|There aren't many things as much fun as playoff baseball in New York. These Mets are edging closer and closer to finding out.
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|The Giants, who bashed the Cubs, 9-1, in Thursday's AT&T Park matinee behind Madison Bumgarner, are leaning on their famous resolve in the face of a perplexing run of disruptive injuries.
More» MadBum strikes out 12 Cubs for 16th win|
|For anybody who wonders, Jeff Banister's experiences gave him resilience and grit, and right now, that's translated into how the Rangers have responded under his guidance.
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|Nelson Cruz, who was traded three times before his 27th birthday, learned long ago about the beauty of the glass half full. So here he is at 35, continuing to raise his level with the Mariners, despite them being his third team in three years.
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|Charlie Hayes was 24 years old when he was traded from the Giants to the Phillies. It was June 18, 1989. Future Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt had retired three weeks earlier. All Hayes was being asked to do was replace the best player in franchise history.
|When you pitch really well, hitting can become a distinctly secondary segment of baseball. This was a very good thing for the Angels on Thursday, when Matt Shoemaker tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
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|Four weeks later and Troy Tulowitzki still feels unsettled, even though he's comfortable in the confines of the clubhouse, enjoys putting on the Blue Jays uniform and looks forward to the challenge on the field.
More» Tulo singles in Carrera to tie it in the 9th|
|There was obviously disappointment that the no-hitter was not achieved. But this was still a night of triumph for Verlander.
More» Ausmus on Verlander nearly tossing no-hitter|
|Looking down the road, it's hard to imagine a more exciting and productive left-side infield tandem than what the Cubs have with Kris Bryant at third and Addison Russell at shortstop. Those of a certain age in Chicago might see shades of Ron Santo and Ernie Banks, basking in the North Side sun.
More» Bryant opens scoring with two-run single|
|This is one of the reasons the first-place Houston Astros wanted Carlos Gomez. Sure, they wanted the spectacular plays in center field. They wanted the power, the stolen bases and all the other stuff that has defined his nine seasons in the Major Leagues.
More» Gomez gives Astros 15-run lead with home run|
|If we look at chemistry less as a precursor to postgame pies in the face and more as a systemic culture of cooperation, we're getting closer to the truth of how, sometimes, one and one equals three.
More»The MLB Now crew on the importance of team chemistry|
|Cole Hamels grew up in San Diego and still has a passion for surfing. He was a first-round Draft choice of the Phillies in 2002, and he envisioned spending his entire career with the franchise when he signed a seven-year contract that included a club option for 2019. But after being traded to the Rangers, he finds it's a perfect fit.
More» Hamels goes six to earn first Rangers win|
|For those who spent the last month asking the question: "The Angels have to be better than this, don't they?" In Tuesday night's 8-7 win over the Tigers, yes, they were better. They weren't close to perfect, but they did generate considerable offense and they received some invaluable work from their bullpen. An emotional outburst from starting pitcher Jered Weaver seemed to help more than it hurt.
More» Weaver lets frustration loose in dugout|
|Anthony Castrovince explains the Dodgers' five key issues as they hit the home stretch.
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|Maybe you're waiting for those six September games between the Pirates and Cardinals to settle the National League Central. As a wise man once said, "You never know." These next 10 days might just be critical to the race when the Marlins, Rockies and Brewers could have a hand in deciding how important those September games are. At least there's that chance. This is always the interesting sidebar of a pennant race
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|The Wild Card format has only been in existence for 20 years, relatively new in baseball teams. It has, however, served its purpose, building fan interest down the stretch in 18 of the 30 Major League ballparks this year, alone.
More»Byrnes joins Russo to discuss the Wild Card setup|
|The AL West-leading Astros don't see themselves as a fluke. They've won enough this summer that the newness of it has worn off and now believe they're nicely positioned for a dash to the finish line.
More» Hinch on Astros' series sweep of Dodgers|
|The Cardinals, the Pirates and the Cubs, in order of their current standing, have all been playing well and at this point, the only drawback would be that one of them will be eliminated, and thus short-changed, in the Wild Card playoff game.
More» Bryant talks about the Cubs' recent success|
|About five months ago, I received a text message from a young man who wrote that he was a player in the Milwaukee Brewers' Minor League system. The message was polite and brief, simply asking if I would be willing to call him back. When we spoke, it was clear he was a little nervous. He asked me a few questions about my job, made a little small talk about the upcoming season and then he said something I'll never forget. He said, "Billy, we are the same."
|Sometimes there are unintended consequences for the things you do. In the case of Melvin Upton Jr. there were 75.25 million of them.
More» Upton Jr. belts two homers, tallies five RBIs|
|In the days leading up to the Trade Deadline, there were four potential No. 1 starters dealt -- and they all went to American League teams: David Price to the Blue Jays, Johnny Cueto to the Royals, Scott Kazmir to the Astros, and Cole Hamels to the Rangers.
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|After completing a three-game sweep at Angel Stadium, Toronto vaulted over the Yankees by a half-game. The Jays are 16-4 in August, 23-9 since the All-Star break. Taking 19 of their past 23 games, they have outscored opponents by a whopping 70 runs.
More»Blue Jays rack up 36 runs in series against Angels|
|They have developed a bond of mutual appreciation as former American League West rivals and All-Star Game teammates, but it's unlikely Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout ever will be buddies. These guys are simply too old school for that to happen.
More» Donaldson crushes a three-run homer to left|
|In those final innings Friday night, Astros right-hander Mike Fiers fed off the roaring crowd, and his own endless supply of adrenaline and dreams.
More» Mike Fiers finishes off no-hitter|
|David Price is more than right for the Toronto Blue Jays. He's dead-solid perfect.
More» Price fans nine batters over eight frames|
|Terry Collins' journey as a skipper has seen several stops, but the Mets manager is enjoying his club's run this season while showing that his patience is paying off.
More» Mets blast five homers against the Rockies|
|There was a point in the fourth or fifth inning when there was little doubt where this one was headed. Rays ace Chris Archer wasn't just good. He has been good plenty of times. He's usually good. That's why he's one of those guys that prompts baseball fans to stop channel surfing and check him out.
More» Archer on defense, pitching one-hit shutout|
|Chase Utley makes perfect sense for the Dodgers. It is the classic low-risk, high-reward late-season move. If his right ankle holds up, Utley can win games with his bat and his glove, and with his quiet, confident presence.
More»Utley anxious to join Dodgers, playoff race|
|All you need to know about the mythical ways of a home run with the bases loaded occurred on Tuesday when Alex Rodriguez watched his slump vanish over the right-center-field wall of Yankee Stadium.
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|Baseball lifer Pat Murphy has traveled quite a road, from Notre Dame to Arizona State to the bottom of the Padres organization before eventually rising to manager of the Major League club. He's found redemption in San Diego, but whether he's back next year or somewhere else, he doesn't know.
More»Murphy on his first few weeks as the interim manager|