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Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez reacts after he struck out Baltimore Orioles' Richie Martin swinging during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
September 29, 2019 - 4:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez missed out on a 20-win season when Boston's bullpen blew a late lead, but the Red Sox overcame a soaring home run robbery by Stevie Wilkerson to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in the regular season finale Sunday on Mookie Betts' ninth-inning dash home. Betts scored...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 3:03 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central on the final day of the regular season, using Jack Flaherty's arm and Matt Carpenter's bat Sunday to win their first division title since 2015 with a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs lost on Joe Maddon's day as their...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks through the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. Hurdle hopes to return for what would be his 10th season as the Pirates’ manager in 2020. He has two more years remaining on a deal that started with the 2018 season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 29, 2019 - 11:17 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati following a stunning second-half collapse that dropped Pittsburgh to the bottom of the National League Central and included a series of off-the-field issues. Pittsburgh entered Sunday...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon salutes a fan from the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 10:28 am
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until Maddon's time in Chicago...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, center, walks toward first base as the rest of his teammates walk back to the dugout after a bench-clearing argument after he was hit by pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 28, 2019 - 9:09 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: TO BE DETERMINED The NL Central race has come down to the final day of the regular season. The Cardinals lead the Brewers by a game after both clubs lost Saturday night. St. Louis fell under a barrage of homers by the Cubs, while Milwaukee closer...
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Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano hits a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
September 28, 2019 - 9:05 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Ramon Laureano hit a solo home run in the third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Saturday night, clinching home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game. The A's will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay lost 4-1 at...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from left, is held back by teammate Matt Carpenter during a bench-clearing argument after Molina was hit by a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 28, 2019 - 8:30 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals' push for a division title will go down to the final day of the regular season following an 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Adam Wainwright (14-10) allowed four homers for the first time in his career, but the Cardinals maintained a one-game...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from left, is held back by teammate Matt Carpenter during a bench-clearing argument after Molina was hit by a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 28, 2019 - 8:19 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals' push for a division title will go down to the final day of the regular season following an 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Adam Wainwright (14-10) allowed four homers for the first time in his career, but the Cardinals maintained a one-game...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander waves to fans striking out Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun forays 3,000th career strikeout during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 7:30 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has become the 18th major league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. The 36-year-old right-hander entered Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels with 2,994 strikeouts. He achieved the milestone in the fourth inning when...
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New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after hitting his 53rd home run of the season during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 28, 2019 - 7:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017, and the New York Mets beat the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Saturday night. A 24-year-old who debuted on opening day, Alonso launched a 93 mph fastball on a 1-2 count from...
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