Professional baseball

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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Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 28, 2018 - 2:18 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios became the first Minnesota pitcher in eight years to reach 200 strikeouts, throwing seven smooth innings for the Twins in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Berrios finished his All-Star season with a...
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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant is hit by a pitch thrown by Pittsburgh Pirates' Chris Archer during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
September 28, 2018 - 10:50 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Slugger Kris Bryant was back in the Chicago Cubs' lineup after missing two games because of a bruised left wrist. The 2016 NL MVP was batting sixth and playing left field, with David Bote at third base for Friday's afternoon game against St. Louis. Bryant was hit by a pitch from...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo, baseball fans wearing New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) jerseys watch batting practice before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians, in New York. Aaron Judge once again has baseball’s most popular jersey. MLB says the Yankee slugger’s No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
September 28, 2018 - 10:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge again has baseball's most popular jersey. MLB says the Yankee slugger's No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season. Judge beat out 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, who will be trying to repeat as a World Series champion with the Houston Astros next month. Judge and...
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Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr., top, celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
September 27, 2018 - 12:34 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman. Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight postseason appearance and holding its narrow...
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Colorado Rockies' David Dahl follows the flight of his three-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 26, 2018 - 11:54 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ROCK 'EM Colorado has won six in row, boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.52 ERA)...
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