9/26/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: September 26
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
9/26/2013 | Royals' late-season rally comes up short
Few would have suspected that the Kansas City Royals, after plunging into a deep hole in May, would rise up and be involved in the postseason chase almost to season's end. Yet that is what they did.
9/26/2013 | Long odds too much for Yankees to overcome
The outcome of their 8-3 loss to the Rays turned out to be meaningless, because the Indians finished their victory over the White Sox, confirming that the Yankees will not participate in postseason play for just the second time in the last 19 years.
9/26/2013 | McCann stands up for Maholm, Braves
Brian McCann is the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves. So on Wednesday night, he did what great leaders almost always do. McCann stood up for his pitcher, and he stood up for his team.
9/26/2013 | Yankees' window of opportunity closes
New York needed to win all five of its remaining games -- and have Cleveland lose all five -- to have a chance at earning the final American League Wild Card spot. But the Indians defeated the White Sox and the Yankees lost to the Rays, 8-3, not long after on Wednesday, ending their slim hopes of earning a playoff berth.
9/26/2013 | Freeman, umpires differ on his role in fracas
The Braves were fortunate none of their players were injured during the benches-clearing confrontation after Carlos Gomez's homer on Wednesday. Now they can only hope Freddie Freeman does not receive any significant punishment for his involvement in the fracas.
9/26/2013 | Price, power point Rays closer to postseason
Evan Longoria's three-run blast, the first of his two homers on the night, put Wednesday night's game on ice, as the Rays got a solid pitching effort from David Price and coasted to an 8-3 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
9/26/2013 | Nolasco's woes continue in last start before playoffs
Ricky Nolasco ran his string of dud starts to three Wednesday night in the Dodgers' 6-4 loss to the Giants, creating added intrigue about his playoff role.
9/26/2013 | Zito's swan song ends with solid win over Dodgers
Barry Zito persevered one final time Wednesday night at AT&T Park. Given a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers as essentially a tribute from manager Bruce Bochy, Zito earned the decision in the Giants' 6-4 victory.
9/26/2013 | Masterson makes triumphant return to mound
As Justin Masterson jogged in from the center-field bullpen to pitch the ninth inning, the many fans at Progressive Field rose to their feet and excitedly applauded the big right-hander, letting him know both how much he was missed and how much he is appreciated.
9/25/2013 | Great expectations finally come to fruition
Four years after the Tigers had their hearts broken in Minnesota, they finally got to celebrate in the Twin Cities. As high as the expectations were for them this year, those who were at the Metrodome for the heartbreak in 2009 couldn't take it for granted.
9/25/2013 | Royals' playoff hopes end against Mariners
Kansas City, after an exhilarating and dogged late-season effort, was finally eliminated from postseason contention in a 6-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners and Hisashi Iwakuma on Wednesday night at Safeco Field. The Royals' loss, coupled with Cleveland's win, ended their last mathematical hope.
9/25/2013 | Iwakuma wraps up year with eight scoreless
Hisashi Iwakuma closed out a strong 2013 campaign with eight scoreless innings for a second straight game as the Mariners topped the Royals, 6-0, at Safeco Field.
9/25/2013 | Rangers shadow Wild Card leaders with win
The Rangers used a five-run fourth inning to post a 7-3 comeback victory over the visiting Astros on Wednesday night in Arlington, and remain one game back of the Indians for the second AL Wild Card.
9/25/2013 | Bumgarner would have preferred to pitch again
As an employee, Madison Bumgarner accepted the Giants' decision to end his season one start early. As a competitor, he felt differently.
9/25/2013 | Tribe handles White Sox, holds steady in playoff race
On Wednesday, Cleveland closed the home portion of its regular-season schedule with a 7-2 victory over the White Sox. Rookie Danny Salazar turned in a solid outing, Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher powered the offense and the Indians rolled to their team-record 14th consecutive victory over Chicago.
9/25/2013 | Young O's show upside, pop day after elimination
Baltimore's future was on full display Wednesday night, as Ryan Flaherty homered twice and top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-3 with a home run in his debut, helping the O's to a 9-5 win against Toronto that ensures their second consecutive winning season.
9/25/2013 | Ethier could miss Division Series with leg injury
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier's availability for next week's playoffs is in doubt because of his ankle injury, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. The club sent Ethier to Los Angeles on Wednesday for an MRI and CT scan, which showed his lower left leg had improved but not completely healed.
9/25/2013 | Success against division must come first
Astros manager Bo Porter knows his club must compete better in the American League West before it can talk about winning a championship.
9/25/2013 | Royals GM Moore: I definitely want Yost back
Ned Yost does not need to convince one very important person that he should return as the Royals' manager in 2014. General manager Dayton Moore is in his corner.
9/25/2013 | Wedge hopes to keep building young talent
With Mariners management having told general manager Jack Zduriencik he will be back for 2014, the question now is whether Eric Wedge and his staff will be retained next season. And that is a question of which Wedge is well aware as he heads into the final days of a three-year contract.
9/25/2013 | Rondon sidelined with recurring elbow discomfort
After watching Bruce Rondon strike out the side on 10 pitches Tuesday night, manager Jim Leyland answered with a measure of trepidation when asked about the right-hander's performance.
9/25/2013 | Yankees pay tribute to Pettitte on Wednesday
The Yankees honored Andy Pettitte before the game against the Rays with a tribute and a gift presented by longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.
9/25/2013 | Braves have variety of options for NLDS roster
As the Braves progress during the final days of the regular season, they will be evaluating some of the tough decisions they will face while constructing their roster for the National League Division Series.
9/25/2013 | Rangers monitoring Darvish's health as season ends
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has struggled with his command in his last two starts, but it's unclear if he's battling fatigue or a more serious problem.
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