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Max Muncy optimistic he could be Dodgers
Max Muncy optimistic he could be Dodgers' October surprise despite struggles

After two excellent seasons, Dodgers slugger Max Muncy has batted under .200 most of 2020. He's hoping to turn it around during the postseason.

MLB teams find creative ways to stay energized without fans
MLB teams find creative ways to stay energized without fans

The absence of fans didn't stop Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto from receiving an ovation after hitting a homer to put his team ahead for good. When they haven't been keeping Great America Ball Park in tip-top shape, the groundskeepers have loudly cheered for the Reds from the stands. Teams throughout the major leagues have found different ways to maintain intensity without the benefit of fans in the ballpark.

Mattingly
Mattingly's Marlins could clinch berth at Yankee Stadium

Don Mattingly returns this weekend to Yankee Stadium, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular season did. Now Mattingly is enjoying perhaps his best year as a manager, leading the Miami Marlins as they try to extend their improbable season into next week. ''Nobody picked this club to be able to do anything this season, but we believed in ourselves,'' Mattingly said.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons
Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season. Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden

Detroit Tigers game vs. Kansas City Royals: Time, TV channel, probables for Thursday
Detroit Tigers game vs. Kansas City Royals: Time, TV channel, probables for Thursday

The Detroit Tigers (22-32) play the Kansas City Royals (23-33) in one of their final series of the season.

Royals outfielder Alex Gordon to retire after season
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon to retire after season

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season. Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals' career leader in getting hit by pitches.

Breaking down Phillies
Breaking down Phillies' odds for playoffs, pennant and World Series

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Michael Gatti looks at the Phillies' odds.

Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats
Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats

When Yan Gomes was asked about the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals essentially playing out the string over the last four games of this season, the catcher was put off by the premise. ''I don't think we're technically out of it yet,'' Gomes said. About four hours later, once Wednesday had turned into Thursday and a game involving other teams ended the wrong way for Washington's tiny remaining hopes, the Nationals were officially done.

What are the odds the Yankees become the AL Champions?

On SportsNite, the guys take a look at the odds the Yankees have to be AL Champs and whether they should be favored over the Rays.

Why Joe Girardi should shake up rotation for Phillies
Why Joe Girardi should shake up rotation for Phillies

Joe Girardi needs to treat the final three games of the season against the Rays as a playoff series and shake up the Phillies' rotation. By Dan Roche

SNY Play Ball: Mets star Pete Alonso surprises young fan on Zoom
SNY Play Ball: Mets star Pete Alonso surprises young fan on Zoom

SNY Play Ball, presented by Toyota, recently teamed up with the Mets to deliver a dream day experience for a young ballplayer from Bayonne, NJ by surprising her on a Zoom call with Mets star Pete Alonso.

What are the odds the Yankees become the AL Champions?
What are the odds the Yankees become the AL Champions?

On SportsNite, the guys take a look at the odds the Yankees have to be AL Champs and whether they should be favored over the Rays.

ICYMI in Mets Land: Dom Smith, Andres Gimenez go deep but Rays get the win
ICYMI in Mets Land: Dom Smith, Andres Gimenez go deep but Rays get the win

Andres Gimenez mashed a 108-mph homer and Dom Smith went deep himself, but the Mets couldn't handle the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Detroit Tigers rookie Casey Mize:
Detroit Tigers rookie Casey Mize: 'Struggles are going to make me a lot better'

Detroit Tigers rookie Casey Mize shares his thoughts Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, about his first MLB season and what to expect heading into next year.

How Sandy Alderson will help with bumpy MLB approval for Steve Cohen to purchase Mets
How Sandy Alderson will help with bumpy MLB approval for Steve Cohen to purchase Mets

According to multiple high-ranking MLB sources, the approval of Steve Cohen as Mets owner is not yet a sure thing, and it certainly isn't a formality. In fact, there has been quite a bit of conversation this week in baseball circles about how much the Wilpons and Cohen might need to worry about the vote.

Steve Cohen hiring Sandy Alderson as Mets team president if sale approved
Steve Cohen hiring Sandy Alderson as Mets team president if sale approved

If Steve Cohen is approved by MLB owners, Sandy Alderson will be returning to the Mets as team president, overseeing baseball and business operations.

Ramón Laureano credits choking up, prayer for improved plate success
Ramón Laureano credits choking up, prayer for improved plate success

Hopefully it carries on, well see."

Rookies lead the way as Giants get back into position to make playoffs
Rookies lead the way as Giants get back into position to make playoffs

Caleb Baragar and Logan Webb got the Giants going and Mauricio Dubon won it with a three-run homer.

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A's beat Dodgers 6-4 on Laureano's 9th-inning homer

After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Ramon Laureano singled. Feeling emboldened, he choked up on the bat and broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer. Laureano also had an RBI single in the seventh and made a diving catch in center field.

Rockies vs. Giants Highlights
Rockies vs. Giants Highlights

Mauricio Dubón, Evan Longoria power Giants to win

A lost year finally leads to Nationals being eliminated from postseason contention
A lost year finally leads to Nationals being eliminated from postseason contention

The Giants beat the Rockies Thursday morning to make it official.

Giants beat Rockies 7-2 to take lead in NL wild-card race
Giants beat Rockies 7-2 to take lead in NL wild-card race

Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run homer off reliever Yency Almonte in the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Wednesday night to move barely in front in a crowded NL wild-card race. Evan Longoria also went deep for San Francisco. Brandon Belt added three hits and walked twice.

Athletics vs. Dodgers Highlights
Athletics vs. Dodgers Highlights

Ramón Laureano hits go-ahead homer in 9th in A's win

Harper
Harper's 2 HRs help Phils top Nats 12-3, eliminate champs

Bryce Harper showed up to Nationals Park, his old stomping grounds, about six hours before Wednesday night's first pitch to get treatment for a bothersome back, then got a chance to stay off his feet a bit as the designated hitter instead of an outfielder. All Harper did was smack a pair of homers to help his current club, the Philadelphia Phillies, keep their playoff hopes afloat and eliminate his former club, the Washington Nationals, from playoff contention a year after they won the World Series. With Harper leading the way, and homers from Andrew McCutchen, Didi Gregorius and Andrew Knapp, too, the Phillies beat the Nationals 12-3 Wednesday night.

Giants takeaways: What you might have missed in 7-2 win over Rockies
Giants takeaways: What you might have missed in 7-2 win over Rockies

The Giants moved a game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the final NL playoff spot.

Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2
Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2

Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant's 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the White Sox into a first-place tie with Minnesota in the AL Central at 34-22. Bieber, who leads the big leagues with eight wins, allowed an unearned run and two hits in five innings with 10 strikeouts.

Dom Smith on the Mets post season position: "Obviously it
Dom Smith on the Mets post season position: "Obviously it's a little bit disappointing"

After an 8-5 loss to the Rays in the Mets final home game of the season, Dom Smith shares how disappointing it is to see their post season chance start to slip away.

CG: MIA@ATL - 9/23/20
CG: MIA@ATL - 9/23/20

Condensed Game: The Braves exploded for five runs in the 4th inning after losing Max Fried to an ankle injury early in a 9-4 victory

Eovaldi
Eovaldi's solid outing, Devers' hit lift Sox over O's 9-1

Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight over six scoreless innings, Rafael Devers hit a three-run double that capped a six-run third and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the AL East's worst teams. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who won their third straight in their bid to escape last place. Austin Hays hit a solo homer and had three hits for Baltimore, which has lost six of seven.

Marlins vs. Braves Highlights
Marlins vs. Braves Highlights

Braves use five-run 4th inning to defeat Marlins, 9-4

Yankees make four errors, lose 14-1 to Blue Jays
Yankees make four errors, lose 14-1 to Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Gary Sanchez made two of his team's season-high four errors and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the sloppy Yankees 14-1 Wednesday night, dealing New York perhaps a fatal blow in its race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years
Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years

Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets. Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep for the Rays to back Tyler Glasnow's six solid innings. Tampa Bay will be home at quirky Tropicana Field for a best-of-three first-round playoff series beginning next Tuesday.

Mets go down 8-5 to the Rays in their final home game of the season
Mets go down 8-5 to the Rays in their final home game of the season

A 9th inning push wasn't enough as the Mets are defeated by the Rays in their final game of the season at Citi Field, 8-5.

Votto homers, Bauer sharp as surging Reds top Brewers 6-1
Votto homers, Bauer sharp as surging Reds top Brewers 6-1

The grounds crew that had been banging drums and raising a din in the stands all game long lined up and exchanged high-fives with exuberant Reds players. Felt like old times at Great American Ball Park - 2013, to be exact, the last time Cincinnati made the playoffs. Now, the Reds are on the verge of going back.

Yankees Takeaways from Wednesday
Yankees Takeaways from Wednesday's 14-1 loss to Blue Jays, including eight-run sixth inning

The Yankees fell apart Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, imploding with an eight-run sixth inning en route to a 14-1 loss Sahlen Field in Buffalo.

Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos
Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos

The San Diego Padres might have suffered a blow to the front of their playoff rotation when right-hander Mike Clevinger was suddenly pulled after only one inning in his start Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Padres, who've clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 14 seasons, said Clevinger's departure wasn't planned but offered no other details. Clevinger's start had been pushed back from Saturday night because of tightness in his right biceps.

Why Giants are using Caleb Barager as opener ahead of big Rockies game
Why Giants are using Caleb Barager as opener ahead of big Rockies game

The Giants are hoping to gain a small edge Wednesday by using Caleb Baragar as their starter.

Jesús Aguilar
Jesús Aguilar's solo home run

Jesús Aguilar launches a solo home run to left field, as the Marlins strike first and take a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the 1st

Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo's solo home run

Anthony Rizzo launches a solo home run over the right-center-field wall to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning

Joey Votto
Joey Votto's two-run home run

Joey Votto skies his 11th home run of the season to left field, scoring Shogo Akiyama and putting the Reds up, 2-0, in the bottom of the 1st

Julio Urías moved to Dodgers bullpen for Wednesday
Julio Urías moved to Dodgers bullpen for Wednesday's game; Joe Kelly to start

Scheduled to start against the Oakland Athletics, Julio Urías will instead come on in relief and pitch several innings. Joe Kelly will pitch the first inning.

Detroit Tigers want to get Derek Hill more at-bats; Isaac Paredes hitting again
Detroit Tigers want to get Derek Hill more at-bats; Isaac Paredes hitting again

Expect Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill to get more at-bats down the stretch. Meanwhile, third baseman Isaac Paredes has his swing back.

Phillies, Bryce Harper get off to good start in must-win game vs. Nationals
Phillies, Bryce Harper get off to good start in must-win game vs. Nationals

Battling a bad back, Bryce Harper has hit a pair of big home runs Wednesday night in a must-win game for the Phillies. By Jim Salisbury

Nats sweep Phils, drop Philadelphia below playoff position
Nats sweep Phils, drop Philadelphia below playoff position

The Philadelphia Phillies tumbled out of a playoff position, getting swept in a doubleheader by the Washington Nationals when Yadiel Hernandez hit a game-ending, two-run homer in eighth inning off Brandon Workman for a 8-7 win in Tuesday night's second game. Philadelphia (27-29) lost its fourth game in a row and dropped behind Cincinnati (28-28), Milwaukee (27-27) and San Francisco (27-27). ''We've dug ourselves a hole and we've done that before and we've been able to fight out of it,'' Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

Justin Upton
Justin Upton's solo homer

Justin Upton hits a solo home run on a fly ball to left field, giving the Angels an early lead

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May gets outs through contact, but that could change
Dodgers pitcher Dustin May gets outs through contact, but that could change

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May has relied on inducing groundballs, rather than strikeouts, which could be risky in the postseason.

Detroit Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson
Detroit Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson's future in limbo with Ron Gardenhire retired

With Ron Gardenhire's retirement, pitching coach Rick Anderson's future with the Detroit Tigers is uncertain as new manager will be hired.

Phillies lineup: Bryce Harper at DH, J.T. Realmuto at first base for tonight
Phillies lineup: Bryce Harper at DH, J.T. Realmuto at first base for tonight's must-win game

The Phillies are going with an intriguing lineup in Wednesday's high-stakes game against the Nationals. By Jim Salisbury

NL playoffs update: Giants get some help from Phillies falling apart
NL playoffs update: Giants get some help from Phillies falling apart

The Giants had an eye on the Phillies-Nationals game before taking the field Tuesday. They got some help when the Phillies got walked off in extra innings.

Nationals
Nationals' 2020 season highlights the 'human side' of sports during pandemic

2020 has been a tough reality for everyone, and as Nick Ashooh writes, that's no different for the Washington Nationals.


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