9/23/2016 | West is won: Rangers clinch 7th division title
Cole Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings and Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer as the Rangers wrapped up the American League West title with a 3-0 victory over the Athletics on Friday night at the Coliseum.
9/23/2016 | Cubs secure home field for NLDS, NLCS
The Cubs have sat atop the National League standings for much of the season, and on Friday that status became official.
9/23/2016 | Paxton sharp as Mariners erupt to keep pace
Mariners lefty James Paxton took matters into his own hands on Friday with a powerful seven-inning outing, and he got plenty of help from his offense as Seattle topped the Twins, 10-1, to stay in pursuit of an American League Wild Card.
9/23/2016 | Teammates in awe of Ortiz's moonshot
It was a line that was on repeat in the Red Sox clubhouse even without rehearsal. David Ortiz had hit the longest home run that they'd ever seen. A 97-mph fastball turned into a moonshot that hit the D-Ring catwalk at Tropicana Field.
9/23/2016 | Angels stun Astros with six-run ninth
Leading, 6-4, in the top of the ninth, Ken Giles and the Astros surrendered six runs, letting the Angels rally for a 10-6 win at Minute Maid Park in a game the Astros needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.
9/23/2016 | After night of defensive gems, Correa exits hurt
Carlos Correa's glovework took center stage for much of Friday night's 10-6 loss to the Angels, but the one play he didn't make -- and the pain that followed -- ended his night early and on a bitter note.
9/23/2016 | Race for AL home-field advantage still burning
While the three American League divisional races seem to be more or less settled -- Texas won the AL West on Friday, while Boston and Cleveland each have leads of at least 5 1/2 games -- that doesn't mean that those clubs no longer have anything to play for.
9/23/2016 | Kazmir exits after 1 inning in return from DL
Scott Kazmir's first start back was cut short after the first inning due to right intercostal spasms, another injury for a veteran trying to show he can perform in time for the playoffs.
9/23/2016 | Streaking Braves, Freeman avoid 100 losses
Freddie Freeman extended the longest active hitting streak in the Majors and became just the second player in Atlanta history to record an 80th extra-base hit in one season. But much of the satisfaction Freeman felt after Friday night's 3-2 win over the Marlins stemmed from the fight he and his Braves teammates have shown, which has enabled them to avoid what once seemed like an inevitable 100-loss season.
9/23/2016 | Padres pull away, drop Giants behind Mets
While interested observers were dwelling on the San Francisco Giants' faulty relief pitching, their offense was starting to go bad. Now it's downright sour, as Friday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres demonstrated.
9/23/2016 | Cueto, Crawford might be able to return Sunday
The slight possibility exists that shortstop Brandon Crawford and right-hander Johnny Cueto, who sustained injuries Tuesday, could resume playing on the same day: Sunday, in the Giants' series finale against the San Diego Padres.
9/23/2016 | Ruf pinch-hits, launches first homer of season
It looked and sounded like Darin Ruf took a year's worth of frustrations out on a 96 mph fastball in the sixth inning Friday night at Citi Field.
9/23/2016 | Dodgers pay tribute to 'national treasure' Scully
It was Sandy Koufax who told the story that seemed to sum up Vin Scully's remarkable life so perfectly. That it would come from the great Koufax seems appropriate since these two men have known one another for more than 60 years, their lives forever intertwined in the hearts and minds of generations of baseball fans.
9/23/2016 | Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR
Michael Conforto's bat helped push the Mets into the postseason and on to their unlikely World Series run in 2015. One year later, his team is hoping he can push them there again.
9/23/2016 | Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets
No sooner had Terry Collins opted to take his starting pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa, out of the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies on Friday than he began weaving a bullpen thread through his mind.
9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11
About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.
9/23/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Buxton robs HR by leaps and astounds
Highlight-reel catches have become a common occurrence for Twins rookie center fielder Byron Buxton, but he made one of his best catches of the season to rob Seattle's Nelson Cruz of a potential three-run homer in the third inning on Friday night.
9/23/2016 | Arismendy done for season with sprained thumb
A's infielder Arismendy Alcantara has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a sprained thumb.
9/23/2016 | Contrite Jeffress rejoins Rangers
Reliever Jeremy Jeffress is back with the Rangers after a 22-day stay in a Houston rehabilitation clinic. Jeffress has been on the restricted list after being arrested on Aug. 26 in Dallas for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was cleared to return by Major League Baseball and the Players Association.
9/23/2016 | Great win lands Britain in qualifier semifinal
A night after a bullpen meltdown landed Great Britain in the loser's bracket, the team slugged its way back into the World Baseball Classic qualifier picture in Coney Island.
9/23/2016 | Crew turns 3 as Braun's single seals late win
Three was a magic number on Friday night at Miller Park.
9/23/2016 | Eaton slams into wall after great grab, exits
Adam Eaton made a sensational catch to take extra bases away from Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez leading off the bottom of the sixth in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.
9/23/2016 | Weiss not speculating on future with Rockies
Rockies manager Walt Weiss has starred in several stories speculating which managers won't return for 2017, but Weiss won't participate in the rumors because he holds at least part of the answer.
9/23/2016 | Mariners hire director of baseball operations
Justin Hollander, the current director of player personnel with the Angels, has been hired as the Mariners' director of baseball operations, the club announced Friday.
9/23/2016 | Great Britain meets Brazil for spot in qualifier final
A date in the World Baseball Class qualifier final is on the line Saturday when Great Britain opposes Brazil in the semifinal game at MCU Park in Brooklyn.
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