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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Dan Jennings on the possibility of Dee Gordon winning a batting title: "We love the kid. He's been such a humongous part of us with his energy and upbeat spirit and attitude.''

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Marlins manager Dan Jennings said he'll be keeping a close watch on NL batting race today. Dee Gordon begins the day at .3306 -- a sliver behind Nationals Bryce Harper, who's at .3307.

AL scenario: wild card No. 1

  • Yankees clinch home field for AL WC game with a win or Astros loss.
  • Astros clinch home field for AL WC game with a win, Yankees loss and Rangers win.
  • If Yankees lose and Angels and Astros win, Rangers-Astros play one-game playoff for AL West with loser hosting NY in WC game.


AL scenario: wild card No. 2

  • Astros get WC No. 2 with win and Yankees and Rangers wins.
  • Yankees get WC No. 2 with loss and Astros win.
  • If Angels win, Astros lose and Yankees win, Angels-Astros play one-game playoff for WC No. 2.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Cubs win and Pirates lose today then WC game will be played at Wrigley on Wed. Otherwise at PNC. Joe Maddon likes all games starting at same time today.


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.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Toughest job today belongs to Rangers manager Jeff Banister if Cole Hamels doesn't pitch deep into the game. Top relievers Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have each pitched five days in a row. Plus Rangers could face a tiebreaker game on Monday and a wild-card game on Tuesday.

AL scenario: Top AL seed

  • Royals win No. 1 seed with a win today vs. the Twins OR a Blue Jays loss to the Rays.
  • Blue Jays win No. 1 seed with a win vs. Tampa Bay and a Royals loss.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty standard Yankees A-team lineup for today's season-finale against the Orioles. If this lineup can't beat Chris Tillman today, how will it do against Dallas Keuchel on Tuesday?

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Accuweather forecast for today's regular season finale between the Yankees and Orioles sounds much better than the last two days: A period or two of light rain or drizzle during the game but a delay is unlikely. The wind will be blowing in from center field at 15-25 mph. The temperature at first pitch will be near the high of the day of 62 degrees and will dip to 59 by the end of the game.

Sox retain Farrell, Lovullo

The Red Sox announced John Farrell will be back as manager and Torey Lovullo bench coach for 2016. Lovullo signed a two-year extension as bench coach in which he waived the right to pursue a managing job this offseason. Lovullo's agreement protects the Sox in the event Farrell's health remains an issue. (via Gordon Edes)

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Noah Syndergaard had dominant outing at L.A. on July 3. And for all the hullabaloo about road splits, had 2.29 ERA last 3 road starts.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

J.P. Ricciardi confirmed to Jim Duquette that after Jacob deGrom in opener, Noah Syndergaard has Game 2 and Matt Harvey Game 3.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

That's exactly as has been projected for a while. Steven Matz will get Game 4 if healthy. Otherwise, Bartolo Colon. Then deGromi in Game 5

ICYMI: Scherzer nabs 2nd no-no of season

Max Scherzer got Curtis Granderson to fly out in the ninth to capture his second no-hitter of the season for the Nats. Yunel Escobar's error in the sixth was the only thing that prevented Scherzer from tossing a perfect game.



Today's 3pm ET games with #postseason implications: NYY @ BAL CIN @ PIT LAA @ TEX CHC @ MIL HOU @ ARI KC @ MIN TOR @ TB #Game162

Mets' deGrom to start Game 1

Jacob deGrom will be on the mound when New York starts its NLDS series with the Dodgers on Friday. deGrom followed a 2014 NL Rookie of the Year campaign with an outstanding sophomore year (29 starts, 2.60 ERA).

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Report: Mark Buehrle to retire after Sunday

The Blue Jays starter will end his 16-year MLB career after pitching two innings vs. the Rays, according to 670 The Score. Buehrle, who is two innings away from 200 innings in a season for the 15th consecutive time, isn't expected to be on the postseason roster.


Sunday's play determines Astros' fate

    Will Houston win the division, be in the wild-card game or not make the playoffs at all? It's all still possible. Here's where the team stands:
  • Trail Rangers by 1 game for AL West title
  • Trail Yankees by 1 game for first AL wild card
  • Currently in second AL wild-card spot
  • Hold 1-game lead over Angels for second AL wild card

Max Scherzer @Max_Scherzer

Looks like my bullpens will be at the team hotel from now on. Thanks to my teammates for making this special day possible!