Professional Baseball

Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 3:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks out from the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 1:58 pm
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until his time in Chicago ran out...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander steps off the mound after completing his 2,996th career strikeout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 10:42 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It ended up being a night of milestones for Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros. The Astros ace accomplished two strikeout feats — getting his 3,000th in the majors and career-high 300th of the season — and Houston clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason...
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Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano hits a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
September 28, 2019 - 9:05 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Ramon Laureano hit a solo home run in the third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Saturday night, clinching home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game. The A's will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay lost 4-1 at...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from left, is held back by teammate Matt Carpenter during a bench-clearing argument after Molina was hit by a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 28, 2019 - 8:19 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals' push for a division title will go down to the final day of the regular season following an 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Adam Wainwright (14-10) allowed four homers for the first time in his career, but the Cardinals maintained a one-game...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander waves to fans striking out Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun forays 3,000th career strikeout during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 7:28 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has become the 18th major league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. The 36-year-old right-hander entered Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels with 2,994 strikeouts. He achieved the milestone in the fourth inning when...
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New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after hitting his 53rd home run of the season during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 28, 2019 - 7:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017, and the New York Mets beat the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Saturday night. A 24-year-old who debuted on opening day, Alonso launched a 93 mph fastball on a 1-2 count from...
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
September 28, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While the Los Angeles Dodgers kept raising their win total, Hyun-Jin Ryu continued to lower his ERA. With one game left in the regular season, they're both in good position. Ryu secured the major league ERA title at 2.32 with seven sharp innings and the Dodgers matched a...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from left, is held back by teammate Matt Carpenter during a bench-clearing argument after Molina was hit by a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 28, 2019 - 5:21 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals star Yadier Molina shouted at Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels after being grazed by a fastball, leading the benches and bullpens to clear Saturday night. Molina was awarded first base in the second inning after Hamels' 91 mph pitch clipped his left arm. He took a few steps...
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Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate on the field after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays and clinched an MLB American League wild-card berth in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 28, 2019 - 12:13 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: PLAYOFF POSITION The 10-team field for the postseason is set — Oakland and Tampa Bay clinched the last two spots and will meet in the AL wild-card game Wednesday night. The clubs are now tied and the A's will host the matchup if they wind up even...
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