee still feels good about its chances of reaching the postseason for the first time in six
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:08 am
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona admitted he was a little concerned about right-hander Carlos Carrasco coming out of spring training. A rash of injuries had prevented Carrasco from getting in his work in spring training, making Francona wonder how he would fare during the regular season. “
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:04 am
In a game against with the rival New York Yankees in 2014, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell strolled out of his dugout to alert the umpire to a foreign substance on Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s neck. When the substance turned out to be pine tar, Pineda was not only ejected but also suspended
Author: charlotteobserver
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:01 am
After more than 1,000 games, Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta got his first ever curtain call. Iannetta homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs and Arizona outslugged the Miami Marlins 13-11 on Friday night. ”Then Gardy (bench coach Ron Gardenhire) told me to get out there,
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:55 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Staggered by Scooter Gennett’s grand slam in the first inning, the Boston Red Sox regrouped and finally put some distance between themselves and the Yankees. The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 at 89-64. The Red
Author: CBS Local
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:47 am
PHOENIX — Chris Iannetta homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks outslugged the Miami Marlins 13-11 on Friday night. J.D. Martinez and Christian Walker also homered for the Diamondbacks, who can clinch their first postseason berth in six years with a win Saturday
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:36 am
The St. Louis Cardinals are having a blast as they make a push for a playoff spot. The Cardinals look to continue enjoying their pursuit of a playoff spot Saturday night when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of a three-game series. It’s a fun stretch right now,” starter
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:24 am
Justin Verlander pitches seven scoreless innings and Yuli Gurriel smacks a three-run homer as Houston beats Los Angeles 3-0.
Author: ESPN.com
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:20 am
MILWAUKEE Yeah, that really killed us, that sweep at Wrigley, John Lackey said sarcastically late Friday night, dismissing a question about whats happened to the Cubs since the Milwaukee Brewers made their statement against the defending World Series champs two weekends ago. The Cubs are 9-1 since
Author: Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:16 am
Sept 23 (Gracenote) – Standings from the MLB on Friday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 89 64 .582 – 2. NY Yankees 85 68 .556 4 3. Tampa Bay 75 79 .487 14 1/2 4. Baltimore 74 81 .477 16 5. Toronto 72 82 .468 17 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 96 58 .623 – 2. Minnesota
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:15 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz breathed a little extra life to the Seattle Mariners’ dwindling playoff hopes — and slowed baseball’s hottest team in the process. Cruz hit a game-ending two-run home run in the ninth inning off closer Cody Allen, lifting the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:12 am
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said he is not going to worry about whether he will be running the club next year. Snitker could possibly be managing his final home games this weekend as the Braves wrap up their first season at SunTrust Park. Snitker will be at the helm on Saturday when the Braves
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:56 am
That’s good, right? No, in this case – with the title of Most Wasteful Run Producer at stake – it is not good at all. In a fit of failed swings, Odor stranded six runners in the Rangers’ costly 4-1 loss to Oakland on Friday night. In doing so, he moved into second in the American League in most
Author: SportsDay
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:51 am
A woman in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field was hit in the mouth by a foul ball Friday night, but the Chicago White Sox say she refused treatment. The woman was seated in box seats near the first-base railing, about 30 feet beyond the Royals’ dugout. A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:48 am
CHICAGO (AP) A woman in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field was hit in the mouth by a foul ball Friday night, but the Chicago White Sox say she refused treatment. The woman was seated in box seats near the first-base railing, about 30 feet beyond the Royals’ dugout. She was struck by a ball that
Author: Fox Sports
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:48 am
Astros manager A.J. Hinch long ago reached the point of visible frustration in discussing the health status of right-hander Lance McCullers, but with the postseason approaching and McCullers’ role dependent upon his availability, the questions kept coming. Hinch announced on Friday that McCullers
Author: STATS/TSX
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:42 am
Dave Shovein recaps a historic day for the D’Backs’ offense and Cody Bellinger setting the NL rookie home run record in Saturday’s Dose.
Author: Rotoworld
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:41 am
The Houston Astros continued their fine MLB form thanks to pitcher Justin Verlander.
Author: Omnisport
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:40 am
FENWAY PARK Monday to Wednesday TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN PROBABLES Monday, 7:10 p.m. LH J.A. Happ (6-10, 3.96) vs. RH Rick Porcello (9-15, 4.45) Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. RH Marco Estrada (7-8, 5.23) vs. LH Eduardo Rodriguez (4-5, 4.40) Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. RH Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.01) vs. RH
Author: thestar
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:37 am
Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney recorded his 300th career save on Friday night in a 13-11 victory over the Miami Marlins. “My teammates come and tell me, ‘Congratulations, Rodney,'” he said. “They make me feel good.”  Rodney recorded the final out against Dee Gordon and
Author: azcentral
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:34 am
The Dodgers secured their fifth straight division title with 4-2 win against San Francisco on Friday night.
Author: Big League Stew
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:06 am