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18mDavid Schoenfield

How to spend the perfect Saturday watching wild-card baseball

The Mets clinched and the Cardinals won, putting pressure on the Giants to do likewise in the NL wild-card race. Can they keep up?

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10mDoug Padilla

New-look Dodgers lineup could be here to stay

The Dodgers, who have struggled vs. lefties, appear set to stick with right-handed hitting Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner at the top of the order.

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2hBuster 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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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?

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Andrus flies for great grab (0:30)
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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?

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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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2dMark 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.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado just went deep for his 37th bomb of the season. That's two more than the career-high he set last year. The homer snaps an 0-for-17 skid for Machado, and gives Baltimore a 3-0 lead over New York in the third.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado sends homer No. 37 into right. Baltimore 3, New York 0 top-3.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson reacts after the Mets earn a postseason berth.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian Vazquez might actually be frontrunner to be Red Sox's No. 2 catcher in Division Series. John Farrell says Sox focused on stopping Indians' running game.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Noah Syndergaard, who will start the wild-card game, may not face the Phillies on Sunday. He may just have a bullpen session instead. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera will be off Sunday.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Michael Bourn continues to be a difference-maker for the Orioles. Acquired in late August, Bourn just hit a two-out, two-run single to put the O's up 2-0 on the Yankees in second inning.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

AL wild card-leading Orioles take a 2-0 lead in New York on RF Michael Bourn's two-run single to center in the second inning.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets head onto the field to celebrate with their fans in Philly.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets clubhouse celebration.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Pirates 4-3 Saturday to keep their postseason hopes alive. Matt Holliday, whose season was supposed to be over, had a clutch pinch-hit RBI single and Jedd Gyorko hit the go-ahead home run, his 30th of the season, in the eighth. The Cardinals could finish the day tied with the Giants for the second wild card.

Loney's homer powers Mets to wild card

James Loney hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning to lead the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Phillies, clinching a postseason berth for New York.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets celebrate on the field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Phillies congratulate the Mets on their wild-card berth.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Accuweather says the rain should hold off for today's Orioles/Yankees game. That's a win for both teams. Unfortunately, the win won't count in the standings, where the O's need a W (plus an L by either Toronto or Detroit) to clinch a wild card berth.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Mets did it; they're in the playoffs. Amazing. Only one spot left, for the Giants or Cardinals.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Uncork the champagne. The reigning National League champs are returning to the postseason. And this berth may be more of an accomplishment than a year ago, even though it comes via a wild card rather than division crown. Decimated by injuries, the Mets nonetheless clinched a wild-card berth Saturday with a 5-3 win against the Phillies. The Mets (87-74) will host the Giants or Cardinals on Wednesday. It marks the second time in franchise history the Mets will appear in the postseason in consecutive years. They earned consecutive wild-card berths in 1999 and 2000.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mets are three outs away from clinching a playoff berth, after overcoming a tidal wave of injuries to their rotation.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

For those who missed it yesterday, Big Papi sign outside Gate D at Fenway Park.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Before today's game in St. Louis, Matt Holliday told reporters from MLB.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he would prefer Friday night's home run be his final at-bat of the season. It wasn't. Mike Matheny asked him to hit with runners at the corners and one out Saturday and... Holliday came up with another big hit. His single to right off Juan Nicasio scored Brandon Moss and moved Randal Grichuk to third. Grichuk scored on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly to tie it 3-3. A loss could eliminate the Cardinals from postseason play.