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.
The Giants gained a share of the lead in the National League’s crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span’s two-run homer punctuated a three-run outburst in the 10th inning that gave San Francisco a 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.
For the final time in his 67-year career, Vin Scully will be behind the mic at Dodger Stadium. The legendary broadcaster, who is retiring after this season, will call his last Dodgers home game today as the club looks to clinch the National League West.
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.
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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard will not make his scheduled start Saturday due to strep throat. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin will start in his place.
Here’s the latest from Ken Rosenthal, via a video at FOX Sports: Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo will be an interesting free agent to watch, Rosenthal writes. He’s something like the opposite of Jason Heyward, who got $180MM last year — unlike Heyward, whose calling card was his defense, Trumbo is a clear liability in the outfield but has spent the 2016 season hitting home runs by the bushel. It will, indeed, be interesting to see how teams value a player who already has 44 home runs this season but who will be 31 in January and doesn’t have much in the way of OBP or fielding ability. The Yankees will likely try to slip underneath the luxury-tax threshold in one of the next two seasons, Rosenthal says, noting that the threshold will likely increase to $200MM-plus in the next CBA. Doing so would reset their penalty rate in time for them to splurge on the 2018-2019 free agent class, which includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado and other big names. After next season, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia will no longer draw a salary, potentially allowing the Yankees to get beneath the threshold for 2018. The Padres continue to support GM A.J. Preller, who’s currently suspended due to disputes over medical information the team withheld from other teams in trade negotiations. The team’s ownership expects, however, that when Preller returns he will improve the medical and training practices that got him into hot water. An even bigger issue for Preller might be earning the trust of executives from other teams, who he’ll have to continue to trade with despite a series of disputes
Here’s a look back at five crucial stories from this week at MLBTR. Jacob deGrom has surgery. The righty had a procedure to alleviate an ulnar nerve issue in his elbow. His recovery period is three months, so obviously, he won’t pitch for the Mets in the postseason, assuming they get that far. The loss was the latest for an injury-riddled Mets rotation that has also dealt with extended absences from Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz. Mariners suspend Steve Clevenger
Mark Trumbo’s 12th-inning walkoff homer kept the Orioles right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race Friday night, leading Baltimore to a 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs in a four-hour series opener.