MLB Playoffs

Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 6:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander steps off the mound after completing his 2,996th career strikeout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 29, 2019 - 12:20 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander recorded two strikeout milestones, getting his 3,000th in the majors and career-high 300th of the season, and the Houston Astros clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Jose...
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New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after hitting his 53rd home run of the season during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 28, 2019 - 11:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso reached for a fastball on the outer part of the plate and sent it soaring just to the right of straightaway center field. He held the handle of his bat and slowly took eight short steps toward first base, his face expressionless, eyes fixed on the ball. He followed its...
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Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate on the field after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays and clinched an MLB American League wild-card berth in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 28, 2019 - 3:13 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: PLAYOFF POSITION The 10-team field for the postseason is set — Oakland and Tampa Bay clinched the last two spots and will meet in the AL wild-card game Wednesday night. The clubs are now tied and the A's will host the matchup if they wind up even...
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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, right, is congratulated by Yordan Alvarez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 2:05 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Will Harris struck out the side with just nine pitches, and then the glowering Houston reliever did something even rarer than an immaculate inning. "Will never smiles — ever — on the field," Alex Bregman said. "He's always in a bad mood. That was the first time I've ever seen...
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A fan holds a sign that reads "A's Clinch!" before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Seattle. The Athletics clinched a wild-card berth in the American League before the first pitch of their game when the Cleveland Indians lost to the Washington Nationals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 11:03 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have clinched a wild-card berth in the American League before even throwing a pitch on Friday night. The A's claimed one of the two wild-card spots when Cleveland lost to Washington. The A's exchanged handshakes and a handful of hugs in the dugout prior to the...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham, right, is greeted by Willy Adames (1) after he hit a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 10:30 pm
The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason. Most of the pairings and sites are still to be determined before the playoffs begin Tuesday night with the NL wild-card game...
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Houston Astros shortstop Jack Mayfield cannot get to a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 27, 2019 - 2:52 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kaleb Cowart scored when Kyle Tucker made an error on Andrelton Simmons' two-out grounder in the 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels prevented the Houston Astros from clinching homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs with a 4-3 victory Thursday night. Cowart drew a...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez celebrates getting out of a bases-loaded jam to end the top of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 1:57 am
SEATTLE (AP) — When the time finally arrived for Félix Hernández to say goodbye to Seattle and all the history of 15 seasons with one franchise, his manager had a message as he walked off the mound. "You will always be the king in this town," Scott Servais said to Hernandez as he took the ball...
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Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 12:09 am
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: AL WILD CARD Oakland and Tampa Bay could clinch the AL wild-card spots and close out Cleveland. Francisco Lindor and the Indians put themselves in danger by losing 8-0 to the White Sox on Thursday night. The loss dropped them two games behind the...
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