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Pujols starts must-win in style

Albert Pujols hit his 40th HR of the season in the first inning to put Los Angeles ahead 2-0 over the Rangers. The Angels need to win today and get some help to make the playoffs. Follow live

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Sunday's NL playoff picture

The Dodgers and Cardinals can kick up their feet. They are both already guaranteed to host their opponents in the NLDS. The Cubs and Pirates, on the other hand, remain fiercely locked in a battle for home-field advantage in the wild-card game.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

We have 15 baseball games, I'm, kicking off right now. And 7 of them will determine the shape of the postseason. Can't wait.

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What's at stake today

The Angels can't win a wild-card spot outright, but they can still force a tie for it. The Astros clinch a playoff spot with a win, but which one will it be? That depends on the Texas Rangers, who could really simplify things by just winning the division title on Sunday.

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Jimmy Rollins becomes Dodgers manager for a day

After clinching the NL West five days earlier and home field in the NLDS the night before, the Dodgers finally faced a meaningless game on Sunday.

Bruins fall hard in Power Rankings

UCLA climbed up to No. 3 in ESPN's rankings last week. How far did the Bruins fall after a home loss to Arizona State in Week 5? Power Rankings

UCLA tumbles in power rankings

The Bruins' loss to Arizona State called into question their Pac-12 supremacy and plummeted them 15 spots in the latest power rankings, the furthest drop of any team. New number one

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Kershaw goes for 300 strikeouts

Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts to become the first pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 to record 300 strikeouts. Watch the magic happen on Sunday. Five things to watch

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Mattingly said Jimmy Rollins will manage today's game and Kenley Jansen will be the pitching coach, but he didn't subject them to the pre-game media scrum.

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Bruins are no longer ahead of the Pac

After UCLA's home loss to Arizona State, the Pac-12 South is wide open. The Bruins get a week off before back-to-back games against Stanford and Cal. GameDay Final


Greinke strengthens case for Cy Young

Zack Greinke improved to 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA after eight strong innings to defeat the Padres. The Dodgers clinched home field in the NLDS with the victory. Saturday's Top 5


Angels-Rangers was game of the year

The pitching performance of the year belonged to Max Scherzer on Saturday, but the Angels' miraculous comeback win over the Rangers was the game of the year. Saturday's Top 5

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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 2, Padres 1

Behind another sharp outing from Zack Greinke, the Dodgers secured home-field advantage for the NLDS beginning Friday against the Mets.

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