9/27/2013 | Berry, Jones bring a lifelong bond to AL East
Quintin Berry and Adam Jones, who have been best friends since their childhood in San Diego, will have a chance to face each other this weekend when Berry's Red Sox close out the season vs. Jones' O's.
9/27/2013 | AL Wild Card tightening; Cardinals clinch Central
The Cardinals clinched the NL Central, which finalized the two opponents in the NL Wild Card Game. But the AL Wild Card race is up in the air after the Rays fell and the Indians and Rangers emerged victorious.
9/27/2013 | Exciting playoff races head into wild final weekend
While the Orioles, Yankees and Royals were eliminated from the postseason this week, there is still plenty left to be decided in the final weekend of the regular season.
9/27/2013 | Wilson receives ring after misunderstanding
Following the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in San Francisco on Thursday, reliever Brian Wilson jogged across the field toward the opposing dugout to have a conversation with Giants president and CEO Larry Baer in what turned out to be the result of a misunderstanding.
9/27/2013 | Future is now: Archer, Myers help light Rays' way
On Jan. 22, Rays rookies Wil Myers and Chris Archer met for the first time. It happened at PNC Arena, in their shared home state of North Carolina, at a hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes. They took a picture together standing side by side, and Archer posted it to his Twitter account with a "#Rays" hashtag and a short caption: "The future."
9/27/2013 | Teams carrying questions into playoffs
This season there seem to be question marks -- some because of injury, some because of other factors -- attached to an uncommon number of integral players going into the march to crown the next World Series champion.
9/27/2013 | Best for last? Reds poised for postseason run
The Reds are a 90-win team (and counting), lifting them into the ranks of the National League elite, which is where they expected to be at the start of the season. What they couldn't have expected was just how uniquely competitive the NL Central would be this season, and that competitiveness has made this otherwise elite NL unit a third-place club for the bulk of the year.
9/27/2013 | MLB Notebook: Heyward puts in extra effort
Braves leadoff man Jason Heyward had five hits, including a a homer and three triples on Thursday vs. the Phillies, becoming the 43rd player since 1916 to collect four extra-base hits from the top spot in the order.
9/27/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: September 27
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
9/27/2013 | Yankees give Sandman a magical sendoff
Mariano Rivera pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in his final Yankee Stadium appearance but his final moments in pinstripes won't be about stats. They will be about the emotional end of a storied 19-year career in the Bronx, when after recording four outs, the legendary closer was removed from the game by longtime teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter.
9/27/2013 | Profar keeps Rangers' hopes alive with walk-off HR
Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the Angels on Thursday night. The Ranger remain one game back of the Indians for the second AL Wild Card.
9/27/2013 | Rivera records four outs in emotional Bronx farewell
There was no save to record, not even a lead to protect, as Mariano Rivera jogged to the mound at Yankee Stadium for the final time in a 4-0 loss to the Rays. This was still the moment they had all come to witness, Rivera's last appearance in pinstripes.
9/27/2013 | Rays thrilled to be part of Rivera's moment
Over the years the Rays have been witness to Mariano Rivera's greatness, and on Thursday they paid tribute to the greatest closer in history as he made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. Three times the Rays stood outside their dugout to take part of the huge ovations accorded Rivera before, during and after he retired the four hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings of Tampa Bay's 4-0 win.
9/27/2013 | Prompted by circumstance: Pettitte gets final ovation
The chants, guttural and growing in intensity, had already worked their magic once before on Thursday to summon Mariano Rivera from the bullpen in the eighth inning. Now they were trying to draw Andy Pettitte out for his final Yankee Stadium moment.
9/27/2013 | Rays near playoff heaven with seventh straight win
Just enough offense and a healthy dose of Alex Cobb led the Rays to a 4-0 win over the Yankees on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
9/26/2013 | Shuck, Trumbo escape serious injuries
Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck exited Thursday's game at Rangers Ballpark in the middle of the fifth inning with a sprained right ankle, but expects to play this weekend. Mark Trumbo was grazed by a foul ball but stayed in the game.
9/26/2013 | Heyward, Braves rout Phils, tie for NL's top record
Jason Heyward's leadoff homer sparked a five-run first inning that lifted the Braves to a 7-1 win Thursday night, pulling them even with the Cardinals with three games to play for the best record in the National League at 94-65. Heyward finished 5-for-5 with four extra-base hits, accomplishing both feats for the first time in his four-year Major League career.
9/26/2013 | Tribe overcomes scary ninth to stay in control
The Indians endured some shaky relief from Chris Perez in the ninth inning to post a 6-5 victory Thursday night in Minnesota and hold their grip on the second AL Wild Card spot.
9/26/2013 | Hamilton to put weight back on during offseason
Last offseason, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton started a natural-juice diet -- or "lifestyle change," as he calls it -- and entered camp at an estimated 227 pounds, roughly 20 pounds lighter than normal. For next year, he's scrapping that.
9/26/2013 | Hellweg shaky, but Crew benefits from big inning
Johnny Hellweg's season came to an unceremonious end Thursday, when the towering right-hander who thrived in Triple-A but has been mediocre in the Majors fell short of the five innings he needed to qualify for a win in the Brewers' 4-2 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.
9/26/2013 | McCann strains groin, likely won't miss much time
Braves catcher Brian McCann exited Thursday night's 7-1 win over the Phillies in the second inning because of some tightness near his right groin muscle. But early indications are that he could return to action this weekend, or at least by the start of next week's National League Division Series.
9/26/2013 | Ethier resumes workouts after exams check out
Cleared by doctors after Wednesday's MRI and CT scan, Andre Ethier resumed working out on his injured left ankle with the team on Thursday.
9/26/2013 | Dodgers' top three arms to get final tune-ups
The Dodgers' top three starters will get final tune-ups for the playoffs this weekend against the Rockies, with Clayton Kershaw pitching on Friday night, Zack Greinke on Saturday night and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday.
9/26/2013 | Selig lauded as innovative leader, loyal friend
Judging from the flurry of reactions in and around Major League Baseball on Thursday commending Bud Selig for an astonishing run in which he modernized the game and emboldened it as a social institution in more ways than any of his predecessors, it's clear that he will be missed greatly.
9/26/2013 | Gardy hoping Twins can match Tribe's intensity
The Twins have long been out of contention this year, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he's looking for his team to play the role of spoiler against the Indians this weekend.
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