Baseball

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 - 11:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso reached for a fastball on the outer part of the plate and sent it soaring just to the right of straightaway center field. He held the handle of his bat and slowly took eight short steps toward first base, his face expressionless, eyes fixed on the ball. He followed its...
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Houston Astros' Justin Verlander, left, is congratulated by Jose Altuve in the dugout after striking out Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun for his 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 - 11:48 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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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
September 28, 2019 - 8:32 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While the Los Angeles Dodgers kept raising their win total, Hyun-Jin Ryu continued to lower his ERA. With one game left in the regular season, they're both in good position. Ryu secured the major league ERA title at 2.32 with seven sharp innings and the Dodgers matched a...
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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 - 8:21 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals star Yadier Molina shouted at Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels after being grazed by a fastball, leading the benches and bullpens to clear Saturday night. Molina was awarded first base in the second inning after Hamels' 91 mph pitch clipped his left arm. He took a few steps...
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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, right, is congratulated by Yordan Alvarez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 2:05 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Will Harris struck out the side with just nine pitches, and then the glowering Houston reliever did something even rarer than an immaculate inning. "Will never smiles — ever — on the field," Alex Bregman said. "He's always in a bad mood. That was the first time I've ever seen...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham, right, is greeted by Willy Adames (1) after he hit a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 10:30 pm
The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason. Most of the pairings and sites are still to be determined before the playoffs begin Tuesday night with the NL wild-card game...
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Houston Astros shortstop Jack Mayfield cannot get to a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 27, 2019 - 3:30 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels made nine pitching changes, including seven in a four-inning span. Those pitchers grinded and fought and managed to keep the mighty Astros scoreless when they loaded the bases three times in the final five innings. The Angels refused to play like a team...
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Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 3:19 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: AL WILD CARD Oakland and Tampa Bay could clinch the AL wild-card spots and close out Cleveland. Francisco Lindor and the Indians put themselves in danger by losing 8-0 to the White Sox on Thursday night. The loss dropped them two games behind the...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez celebrates getting out of a bases-loaded jam to end the top of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 1:57 am
SEATTLE (AP) — When the time finally arrived for Félix Hernández to say goodbye to Seattle and all the history of 15 seasons with one franchise, his manager had a message as he walked off the mound. "You will always be the king in this town," Scott Servais said to Hernandez as he took the ball...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 26, 2019 - 3:27 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: FAREWELL TO THE KING Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle in what well could be his last game for the Mariners. A sea of yellow-shirted fans in the "King's Court" will rise in unison and chant as he takes the mound, and when he gets to two strikes...
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