MLB Playoffs

Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) gestures after reaching second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 19, 2019 - 10:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title. Acuña became the second-youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 homers in a season, Freddie Freeman also drove in two runs and the Atlanta...
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FILE - This is an Aug. 31, 2019, file photo showing New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German throwing to first in a pickoff attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, in New York. Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball because of domestic violence. MLB did not give details in its statement Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, but said the leave "may last up to seven days, barring an extension." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy on Thursday, casting doubt over whether New York's top winner this season will be available for the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone was informed of the...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd as he leaves the mound after striking out Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo for his 300th season strikeout during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
September 19, 2019 - 2:59 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole wanted to get his milestone strikeout at home, and he accomplished the feat in an important win for the Houston Astros. Cole struck out 10 batters, including his 300th of the season, in eight strong innings, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve homered and the Astros beat the...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames, left, scores on a throwing error by Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger after a single by Jesus Aguilar, as catcher Will Smith goes after the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 19, 2019 - 2:07 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the Dodgers having twice erased their lead, the Tampa Bay Rays were staring at a third straight loss and a precipitous drop in the AL wild-card race. But they tied it up in the bottom of the ninth inning and got a home run from Austin Meadows leading off the 11th to rally...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 18, 2019 - 12:21 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is approaching some important personal milestones. Houston's ace is far more concerned with the goals his team is on the cusp of achieving. Verlander picked up his major league-leading 19th win and Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez all homered to help the...
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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out the much of the season with various injuries, trains with a resistance band in the outfield before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
September 17, 2019 - 11:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton will be back with the New York Yankees on Wednesday or Thursday, hoping to salvage an injury-decimated season. Stanton has been limited to nine games this year and will see time at designated hitter and left field, an unsettled position for much of the season. The...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer walks in the dugout in the bottom of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Washington. Atlanta scored a run against Scherzer in the fifth; he did not return for the sixth. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 17, 2019 - 9:30 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: TWO GOOD ONES Max Scherzer faces Adam Wainwright as the Nationals and Cardinals finish their pivotal series in St. Louis. Washington is fighting for position in the wild-card race while St. Louis is looking to hold off Chicago and Milwaukee...
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Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis celebrates in the dugout after a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 17, 2019 - 6:04 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' postseason chances have been dealt another blow — second baseman Jason Kipnis has a broken right hand. Kipnis will need surgery on the fractured hamate bone, the same injury that has kept third baseman José Ramírez out of Cleveland's lineup for weeks. The team said...
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Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner, left, tags out Baltimore Orioles' Rio Ruiz at home plate in the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
September 16, 2019 - 9:01 pm
The Baltimore Orioles might lose 110 games and still not end up with the No. 1 pick in the draft. That race, so to speak, is pretty unforgiving this year. The Orioles (49-101) split a four-game series at Detroit (45-104) that matched the teams with the two worst records in baseball, and as far as...
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September 16, 2019 - 6:18 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich said he had a "pity party" for himself after fracturing his right kneecap. Hurt when he fouled off a pitch last week, the reigning NL MVP will miss the rest of the season as the Milwaukee Brewers try to make the playoffs. The projected recovery time for the two-...
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