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Four teams, two National League playoff spots.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:45 pm
Here’s what else you might have missed in Mets Land on Saturday, and what’s on tap for Sunday.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:19 pm
Detroit Tigers (23-34) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-34): 1:05 p.m.; Fox Sports Detroit; WXYT-FM (97.1).
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:14 pm
The Orioles enter the final day of the season with a chance to earn as high as a top-three pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: September 27, 2020, 1:52 pm
Detroit Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart finally got chased by rookie Daz Cameron. Now that he’s back to close out 2020, is it his final chance?
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 10:01 am
The Brewers take the lead for the final NL playoff spot, plus the Cubs clinch the NL Central title in this edition of FastCast
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 6:08 am
Mookie Betts exited early after getting hit by a pitch, giving the Dodgers a brief scare with the playoffs approaching, and Los Angeles beat the Angels 7-6 on Saturday night following a power outage in the ballpark. Joc Pederson hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning shortly before the lights went out at Dodger Stadium. ”I panicked for two seconds, to be honest,” said Edwin Rios, who was in the dugout.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Joc Pederson, Will Smith lead Dodgers to 7-6 victory
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 5:32 am
St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian Yelich’s Brewers against Yadier Molina’s Cardinals. Cardinals (29-28) – Qualify with a victory over Milwaukee or a loss by the Giants. If St. Louis loses and San Francisco wins, the Cardinals would make up two games against Detroit on Monday that were postponed this season due to St. Louis’ coronavirus outbreak.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 5:22 am
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 17th home run and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 6-2 on Saturday night, leaving the Giants in need of help to make the playoffs. San Francisco fell to 29-30 and is tied with Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot. The Brewers hold the tiebreaker, which means the Giants need to beat San Diego on Sunday and Milwaukee needs to lose to St. Louis for San Francisco to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 5:16 am
A 20-minute power outage at Dodger Stadium doesn’t do much to hamper the Dodgers in their win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 27, 2020, 5:04 am
Brandon Woodruff allowed two hits in eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their playoff prospects in a big way by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Saturday night. Ryan Braun and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth, the third time the Brewers have hit consecutive homers this season. Milwaukee can reach the postseason with a win Sunday in St. Louis, or losses by the Giants and Phillies.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:53 am
The Giants’ fate will be decided on the final full day of the 2020 season.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:51 am
The Chicago Cubs have clinched their first NL Central since 2017 thanks to the Cardinals’ loss on Saturday. Here’s what’s left to decide for the playoffs.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:46 am
Mike Zunino, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adames each hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth inning as the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays beat Philadelphia 4-3 Saturday night, damaging the Phillies’ postseason hopes. Heading into the final day of the regular season, the Phillies need a win over the Rays and losses by the Giants and Brewers to grab the final NL wild card.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:34 am
Padres smash three home runs in win over Giants
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:33 am
Players from the Dodgers and Angels were just leaving the field after the sixth inning when the third-oldest stadium in the majors went completely dark. The Dodgers led 5-4 when the blackout began. The two video boards eventually came back on, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff score shown followed by advertising.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:20 am
The White Sox picked up a victory they sorely needed and the Cubs clinched a division championship. Consider it a win-win for Chicago. Yoan Moncada homered, Jose Abreu hit a three-run double and the playoff-bound White Sox beat the NL Central champion Cubs 9-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field to snap a season-high six-game losing streak Saturday.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:16 am
Elias Diaz and Ryan McMahon each hit two-run homers, German Marquez threw seven impressive innings and the Colorado Rockies overcame some sloppy fielding to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Saturday night. The Rockies bounced back with a win, one day after they were swept in a doubleheader by the Diamondbacks. The first of those two losses ended Colorado’s slim hopes of making the playoffs.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:01 am
A power outage at Dodger Stadium delayed Saturday’s game between the Angels and Dodgers for about 25 minutes while power was being restored.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:01 am
Germán Márquez twirls gem in Rockies’ 10-3 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:51 am
There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they’ll be at home when the postseason begins Tuesday. ”I look at that 2019 banner a lot up there at the stadium, so it’d be nice to put another one up there,” reliever Taylor Rogers said. Luis Arraez matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs in his return to the lineup, and the Twins clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:49 am
Vázquez’s grand slam backs Tanner Houck in 8-2 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:43 am
“I just think this has been a grind.”
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:41 am
Niko Goodrum and Austin Romine keyed a three-run first inning, and the Detroit Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night. The Tigers made the third start for Kansas City right-hander Carlos Hernandez one to forget. Detroit got to Hernandez in the first inning on Goodrum’s RBI single, and Romine followed with a two-run double.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:38 am
Condensed Game:Austin Romine drove in a pair of runs and the Tigers’ bullpen tossed three scoreless innings in the team’s 4-3 victory
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:37 am
The Giants no longer control their own destiny after losing to the Padres on Saturday.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:34 am
Rookie right-hander Tanner Houck struck out 10 in another dominant performance, Christian Vazquez capped a big inning with a grand slam, and the Boston Red Sox routed the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Saturday night. Giving the Red Sox reason to be hopeful after a dismal season, Houck (3-0) surrendered his first earned run in three big league starts but thoroughly stifled baseball’s most explosive offense. Boston did all its scoring in an eight-run second capped by Vazquez’s second career grand slam.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:32 am
DJ LeMahieu is on the verge of a first in more than a century of Major League Baseball: the first player to win undisputed batting titles in both the American and National Leagues. Luke Voit is about to become a more common name atop the leaderboards but part of an illustrious list, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez as New York Yankees to top the majors in home runs.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:31 am
Yoán Moncada, James McCann homer in White Sox 9-5 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:29 am
The Indians will have one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard on the final day of the regular season. Cleveland suffered a setback in its bid to host a first-round playoff series and had its six-game winning streak snapped with an 8-0 loss to Joe Musgrove and the major league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Indians fell one game behind the Chicago White Sox for second place in the AL Central and were eliminated from the division title race when Minnesota beat Cincinnati.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:25 am
Woodruff dominates in Brewers’ 3-0 win over Cardinals
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:18 am
The Nationals completed a sweep of Saturday’s double-header, racking up five runs in the third inning off Mets starter Rick Porcello. Pete Alonso went deep for the Mets in the losing effort.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:15 am
Tigers use timely hitting to top Royals, 4-3
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:13 am
Balanced offense fuels Rays’ 4-3 win over Phils
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:13 am
Jeff Mathis hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run and Leody Taveras followed with a solo blast in a five-run seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the playoff-bound Houston Astros 6-1 on Saturday night. Mathis homered to left center, his third of the season, against rookie Brandon Bielak (3-3) before Taveras hit his fourth off fellow rookie Andre Scrubb. Rougned Odor added a two-out RBI single.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:13 am
Biggio, Grichuk homer in Blue Jays’ 5-2 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:11 am
After a 5-3 loss in the second game of the day, Dominic Smith reflected on the 2020 Mets and why they didn’t live up to season expectations.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:08 am
The Phillies have lost 6 of 7. They’re 3 games under .500. They’ll finish without a winning record for a 9th straight year. And, amazingly, they’re still alive in the playoff race. By Jim Salisbury
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:08 am
J.P. Crawford drives in two in Mariners’ 5-1 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:01 am
Dave Martinez spoke about managing the Nationals for “many years” over the “long term” and for “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:57 am
The Giants released veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija a day after he returned from a lengthy shoulder injury and rehab.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:53 am
Four-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement following 14 major league seasons.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:48 am
Detroit Tigers (22-33) will try to end their losing streak Saturday against the Kansas City Royals (24-33). Tune in on Fox Sports Detroit or 97.1 FM.
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:45 am
Everything imaginable went wrong in the Phillies’ bullpen this season but at least they appear to have a legit building block in Connor Brogdon. By Corey Seidman
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:44 am
Cavan Biggio broke up a no-hit bid with a solo home run in the sixth inning, Randal Grichuk added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Saturday night. The Blue Jays need another victory in Sunday’s regular-season finale, and a Miami win over the Yankees in New York, to move up to second place in the AL East and the fifth seed in the league. If not, Toronto will remain in eighth place and get a first-round playoff meeting with the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:42 am
MLB suspended White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for hitting the Cubs’ Willson Contreras with a pitch.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:42 am
Mariners’ eight-run 3rd fuels 12-3 win over A’s
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:38 am
Astros third base coach Gary Pettis has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will miss the rest of the 2020 season.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:37 am
Mathis, Taveras hit back-to-back HRs to lift Rangers
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:37 am
The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts stayed in at first after being hit by a first-inning pitch Saturday but remained in pain and left the game against the Angels.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:24 am

The elite shortstop’s next chapter, and his unbreakable bond with his big sister — who beat cervical cancer during the 2016 World Series — is the subject of Sunday’s E:60 on ESPN2.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 1:04 pm
Mike Trout continues to move up the ranks of the all-time greats. And while passing Reggie Jackson is impressive, Trout won’t play in the postseason. Again.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 12:27 pm
Confusion reigns over who’s getting seeded where, plus two spots in the NL are still up for grabs. Here’s the latest on the playoff picture.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:57 am
Think fans don’t make a difference? These postseason moments prove otherwise.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 4:57 am
DJ LeMahieu is on the verge of becoming the first player in more than a century to win batting titles in both leagues, while teammate Luke Voit is closing on winning the AL home run crown.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
The Marlins on Friday became just the second team in MLB history to make the playoffs after a 100-loss season.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
The San Francisco Giants released veteran pitcher Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, one day after he returned from a shoulder injury and rehab.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
White Sox pitcher Jimmy Cordero suspended three games for intentionally hitting Cubs catcher Willson Contreras on Friday, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement Saturday, bringing an end to a 14-year career.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
Angels star Mike Trout, who has been to the playoffs only once in his nine seasons, said Saturday of being mathematically eliminated from the postseason, “It sucks being out of it. It’s time. We gotta get to the playoffs.”
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:12 am
Dodgers star Mookie Betts’ No. 50 is now the most popular jersey in baseball, passing Aaron Judge’s pinstriped 99.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 7:07 pm
Baseball’s complicated Latino history began to emerge from the shadows with the arrival of Roberto Clemente, who highlights our list of 15 legendary players who have left their mark.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 2:59 pm
Entering his first postseason at the helm, Chicago’s rookie skipper has shown he’ll be ready for what’s ahead.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 11:56 am
When these guys step to the plate or climb the mound, Twitter takes notice. Here’s why.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 11:53 am
The cancellation of the 2020 Mexican League season because of the coronavirus pandemic forced many of its players to seek alternative ways to make ends meet.
Posted: September 24, 2020, 2:04 pm
Once a farmhand stuck in Memphis, Voit reinvented himself as a home run hero in the Bronx — just when the battered Bombers needed him most.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 6:54 pm
The game has gone on. It’s good that it has. But it has felt different, sounded different, looked different. As Indians manager Terry Francona put it: “Everything is hard now.”
Posted: September 22, 2020, 5:46 pm

Tigers shortstop Willi Castro left Saturday’s game in the second inning due to right shoulder soreness, and manager Lloyd McClendon told The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen and other reporters that Castro will be placed on the 10-day injured list.  The placement will allow the Tigers to add a healthy player to the roster for today’s final…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 27, 2020, 1:26 pm
On the strength of three consecutive winning seasons and an aggressive offseason, the Diamondbacks were a trendy playoff pick and even a dark-horse NL pennant contender last spring, but things didn’t at all go to plan.  The D’Backs have a 24-35 record, and tonight’s loss to the Rockies ensured that Arizona will finish last in…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:54 am
Prior to tonight’s game, the Angels announced that infielder Luis Rengifo had been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain.  Righty Jaime Barria was also optioned to the team’s alternate training site, while the two open roster spots were filled by infielder Jahmai Jones and right-hander Luke Bard, both called…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:42 am
Click here to read the transcript of tonight’s live baseball chat.
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 27, 2020, 1:25 am
6:38PM: Cordero is appealing his suspension, as per several reporters (including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times). 4:39PM: Major League Baseball has handed down a pair of suspensions arising out of last night’s game between Chicago’s crosstown rivals. White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero has been suspended three games, while Sox manager Rick Renteria was tagged…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 11:38 pm
Andres Gimenez’s 2020 season is over, as the Mets placed the shortstop on the 10-day injured list due to right oblique tightness.  Outfielder Ryan Cordell’s contract has been selected and he will take Gimenez’s spot on the active roster, with right-hander Robert Gsellman being moved to the 60-day IL to free up a 40-man roster…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 26, 2020, 10:15 pm
SEPTEMBER 26, 4:47 pm: Lamet is playing catch today and will throw a bullpen session in the next few days, reports AJ Cassavell of MLB.com (Twitter link). The club did not find an MRI to be necessary, notes Dennis Lin of the Athletic. San Diego hopes he’ll be able to start the first game of…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 26, 2020, 9:47 pm
Miguel Cabrera’s contract extension with the Tigers runs through 2023, and the legendary hitter made clear he’s hoping to play out the deal. “I’ve got three years on my contract,” the 37-year-old told reporters (including Evan Woodbery of MLive) when asked how much longer he planned to play. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after my contract’s…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 8:35 pm
Longtime big league outfielder Hunter Pence announced he’s retiring from baseball (Twitter link). This brings to an end a fourteen-year career spent with four teams, although he’ll surely be remembered most for his time with the Giants. Pence originally broke into pro ball in 2004, selected by the Astros in the second round out of the…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 6:54 pm
The Giants have designated Jeff Samardzija for assignment and placed him on release waivers, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter link). This officially ends the righty’s 2020 season, as we’ve long since passed the September 15 deadline for players to be eligible for an acquiring team’s postseason roster. Of course, if Shark has…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 6:08 pm
Jeff Samardzija is wrapping up the final year of his five-year contract with the Giants. Despite that contractual uncertainty, the 35-year-old (36 in January) is fully committed to pitching in 2021. “100 percent, without a doubt,” Samardzija replied when asked if he’s planning on playing next season (via Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic). This surely isn’t…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 4:54 pm
Rounding up the latest minor moves: The Yankees announced last night that left-hander Tyler Lyons has been outrighted to the alternate training site. Rookie right-hander Miguel Yajure was recalled in his place. New York just selected Lyons to its roster earlier this week. The veteran got into one game, allowing four runs (all earned) on three hits…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: September 26, 2020, 2:58 pm
SEPTEMBER 26: Washington officially announced a “multi-year” extension for Martinez. SEPTEMBER 25: The Nationals have agreed to a contract extension with manager Dave Martinez, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). It’s a three-year, $7.5MM contract that will take effect in 2021, Bob Nightengale of USA Today was among those to tweet. His previous three-year contract…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 26, 2020, 1:49 pm
SEPTEMBER 26: Kendrick elaborated a bit on his situation yesterday (via Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com). He’d initially planned to retire at the end of the 2020 season, but the year’s unusual nature has at least given him pause. “Man, do you want to go out like this? Do you want 2020 to be any worse?” Kendrick rhetorically…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 26, 2020, 1:38 pm
Yankees designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won’t opt out of his contract at the end of the season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. This is the only opt-out opportunity for Stanton, who still has another seven years and $215MM left on the 13-year, $325MM extension he signed with the Marlins before the 2015 season. Considering…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 26, 2020, 1:20 am