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What the long ball means in the long haul
As of Tuesday night, this season officially became the most home run-filled one in MLB history, but is this good for the sport long term?

LEADING OFF: Dodgers can clinch NL West; Cubs on a roll
LEADING OFF: Dodgers can clinch NL West; Cubs on a roll; Yankees try to gain on Red Sox; Sale chasing 300 Ks; Oakland rookie enjoying home run tear

Alex Gordon hits MLB's record-setting 5,694th HR of season
TORONTO — Kansas City's Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball's season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night. Gordon's home run off Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive,

Trea Turner breaks Nationals' single-season steals record, Ryan Zimmerman notches 100th RBI
ATLANTA — As the last two weeks of the regular season click by, Nationals will achieve milestones over and over. Those Nationals will downplay those milestones, over and over. Ryan Zimmerman has perfected the art of the polite deflection, a skill he developed over his first decade in the majors and honed

Mariners hope Felix is King against Rangers
With the season running down and each game becoming increasingly more important, Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will make the next step in his return from a shoulder injury. Hernandez, who was sidelined for the month of August with bursitis in his pitching shoulder, will take the

Angels' Nolasco looks for first career win vs. Indians
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ricky Nolasco will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, his name among those in various "American League leaders" categories. However, they are not in the categories in which Nolasco or the Angels would like to see him

Angels' Nolasco looks for first career win vs. Indians
Ricky Nolasco will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, his name among those in various "American League leaders" categories. After nearly every start, Nolasco seems to sing the same tune.

Astros host White Sox, continue pursuit of AL's best record
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was quick to joke that his team appreciated the scheduled off day it enjoyed Monday, one that came on the heels of Houston claiming the American League West title on Sunday, allowing the revelry to linger a bit longer. On Tuesday, it was back to business for the Astros, with

Braves' Sims continues audition vs. Nationals
One of the questions the Atlanta Braves brass must answer during the offseason is whether right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Sims belongs in the rotation or the bullpen. Sims (2-5, 5.52 ERA) will make another start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, who send veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez

Alex Gordon hits MLB's record-setting 5,694th HR of season
Kansas City's Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball's season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night. Gordon's home run off Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove

Cardinals visit Reds in another crucial game
The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for leadership in their effort to climb back into the National League playoff picture. On Tuesday, the Cardinals welcomed back one of their field generals when veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright was reinstated from the disabled list. Wainwright will be used in

Who should Yankees want in wild card? The answer is clear
If the Yankees don't get enough help to beat the Red Sox in the AL East, and time is rapidly running out, the next best thing is for the Twins to make a return visit to The Bronx come Oct. 3. Bring on the Twins instead of the Angels. The wild-card game was not kind to the Yankees in 2015 when Dallas

Pence leads Giants over Rockies, 4-3
SAN FRANCISCO – On the night major league baseball broke its all-time record for home runs in a season, the San Francisco Giants did something out of character. They contributed to the total. But it wasn't Hunter Pence's go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning that beat the Rockies 4-3 on

Angels run into a runaway train
ANAHEIM, Calif.–This is what awaits them. If the Angels are to complete their quest and qualify for the postseason, they will have to win games like this one. They will have to best front-line starters, bullpens brimming with hard throwers, lineups swollen with power and speed. If they can get past the

Rangers top M's, 3-1
SEATTLE–On a night when a win seemed more important than vital, a baserunning mistake killed their chances to take a lead and their best reliever gave up two runs in the eighth inning to send them to defeat. In the effort to subdue off the slow crawl toward mathematical elimination with each passing

Phillies not making it easy for Dodgers
Just a few games away from clinching their fifth division title in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers have run into a surprisingly difficult Philadelphia Phillies squad in the City of Brotherly Love. The Phillies (60-91) took the first two of a four-game series between the clubs, beating two Dodgers aces

9/19/17: MLB.com FastCast
Alex Gordon's historic shot broke the MLB single-season record for most home runs, plus Kyle Schwarber's rocket lifted the Cubs

Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games: Phillies 6, Dodgers 2 Rhys Hoskins delivered a bases-clearing, two-out double in the seventh inning to lift Philadelphia past Los Angeles. It was another stellar night at the plate for Hoskins, a 24-year-old first baseman

Orioles to get one more crack at Red Sox's Sale
Not many teams have found success against Boston Red Xox left-hander Chris Sale this season. The Baltimore Orioles will get another chance Wednesday in the finale of their three-game series with the Red Sox. Sale (16-7, 2.86 ERA), one of baseball's top pitchers, will try to help Boston sweep the

Rockies need to bounce back vs. Giants
The Colorado Rockies' hold on the National League's second wild-card spot will be on the line Wednesday afternoon when they conclude a two-game road series against the San Francisco Giants. Colorado's 4-3 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night, coupled with a 1-0 win by Milwaukee over the Pittsburgh

Marlins aim for sweep of Mets
The Miami Marlins, who entered this week's series against the Mets having lost 17 of 20 games, are suddenly one win away from sweeping New York. "It's been a rough month," Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto said after his walk-off, 10th-inning homer helped Miami rally past the Mets 5-4

Yankees turn to Severino to sweep Twins
Thanks to a late change in pitching plans, Yankees right-hander Luis Severino will start Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. The move also lines him up to start New York's regular-season finale. The first of the three will come in the Yankees' attempt to complete a sweep of the

Upton HR bounces in can, but no $1M payoff
ESPN.com news services A ninth-inning home run by Los Angeles Angels slugger Justin Upton on Tuesday night appeared to be on the mark for a $1 million stadium promotion when it bounced inside the oversized paint can behind the left-center field fence at Angel Stadium, but the Angels said after the game

Pat Neshek airs his beef with Zack Greinke over autograph snub
Rockies reliever Pat Neshek calls D-backs ace Zack Greinke a "turd" in online forum after autograph request goes awry.

Athletics' Mengden looks to maintain momentum vs. Tigers
Daniel Mengden just hoped to get back in action this season while recovering from his second major injury this year. The Oakland Athletics right-hander did much more than that in his most recent outing. Mengden will try to duplicate, or at least come close, to that performance on Wednesday afternoon

Diamondbacks go down quietly against Padres
SAN DIEGO – The Diamondbacks lost again on Tuesday night, their third in a row, and once again their hitters did not do much at the plate. Their starter struggled for a third consecutive day. And their magic number remained frozen in time. After a 6-2 loss to the San Diego Padres, the Diamondbacks'

Indians roll on, beat Angels 6-3 for 25th win in 26 games
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some people might have figured the Cleveland Indians were due for a little slump after their winning streak was snapped at 22 games, an American League record. Instead, they just keep rolling right along. Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson

MLB Capsules: Joe Maddon wins in return to Tropicana Field
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday in manager Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field

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MLB’s single-season home run record broken
Yahoo Sports Minute recaps top stories including MLB’s single-season home run record being broken, the Dolphins suspending LB Lawrence Timmons and trading for Saints LB Stephone Anthony and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith being unanimously re-elected.

Baseball standings
Sept 20 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Tuesday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 87 64 .576 - 2. NY Yankees 84 67 .556 3 3. Tampa Bay 73 78 .483 14 4. Baltimore 73 79 .480 14 1/2 5. Toronto 71 80 .470 16 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 94 57 .623 - 2. Minnesota 78

Indians roll on, beat Angels 6-3 for 25th win in 26 games
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Some people might have figured the Cleveland Indians were due for a little slump after their winning streak was snapped at 22 games, an American League record. Instead, they just keep rolling right along. Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled

Sabathia, Gardner help Yankees top Twins 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia found himself in trouble as soon as he stepped on the mound Tuesday night. The veteran left-hander was able to escape an early jam, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits

Rangers score twice in 8th inning for 3-1 win over Mariners
Carlos Gomez had not seen live pitching in more than a week due to a sprained ankle, but he kept asking Texas manager Jeff Banister for an opportunity as a pinch-hitter. Banister gave Gomez his chance, and the decision helped boost the Rangers' slim playoff chances. Gomez's leadoff double in

Amed Rosario hospitalized with stomach issue, out of Mets lineup once again
MIAMI — Amed Rosario was out of the lineup for the second straight game Tuesday. The team announced the shortstop was taken to a local hospital Monday night with an upset stomach. He was back at the team hotel Tuesday afternoon under orders to rest, the team said. Rosario was also hospitalized with a

Jackie Bradley Jr. made this home-run robbery look too easy
The Red Sox wouldn't have won 1-0 without Bradley's leaping catch or his base-running.

Cubs try to keep momentum going against Rays
The Chicago Cubs got a warm welcome in manager Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and they will try to get out of town with a two-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays when the series concludes Wednesday. The first-place Cubs (84-66) have won seven straight, but the Milwaukee Brewers

Wood helps lift Padres over D'backs 6-2
Travis Wood came up with an outing nothing like his recent ones and he led the San Diego Padres to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Three Padres relievers blanked the Diamondbacks over the final three innings.

Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Records 22nd save Tuesday
Doolittle struck out one in a clean ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Braves. Doolittle needed only 12 pitches to retire three Braves hitters en route to his 21st consecutive converted save opportunity. The lefty's last blown save came all the way

Notes: The Giolito Edition
Matthew Pouliot offers up thoughts on Lucas Giolito, Byron Buxton and Aaron Wilkerson in this week's notes.

Athletics 9, Tigers 8 - Ding, Dong, the lead is gone
The Tigers gave fans a wild contest on Tuesday night, but in the end it just wasn't enough. After several lead changes, they threatened with a late rally, but couldn't pull the trigger and ultimately lost 9-8 to the Athletics. The back and forth, bipolar nature of the game was apparenbt from

Washington Nationals set a ton of season marks last night, all on boring plays...
On paper, the Washington Nationals' 7:35 PM matchup against the Atlanta Braves had less-than-zero implications. The Nats are already in the playoffs, essentially having locked up the number two seed. The Braves are already eliminated. Sure, Max Scherzer — who, granted, is normally the main story

Astros 3, White Sox 1: A few bright spots amid lots of strikeouts
The White Sox are getting good at checking boxes for positive developments during losses. For instance, the White Sox struck out 14 times in total, including eight of their last nine outs against the back end of the Houston bullpen after spending the early part of the game hitting fly balls off the end

LEADING OFF: Dodgers can clinch NL West; Cubs on a roll
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: THE WEST IS NEARLY WON The Dodgers can clinch their fifth straight NL West title with a victory in Philadelphia and an Arizona loss at San Diego. Already assured at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs, Los Angeles has dropped three games

Another day, another shutout
Trevor Williams had the studliness oozing out his pores, but unfortunately for him the last time the Pirates scored a run I was watching the Steelers instead. Williams allowed only three hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out six - but one of those three hits was a fourth inning fly ball

The wrong time for everyone. Mariners lose 3-1
This morning I was going to post an article about Nick Vincent. He's a fascinating player to me. Both Vincent and Blake Parker were minor acquisitions by Jerry Dipoto in the last two years, and this season they have both been among the best relief pitchers in baseball. Parker was a non-roster invitee

74-76 - Hope is itself a species of happiness: Texas wins 3-1
Well, here we are again. The Twins lost. The Royals lost. The Mariners lost, of course. The Angels are losing. The Rangers are just 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Maybe the American League is just bad enough... Player of the Game: Martin Perez tossed 6 1⁄3 innings of four-hit ball and allowed just one

Rangers Reaction: Maybe it's bad juju to look ahead to 2018, but ...
The Texas Rangers are down to only 12 games remaining in their 2017 season after playing the Seattle Mariners in a late game Tuesday night, and it doesn't appear as though there will be a 13th. But those expecting to hear about the off-season and next season from club brass won't get any answers

Drellich: In appreciation of a peculiar, throwback Red Sox offense
BALTIMORE  On the night Major League Baseball saw its record for home runs in a season broken, the team with the fewest homers in the American League took a scoreless tie into extra innings. In the 11th, the Red Sox won in a fashion they hadnt in 100 years. Could David Price be this year's Andrew

LEADING OFF: Dodgers can clinch NL West; Cubs on a roll
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: THE WEST IS NEARLY WON The Dodgers can clinch their fifth straight NL West title with a victory in Philadelphia and an Arizona loss at San Diego. Already assured at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs, Los Angeles has dropped three games

Wood, Padres claim another series win against Diamondbacks
A.J. Pollock redirected Travis Wood's fifth pitch for a home run, and it felt as if the Padres pitcher might be in for another ugly cameo. Over his previous two starts, Wood had worked just 4 1/3 innings and conceded five home runs. The rest of a formidable Arizona lineup awaited. Instead, Wood did

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