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Rockies blow chances, lose to Marlins as wild-card race tightens

Some defeats sting more than others. You can stick the Rockies' 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night at chilly Coors Field into the "ouch" category.

Washington Times

Hundley, Cueto lead Giants past Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) - Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer, Johnny Cueto pitched well over six innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the resting Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 on Monday night. Arizona sat most of its regulars a day after clinching the top NL wild card. Hunter Pence hit a solo ...

Washington Times

Rojas has 4 RBIs as Marlins beat playoff-hopeful Rockies 5-4

DENVER (AP) - Miguel Rojas had a career-high four RBIs and the Miami Marlins held off Colorado 5-4 on Monday night, cutting the Rockies' lead for the second NL wild card to 1½ games over Milwaukee. With five games remaining, the Rockies have lost six of eight and are clinging ...

Washington Times

Gonzalez 4 hits, 3 RBIs in Astros' 11-2 win at sinking Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Marwin Gonzalez had four hits and three RBIs as the AL West champion Houston Astros beat Texas 11-2 on Monday night, putting the Rangers on the brink of elimination in the wild-card race. Gonzalez had two hits and scored twice in an eight-run fourth inning, including ...

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J.D. Martinez’s clutch hit secures top wild card for Diamondbacks

J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

J.D. Martinez walks off Diamondbacks against Marlins; Arizona clinches top wild card

J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League. The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season,...

MLB

Finals week: Wild tests facing NL Central

The Cubs will have champagne on ice this week in St. Louis, ready to celebrate a second straight National League Central title. The Brewers and Cardinals have the NL Wild Card in their sights. And the Reds have a chance to play spoiler along the way.

Washington Times

Rockies beat Padres 8-4, open 2-game lead for last wild card

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Sunday to open a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild ...

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Pat Valaika barrels in runs and German Marquez goes five strong as Rockies move closer to a wild card

The Rockies are tip-toeing on the hot plate of a postseason chase while their manager's thoughts are drifting to that of a calm, cool quarterback.

Belleville News Democrat

St. Louis Cardinals blow last chance to sneak into the playoffs

The St. Louis Cardinals seemed as if they might sneak back into the playoff picture this weekend, riding a four-game winning streak back into the wild card picture. Unfortunately, the …

San Francisco Chronicle

Khris Davis, Jharel Cotton help A’s complete sweep of Rangers

Khris Davis hit another big home run, Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball and the A’s extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday at the Coliseum. Texas got swept over three games at an inopportune time. The Rangers entered the series in contention for the second AL wild-card spot, but fell 5½ games behind Minnesota with a week left in the season. The Twins swept Detroit over four games this weekend. The Rangers have lost eight straight in Oakland...

Washington Times

Martinez's clutch hit secures top wild card for Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) - J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League. The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games ...

Washington Times

D-backs clinch wild-card berth when Cards, Brewers lose

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks clinched their first postseason berth since 2011 when St. Louis and Milwaukee both lost Sunday. Arizona was trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning against Miami when the Diamondbacks were assured of one of the NL's two wild card berths. Arizona is on track to ...

Washington Times

Twins top Tigers 10-4 for 4-game sweep, close on wild card

DETROIT (AP) - Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar homered, and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs. Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), and Escobar ...

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Chad Bettis knocked around, Rockies offense AWOL again in San Diego as Colorado teeters again in a wild-card chase

The Rockies (83-72) can table a discussion of future pitching assignments. There are other more pressing concerns.

New York Daily News

With AL East in doubt, Yankees need to prepare for wild-card game

The Yankees remain mathematically alive in the AL East, but it hardly feels that way.

Tampa Tribune

An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

BALTIMORE - We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.So that brings us to wondering and

Seattle Times

Mariners eliminated from playoff race after losing final home game of season

The 4-2 loss, combined with the Twins’ win over the Tigers, knocked the club out of the race for the second wild card, extending the longest postseason drought in basball.

MASN Sports

Orioles eliminated from race, assured of losing record - School of Roch

The Orioles won't post another winning record in 2017. They won't finish at .500. The last flicker of hope for a berth in the wild card game has disappeared. The remaining goal is to stay out of last place and...

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Cubs close in on NL Central title, Jose Quintana tops Brewers

Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5½-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Chicago Tribune

Cubs move closer to NL Central clincher after memorable series at Miller Park

Now that the Central Division is all but decided after the Cubs' 5-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday, it's probably time for their fans to start rooting for the Brewers to win the second wild-card spot and carry the momentum through to the National League Championship Series. A rematch of this delicious...

Washington Times

Cardinals stumble again with 4-1 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals stumbled against the Pirates for the second straight day, allowing home runs to Starling Marte and rookie Jordan Luplow in a stinging 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. St. Louis began the day 1½ games behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card. ...

Washington Times

Royals maintain wild card hopes with 8-2 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Gordon homered, Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Royals to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, keeping Kansas City's slim playoff hopes alive. Salvador Perez went 2 for 4 with ...

Washington Times

Chacin, Padres shut down Rockies 5-0 on combined 5-hitter

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jhoulys Chacin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat Colorado 5-0 on Saturday night, cutting the Rockies' lead for the NL's second wild card to one game over Milwaukee. The Rockies entered Saturday's games leading St. Louis by 1 1/2 ...

Grand Rapids Press

Twins finish off sweep in home finale for Tigers

The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 this weekend. DETROIT -- A long September at Comerica Park has mercifully come to an end. The Detroit Tigers lost their final home game of 2017 to the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Sunday afternoon. The Twins leave town with a healthy lead in the American League wild card chase and on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the four-game sweep. The two teams will meet again next weekend in Minneapolis to close out the 2017 regular season. The Tigers have lost seven in a row and are 4-20 in...

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Sliding Rockies counting on offensive revival to salvage postseason dreams

It didn't have to be like this. As late as Aug. 18, the Rockies were 68-54 and tied with Arizona for the National League's top wild-card playoff spot. Hold serve at 14 games over, and the Rockies would surely qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Washington Times

Yankees clinch postseason berth by beating Blue Jays 5-1

TORONTO (AP) - The New York Yankees returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence, clinching no worse than a wild card as Greg Bird's three-run homer led them over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Saturday. Sonny Gray (10-11) allowed one run and four hits in six innings as ...