The stakes are high for today’s series finale between the Mariners and Astros as both clubs try to remain in Wild Card contention.
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The Marlins’ Wild Card hopes continue to plummet. The Phillies made sure of that, scoring five in the first and two more in the second off Marlins starter Jose Urena in an 8-0 win on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, clinching a win for the Phils both in their final set against the Marlins this year and in the season series.
Two pitches into Saturday’s 1-0 walk-off win against the Tigers, Cleveland’s rotation was hit with a major setback.
The bullpen phone rang a lot earlier than usual for the Indians on Saturday night. When bullpen coach Jason Bere answered the call in the first inning against the Tigers, manager Terry Francona had a message to deliver to his army of relievers.
Consider the day saved.
Mark Trumbo, the Major League leader in home runs, wasn’t in the Orioles’ starting lineup for the second straight night in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Rays as he deals with back spasms. The slugger was available to pinch-hit, but he wasn’t used.
When Cubs manager Joe Maddon arrived at Wrigley Field on Saturday, the first thing he checked was whether the home clubhouse still smelled of champagne. All he wanted to do after that was hand the ball to Jake Arrieta, but Ryan Braun spoiled the Cubs’ day.
Josh Donaldson made his return to third base on Saturday night for the first time since he missed a recent three-game series vs. the Rays because of a hip injury.
In the middle of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mickey Rivers and Andre Rienzo picked up Wiffle balls and started to pitch. The park was hosting Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, and the three Major Leaguers were helping man MLB’s “Play Ball” booth.
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is likely finished for the season, and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Saturday.
The Yankees’ long odds took a pair of hits on a painful Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, which could have the club continuing its pursuit of a postseason berth without Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Nick Markakis drove in two runs and helped the Braves defeat the Nationals, 7-3, at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon. Washington’s magic number to clinch the National League East crown remains at six games.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy put himself in the Nationals’ record books in Saturday afternoon’s 7-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. His double in the third inning tied Denard Span for the most hits in a season with 184.
The Indians’ faith in ace Corey Kluber has extended beyond the expectations of what he will provide every five days. It has reached the point where Cleveland now knows what to expect from its rotation leader every year.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is showing signs that his arm is feeling better. He was playing catch with the team’s trainer on flat ground for about five minutes on Saturday.