A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 7:25 am
Theres motivation all over the place."
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 19, 2020, 6:31 am
Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 against the Rangers.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 19, 2020, 6:19 am
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows was placed on the 10-day injured list with an oblique strain that will keep him sidelined into the postseason.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 19, 2020, 6:11 am
Albert Pujols hits his 661st and 662nd career home runs to take over sole possession of fifth place on the all-time home run list in the Angels' win.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:55 am
While Fernando Tatis Jr. cools down, Manny Machado is heating up as the San Diego Padres close in on their first playoff berth in 14 seasons. Machado homered twice and drove in four runs, Chris Paddack one-hit Seattle for six shutout innings and the Padres beat the Mariners 6-1 Friday night to reduce their magic number to two for their first playoff berth since winning the NL West in 2006.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:55 am
The New York Yankees' bats arrived just in time to help extend their longest win streak of the season. Gary Sanchez hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning, DJ LeMahieu had a go-ahead double in the 12th and the Yankees rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Friday night for their ninth straight victory. Dating to last year, the Yankees have won 11 in a row over the Red Sox, one short of its best streak ever against them.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:43 am
Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list. It took only five days for the Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him. Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers to break the tie with Mays, then connected again in his next at-bat in the 6-2 victory.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:35 am
Aaron Boone and Gary Sanchez discuss grinding out a 12 Inning 6-5 win over Boston
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:30 am
Condensed Game: Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger both homered and drove in three runs each in the Dodgers' 15-6 win over the Rockies
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:27 am
Sánchez, LeMahieu produce clutch hits in comeback win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:24 am
The NL playoff race is close that the Giants went rom No. 7 to No. 9 on Friday.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:17 am
An AL West title will mean so much more than simply clinching a playoff berth given how the past two seasons have gone for the Oakland Athletics. Exciting, but winning the division I think is going to be a lot better for us,'' winning pitcher Chris Bassitt said. Oakland is in the playoffs for the sixth time in nine seasons and now shifts its attention to the division title, which could be locked up Saturday.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:15 am
Eyeing a third consecutive NL East crown, the power-packed Atlanta Braves got their top starter back and made it an awfully easy night for him. Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta's six homers and the Braves battered New York Mets pitching Friday in a 15-2 blowout that expanded their division lead. Max Fried (7-0) returned from a brief stay on the injured list due to a back spasm and breezed through five innings that only help his Cy Young Award credentials.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:08 am
''When I was a kid, 4 or 5 years old, mom and dad would always tell me hit it over their head,'' Betts explained. Betts hit his NL-leading 16th homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers set a season high for runs in their 15-6 romp past the Colorado Rockies on Friday night to move closer to clinching their eighth straight NL West title. ''You can't just turn it on at playoffs,'' Betts said.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 5:04 am
Manny Machado crushes two home runs in 6-1 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:58 am
The A's are headed back to the playoffs for the third straight year.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:49 am
Taylor Ward, who stalled at one point in the minor leagues because of his offensive production, has been hot for the Angels after redesigning his swing.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:38 am
The Yankees fought back to defeat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in extra innings on Friday night.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:37 am
Albert Pujols hits career home runs No. 661 and 662 to pass Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place on all-time list.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:35 am
Jacob Nottingham hit a grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a three-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Friday night. Nottingham's two-out blast to left off Danny Duffy (3-4) capped a six-run rally in the fourth inning that put the Brewers ahead for good. The comeback had begun when Christian Yelich led off the fourth with his 150th career homer.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:35 am
Brian Anderson circled the bases so quickly after his second home run Friday that he nearly overtook Jesus Aguilar, who playfully motioned his teammate to slow down. The Marlins remained in second place in the NL East as they chase their first playoff berth since 2003.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:35 am
Steven Matz and Luis Rojas discuss what went wrong in Friday's blow out loss to the Braves.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:30 am
Manny Machado crushes his second home run of the night, his 16th on the season, and extends the Padres' lead to 6-1 in the top of the 9th
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:29 am
Kyle Hendricks K's 10 in Cubs' shutout of Twins
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:20 am
Evan White crushes a solo home run to left field, cutting the Mariners' deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:15 am
Mookie Betts homers, plates three in Dodgers' win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:15 am
Braves get to Steven Matz early and defeat The Mets in a lopsided 15-2 loss.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:15 am
Kyle Hendricks tossed eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to outduel Rich Hill, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Hendricks stuck out 10 and walked one before Jeremy Jeffress worked around two walks in the ninth for his eighth save. After 104 pitches - including 73 strikes - Hendricks narrowly missed his fifth career shutout and his second this season.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:14 am
Kole Calhoun hit two home runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over former teammate Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night. Calhoun connected on Greinke's fastball in the fourth inning for an upper-deck shot to right. The three-run homer put Arizona ahead 3-2.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:06 am
The 2020 season has been one that Steven Matz would like to forget.
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 4:02 am
Dodgers hit their season high for runs and lower their NL West-clinching magic number to four in a 15-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Author: LA Times
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:59 am
Condensed Game: Ozzie Albies homered twice and Freddie Freeman drove in two more runs as the Braves' offense steamrolled past the Mets, 15-2
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:51 am
Brian Anderson hit three home runs and collected seven RBIs to lead the Marlins to a 14-3 win over the Nationals
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:50 am
Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 over five innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat Alex Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Friday night. Glasnow (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and a pair of walks. The right-hander has won four straight decisions, a streak that began with a 13-strikeout performance against the Orioles on Aug. 25.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:47 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:46 am
Condensed Game: Dylan Carson's three-run homer capped the Cardinals' six-run 6th in the team's 7-2 win over the Pirates
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:45 am
Zach Plesac pitched impressively into the eighth inning, and Brad Hand worked out of a jam in the ninth to send the Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Francisco Lindor drove in the game's only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, and Plesac (4-2) rebounded after allowing a season-high five runs at Minnesota in his previous outing. James Karinchak struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on to end the eighth.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:44 am
Bryce Harper was clutch - again. Harper hit a tying, two-run double and scored the go-ahead run on an error following Alec Bohm's infield single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night and earn their first doubleheader sweep in eight years. Zach Eflin struck out nine in a four-hitter and Harper went deep in Philadelphia's 7-0 win in the opener.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:44 am
Condensed Game: Zach Plesac threw an immaculate 2nd inning and struck out 11 over 7 2/3 frames in the Indians' 1-0 win over the Tigers
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:43 am
Cardinals' six-run 6th inning leads to win | 9/18/20
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:40 am
There now are five players in MLB history with more homers than Giants legend Willie Mays.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:34 am
Dylan Carlson's first taste of the big leagues didn't go as planned. The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect hit just .169 in 23 games before being sent to the team's alternate camp earlier this month in hopes of finding a reset. The 21-year-old outfielder drilled a three-run homer to cap a six-run outburst in the sixth inning against the mistake-prone Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, helping lift St. Louis to a 7-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:32 am
Braves offense erupts in 15-2 win over the Mets
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:25 am
Zach Plesac strikes out 11 in Indians' 1-0 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:20 am
Bryce Harper tied the game with a two-run double and scored the go-ahead run in the 6th inning to fuel the Phillies' Game 2 win
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:17 am
Detroit Tigers' Austin Romine departed from Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left wrist injury but won't need the injured list.
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:13 am
Condensed Game: The Reds capitalized on Tyler Mahle's solid outing and hit four homers in the team's 7-1 win over the White Sox
Author: MLB.com
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:12 am
Mets ace Jacob deGrom is trying to win his third-straight Cy Young, a feat that hasn't been achieved since Randy Johnson won his third-straight in 2001 (followed by his fourth-straight in 2002). Here's where things stand with deGrom and his closest competitors for the award...
Author: SNY
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:11 am
Where does the veteran factor in?
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:02 am
MLB created 7-inning doubleheaders this year because of the condensed season and pandemic. But should the league make this a permanent rule?
Posted: September 18, 2020, 8:19 pm

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