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Follow live: Blue Jays aim to stay ahead of wild-card frenzy

Toronto is in front of the crowd in the AL wild-card race. Can they stay there?

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Hosmer's homer caps Tigers' ninth-inning collapse (0:29)
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Vin Scully honored by Dodgers (1:20)
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Mets' hidden MVP: Their pitch framing

Mets catchers have been maligned for their minimal offensive production this season. But there is one important stat in which they are excelling.

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Buxton robs Nelson Cruz of homer (0:18)
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Orioles walk off on Trumbo homer (0:25)
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Maybin makes slick sliding catch (0:23)
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This is the face you make after a successful triple play (0:22)
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Ortiz records most RBIs for final MLB season with homer (0:25)
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Rookie of the Year debate: Sanchez vs. Fulmer

Michael Fulmer seemed a shoo-in as the AL's top rookie. Then the (late) summer of Gary Sanchez began. So is Sanchez good enough? We pit the Yankees catcher against the Tigers righty.

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Freeman extends hit streak to 27 with double (0:25)
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Cabrera doesn't view bat flip as a big deal (0:46)
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Magic Johnson calls Dodger baseball synonymous with Vin Scully (2:07)

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"Maybe the first thing I'll do on Monday is take my watch off and put it in a drawer." -Vin Scully

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Vin Scully said he will not call a playoff game for the Dodgers, not even a World Series clinching game.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Scully on watching the Dodgers in the playoffs, "I don't have to worry about being impartial. I can sit back and root like everybody else."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vin Scully on the ceremony the Dodgers held last night in his honor: "You've heard about being on Mount Olympus? I was 5-feet above that. Such a joyous night."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"If you scrape away everything, I'm a happy person and I love people. Will I miss the games? Yes. But the people, that's what I will miss the most." -Vin Scully

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vin Scully addresses the press at Dodger Stadium one last time... "If there's anything I can say here to help you let me know..."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Jason Hammel talks about his rough outing against the Cardinals on Saturday, one in which he wishes he had done things a little bit differently.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses the on-again, off-again nature of Jason Hammel's outings of late.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals canceled Matt Holliday's live batting practice session Sunday because he felt soreness and inflammation in his right thumb after Friday's session. Now, Holliday will meet with a hand specialist in St. Louis to determine the next step. The Cardinals have just seven games left starting Monday, so his window to return is getting awfully tight.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Tigers and Orioles: Tied for the moment for the second wildcard, at 83-71. Seattle is 1 1/2 games behind, at 81-72.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Alex Reyes discusses his erratic command, but ability to make pitches when he had to in the Cardinals' much-needed win at Wrigley Saturday.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-4 as Joe Maddon clears the bench by game's end. No biggie but it does mean if Chicago gets to 100 wins, it'll be on the road.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Alex Reyes helped the Cardinals stay in the middle of the wild card race with a laborious, but impressive outing Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reyes pitched out of trouble, but still needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. The Cardinals chased Jason Hammel from the game in the third inning and kept adding against the Cubs' bullpen.The Cardinals pulled into a virtual tie with the Giants and trail the Mets by a game in the wild-card standings pending those teams' night games.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged it's probably a bullpen role or nothing for Steven Matz at this point. Matz was scratched from Friday's planned return because of continued shoulder discomfort. He has not appeared in a game since Aug. 14.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores may be done for the season. He remains not close to being capable of swinging a bat. Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta two weeks ago and has been diagnosed with a bone bruise. He since has received two cortisone shots.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session at Citi Field on Saturday in an attempt to be ready for a start on Monday or Tuesday, according to Roger Rubin at Citi Field. Syndergaard originally had been scheduled to start Saturday, but was scratched due to strep throat.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Phillies lineup for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Mets at Citi Field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera continues to demonstrate his toughness. He starts the night after fouling a ball off his right knee area. Here's the Mets lineup for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Phillies. Sean Gilmartin starts for Noah Syndergaard. Lucas Duda gets a second straight start at first base. Michael Conforto gets rewarded for Friday's three-run homer. Reyes 3B, Cabrera SS, Cespedes LF, Granderson CF, Johnson 2B, Conforto RF, Duda 1B, d'Arnaud C, Gilmartin LHP

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes had a far less-efficient outing today than in his previous start, which could have something to do with the opponent and location. Facing the slumping Giants at AT&T Park, Reyes needed just 84 pitches to breeze through seven scoreless innings. Facing the dangerous Cubs at Wrigley Field, he needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. Still, he's in line for his fourth major-league win.