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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 play. The lone veteran in the ...

Rangers clinch AL West title

Sep 24, 2016

Rangers clinch AL West title

Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers were subdued as they began the celebration, exchanging hugs near the pitcher’s mound at Oakland Coliseum. Things got more raucous in the clubhouse, with cigar smoke and champagne everywhere. The Rangers are getting pretty good at this division ...

Dodgers honor Scully for his 67 years of storytelling

Sep 24, 2016

Dodgers honor Scully for his 67 years of storytelling

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. Holding hands ...

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 ...

Sep 21, 2016

Manfred defends Padres GM Preller's suspension

Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident Major League Baseball teams fully disclose medical records, but said his office has demonstrated that it will use discipline as a way to discourage rules violations. Manfred’s comments during an appearance in Texas on Tuesday came less than a ...

Blue Jays pounce on Mariners hurler Iwakuma

Sep 21, 2016

Blue Jays pounce on Mariners hurler Iwakuma

J.A. Happ became the major leagues’ second 20-game winner and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Tuesday night to move into first in the AL wild-card race. Toronto took ...

Porcello holds down Orioles for 21st win

Sep 20, 2016

Porcello holds down Orioles for 21st win

Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox appear poised to extend their late-season charge deep into October. Porcello picked up his major league-high 21st victory, David Ortiz and Mookie Betts hit two-run homers and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Monday night to ...

Granderson powers Mets

Sep 18, 2016

Granderson powers Mets

Curtis Granderson’s upbeat personality aided the Mets in navigating a difficult day at the ballpark. A couple of big swings in extra innings helped, too. Granderson hit a solo home run with two outs in the 12th inning after also connecting for a tying ...

Darvish struggles as Rangers lose to A's

Sep 18, 2016

Darvish struggles as Rangers lose to A's

While the Texas Rangers are getting close to clinching another AL West title, their top two pitchers are struggling a bit. Yu Darvish matched a career high allowing seven runs, a night after All-Star lefty Cole Hamels had another subpar outing, and the AL-best ...

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 ...

Sep 16, 2016

MLB suspends Padres GM Preller for 30 days

Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay, an unprecedented punishment for what an official said was a failure to disclose medical information when pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Red Sox in July. ...