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Blue Jays stay ahead of wild-card frenzy

Thanks to Jose Bautista's eighth-inning blast in support of a shutout, Toronto remained in front of the crowd in the AL wild-card race.

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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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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a small bit of bad news for the Mets: Jose Fernandez, who had been scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Braves, instead will be given an extra day of rest and face the Mets in Monday's series opener at Marlins Park. Fernandez is 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. This year alone, Fernandez is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the Mets. He's also been dominant in his career at Marlins Park, going 29-2 with a 1.49 ERA in 42 starts.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees are shutout for the third straight game, 3-0 by Toronto Blue Jays. First time that's happened since 1975

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.