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Blue Jays clinch top wild-card spot with win

Oct 3, 2016

Blue Jays clinch top wild-card spot with win

Aaron Sanchez said he didn’t know — and didn’t care — that the Blue Jays had already clinched a spot in baseball’s postseason. Toronto still had a chance to host the AL wild-card game, and Sanchez wanted the win. “I wasn’t ready to go ...

Dodgers' Maeda roughed up in regular-season finale

Oct 3, 2016

Dodgers' Maeda roughed up in regular-season finale

Kenta Maeda was tagged with the loss in his shortest outing in the majors as the Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated by the San Francisco Giants 7-1 in the final game of the regular season on Sunday. Maeda (16-11) was knocked out in 2⅔ ...

Red Sox wrap up AL East division crown

Sep 29, 2016

Red Sox wrap up AL East division crown

Even though they let a win get away Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox locked up something more important. And as far as they were concerned, an AL East title was certainly worth celebrating. Boston clinched the division championship despite wasting a three-run lead ...

Maeda takes loss as Padres rookie Renfroe shows off power

Sep 28, 2016

Maeda takes loss as Padres rookie Renfroe shows off power

Kenta Maeda was tagged with his 10th loss this season after lasting only four innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 7-1 defeat to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Maeda missed out on a chance to post the most wins by a Japanese pitcher ...

Fernandez crash probed for clues

Sep 27, 2016

Fernandez crash probed for clues

Investigators are trying to determine whether Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was at the wheel of his sportfishing boat when it slammed into a jetty in the early-morning darkness, killing him and two others on board. The three men died when the 9.75-meter SeaVee ...

Darvish, Andrus lead Rangers to victory

Sep 25, 2016

Darvish, Andrus lead Rangers to victory

Elvis Andrus had been dealing with flu symptoms and kept his celebration rather subdued after the Texas Rangers clinched the AL West, so he asked manager Jeff Banister afterward to please put him in the lineup again Saturday. He promised to be ready to ...

Sep 24, 2016

Mariners catcher Clevenger suspended over tweets

Reserve catcher Steve Clevenger was suspended for the rest of the season without pay Friday by the Seattle Mariners in the wake of his tweets regarding a recent police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Black Lives Matter movement. “As soon as we ...

Cabrera belts 11th-inning blast to lift Mets

Sep 23, 2016

Cabrera belts 11th-inning blast to lift Mets

Jose Reyes had played 1,613 major league games without ever tying a game in the ninth inning with a home run. The Mets third baseman picked a good time to try it out. Reyes connected off Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, tying it 6-6 ...

Maeda, Puig power Dodgers

Sep 22, 2016

Maeda, Puig power Dodgers

Yasiel Puig is making his mark against left-handed pitching while helping the Dodgers in a major way. The Cuban outfielder’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run first inning in a 9-3 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, extending the Dodgers’ NL West ...

Cubs celebrate division title by beating Brewers

Sep 17, 2016

Cubs celebrate division title by beating Brewers

MLB Cubs 5 Brewers 4 Miguel Montero and the Chicago Cubs were going to celebrate no matter what happened in Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. One sweet swing by the veteran catcher turned it into one raucous party. Montero homered in the 10th ...