9/23/2013 | A's set sights on securing home-field advantage
Just because the A's have captured the American League West doesn't mean they can rest. They want the same thunderous crowd that was with them during Sunday's clincher on their side for Game 1 of the AL Division Series that begins next week.
9/23/2013 | A's second straight AL West title a true team effort
There was a bear hug waiting for third-base coach Mike Gallego, whether he wanted it or not. A.J. Griffin hoisted him up in the air while dousing him with beer. Sean Doolittle ran wild like his beard, while Brett Anderson helped Sonny Gray pop more bottles. Stephen Vogt had a hug for just about everybody. Then there was Billy Beane, crowded into a corner, but nowhere near this perfect mess of a party. The A's general manager was surely enjoying the moment, but from afar. He's not new to this rodeo.
9/23/2013 | Cardinals saving their big celebrations for later
Another regular season leads to another postseason for the Cardinals. Year in and year out, this group operates at or very near the top of the class in the National League. You are not going to see them spraying champagne when the Central Division title is still undecided.
9/22/2013 | Brewers tack on runs early to beat Cards in finale
The Brewers tagged Joe Kelly for two runs in each of the first two innings Sunday night and Wily Peralta and Milwaukee's bullpen held off a hot St. Louis offense and avoided a weekend sweep with a 6-4 win at Miller Park.
9/22/2013 | A's not to be overlooked come postseason time
Is there a better baseball team on earth than the Oakland A's right now? The A's are playing their best ball at the right time. The Red Sox probably begin these playoffs as the consensus pick to win the AL pennant, but the A's would surprise almost no one by winning a championship. Don't overlook them.
9/22/2013 | Nats walk off in home finale, keep slim hopes alive
Manager Davey Johnson was perched on the steps of the home dugout at Nationals Park for the last time on Sunday night. And when he walked off the field, he left with a win. The Nationals sneaked past the Marlins, 5-4, in the second game of Sunday's split doubleheader, giving Johnson a fond farewell in his last home game as manager of the Nationals.
9/22/2013 | Playoffs-bound Cards still focused on NL Central title
The Cardinals officially clinched their spot in the postseason about four hours before taking the field in Milwaukee for their final regular-season road game. Washington's afternoon loss to the Marlins ensured the Cardinals of no worse than the second Wild Card spot.
9/22/2013 | Braves set sights on earning home-field advantage
Now that they have captured the National League East, the Braves will attempt to finish this season strong with the hope of gaining home-field advantage during the postseason leading up to the World Series.
9/22/2013 | Segura could pinch-hit in upcoming Braves series
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday that All-Star shortstop Jean Segura may be available to pinch-hit in the team's upcoming series in Atlanta, which starts Monday.
9/22/2013 | Roenicke saves Davis for Braves' lefties
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke held Khris Davis out of Sunday's finale against the Cardinals to rest his sore left wrist prior to two matchups against left-handed starters in Atlanta.
9/22/2013 | Roenicke less optimistic about starting Nelson
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke sounded less optimistic Sunday after maintaining the last two weeks that Jimmy Nelson might get a start in the team's final series of the year against the Mets in New York this weekend.
9/22/2013 | Rays top O's, keep grasp on top Wild Card spot
Six pitchers combined to help the Rays top the Orioles, 3-1, on Sunday and maintain sole possession of the AL's top Wild Card berth. Making his Major League debut, starter Enny Romero held the Orioles to just one hit in 4 2/3 innings.
9/22/2013 | Greinke dominates Padres in playoff tuneup
Zack Greinke shut out the Padres on two hits over five innings, and the Dodgers made an unearned run stand up as manager Don Mattingly was able to rest the right-hander for the postseason, yet still snatch a 1-0 win on Sunday in San Diego.
9/22/2013 | Jennings pulled from contest with tight hamstring
Desmond Jennings exited Sunday's game against the Orioles in the sixth inning. Jennings bunted for a hit to lead off the inning but was visited by trainers soon after and pulled from the game. He was diagnosed with a tight left hamstring and is day to day.
9/22/2013 | Tigers unable to shrink magic number
Anibal Sanchez lost for the first time since July 19 as the Tigers' home finale was crashed by the White Sox, who pulled out a 6-3 victory Sunday at Comerica Park. The Tigers' magic number to clinch the AL Central remains at two.
9/22/2013 | Rollins believes in Phillies' young players
Asked Sunday at Citizens Bank Park if he still considered the Phillies the team to beat in the division, Jimmy Rollins said, "There's a lot of talented teams in the division. The team that we had in the past definitely was. The team going forward, we'll figure that out."
9/22/2013 | Phils top three million fans for seventh straight year
The Phillies lost their 84th game of the season Sunday, their most since they lost 97 in 2000. But they also had their sixth sellout to push their attendance to 3,012,043. The Phillies have had more than 3 million fans come through the turnstiles for seven consecutive years.
9/22/2013 | With new role in mind, Masterson throws sim game
Following Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Astros, which pushed the Indians 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers for the American League's second Wild Card spot, Justin Masterson completed a one-inning simulated game on the mound at Progressive Field.
9/22/2013 | Tribe's surge toward playoffs putting fans in the seats
The Indians have won nine of 11, and they've grabbed possession of one of the American League's two Wild Card spots, with a favorable final-week schedule that gives them a darned good shot of nailing it down. It's getting real around here. Even with no postgame theatrics planned for the series finale with the Astros, the Indians drew 26,168 to Progressive Field. It was their largest home Sunday crowd of the season.
9/22/2013 | Red alert: Rout forges tie for Wild Card lead
The Reds moved quickly on Sunday to put a damper on the Pirates' regular-season home finale. Now they will spend the week trying to make sure Pittsburgh doesn't host any postseason games at PNC Park. An 11-3 victory gave the Reds two of three games in the series.
9/22/2013 | Miggy out of lineup because of groin soreness
After Miguel Cabrera left Saturday night's game in the 10th inning with recurring soreness in his groin, Tigers manager Jim Leyland wasn't taking any chances, opting to rest Cabrera for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox.
9/22/2013 | Rondon eyeing return to action Tuesday
Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon let loose in a Sunday morning mound session from the bullpen at Comerica Park. How he feels coming out of that will probably determine whether he'll be available to pitch Tuesday at Target Field.
9/22/2013 | Wilson almost goes the distance as Halos fall
For the bulk of September, the Angels' offense has thrived, but as they lost, 3-2, to the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, the recent surge came to a screeching halt. The loss, just the Halos' eighth since Aug. 23, spoiled another strong performance by C.J. Wilson.
9/22/2013 | Swarm of bees delays Mariners-Angels finale
A swarm of bees circling through Angel Stadium delayed the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Angels for 23 minutes on Sunday when the contest was stopped midway through the bottom of the third inning.
9/22/2013 | Crown control: A's retain title in front of home crowd
The A's had not even completed the third inning of their 11-7 victory Sunday over the Twins at the Coliseum before learning they'd won the American League West by virtue of the Rangers' extra-inning loss in Kansas City.
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