9/21/2013 | Pulse: Sox party, as Rays, Indians hold Wild Card spots
After a Friday that went from the afternoon into a restless night and then seemingly without end into the next morning, the postseason races got a little clearer in some areas but a lot muddier in others.
9/21/2013 | How they drew it up: Reds, Bucs saw this coming
After earning a stunning victory in the opener to pull into a tie with the Pirates for the Wild Card lead and second place in the NL Central, the Reds start Homer Bailey, who has dominated in Pittsburgh, against A.J. Burnett, who is stingy at home.
9/21/2013 | Several records shattered in 18-inning marathon
There was plenty of baseball to be seen as Friday night's marathon Orioles-Rays game dragged into the wee hours of Saturday morning -- and plenty of Major League history to go along with it.
9/21/2013 | Wide range of possible playoff foes for Red Sox
Though the Red Sox completed their goal of winning the American League East on Friday night for the first time since 2007, it could be a while before they know who they will face off against in the AL Division Series.
9/21/2013 | Liriano's 1,000th K sets new Pirates staff record
Francisco Liriano was not able to celebrate a 17th win Friday night after the Pirates could not protect the three-run lead he walked out on after eight innings. But nobody could take away the left-hander's 1,000th career strikeout -- of Chris Heisey, in the eighth. The same strikeout was the Pirates' 1,193rd of this season, breaking a 1-year-old club record.
9/21/2013 | Red Sox savor significance of playoff return
As a shirtless Mike Napoli walked through the Fenway infield, as a jubilant Koji Uehara sprayed champagne from the top of the dugout, as a satisfied Jonny Gomes walked around the celebratory scene with an army hat on, it wasn't just about the moment for a team that had just clinched the American League East. Instead, it was about the restoration of the Boston Red Sox, a proud franchise that had fallen on some hard times the last couple of years.
9/21/2013 | Cards to continue postseason chase vs. Brewers
The Cardinals, whose magic number for a Wild Card spot is two, has Lance Lynn on the mound on Saturday against the Brewers, who have Yovani Gallardo on the mound in Milwaukee.
9/21/2013 | Scherzer secures No. 20 as Tigers cut magic number
Right-hander Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to win 20 games this season as the Tigers pounded the White Sox, 12-5, on Friday night at Comerica Park to cut their magic number to clinch the AL Central to three.
9/20/2013 | Erlin commands strike zone to turn away Dodgers
Robbie Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings and Jedd Gyorko hit a historic home run Friday night as the Padres defeated the Dodgers, 2-0, at Petco Park.
9/20/2013 | Cards extend division lead with extra-inning win
A go-ahead sacrifice fly from Carlos Beltran gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead that rookie Carlos Martinez would hold against the host Brewers, expanding St. Louis' division lead to two games.
9/20/2013 | Canada's top talent gathers in front of scouts
The five-day long Tournament 12 showcase, presented by New Era, began Friday at Rogers Centre with a player-evaluation workout in front of a large presence of scouts.
9/20/2013 | Shoemaker's stellar debut followed by walk-off
Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was left with a no-decision in his Major League debut, but Chris Iannetta gave the Angels a 3-2 walk-off victory on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
9/20/2013 | Pirates give win away in stunning twist, fall in 10th
It is only 1/27th of a regulation baseball game. But the 27th out is more difficult than the other 26 put together. Not just for the closer, a baseball team's paramedic. But for whomever the ball is hit to. Neither Mark Melancon nor shortstop Jordy Mercer handled it well Friday night and, as a result, the Cincinnati Reds, like 36 cat burglars, stole their way out of PNC Park with a 6-5 win in 10 innings.
9/20/2013 | Votto punctuates Wild rally, victory over Pirates
In a thriller, the Reds were down to their final out before they scored four unanswered runs over the ninth and 10th innings for a 6-5 victory. The game-winner came on Joey Votto's solo home run with one out in the top of the 10th against Kyle Farnsworth.
9/20/2013 | Top reasons Dodgers clinched NL West title
Two years removed from bankruptcy, the Dodgers only unleashed the greatest comeback in franchise history in 2013. They rallied from last place, 9 1/2 games back and 12 games below .500. They became only the fourth club in history to be in last place on July 1 and finish in first place.
9/20/2013 | Hurdle ejected after McCutchen plunked by LeCure
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drew his sixth ejection of the season in the eighth inning of Friday night's game, for vehemently objecting to warnings being issued to both benches after Andrew McCutchen was drilled by Reds reliever Sam LeCure.
9/20/2013 | Rox want Weiss to return, no negotiations yet
The Rockies want to bring manager Walt Weiss back next season, but there have been no negotiations between the sides, Rockies owner and CEO Dick Monfort said Friday night.
9/20/2013 | Dice-K, Mets top Phillies in Wright's return
On a night David Wright returned to the lineup, it was Daisuke Matsuzaka delivering his third consecutive solid start that made the difference for the Mets. Wright took a step up in the Mets' record books with a home run in his first at-bat off the disabled list, and Matsuzaka allowed just two earned runs in six innings as the Mets beat the Phillies, 6-4, on Friday night.
9/20/2013 | Seager sits after 106 consecutive starts
Kyle Seager has been the most consistent part of the Mariners' lineup all season, but the young third baseman entered as a pinch-hitter Friday in the series opener against the Angels after starting 106 straight games.
9/20/2013 | NLDS rotation not set beyond Kershaw, Greinke
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stated the obvious Friday, saying Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are lined up to start Games 1 and 2 of the National League Division Series.
9/20/2013 | Chacin battles through six, homers to top D-backs
Jhoulys Chacin battled through six innings and hit his first career homer, and the Rockies went deep three more times to top the D-backs, 9-4, at Coors Field on Friday night.
9/20/2013 | Wilson to be honored as Angels' top pitcher
C.J. Wilson will be presented with the Nick Adenhart Award on Saturday, which is voted on by the players and is presented annually to the Angels' best pitcher.
9/20/2013 | A-Rod passes Gehrig with 24th grand slam
Alex Rodriguez connected for the 24th grand slam of his career on Friday, altering the record book by breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig to become the all-time leader in the category.
9/20/2013 | Towers weighs in on Dodgers' celebration
One day later, the bad feelings from the Dodgers' decision to take a celebratory dip in the Chase Field pool after they clinched the National League West title Thursday have not diminished. GM Kevin Towers weighed in on the issue on Friday.
9/20/2013 | Mattingly 'taken aback' by outrage over pool party
Poolgate took on a life of its own Friday, with reliever Brian Wilson and Sen. John McCain tweeting barbs while manager Don Mattingly voiced concern that the controversy over the Dodgers' pool party at Chase Field would obscure the reason for the partying.
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