MLB Playoffs

Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez reacts after being forced out at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
September 09, 2019 - 6:49 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star shortstop Javier Báez could return to the Chicago Cubs if they reach the playoffs. Báez saw a hand specialist in Chicago who confirmed the slugger has a hairline fracture of his left thumb. He is expected to miss the rest of this month, but the team said Monday he will...
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Chicago Cubs' Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated by Anthony Rizzo after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
September 09, 2019 - 12:18 am
Nicholas Castellanos has evidently found a ballpark that suits him. Castellanos — who openly complained about Comerica Park's spacious dimensions earlier this year when he was with Detroit — has flourished since a trade to the Chicago Cubs. The 27-year-old outfielder has hit 13 home runs for...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 08, 2019 - 9:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is still out of the starting lineup because of an injured right hand. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he hoped Harper could pinch-hit Sunday against the New York Mets if needed. Harper could start Monday night at home against Atlanta. The...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 07, 2019 - 4:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 60 games on Saturday for taking a diuretic, a big blow to the rotation of a first-place team heading toward the postseason. Major League Baseball said Pineda tested positive for the banned substance and the penalty takes...
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Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez hits a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, Aug 31, 2019, in Chicago. Milwaukee won 2-0. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
September 07, 2019 - 3:40 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs star shortstop Javier Báez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb, putting the rest of his season in jeopardy. An MRI in Chicago on Saturday revealed the extent of Báez's injury, suffered when he slid headfirst into second base last Sunday against Milwaukee at...
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Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander is mobbed by teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 07, 2019 - 12:07 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK IN ACTION Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander takes the mound for the first time since throwing his third career no-hitter Sunday at Toronto. Verlander struck out 14 and walked one in the 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. He is 7-1 with a 1.76...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 02, 2019 - 2:46 pm
All-Star ace Luis Severino heating up in the bullpen, maybe. Gavin Lux making his debut, Bruce Bochy saying farewell. Plus playoff spots and seeding. Major League Baseball is heading toward a September scramble, a perfect setup for what's on deck this fall. The postseason begins Oct. 1 with the NL...
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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 - 1:02 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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New York Mets' J.D. Davis reacts, center, is congratulated by teammates after he drove in the winning run with a single during the 10th inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in New York. The Mets won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 26, 2019 - 9:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ago, as the New York Mets commemorated the 50th anniversary of a most improbable World Series title, 74-year-old alum Ed Kranepool stood at a Citi Field lectern and tried to encourage a languishing team. "They can do it like we did. You gotta believe in yourself!"...
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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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