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Follow live: Beltre's blast puts Rangers ahead

Adrian Beltre's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth has given the Rangers the lead over the Angels. If the Rangers win, they'll clinch the AL West and the Angels will be eliminated.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month has featured more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Pudge Rodriguez's clutch catch.

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Rogers: Jake Arrieta enjoying a season to remember

National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta had a regular season for the ages, particularly the second half, but the Cubs ace is focused on his biggest start yet: the NL wild-card game.

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Uni Watch: MLB turns ahead clock in 1999

In the debut of Uni Watch's Friday Flashback, a weekly feature devoted to uniforms from the past, Paul Lukas travels back to the future to remember baseball's "turn ahead the clock" gimmick.

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The 'What's next for ... ' team-by-team series

Jim Bowden previews the offseason by laying out the objectives and challenges for all 30 teams, everything from executive hires to trades and signings.


Nationals manager won't 'twist in wind'

With speculation Matt Williams could be fired following Washington's disappointing season, GM Mike Rizzo said the team will decide on the manager's future quickly. "Any decision we make, we're going to be decisive and make decisions sooner rather than later about personnel, both on the field, off the field and in the front office."

Pirates nearing home field

All Pittsburgh needed to do today was win and it would claim home field advantage vs. the Cubs in the NL wild-card game. The Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 in the sixth. Follow live


Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

With Blue Jays winning AL East this year, the #Mariners now have longest postseason drought -- 14 years and counting. Can new GM Jerry Dipoto find way to end drought in 2016? #WaitTilNextYear

Rangers leading on Beltre's homer

Texas can take the AL West with a win over the Angels today. 3B Adrian Beltre contributed to the cause by erasing a 2-1 deficit with a two-run HR. The Rangers need six more outs to clinch. Follow live


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


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Armando Benitez quivering. With save today, Jeurys Familia can pull even for franchise's single-season saves record AND CAP A NO-HITTER..

Mets working on combined no-hitter

One day after being no-hit by Max Scherzer, New York is working on one of its own vs. the Nationals. Jacob deGrom took care of the first four innings then Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett got the Mets through the sixth. Follow live


Buehrle doesn't reach 200 innings

Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle needed two innings to get 200 in a single season for the 15th consecutive season. But he came up 1 1/3 shy as he didn't make it out of the first. Toronto trails the Rays 9-1. Follow live


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


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jacob deGrom finishes the regular season with a 14-8 record and 2.54 ERA. Finished season with 205 strikeouts in 191 innings.

Royals looking like the No. 1

Kansas City needed to lose AND the Blue Jays had to win for Toronto to unseat the Royals from the AL's top spot. The Jays trail 9-0 while the Royals lead 5-0 in the fourth. Follow live


Blue Jays down 9-0 after one

Toronto was hoping to beat the Rays today, then get a Royals loss to slide into the No. 1 overall spot in the AL. That looks very unlikely after a nine-run first for Tampa Bay. Follow live

Game 162 = celebration time for Mets fans

There's nothing on the line for the NL East champs on the final day, but fans were likely relieved at Curtis Granderson's first-inning single to end any chance of being no-hit in back-to-back games. Follow live


Cubs grab 3-0 first-inning lead

Anthony Rizzo capped Chicago's three-run opening inning with a two-run single. If the Cubs beat the Brewers and the Pirates lose to the Reds (PIT leads 1-0 in 1st), Chicago would host the NL wild card game. Follow live

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Not a good first inning for Cole Hamels. Albert Pujols unloads with a two-run homer and Hamels throws 19 pitches. Rangers bullpen is very thin today so Hamels has to get that pitch count down and pitch reasonably deep into this game.

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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Albert now at 560 career HRs, three shy of matching Reggie Jackson for 13th all-time. #Angels