MLB Playoffs

Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander is mobbed by teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 07, 2019 - 12:07 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK IN ACTION Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander takes the mound for the first time since throwing his third career no-hitter Sunday at Toronto. Verlander struck out 14 and walked one in the 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. He is 7-1 with a 1.76...
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Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber, middle, gets a high-five from Ben Zobrist after Schwarber's grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
September 05, 2019 - 9:42 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber helped the Cubs put some distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers. Schwarber launched a grand slam to cap a five-run sixth inning that sent Chicago to a 10-5 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night in the opener of a crucial four-game series. "That ball...
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Cincinnati Reds' Michael Lorenzen (21) reacts as he crosses the plate with a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Blake Parker during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
September 04, 2019 - 7:47 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — With a homer, a win and an appearance in the outfield, Michael Lorenzen pulled off a feat last accomplished by The Babe. Cincinnati's versatile reliever also blocked the Phillies from gaining ground in the playoff chase. That last part stung the most for Philadelphia. Lorenzen hit...
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New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, left, and relief pitcher Justin Wilson high-five after closing out a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. New York won 8-4. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 04, 2019 - 2:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Wilson and the Mets' bullpen held on this time, rookie Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 45th home run and New York bounced back from a brutal loss to stop the Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday. A day after a trio of Mets relievers was tagged for seven runs in the...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) stands with catcher Kevin Plawecki during the playing of "God Bless America" in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Carrasco is making his first appearance since May, when he was diagnosed with leukemia. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
September 01, 2019 - 1:55 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Carrasco made his return to the mound from leukemia Sunday and the Cleveland Indians pitcher was applauded by both teams in a touching scene during Tampa Bay's 8-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep. The right-hander entered in the seventh inning for his...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, walks off the field with a trainer during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland. Ramirez has not been ruled out for the postseason, if Cleveland can make it without him. He had surgery Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, on a broken hamate bone in his right hand, an injury he sustained with a hard swing over the weekend. The team said the two-time All-Star could return in 5-7 weeks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
August 27, 2019 - 4:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez's regular season is over. The postseason remains in play — if the Indians can make it without him. Cleveland's hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after underdoing hand surgery Monday in New York. Ramírez, whose hot bat the...
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Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, walks off the field with a trainer during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 25, 2019 - 3:39 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have been dealt a major blow at the worst time possible. Their playoff chances have gone from hopeful to harmed. Third baseman José Ramírez, whose hitting tear has aligned with Cleveland's surge in the standings, will undergo surgery Monday on his broken right...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway watches from the dugout against the Miami Marlins in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 19, 2019 - 11:25 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: OLD FRIENDS Pete Alonso and the resurgent Mets face Cleveland in the opener of a pivotal nine-game homestand against a trio of playoff contenders: the Indians, Braves and Cubs. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-5, 3.27 ERA) starts for Cleveland...
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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates his home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
August 18, 2019 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — including two by Juan Soto — in a 16-8 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday as Washington took two of three from a fellow contender in the NL playoff race. Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger watches the flight of a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 17, 2019 - 3:01 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: STAR ATTRACTIONS The top two teams in the National League meet again when Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers visit Atlanta. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-2) leads the majors with a 1.45 ERA. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.24 ERA) gets the ball for...
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