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The Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates clinching a playoff spot after beating the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)
September 29, 2018 - 5:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deep, slugging Los Angeles Dodgers took a far more challenging road to their sixth straight playoffs. Despite it all, they still believe they're the team to beat for a World Series title. A surprising 16-26 start and injuries to some of their biggest stars, including a pair...
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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia points at the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he was ejected for hitting Tampa Bay Rays' Jesus Sucre with a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
September 29, 2018 - 3:07 pm
BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was suspended five games Saturday for hitting a Tampa Bay batter, a penalty that won't take effect until next year. Sabathia appealed the ban that was issued by Major League Baseball. Any games he misses will come at the start of the 2019 season...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (39) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 29, 2018 - 2:31 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are going into the final day of the season with a shot at the NL Central championship. Whether they take it outright or have to play a tiebreaker remains unclear. They could wind up in a wild-card game after that, too. So many uncertainties for a team hoping for...
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Fans take photos of New York Mets' David Wright as he waits to pinch-hit during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
September 28, 2018 - 11:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As he crouched in the on-deck circle, David Wright felt more nervous than he had in his entire career. After all that rehab work, all those months and years spent waiting for this moment, the New York Mets' captain finally made it back into a major league game Friday night. "It was...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner, right, celebrates with David Freese (25) and Enrique Hernandez (14) after hitting a two-run home run off San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
September 28, 2018 - 11:25 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Turner and his teammates want to win their way back into the playoffs, no help necessary during the season's final weekend. Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to the brink of securing baseball's final playoff berth...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun is congratulated by third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
September 28, 2018 - 9:44 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun thinks his luck may have changed at the plate. The Milwaukee Brewers will take all the help they can get in chasing the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Braun hit two homers, including a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth inning that bounced off right fielder Nicholas...
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Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story, left, Carlos Gonzalez pose for a photo in the clubhouse after the team's 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals in a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 in Denver. The Rockies earned a berth in the playoffs. (AP Photo/John Leyba)
September 28, 2018 - 9:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon's bushy beard dripped with bubbly, while Carlos Gonzalez cheerfully soaked up all the spray coming at him from every direction. Nolan Arenado posed for picture after picture as teammates got selfies with him. Think this party scene was wild, hold on. The Colorado...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks hits a three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 28, 2018 - 7:47 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The New York Yankees clinched home-field advantage for the AL wild-card game on Friday night, hitting four homers to tie the major league single-season record and beat the Boston Red Sox 11-6. Reigning Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the disabled...
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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, left, runs past Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer after tagging out Mauer on a steal attempt during the third inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 28, 2018 - 6:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Joe Mauer drove to the ballpark for a doubleheader to begin the last series of the season for the Minnesota Twins, the finality of the weekend dawned on him a little deeper than usual. These games against the Chicago White Sox aren't necessarily going to be the last of Mauer's...
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New York Mets pinch-hitter David Wright grounds out during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
September 28, 2018 - 6:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright finally made it back into a major league game Friday night, grounding out in his first plate appearance for the New York Mets in nearly 2½ years. Sidelined by neck, back and shoulder injuries since May 27, 2016, Wright came up as a pinch-hitter against the Miami Marlins...
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