MLB Playoffs

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway watches from the dugout against the Miami Marlins in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 19, 2019 - 11:25 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: OLD FRIENDS Pete Alonso and the resurgent Mets face Cleveland in the opener of a pivotal nine-game homestand against a trio of playoff contenders: the Indians, Braves and Cubs. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-5, 3.27 ERA) starts for Cleveland...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper celebrates the team's win over the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-5 on a grand slam by Harper in the ninth. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
August 18, 2019 - 11:59 pm
Bryce Harper's game-ending grand slam and sprint around the bases gave a jolt to the Philadelphia Phillies and could be the prelude to a fascinating National League playoff scramble. As thrilling as the win was for the Phillies , the 7-5 final Thursday night was a kick in the gut for the Chicago...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger watches the flight of a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 17, 2019 - 3:01 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: STAR ATTRACTIONS The top two teams in the National League meet again when Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers visit Atlanta. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-2) leads the majors with a 1.45 ERA. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.24 ERA) gets the ball for...
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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) jumps to celebrate with hitting coach Kevin Long after the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Right now, 19-31 is just a distant memory for the Washington Nationals. Even without Max Scherzer for all but one game over the past month-plus, even with recurring bullpen issues, even though they dug themselves quite a hole, the Nationals are suddenly 65-55 — 10 games over .500...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
August 12, 2019 - 11:46 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ONE-TWO PUNCH Houston goes into a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with two of the pitchers the Astros hope will carry them deep into October. In the opener, Zack Greinke will make his second start for AL West-leading Houston since he...
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Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke stands after a news conference before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Houston. Greinke was acquired via a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
August 04, 2019 - 11:33 pm
Yes, the Houston Astros can still be beat, even after assembling baseball's newest super rotation. The Astros acquired six-time All-Star Zack Greinke from Arizona just before Wednesday's trade deadline, adding him to a pitching staff that already included Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Then, as...
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Dave Dombrowski, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations, watches play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 01, 2019 - 11:29 am
BOSTON (AP) — The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are setting their sights on an AL wild-card berth, and they're doing it with the players they already have. Red Sox baseball boss Dave Dombrowski conceded on Wednesday that the ballclub doesn't have a "realistic" hope for a fourth...
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Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luke Jackson throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Washington. Atlanta won 11-8. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 31, 2019 - 5:37 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With a second straight trip to the playoffs firmly in their sights, the Atlanta Braves had plenty of options for improving their roster at the trade deadline. They could've pursued a position player to replace the injured Nick Markakis. Another starting pitcher would've fit nicely in...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws to the Colorado Rockies in the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 29, 2019 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer is back on the 10-day injured list, unwelcome news for the Washington Nationals as they push for a wild card berth and try to catch the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Nationals announced Monday that Scherzer was placed on the IL with a minor rhomboid strain. The...
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Mariano Rivera speaks to the media during a visit to Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The day's third race was named "The Mariano Rivera Hall of Fame" as part of the Spa's tribute to the retired New York Yankees pitcher. (Skip Dickstein/The Albany Times Union via AP)/The Albany Times Union via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 11:03 am
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — It never changed for Mariano Rivera — from his childhood in the fishing village of Puerto Caimito in Panama to the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium. "I always wanted to be the last guy to kick the ball or took the last shot at the basket. Give me the ball," Rivera said. "I...
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