What's impressive about this season is that Clayton Kershaw is 20-3 and missed a month. He has one start left so he will win at least 20 games -- possibly 21 -- in 27 starts. He is only the second Major League pitcher to win 20 games in a season of 27 or fewer starts, according to Stats Inc., advance leaders search.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
The A's are back on top again, at least in the American League Wild Card standings, and they have Jon Lester to thank. The lefty twirled seven innings of one-run ball, lifting the A's out of the loss column with a 3-1 series-opening victory over the Phillies in front of a sellout crowd at the Coliseum on Friday evening to give them a half-game lead on the Royals with nine to play.
James Shields and the Royals will look to bounce back in a key series to close the gap on Max Scherzer and the first-place Tigers on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Tigers and Royals have staged a summer-long battle for the American League Central, and it's a fair bet their three-game set this weekend will go a long way toward determining the outcome. If that's the case, Detroit made quite the opening statement Friday night, with a 10-1 win.
Justin Verlander fired 7 1/3 strong innings, while Ian Kinsler's two-run homer capped a five-run fifth that sealed the first-place Tigers' 10-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.
Baseball managers are fond of saying that it's the little things that make a difference for winning teams. But sometimes big things work just fine, too, such as the three-run homers by Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager that highlighted the Mariners' 10-5 victory over the Astros on Friday.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Jonathan Broxton to stun the Brewers, 4-2, in front of 37,974 revelers Friday night at PNC Park. With their fifth straight win, the Bucs reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth as at least the National League's No. 2 Wild Card to 5. Their lead over Milwaukee grew to 4 1/2 games.
Jason Vargas labored in a three-run first and exited after 3 1/3 innings, while the Royals fell to 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Tigers with a 10-1 loss on Friday night.
With his best start as a Cardinal, John Lackey pitched the Cards closer to a postseason berth with a 2-1 win over the Reds on Friday night at Busch Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over five innings for his 20th win and the Dodgers' offense erupted to rout the Cubs, 14-5, on Friday at Wrigley Field.
On a chilly Friday night, the Yankees continued their strong effort on the mound but at least temporarily found life with their bats. Jacoby Ellsbury contributed three RBIs, and New York pelted Toronto starter Mark Buehrle for eight hits, edging out the Blue Jays in a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
The Cardinals' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is two, and on Saturday at Busch Stadium they will start Michael Wacha against Mike Leake and the Reds.
When David Ortiz's 33rd home run of the season soared over the right-field wall at Camden Yards on Friday night, it gave him RBI No. 100, meaning the slugger had achieved yet another milestone.
With a 10-1 win on Friday night, the Tigers guaranteed themselves a 152nd day atop the American League Central. Now the pressure is squarely on the Royals for the final two games of the series at Kauffman Stadium.
Paul Konerko hasn't played since Sept. 2 because of a fractured left hand, but No. 14 was penciled into the White Sox lineup, batting sixth and playing first base, for Friday's night's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
After beating out an errant throw from Jose Reyes with the bases loaded in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays, Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the bag in some pain. He remained in to run the bases, but manager Joe Girardi pulled Ellsbury before the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring and the center fielder underwent an MRI soon after.