Marlins statement on José Fernández

Marlins statement on José Fernández

The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.

Today's game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

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Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

PITTSBURGH -- What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions.

The Nats beat the Pirates, 6-1, then waited 23 minutes until the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York, which officially clinched the division title and punched Washington's postseason ticket. Then the celebration was on.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

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Red Sox win 10th straight, clinch playoff spot

Red Sox win 10th straight, clinch playoff spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Farquhar was one strike away from getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Dustin Pedroia was one walk, bloop, or blast away from bringing in a run to tie it, and maybe getting the Red Sox the lead.

On a 2-2 count, he crushed one over the wall -- a blast that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead and clinched a postseason berth for the Red Sox. It was the blow Boston would need in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

The Dodgers are assured of no worse than a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3. If the Dodgers win the National League West, they would play the NL East champion Nationals in the NL Division Series. Washington has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in that matchup. They can clinch the division with a win Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final home game to be broadcast by retiring legend Vin Scully.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.



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Richard Justice

Scully's 10 greatest calls

Legend's voice resonated even on tales of dirt, beards and translations

Scully's 10 greatest calls

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully's legacy may be his calls of huge, dramatic moments -- Hank Aaron's 715th home run, Sandy Koufax's perfect game, Kirk Gibson's World Series moment.

Scully captured them all eloquently, describing the play and then stepping away from the microphone to allow listeners and viewers to absorb the sights and sounds.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants tie Mets for WC; Cards half-game back

Giants tie Mets for WC; Cards half-game back

The race for the National League Wild Card remains as tight as ever thanks to big steps forward by the Cardinals and Giants and a step backward by the Mets on Saturday.

Here's how it all stacks up: The Mets and Giants are now tied, with identical 82-73 records, with the Cardinals hot on their heels with an 81-73 record that leaves them just a half-game out. New York and San Francisco each have seven regular-season games remaining; St. Louis has eight.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HRs back Miley's gem to put O's into 2nd WC

HRs back Miley's gem to put O's into 2nd WC

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense is officially back on track.

Baltimore came out swinging to back Wade Miley's gem in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday, vaulting the club into the American League's second Wild Card position. Trey Mancini hit his third career homer and Mark Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 45th home run for the Orioles, who lead the Tigers by one-half game for the second Wild Card.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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Bautista's blast extends Blue Jays' WC edge

Bautista's blast extends Blue Jays' WC edge

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Blue Jays will hope to ride it all the way into the postseason.

Bautista came through in a big moment yet again on Saturday with a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Toronto a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. It was Bautista's second home run in his last three games, after he also hit a tying ninth-inning home run vs. Seattle on Wednesday.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Statcast of the Day: Third deck for Cruz

Mariners slugger's 493-foot homer is MLB's second longest of season

Statcast of the Day: Third deck for Cruz

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nelson Cruz seems to be warming up for the stretch run, judging by his latest home run -- the second-longest blast in the Major Leagues this season, according to Statcast™ projections.

Cruz launched a two-run shot a projected 493 feet into the upper deck at Target Field in the fourth inning of the Mariners' 3-2 loss to the Twins. The blast, off Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey, tied the game at 2. The only longer home run measured by Statcast™ this season was a 504-footer by Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton off the Rockies' Chad Bettis on Aug. 6 at Coors Field.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully's home finale could see LA crowned on .TV

Cardinals, Cubs clash in final regular-season matchup; Jays face Yankees

Scully's home finale could see LA crowned on .TV

For the final time in his 67-year career, Vin Scully will be behind the mic at Dodger Stadium. The legendary broadcaster, who is retiring after this season, will call his last Dodgers home game today as the club looks to clinch the National League West.

A win over the Rockies or a Giants loss to the Padres in San Diego will hand the Dodgers their fourth consecutive division title. Scully will then finish his career by calling LA's three-game series at San Francisco next weekend.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Great Britain moves to qualifier final vs. Israel

Great Britain moves to qualifier final vs. Israel

NEW YORK -- Great Britain defeated Brazil, 4-3, in a semifinal of the World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday night, earning a berth in Sunday's final against Israel.

Sunday's 6 p.m. ET game will be streamed live on WorldBaseballClassic.com.

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Lindsay Berra is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

2016 tiebreaker scenarios

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryce Harper celebrated the Nationals clinching the NL East in a Katie Ledecky swim cap

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Bryce Harper celebrated the Nationals clinching the NL East in a Katie Ledecky swim cap

Katie Ledecky spent her summer absolutely decimating competition, collecting four gold medals and one silver while competing at the Rio Olympics. 

The Nationals did the same in the NL East, wrapping up the division after beating the Pirates, 6-1, and then watching the Mets lose to the Phillies, 10-8, from the clubhouse.

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Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants won a game in which Madison Bumgarner allowed three home runs and the bullpen blew a save.

However, San Francisco did enough things right to claim a 9-6 victory and a share of the lead in the National League's crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span's two-run homer punctuated a three-run, tiebreaking outburst in the 10th inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Hot Cards rout Cubs; half-game back in WC

Hot Cards rout Cubs; half-game back in WC

CHICAGO -- Just when the Cardinals needed a win to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race, it was Alex Reyes' turn to pitch. Stephen Piscotty smacked a solo home run and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to back Reyes and power the Cardinals to a 10-4 victory on Saturday at Wrigley Field over the Cubs and slow their drive for 100 wins.

"They're a really good hitting ballclub," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the Cardinals, who evened the season series at nine wins apiece with one game remaining. "They're very good offensively. They have a lot of veterans on the team. They're very formidable."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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KC's 5-run 9th drops Tigers from WC position

KC's 5-run 9th drops Tigers from WC position

DETROIT -- What looked like another step in the Tigers' charge toward the American League playoffs became a potentially costly stumble in the ninth, courtesy of a Royals rally reminiscent of last year. Eric Hosmer's go-ahead three-run homer punctuated a five-run ninth off Francisco Rodriguez, propelling Kansas City to a 7-4 win Saturday in front of a stunned Comerica Park crowd.

The loss ended Detroit's five-game winning streak and dropped the Tigers out of playoff position, with the Orioles beating the D-backs at night to take sole possession of the second AL Wild Card spot. With the Blue Jays' 3-0 win over the Yankees, the Tigers are two games out of the first AL Wild Card.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Mets fall into Wild Card tie after loss to Phils

Mets fall into Wild Card tie after loss to Phils

NEW YORK -- Time and again this season, the Mets have shrugged off injuries to their starting pitchers, playing their most meaningful string of September games without the majority of their Opening Day rotation. But the loss of Noah Syndergaard proved too much even for them to overcome.

While Syndergaard spent his Saturday recuperating from a case of strep throat, spot starter Sean Gilmartin allowed five runs to a Phillies club that has shown plenty of life this weekend. Maikel Franco stayed hot with a three-run homer, while Darin Ruf added his second long ball in as many days in a 10-8 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Giants' Nunez takes a seat after unlikely grab

Giants' Nunez takes a seat after unlikely grab

SAN DIEGO -- Eduardo Nunez proved that his speed can help the Giants defensively, too, as he made a startling and spectacular play Saturday to record an out that briefly appeared elusive.

Leading off San Diego's half of the third inning in San Francisco's 9-6, 10-inning victory, Carlos Asuaje lifted a foul popup behind home plate. Giants catcher Buster Posey couldn't locate the ball, which all but disappeared against the gray early-evening sky.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre gives fake signs from Texas dugout

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Beltre gives fake signs from Texas dugout

With Friday night's 3-0 win over the A's, the Rangers officially clinched the American League West crown for the second year in a row. Goggles were worn. Gatorade was spilled. There was much rejoicing.

After such a late night and with the postseason looming, Texas understandably gave some regulars the day off on Saturday afternoon -- regulars like Adrian Beltre. But if we know anything about Beltre, it's that he's the ultimate competitor. He's not built to simply sit back and relax while his teammates play. He wants to help in any way he can. And while he may not be out on the field, he can still put himself to good use -- like, say, by helping out with defensive alignments.

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Hill scratched; McCarthy to start today

Hill scratched; McCarthy to start today

LOS ANGELES -- Previously scheduled to pitch on Sunday in the Dodgers' final home game of the regular season, Rich Hill will instead have to wait until the final series of the season at San Francisco. Brandon McCarthy will start in his place, returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with right hip stiffness.

The Dodgers chose to scratch Hill due to continued concerns about a blister that forced him to miss a month earlier in the season and more recently ended a perfect game in the making after seven innings on Sept. 11. With the National League West nearly in hand, the Dodgers' priority is to now make sure HIll is ready to give them as many innings as they need in the playoffs.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Farrell 'not ruling out' 2016 return for Panda

Third baseman ahead of schedule in rehab from shoulder surgery

Farrell 'not ruling out' 2016 return for Panda

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's been an accepted reality that Pablo Sandoval, injured after six at-bats this season, would not be returning at all this year. His return was always spoken about in the context of 2017 -- the rehab for surgery on his left shoulder required it.

That was until manager John Farrell harmlessly and almost deceptively hinted that an October return could be in the cards, if the right situation presented itself. Sandoval was with the Red Sox in Tampa Bay for a temporary check-in, but it could become more permanent down the line.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman extends hit streak to 28 on RBI single

Freeman extends hit streak to 28 on RBI single

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman's National League Most Valuable Player credentials are rooted in the power that has helped him secure his first 30-homer campaign and become just the second player in Atlanta history to record 80 extra bases in a season. Now, he has a chance to record the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.

Freeman moved a step closer to this achievement by extending his career-best hitting streak to 28 games, as the Braves bid adieu to their seven-game winning streak in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

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Justice: Scully happy to ride into sunset

Justice: Scully happy to ride into sunset

LOS ANGELES -- Regrets? He has none. In the end, it couldn't be simpler than that. Vin Scully said he's prepared to go happily into the next chapter of his life.

"The Lord has blessed me," he said Saturday afternoon. "He gave me this job at such a youthful age and allowed me to live and do it 67 years. What am I going to say? `Darn it, why didn't I get No. 68?' I'm totally at ease. I'm so thankful."

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Twins snap skid, slow Seattle's Wild Card chase

Twins snap skid, slow Seattle's Wild Card chase

MINNEAPOLIS -- Other than a prodigious blast by Nelson Cruz, right-hander Tyler Duffey shut down the Mariners for seven innings Saturday as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak and dented Seattle's Wild Card pursuits with a 3-2 victory at Target Field.

Duffey held the Mariners to four hits and two runs, both coming on a Cruz blast projected at 493 feet by Statcast™, the second-longest in the Majors this year. Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA) had been 0-3 with an 11.15 ERA his previous four starts, but he shut down the Mariners and helped stave off the Twins' 100th loss of the season as they improved to 56-99.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Syndergaard feels better, set to start Tuesday

Right-hander throws bullpen session after bout with strep throat

Syndergaard feels better, set to start Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard reported to Citi Field on Saturday feeling well enough to throw a bullpen session for the first time since falling ill earlier in the week.

The club has slated him in to start on Tuesday in Miami, manager Terry Collins announced after Saturday's 10-8 loss to the Phillies.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier hits HR, Quintana solid in Sox win

Frazier hits HR, Quintana solid in Sox win

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox delayed a celebration for the Indians for at least one more day. On Saturday night, lefty Jose Quintana spun a gem, Todd Frazier launched a home run and Chicago dealt Cleveland an 8-1 defeat at Progressive Field.

The Indians, whose magic number to clinch the American League Central sits at two, knew Saturday would present a challenge as the Tribe employed a bullpen-day approach for its vacant fifth starter spot. The White Sox took full advantage, scoring six runs over the final five innings, and ended a six-game losing streak. They improved to 7-11 against the Indians. The White Sox snapped a streak of five straight games without a quality start, having gone 0-5 with an 11.63 ERA in that span.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.

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Rangers blank A's, move closer to home field

Rangers blank A's, move closer to home field

OAKLAND -- The Rangers went with a makeshift lineup on Saturday, the day after clinching the American League West title, but not every regular could get the afternoon off.

The Rangers only have so many players on the bench, so Elvis Andrus had to play. He ended up having a day to remember as he hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career in a 5-0 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum. The victory left the Rangers 92-63, the best record in the American League.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Saturday.

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Dietrich homers as Marlins snap Braves' streak, stay alive in WC

Dietrich homers as Marlins snap Braves' streak, stay alive in WC

MIAMI -- There's still a heartbeat, albeit a faint one. The Marlins are still alive and kicking in the National League Wild Card race after snapping the Braves' seven-game win streak with a 6-4 victory on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With seven games remaining, the Marlins remained five back of the Giants for the final Wild Card spot.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Saturday.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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