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2hDavid Schoenfield

How to spend the perfect Saturday watching wild-card baseball

With the regular season nearly over, there still are four wild-card spots up for grabs and seven teams in the running. Don't miss any of the action.

24mBuster Olney

Big blast shows off both sides of Big Papi

David Ortiz isn't just all smiles as his Red Sox career winds down. Friday's big homer showed he'll never stop outthinking and overpowering opponents.

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8hTony Lee, Special to ESPN.com

Subplots abound as Red Sox will meet Indians in ALDS

Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox to their drought-busting World Series victory, will lead the Indians against Boston in the AL division series.

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1dKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

Cabrera smacks two homers in Tigers' win (0:42)
Cano smacks two homers in win (0:45)
Ortiz sends homer down right field line (0:36)
Andrus flies for great grab (0:30)
Ramirez's nice catch gets rewarded with a hug from a fan (0:31)
Fly ball bounces off first base, Mets score (0:29)
Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base (0:20)
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17hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

Ten games on Friday have playoff implications -- for making the field or for seeding. Check out how things stand.

1dJeff Sullivan

World Series contenders and pretenders

The regular season shows how well each team plays against the league's good and bad teams; in the playoffs, they're all good teams. Which clubs match up well against the big boys and which don't?

David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
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1dScott Spratt

The year of the shift in Major League Baseball

The league is on pace to have more than 28,000 shifts in 2016, leading us to wonder: Have they become counter-productive at this point? See the full breakdown, plus players most affected by it.

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1dMark Saxon

Cardinals in receiving mood after gift win

The Cardinals' win against the Reds on a controversial call has brought St. Louis back from the brink of postseason elimination.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Saturday's 1;05 p.m. ET game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park: Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Curtis Granderson - CF Jay Bruce - RF T.J. Rivera - 2B James Loney - 1B Travis d'Arnaud - C Bartolo Colon - RHP

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets rookies dressed as players from "A League of Their Own" to board the bus en route to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Saturday.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo and other Mets rookies boarded the bus in Philadelphia on Saturday in "A League of Their Own" garb. Video coming soon.

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ICYMI: Matt Holliday made the most of what was likely his last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. es.pn/2d2P4x5

Ramirez's catch gets rewarded with a hug

Hanley Ramirez makes a running catch in foul territory and keeps running into the outstretched arms of a Red Sox fan.


Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon strikes out the first seven Twins he faces, tying an American League record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game.


Trumbo belts 47th homer of season

Mark Trumbo puts the Orioles up 5-1 on the Yankees with this home run, his 47th of the season.


O's beat Yanks, take top AL wild-card spot

Adam Jones' and Mark Trumbo's home runs help the Orioles beat the Yankees 8-1 to overtake the Blue Jays for the top American League wild-card spot.


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If this was indeed Matt Holliday's last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, he sure made the most of it: es.pn/2d2P4x5

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In his final tuneup before a scheduled start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals, Dodgers starter Rich Hill gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. He threw 82 pitches,

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes alive with a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night. The Cardinals could catch the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card if the Giants lost to the Dodgers later tonight. The game had a 47-minute rain delay.