Clayton Kershaw threw 32 pitches in a simulated game Sunday, and the left-hander said he's on pace to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals on Friday.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said finding a manager is his first order of business this offseason. Interim manager Tim Bogar, Triple-A manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Mike Maddux will be interviewed, as well as a handful of candidates from the outside the organization.
With the A's needing a win or a Mariners loss to punch their ticket to the American League Wild Card Game, Sonny Gray delivered a shutout of the Rangers for a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Globe Life Park.
It's a matchup that was up in the air until late in the afternoon on the final day of the season, and it will be the first playoff action fans are treated to this October. The American League Wild Card game (Tuesday night at 8:07 ET on TBS) is here, ready to open the 2014 postseason.
On the last afternoon of his big league career, Derek Jeter received one more sendoff from the Red Sox and several fellow captains of the Boston sports scene, paying their "RE2PECT" prior to the last game of the regular season.
The Cardinals beat the D-backs, 1-0, Sunday behind a handful of plug-in players that were a part of manager Mike Matheny's last-minute switcheroo once a Pirates loss eliminated any meaning from the outcome of Game 162. Win or lose in their regular-season finale, the title of National League Central champs could not be plucked away from the Cardinals.
It ended on a high chopper to the left side of the infield, and Derek Jeter ran hard down the first-base line, just as he has done countless times before. He reached safely, without a throw, and then motioned to the dugout that it was time to go. The Yankees' captain legged out an RBI infield single in his final at-bat on Sunday afternoon in the third inning. Jeter completes his career with 3,465 hits, sixth all time, and with a lifetime batting average of .310.
Hunter Pence led the crowd in the team's "YES" celebration, in which the dugout celebrates home runs by moving up and down and pointing one finger to the sky. With Pence as their leader, the sellout crowd at AT&T Park did the chant in unison.
The NL Central-winning Cardinals will renew their fall rivalry with Dodgers, this time in an NL Division Series that starts Friday in Los Angeles with Adam Wainwright opposing Clayton Kershaw.
Less than a week ago, Nationals rookie slugger Steven Souza Jr. said he would like to improve his skills in the outfield. He put that into action on Sunday, making a diving catch in left-center for the final out of Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter against the Marlins.
Derek Jeter said goodbye the way we always figured he might. That is, he did his job. Isn't that the thing that defined him for 20 seasons? When he takes a deep breath and reflects on all of it, he's sure to look back and take pride in always being part of a great whole, a team.
Sunday was a captivating capper to a Major League season that kept us guessing all the way until the final outs were registered.
A few statistical nuggets related to the Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter of the Marlins on the last day of the regular season, Sunday afternoon in D.C.
In the Nationals' section of the box score for Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter, 16 names are listed above the pitcher's. Everyone contributed in some way, especially off the bench, which included left fielder Steven Souza Jr.'s game-winning catch.
In one of several thoughtful moments over the past several days, Derek Jeter reflected on his storied career and noted that though he shared the field with many athletes who possessed more talent, he believes that no one ever gave more of an effort. With that in mind, Jeter's season-long goodbye ended in fitting fashion on Sunday afternoon, running hard down the first-base line to notch the 3,465th hit of his career. He signaled for a pinch-runner and waved his batting helmet as he left the field, exiting a game that the Yankees went on to win, 9-5.
Paul Konerko's illustrious 18-year Major League career and 16-year run with the White Sox officially came to an end Sunday afternoon, as he exited the field in the top of the sixth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.
Steven Souza Jr.'s eye-boggling catch might also have jumped right to the front of the line of the greatest plays ever made for the final out of a no-hitter, joining efforts by Hall of Famers and Gold Glovers among the greatest defensive efforts to clinch a piece of pitching history.