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Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli
Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli's 2018 option

The Rangers have decided they will not exercise Mike Napoli's 2018 option after he put up disappointing numbers in the regular season.

The Cubs are in desperate need of relief
The Cubs are in desperate need of relief

Tonight they need it relief . . . from their starter

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge's Magisterial Game 3 Performance Lifts Yankees over Astros

NEW YORK -- Stop for a moment and appreciate it, the way you might by pulling your car over to the side of the road to dwell on the majesty of a mountain or the expanse of a river. We've never seen anything like it. The largest position player to ever play Major League Baseball heaved his 6' 7", 282-

Was Indians
Was Indians' Game 5 Loss to Yankees Cleveland's Worst Sports Moment? Between Browns and LeBron, City Has Had a Few

At least the Cleveland Indians fans trudging away from Progressive Field on Wednesday night could not claim to be experiencing misery as a novel sensation. Yes, the Indians had a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series. A 102-win team should have put the New York Yankees away in Game 3, but

Farrell
Farrell's status again up in air as Red Sox enter offseason

John Farrell is familiar with the extremes that come with being the manager of the Boston Red Sox. ''I can't begin to talk about what the offseason plans are and what changes may be realized, but I still feel like there's a lot of good things that are going on here,'' Farrell

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez
The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

Alex Rodriguez has not played a Major League Baseball game since August, 2016, but it wasn't...

Baseball play-offs division series results

Oct 9 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB Play-offs Division Series games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NY YANKEES 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 (Cleveland lead the best-of-five series by 2-1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R Houston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 BOSTON 0 1 3 0 0 0 6

Greg Bird
Greg Bird's homer the difference as Yankees defeat Indians 1-0 in ALDS Game 3

Greg Bird hit a pivotal home run in the seventh inning to help the Yankees eke out a 1-0 victory over the Indians in ALDS Game 3.

Baseball - Red Sox stay alive with home win over Astros
Baseball - Red Sox stay alive with home win over Astros

- The Boston Red Sox kept alive their Major League Baseball playoff hopes with a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on Sunday. The Red Sox offense had dropped the first two games of the best-of-five American League division series in Houston but cut the deficit in half by winning back

A look at baseball
A look at baseball's greatest teams - one for each franchise

The 2017 baseball season has in many ways been defined by the dominance of three teams.

Bullpen aces ready to follow Andrew Miller
Bullpen aces ready to follow Andrew Miller's lead this fall

Andrew Miller turned the middle innings into a major stage last October, earning AL Championship Series MVP while pitching the Cleveland Indians into the World Series. Managers have taken their cue from Indians skipper Terry Francona, keeping some lights-out pitchers in long relief roles that once existed

A capsule look at the Rockies-Diamondbacks playoff game
A capsule look at the Rockies-Diamondbacks playoff game

A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks:

Injuries derail Mariners
Injuries derail Mariners' hopes of ending playoff drought

There are many reasons the longest playoff drought in baseball is now at 16 years and counting. Seattle Mariners fans aren't interested in that, though. Until Seattle is finally back in the playoffs, every season is going to be considered a failure.

Rebuilding begins in earnest for 98-loss Tigers
Rebuilding begins in earnest for 98-loss Tigers

The bottom finally fell out for the Detroit Tigers this season. After years of spending lavishly and chasing a World Series title, the Tigers are now firmly in a rebuilding mode after finishing tied for the worst record in baseball. Detroit was always prepared to reduce payroll after this season, and

GM to launch two new electric vehicles within 18 months, 20 by 2023
GM to launch two new electric vehicles within 18 months, 20 by 2023

General Motors said on Monday it will unveil two new battery-electric vehicles within the next 18 months, and will offer 20 electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles globally by 2023. The news came in a conference call for reporters with Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development. GM's announcement follows similar commitments by other large global automakers, VW Group included, and the news that China is evaluating an end date for sales of new vehicles with combustion engines.

Las Vegas Gunman Had 'Cache Of Weapons'
Las Vegas Gunman Had 'Cache Of Weapons'

Stephen Paddock brought an arsenal of weapons into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas before opening fire on a crowd at a country music festival Sunday night, police said.

Yankees vs. Twins: How to Watch, Live Stream AL Wild Card Game
Yankees vs. Twins: How to Watch, Live Stream AL Wild Card Game

A season of baseball-spring training, epic road trips, homestands, injuries, tears, smiles, 400-foot homers and too many pop-ups to count or remember, of 162 games-comes down to one night in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. Few expected Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez to be

Report: Cardinals are open to re-signing Juan Nicasio
Report: Cardinals are open to re-signing Juan Nicasio

Nicasio's dominant second-half surge could grant him a longer stay in St. Louis.

O.J. Simpson freed from jail on parole
O.J. Simpson freed from jail on parole

Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, was released from jail on parole early Sunday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery. Simpson, 70, left the Lovelock Correctional Center in the western state of Nevada just after midnight, prison spokesperson Brooke Keast said.

Paxton, Bridwell get nod for Mariners, Angels

Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton hopes to end the season on a high note for the team and himself on Sunday afternoon. Paxton (12-5, 3.12 ERA) will take the mound in the season finale against the Los Angeles Angels and attempt to regain the form he had in July, when he became the first Seattle

Dodgers, Rockies gearing up for postseason

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers will finish the regular season Sunday, playing the rubber game of their series in a contest that very likely will resemble a Cactus League contest with a slew of pitchers and a cluttered scorecard. Despite a 5-3 loss Saturday, the Rockies clinched the second

Yankees get AL wild card; Judge hits 52nd HR, top Jays 2-1
Yankees get AL wild card; Judge hits 52nd HR, top Jays 2-1

The New York Yankees wound up with an AL wild-card spot Saturday, beating Toronto 2-1 on Aaron Judge's 52nd home run shortly before Boston clinched the AL East crown. New York needed two wins and two losses by Boston to force a tiebreaker Monday at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the Yankees will host

Matt Garza to become free agent
Matt Garza to become free agent

Garza does not have a $5 million vesting option for 2018 and is scheduled to enter free agency following the end of the 2017 season.

Yankees turn to Sabathia with AL East title still in play
Yankees turn to Sabathia with AL East title still in play

The Yankees made a late switch on Saturday, tabbing veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to start their game against the Blue Jays in place of fellow lefty Jaime Garcia. New York entered the day two games behind Boston in the AL East with two to play. If the Yankees win both and the Red Sox lose twice to

Nolasco gets nod for Mariners vs. Angels

Ricky Nolasco will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday at Angel Stadium in what will be his last start of the season, and most likely his final start in an Angels uniform. It's not that Nolasco didn't have a chance to get there. While Nolasco leads

Highlights of Friday
Highlights of Friday's MLB games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games: Astros 3, Red Sox 2 The Houston Astros kept Boston's champagne on ice and also kept their own hopes for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs alive with a 3-2 decision over the Red Sox. Houston

Romine may play all nine positions in Tigers-Twins game

With no playoff implications on the line Saturday and rain threatening Sunday's regular-season finale, the Detroit Tigers could go through with their plan for utility man Andrew Romine's quest to play all nine positions in a game. The Minnesota Twins are doing their own shuffling as they keep

Valbuena doubles, Trout homers lead to Angels past Mariners
Valbuena doubles, Trout homers lead to Angels past Mariners

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to cap a four-run rally as the Los Angeles Angels overcame three home runs by Seattle in a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Friday night. Mike Trout hit two home runs for the Angels, in the process becoming the fifth player in major

Indians rout White Sox 10-1, maintain AL
Indians rout White Sox 10-1, maintain AL's best record

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading the AL Central champion Indians to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Japan
Japan's Tanaka fans career-best 15 batters

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven sterling innings as the New York Yankees shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday at Yankee Stadium. In his final start of the Major League Baseball season, Tanaka delivered the best start in his four years with the Yankees

Strasburg cruises, Zimmerman homers twice; Nats beat Pirates
Strasburg cruises, Zimmerman homers twice; Nats beat Pirates

Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and Ryan Zimmerman homered twice to help the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Friday night. Strasburg (15-4) retired the first 14 batters before Gregory Polanco's hard smash bounced off a diving Zimmerman at first base for the

And That Happened: Thursday
And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

That's right, Giancarlo. One more homer and you'll have 60 on the year.

Astros (17 hits) pounce on Red Sox, win 12-2
Astros (17 hits) pounce on Red Sox, win 12-2

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox stumbled on their way to an AL East title - and got a pretty scary look at what's waiting for them if they get there.

Brewers visit Cardinals with hopes of extending road trip

Craig Counsell had a simple instruction for his Milwaukee Brewers players as they left for St. Louis and the start of the final series of the regular season. "I told the guys last night to pack for 10 days," the Brewers manager said Thursday. Counsell might be a little more optimistic of

Stanton homers twice to reach 59, Marlins top Braves 7-1
Stanton homers twice to reach 59, Marlins top Braves 7-1

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to become the first player to hit 59 in a season since 2001, and the Miami Marlins opened the last series of Jeffrey Loria's tenure as owner by beating the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Thursday night. Stanton hit a solo home run in the fourth, then added a two-run drive

Leading Off: NL wild card down to wire; Stanton chases 60
Leading Off: NL wild card down to wire; Stanton chases 60

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:

Astros (17 hits) pounce on Red Sox, win 12-2
Astros (17 hits) pounce on Red Sox, win 12-2

BOSTON (AP) -- Major league batting leader Jose Altuve had three of Houston's 17 hits, Carlos Correa had four and the Astros chased Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning to win 12-2 on Thursday night and keep Boston from clinching the first back-to-back AL East championships in franchise

Brewers beat Reds 4-3, close within 2 games of Colorado
Brewers beat Reds 4-3, close within 2 games of Colorado

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers closed within two games of Colorado for the National League's second wild card with three games left, rallying to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday as Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning.

The Twins pulled off a record turnaround in one season that would have been nearly impossible 7 years ago
The Twins pulled off a record turnaround in one season that would have been nearly impossible 7 years ago

One of the lengthier postseason droughts in baseball has finally come to an end. For the first...

Previewing Thursday
Previewing Thursday's meaningful baseball

The AL East and the NL Wild Card are the only playoff races still unsettled as the final weekend of the regular season approaches.

Royals aim to send Tigers to 10th straight loss

The Detroit Tigers are stumbling to the finish line. The Tigers, who have lost nine straight, face the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in the finale of this three-game series. The previous time the Tigers lost nine consecutive games was Sept. 1-9, 2005, and a loss on Thursday would produce Detroit'

Officially eliminated, Angels conclude series vs. White Sox

With four games remaining this season, the Angels have already turned their attention to next season. A 6-4, 10-inning loss to the White Sox on Wednesday ended Los Angeles' hopes and handed the second American League wild card to the Minnesota Twins. After a year in which the Angels have ranked

Martinez ties Sept. homer mark, D
Martinez ties Sept. homer mark, D'backs rally to top Giants

David Peralta capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning by drawing a one-out, bases-loaded walk, giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Martinez has 45 homers this season, 29 of them with the Diamondbacks, who acquired him in a trade with

And That Happened: Tuesday
And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

The Pirates are not going to the playoffs, but Andrew McCutchen got to celebrate something all the same

Padres look to future as they face Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The San Diego Padres might be the most forlorn team in the major leagues.

No margin for error as Brewers host Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers' playoff push continues Wednesday night when rookie right-hander Brandon Woodruff takes on Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Brewers (83-74) are playing with an almost non-existent margin of error. Milwaukee,

Twins would wrap up playoff spot with win over Indians

The Minnesota Twins are so close to the postseason that they can't wait to play their next game. Minnesota's magic number for claiming the American League's second wild-card spot is one. A win Wednesday night over the Cleveland Indians or a loss by the Los Angeles Angels to the Chicago

D-backs host Giants with postseason on their minds

The National League wild-card game is squarely in the Diamondbacks' sights, and Arizona manager Torey Lovullo and his group have begun to consider roster composition. The roster for the winner-take-all, one-game playoff requires a one-game mindset, almost diametrically opposed to the way a roster

Twins close in on playoff berth, rally to down Indians 8-6
Twins close in on playoff berth, rally to down Indians 8-6

Brian Dozier's three-run homer in the eighth inning pushed Minnesota to the brink of a playoff berth as the Twins rallied for an 8-6 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Dozier connected for his 33rd homer against Bryan Shaw (4-6) as the Twins lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff

Sale gives up 4 HRs in playoff tuneup, Jays beat Red Sox
Sale gives up 4 HRs in playoff tuneup, Jays beat Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Sale matched a career worst by giving up four home runs in a playoff tuneup, including a pair to Josh Donaldson, and the Boston Red Sox lost 9-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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