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3hDavid 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.

Mets rookies dress as players from 'A League of Their Own' (0:29)
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7mBuster 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?

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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21hLee 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?

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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.


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.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jorge Soler (side) takes some swings before Saturday's game. The Cubs are hopeful he can start on Sunday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the value of attaining certain milestones like 20 wins. Jon Lester goes for his 20th today.


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Clima anti beisbol este sábado en Boston. Segundo día de festejos a @DavidOrtiz de parte de #RedSox

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Saturday's lineup against the Reds could be his Game 1 lineup including starter Jon Lester, Maddon responded: "There's a shot."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The plan for the Cubs this coming week is to take Monday off then have a simulated game on Tuesday which John Lackey and some relievers will pitch in. Wednesday will consist of "working on things" as Joe Maddon put it, most likely defensive scenarios and the like.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon accidentally came up with a new nickname for his set up men when he misspoke the names of Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon: Strondon.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers opponents are batting .232, the lowest against the club in 40 years. Going back to 1920, there are only four seasons when opponents have batted lower against the Dodgers than they are this year.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Boston weather not cooperating with Big Papi's regular season farewell.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees C Gary Sanchez -- in a 1-for-26 slump -- is getting a day of rest Saturday given a day game after a night game, manager Joe Girardi said.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned competition -- young players pushing older players for spots -- in a chat with his team Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel (elbow) just threw in the bullpen and said it went well. He's not scheduled to pitch this weekend but thinks he'll be ok if needed in the playoffs.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Aaron Judge's strikeouts are a concern, and he hopes going into the offseason that the young outfielder, who is currently recovering from injury, will make more contact. According to Girardi, Judge struck out 42 times in 84 plate appearances.

Miami honors Jose Fernandez with decal

The Miami Hurricanes will honor Jose Fernandez with a helmet decal in memory of the Marlins ace.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

In a shot heard all the way on the West Coast, especially San Francisco, Jung Ho Kang connected for a three-run home run off Michael Wacha in the first inning. That generated immediate action in the Cardinals' bullpen, with Matt Bowman warming up.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees' lineup Saturday vs. Orioles

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

With Michael Wacha making his first start since Aug. 8 and their playoff hopes in the balance, the Cardinals will treat today's game like an elimination game. Don't be surprised if Mike Matheny goes to a reliever in the first inning if Wacha isn't pitching well. Carlos Martinez's strong seven innings was crucial to allow the Cardinals key relievers to rest Friday night. Matheny said the bullpen was in "worse shape than people know," but said everyone is available today.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Slumping rookie sensation Gary Sanchez is not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday vs. the Orioles. Starlin Castro is batting third.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Seems to be more Cubs gear for sale than Reds stuff outside of Great American Ballpark.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The New York Yankees have clinched a fourth-place finish, their lowest position in the AL East since 1992. However, their 83 wins are tied for the fourth-most by a fourth-place team since MLB expanded to six divisions for the 1994 season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz's surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow will he performed Tuesday in New York. Matz confirmed that he needs no surgery for his shoulder impingement, although he will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the area during his elbow procedure.