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A-Rod is probably not wild about wild card

All 14 of ESPN's experts have the Blue Jays winning the AL East. But the good news for Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees is that all of them have them in a fear-inducing one-game wild-card playoff. Picks


Rockies turn triple play in 9th

With Paul Goldschmidt at the plate, the Diamondbacks sent the runners on 1st and 2nd on the pitch. That worked out very well ... for the Rockies, who ended the inning in an instant.


Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

JBJ has 19 extra-base hits since Aug. 1, including 11 doubles. Also has five home runs, three triples.

Yanks GM: Teixeira out two more weeks

"His bone bruise has not healed in any way, shape or form," Brian Cashman said of Mark Teixeira. "It's taking a hell of a lot longer than we would have expected." Teixeira suffered a bone bruise on his right shin on August 17. He'll be on crutches for an undetermined period of time, and there is the possibility that he will not play again this season.

Porcello strikes out 9 in 5

Rick Porcello is through five innings and has already has 9 strikeouts on the board against the Yankees (his most in any game this season). However, Porcello gave up 2 unearned runs, and New York is up 2-1. Follow live


Hanley Ramirez done playing in outfield

"I think with how the young kids have been doing in the outfield, I think we want to give them the time there that they deserve," interim manager Torey Luvullo said of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. "The timing of Hanley's injury is pushing him back a little bit. ... Maybe in a week, he might come back and could be ready to play first base."

Royals players diagnosed with chickenpox

RHP Kelvin Herrera and RF Alex Rios will likely miss a couple of weeks as the season wraps up after experiencing symptoms over the weekend. This raises concerns that others on the division leading team may have been exposed. Story

Dodgers give Arrieta rubber, dirt for no-no

Picking out gifts can be hard, like what do you get for the pitcher that no-hit your team? The Dodgers went with the pitching rubber and a bucket of dirt from the mound, which weighed about 60 pounds, according to Jake Arrieta. 'A really nice gesture'

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Orioles honor Ripken on anniversary

Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the first pitch at Camden Yards to mark the 20th anniversary of his breaking of Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak. Ripken would go on to play 2,632 straight games. The longest current streak in MLB is 131 in a row.


Cubs call up top infield prospect Baez

Javier Baez will start at second base for Chicago tonight after hitting .324 at Triple-A this season, with 13 HRs and a .911 OPS in 70 games. The Cubs could use his presence at 2B, where they have struggled on offense:

  • Batting average: .227 (27th in MLB)
  • OPS: .612 (27th)
  • Home runs: 7 (T-22nd)

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Rick Porcello carving up the inside corner to left-handed hitters with his two-seam fastball in the first two innings.

New month, same Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion tallied 11 homers and 35 RBIs in August with a 1.367 OPS, and he didn't take long to get started in September. The Blue Jays' DH hit a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning to put Toronto up on Cleveland. Follow live

Who's making the MLB playoffs?

For the most part, ESPN experts are unified on predicting the postseason field. However, debate remains on the AL's second wild card and the NL West winner. Who's in? Who's out?

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The Angels must be glad to see August end. They were 9 under .500 during August (10-19) after being 8 over .500 when the month started.

Nationals recall Dan Uggla

Second baseman Dan Uggla returns after a 22-game absence due to back spasms, he had several rehab starts in the minors. Uggla was hitting .191 before being put on the disabled list.

Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.


ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke are 1-2 among P in Hits & HR. They are only 2 P (min. 15 AB) not to allow a hit to a pitcher this season

Another Orioles player is the new Iron Man

Baltimore's Manny Machado has a long, long way to go to catch Cal Ripken Jr.'s record of 2,632 straight games played. But his 131 games played in a row is the current MLB record (via Elias). Machado, who can't break Ripken's record until 2031, is the only MLBer to play every game this season.

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