Professional baseball

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, right, is congratulated by Yordan Alvarez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 28, 2019 - 1:05 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Will Harris struck out the side with just nine pitches, and then the glowering Houston reliever did something even rarer than an immaculate inning. "Will never smiles — ever — on the field," Alex Bregman said. "He's always in a bad mood. That was the first time I've ever seen...
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A fan holds a sign that reads "A's Clinch!" before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Seattle. The Athletics clinched a wild-card berth in the American League before the first pitch of their game when the Cleveland Indians lost to the Washington Nationals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 10:03 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have clinched a wild-card berth in the American League before even throwing a pitch on Friday night. The A's claimed one of the two wild-card spots when Cleveland lost to Washington. The A's exchanged handshakes and a handful of hugs in the dugout prior to the...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham, right, is greeted by Willy Adames (1) after he hit a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 9:30 pm
The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason. Most of the pairings and sites are still to be determined before the playoffs begin Tuesday night with the NL wild-card game...
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Houston Astros shortstop Jack Mayfield cannot get to a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 27, 2019 - 2:30 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels made nine pitching changes, including seven in a four-inning span. Those pitchers grinded and fought and managed to keep the mighty Astros scoreless when they loaded the bases three times in the final five innings. The Angels refused to play like a team...
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Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 2:19 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: AL WILD CARD Oakland and Tampa Bay could clinch the AL wild-card spots and close out Cleveland. Francisco Lindor and the Indians put themselves in danger by losing 8-0 to the White Sox on Thursday night. The loss dropped them two games behind the...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez celebrates getting out of a bases-loaded jam to end the top of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 27, 2019 - 12:57 am
SEATTLE (AP) — When the time finally arrived for Félix Hernández to say goodbye to Seattle and all the history of 15 seasons with one franchise, his manager had a message as he walked off the mound. "You will always be the king in this town," Scott Servais said to Hernandez as he took the ball...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Philadelphia Phillies in the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 26, 2019 - 8:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg turned in another vintage outing in what has been one the finest seasons of his career. Strasburg was dominant in his final regular-season start and the Nationals held their lead in the NL wild-card chase, beating the Philadelphia...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 26, 2019 - 2:27 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: FAREWELL TO THE KING Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle in what well could be his last game for the Mariners. A sea of yellow-shirted fans in the "King's Court" will rise in unison and chant as he takes the mound, and when he gets to two strikes...
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Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario (20) celebrates his two-run home run with Nelson Cruz (23) in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 25, 2019 - 10:29 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The decade of the 2010s will end the way it started — with the Minnesota Twins atop the AL Central. Luis Arraez and Eddie Rosario homered, and Randy Dobnak allowed one hit in six sparkling innings to lead Minnesota to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. The Twins...
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Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper gestures to spectators in the stands during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 25, 2019 - 10:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper called out some Washington Nationals fans, saying they crossed the line heckling him in the eighth inning. The former Nationals star didn't get specific or repeat what the hecklers were saying, but he wasn't happy following a 5-2 loss...
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