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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.

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7hTony Lee, Special to ESPN.com

Subplots abound as Red Sox will meet Indians in ALDS

Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox to their drought-busting World Series victory, will lead the Indians against Boston in the AL division series.

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23hKeith 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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Cabrera smacks two homers in Tigers' win (0:42)
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Cano smacks two homers in win (0:45)
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Ortiz sends homer down right field line (0:36)
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Andrus flies for great grab (0:30)
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Ramirez's nice catch gets rewarded with a hug from a fan (0:31)
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Fly ball bounces off first base, Mets score (0:29)
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Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base (0:20)
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Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)
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16hLee 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.

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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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David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
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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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1dMark 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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ICYMI: Matt Holliday made the most of what was likely his last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. es.pn/2d2P4x5

Ramirez's catch gets rewarded with a hug

Hanley Ramirez makes a running catch in foul territory and keeps running into the outstretched arms of a Red Sox fan.

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Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon strikes out the first seven Twins he faces, tying an American League record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game.

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Trumbo belts 47th homer of season

Mark Trumbo puts the Orioles up 5-1 on the Yankees with this home run, his 47th of the season.

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O's beat Yanks, take top AL wild-card spot

Adam Jones' and Mark Trumbo's home runs help the Orioles beat the Yankees 8-1 to overtake the Blue Jays for the top American League wild-card spot.

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If this was indeed Matt Holliday's last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, he sure made the most of it: es.pn/2d2P4x5

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In his final tuneup before a scheduled start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals, Dodgers starter Rich Hill gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. He threw 82 pitches,

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes alive with a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night. The Cardinals could catch the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card if the Giants lost to the Dodgers later tonight. The game had a 47-minute rain delay.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said on Friday he knows his postseason rotation but he isn't revealing it yet. At this point it would be a surprise if Jon Lester wasn't the Game 1 starter followed by Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Los Texas Rangers derrotaron hoy a los Tampa Rays y aseguraron la mejor marca de la Liga Americana para tener la ventaja de localía en cualquier serie de postemporada que disputen este año

Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base

Alexei Ramirez startles Adrian Beltre by clapping his glove when Beltre's back is turned.

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