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Kershaw hits 300 strikeouts for the season (0:41)

Why Joe Smith takes elevators

Just like any other day, the Angels reliever walked down a flight of steps at the team hotel in Minneapolis last month. Well, he almost made it down. Instead, Smith slipped, sprained his ankle and was out two weeks. Injuries of the year

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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Lakers starting five vs Jazz, according to coach Byron Scott: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert.

The zit that sidelined a player

The Dodgers' Justin Turner missed a game with an infected pimple. Maybe they should add Clearasil to next year's payroll. Injuries of the year

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Lakers getting warmed up for their preseason opener vs. the Utah Jazz here in Hawaii.


Kershaw second-fastest to 300 K's

Clayton Kershaw needed 232.2 innings to reach 300 strikeouts this season. The only pitcher in MLB history who needed fewer innings was Pedro Martinez in 1999 (213.1 innings).

Rangers clinch AL West title (1:18)
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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Padres 3

Clayton Kershaw recorded his 300th strikeout of the season as the Dodgers closed the regular season by beating the Padres.

Hamels' gem clinches AL West for Rangers

Cole Hamels allowed three hits and struck out eight in a complete game to lift Texas to the AL West crown with a 9-2 victory. With the loss, the Angels are eliminated from the postseason. Box score


Kershaw gets to 300 K's on season

In his final start of the regular season, Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher with 300 K's since 2002 (Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson). He finishes with 301 strikeouts and a 2.13 ERA. Follow live

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Losses are OK in the new playoff world

Ole Miss, UCLA and Notre Dame should keep their heads up after losses in Week 5. They all have plenty of opportunities left to impress the committee. Dinich: They can bounce back


Hamels settles down for Rangers

Albert Pujols started this crucial matchup with a two-run HR off Rangers SP Cole Hamels. But Hamels just finished his fifth inning with the score still 2-1 in the Angels' favor. L.A. needs this one if it hopes to make the playoffs. Follow live

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.

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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.