Shohei Ohtani continued to bolster his case for the American League Rookie of the Year award. The 24-year-old Japanese star launched a 428-foot solo shot to put the Angels on the board in the first inning of the Angels' 5-4 win over the Rangers in 11 innings Monday at Angel Stadium.Rangers at Angel Stadium.
Davis extends MLB lead with 46th home run
A's slugger Khris Davis swatted his Major League-leading 46th homer on a celebratory night at Safeco Field.
A's clinch first postseason berth since 2014
By virtue of a Rays loss to the Yankees on Monday, the A's automatically punched a ticket to the postseason even before beginning play in Seattle.
Briceno ends marathon with walk-off HR in 11th
Jose Briceno hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning as the Angels outlasted the Rangers 5-4 on Monday in the series opener to end the Halos' five-game losing streak. Shohei Ohtani hit one of the Angels' three homers, crushing the hardest-hit homer of his career. Ronald Guzman and Jurickson Profar went deep for the Rangers, who tied it in the ninth on Elvis Andrus' pinch-hit RBI single.
Error helps Brewers shave magic number to 3
An Eric Thames triple that skipped past Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez in the eighth inning, followed by an errant pickoff by Cards reliever Bud Norris gave the Brewers the go-ahead run they needed to overcome Josh Hader's rough night in a 6-4 win at Busch Stadium. Milwaukee closed to within 1 1/2 games of the National League Central-leading Cubs and pushed another game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card standings.
Felix sworn in as United States citizen
Felix Hernandez, the long-time face of the Mariners, was wearing a broad smile Monday after becoming a United States citizen along with 74 other residents from 34 different countries at a ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tukwila, Wash.
Dodgers rally in AZ to trim magic number to 5
There won't be a party anywhere at Chase Field for the Dodgers this week, but they moved closer to a party somewhere on Monday night by riding a pair of late Manny Machado RBIs to a 7-4 win over the D-backs that trimmed their magic number to clinch the National League West to five.
Postseason Picture: Where we are right now
Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the playoff picture, recapping the latest action and taking a look at where each contender stands heading into the next games.
Story makes extra-base-hit history in return
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is in the starting lineup for Monday night's Rockies game against the Phillies at Coors Field, set to play for the first time since injuring his right elbow on a dive-and-throw on Aug. 17 against the Dodgers.
Rox half-game out of WC with blowout win
Jon Gray struck out seven over seven innings of one-run ball, while the Rockies scored five in the third inning and got a home run from David Dahl in the fourth inning. Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed all five third-inning runs, and Philadelphia got its only run from a Rhys Hoskins home run in the seventh inning.
Fasten your seatbelt: We could get a 4-way tie
We've still got some very realistic tiebreaker possibilities in play in this last week of the regular season, and foremost among them is that the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rockies could all end up with the same record -- leaving both the NL West and the two NL Wild Card spots up in the air after Sunday's final out.
The Top 10 A's moments of 2018
A most magical A's season began dramatically -- Marcus Semien's walk-off hit sent them to a victory on Opening Day -- and only heightened in theatrics as the season moved along, an improbable run punctuated by their first postseason berth in four years.
Taillon delivers after Cervelli's HR sets tone
Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jameson Taillon delivered seven strong frames as the Pirates spoiled the Cubs' bid to clinch a playoff spot. Cole Hamels belted his second career homer to put the only blemish on Taillon's night, while Pablo Reyes logged a pair of run-scoring hits, including a solo home run for the Bucs. Chicago's magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at five.
Astros' magic number at 2 after win vs. Jays
The Astros moved one step closer to their second straight American League West title, riding back-to-back homers from Brian McCann and Josh Reddick and a gritty outing from Dallas Keuchel to a victory over the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Marco Estrada couldn't escape the fifth inning in what was likely his final home start with the Blue Jays, yielding RBI hits to Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman. Kevin Pillar tagged Keuchel with a two-run homer, and Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single.
The skateboarding dog in San Francisco is back, again, and is just as cool as you remembered
You will never be this cool.
Cubs' clinch bid on hold despite Hamels' HR
Cole Hamels hit his second career home run, but that's all the offense the Cubs could generate against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon in a 5-1 loss on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
Kluber silences White Sox for win No. 20
Indians starter Corey Kluber dominated for seven innings, fanning 11 en route to his 20th win during Cleveland's victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Brandon Guyer homered in the seventh to give the Tribe the lone run they'd need. Cleveland tacked on a trio of runs in the ninth inning, including Adam Rosales' first home run, against reliever Nate Jones to seal the victory.
Hicks seeks quick rebound from tight hamstring
The injury bug is catching the Yankees at a most inopportune time. Aaron Hicks was the latest to visit the trainer's table, exiting Monday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field with a tight left hamstring. The outfielder will have a precautionary MRI on Tuesday, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Bobby Evans steps down as Giants GM
Following the club's third consecutive disappointing finish under his watch, the Giants announced on Monday that Bobby Evans has stepped down from his role as general manager.
Yankees knock Rays out of playoff chase
Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankee, came off the bench to deliver an RBI single, then preserved the lead with a terrific sixth-inning catch as the Yankees defeated the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field. Andrew McCutchen homered while Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge contributed RBI doubles as New York continues to push for home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. The loss eliminated the Rays from the postseason chase, clinching the other Wild Card spot for Oakland.
Harper reaches 100 RBIs for first time in win
Bryce Harper notched the career milestone with a sacrifice fly as the Nationals beat the Marlins. Anthony Rendon, who drove in four, Juan Soto and Matt Wieters each went deep. Neither starter was sharp in the rainy conditions: Stephen Strasburg needed 100 pitches to get through four innings, and prospect Sandy Alcantara allowed six runs in four frames.
Bryant thrills young fan with baseball tour
Faith Kuhn is a huge Kris Bryant fan, and the 12-year-old finally had a chance to meet her hero, thanks to some help from the Astros' Alex Bregman.
Rays' Wild hopes officially end in final week
Elimination came to the Rays on Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees at Tropicana Field. Give the Rays credit, they fought hard to give their fans postseason hopes, going 25-8 since Aug. 19 and 38-22 since the All-Star break.
On his first homer of 2018, Adam Rosales recorded the season's fastest home run trot because that's his brand
He's done it again.
Sox win record 106th, clinch Majors' best mark
In the 118-year history of the Red Sox, no team had won 106 games in a season until Mookie Betts -- well on his way to being an all-time franchise icon in his own right -- powered the American League East champs to a 6-2 win over the Orioles at Fenway Park on Monday night.
Jones starts in left field for O's for first time
Adam Jones walked over to glance at the lineup card on the board of the visiting clubhouse Monday at Fenway Park and let out a long, emphatic, "Yesssss."
This is why you shouldn't park on Waveland Ave.
He won't be parking there again.
The latest entry to the swim slide Hall of Fame is this inspired effort from JT Riddle
POW-winning Yelich 'good to go' after HBP
Another National League Player of the Week Award -- his third this season and second this month -- helped ease Christian Yelich's pain Monday ahead of the Brewers' pivotal series against the Cardinals. Yelich, the NL leader with a .322 batting average entering play Monday, was back in action for Milwaukee's opener at Busch Stadium after exiting Sunday's series finale in Pittsburgh with a bruised right elbow.
Cubs may face familiar foes in postseason
There could be three teams from the National League Central in the postseason if the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals all make it. Chicago manager Joe Maddon knows what it's like to face a familiar foe in the playoffs. He did that when he managed the Rays, having to face the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series in 2008 and in the AL Division Series in 2013.
Didi believes he'll return before end of season
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said on Monday that he's feeling better and believes he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season.
Ohtani hits, he pitches ... he sings 'Despacito'
This is the remix.
V-Mart improved on, off field because of fans
The tears were flowing out of Victor Martinez's eyes as his teammates encouraged him to say a few words during Saturday's pregame ceremony noting his final Major League game. As he took the microphone and gathered himself, he saved his few words for the fans that were on their feet to honor his career.
McCullers returns from disabled list
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. was reinstated from the disabled list on Monday, and the club also recalled lefty Reymin Guduan from Triple-A.
Yuli, Yelich named Players of the Week
The Astros' Yuli Gurriel and the Brewers' Christian Yelich were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.
Is that Flyers' mascot? Or Justin Turner?
The spitting image.
Explaining tiebreaker scenarios for '18 postseason
This year we've got a wide assortment of tiebreaker possibilities to ponder in both leagues, including some truly wild ideas in the National League. The goal is to lay out the most realistic ones remaining, and how they would be settled.
Select few have reached 300 K's in a season
Max Scherzer is on the cusp of becoming the 17th pitcher since 1900 to rack up 300 strikeouts in a single season.
Each team's all-time single-season ace
We take a look at each franchise's One Game To Live pitcher, the one pitcher, during his one peak season, that you'd put on the mound with it all on the line. You just get to pick one pitcher, and one season, when he was at the height of his game. Who's your pick?
Injury updates: Gregorius, Hicks, Wong
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors
Power Rankings: Astros reclaim top spot
All we ask, as baseball fans, is for a handful of division and/or Wild Card races to still be undecided heading into the final week of the season. A week is a short span of time, but given how close things are, and the head-to-head matchups that are on deck, fans in multiple cities have reason to be just a bit on edge.
Players set to become free agents in 2018-19 offseason
See which players are set to hit free agency during the 2018-19 offseason, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
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