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Watch live: Yankees trying to stop Red Sox from clinching

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to do his part to delay the Red Sox's quest to lock up the AL East title.

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Why are Cubs only 100-win team in year of tanking?

With bad teams at the bottom of the National League, this was supposed to be the year of gaudy, inflated records. Here's why that hasn't been the case.

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Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what to watch and when.

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Gordon on postgame tribute: 'We just hung out with him one last time' (1:43)
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This Is SportsCenter: Jorge Posada & David Ortiz (0:30)
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Buster believes Fernandez will win Cy Young (1:02)
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Emotional Marlins defeat Mets (0:55)
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Happ or Kluber more deserving of Cy Young award? (1:34)
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With homer, Gordon tells Fernandez, 'I'll always miss you' (0:53)
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Vin Scully calls Bo Jackson's All-Star home run (0:29)
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Vin Scully calls Gibson's heroic home run (0:33)

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Miami's 3-4-5 hitters -- Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton -- went 0-for-9 with four strikeouts and a GIDP against Noah Syndergaard tonight.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price has allowed career-high 29 homers, three tonight, including Tyler Austin's go-ahead two-run shot to right field on a 94-mph fastball in bottom of seventh inning. 6-4, Yankees leading Red Sox.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

During the Yankees-Red Sox game, the biggest error of the game nearly occurred in the middle of the fifth inning in the left field stands. Andrew Fox of New Castle, PA tried to propose to his girlfriend, Heather Terwilliger of Fredonia, New York, but he dropped the ring. with the whole crowd watching, it took five minutes to locate it, but it felt like an hour to the couple. She said yes.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Understandably, Marlins Park doesn't have nearly the intensity or emotion that it did for Monday's Jose Fernandez tribute. That's largely the result of the pitching of Noah Syndergaard, who has struck out eight hitters through six innings and helped the Mets go up 4-1. Syndergaard just exchanged handshakes in the dugout, so he appears to be done for the evening.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings and logged 93 pitches on Tuesday against the Marlins, He originally had been scheduled to start on Saturday, but strep throat prompted the Mets to delay the outing by three days. With the adjusted schedule, he now is lined up to pitch the final day of the regular season, on Sunday at Philadelphia. In an ideal scenario, the Mets will have clinched a postseason berth before the finale, allowing manager Terry Collins to instead be held back for next Wednesday's wild-card game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon, batting cleanup for the Nats in place of, well...pretty much everyone (Harper, Murphy, Ramos), just hit a three-run bomb to give Washington a 4-2 lead over the D-backs in the sixth. Big moment for a banged-up squad that's struggling to stay ahead of the Dodgers for the number two seed in the NL.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes' homer registered 440 feet and struck the artwork in left-center at Marlins Park. It was his fourth homer this season of at least that distance. The other Mets have combined for three homers of 440 feet or more.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Even when Mookie Betts loses a ball in the lights, he makes a spectacular play. Loses balance, makes catch, then doubles off Starlin Castro at first base.

Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong

Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Where the loss of Wilson Ramos really hurts the Nats: .330 hitter versus lefties this year, 9 HR/103 ABs. LAD starting LHPs Kershaw, Hill.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer has 10 K's through six innings, That makes 277 on the year, breaking the Nats record he set last year (276). Scherzer is now the only active pitcher with multiple seasons of 275-plus whiffs.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig will be on the Dodgers' postseason roster. "He's earned it," manager Dave Roberts said.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

They found the ring! That was the announcement from Yankees Public Address announcer Paul Olden during the fifth inning of the Yankees-Red Sox game. In the middle of the fifth, a man in a Yankee jersey proposed to his girlfirend on the big video board. When he went to open the ring box, the ring was missing. After fans around their section in left field searched for it, it was found. She said yes.