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9mDavid Schoenfield

How to spend the perfect Saturday watching wild-card baseball

The Mets clinched, and the Cardinals and Giants won, leaving San Francisco one game up for the final NL wild card with one game left to play.

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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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1hDoug 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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3hBuster 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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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 

Things have taken a turn in NY, where the Yankees have scored in each of the last four innings to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles in the bottom of the eighth. A Baltimore loss would certainly muddy the wild card waters. The O's currently lead Toronto by a game for the top wild card spot, with Detroit a half-game behind the Jays.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If the Yankees hold this 5-3 lead, then the Wildcard standings would be: Orioles 88-73, Toronto 87-73, Tigers 86-73, SEA 86-74.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Price's playoff present to his teammates: Personalized robes! Price gave his former teammates in Toronto a similar gift during their playoff run last year (Picture courtesy of Christian Vázquez.)

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees, once down 3-0, just took a 5-3 lead on Baltimore in the eighth on Austin Romine's two-run bloop single to left. AL wild-card race three outs from being even more interesting ...

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

What we now know in the NL: The Mets will host the Wild Card Game Wednesday. It's Dodgers at Nats in the NLDS next Fri-Sat. And the Giants will play beyond Sunday. In either the Wild Card Game or a tiebreaker Monday in St. Louis

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Orioles and Yankees tied at 3-all, but Headley doubles and the Yankees have second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

With the Dodgers losing to the Giants, the Nationals have clinched homefield advantage in the NLDS. That means they get to face Road Clayton Kershaw (2.28 ERA) instead of Home Clayton Kershaw (1.08). It also means that LA has to face Home Max Scherzer (2.23 ERA) instead Road Max Scherzer (3.28). Either way, should be an epic Game 1 match-up.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' defeat means the NLDS between the Dodgers and Nationals opens Friday at Washington.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler just reached 1000 career hits with a single in the seventh inning against the Reds.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants beat the Dodgers and will take a one-game lead over the Cardinals into the final day of the regular season. If St. Louis wins and San Francisco loses on Sunday, those teams will have a play-in game on Monday at Busch Stadium for the right to face the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants 3, Dodgers 0, Final. The Dodgers continue to struggle with that opposing left-handed pitcher thing. Dodgers have lost four of five since clinching the division.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Giants magic number at 1; at worst, they would play a Game 163 tiebreaker with the Cardinals Monday. Ty Blach etches a place in SF history.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees rookie Tyler Austin just used that opposite-field power again, belting his fifth homer of the season to right and tying things up with the Orioles at 3-3 in the seventh.

Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

Retiraron lona del infield en Fenway Park #BlueJays Vs #RedSox en segundo día de honores a David Ortiz.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The normally reserved James Loney laughed off his prodigious bat flip after homering Saturday, saying: "I don't even know what I did with it. I don't know if I just dropped it or I flipped it or what. That's nothing ever toward the other team. That's just for your team. That's the excitement that you have. As a hitter, you get out a lot. So there's times in those big moments it's fun to enjoy it." Loney had staked the Mets to a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants starter Ty Blach can tell his grandchildren some day that all his hits in 2016 (both of them) were off Clayton Kershaw. Pretty cool

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Headley just ripped an RBI double into left to bring the Yankees within 3-2 of the Orioles in the sixth.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Enrique "Leo" Ortiz, David's dad, at Fenway Park for weekend-long tribute to Big Papi: "I'm going to be here through the World Series because we're going to win that, too."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Austin's RBI single gets New York on the board. The Yankees trail the Orioles 3-1 in the fifth.