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9/29/2013 | Blanco, Crawford leave finale early with injuries
Plagued by injuries all season, the Giants were forced to remove two more players from Sunday's season finale against the San Diego Padres as outfielder Gregor Blanco sprained his right ankle and shortstop Brandon Crawford pulled a muscle in his right side.

9/29/2013 | NL Central's Pirates, Reds worthy of postseason
The Pirates and Reds are more than worthy of their place in the postseason, but only one can advance past Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game.

9/29/2013 | Wild Card Game at Progressive Field sold out
Shortly after the Tribe's 5-1 victory over the Twins, the Indians announced that Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game, which is scheduled for a first pitch of 8:07 p.m. ET, is sold out of individual tickets. The Indians still have tickets available for potential AL Division Series home games against the Red Sox.

9/29/2013 | Piazza honored as 27th member of Mets Hall of Fame
Mike Piazza took his rightful place among all-time Mets greats on Sunday, becoming the 27th member of the Mets Hall of Fame.

9/29/2013 | Tiebreaker fitting path to playoffs for Rays
The Rays continued to play the role of the small-market underdog against the preseason-favorite Blue Jays on Sunday to advance to Monday's tiebreaker against a Texas team they have faced in similar situations.

9/29/2013 | Cardinals waiting for familiar foe in NLDS
The National League Central race was a season-long battle between three clubs that punched their tickets to the playoffs, but only one will advance as far as the NL Championship Series. St. Louis will know what to expect from either the Reds or Pirates when the NL Division Series begins on Thursday.

9/29/2013 | Game 163! Rays, Rangers to clash in tiebreaker
It's officially win-or-go-home time for the Rays and Rangers. The Rays travel to Texas on Monday for the American League Wild Card tiebreaker to decide who advances to face the Indians in Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game in Cleveland.

9/29/2013 | Tigers tip their caps to Alvarez after no-hitter
As Henderson Alvarez walked off the mound in the ninth inning on Sunday, his no-hitter intact, Anibal Sanchez was at the top of the visitors' dugout, watching and listening as the roar of 28,315 echoed through Marlins Park.

9/29/2013 | Rangers reward Washington's loyalty
Ron Washington didn't panic after the Rangers lost 10 of 12 games to open September. The club's playoff hopes had taken a blow, but the manager's steady approach set the tone for the 7-0 run to close the season that has Texas in a Monday tiebreaker with Tampa Bay for a Wild Card berth.

9/29/2013 | With 50th save, Johnson sets new AL record
Orioles closer Jim Johnson recorded his American League-leading 50th save in Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Red Sox, joining Eric Gagne (2002-03) as the only pitchers to record consecutive seasons of 50 or more saves.

9/29/2013 | Oliver calls it a career with perfect frame
Darren Oliver entered Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Rays in the seventh inning and retired the side to record his final perfect frame in a career that spanned 20 years.

9/29/2013 | History of MLB tiebreakers
Prior to divisional play, which began in 1969, best-of-three playoff series were used three times to break first-place ties and determine pennant winners in the National League. Here is a look at the history of the unscheduled tiebreakers that were needed to get the postseason show on the road.

9/29/2013 | Walk-off win caps Giants' season-ending surge
Hunter Pence, who stormed through September and was rewarded with a five-year, $90 million contract extension, sealed a two-run rally in the ninth inning Sunday with a bases-loaded single, giving the Giants a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Padres.

9/29/2013 | Piazza takes rightful place in Mets Hall of Fame
The season is complete, and now the seats at the big Citi get a few months to recover. But the Hall at Citi Field still conducts business. And on Sunday afternoon, the doors were opened for Mike Piazza, who became the 27th inductee into the Mets' Hall of Fame.

9/29/2013 | Gray stifles Mariners as A's cruise into postseason
The A's cruised to an easy 9-0 win over Seattle in their final regular season tune-up before facing Detroit in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

9/29/2013 | Tribe tabs rookie Salazar for Wild Card Game
While drenched in champagne in the wake of Sunday's 5-1 win over the Twins, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that rookie Danny Salazar will take the ball for the Tribe in Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland. The Indians await the winner of a Monday tiebreaker game between the Rays and Rangers.

9/29/2013 | Hollywood ending: Helton exits on winning note
Todd Helton singled as part of a first-inning rally that netted the Rockies their first run, made a nice grab of a line drive and drew a walk as Colorado ended the 2013 season by scratching out a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers.

9/29/2013 | Dodgers' focus on October in season finale
The Dodgers concluded the regular season with a 2-1 loss to the Rockies, but the club's concerns are on the NLDS, which begins Thursday in Atlanta.

9/29/2013 | Collins news conference set for Monday
The Mets will waste no time giving manager Terry Collins his new contract, scheduling a 12 p.m. ET news conference Monday at Citi Field. The Mets plan to announce that Collins, 64, will receive a two-year extension with a third-year option, according to a source.

9/29/2013 | Alvarez nets no-hitter with wild, walk-off victory
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who missed the first three months of the season due to injury, ended his season in no-hit fashion, tossing a no-no in the Marlins' 1-0 walk-off victory, the winning run coming home on a wild pitch.

9/29/2013 | Braves welcome Dodgers to site of May sweep for NLDS
When the Dodgers were swept out of Atlanta on May 19, there was speculation they could be just a few days away from firing manager Don Mattingly. A little more than four months later, Mattingly and his club will return to Turner Field with legitimate World Series aspirations.

9/29/2013 | Cards blank Cubs to wrap up NL's top seed
Joe Kelly pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on Sunday, as the Cardinals wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium.

9/29/2013 | Ubaldo's 13 K's help Tribe lock up top Wild Card
October baseball is making a return trip to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. That was the goal for the Indians when this season began and it was one that came to fruition in the form of a Wild Card-clinching celebration at Target Field on the final day of the regular season. In a 5-1 victory over the Twins on Sunday afternoon, Ubaldo Jimenez spun a gem to help turn the page on the trials he and Cleveland experienced a year ago.

9/29/2013 | Johnson to revisit 'normalcy,' join history
The retiring Davey Johnson, with 1,372 wins to 1,071 losses and a World Series title with the 1986 Mets, should at least be included in the mix for a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

9/29/2013 | Pollock, Goldy carry D-backs out on high note
Trailing by one in the eighth, the D-backs rallied for two runs on four hits, highlighted by A.J. Pollock's game-winning infield single, to down the Nationals, 3-2, on Sunday at Chase Field in the season finale. Paul Goldschmidt extended his hit streak to 19 games, as the D-backs finished 81-81 on the season.


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