Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title (pending the outcome of San Francisco at San Diego) by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

Scully’s 10 greatest calls

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

Vin Scully’s legacy may be his calls of huge, dramatic moments — Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Kirk Gibson’s World Series moment.

Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets’ 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

HRs back Miley’s gem to put O’s into 2nd WC

HRs back Miley’s gem to put O’s into 2nd WC

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

The Orioles came out swinging to back Wade Miley’s gem in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday, vaulting Baltimore into the American League’s second Wild Card. Trey Mancini hit his third career homer and Mark Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 45th home run for the Orioles, who lead the Tigers by one-half game for the second Wild Card.

Nationals jump on Pirates, clinch NL East crown

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets’ 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

Giants’ Nunez takes a seat after unlikely grab

Giants’ Nunez takes a seat after unlikely grab

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

Eduardo Nunez proved that his speed can help the Giants on defense, too, as he made a startling and spectacular play Saturday to record an out that briefly appeared elusive.

KC’s 5-run 9th drops Tigers from WC position

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

What looked like another step in the Tigers’ charge toward the American League playoffs became a potentially costly stumble in the ninth, courtesy of a Royals rally reminiscent of last year. Eric Hosmer’s go-ahead three-run homer punctuated a five-run ninth off Francisco Rodriguez, propelling Kansas City to a 7-4 win Saturday in front of a stunned Comerica Park crowd.

NL Notes: Pirates, Melancon, Dodgers, Cardinals

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

Given the dearth of quality starting pitchers set to hit free agency during the offseason, it might make sense for the Pirates to use their money on bullpen upgrades if they’re unable to re-sign Ivan Nova, writes Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates and Nova have engaged in extension talks, but the 29-year-old’s late-season breakout could price him out of the team’s range. If so, Sawchik suggests a reunion with soon-to-be free agent closer Mark Melancon, whom the Bucs traded to the Nationals at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. As a 31-year-old who lacks eye-popping strikeout numbers, Melancon is likely to garner the cheapest contract among fellow impending free agent bullpen aces Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon made his return to Pittsburgh on Friday as a visitor and received an ovation from its fans, though he suffered his first blown save as a National in a 6-5 loss

Bautista’s blast extends Blue Jays’ WC edge

Bautista’s blast extends Blue Jays’ WC edge

Sep 25, 2016 | No Comments

The Blue Jays widened their lead for the top spot in the American League Wild Card race as Jose Bautista’s three-run home run in the eighth inning broke a scoreles tie in Toronto’s 3-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday at Rogers Centre.