MLB Playoffs

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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Oakland Athletics' Robbie Grossman swings for the game-winning hit in the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 17, 2019 - 12:31 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have been pretty good this season when hitting home runs, and added to their total with a pair of solo shots off Houston ace Justin Verlander. Manager Bob Melvin's team showed it can be pretty effective playing small ball, too. Robbie Grossman singled...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper hits a home run off San Diego Padres' Michel Baez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 16, 2019 - 8:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just like their laid-back new hitting coach, Phillies batters suddenly are relaxed. But they are doing some serious damage. Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto also went deep and Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an...
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Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana follows through on a two-run home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 15, 2019 - 9:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — By the time José Ramírez and the Cleveland Indians were finally done thrashing the Yankees on Thursday night, rookie designated hitter Mike Ford was at least enjoying a chuckle at his own expense on the mound for New York. This one was a laugher from the get-go, but it might not...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
August 12, 2019 - 11:46 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ONE-TWO PUNCH Houston goes into a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with two of the pitchers the Astros hope will carry them deep into October. In the opener, Zack Greinke will make his second start for AL West-leading Houston since he...
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Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luke Jackson throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Washington. Atlanta won 11-8. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 31, 2019 - 5:37 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With a second straight trip to the playoffs firmly in their sights, the Atlanta Braves had plenty of options for improving their roster at the trade deadline. They could've pursued a position player to replace the injured Nick Markakis. Another starting pitcher would've fit nicely in...
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